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Murphy-Merrill family of Harbor Beach, Michigan

Note: This is just one of 1,130 family groupings listed on The Political Graveyard web site. These families each have three or more politician members, all linked together by blood, marriage or adoption.

This specific family group is a subset of the much larger Three Thousand Related Politicians group. An individual may be listed with more than one subset.

These groupings — even the names of the groupings, and the areas of main activity — are the result of a computer algorithm working with the data I have, not the choices of any historian or genealogist.

  Thomas Welles (c.1594-1660) — of Hartford, Hartford County, Conn. Born in Warwickshire, England, about 1594. Colonial Governor of Connecticut, 1655, 1658. Congregationalist. Died in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Conn., January 24, 1660 (age about 66 years). Interment at Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Robert Welles (1540-1617) and Alice (Hunt) Welles (1543-1615); married 1615 to Alice Tomes (born 1595); married 1646 to Elizabeth (Deming) Foote (1595-1683); third great-grandfather of Ebenezer Huntington; third great-granduncle of Simeon Baldwin; fourth great-grandfather of Orsamus Cook Merrill, Gershom Birdsey, Benjamin Hard, Timothy Merrill, Jabez Williams Huntington, Henry Leavitt Ellsworth and William Wolcott Ellsworth (1791-1868); fourth great-granduncle of James Doolittle Wooster and Roger Sherman Baldwin; fifth great-grandfather of Elisha Hotchkiss, Jr., Charles Robert Sherman, Aurelius Buckingham, Eli Coe Birdsey (1799-1843), David Lowrey Seymour, Norman A. Phelps, Farrand Fassett Merrill, Howkin Bulkley Beardslee, Joseph Pomeroy Root, Jethro Ayers Hatch and Caleb Seymour Pitkin; fifth great-granduncle of John Charles Birdsall, Francis William Kellogg, Ausburn Birdsall and Simeon Eben Baldwin; sixth great-grandfather of Andrew Gould Chatfield, Charles Taylor Sherman, Philo Beecher Buckingham, William Tecumseh Sherman, Hiram Bidwell Case, Lampson Parker Sherman, John Sherman, Earle Buckingham, William Walter Phelps, Rowland Case Kellogg, Eli Coe Birdsey (1843-1929), Roger Wolcott and Omar William Platt; sixth great-granduncle of Walter Booth, Jesse Hoyt, Truman Hotchkiss, George Isaac Sherwood, David B. Sherwood, Charles Page, Austin George Nettleton, Ernest Harvey Woodford and Benjamin Pixley Birdsall; seventh great-grandfather of Ezekiel Gilbert Stoddard, George Tracy Buckingham, Sheffield Phelps, Oliver Cromwell Jennings, Edward Taylor Buckingham, Anna Gordon Kellogg, Anson Foster Keeler and Blanche M. Woodward; seventh great-granduncle of Daniel Curtis Roundy, Carl G. Sherwood and Henry C. C. Miles; ancestor *** of Lyman Allen Mills; eighth great-grandfather of Louis Ezekiel Stoddard, Garwood Stone Morehouse, Phelps Phelps, Irene Ellis Murphy and Henry Perkins Smith III.
  Political families: Morris-Ingersoll family of New York and Connecticut; Wolcott-Wadsworth family of Connecticut and Maryland; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Orsamus Cook Merrill (1775-1865) — of Bennington, Bennington County, Vt. Born in Farmington, Hartford County, Conn., June 18, 1775. Democrat. Newspaper editor and publisher; lawyer; postmaster at Bennington, Vt., 1809-12; colonel in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812; U.S. Representative from Vermont, 1817-20 (at-large 1817-19, 1st District 1819-20); delegate to Vermont state constitutional convention, 1822; probate judge in Vermont, 1822-23; Bennington County State's Attorney, 1823-25; member of Vermont Governor's Council, 1824-27; member of Vermont state senate, 1836; candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Vermont, 1839. Died in Bennington, Bennington County, Vt., April 12, 1865 (age 89 years, 298 days). Interment at Old Bennington Cemetery, Bennington, Vt.
