Linda's mother's maiden name was Murray. Her grandfather Patrick O'Donaghue Murray was supposedly born in Ireland but we have yet to find his place of birth. We know the name of his father was also Patrick but we do not know the name of his mother nor if he had any brothers and sisters. The state of the Irish records is so incomplete due to a fire in the general records office in the early 1900's that we may never locate any additional information on this side of the family.
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Descendants of Patrick O'Donaghue Murray
1. Patrick O'Donaghue2 Murray (Patrick1) was born Abt. 1861 in Ireland1, and died 29 Dec 1907 in Brentford, Brentford, Middlesex, England2. He married Charlotte Annie Marks 06 Oct 1890 in St. Austell, Cornwall, England3, daughter of Charles Marks and Mary Lake. She was born 18 Jan 1868 in Froghall Lane, Warrington, Lancashire, England4, and died 04 Nov 1904 in Brentford, Isleworth, Middlesex, England5.
Notes for Patrick O'Donaghue Murray:
1981 England Census shows that the family had a sevant, Margaret Crowley, a general domestic servant.
More About Patrick O'Donaghue Murray:
Occupation: 1891, Inland Revenue Office - 2nd class6
Residence: 1901, 21 Balshorte Rd, Hounslow, Middlesex, England7
Children of Patrick Murray and Charlotte Marks are:
+ 2 i. Roy O'Neill3 Murray, born 20 May 1893 in St. Austell, Cornwall, England; died 17 Dec 1949 in Windsor, ON, Canada.
+ 3 ii. Gerald "Jerry" Murray, born 22 Feb 1892 in St. Austell, Cornwall, England; died 22 May 1968 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Generation No. 1
Generation No. 2
2. Roy O'Neill3 Murray (Patrick O'Donaghue2, Patrick1) was born 20 May 1893 in St. Austell, Cornwall, England8, and died 17 Dec 1949 in Windsor, ON, Canada. He married Mary Cowe Davidson 19 Mar 1915 in Edinburgh, Scotland, daughter of James Davidson and Margaret Mack. She was born 30 Nov 1891 in Duns, Berwickshire, Scotland, and died 29 Mar 1966 in Windsor, ON.
Notes for Roy O'Neill Murray:
Windsor-Detroit Border Crossing Nov 11, 1925: crossing for 1 day to work at Ford's HPK plant in Detroit. Lists his last permanent residence as Bannerman, Man.
More About Roy O'Neill Murray:
Emigration: 10 Aug 1924, Saturnia9
Medical Information: medium complexion, brown hair, brown eyes9
Occupation: 1925, auto mechanic - ford HPK Plant - detroit, MI9
Residence: 1901, Hounslow, Heston, Middlesex, England10
More About Mary Cowe Davidson:
Immigration: 24 Oct 1925, landed in Quebec City, Quebec aboard the SATURNIA , Anchor Donaldson11
Residence: 1901, 11, Tienhillgreen, Duns, Berwickshire, SCT12
Children of Roy Murray and Mary Davidson are:
+ 4 i. Margaret Charlotte4 Murray, born 27 Sep 1918 in 11, Tienhillgreen, Duns, Berwickshire, Scotland; died 03 Oct 2006 in Windsor, Essex Co., ON.
+ 5 ii. Mary Alice Murray, born 23 Jan 1925 in Duns, Berwickshire, Scotland; died 08 Jul 2005 in Amherstburg, ON.
+ 6 iii. Patricia Murray, born 08 Oct 1929 in Windsor, ON.
+ 7 iv. Geraldine Elizabeth "Betty" Murray, born 20 Jan 1931 in Windsor, ON.
3. Gerald "Jerry"3 Murray (Patrick O'Donaghue2, Patrick1) was born 22 Feb 1892 in St. Austell, Cornwall, England, and died 22 May 1968 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He married Edith MacLeod on 20 Jul 1915 in St Margaret's Episcopal Church in Glasow, SCT daughter of William MacLeod and Isobella Ann MacKenzie. She was born 16 Dec 1892 in Inverness, SCT, and died 12 Dec 1965 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Notes for Gerald "Jerry" Murray:
Jerry Murray had grey eyes and brown hair. He was an accountant when he was married in 1915.
More About Gerald "Jerry" Murray:
Cause of Death: heart attack
Emigration: 08 May 1913, left Scotland to go to Buenos Aires to work for Price Waterhouse
Occupation: Abt. 1920, Worked for an International Counter Company: Clearwater Company in Buenos Aires and Paraguay13
Notes for Edith MacLeod:
Edith Murray had dark brown eyes and brown hair.
