The Compositor

bMurray Jennie
Jennie Murray was born about 1859 in Brooklyn, New York.  She came with her parents, John and Jermana (nee Griffith) Murray, to Milwaukee sometime before the 1870 census records were collected.  Her father was an immigrant from Scotland who worked as a sailor and a watchman.

At the age of 22, Jennie married William Hawkins McElroy.  The couple had one daughter, Flora, who was named after Jennie’s sister who died as a young child.  Later in life, the family moved to Brooklyn, New York.  William worked as a compositor, which means he arranged type for printing.

Jennie died on July 26, 1895.  She was 66 years old.  Her funeral services were conducted in her home at 2724 Avenue North in Brooklyn.  She was laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery.

This carte de visite (cdv) is the seventh photo I’ve researched that came out of what I’ve dubbed the Waukesha album because of where I found it, in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  The few photos with names written on them are children that appear to have been born about the same time period, the late 1850s to early 1860s.  If you’re interested, here are links to the previous posts; The Butcher, The Baker, The Pottery Maker, The Inn Keeper, The Fountain of Youth.

bMurray Jennie back

Census records
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, July 27, 1895 Pg 16 – Jennie’s obituary
New York, New York death records
Wisconsin marriage index


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