May Marjorie Murray (1906)

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Searching for the ancestors discovered at Sewri Cemetery during the trip to Bombay (Mumbai) in 2016 revealed a second daughter of Frederick Augustus Murray and Bertha Geraldine Hassett. Before the birth of Cecilia Veera Hassett Murray on 22 November 1909, Frederick and Bertha had another daughter, May Marjorie Murray.

May’s baptism record confirmed her birth date as 19 May 1906:

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The record further revealed:

  1. Baptism location: Christ Church, Byculla, Bombay
  2. Baptism date: 8 April 1921
  3. Birth date: 19 May 1906 
  4. Parents names: Frederick Augustus and Bertha Geraldine Murray
  5. Abode: Sion
  6. Profession (father): Taxidermist
  7. Priest: H. Martindale, Chaplain

This confirmed May’s birth date (19 May 1906), baptism date (8 April 1921). May would have been 14 when she was baptised in 1921; not unusual, as addressed in a previous post. The record also confirmed her parents names as Frederick Augustus and Bertha Geraldine Murray who resided in Sion, Bombay, and further confirmation of Frederick’s profession as a a taxidermist. 

Further records were also discovered of May’s marriage to Patrick Dennis Callaghan:

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This marriage record revealed: 

  1. Marriage location: St Mary the Virgin Church, Parel, Bombay
  2. Marriage date: 20 January 1926
  3. Ages: Patrick: 25, May: 19
  4. Condition: Patrick: Bachelor, May: Spinster
  5. Profession: Chargeman G.I.P.Ry
  6. Residence: Patrick: Dadar. May: Sion
  7. Father’s names: Dennis Callaghan and Frederick Augustus Murray

Confirmation of the marriage of Patrick (aged 25) and May (aged 19) on 20 January 1926 in Bombay. The St Mary the Virgin Church will be covered in more detail in a future post (the marriage place of Stanley Wheeler and Elaine Cynthia Hassett). The marriage record stated Patrick’s profession as a Chargeman for the Great Indian Peninsula Railway (G.I.P.Ry), and his residence as Dadar (Bombay); May’s residence is stated as Sion (Bombay). Further confirmation is provided here of May’s father, Frederick Augustus Murray, and Patrick’s as Dennis Callaghan.

As the search continued for any further information, an interesting record was discovered of a second marriage between Patrick and May:

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This marriage record revealed: 

  1. Marriage location: St Ignatius Church, Jacob Circle, Bombay

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    St Ignatius Church
  2. Marriage date: 20 January 1930
  3. Ages: Patrick: 29, May: 23
  4. Condition: Patrick: Bachelor, May: Spinster
  5. Profession: Chargeman G.I.P.Ry
  6. Residence: Patrick: Bombay. May: Bombay
  7. Father’s names: Dennis Callaghan and Frederick Augustus Murray
  8. Banns or Licence: Disp. (see below)
  9. Witnesses: Audrie Wilds and Stanislaus Fernandes (names are not too clear)
  10. Person performing ceremony: A. Sardisha, Chaplain

Confirmation of the marriage of Patrick (aged 29) and May (aged 24) on 20 January 1930 at St Ignatius Church, Jacob Circle, Bombay – exactly four years after the first marriage. The marriage record confirmed Patrick’s profession remained Chargeman for the Great Indian Peninsula Railway (G.I.P.Ry). Their residence is stated as Bombay, and further confirmation of May’s father, Frederick Augustus Murray, and Patrick’s as Dennis Callaghan. Witness details are also provided – the names are not too clear – but these may provide useful insight as the search continues for more records and information; likewise the chaplain’s name.may-marjorie-second-marriage

The question is, why get married again? Under ‘Banns or Licence’ the reading appears to read ‘Disp.’, but is unclear (see right). This could mean ‘dispute’, indicating that the first marriage was invalid and this marriage was needed.

What can be confirmed, is that May Marjorie Murray married Patrick Dennis Callaghan (and to be sure, they married twice). These records have provided lots more information to explore in the search for more records and information, and a some more places of interest to visit during the next trip to India.


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