Amy Murphy wrote:
Samuel Watson Murphy
was born 2 Feb 1833 in N.C. One account says born in Chatham County,
another says Cumberland County. I do know he lived in Cumberland County
before he came to Texas. Sam married Elender Virginia (Jennie) Thompson 5
Jan 1858 in Van Zandt County, TX. He died 3 May 1889 and is buried in Van
Zandt County, TX. I also have a notation that his mother's name was Rachel
and his father was Mike. For some reason I think "Mike" might be a
nickname. I have found a marriage record in Cumberland County, NC for
Thomas Murphy and Rachel Watson, 5 Aug 1830. I have always thought this
might be his parents, but have not been able to go any further. I also
have a notation that Sam's father came to N.C. from Ireland in the early
1800's, however, since they are related to the McPhail's have thought they
might be from Scotland.
NOTE: The Samuel W. Murphy letter has been helpfully paraphrased below
Frances Cullom Harper.
Myrtle Bridges. 12/10/99
SAMUEL WATSON MURPHY LETTER
August the 4th, 1856
I received your letter the 24 day of July which give me great satisfaction
to hear that you
were well and very well satisfied. That is more than I can relate to you
about my welfare.
At present I am very much dissatisfied. I have labored as hard this summer
as my health
would permit thinking that by the operation my health would get better, but
it has failed to
do it any good. Brother and Sister are well. I heard from Sister the
first day of August.
Mr. JAMES McKAY brought the news to me. He came over that day to finish
Brother, I have got one thing to state to you. I am Master of
music. I can sing
any piece of music that I try. I am master of the Presbyterian Psalmodist
and the Carmines
Sect. I have went to Mr. McKay three quarters at Bethany, and me and JOHN
the only ones that are graduated. Mr. McKay recommends me to go to
teaching. I will
go to Texas and learn you if you have no objections. I wish you would let
whether there is any music in Texas or not.
Cousin JOHN McPHAIL's daughter
is in very
bad health and has been for some time. We had a fine time in Old Salem.
There was a
meeting there which lasted a week and there was several that professed
religion and joined
the church. Cousin LIZ and MARIUM MURPHY joined the church and great many
more that I
knew. I knew you wanted me to write you all the news. MARY C. McKETHEN is
PATRICK MUNROE. Cousin JOHN McNEILL is married to Miss EFFIE McKAY. GRANT
also to the WIDOW PARKER. ALEXANDER McALISTER got killed about the middle
of July by
lightning. He was in the field with his hands when it happened. JOHN
GEDDIE's wife has a
daughter nearly one month old. Her name is ALMIRE. I believe none of us
is courting. We
are afraid to do it because the girls is so plenty til they are getting
afraid that they will be
left. ALEXANDER AMMONS give SIDNEY CANE a rap but she snorted and heard
tell she kicked
I have dug in old Great Neck one more year but I don't think I will
do it again. The
election day is close at hand. I must _____ our candidates we are going to
elect the DAN WARREN WINSLOW again. JESSE T. WARDEN, THOMAS MIMS, TAYLOR,
GILLIAM BAKER and
McCRAY all for Clarks County and Superior Court. The Democratic ticket
THOMAS MIMS for Superior Court. Taylor for County Clerk and Winslow. He's for
ought to be here to see us poll our votes. All of the people has been
nearly starved, but I
believe times is getting better now.
Watermelons is getting ripe and peas is blooming. If you will come to
Great Neck, we
will give you a bait of White Crowders or Tennessee Crowders. Give my best
acknowledgments to all them mustangs and ask them if they have any
objections to my
atmosphere. Peas and potatoes looks like they was going to be plenty in
old Goose Neck.
Have you any tobacco in Texas? If you have, you had better send us a chew,
had been here they would have bload you up about your debts. Give my love
to all of the
crowd and tell them to look for me til they see me. Cousin SAMUEL H.
