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  • ID: I245
  • Name: William MURPHY
  • RFN: 245
  • Change Date: 2 MAY 2005
  • Sex: M 1 2 3 4 Quality: 0
  • Birth: 12 MAR 1759 in Halifax Co.,, VA
  • Note:
    Wm. was baptised in the Broad Run Baptist Church of Pittsylvania
    County, VA on June 7, 1764.
    One Jane Murphy was baptised June 12, 1763 - to Halifax.
    Pittsylvania County was formed in 1767 from Lunenburg Co., which was
    formed in 1746.
    In 1759 it was Halifax Co.
  • Change Date: 8 AUG 1996
  • Event: war 1776 VA, NC, SC, GA, TN
  • Note:
    From "Virginia Militia in the Revolution" by J. T. McAllister. pp
    136-38.
    Enlisted in 1776 at age 17 in Capt. John Wilkinsons Company in Bedford
    Co., VA
    July 1776, Private under Capt. Wm. Leftridge, Lt. Calloway, Ensign
    James Bond, three months; April 1777, Private under Capt. Peter
    Herston, Lt. William Ferguson, Ensign Edward Tatum, in Col. Christy`s
    Regiment. Marched 200 miles to Long Island on the Holston to stand
    guard during a treaty with the Cherokee, three months; August 1777,
    was substitute for Gwin Dudley, Second Sergeant under Capt. Thomas
    Doley, Lt. Harry Talbott and Ensign Calloway, and marched to
    Williamsburg, three months.
    October 12, 1778, in Capt. Robert Sevier`s Company of Washington
    County NC for five months, with Lt. Christopher Connaught, Ensign
    Charles Young in Col. Peasleys battalion of Colonel Rutherford`s NC
    Regiment; in December was promoted to First Sergeant and in March
    Ensign** under Capt. Christopher Cunningham, in SC, who succeeded
    Capt. Sevier; was at the defeat of Gen. Ashe at Briar Creek (55 mi S.
    of Augusta & 60 mi N. of Savanna) near the Savannah River in GA, March
    3, 1779.
    Was in a battle on the Savannah and in some light skirmishes in
    Georgia. Volunteered in April 1780 to serve three months against the
    Cherokee. Went as a Sergeant under Capt. John Clark and Lt. John Bond.
    Gen. John Sevier being in command. Marched to the headwaters of the
    Tennessee and killed a number of Indians, with the loss of Capt. Davis
    and Lt. Bond killed and Jasper Terry wounded.
    Some horses were killed.
    April 1780, Second Sergeant under Capt. John Clark of NC; was in the
    expedition under Gen. John Sevier against Cherokee Indians,
    three months; July 1780 Private in Capt. John Renfrow`s Company,
    Lt. Chatton Doggett and Ensign Lewis Davis in Col. Lincoln`s Virginia
    Light Horse of Bedford; captured Capt. Wm. Terry* and
    his Company of Tories on New River, all of whom we took and disarmed
    excepting one who got away. three months.
    Kings Mountain (East of Cowpens battle of Jan. 17, 1781) on the NC-SC
    border) battle Oct. 7, 1780.
    June 1781 Private under Capt. Neley McGuire, one month. In June 1781 a
    Thomas Runnels was killed by Indians and we were ordered in persuit.
    * Brother to Keziah Terry, wife of Richard Murphy (also a Tory, known
    as a Loyalist). Saved from hanging because Keziah supported the
    revolution.
    **An ensign was an Officer-in-training or junior Offier. Often, the
    ensign was in charge of protecting the regimental flag, The word
    ensign, meaning flag. Tough job in battle
    February 1782, Private under Capt. John Clark, Lt. John Murphy
    (probably Williams brother), Col. Jacob Brown of Washington County, NC
    (now TN) in skirmish with Indians. three months. Marched across the
    Nolichucky and French Broad rivers in persuit of Indians who had
    attacked Sherrill`s Station on the frontier, losing one of their
    number in the attack. We overtook a band, supposed to be 60 to 100 and
    killed, as was said, thirteen of them.
