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John H. Murphy

  • Birth 7 Jan 1838 Miller County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 21 Jan 1917 Harrison, Boone County, Arkansas, USA
  • Burial Harrison, Boone County, Arkansas, USA
  • Memorial ID 23539948

John H. Murphy
Given Name: John H.
Surname: Murphy
Sex: M

From: A REMINISCENT H1STORY OF THE OZARK REGION, Goodspead Brothers, Publishers - 1894

This prominent farmer and stockraiser of Harrison township, Boone County, Ark., was born in Miller County, Mo., January 7, 1838 and probably inherits much of his push and energy from his Irish ancestors,

The latter came to America after the Revolutionary War and settled in the Palmetto State, where his last days were spent. His wife was a native of Wales.

His son, John Murphy, grandfather of subject, was born in South Carolina, but at an early date settled near Murfresboro, Tenn., where he died when his son, John J. Murphy, father of subject, was but a small boy,.

The latter was born near Murfresboro, Tenn., in 1811, and was married in that State to Miss Perlinta Davis, a native of Tennessee, born in 18I3.

About 1837 this worthy couple removed to Miller County, Mo., where they resided one year, and then came to Madison County, Ark. Still later they removed to Newton County, Ark., and from there to Boone County in I875, where Mr. Murphy died.

They were Methodists for many years. Mr. Murphy was a successful farmer and stock dealer, owning many horses and mules, and was a public-spirited and enterprising citizen. Politically he was a Democrat until the war,

Our subject's maternal grandfather Davis was probably a native Tennessean, but was of English origin. He was a farmer by occupation and died in Illinois.

Our subject's brothers and sisters were named as follows: Isaac N.; Phoebe; James; V. W., who served in the United States Army, first sergeant in Company C, First Arkansas Regiment. He was a brave and gallant soldier,

John Murphy, the third in order of birth of the above mentioned children, passed most of his youthful days in assisting his father on the farm, and as a consequence received but limited educational advantages.

On November 14, 1858, he was married in Newton County, Ark., to Miss Elizabeth J. Penn, a native of Newton County, Ark., and the daughter of John and Rosy Penn, who came from Kentucky to Arkansas many years ago. Both are still living.

They had one son in the Federal Army, and is now residing in Oklahoma.
Mr. and Mrs. Murphy's union was blessed by the birth of nine children:

Sarah, died young
James R., died of smallpox during the war
Mary M., married John R. Newman
Martha Ann, wife of Joseph Thorn of Garfield, Washington
Ida, died when four years of age
Louisa; Rosa; William C.; and George Alexander

Like nearly all his brothers, John served in the Civil War. He enlisted February 12, 1863, in Company C, First Arkansas Infantry, but was soon transferred to Company E, and operated in the Trans-Mississippi Department, principally in Arkansas.

As soon as able John Murphy went to Springfield, and soon reported to his command at Ft. Smith. There he was office clerk until his discharge, August 10, 1865, after which he returned to his family then residing in Springfield, Mo.

Later he removed to Osceola, St. Clair County, Mo., and was engaged in stock business until I869, when he returned to Jasper, Newton County, Ark., and followed merchandising until 1876.

From there he moved to Boone County, where he farmed for two years, and on January 3, I879, he was appointed register of Land Office at Harrison, Ark., serving in that capacity until December, 1885,

Since then he has been residing on his excellent farm, three miles northwest of the town, where he has 490 acres, for which he paid $11,000. He has this well improved, and it is one of the best in the county. He is extensively engaged in the stock

Although his schooling was limited, Mr. Murphy has been a student all his life and is a man of more than ordinary ability and intelligence.

He is a member of Harrison Lodge No. 43, A.F. & A.M. and has filled all the chairs. He is also a member of Phil Kearney Post, G.A.R., at Harrison.

He is a Republican and an active worker for his party. His first presidential vote was cast for Lincoln in 1864.
Birth: 7 JAN 1838 in Miller Co., Missouri
Death: 21 JAN 1917 in Harrison, Boone County, Arkansas
Burial: Harriso, Boone County, Arkansas (Rose Hill Cemetary)

Census: 1900 Harrison, Boone, Arkansas
Census: 1880 Harrison, Boone, Arkansas
Census: 1870 Jasper, Newton, Arkansas
Census: 1860 Boston Mtn. Newton County, Arkansas
Census: 1850 Van Buren Twp, Newton, Ar

Occupation: ABT 1876 Postmaster Jasper County, Arkansas
Occupation: 1870 Dry Goods Merchant

Event: Military BET 12 FEB 1863 AND 10 AUG 1865 enlisted to Company C, First Arkansas Infantry soon transferred to Company E.
Event: Appointed BET 3 JAN 1879 AND DEC 1885 Register of Land Office, Harrison, Arkansas

Father: John J. Murphy b: 1811 in Murfesboro, Giles County, Tennessee
Mother: Perlinda Cordelia Davis b: 1811 in Maury County, Tennessee

Marriage: 1 Elizabeth Jane Penn b: 5 MAY 1843 in Newton County, Arkansas
Married: 14 NOV 1858 in Newton County, Arkansas

1. Rosa P. Murphy b: JUL 1879 in Arkansas
2. Louisa Mae Murphy b: 4 MAY 1875 in Newton or Boone County, Arkansas
3. Mary Madeline Murphy b: JUL 1865 in Missouri
4. Sarah Murphy
5. Martha Ann Murphy b: 1868 in Missouri
6. Ida Murphy
7. William C. Murphy b: MAY 1882 in Harrison, Boone, Arkansas
8. George Alexander Murphy b: MAR 1884 in Harrison, Boone, Arkansas
9. Dora L. Murphy b: 1876 in Harrison, Boone, Arkansas

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  • Created by: Bobby and Carol Babin Estes
  • Added: 24 Dec 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23539948
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John H. Murphy (7 Jan 1838–21 Jan 1917), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23539948, citing Rose Hill Cemetery, Harrison, Boone County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Bobby and Carol Babin Estes (contributor 46900498) .