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Researching William Cross and Johanna Murphy

William was born in County Cork about 1817

Johanna Murphy was born about 1817

They were married in Ireland.Tthey had a son Phillip(my great grandfather) on May 15,1848 and they may have had another child, as it has been stated that Phillip stated that he had a brother (age about 2) that died on the voyage to the USA and was buried at sea.

Both William and Johanna were buried in Vinegar Hill Cemetery in Illinois. He died on Feb 11, 1878 and she died on June 2, 1884.

They were Catholic.

Immigated in 1852 according to the census.

Johanna may have had a sister, Honora, born about 1820. She married Charles Kane.

In the 1860 census they lived near one another in Vinegar Hill, Illinois. Vinegar Hill is just over the Wisconsin border.



Friday 10th February 2012, 08:00PM

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  • Hi there,

    Thank you very much for your query. You have already found out interesting information about your ancestors. Did the census records mention the name of the ship or the port they arrived at or a specific date? Usually information was taken at the place of arrival rather than departure. Details about your ancestors could have been taken and may include a more specific location in Cork. You should also consult the birth and marriage records for them. Marriage records date from 1845 in Ireland, but your ancestors might have been married after that year. You should find knowing the details you have already gathered very helpful for searching the birth records. When you do find the correct birth record, you might pick up on more clues about William Cross and Johanna Murphy.

    In the meantime, keep checking the IRO website. Someone in the community might know more information.

    Kind regards,

    Sinead Cooney

    Friday 17th February 2012, 01:10PM
  • thank you!

    Again, another of my "Irish roots" that I can't find  in Ireland! I also have census records, statements from their children, and the newspaper article on deaths.  found these online, but can't confirm any of it.

    C:\Users\Mom\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\28CCYOBO\Marriage Wm Cross Joney Murphy.mht


    WifeNameWM CROSSJONEY MURPHYAddressN/RN/ROccupationN/RN/RFatherN/RN/RMotherN/RN/RFurther details in the record




    Book NumberPageEntry NumberRecord_IdentifierImage FilenameN/RN/RN/RCR-RC-MA-951

    cork & ross.ballinhassig.p4795.00566













    Friday 17th February 2012, 04:24PM
  •  Don't know if these are our Cross's or not

    Found these;,pdf

    My cousin and I both tried to contact the church in Ballinhassig, but got not response.





    Friday 17th February 2012, 04:53PM
  • Hi There

    This may be your Phillip Cross


    Area - CORK & ROSS (RC) , Parish/Church/Congregation - BALLINHASSIG Baptism of PHILIP CROSS of N/R on 31 March 1847Name PHILIP CROSSDate of Birth N/R N/R N/RAddress N/RFather WM CROSSMother JONEY MURPHYSponsor 1 DENNIS CARROLLSponsor 2 - -Recorded Parochial Area BALLINHASSIG From the website: there are more Cross's & Murphy's hope this helpsGood Luck Maureen O'Connor NZ


    MaureenOConnor NZ

    Monday 27th February 2012, 02:33AM
  • Hi all,

    I have moved this thread to the parish of Ballinaboy in Cork as well as County Cork, as this is where Ballinhassig is located.

    Kind regards,


    Thursday 1st March 2012, 12:20PM
  • Hi MDR belk,


    just to let you know a group of researchers have commenced working on the Ireland reaching Out Project in ballinhassig, I have sent your query to John L who is going to look into it for you. all of the graveyards in Ballinhassig/ballygarvan.ballinaboy have been surveyed as part of the historic graves project, details will be up on the website as they are transcribed.


    i will let you know if john l has any luck,


    le meas,


    Grace Fox


    South East Cork

    Tuesday 28th May 2013, 02:30PM
  • Thank You! I have been trying to find where in Ireland they lived and more about the families.


    Wednesday 29th May 2013, 12:03AM
  • Thank You! I have been trying to find where in Ireland they lived and more about the families.


    Wednesday 29th May 2013, 12:04AM
  • Thank You! I have been trying to find where in Ireland they lived and more about the families.


    Wednesday 29th May 2013, 12:05AM
  • Hi there.  I'm a decendant from William Cross and Johanna Murphy, but can't find any information of ancestors before them.  Does anyone have any additional info they can share on this line?


    Michael Tolliver


    Michael Tolliver

    Friday 24th April 2020, 01:33PM
  • Hi Michael, 

    Can you tell me your connection to William and Johanna Murphy Cross? I would be intersted in hearing from you!

    thanks, Darlene




    Saturday 25th April 2020, 02:08PM