Biography - D Brophy

D. P. BROPHY, Postmaster, Nokomis, son of Dennis and Julia (GALVIN) BROPHY, was born in New York City March 3, 1832; he lived in the city till about fourteen years of age, receiving, during this time, the rudiments of a common course of education; upon the death of his mother, in 1846, he went to the city of Philadelphia and engaged in the type-foundry business; after about eighteen months, he went to the city of Baltimore and engaged in the same occupation with Edwin STARR, of the Sun building; in about nine months, he engaged on the Pittsburgh & Baltimore Railroad as assistant baggagemaster; this position he held about nine months, when he went back to New York City and engaged in the type-foundry business for a number of years; his health failing, he abandoned this business and engaged in market gardening near the city of Boston, for James YOUNG. In the fall of 1856, he came West, and first stopped at Litchfield and worked for Galvin HOWE some six months, and then came to Nokomis. At the beginning of the late rebellion, he responded to the call for troops; volunteered in the One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Illinois Infantry, Company F, during this time acting as Postmaster till the close of the war, after which he came back to Nokomis, and was appointed Postmaster, which position he still holds, having been in the employ of the Government for twenty years. September 17, 1868, he married Miss Susan, daughter of Thomas S. and Ann (OLDROYD) BATTLES, by whom he has had two children - Nathaniel B. and Julia A., both dead. Mr. BROPHY traces his ancestry back to an Irish origin through both his father and mother; his great-grandfather settled in New York in an early day, and the BROPHYs are scattered over the States; Mr. BROPHY's father raised two children - our subject, and Hannah, who died in New York City at the age of twenty-three; Mr. BROPHY's father died before he was born, and many years after, his widow, and mother of our subject, married John ROBERTS and raised two children, a son and a daughter, the daughter marrying James JACKSON, a custom house officer in New York City. Mr. and Mrs. BROPHY are members of the Baptist Church, and are respected by all who know them.

Extracted 22 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 318.

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