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Shep (Shelton) Murphy, born c. 1890, Alabama + wife Vita
Posted by: Michelle Murphy Stover (ID *****5614) Date: December 15, 2013 at 12:56:32
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My great granddaddy was named William Shelton Murphy but went by the nickname "Shep." He was born in Alabama around 1890. He married Zelma ________ and had Dallas Murphy, circa 1918. In the 1920 census, he was already widowed. He remarried Vita (Veda? Vida?), born around 1897, most likely in Alabama. Her surname at birth was probably one of the following: Johnson, Greenville, Newnan or Dykes/Dikes and her father's name was most likely Charles (Charlie.) Shep and Vita had one son, William Hulas Murphy whom married Dorothy Murkerson. These are my father's parents. My dad doesn't know much about his father's side of the family which is why I'm missing so much information. Vita was married several times throughout her life and we're not sure if she was married before Shep Murphy. She died in 1978 in Plant City, Florida. Her last known husband was St. Elmo Hile who died in 1985.

ANY help with this family would be very much appreciated!

I'm mainly trying to locate the parents of William Shelton "Shep" Murphy and Vita.

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