Franklin County Military Records

Revolutionary War File for Arthur Murphy
Contributed by: Mark Murphy

[Revolutionary War Pension file of Arthur Murphy]
[National Archives & Records Administration, Reel M804, file#S31872]
[obtained & transcribed by Mark A. Murphy, 1 Mar 2002]

[file cover]
S.C.? Murphy, Arthur Number S 31872.

E.J. Aston
C.T. Rawls
F. Stikeleather

Aston, Rawls & Co. Established 1865.
18 1/2 S. Main St.
Asheville, N.C.

March 10th, 1898

Hon. H. Clay Evans, Commissioner,
Bureau of Pensions, Washington, D.C.
Dear Sir:-
As your Department can not furnish me with copies of applications
of pensions of Herndon Haralson, and Archibald Murphy, will you kindly
furnish me with their military records, as per printed slip pasted thereon,
cut from the letter head of your department. Will you allow an outside person,
a lady resident of Washington, D.C. to make copies of said applications?
These persons are ancestors of mine, and I am anxious to secure a history of
their military services, which I think are only to be found in said applications.
If you will advise me that copies may be made by an agent of mine, I will have
the work done.
John Williams
216 Chestnut St, Asheville, N.C.

Herndon Haralson, made application for Captain's pension, having served
in Norh[sic] Carolina troops under Greene, in his Southern Campaign, He
was living when application was made, in Tenn. Archibald Murphy applies
from N.C.

(This Bureau can furnish the military record of only such Revolutionary
soldiers as were pensioned or whose widows were pensioned for their services.)
[end letter]

I. 31372

Department of the Interior,
Bureau of Pensions,
Washington, D.C.,
March 25, 1898

O.W. &N. Div. Revolutionary

Replying to your recent communication you are advised that Herndon
Haraldson made an application for pension on September 10, 1832, at which
time he was 74 years of age and residing in Haywood County, Tenn. and his
pension was allowed for nine months' actual service as a captain in the North
Carolina troops, Revolutionary war; a part of the time he served under Col.
Moore. He enlisted in Caswell Co., N.C.
One Arthur Murphy made an application for pension on May 21, 1833, at
which time he was 71 years of age and residing in Lawrence County, Arkansas,
and his pension was allowed for ten months' actual service as a private in
the S.C. troops, Revolutionary war; a part of the time he served under Capt.
Hopkins and Col. Eaton. He was born in Franklin County, North Carolina.
If you send some responsible party to this bureau he will, upon the
presentation of this letter, be
allowed to examine and make such copies of the papers on file in the above
claims as he may be desired.
Very respectfully,
Mr. John A. Williams Acting Commissioner,
216 Chestnut Street,
Asheville, N.C.

[end letter]

Fayetteville A.T. Free
20 July
The Secretary of War
Washington City
(Revolutionary Soldiers papers enclosed)

Fayetteville Washington County Ark. Free[?] Territory July 8th 1833.
Inclosed you will find three declarations for pensions. you will greatly
oblige the applicants by informing me of their fate if they are paped as
good, please give inform a tion if not and are defective in a print that
can be amended you will please direct in what the insufficiency consists
Please addreSs your communications to David Walker Fayetteville &c as above
D. Walker
PS. I sent the claims of Thomas Garvin and Jacob Beeder last winter to the
Delligate Service at Washington City he says they were forwarded to the
department I have worked[?] hard from there also the calim[sic]
of Mr. Shaw of Crawford County Last spring.. you will much oblige me by
writing what their condition is
yours &c
D Walker
To the Secretary of War
[end letter]

File No. 21, 79
Arthur Murphy
Pen. Rev. War
Act: June 7 32"
Index:- Vol. 9, Page 290
(Arrangement of 1870)

Mar 25 '98
Jas A Williams
1939 July 27 Hist to Mrs. Ivan S. Cliff A.D.Y.
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Houston, Texas
1415 McGregor st.,
June 13, 1939.

Veterans Administration
Washington, D.C.
Pension Dept.



I have been referred by the Adjutant General's office to your
pension files for the information I desire as he states that his files
are not complete and your office would have this information.
Please send me as definite and complete data as you have on
the Revolutionary war record and also genealogical records you may have
in this connection on the life, parentage and children, if any, of
Arthur Murphy.
On page 78 of the book Pioneers and Makers of Arkansas by Josiah
M.[or H.] Shinn, published in 1908, copyrighted by M.C. Shinn, Washington,
D.C. the following information is available:
"This roll of honor is a government record and is the highest form
of evidence. It is the pension roll of revolutionary soldiers alive in
Arkansas in the counties named in 1833 and 1834 and will serve as an
index to all descendents who may desire to take membership in any of the
patriotic orders. The publication of this must not be taken as an
exhaustive presentation of all soldiers in Arkansas, the the Revolution.
(Then follows a list of soldiers receiving pensions in various counties
in Ark. Under Washington County, Ark.
"Arthur Murphy, 72 yrs, member N.C. Continental Line" and other
names. On page 113 of this same book he is mentioned as a pioneer of
Lawrence County, Ark. There are several Arthur Murphys who are Revolutionary
war heroes all of whom were in Pennsylvania regiments. The Arthur Murphy I
want news of is the one your office paid a pension as a member of the N.C.
Continental Line and who was living in Washington County Ark at the time the
pension was mailed to him. It is
possible that he was living with children and if you have any names or
information on the town he lived in Washington County, Ark. I would appreciate
it. I have written to N.C. Historical Society and the
Adjutant's office. I have also written to the Arkansas Historical Commission
at Little Rock. They say they have not the staffs to bother with giving this
information. I know if this man was paid a pension by the government there
must be a record of his services, otherwise he could not have obtained the
pension. He is an ancestor, that I know but I cannot get this information.
Please send me any information of any kind that you have on this Arthur
Murphy and to save you trouble will state that only the North Carolina
Continental Line will do. I certainly shall appreciate your efforts,
believe me.
Mrs. Ivan S. Cliff [stamped] 11 AGO Jun 16 1939 Received

[hand written document]
Arthur Murphy
Arkansas, Ten t.
Adm 10 Months

Thomas D. Walker
Washinton Co. A.T.

