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  1. John Murphy (1800-1892) Obit
  2. James Graham (1806-1882) Memorial Notice
 

01: Obituary of John Murphy (1800-1892)

Well known resident of Queens County dead. wrote a Welsford correspondent .

Mr. John Murphy, who died recently was born in Fentina, Ireland, March lst, 1800. On June 1st, 1821, he sailed from Liverpool on board the ship "Harp". commanded by Captain John Spence, and landed in Saint John, N. B. September lst of the same year. Mr. Murphy lived 4 years in Saint John, and 10 years in Annopolis, NS, after which he moved to Petersville, Queens Co., N. B., where he lived continuously until his death, which took place at his home on the 12th day December, in the 92nd year of his age.

He was twice married, the first time to Elizabeth Gillespie. To them were born eight children, five sons and three daughters. The daughters, Elizabeth, wife of Edward Sargent of North End Saint John, N. B. Mary Ann, now deceased, wife of Cunningham Breen, Moss Glen, Kings Co., Catherine wife of John McFarlane, also of Moss Glen.

The sons are John Murphy, Blissville, Sunbury Co. merchant and farmer. David A. Murphy, of Elgin , Albert Co., a teacher. Josiah R. Murphy of Woodstock, Carlton Co., Barrister at Law. Robert Murphy of Petersville, Queens Co., trader and farmer. Rev. Wm. 3. Murphy of Mass, deceased.

He leaves 25 grand children and 5 great grand children, to mourn his loss.

In 1837 under the preaching of Rev. Mr. Jenning, Mr. Murphy was converted. Conversion to him meant a genuine change of heart and life, and he walked in the way without wavering until the day of his death. After his conversion he immediately united with the church of his choice, and lived a consistent member of the Methodist church of Coote Hill for about 54 years, unless prevented by illness, or increasing infirmities inconsequent of old age. His place at the sanctuary was not often vacant, and even up to a few weeks of his death, his voice was heard in the house of God, in prayer and praise. He often spoke to his pastor (sometimes amid great suffering), as God as his reconciled father. For him to die was gain. On the 15th, his remains were followed by a large concourse of people, when the occasion was approved by the pastor of the church.

By the deceased own request, the first verse of the 40th Psalm was read, after which he was laid to rest in the silent tomb, to await the resurrection of the Just.

02: James Graham (1806-1882) Memorial Notice

MEMORIAL NOTICES - James Graham, Sr.

Exchanged the associations of earth for the higher and purer fellowship of heaven on the 6th day of June last, and in the 78th year of his age. He emigrated in 1829
from Fermanagh, Ireland , to New Brunswick, settling in the Parish of Petersville, where he has not only been an industrious and honest citizen, but a devoted
Christian and useful member of the Methodist church in that place. Bro. Graham was converted in the 16th year of his age, before he came to this country, and several years after his arrival was appointed class leader, which office he continued to fill with great acceptance till the infirmities of age forbade him that privilege. He also filled other important offices in the church. Chiefly through his exertions and liberality was our church at Petersville built, which will soon be superseded by a
new one now in course of erection. Through his affliction of over six months he was not known to murmur or complain; his clear evidence of his acceptance in the Beloved not only sustained him but made his happy and triumphant in death. A great number of people attended the funeral and listened to a very able and appropriate discourse by the resident minister from 2 Sam. 111. 38. He was great as regards his hospitality, his house was open to the stranger and was always a welcome and comfortable home for the Methodist itinerant. He was a great reader, he loved good books, the Bible, hymn book and Wesley's works were his daily companions. He was great in his love for God's house and his people. The Word was sweet unto his taste, sweeter than honey and honey comb. Enjoying this privileges of the sanctuary he did not do so at others expense; right generously did he support the minister and contribute to connexioual funds. He was good in all the relations of life. The wish so often expressed to the writer for reunion with the partner of youth and other members of his family is at length realized, Thankful are we to record that the surviving members of his family and their children are following in the footsteps of their now allotted sire.

A. E. Page - Nov 16, 1882