Rhoda “Rody” Murphree Bynum

Pittsboro, Chatham County, North Carolina, USA
Death 1874 (aged 85–86)
Ellis County, Texas, USA
Burial Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 8245959 · View Source
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Daughter of
Sarah Ward and Solomon L. Murphree
Wife of John Bynum m. 1805
(son of
Cynthia Easley and Isaac Newton Bynum, Sr)

Mother of
1. Asa Bynum b. 1806
2. Tapley Bynum b. 1809
3. Louvisa (Bynum) Reneau b. 1811
4. Daniel Bynum b. 1813
5. James Bynum b. 1816
6. William M. Bynum b. 1818
7. Nancy (Bynum) Morton b. 1821
8. Mary Serena (Bynum) Murphree b. 1828
9. Cynthia Kessiah (Bynum) Farley b. 1832

Cemetery info provided by Marvelle
Rhoda was the first Murphree to marry into the Bynum family as recorded in the Volume One Historical Sketches of the Bynum Family by J. E. Bynum, Oneonta, Alabama 1916. No tombstone could be found.

"I walked the Mountain Peak Cemetery yesterday and did not find the grave of Rhoda Murphree Bynum. There are several Bynums buried there but this grave is either unmarked or not there. It is a very old cemetery with many broken and missing stones." (provided by a volunteer)

"Her oldest son, the Reverend Asa Bynum, who is buried at Mt. Peak Cemetery, did not start out in Mt. Peak. He was one of the founders of the Oak Branch Methodist Church in the now extinct community of Oak Branch, Texas. The church began in his home in 1870, with brush arbor camp meetings taking place by 1873. By 1875 the church and burial grounds were established by land donated by William Claunch. According to Jasper E. Bynum's "Historical Sketches of the Bynum Family" (pub. 1916), Asa was still associated with the Oak Branch Church at the time of his death in 1886. Since Rhoda appears to have died shortly after their arrival in Ellis County, (most accounts agree it was about 1874-1875) it is more likely that her burial took place at Oak Branch. Also, since all of her children were associated with this church and the adjoining cemetery, it begs the question, why would Rhoda have been buried elsewhere? Asa was buried in Mt. Peak because that's where his first wife was buried. Unfortunately, the markers at Oak Branch have not fared well. There are large open stretches of unmarked graves. Her son James are buried in the cemetery with empty spaces on either side of them. I know that some of the burials at Mt. Peak took place as early as 1876, so that it is not impossible that her burial place is there. The bottom line is that we will never know for sure what happened to Rhoda, but when taking all evidence into consideration, Oak Branch seems a more likely spot." (provided by Randell Tarin)

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  • Created by: Marigay
  • Added: 7 Jan 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial 8245959
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rhoda “Rody” Murphree Bynum (17 Jan 1788–1874), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8245959, citing Oak Branch Cemetery, Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Marigay (contributor 47219241) .