    August 1782 Private under Capt. Thomas Wood, of NC and Gen. John
    Sevier, Capt. Thomas Wood and Lt. Nathan Breed, all officers being of
    Greene Co. TN, in persuit of the Cherokee Indians, three months. John
    Watts a half-breed gave up a white woman named Jennie Ivey who was
    taken from Roane`s Creek a year before.
    Discharged April 10, 1779 at Camp Turkey Hill by Lt. Col. John
    Peasley.
    Pat Alderman's book, The Over Mountain Men, p. 189 there is a
    William MURPHEY, who is on the list of delegates from Washington
    County for the State of Franklin.
    There is a William Murphy on p. 124 on the King's Mountain Roster.
    On p. 242 a William Murphy on the First Tax List for the County of
    Greene, State of Tennessee, 1783.
  • Event: bounty land 1782 Greene County,, TN
  • Note:
    GREENE COUNTY, TENNESSEE
    [formed 1783 from Washington County]
    1782 - North Carolina land grants given to William MURPHY in
    Washington County. 1783 - Greene County, Tennessee formed out of
    Washington County.
    1783 - A Deed of Conveyance from William MURPHY to Isaac Barton, cost
    paid, for ninety four acres of land was duly proved by the oaths of
    Jas. Neal & Wm. Henderson* and this same is Ordered to be registered.
    Said deed for one hundred acres of [land]. Cost paid. [note: Wm.
    MURPHY and Rachel Henderson named two daughters: Elizabeth Barton
    MURPHY and Sarah Barton MURPHY] [note: An Isaac Barton married
    unknown on 04 Sep 1798 in Jefferson County TN]
    * Could this have been Rachels father ?
    1786 - North Carolina land grant assigned to John MURPHY in Greene
    County. [note: Index did not indicate on whose Rev War service land
    was granted]
    1787 - A Deed of Conveyance from Wm. MURPHY to Isaac Barton for one
    hundred acres of land was duly proven by the oaths of John Doggett and
    ???? Doggett and is ordered to be recorded.
    Feb Term 1789: Benj. Gist, John Gist, David Russell, Wm. Wilson,
    Robert Campbell, Henry Earnest, James Lee and John MURPHY took the
    oath appointed for the qualification of public officers and the oath
    of a justice of the peace.
    1791 - North Carolina land grant assigned to William MURPHY in Greene
    County.
    Register of Deeds index February 1785 to July 1797 show Edward
    MURPHEY, 430 acres; Richard MURPHEY, 237 acres. Microfilm of deeds
    illegible.
    Deed of conveyance - from William MURPHY to Richard MURPHY dated 02
    March 1793 for 300 acres more or less was duly proven by the oaths of
    John MURPHY and James Lea and admitted to record.
    Deed of conveyance - from Richard MURPHY to David MURPHY dated 17
    October 1796 for ?? acres of land was duly proven by the oath of
    William MURPHY and admitted to record.
    Den on Demise of Richard MURPHY A. Adam Staines - Order of Survey.
    1796 [?]
    Edward MURPHY is appointed Overseer of the road from MURPHY's Ferry to
    James Lauderdale's.
  • Death: 2 NOV 1833 in Farmington, St. Francois Co., MO
  • Note:
    He died on the Murphy Settlement (Farmington). The Murphy family were
    founders of Farmington.
    St. Francois County established Dec. 1821 from St. Genevieve County
    which was formed in 1812.
    The Louisiana Territory, including what is now Missouri, was sold by
    France to Spain in 1762; repurchased by France in 1800 and sold by
    Napoleon to the United States in 1803.
  • Note:
    The Murphy family were farmers and preachers, a typical pioneer
    family. William served in the Militia from Bedford County. Family also
    lived in Augusta Co., VA in 1780 near the Henderson clan.
