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Laurence O'HARA [Parents] was born about 5 Jun 1861 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He was christened on 5 Jun 1861. He died about 1906 in Co. Roscommon. Laurence married Brigid 'UNKNOWN' on 5 Jan 1879 in Calry, Co. Sligo.

Sponsors at Laurence's baptism were Jeremiah Cox and Anne O'Beirne.

Brigid 'UNKNOWN'. Brigid married Laurence O'HARA on 5 Jan 1879 in Calry, Co. Sligo.

Brigid was married in Calry, Co. Sligo, indicating this was her home parish.


Jeremiah DOODY died. Jeremiah married Bridget SCANLON.

Bridget SCANLON died. Bridget married Jeremiah DOODY.

They had the following children.

  M i John DOODY was born about 4 Jun 1871. He died on 27 Jan 1945.

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They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  M ii Living.
  F iii Living.
  F iv Living.
  F v Living.

Cornelius CULL died.

He had the following children.

  F i Margaret CULL was born in 1862. She died in 1942.

John Leo (Leo) HANRAHAN [Parents] was born in 1938 in Bantry, Co. Cork. He died on 25 Dec 2008 in probably Dublin. He was buried in Kilmashogue Cemetery, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin. John married Mary SHEEHY in Oct 1966 in St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, New York City.

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They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  M ii Living.

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They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  M ii Living.
  F iii Living.
  M iv Living.

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Living.

They had the following children.

  F i Living.
  F ii Living.

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They had the following children.

  M i Living.

James MURPHY was born about 1826 in Ireland. He died on 28 Aug 1911 in New Zealand. He was buried in Waikaraka Cemetery, Auckland. James married Johanna CRONIN on 23 Nov 1859 in New Zealand.

It is thought that James may have been born in Dublin but we have found no documentation to support this. James moved to New Zealand as a retired army man. He had served with the British Army at various locations in the Empire and, having served his time, he qualified for a pension. However, the income from his pension would have been very low in post-famine Ireland so he took up a British government offer of a job in Auckland, New Zealand, assisting the local constabulary on a part-time basis to prepare against a potential Maori rebellion. He is also known to have worked as a gardener in Auckland.  

When James's future wife, Johanna Cronin, arrived in New Zealand, her brother Timothy was to have met her off the ship. However, Timothy had apparently gone off to Thames, prospecting for gold, so he sent his friend James Murphy, above, to meet her. James was not known to Johanna at this time and the story goes that she refused to step off the ship until James returned to his lodgings and came back with a letter from Timothy confirming that James was indeed to collect her. Johanna and James were married three months later.

Sharron Peters, a descendant of James and Johanna, is researching her Murphy and Cronin family history. If you have additional information on either of these families that you would like to share, Sharron would be delighted to hear from you. She can be contacted at sharron.vic.peters@orcon.net.nz.

Johanna CRONIN [Parents] was born about 1842 in Co. Limerick, Ireland. She died on 20 Dec 1931 in New Zealand. She was buried in Waikaraka Cemetery, Auckland. Johanna married James MURPHY on 23 Nov 1859 in New Zealand.

At the age of about 17, with her widowered father about to remarry, Johanna emigrated to New Zealand. Apparently, on her way to New Zealand, Johanna's ship, 'The British Queen', was delayed in Plymouth, England for a number of days for some reason. Three women found Johanna on the wharf and took her home to their room and gave her food and shelter for three days until her ship was ready to leave. Johanna finally arrived in Auckland on 30 August 1859. An older brother of hers, Timothy, was already living in New Zealand at this time and it is believed that he had sent Johanna the fare to join him.

Marriage Notes:

The witness to the marriage was Catherine Brit. It is known that Johanna and James knew a Catherine Brett, also from Ireland. It is very likely Catherine Brit and Catherine Brett are the same person.

They had the following children.

  F i Ann (Annie) Maria MURPHY was born on 22 Sep 1860. She died on 26 Jun 1934.
  M ii
Thomas William (Billy) MURPHY was born on 26 Mar 1862 in James Street, Arch Hill, Auckland. He died on 26 Jul 1939 in Auckland, New Zealand. He was buried in Waikaraka Cemetery, Auckland.

