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Bridget Murphy (1824 – December 20, 1888) was the wife of Patrick Kennedy, paternal grandmother to Joseph P. Kennedy, and a great-grandmother to the assassinated United States President, John F. Kennedy.

Bridget Murphy was the daughter of Philip Murphy and Mary Barron, from Gusserane, near New Ross (Ros Mhic Thriúin), County Wexford, Ireland.


Marriage and family

She married Patrick Kennedy on September 26, 1849, in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, Massachusetts. They had the following five children:

Name Birth Death Notes
Mary L. Kennedy August 6, 1851 March 7, 1926 Married on January 1, 1883 to Lawrence M. Kane; had issue.
Joanna L. Kennedy November 27, 1852 February 23, 1926 Married on September 22, 1872 to Humphrey Charles Mahoney; had issue.
John Kennedy January 4, 1854 September 24, 1855
Margaret M. Kennedy July 18, 1855 April 2, 1929 Married on February 21, 1882 to John Caulfield; had issue.
Patrick J. Kennedy January 14, 1858 May 18, 1929 Married on November 23, 1887 to Mary Augusta Hickey; had issue.

After Patrick's death

Patrick Kennedy succumbed to the highly infectious cholera that infested East Boston, and died on November 22, 1858—105 years to the day before his great-grandson John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Bridget later went on to buy a stationery and 'notions' store in east Boston where she had worked. The business took off and expanded into a grocery and liquor store, which helped pave the way for the success of her son P. J. Kennedy.

Later years and death

In the later years, Bridget Kennedy suffered from heart trouble. She died from a stroke on December 20, 1888 at the age of 64.




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