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Edward Murphy

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  • Name Edward Murphy 
    Born ca 1760 
    Gender Male 
    Military 1780  Botetourt Co, Virginia, British America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Murphey was among those on Catawba who were part of Captain Robertson's Company and also listed in John Adams' militia company.  
    • F. B. Kegley. Kegley's Virginia Frontier: the beginning of the Southwest, the Roanoke of Colonial Days, 1740-1783 (Roanoke, VA: The Southwest Virginia Historical Society, 1938), 479.
    Tax Records 1782  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Paid taxes on land owned. 
    Property, Real 11 Sep 1782  Montgomery Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Edward Murphey, assignee of Thadeus Cooly assignee of John Boyd assignee of John Hollis, Commissioner's certificate, 400 acres on a branch of Reed Creek. The warrants were often assigned (sold or traded) by the person who actually served in the military or the person who was entitled to the particular warrant. The last person mentioned in the assignment was the original owner of the warrant or certificate and not necessarily a resident or owner of the land which was later surveyed. The entry was a request to the county surveyor to come to the property in question and lay off the boundaries of the tract by metes and bounds in order that a land grant might be obtained. Most entries were based on some kind of official warrant--state, preemption, military (for the French and Indian War) or governor's (sometimes called Lord Dunmore's or his Lordship's warrant)--though in some cases they were based on a Commissioner's certificate. 
    • Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol II, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1800 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 1982), 54, 111. [Montgomery County Commissioner's Certificate Book, page 127, settled 1772; Montgomery County, VA Entry Book A, p 98]
    Military 5 Nov 1782  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Murphey was a member of Capt. John Adams Company of Militia. 
    • Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol III, Part 2, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1805 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 1995), 567.
    Friends, Acquaintances, Neighbors 1 Oct 1784  Montgomery Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    John Hutsell, on treasury warrant assigned by Stephen Chaplan, had 50 acres on the north side of Reed Creek adjoining Edward Murphy. 
    • Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol III, Part 1, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1805 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 1995), 24. [Originial Montgomery County Entry Book B-157]
    Friends, Acquaintances, Neighbors 19 Dec 1784  Montgomery Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    John Hutsell, treasury warrant, assigned by Stephen Chaplain, 160 acres, part thereof, beginning corner to Edward Murphy's corner to include part of a branch that runs into Cove Creek, a branch of Reed Creek. 
    • Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol III, Part 1, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1805 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 1995), 25. [Originial Montgomery County Entry Book B-164]
    Tax Records 1787  Montgomery Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Personal Property Tax List B. District of David McGavock, Commissioner. Horses, mares, colts & mules: 3, Cattle: 6. 
    • Netti Schreiner-Yantis, et. al, comp. The 1787 Census of Virginia Vol. 1 (Springfield, VA: Genealogical Books in Print, 1987), 441.
    Friends, Acquaintances, Neighbors 5 Mar 1787  Montgomery Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    50 acres was given for the use of the church [now St. John's Lutheran by George Kegley, John Herkarader and Paul Ebling, assignees of Stephen Chaplan. The land adjoins Daniel Etter, George Kegley, and Edward Murphey. NOTE: An entry is the first indication that an adventurer was interested in obtaining land after he obtained a warrant of some kind. The next step was to have a survey made. The final step was to send copies of the plat and the information to the land office where, after a designated time, the land grant would be issued. Then, and only then, could the landowner legally make a deed to convey the property to someone else. However, this did not eliminate the possibility of a sale to another person. Before the grant issued, the only legal way to transfer the property was by assignment. This could be done at the warrant stage, the entry stage, or the survey stage. These assignments were not recorded separately, but the information is available through the entry and survey records. 
    • Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol V, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1820 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 2004), 53-54. [Original Montgomery County Entry Book C, 1787-1790]
    Tax Records 28 Jul 1789  Montgomery Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Tax List B: person charged with taxes: Edward Murphy; White males over 21 years: Edward Murphy; white males 16 to 21 years: 0; Slaves: 0; Horses: 4. 
