M is for Murphy’s Creek, Moorgate, and Morpeth

Join me on my Cemetery Searching expedition for the 2023 A to Z Blog Challenge. I’ll be re-visiting some cemeteries and preparing for a wish list of others. Some family members will be mentioned but I also have an interest in German family graves as well as those of people born in Co Clare Ireland.

Murphy’s Creek, near Toowoomba, Queensland

This is the cemetery that I probably visit most often. It has a special place in my heart because this is where I discovered my immigrant Kunkel ancestor. George Mathias Kunkel (from Dorfprozelten, Bavaria) and his wife, Mary O’Brien (from Broadford, Co Clare) are my 2xgreat grandparents who are buried in this cemetery along with their son, George Michael Kunkel (my great grandfather) and their daughter Mary Ellen.

The Kunkel grave pre-renovation.

When I first saw their gravestone in the late 1980s, it was in a rather sorry condition, having lost the cross from on top of the memorial and sitting crookedly. I suspect our family is lucky to have this stone, since George Michael and Mary Ellen died before their parents. This area is known for its sandstone, some of which was used in Brisbane’s important colonial buildings.

They are buried in what would have been the Catholic section of the cemetery, and at first glance there were no other Catholic burials. I very much doubt this is correct, and it’s more likely they either had no stones or perhaps only wooden crosses.

At our second family reunion in 2007, we had a collection to restore the gravestone and a further donation enabled us to put a plaque on it with more detail including George and Mary’s places of births.

Kunkel grave after renovation.

In the non-Catholic section of the cemetery are many of my family’s friends and neighbours from the late 1800s.

The Horrocks family were the Kunkel’s neighbours and dances and the like were held in their barn, now sadly derelict.
The inscription for Charles Ernest Caddick is important because it links him back to South Africa.
Mr Savage took photos in the area, of people and places, I wish that someone knew where his photographic archive ended up and if it was preserved.

Murphys Creek was a relatively small area, especially for those who lived at the Fifteen Mile towards Hampton, and news stories are a great source of information.

Moorgate Churchyard, Retford, Nottinghamshire, England

When we’re travelling and trawling cemeteries, we typically divide the into quadrants. Mr Cassmob usually finds my people, so I was delighted on this occasion to find his ancestors, all clustered together in the church yard and with fabulous inscriptions. When we visited the church the next morning we were swept up by the parishioners and invited to morning tea. These are special memories that come out of nowhere to surprise us when doing genealogical sleuthing.

In affectionate remembrance of Susannah, widow of the late John Cass who died March 12, 1868, aged 89 years. Unfortunately, we had no success finding Susannah’s husband’s grave in the West Drayton, Notts, churchyard.
In affectionate remembrance of Elizabeth, widow of the late John Walker who died June 11, 1835 aged 82? years.

We had no idea that Elizabeth Walker had relocated from Rye, to be with her daughters who ran a school for young ladies in Retford Notts for many years. Teaching has been a prevailing theme in the Cass family.

Charlotte nee Walker, widow of John Linton of Clapham.
Mr Cass in cemetery sleuthing mode.

Morpeth Cemetery, NSW

We have no family buried here (that we know of) but I wanted to share some memorials for those who came from Co Clare, Ireland.

Honnorah Francis (sic) wife of Thomas Bourke.
Timothy McCarthy native of Mitchelstown, Co Clare.
James Hickey, native of Co Clare.

There are also many memorials to Irish people from different counties.

Missing Person’s Memorial, Pinaroo Cemetery, Brisbane

Cemetery Searching Wish List

Many of Mr Cassmob’s relatives are buried in Melbourne cemeteries and at some stage we need to do a grave search for them. We know his grandparents have no grave marker because he tried to get permission to have one erected. In the meantime we can peruse FindaGrave memorials.

6 thoughts on “M is for Murphy’s Creek, Moorgate, and Morpeth

  1. That is a lovely restoration of the Kunkel gravesite. Very well done and such a good idea to raise the money collectively so it could happen.

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