Name: Recompense Murphy 1 2 3
Birth: 12 JUN 1774 in Pitt's Grove, Salem Co. NJ
Death: 18 NOV 1844 in Adams Co. Ohio
Burial: 1844 Sandy Springs, Adams Co. Ohio
Reference Number: 957
Subj: Recompense Murphy
Date:7/10/00 3:46:28 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From:firstname.lastname@example.org (Don Woodworth)
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Attached are two text files dealing with Recompense Sherry Murphy and his
father Recompense Murphy from 'A History of Adams County, Ohio: from its
earliest Settlement to the present time."
by Nelson W. Evans and Emmons B. Stiver, published by E. B. Stevens 1900.
My interest in the Murphy family is due to the fact that two of the sons o f
Rebecca Murphy (sister of RS Murphy) and Simon Truitt married Woodworth
cousins and one of their cousins (Millicent Truitt) was my
great-grandfather's first wife. At the present time this is all the
information I have on the Murphy line.
I have a photocopy of an affidavit George Recompense Truitt (son of Rebecc a
and Simon, brother in law to my GGrandfather) wrote in the 1880's to get m y
great-grandfather an invilid pension from the Civil War.
Hope these help
the two files follow --
From: The book 'A History of Adams County, Ohio: from its
earliest Settlement to the present time.'
Nelson W. Evans and Emmons B. Stiver published by E. B. Stevens 1900.
Recompense Murphy was born in Pitts' Grove, Salem County, New Jersey, in 1 774. He emigrated to Ohio in 1805, coming down the river in a flat-boa t. He had been married in New Jersey to Catherine Newkirk. Her grandfathe r, David Whittaker, and his wife followed Recompense Murphy to Ohio.
Our subject located the first summer on the Ohio River, at the mouth of T urkey Creek, in Scioto County. After that, he went to Sandy Springs, Ada ms County, where he bought land and farmed. He built a brick house on h is land near the river front, which has long since disappeared, having be en destroyed by the encroachments of the Ohio River. He had a brother Will iam who came with him from New Jersey, but removed to Illinois, where he d ied. Samuel Murphy, another brother located near Franklin, Ohio. Mary, a s ister married Samuel Swing, whose son David, was the father of the Celebra ted Professor Swing, of Chicago. Our subject had a brother, John who remai ned in New Jersey. Another sister, Elizabeth, Married a Mr. Ogden and liv ed at Fairmount, near Cincinnati.
The children of Recompense Murphy were David Whittaker Muprhy, born in 18 00, of whom, a separate sketch appears, Jacob Murphy who located in Whites ide County, Illinois, and retaining the Presbyterian faith of his mothe r, became an elder in the church there; Recompense Sherry Murphy, of Garri son's, Kentucky, now deceased; John Murphy who resides near Quincy, Kentuc ky; William, who emigrated to California; Robert, who died at the age of e ighteen; Rebecca, wife of Simon Truitt, who resides at Agricola, Coffey Co unty, Kansas, at the age of eighty-seven; Rachel Warring, who removed to P osey County, Indiana; Catherine Cox, widow of Martin Cox, who resides at R ome, and is the mother of Mrs. Rev. J.W. Dillon, of Portsmouth, Ohio, a nd Mary Ann Baird, wife of Harvey Baird, who removed to Illinois.
Recompense Murphy's first wife was a Presbyterian, a member of the San dy Springs Church from 1826 until her death, June 30, 1832. Recompense Mur phy married a second time to Matilda Ives, a widow, whose maiden name w as Fuller, a native of Broome County, New York. Her father was at one ti me a member of the General Assembly of that State. She was a Shrewd, Ke en Yankee. Some time in the sixties, she removed to her home in New York a nd died there.
Recompense Murphy died November 18, 1844. He made his will February 25, 1 837. It was witnessed by Socrates Holbrook, Robert W. Robb, Isaac Carr a nd J. D. Redden. It was proven December 20, 1844, in Adams county. He ga ve his mansion house and one-third of his farm to his wife. He mentioned a ll of his children, but having already provided for four of his sons, he p rovided in his will for the remaining sons and two daughters. The docume nt indicates that he was a just man. He was a member of the Sandy Sprin gs Baptist Church, joining the same after his second marriage and di ed in that faith. He was an excellent citizen and aimed to do his pa rt in every respect in his place in the world and his contempories have le ft the record that accomplished what he undertook. His descendants are liv ing witness that his training produced the best results.