More About Edith MacLeod:
Cause of Death: stroke
Child of Gerald Murray and Edith MacLeod is:
+ 8 i. Gerald4 Murray, born 26 Dec 1913 in Edinburgh, SCT; died 28 Feb 1968 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Generation No. 3
4. Margaret Charlotte4 Murray (Roy O'Neill3, Patrick O'Donaghue2, Patrick1) was born 27 Sep 1918 in 11, Tienhillgreen, Duns, Berwickshire, Scotland14, and died 03 Oct 2006 in Windsor, Essex Co., ON. She married Harold Clayton Laing 08 Nov 1940 in Windsor, ON15, son of Arthur Laing and LuLu Parsons. He was born 12 Jul 1918 in Detroit, MI, and died 02 Mar 1991 in Windsor, Essex, ON.
Notes for Margaret Charlotte Murray:
An extract form an Interview with Margaret Laing for a university paper by Linda Urquhart, 1985:
Peggy is the oldest of four sisters with the second sister born when she was six and a half years old, the third when she was 12 years old, and the last when she was 14. She, her mother and baby sister Mary, took the boat to Canada. They were not able to emigrate to Detroit were her father worke so he left his job in Detroit and began working at Wilkinson's show store, a job he held for many years. In 1939 with the advent of WW II he joined the active army with the Essex Scottish Regiment (he had been in the reserve army in peacetime). While at Ipperwash he had heart problems and was sent to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. She recalls that "It broke his heart not to get overseas. He just wanted to get back to his homeland." He died of a heart attack in 1949 at the age of 56.
Peggy completed grade school at Wyandotte St school. In 1931 she began her studies at Kennedy Collegiate in Windsor. She went two and a half years to W. D. Lowe (Tech) where she completed her Commercial training.
Peggy's earliest memories are of her life in Scotland. She remembers going in a horse and carriage to pick up her mother at the train station in Duns when she was 6 and a half years old. Her mother was returning from the hospital in Edinburgh with her baby sister, Mary. Her other memories of Scotland included a teacher teaching her how to knit, the fireplace in her house where the kettle was always on the trivet, and a lot of uncles around who used to call her Paddy. The term meant "the next best thing". The best thing was to be a son.
Peggy has many memories of the boat trip to Canada. They were on the ship for a week. She remembers sailing down the St. Lawrence River and seeing campfires on the shore. They landed in Quebec and she remembers seeing a lot of women with kerchiefs around their head. They then took the train to Windsor. She remembers that it was cold and there was a lot of snow.
In Canada, she remembers that they lived on Bridge Ave in 'a part of a house". She remembers being very quiet and shy in elementary school and thinks it was because she was in a new country 'and the people didn't talk the same."
She remembers fondly that every Sunday the family went on a picnic in the car. "Dad, Mom and all the kids went. Sometimes we also took my best friend,Jenny, with us along with her whole family."
One negative memory she has of her childhood happened when she was about 10 or eleven years old. It was during the depression. She had to go to the store and give them some kind of welfare card to get some groceries. She remembers being so ashamed. She felt that it was 'the worse thing to be on welfare."
After high school she worked at the Hydro. She had also been working part-time when she was a student at Bartlet, MacDonald and Gow as an elevator operator.
What attracted her to Harry was the fact that he was so clean, had such rosy cheeks, and he was blond and good looking. They met at a Y dance. As she got to know him better she liked his honesty and naiveté and that he liked her. She liked the fact that he was athletic like her. They went to church together on Sundays and then he would stay for supper. He helped in the kitchen and the sisters liked him because he could reach the high cupboards. They liked to go to shows, bowling and dancing.
They were married in 1940. She stayed home. She could no longer work at the Hydro because if you were married you lost your job. They lived on Hall avenue in a upstairs flat. Her husband worked at a furniture store in Detroit. They planned on building a house. They bought a lot on Watson in Riverside for $75. However in 1941 she had a ruptured appendix. They had no hospitalization insurance. They lost all their savings and had to sell their lot. In 1942 her husband was called to the Canadian army. He couldn’t be drafted because he wan an American citizen but they talked about it and decided that since he’d be drafted soon by the American army, he might as well enlist with the Canadian army to be closer to home. She became pregnant in 1942. Her husband left for Ipperwash when their first child, Jerry, was three weeks old. He came home on most weekends. He also had a one month embarkation leave before going overseas. When her husband first joined the army she and Jerry moved in with her family. It was more convenient since her father and her husband were both away most of the time in the army. She had her son at Grace hospital. She enjoyed living at home with her mother and sisters. Her mother did volunteer work. She took care of the house but had lots of help with the baby.
