THOMAS J. MURPHY was appointed to the Camden Police Department on August 13, 1902. He served for almost 31 years, retiring on January 1, 1933, having reached the rank of Sergeant. His son, Thomas P. Murphy, joined him on the Police department in 1928, and was promoted to detective in 1937.

In January of 1920 the Murphy family was living at 705 North 2nd Street in North Camden. Thomas P. Murphy, who had not joined the force yet, was working as a machinist. Besides Thomas P., there were four other children, sister Frances and brothers William, Steven, and John. Sadly, Stephen Murphy died on November 24, 1922 of pneumonia at the age of 18.

The 1930 Census shows the Thomas J. Murphy family residing at 545 Vine Street in North Camden. Frances had married Dr. Edmund Hessert and had moved to Audubon. Sons Thomas P., Wilbur, now by then an accountant at the Victor Talking Machine Company, and youngest son John, who also worked at Victor, as a clerk, were still at home.

Prior to his retirement Thomas J. Murphy served as desk sergeant at police headquarters. He last resided at 417 Cooper Street. Thomas J. Murphy passed away on August 9, 1943. He was survived by his wife, Anna, sons Thomas P., Wilbur, and John, and daughter Frances Hessert. Another son, Stephen, had died in 1922 of pneumonia at the age of 18. Anna Flynn Murphy died in January of 1958.

Philadelphia Inquirer - June 7, 1893

Harry B. Paul - Edward Cooper - Samuel Bakley - William H. Butts - Harry Mines
Isaac McKinley
- John Pratt - James Oscar Weaver - Samuel Paul
William D. Comley - Casper Hart - Benjamin Middleton - Jacob Woodside
O. Glen Stackhouse - Frank Matlack - John Dall - James Rutledge - Amer Green
Edward Richardson - Harry L. Duffee - Michael Bradley - John E. Dunn
Thomas J. Murphy - John Logan - William Orcutt - Patrick Clark - Joseph Sloan 

Philadelphia Inquirer - March 5, 1906

William J. Sewell - Mount Vernon Street - John Foster
Charles H. Ellis - Ionic Lodge of Masons John Carroll
First Italian Republican Club  - John R. Campbell
Tall Cedars of Lebanon -
Improved Order of Red Men  
Rev. Gilbert Underhill - St. John's Episcopal Church
Elisha Albert Gravenor - John Brothers - Maurice A. Rogers
George Hammond - Joseph Nowrey - Albert Shaw
Thomas Brothers - Camillus Appley - Robert Colkett
Jules Bosch - Thomas J. Murphy - Harry Mines 
George Kappel - George Kleaver - Alfred Snow - Casper Hart
Arthur Stanley
- Haddon Avenue - City Hall 
Fifth Ward Republican Club - William Horner - Aaron Matlack
South 3rd Street - Walnut Street - Broadway - Benson Street
Harleigh Cemetery  

Camden Daily Courier
July 12, 1906

Alfred S. Snow
John Brothers
Thomas J. Murphy
Jeff Kay
William J. Thompson
Thomas Reed



Camden Post-Telegram
November 30, 1910

Carman Street
Crawford Smith
Andy Smith
James Davis
Wright Cox
Market Street
Mrs. Imnel Grundy
Thomas J. Murphy



Camden Courier-Post * October 8, 1932


Thomas J. Murphy - Josiah Pedigree - William W. Patterson - Fred Schaar - Roy. R. Stewart 
David S. Rhone - John W. Golden - Arthur Colsey - Thomas P. Murphy - Thomas J. Nicholas
Daniel W. Leach - Harry Hankins - James McDermott - Joseph T. Johnson - Harry Bakley - Irving Varley James M. Ellis - William Bryant - Samuel Hibbert -  William C. Horner

Camden Courier-Post * December 31, 1932


  Nathan Petit - Roy R. Stewart - A. Lincoln James - Samuel Johnson - Charles Laib
Frederick Watson -
William Boettcher - Thomas Stanger -
George Ward - George Frost - Louis Shaw Thomas J. Murphy - William Robertson



Camden Courier-Post
August 10, 1943

Thomas P. Murphy
John W. Golden
Thomas J. Murphy
Arthur Colsey
Dr. Edmund C. Hessert
Wilbur Murphy
John Murphy