Billy was a superb boxer. Known as 'Torpedo Billy', he is the only New Zealand-born boxer to have held a professional world title. He left school at the age of 12 to become apprenticed to a tailor but his real passion was boxing. Two of Billy's brothers, Jimmy and Daniel, were also fine boxers. Billy began to box professionally in 1881 and six years later moved to Sydney where he continued his boxing career. In 1889 he moved to San Francisco.

According to the Auckland Irish Society website, www.aucklandirish.co.nz, "Billy Murphy was offered a bout with Ike Weir of Belfast for the featherweight championship of the world. Weir outclassed Murphy in the early rounds of the contest, which took place at San Francisco on 13 January 1890. However, in the 13th round the New Zealander connected with a hard right that staggered Weir and quickly followed up his advantage, putting Weir on the mat five times. The Irishman was still groggy when he came out for the 14th round; Murphy knocked him out with a hard right to the jaw. This victory earned Murphy $2,250 and the Richard K. Fox belt, a handsome, diamond-studded trophy".

While it is believed by some that the belt was sold a number of years later when Billy found himself short of money, family lore has it that it ended up "in someone's attic".  

The  Auckland Irish Society also tells us that Billy was "a small, wiry man whose fighting weight was around eight stone four pounds" and that he was "exceptionally fast and a devastating puncher for his size".

Billy returned to live in New Zealand shortly after winning the title and was thereby deemed to have forfeited his title by the Americans. Australia and New Zealand, however, continued to recognise the title, which he lost to Albert Griffiths in Sydney in September 1890.

Billy subsequently returned to the United States where he continued boxing with varying degrees of success. It is thought that he may have married in the States around 1899 but the marriage did not last. He went back to New Zealand in 1904, continuing his career in the ring until 1907. After his retirement from boxing, Billy ran a tailoring and dry-cleaning shop with his brothers in Auckland.

A number of descendants of Billy's siblings are in the process of raising money to erect a bronze statue of Billy in Auckland; as part of the fundraising project a very nice website, www.torpedobilly.co.nz, has been created, containing further information about Billy and his family.
  M iii John Joseph MURPHY was born on 5 Jun 1864.
  F iv Sarah Bridget MURPHY was born in 1866. She died on 10 Nov 1914.
  M v
James (Jimmy) Hugh MURPHY was born on 7 Jul 1871 in Arch Hill, Auckland. He died in 7th December 1897 in Johannesburg. He was buried in Johannesburg.

Jimmy was a talented boxer with a very promising future in the sport when, during a sparring fight in Johannesburg in 1897, he wiped a cut near his eye with a handkerchief, resulting in blood poisoning which caused him to lose his eye. He died within the year aged only 26 (although his headstone gives his age at death as 25).
  M vi Daniel Timothy (Tim) MURPHY was born on 18 May 1873. He died on 30 May 1946.
  F vii Ada MURPHY was born on 16 Oct 1875. She died on 24 Aug 1957.
  M viii
Francis Joseph MURPHY was born on 28 Mar 1879 in Arch Hill, Auckland. He died on 12 Jan 1881.
  F ix Elizabeth Helena (Lena, Ena) MURPHY was born on 21 Jul 1880. She died on 19 Oct 1964.
  M x
George Bernard (Bert) MURPHY was born on 2 Apr 1883 in Arch Hill, Auckland. He died on 18 Dec 1963.

Bert was a tailor.

Daniel CRONIN was born in Ireland. He died. Daniel married Bridget KEYES / KAYES.

Although neither my husband nor I are related to the Cronin family, Daniel's granddaughter Sarah Murphy married my husband's granduncle Michael Gordon. In the course of my research into the Gordon family, I came across the information below on the Cronin family which may be useful to other researchers.

Daniel was a farmer.

Bridget KEYES / KAYES was born in Ireland. She died. Bridget married Daniel CRONIN.

They had the following children.

  M i
Timothy CRONIN was born in Ireland. He died in New Zealand.
  F ii Johanna CRONIN was born about 1842. She died on 20 Dec 1931.

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