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Re: The Addition of the "e"
Posted by: Carol Garner (ID *****1860) Date: October 16, 2002 at 18:35:29
In Reply to: Re: The Addition of the "e" by Vicki Jones of 808

By family tradition and a number of other sources I have seen regarding desdendants of Alexander Murphey of York, Pa circa 1715-1759 the E distinguished those Protestant (ie Presbyterian) Murpheys who emigrated from Northern Ireland (Ulster) as opposed to the y Murphys of southern Ireland, who were Catholic. The spellings would have been significant when buying land in Maryland (primarily Catholics) or Virginia (Anglican) or new territories in Pennsylvania (ScotchIrish Protestants). They tended to clan with their own kind. However, Alexander's brother, James Murphy never used the e. I understand from a Presbyterian historian here in Jacksonville, that Murphee or Murphree were more Scottish spellings, as some line came from Ayr (Murphree or Murfree)and others from Isle of Arran (Murphee and Murphey). O'Hart's pedigree says the Murphy (all spellings) originated in County Wexford, Ireland. The Murphys who were Catholic, I met there have no e. When the clan was broken up in 1634 and again in 1650, they scattered, regrouped in Western and Northern Ireland. The ey is seen heavily in county Argmagh, Louth,and Belfast area. When a drought and famine came in 1690, plus a "cleansing" of the area by William of Orange (determined to make Ireland Protestant and free of any "borderline cases"),many Murpheys moved into Scotland, but were not welcomed, so most moved back to Ireland then into the New World in the Great Migration 1720. I love all my kin...all spellings! Carol Murphey Garner

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