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Edgar Long Murphy
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Birth: May 13, 1868
Rowan County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jan. 18, 1948
Richland County
South Carolina, USA

Ref: The State - Columbia, SC - Capt. Edgar Long Murphy who is affectionately known by a host of friends of the two Carolines at Pat or Captain Pat.

Captain Murphy elected to make his life that of a railroad man and stated in early life (1887) as foreman of a crew who helped in building the link between Monroe, North Carolina, and Chester, South Carolina of the Georgia, Caroline and North (GCN) Railroad, owned by the S.A.L.,

After completion of the road from Monroe to Atlanta, he was made conductor of the first mixed train to operated by the company, and held the distinction of being the youngest railroad conductor in the entire country.

After a service of some ten years with the above railroad, he accepted a job as conductor with the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad, running out of Vicksburg, Mississippi, remaining with that railroad until 1903, when he returned to South Carolina and was from that time on until retiring in 1930, a conductor on the Columbia division of the Southern Railway system.

Captain Murphy married Miss Sarah Elizabeth Draffin of York County, a sister of Doctors Ernest Craig and Charles Brice Draffin of Columbia. However, he seems to have forgotten the date (19 November 1889) of this happy union. They have a daughter, Miss Helen Murphy, who lives with them in their hospitable home at 720 Elmwood Avenue.

Captain Murphy is a brother of the Honorable Walter Murphy, who like himself claims a host of friends who only know him as Pete Murphy of Salisbury, the man who served as a member of the North Carolina legislature continuously for 44 years, and has been a trustee of his alma mater, the University of North Carolina for many years. Congratulations to our genial and beloved Captain Pat and may he live to celebrate many, many more birthdays, is the hope of all who know him, including the writer, and ex-railroad man who has known him for the past 40 years of those (45) years. Originally written in about 1932 by ex-railroad man and long time friend.

His parents were Dr. Alexander Andrew and Helen Long Murphy.

Elizabeth and Edgar moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1889. One Sons, Charles was born October 26,1892 and died November 30, 1895 at age 3 and is buried at Neely's Creek Cemetery. They had a daughter, Margaret Helen, born in 1890 in Atlanta, where they lived until 1903.

They moved to Columbia, S.C. on November 8, 1903, rented and lived at 2223 Washington Street. They bought their first home at 2009 Plain Street, (Now Hampton Street). The house has been torn down. In 1907 they bought and moved to 1305 Pine Street. In 1919 the Murphys' built a new house and moved to 720 Elmwood Avenue where they lived until their deaths.

In 1919 Brice and Ernest built new homes on Wheat Street, Columbia, SC.

NOTE: As of 2015, the Murphy home at 1305 Pine Street in Columbia, SC, is still standing and being remodeled.
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Family links: 
  Andrew Murphy (1832 - 1905)
  Sarah Elizabeth Draffin Murphy (1871 - 1949)
  Margaret Helen Murphy (1890 - 1977)*
  Charles Alexander Murphy (1892 - 1895)*
*Calculated relationship
Neely's Creek ARP Church Cemetery
Rock Hill
York County
South Carolina, USA
Created by: Robert Lorick
Record added: Jul 23, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73803665
Edgar Long Murphy
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Edgar Long Murphy
Added by: Robert Lorick
Edgar Long Murphy
Added by: Robert Lorick
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