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Thomas Benton Murphy
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Birth: May 1, 1844
Daviess County
Missouri, USA
Death: Nov. 4, 1929
Sumner County
Kansas, USA

Wellington Daily news
Wellington, Kansas
Thursday, December 5, 1929


Last Survivor of Battle of Arickaree Succumbs to Lingering Illness - Served As County Commissioner Of Sumner County

Lips of Thomas Benton Murphy, 85, the last survivor of the band of 50 plainsmen and soldiers who in September of 1868, successfully repelled the attack of thousands of Indians in the battle of Arickaree, Wednesday were sealed in death.

Murphy, a pioneer of Sumner County, died at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at his home near Corbin. He had been in ill health for several months.

Although he had refrained from saying anything for publication regarding criticism of the leaders of the government expedition, Mr. Murphy in his later years chafed at the hero worship accorded Colonel George A. Forsyth and Lieutenant Frederick Beecher, killed in the battle. Beecher was the son of Henry Ward Beecher, the noted divine.

The Indian fighter let it be known, however, that he considered the officers used inefficient methods in their war against the red men.

The besieged party sought safety on Beecher's Island in eastern Colorado and there stood off the Indian attack for nine days. Most of the time the band of plainsmen went without water. They had no medical attention.

Margaret Hill McCarter immortalized the battle of the Arickaree in her book, "The Price of the Prairie". The fight generally is thought to have put an end to Indian deprivations in Kansas.

Mr. Murphy also a veteran of the Civil War became the last survivor of the gallant band of Island defenders when Sigmund Schlesinger, the only other participant in the affair alive, died in 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Mr. Murphy widely known all over this section of Kansas settled near Corbin nearly 50 years ago and had lived there ever since. His shorthorn cattle have won many prizes at state fairs in past years.

He was born May 1 at McMall, Missouri.

Mr. Murphy once served as a county commissioner of Sumner County. His term began in 1895.

Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Nancy J. Murphy; three sons, Grover Murphy, Grider Murphy and Jeri Murphy, all of near Corbin; four daughters, Mrs. Alice Cleveland of Stillwater, Oklahoma and Dorothy Murphy, Jettye Murphy and Kate Murphy, at home; a brother, William Murphy of Utah; a sister Mrs. Mary Ann Thompson of Missouri; two grandsons, Marion and Horace Cleveland of San Antonio, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at the home on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with Reverend William Wilkins, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Wellington officiating. Burial will be made at Spring Creek Cemetery near Corbin.

The Frank Funeral Home is in charge.
Family links: 
  Cornelius Murphy (1814 - 1892)
  Delilah Place Murphy (1823 - 1873)
  Nancy Jane Thompson Murphy (1849 - 1936)
  Alice Murphy Cleveland (1873 - 1973)*
  Anna Murphy (1875 - 1902)*
  Baby Boy Murphy (1876 - 1877)*
  Dorothy Murphy (1878 - 1962)*
  Samantha Viola Murphy (1880 - 1883)*
  Jettye Murphy (1882 - 1964)*
  Grover Cleveland Murphy (1884 - 1969)*
  Thomas "Grider" Murphy (1886 - 1963)*
  Kate Murphy (1888 - 1967)*
  Infant Girl Murphy (1890 - 1891)*
  Jerie Murphy (1892 - 1981)*
  Infant Boy Murphy (1895 - 1895)*
  Nancy Jane Murphy Franklin (1843 - 1921)*
  Thomas Benton Murphy (1844 - 1929)
  Louysa Murphy (1846 - 1920)*
  Missouri Murphy Franklin (1848 - 1920)*
  Lorenzo Dow Murphy (1850 - 1884)*
  Scott Murphy (1850 - 1925)*
  William R Murphy (1852 - 1932)*
  Mary Ann Murphy Thompson (1856 - 1946)*
  Levi H. Murphy (1859 - 1899)*
  Elizabeth C. Murphy Williams (1862 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
Corzine Cemetery
Sumner County
Kansas, USA
Created by: Old History Buff
Record added: May 04, 2006
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Thomas Benton Murphy
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Thomas Benton Murphy
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