Murphy’s remarkable story was reported in a number of different newspapers when she died, but her claims are highly unlikely to be true, TheJournal.ie reports.
After researching vital records and cemetery records, one amateur genealogist determined that Murphy was “more like 104 years old” when she died.
According to US census records from 1870, there was a Mary B. Murphy of Meadville who was born in 1800 in Ireland. This could be the same woman. TheJournal.ie reports that she was one of several Mary Murphys from Ireland born that year who settled in Pennsylvania.
*Originally published in Decemeber 2014.