Francis Murphy

Real Name: Margaret Murphy
Case: Lost Sister
Location: New York
Date: 1928


Details: Francis Murphy was eleven when he rode the orphan train in 1928. The trains operated from 1854 to 1929, shuttling parentless children from New York to new homes in the Midwest. Sadly, many of them were separated from their siblings as a result. Francis was forced to leave his impoverished mother and infant sister, Margaret, behind. For him, the trip seemed exciting with the prospect of moving west. However, at each stop, more children would get off and be adopted while he was left behind. Sadly, he was never adopted; he went from family to family as a foster child. However, his life changed for the better when he married and became a high school teacher. He has five children and six grandchildren, but he is still desperate to find Margaret. She was born in either Yonkers or New York City and would now be eighty-nine-years-old. Their mother was Hilda Harding Murphy; she is presumed dead.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the January 25, 1989 episode about orphan trains, along with The Brother of Sylvia Wemhoff.
Results: Unsolved. Sadly, Francis developed heart disease in 1987 and passed away shortly after he was interviewed in November 1988. His wife and children are still searching for Margaret.
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