|Birth: ||Feb. 15, 1844|
|Death: ||Aug. 3, 1900|
An assured position among the farmers of Piatt County is that held by Robert Murphy, who is successfully prosecuting his calling on section 32, Unity Township. His estate is sufficiently large to afford him abundant occupation for mind and body, and to furnish the means with which to secure all the comforts of life and make some provision for his declining years. It consists of one hundred and twenty acres which the owner has supplied with good improvements, including all necessary outbuildings, a comfortable dwelling, and the minor conveniences and attractions of a farm home. On every part of the estate the evidences of intelligent management may be seen, and the surroundings of the residence indicate the presence of refined womanhood and her controlling hand in the household economy.
The birth of Mr. Murphy took place in Macoupin County, this State, February 15, 1844, his parents being Robert P. and Mary Ann (Clark) Murphy. The father was born in Kentucky and died at his home in this State, February 22,1847. The mother, who was born in Tennessee, survives, her present home being in Texas. The parental family consists of five children, our subject being the third in order of birth.
Deprived of his father's care in early childhood, Robert Murphy owes to his mother's counsel and influence all that is best in his character and habits. His early life to the age of about thirteen years was spent on a farm in his native county and be then came to Piatt County, living in Cerro Gordo Township until December, 1874. At that date he located where he has continued to live, in Unity Township.
The graces of mind and heart and the pleasing manners of Miss Mary A. Barber won the deep regard of Mr. Murphy and his wooing proving successful, she became his wife April 7, 1870. She was born in Madison
County, this State, October 31, 1854, and is the fourth in a family of nine children. Her parents, Lyman and Elizabeth Ann (Judy) Barber, are now living at Pierson Station. They are natives respectively of Rhode Island and Madison County, Ill. Mr. and Mrs. Murphy have had six children, who are named respectively, James A., George L., Charles R., Etta F., Walter L. and Jesse E., Etta F. was cut down by the reaper, death, when ten months old.
Mr. Murphy is a reliable and public-spirited citizen, interested in whatever will promote the welfare of his fellow-men and ready at all times to lend his aid to worthy enterprises, though never desirous of making himself conspicuous. In politics he is a Republican. He and his wife belong to the Baptist Church, have high standing in that religious body, and are regarded with great respect by all to whom their characters and lives are known.
Robert Murphy died at the age of 56 yrs.,
5 mo., 19 days,of "cerebral spinal congestion,
after an illness of 20 years."
Burial was 4 Aug 1900 at Mackville Cemetery
near Atwood, IL. ( Piatt Co. Death Record.)
The manuscript of Helendoris Murphy listed
stomach trouble as cause of death. A brief
obituary stated he died of catarrhal trouble
and blood poisoning after having been ill
about ten days. (Piatt Co. Republican,
[From the book: Moses Barber of South Kingston, Rhode Island and many
descendants, 1652-1984 By Lois Schroeder]
Robert Pilford Murphy (1812 - 1847)
Mary Ann Clark Barber (1821 - 1892)
Mary Ann Barber Murphy (1854 - 1921)
James Albert Murphy (1872 - 1929)*
Charles Robert Murphy (1875 - 1958)*
George Lyman Murphy (1875 - 1955)*
Etta Florence Murphy (1879 - 1879)*
Walter Lilbern Murphy (1883 - 1952)*
Jesse Evans Murphy (1885 - 1950)*
Eliza Jane Murphy (1841 - 1844)*
John Harvey Murphy (1842 - 1888)*
Robert Murphy (1844 - 1900)
Julia Ann Murphy (1846 - 1909)*
James Hugh Murphy (1847 - 1868)*
Catherine Sarah Barber East (1852 - 1934)**
Margaret Barber Badger (1856 - 1948)**
Moses Lyman Barber (1858 - 1898)**
Ida Barber Collins (1860 - 1933)**
Gardner Clark Barber (1862 - 1891)**
Atwood (Piatt County)
Created by: Sandra
Record added: Nov 04, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43910814