She then recalled that during this time she had a lot of support from her sorority sisters. Before she met her husband and was working at the Hydro she met some girls who were in a sorority and her and Jenny joined. They put on dances and did charity work. The sorority sisters continued their friendship during the war as well as long afterwards. They have remained strong and lasting friends.
Harry was wounded in France and returned to Canada on a hospital ship. Her Dad and her son accompanied her to London, Ontario to meet him. His name was called as he was brought off the train on a stretcher. “Wounded soldiers returning from the war were considered heroes. His picture was even in the paper.” He remained in and out of the hospital for 2 years. During that time they rented a home on Felix Ave on Windsor’s west side. They had a second child in 1946, a three week premature baby girl. Peggy remembers that she was going somewhere with her son and was lifting him on to the bus when she had a sharp pain. That was the only pain she had in delivering Linda.
The first real crisis they had in their marriage was when her husband lost his American citizenship. He lost his job because he was not allowed to cross the border. They worked it out together, They tried everything to get his citizenship back. He lost his citizenship because he was charged with swearing allegiance to Canada when joining the Canadian army. Harry states that he never swore allegiance, and that American citizens were told to step aside when this was being done. However this was during McCarthyism and they lost the appeal. So they mutually decided it would be best to work and live in Windsor. Before this time they were planning to settle in Detroit where Harry’s brothers all lived.
Another factor causing family problems was the fact that both her husband’s father and her own mother came to live with them. They both felt it was a chore but also felt that they had to do it. She enjoyed having her mother there. She was able to go back to work full-time and had a baby-sitter, a cook and a housekeeper. Her presence also did not cause a lot of marital discord but she indicated that ‘there was a strain. You do not have the freedom of your own home. The resentment was there sometimes but no bitterness. You had no choice.”
Peggy returned to work as soon as both of her children were in school. She started part-time in the mornings at State Vacuum in 1951. She enjoyed work but not the extra work at home. In 1952 she worked full-time at Gray’s department store on Ottawa St in Windsor. In 1956 her mother came to live with them and she worked at Beaver Oil company. It was much easier then. She liked working. She worked as the office supervisor until the company left Windsor. By then she was 58 years old and decided to just retire early. She feels that the biggest contribution to her family other than being their mother, was her financial contribution. “If I had not been working, many things would not have been possible, our family trips and any extras the family had were because of the money, good money, I brought into the house.”
Recently she undertook the presidency of the United Church Women organization at her church and she was a little apprehensive about chairing meetings and getting up in front of a group of people. However, she found that she not only can handle the new responsibilities but also enjoys them.
In response to the question ‘How do you feel about your life now?” she replied that it was great. “Being retired is great, we have enough money, we are comfortable in our own home that we’ve had for 35 years. I have a good husband. I have a daughter who lives close by with grand-children who are a joy.” She is quite content and quite happy.
I asked her to describe a typical day in her life now. She golfs every Tuesday morning in a women’s league in the summer (April to October). In the winter she bowls every Wednesday afternoon in a women’s 5 pin league. They both bowl on Tuesday nights Sept to May in the Mixed 5 pin league with the church. Every Thursday she volunteers at Meals on Wheels. Once a month she is a volunteer on Friday mornings at the Cancer Clinic. This year she and her husband joined a Ball and Chain golf league on Friday evenings. They are both very involved in the activities of their grandchildren, whether it is attending a birthday party, a first communion, a minor baseball game or house league hockey games.
She further mentioned that she always looks forward to vacations. They took a bus tour to Florida last winter and this summer they are going to a new golf lodge. They always go up to Northern Ontario for two or three weeks.
Peggy’s happiest memories are firstly her honeymoon in Niagara Falls. Secondly the cottage days on Lake Erie at Epping Forest where her family (husband and children) lived in a cottage all summer. Her husband commuted to work every day. Her mother and father and her married sisters all had cottages in the same park. Her days were spent lazily on the beach with the children or sitting around talking to her mother and sisters. Lastly the memory that stands out above all others is her trip to Scotland. She and her husband went with two of her sisters and their husbands back to where she was born and spent her early childhood. They visited her Aunt Rachel who was the closest relative to her mother. She added that she also has the fondest memories of her years at Sundridge Lodge in Northern Ontario where so many summer vacations were spent along with her daughter and her family.
