The Murphey Family of White Eyes Township, Coshocton County
As far as my personal lineage, we know that William Murphey, b. 1839 was my third great grandfather on my mothers side. His daughter Sarah W. married John Mardis, the son of Francis Mardis.
With the discovery of the following information that I discovered in 2010, I can now say that William Murphey (b. 1839) was the son of James (b. abt 1813) and Elizabeth (b. abt 1814) Murphey.
The 1860 Coshocton County, White Eyes Township census records information for James and Elizabeth Murphey and their nine children, of whom William (b. 1839) is the oldest. James, Elizabeth and their entire family was born in Ohio.
The next family on the 1860 census is that of William Murphey and his wife Margaret. It states William was 81 years old and Margaret was 70. That would put William as being born in 1779 and Margaret in 1790. But of course the age listed on any federal census is a suspect of accuracy.
The Coshocton County History Vol. 1 confirms that James and Elizabeth were William’s parents. But what about the older William and his wife, Margaret? I will make the assumption that they are the parents of James Murphey (b.1813).
The 1870 census omits William and Margaret so it is also assumed that they both died between the 1860 and 1870.
The biographical sketch of William P. Murphey of White Eyes Township states that his father was a William Murphey and that he was married to Miss Shipley. Could this be the William and Margaret listed on the 1860 census? That would make William P. and James Murphey brothers. More research is required in this area.
Comments with asterisks (*) are my own personal notes.
The 1860 Census for Coshocton County, White Eyes Township, Post Office: Boyd’s Mill, Ohio, June 25, 1860 has the following Murphey family.
James Murfey, age 46, farmer, 1600, 100
Elizabeth, age 41
William, age 19
George, age 18
Thomas, age 17
Francis, age 15 (See Biography below for F. M. Murphey)
Hannah, age 12
Mary, age 10
Franklin, age 9
James, age 5
Albert, age 2
*All of these Murpheys were born in Ohio.
William Murphy, age 81, farmer, 0, 200, born in Virginia
Margaret, age 70, born in Pa.
The 1870 Census for Coshocton County, White Eyes Township, Post Office: Chili, Ohio, June 7, 1870 has the following Murphey family.
Murphy, James age 57, Carpenter, 3000, 800
Elizabeth, age 56, Housekeeper
Hannah, age 22
Mary E., age 21
Franklin, age 17, works on farm
James, age 15, son
Thomas, age 13, son
William Murphy, age 31, farm laborer
Elizabeth, age 25, Housekeeper
Francis M., age 6
Laura E., age 4
George, age 2
Margaret, age 1/12
*All of these Murpheys were born in Ohio.
History of Coshocton County (Ohio)
Vol. 1, Page 753
**MURPHEY, WILLIAM P., White Eyes Township; is a native of this county, was born in 1820, and is the son of William Murphey who emigrated to this county in 1807 from Maryland.
William Sr., was married to Miss Shipley, of Pennsylvania. They had four children, all of whom are living. William Sr. entered the regular army and served four years: he took part in what was known as the Florida War in 1805. He volunteered in the War of 1812, but never went into active service. He died at the age of eighty years and his wife died at the same age, just one year later. William P. was married December 1842 to Miss Cynthia Deeds, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1820, and who was the daughter of Adam deeds, who came to White Eyes at an early date. They have eight children, viz: John D., Samuel, James, Johnson W., Sabina, Milton, Mary and Nelson. John D. is a Protestant Methodist minister, and is preaching at Jacobsport. He is married to Miss McWrarth, of this county. Samuel is a farmer and resides in Indiana, and is married to Kate Boyd, of this county. James lives at home. J. W. is a school teacher, and is preparing himself for the law; Captain Cromwell, of Coshocton, is his preceptor. The rest are at home. William P. is a carpenter by trade for the last thirty-five years. He was a minister of the United Brethren church until the last twelve years, during which time he has been connected with the Christian Union denomination. He has labored in the ministry for the past thirty-five years. He lives on a farm of eighty acres, on which he located in 1865.
**MURPHEY, MILTON, White Eyes township; farmer; born in 1959, in this county, and is son of W. P. Murphey. He was married, September 24, 1880, to Mrs. Minerva Cutshall, who was born in 1856. She is the daughter of Newton Huff, of Oxford township. She had one child by her first marriage, Charles, born 1875.
**MURPHEY, FRANKLIN P., White Eyes township; farmer; postoffice, West Lafayette, Ohio. Mr. Murphey was born January 20, 1852, in Coshocton county, Ohio. He was married January 1, 1874, to Miss Louisa Vasbinder, of Tuscarawas county, Ohio. They became the parents of three children: Phillip A., Francis M., and Charles T.
In the spring of 1874, Mr. Murphey removed to Tuscarawas county, Ohio, and engaged in the mining business, remaining two years. He then returned to Coshocton county, and has since been farming.
***MURPHEY, F.M., White Eyes township; teacher; postoffice, West Lafayette, Ohio; son of James and Elizabeth Jones Murphey; was born June 18, 1845, in Keene township, Coshocton county, Ohio. He received a good common school education, and was at Otterbein university during the year 1867. He also attended the national normal school, at Lebanon, Ohio, during the year 1873. He taught his first school in White Eyes Township, in 1867 and has been constantly engaged in teaching ever since. He is one of the oldest and most successful teachers in the county, always commanding the highest wages. All of his teaching has been in Coshocton county. He is at present engaged as principle of the Lafayette schools, which position he has held two years.
**I have not convincingly connected these Murpheys with my lineage but because they are also from White Eyes Township, Coshocton, County I would say that they are connected. My assumption is that William P. Murphey (b. 1820) is James Murphey’s (b. abt 1814) brother and that their father is the William Murphey who “emigrated to this county in 1807 from Maryland” and was married to Miss Shipley.
*** Brother of William Murphey b. 1839
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