|Birth: ||Dec. 15, 1809|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Mar., 1847|
Matriarch of the Murphy family from Weakley County, Tennessee, who traveled west with the Donner Party. Mrs. Murphy was still alive in mid-March when the third relief party arrived at the encampment, but when the fourth relief party arrived on April 17th, she had died. She was 37 years old.
Levinah (sometimes spelled Lavina in historical accounts) Murphy was the daughter of Frederick and Charlotte, nee Vinson, Jackson. She married Jeremiah Burns Murphy on December 19, 1825 in Union County, South Carolina. Jeremiah was born March 3, 1805 in Union County and died October 5, 1839 in Weakley County. Levinah, at age 29, was a widow with seven children.
Two of her sons, John Landrum and Lemuel B.; two grandchildren, Catherine Pike and Jeremiah George Foster; and a son-in-law, William Montgomery Pike, all died that winter.
Family members to survive were three daughters and two sons:
Sarah Ann Charlotte Murphy Foster
Harriet Frances Murphy Pike Nye
Meriam Marjory "Mary" Murphy Covillaud
William Green Murphy
and Simon Peter Murphy; a granddaughter, Naomi Levina Pike Schenck; and a son-in-law, William McFadden Foster.
Sarah Ann Charlotte Murphy Foster (1826 - 1906)*
Harriet Frances Murphy Nye (1828 - 1870)*
John Landrum Murphy (1829 - 1847)*
Mary Murphy Covillaud (1831 - 1867)*
William Green Murphy (1836 - 1904)*
Donner Memorial State Park
Created by: Nan
Record added: Dec 21, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12762439