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Searching for James & Agnes (Brydon) Murphy.

Hi All,

I'm looking for the ancestors of James Murphy & Agnes (Nancy) Brydon, married September 1, 1836 in Woodstock Parrish. (I have a copy of the original parrish ledger; Agnes' maiden name was also sometimes spelled Bridon). James & Agnes had at least two children: John (b. 1838) and Jeremiah (b. 1840). Jeremiah emigrated to California and is my G G Grandfather.

There seems to be a lot of Murphy and Brydon family members in New Brunswick along the St John river. I'm having a REALLY difficult time finding any documentation that links James and Agnes to their respective parents and lineage. The brothers John and Jeremiah moved from NB to Nova Scotia at some point. As mentioned, Jeremiah died in California and John in Pennsylvania. I have NO idea what happened to their parents, James & Agnes Murphy. I lose all traces of them.

Any help or hints would be so appreciated. My grandfather visited NS in the 1970s and came up empty; I'd love to complete his journey for my Mom. It seems that James Murphy and Agnes Brydon (Bridon) hail from Carleton County, but I need documentation. ANY lead is appreciated!!


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Comment by Pam Beveridge on October 19, 2013 at 6:52pm

I did see some records for a John Brydon in PA, but not sure he's your John Brydon.  Interestingly, I have a friend Bob Brydon who was brought up in the part of NJ that's near the Appalachian Trail, in the corner with PA and NY.  If I run into him, I'll ask if his family's genealogy has been done.

Comment by Lyle Swart on October 19, 2013 at 5:46pm
Hi Pam,

That'd be great, thanks. Never really considered it. I did just find out that John's wifes's first husband was apparently killed at Andersonville Prision during the Civil War, so who knows!? Thanks for the post!

Comment by Pam Beveridge on October 19, 2013 at 7:41am

I wonder if John and Jeremiah served in the Civil War - lots of New Brunswickers signed up in Maine.  Maybe in their pension files, if they applied for one, there might be some info on their parents.  Nova Scotians, too.  

Will take a look when I get home tonight.


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