Post a Quote Challenge (Day 1)


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Hello Everyone,

Its time for the Post A Quote Challenge. I want to again thank Arietta Charles for nominating me, if you haven’t checked her out, please do. 

OK! Here are the rules.

* Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).

* Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.

* Thank the blogger who nominated you.



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Posted by on July 1, 2015 in Quote Challenge



Dr. Joseph Leroy Murphy (52 Ancestors #1)

Joseph Leroy Murphy is my Great Grandfather on my father’s side.  He was born on October 7, 1886 to Dr. Joseph Briggs Murphy and Dr. Emily Frances (Bliss) Murphy.

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Taunton High School Cadet Photo


He was a graduate of Taunton High School and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Harvard University in 1909 and his doctorate with the class of 1912.  He was an intern at Boston City Hospital specializing in surgery.


Joseph Leroy Identification Card

World War I Identification Card



Joseph was Captain in the Army during World War I serving with the Fifth Division Medical Corps.


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Joseph and Ruth September 12, 1920


I don’t know when he met and married but Joseph married Ruth Frances Gough and had five boys the first one born in 1921 Joseph, David, Robert, Richard and John (Jack).



During his time as a Doctor Joseph occupied many rolls.  He was Chief of Surgery and Chief of staff for Morton Hospital. He was a retired fellow of the American College of Surgeons and was a fellow of the Boylston Society of Harvard Medical School. He was a surgical consult at Taunton State Hospital and Paul A. Dever School Hospital.  Dr. Murphy was an active member of the Rotary club and belonged to the American Legion Post 103. He was a President of the Harvard Club of Taunton and the first president of the American Council of Boy Scouts of America.

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Power Squadrin

Dr. Murphy was also a member of the American Heart Association.  He belonged to the American and Massachusetts Medical Associations and was an honorary life member of the Msgr. James Coyle Council Knight of Columbus.

Dr. Murphy was past president of the Taunton Doctors Club and was a member of the Massachusetts Society of Examining Physicians. He was also a medical advisor to the Taunton Board of Welfare and belonged to the board of medical advisors of the Taunton Visiting Nurses Association. A member of the Harvard Club of Boston, Dr. Murphy also held membership in the Taunton Yacht Club and was past commander of the Taunton River Power Squadron.
He was active in medical societies as a councilor and nominating councilor of the Massachusetts Medical Society, a censor and supervising censor and as a past president and secretary of the Bristol North District Medical Society.

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Harvard Medical School class of 1912, 35 year Reunion

In 1961 Dr. Murphy and his wife were honored by the Bristol North District Medical Auxiliary and in 1963 he was presented with a 50-year membership badge during the 182nd annual meeting of the Massachusetts Medical Society.

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February 3, 1973

Dr. Joseph Leroy Murphy died on August 14, 1973 at the age of 86.




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Posted by on June 29, 2015 in 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks


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Tribute to Uncle Jack

John “Jack” Atkins Murphy was born on March 26, 1928.  He was the youngest of five boys born to Dr. family portraitJoseph and Ruth (Gough) Murphy.  He was educated at St. Mary’s and Coyle High and Graduated Tabor Academy in 1946.FB_IMG_1430483011043a

Uncle Jack 1947 Japan Jack served in the US Army during WWII.  He received his associate’s degree in business at Boston University class of 1950.  He retired from the Division of Employment Security for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in Boston and Worcester.

Jack was a life member of the United States Power Squadrons a nationwide, recreational and educational boating organization. He originally joined in 1957. Jack was a past commander of the local Taunton River Sail and Power Squadron and was currently serving as treasurer. He had also served as the treasurer of USPS District 14 which covers the squadrons in southeastern New England. For his dedication and extraordinary work on behalf of the squadron and USPS, Jack was inducted into the Uncle JackRoyal Order of Pilot Fish, an independent organization in District 14. Jack took and passed all the courses offered by USPS thus becoming a Senior Navigator. This allowed him to become a member of the Boston Navigators Club, a New England organization. Jack loved his sailboat “Calico”, had many stories and was proud of the fact that he was a “rag bagger” and not a “stink potter”. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Taunton Lodge of Elks, Taunton Redevelopment Authority, Battleship Cove Yacht Club and Tabor Academy Alumni.