McMILLIAM is going
to Texas this coming fall if nothing happens more than he knows. I am
going to teach
school after the election in the No. 12th district. I have had the school
engaged the whole
summer. Give my love to T. R. McPHAIL and tell him to get going to Cades
for I have a
claim there and I want to satisfy my clain first as it is the oldest.
Brother T. P. MURPHY
sends his love and respects to you. I believe I have nothing of importance
to write to you.
You must send me all the news. Tell me where you do your trading and tell
me what sort
of houses you all live in. Some people say that it don't rain but three
times a year. I want
you to let me know. Write all the news. Write every thing. I must come
to a close. I
leave you off now until you answer this.
Your humble servant,
Robert A. Murphy
Samuel W. Murphy, Esq.
"MARY C. McKETHEN is married to PATRICK MUNROE."
This was Mary Catherine McKethan and Patrick Daniel Patterson Monroe.
was b 10/22/1837, dau of Alexander McKethan b 1801 and Elizabeth Ann
Geddie b 1809.
Alexander McKethan was son of John McKethan Jr b 1774 and Nancy
Ann Geddie was dau of John Geddie b 1781/82 and Ann "Nancy" McKethan b
McKethan was dau of James McKethan Jr b bef 1750 and Christian McPhail.
McKethan Jr was son of James McKethan Sr b bef 1722 Scotland and ???.
was dau of Dugald McPhail and ???. John McKethan Jr was son of John
McKethan Sr and
Grisella McAllister. John McKethan Sr b 1746 and James McKethan Jr b bef
brothers, both sons of James McKethan Sr and ???.
The McKethans, McPhails, and Geddies were closely intertwined - and the
Murphys got into
the act too.
John Geddie b 1781/82 m Ann McKethan. John Geddie was son of James
Daniel Geddie and
Catherine McPhail. Catherine McPhail was dau of Dugald McPhail - and she
was sister to
Christian McPhail who m James McKethan Jr.
As to the Murphys - there is a book about the Geddies and McPhails. It's
helpful in some ways, but contains a lot of errors. ... This book records Thomas
Murphy of Scotland as marrying Isabella Porter of Ireland. But the Bluff
baptismal records state:
Aprl 29th 1787 Mr Thomas Murphy and his spouse Maragrat Porter had a son
Baptizd named Danl.
See Old Bluff Baptismal Records
The Geddie McPhail book records Isabella Murphy, dau of Thomas Murphy
and Isabella Porter (possibly should be Margaret Porter unless an
earlier wife died) as the parents of Isabella Murphy b 4/27/1771. I
don't know where that date came from. Isabella Murphy is probably
correct as the later Bluff records for the births/bapt of her children
refer to her as Bell Murphy. Isabella Murphy m Dugald McPhail Jr b
5/20/1761 in Scotland, son of Dugald McPhail and ???, therefore brother
to Christian and Catherine McPhail above. One of the children of Dugald
McPhail Jr and Isabella Murphy was John A McPhail b 6/8/1799 d 7/12/1882
who m Mary Baker. Surely he is the same John McPhail
"Cousin JOHN McPHAIL's
daughter is in very bad health and has been for
I don't have the children of John A McPhail and Mary Baker to check for
such a daughter. Mary Baker d 1855.
"JOHN GEDDIE's wife has a daughter nearly one month old. Her name is
This was John "Jack" Geddie b 1814, son of John Geddie and Ann McKethan
above - also grandson of both the sisters Christian McPhail and
Catherine McPhail whose brother Dugald McPhail Jr m Isabella?/Margaret?
"I have found a marriage record in Cumberland County, NC for Thomas
Murphy and Rachel Watson, 5 Aug 1830."
This certainly sounds possible - a Thomas Jr. I'm not familiar with the
"I also have a notation that Sam's father came to N.C. from Ireland in
the early 1800's."
Perhaps this was because Thomas Murphy's wife supposedly came from
Ireland. But at any rate, it is another reference to Ireland.
Read 1858 Letter to Samuel Watson
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