Ruth Frances (Gough) Murphy (52 Ancestors #5)

27 Jul

Ruth Frances Gough was born to James Gough and Fanny (Kelly) Gough on February 3, 1888. She was an only child as her father died 5 months later and Fanny never remarried.  She grew up in the home of her Uncle Peter with her mother and his family.

Ruth Birth record cropped

Ruth Frances Goff birth record


Ruth F. Gough, age 1.5 yrs (1)

Ruth at 1 1/2 years

Ruth somewhere between the ages of 10 - 12

Ruth somewhere between the ages of 10 – 12











She was a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Art. An art teacher and avid painter. At one time she was a pupil of Artists Margaret Fitzhugh Browne and Charles Lamb.

Ruth F. Gough, Art Supervisor, Willimantic, Conn, about 1912 (1)

Ruth as Art Supervisor in Willimantic, Connecticut about 1912


She married Dr. Joseph Leroy Murphy around 1920 and together they had five boys. Joseph, David, Robert, Richard, and John (Jack). They lived at 23 Cedar St. in Taunton where Joseph had an office.

23 Cedar Street

23 Cedar Street








She was a member of the Queen’s Daughters, the Taunton’s Women’s Club, and the Morton Hospital Women’s Auxiliary.


1930 Census

1930 Census


1940 Census

1940 Census


She died on May 7, 1976 at the age of 88.  She is buried in Saint Francis Old Cemetery Taunton, Massachusetts.









Come back tomorrow to see some of Ruth Gough Murphy’s wonderful paintings.





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