  Relatives: Son of James Merrill (1751-1807) and Jerusha (Seymour) Merrill (1754-1827); brother of Timothy Merrill; married, August 18, 1805, to Mary 'Polly' Robinson (1781-1831; daughter of Jonathan Robinson); uncle of Farrand Fassett Merrill (1814-1859); fourth great-grandson of Thomas Welles; second cousin of Jason Kellogg; second cousin once removed of Aaron Kellogg, Silas Dewey Kellogg and William Sheffield Cowles (1846-1923); second cousin twice removed of William Pitt Kellogg and William Sheffield Cowles (1898-1986); second cousin thrice removed of Charles Collins Kellogg and Henry Theodore Kellogg; second cousin four times removed of Irene Ellis Murphy; third cousin of Charles Kellogg (1773-1842) and Daniel Fiske Kellogg; third cousin once removed of Josiah Cowles, Thomas Seymour, Moses Seymour, Luther Walter Badger, Elisha Hotchkiss, Jr., Greene Carrier Bronson, Chester Ashley, Daniel Kellogg (1791-1875), Alvan Kellogg, Alvah Nash, John Russell Kellogg, Day Otis Kellogg, Dwight Kellogg, George Smith Catlin, Albert Gallatin Kellogg, Francis William Kellogg, Ensign Hosmer Kellogg and Charles Kellogg (1839-1903); third cousin twice removed of Orlando Kellogg, William Dean Kellogg, Stephen Wright Kellogg, George Bradley Kellogg, Daniel Kellogg (1835-1918), Arthur Tappan Kellogg, Selah Merrill, Rowland Case Kellogg, Arthur Burnham Woodford and Benjamin Baker Merrill; third cousin thrice removed of William Lucius Case, Frank Billings Kellogg, Clement Phineas Kellogg, Edward Russell Kellogg, Edward Stanley Kellogg, Franklin Warren Kellogg and Donald Barr Chidsey; fourth cousin of Daniel Chapin, Abel Merrill, Gaylord Griswold, Jeremiah Mason, Stephen Daniel Tilden, Morris Woodruff, Horatio Seymour (1778-1857), Elisha Phelps, Henry Seymour, Oliver Owen Forward, Daniel Upson, Walter Forward and Chauncey Forward; fourth cousin once removed of Ebenezer Huntington, Hezekiah Case, Joseph Churchill Strong, Calvin Frisbie, Amaziah Brainard, DeGrasse Maltby, Samuel Clement Fessenden, Henry Taintor, Silas Wright, Jr., John Adams Dix, Marshall Chapin, Graham Hurd Chapin, David Lowrey Seymour, John Arnold Rockwell, Origen Storrs Seymour, Daniel Rose Tilden, George Catlin Woodruff, Norman A. Phelps, Thomas Henry Seymour, Lewis Bartholomew Woodruff, Horatio Seymour (1810-1886), Hezekiah Cook Seymour, John Smith Phelps, George Seymour, Russell Sage, Howkin Bulkley Beardslee, McNeil Seymour, Ayres Phillips Merrill and Henry William Seymour.
