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Dr. John Michael Browne, the Alleged Priest of Colonial Philadelphia -- Dr. Thaddeus Murphy, His Bro...
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Dr. John Michael Browne, the Alleged Priest of Colonial Philadelphia -- Dr. Thaddeus Murphy, His Brother-in-law, Also a Reputed Priest. Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia. Volume XVI. Pages 296-313.
Griffin, Martin I. J. (Martin Ignatius Joseph), 1842-1911.
18 March 2016
Philadelphia : American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia
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Browne, John Michael.
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DR. JOHN MICHAEL BROWNE, THE ALLEGED ' PRIEST OF COLONIAL PHILADELPHIA-DR. T HADDEUS MURPHY, HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW. ALSO A REPUTED PRIEST. BY MARTIN I. J. GRIFFIN. In the abandoned graveyard of the former church of St. Stephen, on Lycoming Street, west of Broad, Phila- delphia, lie the remains of Dr. John Michael Browne and his brother-in-law, Dr. Thaddeus Murphy. Dr. Browne died in 1750 and Dr. Murphy prior to 17 58. They were not, at their deaths, interred where their dust and bones now lie, and over which is erected the original headstone placed at the grave where they were first buried, in Dr. Browne’s orchard, at (now) Second Street and Rising Sun Lane. On February 21, I848, the remains were removed to their present resting-place in the now forlorn and desecrated burial ground. The old church of St. Stephen, adjoining the ground, has been removed, and a new edi- fice erected at the corner of Broad and Butler Streets. In this contribution to early Catholic American his- tory a relation of the career of Dr. Browne, who was an important figure in Philadelphia's Catholic history, Will be given, and also a brief account of Dr. Murphy. Who was Dr. Browne? As far as current Catholic history is concerned this extract from De Courcy-Shea’S History of the Catholic Church, edition of 1856, pp. 209’ 210, will tell. “We know, too, that in I729 a Catholic chapel existed at a short distance from Philadelphia, on the road from Nicetown to Frankfort, and that it was built by Miss Elizabeth Ille- Gawley, a young Irisl1 lady, who had settled in that part with a number of her tenants. It is probable that this chapel W215 considered as forming part of Miss McGawley’s house, which enabled the Catholics to meet there under the protection of a private house. lVatson [the annalist] remarks that in a field