|About The Goodmurphy Family
Hello - my name is Charles Patrick Goodmurphy.
I have always been interested in the origins of my family name and have heard several
stories over the years from various family members about the Goodmurphys.
In 1985 I contacted the Ontario Genealogical Society and received some material
indicating possible sources of information on family history and general information
on membership to the Society. I regret that at that time I did not pursue
membership or initiate any research.
In October 1989 a cousin of my father's passed away at the ripe old age of 101.
Bernice Cleave, wife of Percy Cleave, was the daughter of Gilbert Lawrence
Goodmurphy, who was a son of Solomon, who was a son of Laurence, who was a son of
John Good Murphy and Deborah Davis.
John was the first of the Goodmurphys to emigrate to Canada in 1822 and he brought
all of his children except the oldest, William. (Not 100% sure about that !!)
Anyway, I recall visiting Bernice sometime around 1975 and she had many stories about
the Goodmurphy family and had a box full of material,letters, etc.
I had intended at that time to visit her again to copy some of the information but,
alas the years flew by and now she has passed on. Fortunately, a relative of
Bernice's (Donna Vader) acquired most of the personal effects and gave
my parents anything she found on the Goodmurphy family. One item we acquired is
a letter written by Mrs. Eliza Cooper at the age of 82, which I estimate to be
written in 1931.
Eliza was the youngest daughter of Lawrence Goodmurphy, and Eliza makes reference to
all of Lawrence's brothers and sisters and their children. Some of the information
doesn't match to Census Records, e.g. Lawrence's birthdate according to Eliza was
1791 but the Census Records put it at 1805 or thereabouts.
I originally started putting everything into MS Word, and my plan was to eventually
publish a family genealogy. I have also put most of my information into Family Tree
Maker, and I uploaded the family tree file into this website.
Over the past 35 years I have worked with many family members and other contacts and
my family genealogy is still a work in progress.
I can't guarantee accuracy of information, so I always welcome feedback.
So go see my background story on the Goodmurphy Family.