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Emma Ann Murdock (born Seeley)


Gender: Female

Date of Birth: September 29, 1852

Date of Death: April 8, 1941

Birth Place: Tioga county, PA

Death Place: Emporia, KS

Emma Murdock


Mrs. Emma Murdock, 321 Sylvan, died at 10:30 o’clock this morning in the Newman Memorial County hospital. She had been a patient in the hospital since February 11.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Roberts-Blue funeral chapel.

Mrs. Murdock before her marriage was Emma Ann Seeley, daughter of the late William and Elsie Seeley. She was born September 29, 1852, in Tioga county, Pennsylvania, and received her education in that state. She taught school in Pennsylvania and New York state, then moved with her parents in the late sixties to Rothville, Mo., where she taught two terms of school. There she met Willard Curtis Murdock, also a teacher who had gone to Missouri from New York, and they were married in Rothville on February 22, 1874.

Three daughters and one son were born to Mr. and Mrs. Murdock. The family pioneered in Nebraska in the ‘eighties, and both Mr. and Mrs. Murdock taught school there, going on horseback in opposite directions to their work. They moved to Emporia in 1894 to give school advantages to their children, and with the exception of a few years spent in Colorado and a short period in Wichita, Mrs. Murdock’s home had been here for the past 47 years.

The oldest daughter, Ella Murdock Emrick, died in 1910, and Mr. Murdock died at the home of a daughter in Colorado on April 16, 1917. Surviving Mrs. Murdock are two daughters, Mrs. Cora Hawkins of LaJunta, Colo., and Mrs. Elsie Hilton of Wichita; a son, Paul Murdock, Emporia; 20 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. The only surviving member of her immediate generation is a sister-in-law, Mrs. Jessie Barnes, of Emporia. Mrs. Murdock was a lifelong member of the Free Methodist church.

Published in The Emporia Gazette (Emporia, Kansas), Tuesday, April 8, 1941

[Daughter of SGS # 2647 – Emma Ann; William Riley (# 2647); Horace (# 950); Nathaniel; Justus; John; Benjamin; Nathaniel; Robert]

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