To: All MURPHY-MURPHEY descendants/researchers [especially descendants of early Orange, Surry, Anson, and Caswell Co. NC MURPHYs]
Subject: MURPHY--MURPHEY Genealogical DNA Project --WHY JOIN? [Success Story]
Purpose: Seeking males named MURPHY or MURPHEY[and other spelling alternatives—will use "MURPHY" here for the sake of brevity] for participation in the ongoing MURPHY/MURPHEY genealogical DNA Project
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: email@example.com . You should contact Beverly directly to join the project or for more information.
Special interest in locating, for participation in the DNA Project, descendants of any of the MURPHYs listed below. One of more of the MURPHYs described below were in or near the following locations at various times:
Virginia—Counties of Halifax, Pittsylvania, Bedford
North Carolina—Counties of Orange, Surry, Anson, Caswell
Tennessee—Counties of Washington, Hawkins, Greene, Grainger, Jefferson
Kentucky—Counties of Warren and Adair
Missouri—Counties of St. Francois, Polk, Greene, Cedar
Ken SHIRLEY’s MURPHY line
Thomas Languard MURPHY b 9 May 1826 Grainger Co. TN, d 1901 probably Benton Co. AR, m Eliza HEART b1828 McMinn Co. TN [resided 1850 Polk Co. MO and 1880 Cherokee Co. KS]
Thomas Martin Devalquit MURPHY b1856 Polk Co. MO, d1920 Benton Co. AR, m1883 Mandelia M. KELLEY [son of Thomas L. MURPHY b1826, above, and ancestor of Kenneth W. SHIRLEY]
Note by KWS: I have not personally verified the information presented below on the various MURPHY families or family groups. I am not claiming that these MURPHYs are related to each other, only that they could be related. Nothing here should be considered any sort of proof or evidence of relationships among the MURPHYs.
Daniel Richard MURPHY b1802 TN [Jefferson Co.?], d 1875, m (1) 1822 Jefferson Co. TN to Lucy L. CARTER, m(2) 16 Feb. 1853 Cedar Co. MO to Lucy A. (GORE) ALLEN, resided 1840 Polk Co. MO, 1850 Cedar Co. MO. Daniel 1802-1875 was the son of William MURPHY 1760-1850, the Rev. War pensioner, below.
William MURPHY b1760 Anson Co. NC, d1850 Polk Co. MO, a Rev. War pensioner, m Nancy Ann HORNBEAK. Per the personal letters of Daniel MURPHY b1802, William b1760 was the son of Daniel MURPHY of Anson Co. NC and a nephew of Rev. Wm. and Rev. Joseph MURPHY, the Virginia Pioneer Baptist preachers know as the ‘Murphy Boys’ or ‘Murphy’s Boys” [see #1 and #2 below].
Daniel MURPHY of Anson Co. NC [b ? perhaps 1730s?]—see preceding entry [father of William MURPHY b1760]
Following three MURPHY men supposedly brothers:
1. Rev. William MURPHY b c1732 VA [?Spotsylvania Co.], d c1799 Grainger Co. TN [left will], m1 Mary [? some say Mary HODGES, others Mary FANQUOY], m2 Sarah BARTON, resided southwest VA, to East TN 1780s, [one of the “Murphy Boys”] PROBABLE children of William MURPHY b c1732 by Mary:
John b c1752, d c1818 KY [Warren Co.?], m Rachel
Mary b c1752,
Keziah b c1754 m Isaac BARTON
William b1759 Pittsylvania Co. VA [Rev. War vet], d1833 St. Francois Co. MO, m1782 Greene Co. TN Rachel HENDERSON
Joseph b1761 [Rev War vet], d1834 St. Francois Co. MO, m1 Sarah McDANIEL, m2 Jane BARTON
Children of William MURPHY b c1732 by Sarah BARTON [per will, etc.]: David b c1769, Sarah b c1771, Dubart b c1773, Richard b c1776, Isaac, Jessie. Many of this group to St. Francois Co. MO area very early [1800-1805].
2. Rev. Joseph MURPHY [the other of the “Murphy Boys”] b 1734 VA [?Spotsylvania Co.], d c1816 Surry Co. NC, left will, m1 Valentine HALEY, m2 1802 Catherine THOMPSON. Children: Richard b c1774, Joseph, Sarah [m James BAKER. Other females named in will—possible daughters: Valentine RUTLEDGE, Susanna PILCHER, Elender WISHON, Martha MURPHY, Sarah [m Wm. CROCE ], Elizabeth [m Andrew SPEERS]
3. Richard MURPHY b 1730, d c1810 Adair Co. KY, m Keziah TERRY, resided Surry Co. NC. Children: Joseph, Peter, Mary
"Success Story": What prompted my renewed interest in the MURPHY DNA Project is that I, Ken SHIRLEY, have already benefited 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 I think the three could connect by way of some of the MURPHYs described here.
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 [descendant of Thomas L. MURPHY 1826-1901]
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