As to her philosophy of life, she says “I try not to hurt anybody. I do the best that I can in anything I do. I don’t worry about being the best. I don’t expect to be on top but it doesn’t bother me. I guess you could say that I am easy going. Money is not important as long as I have enough to live comfortable. Luxuries are not necessary. I am used to living simply. I don’t bother with a lot of extras. I got into the habit of not spending too much for things when it was a necessity to be careful. I lived through the depression. I had to be frugal when we first married. I had to be careful. I remember the shame of being on welfare. I think the way I live now shows that I’m still careful with money even though I don’t have any financial insecurities.”
Peggy feels good about her life. She has accomplished the goals she set out for her family. She was even able to accomplish her father’s goal to return to his homeland. She did what he was never able to do. She is content with the onset of old age. Her health is good and she has the luxury of still having a loving husband with whom she hopes to spend the rest of her life. They are both still involved in the church and will continue to contribute to society for as long as they can. They are enjoying to the fullest the time they have left together. She is still careful with money. She still has a need for that ‘money in the bank’ security that she has needed all her life. But she is at peace with her life now and is content that she has led a fulfilling life with more fulfilling years to come.
More About Margaret Charlotte Murray:
Burial: 06 Oct 2006, Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery, Windsor, Essex, ON
Cause of Death: brain tumour on brain stem and dementia16
Immigration: 24 Oct 1925, landed in Quebec, Quebec on the SATURNIA , Anchor Donaldson17
More About Harold Clayton Laing:
Burial: 05 Mar 1991, Greenlawn Memorial, Windsor, Essex, ON
Emigration: 1929, Emigrated to Canada
Residence: 1920, 154 Plum Street, Detroit, Ward 6, Wayne, MI18
Social Security Number: 383-07-708819
Children of Margaret Murray and Harold Laing are:
9 i. Gerald Arthur5 Laing, born 27 Mar 1943 in Windsor, ON20.
+ 10 ii. Linda Margaret Laing, born 03 Jan 1946 in Windsor, Essex, ON, CA.
5. Mary Alice4 Murray (Roy O'Neill3, Patrick O'Donaghue2, Patrick1) was born 23 Jan 1925 in Duns, Berwickshire, Scotland, and died 08 Jul 2005 in Amherstburg, ON. She married Wilfred Real Barbe 29 Nov 1947 in Windsor, Essex, ON, CA, son of Heliodore Barbe and Roseanna Ethier. He was born 04 Apr 1925 in Windsor, ON, and died 14 Dec 2002 in Amherstburg, Essex, ON, CA.
More About Mary Alice Murray:
Immigration: 24 Oct 1925, landed in Quebec City, Quebec aboard the SATURNIA, Anchor Donaldson21
Children of Mary Murray and Wilfred Barbe are:
+ 11 i. Richard Wilfred5 Barbe, born 15 May 1948 in Windsor, ON.
12 ii. Laura Mary Barbe, born 21 Jan 1951 in Windsor, ON; died 21 Feb 2000 in St.Thomas, ON. She married Brian Pineault 08 Jul 1983 in London, ON; born 30 Mar 1952.
+ 13 iii. Patricia Rose Barbe, born 05 Oct 1952 in Windsor, ON.
+ 14 iv. Merrill "Merry" Teresa Barbe, born 04 Oct 1956 in Windsor, ON.
+ 15 v. Ronald Maurice Barbe, born 18 Aug 1958 in Windsor, ON.
+ 16 vi. Anne Marie Barbe, born 15 Jan 1961 in Windsor, ON.
+ 17 vii. Jennifer Lucille Barbe, born 03 Jun 1968 in Windsor, ON.
6. Patricia4 Murray (Roy O'Neill3, Patrick O'Donaghue2, Patrick1) was born 08 Oct 1929 in Windsor, ON. She married Willis "Al" Allison 11 Aug 1955 in Angola, IN, son of Isaac Allison and Agnes Shamka. He was born 06 Sep 1931 in Detroit, MI.
Children of Patricia Murray and Willis Allison are:
+ 18 i. Philip5 Allison, born 02 Nov 1955 in Warren, MI.
19 ii. Kathleen Allison, born 24 Oct 1956 in Warren, MI.
+ 20 iii. Jayne Allison, born 11 Aug 1958 in Warren, MI.
+ 21 iv. Lynne Allison, born 31 Jul 1961 in Warren, MI.
+ 22 v. Rosemarie Allison, born 28 Jun 1966 in Warren, MI.
7. Geraldine Elizabeth "Betty"4 Murray (Roy O'Neill3, Patrick O'Donaghue2, Patrick1) was born 20 Jan 1931 in Windsor, ON. She married Gordon Orval Smith 29 Jul 1950 in Windsor, ON, son of Joseph Smith and Marie Bacon. He was born 02 Jul 1924 in Windsor, ON.
