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Dr Joseph Drumgold Murdock

Dr Joseph Drumgold Murdock

Death 10 Feb 1828 (aged 62-63)
Habersham County, Georgia, USA
Burial Cleveland, White County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 88708758 · View Source
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The oldest house in White County is in the Shoal Creek area near the Lumpkin County line. The house was built around 1780, according to records, by a Dr. Joseph E. Murdock. It is made of forest pine, hand-planed boards inside and out. The main joists are put together with wooden pegs. The hinges on the doors are hand wrought. At one end of the 10-room house is a mud chinked rock chimney. The vines flanking the porch on the front of the house have been here 100 years or more. The house has seen a few changes but, for the most part, is still the same as when it was built 200 years ago. Dr. Murdock died February 10, 1828. The house was purchased by William Henry Smith around 1890. He and his widow, Nancy Jane (Reece) Smith occupied the house until 1918. It was purchased by Cornelius C. Thomas in 1926.

Joseph married Priscilla Headen About 1800 in Georgia.
She was born around 1777 in Virginia After Joseph's death Priscilla went on to marry David C Cherry and had children by him..

Joseph came to America in the British Army (hearsay) during the
American Revolution as a field doctor. He settled in Georgia and continued to practice medicine from which he learned from the Indians

Children of Joseph Murdoch and Priscilla Headen are:

Allen Headon Murdoch, 1802 in GA; died April 20, 1832 in
Habersham Co, GA.

In Habersham Co. Ga., Apr. 1828; both he and Joseph (brother) charged with "affray" and plead "Nolle Prosequi". Apr. 1829; assault and battery; "Defendent died before trial". Oct. 1831--assault and battery...Death of defendant

Matilda Diadem Murdoch, born Abt. 1804 in Clarke Co., GA; died March 15, 1898 in Wheatland, Yuba Co., CA. She married Obediah HOOPER* November 20, 1820 in Franklin Co, GA; born 1798 in GA.

William Watson Murdoch, born 1806. He married Martha STOVALL January 26, 1824 in Habersham CO, GA.

Joseph Headen Murdock, born March 20, 1807 in GA; died December 28, 1896 in Houston Co, Texas.

Eliza Murdoch, born Abt. 1810

Elizabeth Smith Murdoch, born Abt. 1812. She married John C.
LAUGHRIDGE Abt. 1827 in Franklin CO, GA

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Within this tomb lies the body of Dr. Joseph Murdock deceased Febury TH 10, 1828





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  • Originally Created by: Reuben Glen Davis Sr
  • Added: 18 Apr 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 88708758
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Joseph Drumgold Murdock (1765–10 Feb 1828), Find A Grave Memorial no. 88708758, citing Murdock's Grave, Cleveland, White County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by rhonda bruce (contributor 47578333) .