    • Netti Schreiner-Yantis, trans. Montgomery County, Virginia-Circa 1790: a comprehensive study – including the 1789 tax lists, abstracts of over 800 land surveys & data concerning migration (Springfield, Va.: N. Schreiner-Yantis, 1972), 23, 89. NOTE: Prior to 1786 taxes were collected at an office set up for the residents to bring in a list of their taxable property. [William Walter Hening, ed. The Statutes at Large, Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia Vol 11 (Richmond: Printed by and for Samuel Pleasants, junior, printer to the commonwealth, 1809-23), 114] In 1786, Virginia Assembly passed an act providing for a tax commissioner to go from house to house collecting the lists and requiring taxpayers to swear under oath as to the accuracy of the lists. [W. W. Hening, ed. The Statutes at Large, Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia Vol 12 (Richmond: Printed by and for Samuel Pleasants, junior, printer to the commonwealth, 1809-23), 246]
    Key to 1789 Tax Lists, Montgomery Co, Virginia
    Key to 1789 Tax Lists, Montgomery Co, Virginia
    Tax List "B" recorded locations on both sides of Reed Creek, a tributary of the New River in southwest Virginia.
    Friends, Acquaintances, Neighbors 11 Dec 1789  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Michael Brown, assignee of William Neel, treasury warrant, 38 acres joining his open line; also 70 acres on Reed Creek adjoining the lands of Andrew Brown, Edward Murphy, Daniel Etter, and George Kegley. 
    • Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol V, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1820 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 2004), 94. [Original Montgomery County Entry Book C, 1787-1790]
    Census 1790  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    None found. 
    Misc 1790  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The settlers had simple log houses, often just cabins, even as late as 1815. No brick or stone houses were mentioned before this date in any of the surviving records. The outbuildings often included a spring house, loom house, corn crib, and occasionally a still house, a kitchen, barn or stable. The inventories of the personal property owned by these early adventurers show us that they led a simple life. Rarely did the families own a stove. Knives and forks were scarce. Dishes were often made of pewter and cooking vessels were often limited to the "Dutch" oven with an occasional frying pan or kettle. Cattle, horses, hogs, and sheep were often mentioned, but rarely do we find geese, and no chickens were found in any of the inventories. Honey was collected from beehives and bee gums, and sauerkraut (crout as they called it), butter, and vinegar were sometimes mentioned. Whiskey and cider were usually made in each community by several distillers who were licensed to produce this product. Wearing apparel was seldom mentioned but occasionally when the head of the family died, his wife's clothing was listed among his possessions. A few rifles were mentioned, but not everyone had one as often believed. The crops were corn, wheat, oats, and occasionally buckwheat and flax.  
    • Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol V, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1820 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 2004), iii.
    Friends, Acquaintances, Neighbors 27 Apr 1790  Montgomery Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Rober Steel, assignee of John Preston, treasury warrant, 50 acres on Cooley's Branch and between Cooley and Mowry's land, joining Edward Murphy's on the south and Philip Reeder on the north. 
    • Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol V, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1820 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 2004), 113. [Original Montgomery County Entry Book C, 1787-1790]
    Property, Real 30 Apr 1790  Montgomery Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Edward Murphy, assignee of John Preston, treasury warrant, 50 acres on the south side of the Piney Ridge adjoining Joseph Love's old survey on both sides of the Fulling Mill Branch, including his full mill and all the improvements. 
    • Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol V, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1820 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 2004), 115. [Original Montgomery County Entry Book C, 1787-1790]
    Friends, Acquaintances, Neighbors 28 Jul 1790  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Jesse Evans, assignee of Robert Adams, assignee of Samuel McCraw on treasury warrant, 1790, [no acres states] on Cedar Run, a branch of Reed Creek runs beside land owned by Edward Murphey. 
    • Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol III, Part 1, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1805 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 1995), 68. [Originial Wythe County Entry Book 1-2]
    Friends, Acquaintances, Neighbors 23 Jun 1791  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Thaddeus Cooley, treasury warrant, assigned to him, 20 acres joining his own line on the southeast and to join Edward Murphey... 
    • Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol III, Part 1, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1805 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 1995), 74. [Originial Wythe County Entry Book 1-26]
    Property, Real 2 Oct 1791  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Edward Murphy, 50 acres on treasury warrant, undated, joining Nicholas Loser, James Finley, and Murphy to include whereupon John Corvin now lives [on Reed Creek]. 
    • (1) Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol III, Part 1, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1805 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 1995), 81. [Originial Wythe County Entry Book 1-60] (2) Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol V, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1820 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 2004), 205 [Original Wythe County Entry Book 1, 1790-1793]
    Friends, Acquaintances, Neighbors 23 Nov 1791  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Robert Steel, as assignee of John Preston, assignee of James Hines, assignee of Samuel Lewis, 50 acres on Coolys Branch...joining Edward Murphy on the south. 
    • Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol III, Part 1, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1805 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 1995), 83. [Originial Wythe County Entry Book 1-67]
    Property, Real 13 Dec 1791  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Edward Murphy and Bridget to Henry Bean, 150 acres on north branch of Reed Creek, part of 400 acres where Bean now lives. 
    • Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol III, Part 1, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1805 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 1995), 157 [Original Wythe County Deed Book 1-55, (1790-1796)
    Property, Real 13 Dec 1791  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Edward Murphy and Bridget to Lewis Hutsell, 205 acres on north branch of Reed Creek, branch of New River (part of a survey of 400 acres, corner to Henry Bean's land). 
    • Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol III, Part 1, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1805 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 1995), 157 [Original Wythe County Deed Book 1-52-53, (1790-1796)
    Property, Real 13 Dec 1791  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Edward Murphy and Bridget to Lewis Hutsell, 45 acres on north branch of Reed Creek, part of 400 acres, corner to Henry Bean. 
    • Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol III, Part 1, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1805 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 1995), 157 [Original Wythe County Deed Book 1-54, (1790-1796)
    Property, Real 3 Mar 1792  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Edward Murphey, assignee of Robert Adams, on treasury warrant, 100 acres joining Martain Wyrick, Stephen Chaplain, Alexander Stewart, John Blessly [Blessing], and his own entry of 50 acres to include the vacant land. 
    • (1) Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol III, Part 1, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1805 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 1995), 84. [Originial Wythe County Entry Book 1-72] (2) Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol V, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1820 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 2004), 205 [Original Wythe County Entry Book 1, 1790-1793]
    Tax Records 1793  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Edward Murphy was listed on Tax List C. 
    • Netti Schreiner-Yantis, trans. Montgomery County, Virginia-Circa 1790: a comprehensive study – including the 1789 tax lists, abstracts of over 800 land surveys & data concerning migration (Springfield, Va.: N. Schreiner-Yantis, 1972), 89.
    Property, Real 1797  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    David and Mary Love to Edward Murphy, 29 acres. 
    • [Wythe Co Deed Book 2, p 4]
    Property, Real 1797  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    David and Polly Love to Edward Murphey, 116 acres. 
    • [Wythe Co Deed Book 4, pp 212]
    Property, Real 1797  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Jeremiah Boys and wife Jane to Edward Murphey, 90 acres. 
    • [Wythe County Deed Book 4, p 322]
    Property, Personal 1798  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    In 1798, Edward Murphy Sr. and his son Edward Murphy Jr. made an agreement, that the elder Murphy was to have one-half of all products of the plantation where both Edwards lived, and one-half of the profits of the fulling mill (which was located on the plantation) for the life of the elder Murphy. Edward Jr. was to support the other children of Edward Sr. until they were able to support themselves. Edward Sr. was to pay one-half of the expenses of such support for a tract of 350 acres of land joining Daniel Wisely, John Blessing and Daniel Johnston. [Wythe Co Deed Book 2, p 313]  
    Court Minutes 15 Jun 1798  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Edward Murphy was committed to the stocks for contempt of court. 
    • Lewis Preston Summers. Annals of Southwest Virginia, 1769-1800 (Baltimore: Clearfield Company, 1996, 1929), 1367. [Original Wythe County Order Book 1796-1799, p 204]
    Court Minutes 11 Dec 1798  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    [Mary] "Polly" Phipps received support for her child when a judgment was granted to the Overseers of the Poor against Edward Murphy, who was bound to give security for the support of a child of Polly's laid to his charge. The Court ordered him to pay 10 pounds annually for six years from the date of January 6, 1797 [possibly the date of birth of the child]. The Court ordered that if a lesser sum is sufficient for the maintenance of the child, then Edward would be exonerated for payment of support.  
    • [Original Wythe Co Order Book 1796-1799, pp 281, 282, 283]
    Census 1800  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    None found. 
    Died 16 Mar 1800  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Edward Murphy died on March 16, 1800, possibly at the hand of Sarah Smith, who was charged with giving "sundry mortal bruises with malice aforethought." She denied the charges and she and witnesses (not named) were called before the court. On April 5, 1800, the court unanimously agreed that she was not guilty, and "she was set at liberty." This Sarah Smith is probably the one who had a license to keep a tavern in the Town of Evansham [Wytheville] in 1798 and 1799 [Wythe County Order Book 1796-1799, p 200; Order Book 1799-1801, pp 13, 157, 188].
    Cause of Death (Facts Pg) 28 Mar 1800  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    An inquest was held by John Montgomery, Coroner at the house of Edward Murphy. "It was determined from the marks of violence on the lower part of his back and between his shoulders death was by bruises from which marks of violence appears on the body." Sarah Smith was charged on March 28, 1800, with giving "sundry mortal bruises with malice aforethought." She denied the charges and on April 5, 1800, the court unanimously agreed that she was not guilty, acquitted her based on self-defense and she was "set at liberty." This Sarah Smith is probably the one who had a license to operate a tavern in the town of Evansham, now Wytheville in 1798 and 1799. Three years after Murphey's death she died.  