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Woodruff-Hornblower-Seymour-Wadsworth family of Connecticut; Murphy-Merrill family of Harbor Beach, Michigan (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Timothy Merrill (1781-1836) — of Vermont. Born in Farmington, Hartford County, Conn., March 16, 1781. Secretary of state of Vermont, 1831-36. Died in Montpelier, Washington County, Vt., July 27, 1836 (age 55 years, 133 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of James Merrill (1751-1807) and Jerusha (Seymour) Merrill (1754-1827); brother of Orsamus Cook Merrill; father of Farrand Fassett Merrill (1814-1859); fourth great-grandson of Thomas Welles; second cousin of Jason Kellogg; second cousin once removed of Aaron Kellogg, Silas Dewey Kellogg and William Sheffield Cowles (1846-1923); second cousin twice removed of William Pitt Kellogg and William Sheffield Cowles (1898-1986); second cousin thrice removed of Charles Collins Kellogg and Henry Theodore Kellogg; second cousin four times removed of Irene Ellis Murphy; third cousin of Charles Kellogg (1773-1842) and Daniel Fiske Kellogg; third cousin once removed of Josiah Cowles, Thomas Seymour, Moses Seymour, Luther Walter Badger, Elisha Hotchkiss, Jr., Greene Carrier Bronson, Chester Ashley, Daniel Kellogg (1791-1875), Alvan Kellogg, Alvah Nash, John Russell Kellogg, Day Otis Kellogg, Dwight Kellogg, George Smith Catlin, Albert Gallatin Kellogg, Francis William Kellogg, Ensign Hosmer Kellogg and Charles Kellogg (1839-1903); third cousin twice removed of Orlando Kellogg, William Dean Kellogg, Stephen Wright Kellogg, George Bradley Kellogg, Daniel Kellogg (1835-1918), Arthur Tappan Kellogg, Selah Merrill, Rowland Case Kellogg, Arthur Burnham Woodford and Benjamin Baker Merrill; third cousin thrice removed of William Lucius Case, Frank Billings Kellogg, Clement Phineas Kellogg, Edward Russell Kellogg, Edward Stanley Kellogg, Franklin Warren Kellogg and Donald Barr Chidsey; fourth cousin of Daniel Chapin, Abel Merrill, Gaylord Griswold, Jeremiah Mason, Stephen Daniel Tilden, Morris Woodruff, Horatio Seymour (1778-1857), Elisha Phelps, Henry Seymour, Oliver Owen Forward, Daniel Upson, Walter Forward and Chauncey Forward; fourth cousin once removed of Ebenezer Huntington, Hezekiah Case, Joseph Churchill Strong, Calvin Frisbie, Amaziah Brainard, DeGrasse Maltby, Samuel Clement Fessenden, Henry Taintor, Silas Wright, Jr., John Adams Dix, Marshall Chapin, Graham Hurd Chapin, David Lowrey Seymour, John Arnold Rockwell, Origen Storrs Seymour, Daniel Rose Tilden, George Catlin Woodruff, Norman A. Phelps, Thomas Henry Seymour, Lewis Bartholomew Woodruff, Horatio Seymour (1810-1886), Hezekiah Cook Seymour, John Smith Phelps, George Seymour, Russell Sage, Howkin Bulkley Beardslee, McNeil Seymour, Ayres Phillips Merrill and Henry William Seymour.
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Woodruff-Hornblower-Seymour-Wadsworth family of Connecticut; Murphy-Merrill family of Harbor Beach, Michigan (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Farrand Fassett Merrill (1814-1859) — also known as Farrand F. Merrill; Ferrand Fassett Merrill — of Vermont. Born in Montpelier, Washington County, Vt., October 24, 1814. Lawyer; secretary of state of Vermont, 1849-53; Washington County State's Attorney, 1854-56; member of Vermont state house of representatives, 1856-57. Died, from a stroke or heart attack, in his law office, Montpelier, Washington County, Vt., May 2, 1859 (age 44 years, 190 days). Interment at Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, Vt.
