Rev. Jesse Gibson MacMurphy


By Danny J. McMurphy - Updated March 1997

Jesse Gibson MacMurphy was born in Derry, New Hampshire on 8 April 1845. He died in 1938 and is buried in East Derry. Rev. Jesse was the son of Alexander McMurphy and Sarah Atwood Gibson. Jesse married Mary Lucy James on 23 April 1870. Mary was born 1 September 1846. She was the daughter of Captain Joseph Warren and Harriet Neely (Hoyt) James of Deerfield. Rev. Jesse Gibson and Mary had the following three children:

Sarah Russell MacMurphy born 29 September 1871 at Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Sarah graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1893. She was a music teacher at St. Mary's in Dallas, Texas; took music lessons of the court pianist Barth in Berlin, Germany; returned and was head teacher at St. Mary's 1897-98; was principal teacher of music in the School of Music at the University of West Virginia, 1898-1904. She resided in Derry, New Hampshire and married Mr. Chase on 2 September 1911.

Alexander James MacMurphy born 29 August 1875 at Ellison's Bay, Wisconsin and died there 31 August 1875. He was buried in Mound Cemetary in Racine, Wisconsin.

Jerome Case MacMurphy was born 19 April 1881 in Racine, Wisconsin. He married Mabel Louisa Pullen on 14 July 1906. Jerome and Mabel had five(?) children: Miriam S. born 19 September 1907, Lawrence Gibson born 27 September 1909, Jesse Gibson born 9 January 1915, and twins born in 1917. The diary of Rev. Jesse Gibson MacMurphy references a grandson named John (i.e. Jack) on 2 August 1915 entry, age unknown. Jerome graduated from the University of West Virginia in 1902 and taught school one year. He was associated with the department store of Marshall Field in Chicago for many years.

Rev. Jesse Gibson MacMurphy attended Pinkerton Academy from 1859 to 1863; entered Dartmouth College in 1865 and graduated in 1868 with the degree of Bachelor of Science. In 1873 he took the degree of Bachelor of Divinity at Nashotah Theological Seminary, was made deacon by Bishop Armitage in 1873, and priest Bishop Whitehouse in 1874. He was rector of St. Peter's Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, 1873-74; Immanuel, Racine, Wisconsin, 1874-77; Holy Innocents, Racine, Wisconsin, 1880; St. John's, San Francisco, 1881-84; Immanuel, Racine, a second time for several years; and became rector of the Church of the Transfiguration, West Derry, in 1899. He opened the McMurphy Home School in Racine, Wisconsin in 1877. It was a school for ladies to prepare for college. The home school was operated from 1877 through at least 1894. Rev. Jesse Gibson was also a director in the First National Bank of Derry and a trustee of the Nutfield Savings Bank. He was a member of the New Hampshire Historical Society, the New England Historical Society, the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament, the Society for the Promotion of Christian Unity, a member of the Derry Grange No. 282, Patrons of Husbandry, and the Board of Trade of Derry. He was also a thirty-second degree Mason and a member of the following named divisions of the order: St. Mark's Lodge, No. 41, Free and Accepted Masons, Derry; Bell Royal Arch Chapter, No. 25; Mt. Nebo Council, No. 15, Royal and Select Masters; Trinity Commandery, Knights Templar of Manchester; and Edward A Raymond Consistory, Sublime Princes of the Royal Secret of Nashua. He was also a member of Ransford Chapter, No. 3, Order of the Eastern Star of Derry; and Bektash Temple of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Mystic Shrine of Concord.

Rev. Jesse Gibson MacMurphy's extensive collection of genealogical data on the McMurphy family and other lines is still available for reference and research and remains as the most detailed collection of information on the McMurphy family. His original 18 journals of genealogical data, letters, etc. is archived at the New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord, New Hampshire.

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