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MURPHY--MURPHEY Genealogical DNA Project --WHY JOIN? [Success Story]
Posted by: Ken Shirley (ID *****9777) Date: June 19, 2005 at 10:58:57
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To: All MURPHY-MURPHEY descendants and researchers

Subject: MURPHY--MURPHEY Genealogical DNA Project --WHY JOIN? [Success Story]

From: Kenneth W. SHIRLEY, descendant of Thomas L. MURPHY b1826 Grainger Co. TN [m 1845 Greene Co. MO to Eliza HEART], through his son Thomas M. D. MURPHY [b1856 Polk Co. MO, m 1883 Benton Co. AR to Mandy KELLEY]

Purpose: Seeking males named MURPHY or MURPHEY[and other spelling alternativesówill use "MURPHY" here for the sake of brevity] for participation in the ongoing MURPHY/MURPHEY genealogical DNA Project

June 18, 2005

There is a MURPHY surname DNA project already in place. The person who is coordinating the MURPHY DNA Project is Beverly WHITE whose email address is: You should contact Beverly directly to join the project or for more information.
"Succcess Story":What prompted my renewed interest in the MURPHY DNA Project is that I, Ken SHIRLEY, have already benefitted significantly from the DNA project. My first cousin, Charles N. MURPHY, is a recent participant in the MURPHY DNA project and has received the results of his 37-marker DNA test. These results showed that the DNA sample of Charles N. MURPHY, descendant of Thomas L. MURPHY 1826-1901 [same line as me], matched 25/25 with a descendant of Bazil G. MURPHY b1822 AL and 24/25 with Solomon MURPHY b1822 AL, both of whom resided Southern Illinois per 1850 census and both of whom were completely unknown to either Charles N. MURPHY or to me. These results indicate that the three MURPHY DNA project participants have with some degree of certainty a common MURPHY ancestor. The connection between Thomas L. MURPHY 1826-1901 and the other two MURPHY men is not known, but it gives us many new avenues of research and more people will be involved in the search.

A few reminders:

A MURPHY DNA project participant must be a MALE with the surname of MURPHY [or any variation such as MURPHEY, MURFEY] or any male who thinks his surname might once have been MURPHY]. Female MURPHY descendants/researchers [as well as male MURPHY descendants/researchers who are not named MURPHY] can assist greatly by recruiting male MURPHY DNA project participants and/or assisting the male participants financially with the cost of the DNA testing.

Hope you will contact Beverly WHITE soon and arrange to receive the DNA test kit or assist in finding project participants. Thank you for your interest.

Ken Shirley
Grantville, Kansas

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