[body-apparently a continuation]
He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity
except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension
Roll of any agency in any state.
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid in open court.
D.W. Lowe Clerk Arthur his X mark Murfrey {seal}
We David Orr a clergyman residing in the County aforesaid and George W
Thompson Nathaniel McCarel [?] and James Kuykendall residing in th County
of Lawrence & Territory aforesaid hereby certify that we are all well
acquainted with Arthur Murphy who has subscribed and sworn to the above
declaration That we believe him to be as much as Sixty two years of age;
that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where her resides to
have been a soldier of the Revolution and that we concure in that
Sworn and subscribed the day and year aforesaid
David Orr George his X mark Thompson JM Kuydendall Nathaniel McCarrol

And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation
of the matter and after putting the interrogations prescribed by the war
Department that the above named applicant was a soldier of the Revolution
and served as he stated and the court further certifies that it appears
to them that David Orr George W Thompson Nathaniel McCarrel and James
Kuydendall who have also the same are residents of the said county, and
are creditable persons, and that their statements are entitled to credit.
Tho. P. Eskridge
I David W. Lowe Clerk of the Court of Lawrence Circuit Court [next page]
Court aforesaid do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original
proceedings of the said court in the matter of the application of Arthur
Murphy for a pension In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand &
seal of office this 21st day of May 1833.
D.W. Lowe Clerk

Territory of Arkansas
County of Lawrence
I Thomas P. Eskridge, presiding judge in and for the county & circuit
aforesaid, do hereby certify, that David W. Lowe, whose named as signed
to the foregoing certificate is & was at the time of signing the same duly
commissioned & qualified as clerk of said court, and that his certificate
is in due form, and that his official acts are entitled to full faith & credit
Given under my hand & seal this 21st day of May, 1833.
Tho. P. Eskridge
[end document]

July 27, 1939.
Arthur Murphy

Mrs. Ivan S. Cliff
1415 McGregor Street
Houston, Texas

Dear Madam:

Reference is made to your letter relative to Arthur Murphy, a
soldier of the Revolutionary War. The record of the only Arthur Murphy,
all spellings of the names searched, that is found on the Revolutionary
War records of this office is furnished you herein as found in the papers
on file in pension claim, S.31872, based upon his military service in that
Arthur Murphy was born in 1762, in Franklin County, North Carolina,
or in Sussex County, Virginia, day, month, and the names of his parents
are not known.
Arthur Murphy enlisted in 1778, in Bute County, North Carolina,
and served five months as private under Captain John Hopkins and Colonel
Thomas Eaton. Section[?] shows a Col. T. E., S. Carolina so I put S.C. on
jacket too. While a resident of Frankin County, North Carolina, he later
enlisted, served three months as private under Captain Joseph Parish and
Colonel Harbert Haynes and was in the battle of Guilford. He then enlisted
and served two months as private under Captain Mathew Brickel.
When forty or forty-five years of age he moved from Franklin County,
North Carolina, to Logan County, Kentucky, two years later he moved to near
the Red Banks, Henderson County Kentucky, thence to Johnson County, Illinois,
and thence to Lawrence County, Arkansas. He also resided for short periods
on the frontiers of Missouri.
He was allowed pension on his application executed May 21, 1833, at
which time he was a resident of Lawrence County, Arkansas, where he had lived
six years.
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Arthur Murphy died April 6, 1835, place not stated.
There are no family data.
In order to obtain the date of last payment of pension, and the name
and address of person paid, you should apply to the Comptroller General,
General Accouting Office, Records Division, Washington, D.C., and cite the
following data: "Arthur Murphy, Certificate No. 22464 or 22462, issued
November 6, 1833, rate $33.33 per annum, commenced March 4, 1831, Act of
June 7, 1832, Arkansas Agency".
Very truly yours,
G.H. Sweet
Acting Executive Assistant
to the Administrator
[end of letter]

Arkansas Ty 22.464
Arthur Murphy
of Washington Co. in the State of Arkansas Ty. who was a Private in the Co.
commanded by Captain Hopkins of the Regt. commanded by Colo. Horse[?] in
the South Carolina line for ten months.
Inscribed on the Roll of Arkansas Ty. at the rate of 33 Dollars 33 Cents
per annum, to commence on the 4th day of March, 1834.
Certificate of Pension iSsued the 6th day of Nov. 1833 and sent to D.
Walker. Fayettevill W. Co. A Ty.
Arrears to the 4th of Sept. 1833- 83.33
Semi-an. allowance ending 4 May[?] 34- 16.67
Revolutionary Claim,
Act June 7, 1832.}
Recorded by Benja.[?] Palmer Clerk
Book S[?] Vol. 8 Page
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