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Patrick Gough

Patrick Gough was my 3x great Grandfather.  He was the father of James Gough and grandfather of Ruth (Gough) Murphy.  I recently was in contact with a distant cousin thru ancestry and he provided me with a picture of an obituary he had on Patrick Gough.  While I am having some trouble getting the imaging to upload correctly, I thought I would share the translation with you all.

Patrick Gough Dead at Age of Ninety-six

Was the oldest resident of East Taunton Section. –An Iron Worker of the Olden Days when the Squawbetty Mills were prosperous.

Patrick Gough, probably the oldest resident of Taunton, died this morning at his home on Liberty street, East Taunton. He was born in County Lowth, Ireland 96 years ago, and came to this country in 1843.  He raised a large family of whom there are three who survived him, John H. Gough, of Dean avenue, Ann E., wife of Patrick Burke of East Taunton, and Mr. Jennie Russell of this city.  Mr. Gough had been in unusual heath for one who was approaching to within less than a half decade of the century mark, up to about two weeks ago.  He was a man of strong and sturdy character, straightforward in his dealings, firm in his convictions, and a war hearted, good neighbor.  His mental faculties had been retained to the last, and he had taken an interest in Taunton affairs and general political affairs to the last.  He was since his retirement an exhaustive reader of the daily papers and well informed as to current events.  His wife Ann (Conaty) Gough died several years ago.

Mr. Gough was born in Lowth County, North of Ireland, in 1819, his life had covered the period of the important inventions of the last century, and he had watched the development of transportation from the old sailing vessel and the one horse chaise, to the fast express train, the automobile and the trolley.  He had seen the growth from the rush light, of the early part of the 19th century in Ireland, which he knew how to make, to electricity, and recalled the days when care was taken in keeping a coal buried alive in the ashes over night for the starting of the fire in the morning.

He is also survived by one brother, James Gough , known to some of the older Taunton residents, and who is a wealthy San Francisco business man and the head of the most extensive furniture business in that city.  After coming to this country Mr. Gough located in Boston and was employed in the old Iron Works at the North End. That was in 1843 an immigrant settler of seeing the big ocean going vessels anchored where the stores of Friend and Causeway and Haverhill streets now are, and when Beacon hill descended to the water’s edge. The original iron works that he was employed in were in the vicinity of what is now Howard street.

He lived afterward in Pennsylvania and finally settled and reared his family in Squawbetty in the days of prosperity of the rolling mills.  His trade was that of a puddler, hard in requirements but remunerative in the receipts from the pay envelope, and he recalled the days when the Squawbetty puddlers earned better than $14 a day for their labor and of the chagrin and pessimism that he felt when after the war the wages came down so that $11 a day was his stipend.

He was a full hearted patriotic American and his training of his family was at a family circle where high principles of patriotism were taught. For a number of years he had been retired from active business, but up to the present winter was a frequent trolley visitor from East Taunton to the Green, always unattended, and keen minded. He was one of the old people whose old age inflicted with no puerility or childishness. He appeared to be a man of not more than 70 and clear to the time of his death he was in the full possession of his faculties.

He was interesting in his reminiscences and accurate in his recollections.  A short time before his death he was discussing the ancient water front of Boston and procured from histories support of his coutention that he saw big ships lie at anchor considerably to the east of Friend street.

He is the last of a generation of old-time Irish immigrants and exemplified the sturdy manhood of this immigration.

His brother, James Gough, who came to this country at about the same time, was one of the pioneer cattlemen of the Western plains, in the Black Feet country, where he amassed a considerable fortune, and then founded the Gough family, today prominent in San Francisco circles.



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Posted by on December 6, 2016 in Gough Family


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Paintings by Ruth Gough Murphy

Self Portrait 1940

Self Portrait 1940

I found this piece on an auction site "Fall Landscape Taunton, Mass"

I found this piece on an auction site “Fall Landscape Taunton, Mass”













View from front window on Buttermilk Bay.

View from front window on Buttermilk Bay.










Portrait of a model from a class in 1940

Portrait of a model from a class in 1940

Model Victoria Shouk also from a class in 1940

Model Victoria Shouk also from a class in 1940












Still Life by Grandma Murphy Painted in 1955









Fanny (Kelly) Gough Ruth's mother

Fanny (Kelly) Gough
Ruth’s mother

The Policeman

The Policeman










Quohog shell

Quohog shell


Posted by on July 28, 2015 in Gough Family, Paintings


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

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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Patrick Goff (Gough) and Ann Conefy

Patrick Goff and Ann Conefy are the parents of James E Gough.