This is not a village but receives its name from a vast deposit of sand a nd two or three excellent springs that isue from near its base. This immen se deposit of clear sand, extends perhaps, two miles from near the fo ot of the hills back of Irish Bottom southeasterly to the Ohio. It is a lo ng ridge of irregular form, varying in width from a half to three-fourt hs of a mile, and in some places the pure sand is, perhaps, forty to fif ty feet in depth, this immense bank of sand was, doubtless, drifted into i ts present position by the waters of the Ohio, ages ago.
These springs, after flowing a short distance, disappear. By digging anywh ere in this great belt of sand, water is found at a short depth, while sin king a well any place outside, water is found at a less depth than for ty or fifty feet.
There are in the vicinty of these springs, three churches, one Baptist, O ne Presbyterian, one Methodist Episcopal, and the Union School buildi ng of the Independent District, that has been established in the Irish Bot tom.
The quaint beauty and quietness of the place, made us anxious to gather i ts early history minutely, especially of the churches, which were organiz ed here, and in which the pioneers worshiped, but could collect but a f ew fragmentary items.
History informs us that some fifty years ago - 1830, there was a post offi ce near here called Sandy Springs, with Simeon Smith, postmaster, but t he people here have no rememberance or record of it.
The road from Rome to Buena Vista passes along the base of a continous li ne of gigantic hills, which rear their tops hundreds of feet above the bot tom below, while their sides are lined with perpendicualr walls of rock, w hich are capped with huge blocks that have been detached by frost and oth er forces of the elements of nature. Many of these immense fragments se em almost balanced on a pivot, which the least disturbance would overset a nd hurl upon the traveler below, should he happen to be within their li ne of descent. These hills crowd pretty close upon the river, leaving b ut narrow bottoms, until one reaches Sulpher Run, about three miles abo ve Rome, where they begin to recede, and the bottoms widen until you appro ach Sandy Springs, where they again begin to approach the river and soon s hut out the valley.
This bottom embraces an area of about 1700 acres of as fertile land as c an be found anywhere. It embraces the survey of John Steele, Mayo Carringt on and David McDermed. The eastern portion was settled by Duncan McCall, A bner Ewing, Recompense Murphy, and William Murphy, who all came about 180 5. They were from New Jersey, and this part of the valley was called the " Jersey Bottom." Then came Johnathan Kenyon, who was a Yankee, and after h im came William Smith. Next came William Heath, (whom William Early boug ht out in 1811 or 1812) Archibald Morrison, John Morrison, John Quincy Ada ms. These came in 1805, and settled on the lower part of the bottom. Th ey were Irish - or of Irish descent - and their portion of the valley w as called Irish Bottom, a name that has since been applied to the whole bo ttom. This is a well-improved, highly cultivated and prosperous communi ty - is organized into an Independent School District with a good school h ouse, and has within its limits the three churches of Sandy Springs.
From Caldwells Illustrated History of Adams County, Ohio, 1797 - 1880. Wal ter F. Arms, Manager; Jacob Leamon, Historian; F. R. Robjohns, artist.
[Ed.: Note the name Morrison and its later use as a first name by Maude (M urphy) Jackson for her son Morrison Jackson. Also note that a McCall fami ly was part of the 1805 Irish Bottom settlers; is not this the same McCa ll line of John McCall who married Emma Murphy and lived in Kansas City?]
Subj: More on Recompense S. Murphy
Date:7/15/00 6:44:55 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From:email@example.com (Don Woodworth)
To:JL5946@aol.com (Jimmy Lamb)
Have you been able to locate a copy of "History of Adams County?" If not
send me your snail-mail address and I will forward you the biographic
sketches of the Murphy's that are in the book. I went to Wenatchee today,
Saturday, which is one of the three days that the genealogy library is ope n
and photocopied the pages. This includes the page about David Whittaker
Murphy which is referred to in the Recompense Murphy sketch and two of
David's sons Leonidas H. Murphy and Capt. David A. Murphy.