Jack married Norma Riva on June 3rd 1950 with a reception at the Gondola in Taunton.  Jack Aunt Norma, Sharon, Jackie, and Dianeand Norma were married for 62 years before she passed in October of 2012. They had three girls Sharon, Diane and Jacqueline and 6 grandchildren Micheal, James, Erin, Christina, Christopher and Ian.


When I started my genealogy project I had many correspondence with Uncle Jack. One of my favorite email from him was on Christmas Day where he said this:

Merry Christmas Jessica (2013),

After coming home from Saint Mary’s Church where I sat in my customary pew under Great Grandfather’s window, I began to think about family and opened your blog on my computer.  It was a humbling experience thinking of the accomplishments of those past and of those still with us.  You have done a wonderful job of research and presentation.  While I followed through reading of both sides of your ancestry I had a few laughs, a few memories, and a few tears.  It is remarkable  what those before us endured and what they accomplished under adverse conditions.  Your work shows the same spirit as did your ancestors.
Each time I begin to get a bit proud of where I come from. I recall the joke about an English man applying for a job at an American bank.  The bank wrote for references from the English bank which replied with a glowing story of the young man’s family.  He was related to Lord Uppingham and a distant relative to the Queen.  The American bank wrote back “We are not planning to use him for breeding purposes, how was his work?”
With that, Happy New Year.
My Plan:  I shall live to be 105 years old and then be shot by a jealous

You will be missed by all who knew you Uncle Jack! As you have said to me in emails past.  Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.










Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Uncategorized


Dias Family Line

Thomas L. Dias Married Maria Angelica Bettencourt (Great Great Great Grandparents Maternal) they had four children that we know of all boys.  It is from this line that I trace my family.

  1. Joseph Lawrence Dias born 7 January 1868 in Faial, Azores, Portugal  died 3 June 1925 in Taunton, Massachusetts.  He married Mary Cancaecao Sousa
    • Hilda L Dias born 1920 Taunton, Massachusetts died 1920 Taunton, Massachusetts
    • Joseph L  Dias born 23 February 1923 in Taunton, Massachusetts died 1 October 1986 in Taunton, Massachusetts.  He married Laura
  2. Thomas Lawrence Dias born 1871 Faial, Azores, Portugal  died 20 August 1949 in Taunton, Massachusetts.  He married Maria Duarte
    • George Dias born 16 December 1915 in Taunton, Massachusetts died 26 March 1969 in Fall River, Massachusetts.  He married Madeline C. Dutra
  3. Lucianno Lawrence Dias born 24 January 1875 in Faial, Azores, Portugal  died 9 June 1955 in Taunton, Massachusetts. He married Julia Roza  (Great Great Grandparents)                                                                                            
    • Mary Dias born 8 March 1897 in Taunton, Massachusetts died 12 October 1991 in Raynham, Massachusetts married Joseph Pacheco
    • Olga Dias born 1899 Massachusetts died 1 July 1913 in Boston, Massachusetts
    • Lucennie Dias born 1903 Massachusetts – ?
    • Olive Dias born 10 July 1905 Massachusetts died 24 March 1986 in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts married John Silvia Cunha Sr. (Great Grandparents)
      1. Margaret Cunha born 1928
      2. Clarence (Buster) Cunha born 1929
      3. John Cunha Jr. born 1930 died 12 November 2011 in Taunton, Massachusetts married Delfina Laranjo
      4. Russell Cunha born 7 April 1931 in Taunton, Massachusetts died 23 January 1934 Taunton, Massachusetts
      5. Gilbert Cunha born 2 June 1932 in Taunton, Massachusetts died 13 July 2006 in Taunton Massachusetts married Margaret Whittle (Grandparents)
        • Claire
        • Richard
        • Linda
        • Anne
        • Gilbert
      6. Roger Cunha born 23 March 1934
      7. Carole Cunha born 1936
    • Charles Lawrence Dias born 4 April 1907 in Taunton, Massachusetts died 21 September 1975 in Taunton, Massachusetts
    • Hilda Lawrence Dias born 1913 died 7 November 1914 in Taunton, Massachusetts
    • Olga Dias born 5 March 1916 in Taunton, Massachusetts died 26 July 1981 in Taunton Massachusetts marred Joseph Medeiros
    • Hilda Dias born 28 September 1919 in Massachusetts died 16 April 2001 in Attleboro, Massachusetts married Carl Gustav Quilitzsch
    • Priscilla Dias born 13 September 1923 in Taunton, Massachusetts died 2 April 2012 in Taunton, Massachusetts married Julian Niedziocha


