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Re: Murdock, Daniel Jasper from GA
Posted by: Melanie Date: November 05, 2000 at 23:30:10
In Reply to: Re: Murdock, Daniel Jasper from GA by Delma Loftis of 1462

My husband's uncle Marlon Haney is the grandson of William E. Murdock. Marlon is the son of Bessie Murdock, only daughter of William E. and Martha Cornelia Haney Murdock of Yell Co., AR.

If you have not already discovered it, the following bio about William E. Murdock mentions his marriage to Martha Cornelia Haney and tells about his father Daniel's death at Chickamauga, GA:

"Western Arkansas Biographies and Historical Memoirs." (Published by Goodspeed Publishers, 1891)
William E. Murdock, farmer, Gravelly Hill, Ark. Among all classes and in every condition of life where the struggle for a livelihood is going on, where can we find independence more forcibly illustrated than in the life of the industrious, enterprising farmer. Mr. Murdock, one of the foremost tillers of the soil in this locality, was born in Walker County, Ga., July 18, 1855, and he was early trained to the duties of the farm. His educational advantages during youth were not of the best, but this he has improved very materially since growing up, and is today a well-informed man. His father, Daniel Murdock, died about 1861, and left a widow and four small children-two sons and two daughters of whom our subject was the eldest. The father was killed in the battle of Chickamauga. About six years later the mother removed from there, and four years later removed with her family to this county. At that time William E. was about seventeen years of age and he started out to fight the battle of life for himself, as a hired hand. While serving in that capacity he made arrangements to attend school during the winter, and worked on the farm during the summer season. This he continued for four years. From there he went to work for H. C. Haney, with whom he remained one year. August 25, 1878, he married Miss Martha C. Haney, daughter of J. J. Haney, who was killed while in the army. Mrs. Murdock was born near Danville, this county, January 9, 1862. After his marriage Mr. Murdock bought the place where he now lives, and now has eighty acres under cultivation. He erected a good house, barns and other outbuildings, and is prosperous and successful. His farm consisted of 160 acres, and in 1887 he bought another tract of forty acres, which is valuable for its timber. His principal crops are corn and cotton. To his marriage have been born five children, all sons: Jordan E., Luther N., Grover C., Herbert O. and Chester S. Mr. Murdock is a Democrat. He has been elected justice of the peace for five successive terms, giving the best of satisfaction. He has also been elected school director for two successive terms, and takes a deep interest in educational matters. He is guardian of the estate of Albert S. Haney, son of H. C. Haney (deceased). Though he has lived in the county most of his life, he has never been sick, and has never found it necessary to have a physician in his house. (Note: The bio did not mention the infant son born to William E. and Martha Cornelia, who was John J. Murdock (Oct 23 -Dec 13 1879) named for Martha's father, John J. Haney, who died during the Civil War. After the article was written, the Murdock's had a daughter, Mary Martha Elizabeth "Bessie" Murdock (Aug 29, 1892-Dec 10, 1980), who married Benjamin Franklin Haney (not related to her mother's Haney family.)

On the 1880 census, your grandfather Marquis Murdock was living with William E. and Martha Cornelia Murdock:

On the 1880 Census of Chickalah Township, Yell Co., AR:
Murdock, William E., age 24, born in GA, father born in GA, mother born in SC
Murdock, Martha C., age 18, wife, born in AR, father born in SC, mother born in TN
Murdock, Marquis, age 21, brother, born in GA, father born in GA, mother born in SC


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