    • (1) Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol III, Part 2, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1805 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 1995), 730. (2) Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers In the Town of Evansham, the County Seat of Wythe County, Virginia; Vol IV, 1790-1839 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 1998), 41, 298.
    Executor/Administrator 13 May 1800  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Edward Murphy Jr. was granted administration of his father's estate. James Finley, William Phipps, Daniel Wiseley, and William Finley were to appraise and inventory the estate for the court. 
    • Virginia. Wythe County. Order Book 1799-1801, p 188, 13 May 1800.
    Court Minutes 13 Nov 1800  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    On November 13, 1800, the Overseers of the Poor were ordered to bind out Elizabeth Murphy, infant of Edward Murphy, deceased. 
    • [Original Wythe County Order Book 1799-1801, p 281]
    Probate 14 Apr 1802  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (1) Virginia. Wythe County. Will Book 1, pp 212-213, recorded April 14, 1802, Inventory and Appraisal of Personal Estate of Edward Murphy. (2) Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol III, Part 1, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1805 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 1995), 209. [Original Wythe County Will Book 1, p 212]
    Appraisal of Personal Estate of Edward Murphey
    Appraisal of Personal Estate of Edward Murphey
    The estate was appraised on June 2, 1800, and had the following items listed: two bedsteads and cords [2.00], a "drawenknife [.75]," plow and irons [3.00], 2 iron wedges [1.00], an ax [.83], mattock [.75], 2 hoes [1.00], auger, hand saw, and chisel [1.25], 3 iron pots and hooks [3.75], a hatchel [1.00], a stock lock without a key [.75], 2 pails and buckets [.75], a box of iron and lamp [.25], 1 jug [.15], 1 chest [.33], 1 saddle and bridle [3.33], 2 hammers and nippers [.50], 1 chair [.25], 1 pair of shears [.21], a frying pan, ladle, candle, and candlestick [1.25], 2 pewter dishes and 2 "beasons" [6.00], 10 pewter plates and 10 spoons [4.00], tins and old knives [.33], 1 half bushel [.25], 3 bags [2.00], 1 1/2 yards of thick cloth [1.25], 1 old bag [.50], 4 sticks of "Brazel" wood [1.75], a smooth bore gun [2.00], 2 pair chains and hem back bands & 1 blind bridle [3.33], 1 trunk [.83], 1 bed and furniture [13.00], 1 churn cag and coppress [.33], candle molds [.25], shoe leather [1.50], 1 tub and tray [.50], 1 bed and furniture [14.00], the furling mill and utensils [50.00], 1 dresser [1.00], 1 iron harrow, log chain, and shovel plow [5.00], sorrel mare [50.00], 1 matlock how and pot rack [2.75], 1 cutting box and knife [2.00], and 1 pitchfork [.21]. Appraised by James Finley, Daniel Wiseley, William Phipps, William Finley. The total amount was $184.38 Reported to the Wythe County Court on the 14 Apr 1802.This Inventory and appraisment of the estate of Edward Murphy, deceased being returned is Ordered to be recorded. Teste Robert Crockett, Clerk.
    Lawsuit 12 Jan 1803  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    On January 12, 1803, there was a reference to a lawsuit brought by Daniel Johnston against the heirs of Edward Murphy in order to obtain 50 acres of land Murphy had sold him in his lifetime, but for which he had made no deed. Some of the heirs had not filed their answers to the suit. The heirs listed were Peggy, Polly, Bridget and Betsy Murphy, and Catey Murphy who had married Clement Horsey. When the deed was made Edward Murphy, Jr., and his wife Caty [Katy] also joined in the deed. The land had been granted to Edward Murphy on December 14, 1792, and adjoined Finley and Wiseleys. 
    • [Wythe County Order Book, 1801-1805, p 245-246; Wythe Co Deed Book 3, p 139]
    Person ID I34287  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2021 

    Father Unknown Murphey 
    Family ID F14367  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Bridget 
    Children 
     1. Edward Murphy, Jr
     2. Mary Murphy
     3. Elizabeth Murphy
     4. Catharine Murphy
    Last Modified 2 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F14143  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Phipps,   b. ca 1785, Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Margaret [Phipps] Murphy,   b. ca 1797, Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1880, Ozark Co, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years)
    Last Modified 22 May 2019 
    Family ID F13115  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart


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