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James Edgar Murphy (August 8, 1875-October 29, 1940)



  • Existence: August 8, 1875 - October 29, 1940


James Edgar Murphy was born five miles south of Mommouth, Illinois. His parents were Harriet Wallace Murphy (b.1832, d. 1924) and Richard Murphy (b.1812, d.1888). Richard Murphy was born in Liberia and freed himself from bondage in 1840. Richard's enslaver, a minister named Joseph Murphy, gave him 1000 dollars upon his liberation in Kentucky during the 1840s.

After Richard Murphy's death in 1888, Harriet Wallace Murphy moved to St. Paul, Minnesota. Harriet Wallace Murphy's parents were Reuben Wallace(b. 1790), an African from Guinea, and Nancy Wallace(b.1799), a Native American woman. Reuben and Nancy met in the state of Virginia and had Harriet Wallace in 1832.

He was the youngest of 13 children. He moved to St. Paul in 1901 with his mother and siblings.

He married Ida Mae in 1917 and they had three children together; Janabelle, John and Richard. He had two nephews by the way of his sister, Mrs. Reed, by the name of Lawrence Tarver and Isaac Dennie and a niece, Mayme Geraldine Williams.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Money receipt books of Ida Mae and James E. Murphy, 1934 - 1940

 File — Box: 8, Folder: 10
Scope and Contents The black money receipt book has dates from August 1934 to June 1935. The receipts are mostly issued to a person named Mrs. Bergetta Lowry, on account of rent. The other two money receipt books are from the same maker, "American Favorite: Duplicating Money Receipts: No.41". One book has dates ranging from January 1931 to January 1937 and contains receipts issued to multiple persons. The last book has dates ranging from September 1940 to November 1940, and also contains...
Dates: Issued: 1934 - 1940

Murphy-Taylor Family Papers

Identifier: HQBCA-003
Abstract This collection includes the professional and personal photographic works of H. Janabelle Murphy Taylor, commonly known as Janabelle or Jane, and her family members. Janabelle was a progam director at Hallie Q. Brown Community Center for 20 years, as well as being a community activist throughout the Twin Cities. Her ancestors were one of the first Black families to willingly move to Minnesota in the late 1800s. In addtition to photographs, this collection includes letters, mixed-material...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1880 - 1980; 1860 - 2018

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