Charles W. Murphy (c. 1834-1899) and Rosetta Durgin Murphy (c. 1833-1922)

  Charles W. Murphy House c. 1870
Charles Murphy

c. 1870 – Charles W. Murphy House - 172 Portland Street

This house is part of the South Berwick Village District on the National Register of Historic Places. The 1856 map seems to show a house belonging to J. Pray here. Portland Street Cemetery records show Joseph Pray (1791-1873) survived his wife, Mary Pray (1806-1861), and five children, including twin boys who died on the same day at the age of six weeks. By the 1870s, Charles W. Murphy seems to have built this house. It is unknown whether he was related to the cabinetmaker Joseph Murphy, who lived across Portland street in the early 1800s. Charles married Rosetta Durgin when they were both 21, according to vital records. He died in 1899 at age 65. Rosetta continued living here with her son, Charles E. Murphy, a carpenter, and Nellie J. Murphy, a “shoe operator.” Rosetta died in 1922 at age 89.