    William and Rachel, His Mother, Father, brothers and sisters in 1782
    moved from Virginia to the area of Greene -Washington District, NC,
    in what is now Tenn. They stayed in Tenn. for some 16 years before
    moving to Missouri. The first ten children were born in Tenn. , the
    last three were born in MO.
    The following is Chapter XII The Scotch-Irish Migration from Carolina
    Cradle, Settlement of the Northwest Carolina Frontier, 1747-1762 by
    Robert W. Ramsey.
    "The first distinctively Scotch-Irish settlement in America was
    established on the Eastern Shore of Maryland between 1649 and 1669.
    They lived in the Holston or Watauga area of north eastern Tenn., one
    time part of North Carolina.




    Father: William MURPHY b: ABT 1732 in ,, VA
    Mother: Martha HODGES b: in Lunenberg Co.,, VA

    Marriage 1 Rachel HENDERSON b: 15 NOV 1764 in Shenandoah Valley,, VA
    • Married: 26 JAN 1782 in Nolichucky River, Tenn.
    • Note:
      They were married on the Nolichucky River, which was then part of N.C.
      Greene Co, Tn. was then Washington District, NC.
      In this same area in 1783, his father Wm. Murphy deeded land to Isaac
      Barton. One William Henderson was a witness.
      Was he Willilam H. Henderson ?
    Children
    1. Has Children Dubart MURPHY b: 6 MAY 1806 in Ste. Genevieve Co.,, MO
    2. Has No Children Elizabeth Barton MURPHY b: 16 APR 1788 in (now) Greene Co.,, TN
    3. Has No Children John Croford MURPHY b: 16 OCT 1782 in (now) Greene Co.,, TN
    4. Has No Children Mary Hodges MURPHY b: 22 MAY 1784 in (now) Greene Co.,, TN
    5. Has No Children Martha Hodges MURPHY b: 29 MAR 1786 in (now) Greene Co.,, TN
    6. Has No Children William Eccles MURPHY b: 8 MAY 1790 in (now) Greene Co.,, TN
    7. Has No Children Delilah Sarah MURPHY
    8. Has No Children Ketturah Beavers MURPHY b: 9 APR 1796 in (now) Greene Co.,, TN
    9. Has No Children David Henderson MURPHY b: 12 JUN 1802 in St. Francois Co.,, MO
    10. Has No Children Henderson MURPHY b: 4 SEP 1804 in Ste. Genevieve Co.,, MO
    11. Has No Children Frances Menifee MURPHY b: 23 MAY 1798 in (now) Greene Co.,, TN
    12. Has No Children Sarah Barton MURPHY b: 4 JAN 1800 in (now) Greene Co.,, TN
    13. Has No Children James Henderson MURPHY b: 19 MAY 1794 in (now) Greene Co.,, TN

    Sources:
    1. Author: Unknown source not found
      Title: Texas Society of the DAR. Vol. III, p. 1566.Also DAR No. 51 175.
      Abbrev: Rev. War, DAR records
      Type: ROOTS III
      Date: 8 FEB 2001
    2. Author: J.T. McAllister
      Title: Virginia Militia in the Rev. War.No. 157. p. 136-138.For William and Joseph see p. 284.
      Abbrev: Virginia Militia in the Rev. War
      Type: ROOTS III
      Date: 8 FEB 2001
    3. Title: Film AA 5403, roll 109.
      Abbrev: Rev. War, Compt. Gen. Accts.
      Type: ROOTS III
      Date: 8 FEB 2001
    4. Author: White, Katherine
      Title: The Kings Mountain Men. p. 211-212
      Abbrev: Battle of Kings Mountain, Rev. War
      Type: ROOTS III
      Date: 8 FEB 2001
      Note: Shows a Patrick, a William and a Joseph serving With Gen. Sevier.
      N.B. also the Henderson family.
      See p. 252 re pensions.
      The battle of Kings Mountain was in North Carolina.
      These people also fought at Cowpens and Guilford Court House in N.C.

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