  4. Manuel Lawrence Dias born 17 May 1876 in Faial, Azores, Portugal died 27 June 1963 in Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts


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Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Dias Family


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Hello Everyone

Okay so I realize it has been a very long time since I have posted.  Things have been a little crazy with kids starting preschool and just life in general.  I was also at a bit of a stand still with some of my genealogy work and will admit I couldn’t motivate myself. I am hoping this will be the first of many more posts to come with what is left of this year.  Also please feel free to email me a story you would like to share with everyone and I will be happy to post it. The email address is

Thank you everyone and here is to the past!



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Posted by on April 30, 2015 in Random


February Birthdays

John Bliss – February 2, 1561 (My Paternal 11th Great Grandfather)

Peddy Bliss – February 13, 1825 (My Paternal 3rd Great Grand Aunt)

John (Goff) Gough – February 5, 1857 (My Paternal 2nd Great Grand Uncle)

Margaret Jane (Goff) Gough – February 14, 1877 (My Paternal Great Grand Aunt)

Patrick (Goff) Gough – February 14, 1864 (My Paternal Great Grand Uncle)

ruth gough murphyRuth Frances (Goff) Gough Murphy – February 3, 1888 (My Paternal Great Grandmother




Ruth Kendrick Willmarth – February 16, 1649 (My Paternal 9th Great Grandmother)

Poly Lincloln – February 5, 1786 (My Paternal 4th Great Grand Aunt)

Samuel Lincoln – February 16, 1638 (My Paternal 8th Great Grandfather)

Woodward B Lincoln – February 24, 1827 (My Paternal 3rd Great Grand Uncle)

Daniel McAloonDaniel Joseph McAloon – February 24, 1869 (My Paternal 2nd Great Grandfather )




Abel Medbury –  February 3, 1761 (My Paternal 5th Great Grandfather)

Charles Oscar Murphy – February 18, 1870 (My Paternal 2nd Great Grand Uncle)

Susanna Orcutt Edson – February 20, 1618 (My Paternal 10th Great Grandmother)

Bridget Ryan – February 4, 1859 (My Maternal 2nd Great Grand Aunt)

Thomas F. Ryan – February 8, 1861 (My Maternal 2nd Great Grand Uncle)

Miles Shorey – February 23, 1710 (My Paternal 7th Great Grandfather)

John Whittle – February 11, 1780 (My Maternal 4th Great Grand Uncle)

Walter Whittle – February 22, 1897 (My Maternal Great Grand Uncle)




William Whittle – February 2, 1864 (My Maternal 2nd Great Grand Uncle)




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Posted by on February 1, 2014 in Birthdays


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Premature Birth

Premature Birth

I have to admit I struggled somewhat on whether or not to make this post, but in the end I decided this is a family blog and this is part of my family story.  Every year since 2011 I have done the March of Dimes: March for Babies walk, my reason for doing so.  My son.

JD BirthHe was born at 29 weeks 6 days and was 2 pounds 13 oz.  He was 14 inches long.  We spent the longest 62 days of my life in the NICU. Cause of his premature birth was a bacterial infection.  At times he struggled to breath.  He had a small hole in his heart, he came close to a blood transfusion for anemia but fought back.  We were among the more lucky premature births.  He had no surgeries and only had to come home on a heart monitor that he wore for a month. Today he is a happy healthy almost 3 year old boy. It was an experience I don’t wish on any family but one we pulled threw just fine. March of Dimes is diligently trying to find a way to stop the birth of premature babies.So I gladly support there cause.

A little about March of Dimes.

March of Dimes, founded in 1938 by President Franklin D Roosevelt, celebrated its 75th year anniversary in 2013. March of Dimes was originally created to help find a cure for polio, and after funding the research that developed a vaccine to combat it, the organization changed its focus to prematurity. In 1970 the March for Babies Event was established.

The March of Dimes spends 76¢ of every dollar raised in March for Babies to support research and programs that help babies begin healthy lives.


If you would like to donated to this worthy cause and to my walk for babies please go to and thank you:



Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Murphy Family


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