How I missed not putting them in my genealogy with David Whittaker being
married to a McCall I don't know.
The library has four books about Adams County:
One called "Historical Sketch of Adams County, Ohio" had the following
information in the section on Green Township. The book is a reprint of an
1850's book. It is where that Sandy Springs Irish Bottom article came from ,
though I think the authors meant to use Recompense Murphy rather than R.S.
Rockville Baptist Church - Sandy Springs
Baptist meetings were held in the neighborhood of Sandy Springs previous t o
Hezekiah Johnson and Hiram Pennywitt were the pioneer or missionary
preachers, who first preached the Baptist doctrine in the vicinity. Their
meetings were mostly held in the private houses of those who believed thei r
faith -- very frequently at the house of Recompense S. Murphy; sometimes
they were held in the Presbyterian Church.
Early in 1840, the Rev. _____ Griswold held a protracted meeting here, whi ch
continued two or three weeks. At this meeting a young lady, named Charlott e
McCall, professed the Christian faith as laid down by the Baptists, and wa s
baptized in the Ohio river. This was the beginning point of this church.
There were a few members of other distant Baptist churches that lived in t he
immediate vicinity, who united together and organized the Rockville Baptis t
church, which was readily recognized by the proper council. The names of t he
original members of this church were Recompense S. Murphy, Rachel Murphy,
Gabriel Pullam, William Harris, Zenas Hayward, Hugh Kelly, Jemima Kelly,
members of other churches, and Miss Charlotte McCall, who had been baptize d.
After the organization, the meetings were held at the house of Recompen se S.
Murphy, until the building of a meeting house.
In 1844, measures were taken to build a house. A lot of 64 square rods of
land was deeded by Abner Ewing to Recompense S. Murphy, Zenas Hayward and
John Murphy, as trustees for the church, and a comfortable frame building
was put up the same year.
The first regular pastor was the Rev. J.K. Bronson.
Rev. Jacob Lemon, Rev. H. Burnett, Rev. H. Johnson were among its early
The book also has a township map showing where R.S. Murphy's farm was
located. Ewing and Hayward also have links into the McCall-Woodworth famil y.
(the above came from Don Woodworth of Quincy, WA in year 2000.
From HISTORY OF ADAMS COUNTY (FW Public Library Gen 977.186 Evans p. 59 2) Published 1900
Recompense Murphy was born in Pitt's Grove, Salem County, New Jerse y, in 1774. He emigrated to Ohio in 1805, coming down the river in a flat -boat. He had been married in New Jersey to Catherine Newkirk. Her grandf ather was David Whittaker, and he and his wife followed Recompense Murp hy to Ohio.
Our subject located the first summer on the Ohio River, at the mou th of Turkey Creek, in Scioto County. After that, he went to Sandy Spring s, Adams County, where he bought land and farmed. He built a brick hou se on his land near the river front, which has long since disappeared, hav ing been destroyed by the encroachments of the Ohio river. He had a broth er William who came with him from New Jersey, but removed to Illinois, whe re he died. Samuel Murphy, another brother, located near Franklin, Ohi o. Mary, a sister, married Samuel Swing, whose son David, was the fath er of the celebrated Professor Swing, of Chicago. Our subject had a broth er, John, who remained in New Jersey. Another sister, Elizabeth, marri ed a Mr. Ogden and lived at Fairmount, near Cincinnati.
The children of Recompense Murphy were David Whittaker Murphy, bo rn in 1800, of whom a separate sketch appears; Jacob Murphy, who locat ed in Whiteside County, Illinois, and retaining the Presbyterian fai th of his mother, became an elder in the church there; Recompense Sherry M urphy, who lived and died at Sandy Springs; Samuel M. Murphy, of Garrison' s, Kentucky; William, who emigrated to California; Robert, who died at t he age of eighteen; Rebecca, a wife of Simon Truitt, who resides at Agrico la, Coffey County, Kansas, at age of 87; Rachel Warring, who removed to Po sey County, Indiana; Catherine Cox, widow of Martin Cox, who resides at Ro me, Ohio, and is the mother of Mrs. Rev. J.W. Dillon, of Portsmounth, Oh io and Mary Ann Baird, wife of Harvey Baird, who removed to Illinois.
