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Mary Murphy Covillaud
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Birth: Nov. 15, 1831
Union County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Sep. 27, 1867
Marysville
Yuba County
California, USA

Meriam Marjory "Mary" Murphy was a survivor of the Donner Party.

She was the daughter of Levinah W. Jackson Murphy and Jeremiah Burns Murphy. "Mary" was rescued by the First Relief party in February of 1847. At the age of fourteen, she was married first to William Johnson. It did not last long and she divorced him, reportedly because he was abusive. Also surviving were two sisters and two brothers: Sarah Ann Charlotte Murphy Foster, Harriet Frances Murphy Pike Nye, William Green Murphy and Simon Peter Murphy.

On December 25, 1848 at Sutter's Fort, Sacramento, California she married Charles Julian Covillaud. Covillaud had arrived in California with another wagon train using the same route through the mountains about two weeks prior to the Donner Party's fateful attempt. He founded the city of Marysville, naming it for his new wife.

"Mary" and Charles had five children: Mary Ellen, Charles Julian, William Pierre, Francis Theodore and Naomi Sabine. To view a photo of Mary and Charles, go here. She died at the age of thirty-five.

The Mary Covillaud Elementary school in Marysville is named in her honor. 
 
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 Parents:
  Levinah W. Jackson Murphy (1809 - 1847)
 
 Spouse:
  Charles Julian Covillaud (1816 - 1867)*
 
 Children:
  Mary Ellen Covillaud Waldron (1851 - 1918)*
  Charles J Covillaud (1855 - 1912)*
  William Covillaud (1859 - 1907)*
  Frank T Covillaud (1861 - 1918)*
 
 Siblings:
  Lemuel B. Murphy (____ - 1847)*
  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)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery
Marysville
Yuba County
California, USA
 
Created by: Nan
Record added: Dec 19, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12742603
Mary <i>Murphy</i> Covillaud
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Mary <i>Murphy</i> Covillaud
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- jj
 Added: Dec. 15, 2016
A dramatic and short life.
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 Added: Sep. 28, 2016

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 Added: Oct. 13, 2015
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