Richard Lewis Murrow

Male 1834 - 1898  (64 years)


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  • Name Richard Lewis Murrow  [1
    Born 8 Jan 1834  2 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Christened 4 Feb 1834  Parish of St. Mary's, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1853  Draper Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1853  Christ Church, County of Dublin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Between 1857 and 1870  Organist to Lurgan Church Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Between 1858 and 1859  Union Street, Lurgan, Co. Armagh Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Between 1868 and 1872  Queen Street, Lurgan, Co. Armagh Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1872  Accountant Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation Between 1873 and 1878  Cashier and bookkeeper Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1873  9 Fitzroy Place, Belfast Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Between 1877 and 1892  44 Fitzroy Avenue, Belfast Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Between 1884 and 1897  Accountant Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Between 1894 and 1897  113 Fitzroy Avenue, Belfast Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1898  17 Cliftonville Avenue, Belfast Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 1 Dec 1898  Belfast, Co. Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried 3 Dec 1898  I 177 Belfast Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age: 65 
    Agency: Proprietary Ground Section II Class 3 Number 177 
    Cause: Apoplexy 
    Address:
    17 Cliftonville Ave
    Belfast, Co. Antrim
    Ireland 
    Notes 
    • Family lore:

      According to family lore, Richard Murrow and his wife had four children, all of whom died at one time. They had eleven more, and then his wife died, leaving him to rear the children. I have found no record of these first four children. (Vivienne Murrow's diary reports two children who died, much more realistic in the time frame.)

      I have a reproduction of a long, low stool that was placed in front of the fire. My mother told me that her mother Florence and two older brothers used to kneel there for family prayers and see who could spit farthest into the fire.

      Another story tells of one of the boys on the way home from school running into the Catholic church and putting mud in the holy water. When he found out about it, his father told him that, as soon as his next piano student left, he was going to cane him. Teacher and student, in duet, played a fortissimo chord and were rewarded with a terrible banging noise. When the father opened the piano to see what was wrong, hidden there was the cane he planned to use. Before caning the boy, the father told him to take off his pants. The boy did so, revealing another pair underneath. On taking those pants off, he finally got his punishment.

      ***

      Vestry Minutes, Church of Christ the Redeemer, March 3, 1872:

      "The churchwarden handed in the resignation of Mr. Murrow, organist. Three months notice given from 1st. April next."

      ***

      From Longstreet Murrow Hull:

      Street's mother, Nancy Linthicum Hull, gave him a medal that she had worn as a pendant. It was awarded to Richard Murrow by Christ Church Cathedral in 1851. It is pictured on this page.

      ***
    • Florence Murrow Hull named her younger son Richard Louis for her father, whose name was Richard Lewis Murrow in the family Bible but Richard Louis Murrow on his tombstone.
    • From Dr. R. Stuart Kinsella, research advisor, archives@christchurch.ie, Christ Church Cathedral Dublin, 24 September 2015:

      ... I'm delighted to have confirmed that Richard Murrow was a chorister in the cathedral. This would have been in the time of (later Sir) Robert Prescott Stewart, who was a huge musical presence in Dublin in the second half of the 19th century. Wikipedia has plenty on him: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Prescott_Stewart but there is also a Ph.D. thesis on him as well if you've time! http://eprints.maynoothuniversity.ie/1479/

      ... in the 1848 edition (p.300) [of Thom's directories], out of 7 choristers, the 4th listed is R. Murrow, and I have to say he is amongst illustrious company. Also included are J. Horan (who became the organist) and G. W. Torrance, also a well-known organist who had a large influence on the musical scene in Australia. The 1850 edition (p. 300) lists R. Murrow first out of 6 choristers (which suggests that he might have been the most senior), while unfortunately, in 1851, the choristers are not listed in the directory.