Patrick Goff was born around 1824/25 in Ireland. At this time I am unsure when he died.

Ann Conefy was born around 1833 in Ireland to John and Ann Conefy and died March 6, 1880 in Massachusetts. Below is her Death record:

death record for ann conefy goff

There children were as follows:
1. Ann Goff born about 1852 (no birth record) – Died November 14, 1855 (age 3 Wooping Cough)
2. Peter Goff born Oct. 28, 1854 – March 25, 1911 his wife was Mary Curtin
 on the 1900 census he is listed as a housekeeper for the Burke family and his father Patrick is listed as living with him.  Peter’s children are listed as William J age 16 born July 10, 1885 in 1900 census and John J listed as 9 in 1900
3. John Goff born February 5, 1857
4. James Goff born July 27, 1859 – died July 3, 1888 (age 29 Consumption)
5. Patrick Goff born February 14, 1864
6. Thomas H. Goff born May 16, 1866
7. Mary E Goff born May 5, 1868
8. William F Goff born October 25, 1870- December 17, 1902 (age 32 Cirrhosis of liver)
9. Ann Elizabeth Goff born October 23, 1875 – married a Patrick Burke on October 6, 1896
10. Margaret Goff born February 14, 1877
Other Supporting Documents:
1865 Mass Census1865 Massachusetts Census

1870 Census

1870 Census





1900 Census Record

1900 Census





marriage record for child ann

Marriage Record for Ann Elizabeth

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Posted by on September 16, 2013 in Gough Family


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Update: James E Gough (Goff) and Fanny Kelly

114907751_137564995740My Paternal Great Great Grandparents.

James E Gough (Goff) was born July 27, 1859 to Patrick (Goff) and Ann Conefy.  He died July 3, 1888 of Consumption (tuberculosis).

Fanny Kelly was born April 6, 1859 to Lawrence Kelly and Fanny Atkins. She died May 13, 1942

marriage recordThey were married on November 25, 1885

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This picture of James was taken between 1884 and 1885.





Census record found:  

1870 Census

1870 census record for James Goff (line 1) at the time he was 11 years old.







I don’t have copies of these particular Census records, but the information can be found at

1900: Fannie is listed as the head of house along with Ruth age 12, and Fannie’s sisters Lena and Mary

1910: Fanny is listed as living with her brother Henry, sisters Mary and Lena, and daughter Ruth.

1920: Fanny is listed as living with her brother Peter, sisters Mary and Lena, and her daughter Ruth

Birth Record found:

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Birth record for James Goff. (line 74)






Death Record found:


Death record for James E Gough.  (line 282)  listed as Laborer and lived at 16 County. 28 years of age.

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Posted by on August 29, 2013 in Gough Family, Photos


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7 Grandparents in one picture

multiple generations

This picture is posted in the gallery on the side, but I fell like it is a special enough picture to have it’s own post.  I mean how many people can say they have a picture with 7 of their Grandparents in it.

This is my Aunt Jeanne’s Christening picture.  Holding her is my Grandmother (her mother) Jeannette Seekell Murphy, to the right of the picture are Jeannette’s Mother’s Parents Annie Flangheddy McAloon and Daniel McAloon.  To the left  are her Father’s Parents Jennie Doucette Seekell and Charles Lovell Seekell.  Behind Charles is Jeannette’s father Charles Albert Seekell, then Robert Francis Murphy (Jeanne’s father), next is Robert’s parents Ruth Frances Gough Murphy and Dr. Joseph Leroy Murphy.

For some of my Grandparents here it is the first picture I have ever seen of them.  My Aunt is blessed to have such a wonderful picture in her collection.


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James and Fannie (Kelley) Gough

James and Fannie are the parents of Ruth Gough Murphy. My Great Great Grandparents.

James E Gough was born July 27, 1859 died July 3, 1888. The death registry lists cause of death as consumption; which back then ment: A progressive wasting away of the body, especially that attended upon pulmonary consumption; hence pulmonary phthisis or tuberculosis.

Fannie was born about 1860, so far I have no other information on them.

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Posted by on December 6, 2012 in Gough Family, Photos


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