Recompense Murphy's first wife was a Presbyterian, a member of the Sa ndy Springs Church from 1826 until her death, June 30, 1832. Recompense Mu rphy was married a second time to Matilda Ives, a widow, whose maiden na me was Fuller, a native of Broome County, New York. Her father was of o ne time a member of the General Assembly of that State. She was a shrew d, keen Yankee. Some time in the sixties, she removed to her home in N ew York and died there.
Recompense Murphy died November 18, 1844. He made his will Februa ry 25, 1837. It was witnessed by Socrates Holbrook, Robert W. Robb, Isa ac Carr and J.D. Redden. It was proven December 20, 1844 in Adams Count y. He gave his mansion house and one-third of his farm to his wife. He me ntioned all of his children, but having provided for four of his son s, he provided in the will for the remaining sons and two daughters. T he document indicates that he was a just man. He was a member of the San dy Springs Baptist Church, joining the same after his second marriage, a nd he died in that faith. He was an excellent citizen and aimed to do h is part in every respect in his place in the world and his contemporari es have left the record that accomplished what he undertook. His descenda nts are living witnesses that his training produced the best results.
Records of CEMETERY, Green Township, Adams Co, Ohio Located at Sandy Sprin gs on US 52 near the town of Buena Vista. Settlers of Lower Nile Townsh ip in Scioto Co. are buried here.
Three children of Jacob & Deania d. 25 June 1838
Joseph s/o Jacob & Deania d. 6 April 1835, 5m 20d
Daniel Jay s/o Jacob & Deania d. 10 Aug 1842, 3y 3d
Recompence s/o William & Nancy d. 12 July 1827, 2y 6m 1d
David W. 14 Nov 1800 - 6 Feb 1891
Diania w/o Jacob d. 22 Jan 1849, 30y
Rebecca S d/o David W & Julia d. 7 July 1839, 22m
Juliann w/o D W d. 15 Dec 1839, 37y 5m 23d
Cynthia A w/o D W 19 April 1816 - 29 June 1873
Louie J d/o R S & Rachel 19 Feb 1842 - 24 Feb 1874
R.(Recompence) S.(Sherry) 12 May 1806 - 5 Jan 1894(or 1891??)
Rachel w/o R S d. 28 May 1883, 74y 5d (or died in 1885??)
Robert J s/o Recompence & Catherine d. 2 Jan 1848, 18y
Catherine, consort of R d. 20 June 1832, 57y
Recompence d. 18 Nov 1844, 70y
Margaret C d/o David W & Julia (no date) (this would be Margaret Catheri ne Murphy, born 1830 died 1852)
Mary G d/o David W & Julia d. 1 Aug 1850, 25y
Sarah d/o David & Cynthia A d. 25 Sept 1849, 5y 11m 5d
Julia Ann d/o David & Julia A 21 Sept 1842, 2y 10m
David, Adgt 184th Reg OVI 1842 - 1917
Ann M d/o D W & Julia 31 May 1860, 28y
Lilla M 1851 - 1933
Thomas J s/o D W & C A d. 22 Dec 1854, 18m
Recompence was a son of: William Murphy(b May 14, 1742, died August 26, 1 830), and wife Phebe Sherry (b 1744, died Dec.9,1828), they resided in Glo ucester Co., N.J. Recompence married Catherine Newkirk, born Jan 17, 178 3, died in 1832 in Scioto, Co. Ohio. She was a daughter of Jacob Newki rk by his first wife, a Miss Whitaker. Our informant writes:,"As ear ly as 1775, David Whitaker, often spelled Whitacar, and wife Catherine liv ing in New Jersey, had a daughter who married Jacob Newkirk. This daught er died when her first child was born, this child was a daughter named Cat herine."[DonWs murphy2.ftw]
Recompence and Catherine were married in New Jersey.
