Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Civil War Vet Married at Age 87

Daily Record June 6, 1929 Civil War Vet is Married at St. Francisville

One of the most interesting weddings of recent date occurred Thursday morning at the St. Francis Xavier church when Michael Murphy, an 87 year old Civil War veteran, was united in marriage to Martha Greemore, 68, of Vincennes, at 6 o’clock nuptial mass.


The main altar of the church was exquisitely decorated with cut and potted flowers and formed a beautiful background as Rev. Anthony Keifer pronounced the words of the solemn ceremony.  Mr. and Mrs. C E Godare were the attendants. At the noon hour, a dinner was given at the Murphy home on E. Clark St. for relatives and close friends.

The rest of the story as researched by Joyce Brunson.

 Michael Joseph Murphy was born  to Mr and Mrs  Michael  Murphy on Sept 11, 1841 in Dublin, Ireland. They immigrated  to America in 1857. A great great granddaughter says she has the immigrant’s trunk that carried the belongings  of 5 to the states.  According to later census records, Michael J never became a U S Citizen through naturalization. In 1860, the family of 4 was in Denison township where the father, Michael worked as a blacksmith; his wife Mary was keeping house, Michael J was a farm laborer and his older brother John was a printer. Several young men from the St Francisville area began joining the civil war effort early in 1861. His brother John joined Co E 2nd Kansas Cavalry in the fall of that year.

Michael and several other young men from the St Francisville area joined Co F 91 IL US Infantry on August 14, 1862 at Lawrenceville. He gave his age as 20; he stood 5’6” tall with light hair and skin and blue eyes when he joined for 3 years as a private. He mustered in Sept 8, 1862 at Camp Butler, IL. Michael served until July 12, 1865 when he mustered out at Mobile, Ala.

He married Mrs Bridget Coleman on July 31, 1876 in St Francis Xavier church in St Francisville, IL.   She was the daughter of Patrick and Mary Coan and was the young  widow of John Coleman of the St Francisville area.   The 1880 census listed Michael and Bridget, with  their 1 year old son Edward, her 7 year old  son, John  and Michael’s  older brother John living on a  Denison township farm. Bridget died Nov 1, 1881 and was buried in St Francis Xavier Cemetery in St Francisville. 

Michael then  married Annie Dunn  Nov 28, 1892 at St Francis Xavier church. She was the daughter of Patrick and Alica Carroll Dunn.  A  son,  Francis Xavier was born to them and  died  at age 2 ½ of scarlet fever on Dec 3, 1897.  Michael was receiving a pension of $12 per quarter in 1903.  Michael’s wife Annie died Oct 19, 1904. 

On June 25, 1909, he married for the third time, Edna Marian Stone Johnson from Vermont. His son Edward had married and lived next door with his wife and children in 1910. The 1920 census listed the retired farmer, Michael and his wife Edna living on 9th St in St Francisville. Edna died Oct 3, 1926.

 Michael’s  last marriage was on June 6, 1929 to Martha Madeline Adams Gremore, the daughter of Richard and Sophie Wagner Adams.  By marrying again, she lost the pension she had after the death of her 1st husband.  She had filed for a widow’s pension  in 1924 after  her husband Felix Gremore had died; he was a soldier in Co F 91st Ill Infantry and had served with Michael.  

 Michael’s pension had  increased from $50 per quarter in 1923 to $72 in 1924 and stayed at that rate until his death. Michael Murphy died March 7, 1930 and was buried in St Francis Xavier Cemetery near many family members. His wife Martha filed again for a widow’s  pension  and  lived until April 20, 1941; she was buried at Calvary Cemetery, Vincennes, Indiana.