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Re: LA. Murpheys
Posted by: Richard Sides (ID *****4922) Date: July 30, 2005 at 20:29:55
In Reply to: LA. Murpheys by Garnet Murphey of 807

I am also the direct male descendant of the Louisianna Murphys through my great grandfather, who never returned home to Baton Rouge following the Civil War. A youth full of wanderlust, John Charles Murphy traveled around the world working on ships (his story), homesteading in several midwestern states (Iowa, S. Dakota), before arriving in Colorado in the late 1870s, where he eventually picked up a professional name: Dr. Sides. It has always remained unclear what he thought he was a doctor of. However, age 43 or so, he married, supposedly for the first time, a woman 20 years his junior, and they had six children, including my grandfather, Gordon Harold Murphy. (I have a copy of their marriage license that showed him signing his last name as Murphy. Sometime between 1900 and 1905, his New England wife tired of being called "The Murphy woman who lives with Dr. Sides." She rustled up her four sons and two daughters and told them, from hence forward, if anyone asked them their last name, they were to answer, "Sides." All of this was done at a time in Colorado history when an Irishman could not get a job. When they died, all were buried with the name Sides, although all were born with the name Murphy. The first person in my family to be born without the Murphy name, was my father. I have been stuck with the name Sides, but I have never felt comfortable with it.

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