Children of Geraldine Murray and Gordon Smith are:
+ 23 i. Christine Elizabeth5 Smith, born 30 Jan 1953 in Windsor, ON.
24 ii. James Gordon Smith, born 16 Mar 1954 in Windsor, ON. He married Barbara Clara Szlavnics 12 Aug 1995 in Guelph, ON; born 11 Mar 1954 in Toronto, ON.
25 iii. Joseph Murray Smith, born 04 Dec 1955 in Windsor, ON. He married Roma 02 Dec 2002 in Calgary, AB.
26 iv. John Stephen Smith, born 19 Sep 1957 in Windsor, ON. He married Ruth Lesins 16 Aug 1997 in Guelph, ON; born Abt. 1957.
27 v. Margaret "Peggy" Ann Smith, born 19 Apr 1960 in Windsor, ON.
+ 28 vi. Dianne Mary Smith, born 15 Jun 1966 in Windsor, ON.
8. Gerald4 Murray (Gerald "Jerry"3, Patrick O'Donaghue2, Patrick1) was born 26 Dec 1913 in Edinburgh, SCT, and died 28 Feb 1968 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He married Anna Johane Olsen 03 Dec 1953, daughter of Argentine Olsen and Elena Lausten. She was born 10 Sep 1924 in Tres Arroyos City, Buenos Aires, Argentina22.
Notes for Gerald Murray:
Jerry Murray had brown hair and brown eyes. He died at the beach, Tres Arroyos, Balneario Orense o Punta Desnudez, he died playing 'paleta' that is similar to tennis that the family always played on the beach. He had a heart attack.
More About Gerald Murray:
Education: Went to school in Argentina and finished studies in Scotland at the Dollar Academy.22
Emigration: 25 Jul 1919, left Scotland and lived in Belrano City in BsAs in a pension with the Cipolina family.
Military service: Volunteered in WWII in the Royal Air Force22
More About Anna Johane Olsen:
Occupation: Was a nurse at the British Hospital22
Children of Gerald Murray and Anna Olsen are:
+ 29 i. Patricia Ana5 Murray, born 14 Sep 1955 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
+ 30 ii. Geraldo Carlos Murray, born Abt. 1957 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1. 1891 Scotland Census.
2. Certified Copy of an Entry of Death GRO England.
3. Certified Copy of Marriage of Patrick O'Donoghue and Charlotte Marks Oct 6, 1890.
4. Certified Copy of an Entry of Birth GRO England.
5. Certified Copy of an Entry of Death GRO England.
6. 1891 England Census.
7. 1901 England Census.
8. Certified Copy of an Entry of Birth GRO England, Registration District: Saint Austell, 1893 Birth in the Sub-district of Saint austell in the County of COrnwall , No 338 When and Where: May 20, 1893 Westbourne Terrace St Austell RSC, Name: Roy O'Neill, Sex: Boy, Father: Patrick O'Donaghue Murray, Mother: Charlotte Annie Murray formerly Marks Occupation of Father: Inland Revenue Officer, Signature & residence of informant: C.A. Marks Mother Westbournes Terrace St Austell, When registered: June 14, 1893, Signature of Registrar: Unreadable signature of Registrar.
9. Detroit Border Crossings and passenger and Crew Lists 1905-1957.
10. 1901 Scotland Census.
11. Immigration Records 1925-1935 National Archives of Canada, Mary Murray age 33 British arrived 1925/10/24 Quebec, Quebec on the Saturnia, Anchor doanaldson, Reference RG76 immigration, series C-1-a Volume 1925 volume 15 page 153 Microfilm reel T-14720.
12. 1901 Scotland Census.
13. Letter from Patricia Murray in Buenos Aires.
14. Birth Certificate.
15. Ontario Marriage Registration.
16. Ontario Death Certificate.
17. Immigration Records 1925-1935 National Archives of Canada, Margaret Murray age 7 British arrived 1925/10/24 Quebec, Quebec on the Saturnia, Anchor doanaldson, Reference RG76 immigration, series C-1-a Volume 1925 volume 15 page 153 Microfilm reel T-14720.
18. 1920 US Federal Census Record.
19. Social Security Death Index Record.
20. Ontario Birth Certificate.
21. Immigration Records 1925-1935 National Archives of Canada, Mary Murray age 8 mo British arrived 1925/10/24 Quebec, Quebec on the Saturnia, Anchor doanaldson, Reference RG76 immigration, series C-1-a Volume 1925 volume 15 page 153 Microfilm reel T-14720.
22. Letter from Patricia Murray in Buenos Aires.
23. Ontario Birth Certificate.
24. L. Urquhart, Witnessed marriage.