  Relatives: Son of Timothy Merrill and Clara (Fassett) Merrill (1783-1857); married to Eliza Wright (1818-1881); nephew of Orsamus Cook Merrill; fifth great-grandson of Thomas Welles; second cousin once removed of Jason Kellogg; second cousin twice removed of Aaron Kellogg; third cousin of Silas Dewey Kellogg and William Sheffield Cowles (1846-1923); third cousin once removed of Charles Kellogg (1773-1842), Daniel Fiske Kellogg, William Pitt Kellogg and William Sheffield Cowles (1898-1986); third cousin twice removed of Josiah Cowles, Thomas Seymour, Moses Seymour, Charles Collins Kellogg and Henry Theodore Kellogg; third cousin thrice removed of Irene Ellis Murphy; fourth cousin of Luther Walter Badger, Elisha Hotchkiss, Jr., Greene Carrier Bronson, Chester Ashley, Daniel Kellogg (1791-1875), Alvan Kellogg, Alvah Nash, John Russell Kellogg, Day Otis Kellogg, Dwight Kellogg, George Smith Catlin, Albert Gallatin Kellogg, Francis William Kellogg, Ensign Hosmer Kellogg and Charles Kellogg (1839-1903); fourth cousin once removed of Daniel Chapin, Abel Merrill, Gaylord Griswold, Jeremiah Mason, Stephen Daniel Tilden, Morris Woodruff, Horatio Seymour, Elisha Phelps, Henry Seymour, Oliver Owen Forward, Daniel Upson, Walter Forward, Chauncey Forward, Orlando Kellogg, William Dean Kellogg, Stephen Wright Kellogg, George Bradley Kellogg, Daniel Kellogg (1835-1918), Arthur Tappan Kellogg, Selah Merrill, Rowland Case Kellogg, Arthur Burnham Woodford and Benjamin Baker Merrill (1871-1951).
  Political family: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  John F. Murphy (1849-1926) — of Michigan. Born in Guelph, Ontario, June 17, 1849. Democrat. Candidate for Michigan state senate 20th District, 1902; candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 7th District, 1914. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Died in Harbor Beach, Huron County, Mich., April 7, 1926 (age 76 years, 294 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William Francis Murphy (1798-1892) and Margaret (Laval) Murphy (1813-1880); married, January 14, 1885, to Mary A. Brennan (1857-1924); father of Harold John Murphy (1888-1949; who married Irene Ellis Murphy (1900-1989)) and Frank Murphy.
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Murphy-Merrill family of Harbor Beach, Michigan (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Frank Murphy (1890-1949) — also known as William Francis Murphy; Francis William Murphy — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Sand Beach (now Harbor Beach), Huron County, Mich., April 13, 1890. Democrat. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 1st District, 1920; recorder's court judge in Michigan, 1924-30; resigned 1930; mayor of Detroit, Mich., 1930-33; Governor-General of the Philippine Islands, 1933-35; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1936; Governor of Michigan, 1937-38; defeated, 1938; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Philippine Islands, 1936; U.S. Attorney General, 1939-40; Associate Justice of U.S. Supreme Court, 1940-49; died in office 1949; candidate for Democratic nomination for Vice President, 1944. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Died, from a heart attack, at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., July 19, 1949 (age 59 years, 97 days). Interment at Our Lady of Lake Huron Cemetery, Harbor Beach, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of John F. Murphy and Mary (Brennan) Murphy (1857-1924); brother of Harold John Murphy (1888-1949; who married Irene Ellis Murphy (1900-1989)).
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Murphy-Merrill family of Harbor Beach, Michigan (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also federal judicial profile — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
Irene E. Murphy Irene Ellis Murphy (1900-1989) — also known as Irene E. Murphy; Irene Ellis — of Birmingham, Oakland County, Mich. Born in Connersville, Fayette County, Ind., May 12, 1900. Democrat. Member of University of Michigan board of regents, 1958-66; defeated, 1966. Female. Episcopalian. Member, League of Women Voters. Died in Royal Oak, Oakland County, Mich., July 25, 1989 (age 89 years, 74 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Daughter of Lewis Miner Ellis (1867-1923) and Martha Elsie (Pratt) Ellis (1867-1920); married to Harold John Murphy (1888-1949; son of John F. Murphy; brother of Frank Murphy); second cousin four times removed of Orsamus Cook Merrill and Timothy Merrill; third cousin thrice removed of Farrand Fassett Merrill (1814-1859); eighth great-granddaughter of Thomas Welles.
  Political families: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Woodruff-Hornblower-Seymour-Wadsworth family of Connecticut; Murphy-Merrill family of Harbor Beach, Michigan (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Image source: Michigan Manual 1957-58
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