They came to Ohio in 1805 with three children, David, William and Jacob. T hey came down the river in a flat boat to the mouth of Turkey Creek in Sci oto County, Ohio. Moved to Sandy Springs in 1806/07, where they bought la nd and farmed. Recompence built a brick house on the bank of the river, b ut it was destroyed by flood. He built another house near the trail (now U .S. Rt. 52)
His brother William came with him to Ohio, but later moved to Illinois whe re he died. Recompense served in the war of 1812, with Captain Robert Russ ell's company** of Sandy Springs.
After Catherine's death, Recompense married a widow, Mrs. Matilda Fuller I ves, from Burok County, New York. Sometime in the 1860's Matilda mov ed to Whitmey Point, New York and died there.
Catherine was Presbyterian - Matilda was Baptist. Recompense joined the B aptist Church after his marriage to Matilda.
**Note Also a Recompense Murphy is shown in Lt John Hayslip's company as f ollows:
. ROLL OF LIEUT. JOHN HAYSLIP'S MOUNTED COMPANY.
. Served from Sept ember 13, until December 9, 1814.
Lieut. John Hayslip . Lieut. Isaac Fost er . Ensign John Moore
Sergt. Thomas Lockhart . Sergt. James Haysl ip . Sergt. William Rowland
Privates . Privat es . Privates
Bayless, Daniel . Browning, Edm an . Baird, Robert
Briggs, Thomas . Collins, Elij ah . Crawford, George
Carey, Isaac . Dining, Dani el . Ellison, Andrew
Galloway, James . Hubanks, Fost er . Hempleman, Jacob
Harris, Thomas . Lambert, Jose ph . Moore, John
Murphy, Recompense . Mannan, William . McHe nry, Alexander
McCollum, Isaac . Pemberton, Founta in . Paul, James
Paul, John . Pollard, Jo hn . Pennington, Obediah
Rader, John . Sparks, Geor ge . Stephenson, John
Strict, Joseph . Sutton,, Willi am G. . Walker, Joseph
Warren, Peter . Woods, Sim on . Walling, William
The Murphy listed in Capt Robert Russell's company is William - as follows :
ROLL OF CAPT. ROBERT RUSSELL'S COMPANY (Probably from Scioto Co.)
. Serv ed from July 28, until August 22, 1811.
Capt. Robert Russell . Lieut. William Russe ll . Sergt. John Eakins
Sergt. William Cole . Sergt. Joseph McK ee . Sergt. William Murphy
Corp. Andrew Beles . Corp. Thomas Clerk
. Privates. . Private s. . Privates.
Beles, Peter . Colvin, Geor ge . Colvin, Jacob
Green, Nathaniel . Killin, Jo hn . Kinyon, Jonothan
Lard, John M. . Marvin, Sil as . McCall, William
Ralston, Robert . Roberts, Lew is . Severingham, Duke
Stout, Isaac . Stout, Jes se . Stitts, William
Father: William Murphy b: 14 MAY 1742 in Ireland
Mother: Phebe Sherry b: 1744 in Woodbury, Gloucester, New Jersey
Catherine Newkirk b: 17 JAN 1775
in New Jersey 1
- David Whitaker Murphy b: 14 NOV 1800 in Salem County, New Jersey
- William Murphy b: 8 MAY 1802 in Pittsgrove,Salem County, New Jersey
- Jacob Newkirk Murphy b: 19 FEB 1804 in Pitt's Grove, Salem County, New Jersey
- Recompense Sherry Murphy b: 12 MAY 1806 in Mouth of Turkey Creek, Scioto Co Ohio
- Mary Ann Murphy b: 26 DEC 1808 in Sandy Springs, Ohio
- Rebecca W. Murphy b: 9 FEB 1811 in Sandy Springs, Adams Co Ohio
- Samuel M. Murphy b: 4 MAR 1812 in Sandy Springs,Adams County, Ohio
- Catherine M Murphy b: 16 NOV 1814 in Sandy Springs,Adams County, Ohio
- Rachel Murphy b: 14 DEC 1817 in Sandy Springs, Ohio
- John Newkirk Murphy b: 23 SEP 1823 in Sandy Springs, Ohio
- Robert J. Murphy b: 8 JUN 1825 in Sandy Springs, Ohio
Matilda Fuller Ives
14 MAR 1833
in West Union, Adams County, Ohio 3
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