      ... it is very likely that he learnt how to play the organ from R. P. Stewart, particularly given that two of his fellow choristers went on to become important organists.
    Person ID I0203  Hull | Descendants of Pierre Mesney
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2015 

    Father Richard Murrow,   b. Abt 1799,   d. 2 Jan 1844, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 45 years) 
    Mother Mary Catherine Morgan,   b. c. 1811, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1883, West Ham, Essex, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Married 8 Feb 1833  Monkstown Church Co. Dublin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From Dublin Acts/Grants/Wills 1800-1858:

      Diocesan bond:

      Richard Murrow to Mary Cath. Morgan 1833 Marr. Lic.
    Family ID F784  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Louisa Jane Mesney,   b. Abt 1829,   d. 10 Aug 1878, Belfast, Co. Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years) 
    Married 17 Jan 1853  St. Saviour's Parish, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. One Murrow,   d. Bef 1857
     2. Two Murrow,   d. Bef 1857
     3. Three Murrow,   d. Bef 1857
     4. Four Murrow,   d. Bef 1857
    +5. Mary Louisa Murrow,   b. 1856, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1943, Garden City, Long Island, Nassau Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     6. Richard Mesney Murrow,   b. 2 Jun 1857, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
    +7. George William Murrow,   b. 1858, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1947, Chicago IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     8. Richard du Mesnil Murrow,   b. 17 Jan 1860, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1934, Chicago, Cook Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    +9. Winifred Mesney Murrow,   b. 3 Jul 1861, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1901, Belfast, Co. Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
     10. Louisa Jane Murrow,   b. 1863, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Elizabeth Rosa Augusta Murrow,   b. 25 Aug 1864, Avenue Road, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1913, Nursing Home, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
    +12. Louis Henry Tottenham Murrow,   b. 19 Aug 1866, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1926, Islington, Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    +13. Gerald Victor Patrick Murrow,   b. 23 Sep 1868, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1913  (Age 45 years)
     14. Florence Malcolm Eveleen Mesney Murrow,   b. 7 Jan 1872, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 1937, Atlanta, Fulton Co., GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     15. Gertrude Norah Adelaide Murrow,   b. 30 Nov 1873, Belfast, Co. Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 23 Jan 2014 
    Family ID F073  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Medal
    Medal
    Awarded by the Dean and Chapter of Christ Church Cathedral to Rich'd Murrow for Uniformly Good Conduct and Diligence 1851
    Medal - Obverse
    Medal - Obverse
    Christ Church Cathedral Dublin

    Documents
    Marriage certificate
    Marriage certificate
    Richard Louis Murrow and Louisa Jane Mesney, 17 January, 1853, Totnes, Devon, England

    Headstones
    Signpost with map, Belfast City Cemetery
    Signpost with map, Belfast City Cemetery
    Headstone Richard Lewis Murrow, Louisa Jane Murrow, and Gussie Murrow
    Headstone Richard Lewis Murrow, Louisa Jane Murrow, and Gussie Murrow

  • Sources 
    1. [S11918] Lurgan No. 1 Civil Birth Register.

    2. [S15710] Twelfth Census of the United States, Bureau of the Census, (June 1900).
      Place of birth of Father of this person [Florence Hull]: Ireland

    3. [ST. MARY'S PARISH REGI] 1831-1841.
      Feb. 4 1834 Richard Lewis of Richard & Cath. Murrow

    4. [S14958] Deaths Registered in the District of Belfast No. 3.
      No. 42. 1898 First December, 17 Cliftonville Avenue. Richard Louis Murrow. M. Widower. 64 years. Accountant. Apoplexy, 7 days, Certified. Harry Haslett, present at death, 14 College Gardens. First December 1898. H. D. Osborne, Registrar.

    5. [S17082] Marriage Certificate.
      RLM age 20, Bachelor, Draper, Christ Church, Dublin, Richard Murrow, Draper
      LJM age 23, Spinster, -, St. Saviours, William Mesney, Revenue Officer
      Witnesses W. Mesney, Mary Mesney
      GRO Jan-Mar Volume 5b Page 307 No. 173


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