Friday, January 13, 2017

Finding The Right Connection --Murphy Line: Part One

Finding The Right Connection --Murphy Line:  Part One --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

I have to start somewhere with this Murphy line, so here goes nothing. I wrote about wanting to break through the brick wall of figuring out who the parents of my 2nd great grandmother Tina Jane Murphy Kerr were in my post Dear Genea Santa, What I'd Like Most For Christmas.... I have a couple of Murphy DNA cousins among my matches list on Ancestry.com, one in particular looks really interesting and has my crazy genealogy brain all jazzed up. 

I began by looking at the 1880 census to see what white Murphy families resided near my 2nd great grandmother in Franklin Township, Sampson County, NC. If my 2nd great grandmother's chosen surname was Murphy then there's the strong possibility that name was taken from the family who owned her prior to emancipation.


Finding The Right Connection --Murphy Line:  Part One --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Source Information:  Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Source CitationYear: 1880; Census Place: Franklin, Sampson, North Carolina; Roll: 981; Family History Film: 1254981; Page: 68C; Enumeration District: 192; Image: 0597

This is the household of William B. Murphy of Franklin Township, Sampson County, NC.  He was listed on the census page right after my 2nd great grandparents Henry Kerr and Tina Murphy Kerr in 1880.  This William B Murphy was enumerated on the same page as Henry Kerr, his parents, and siblings on the 1870 census. 

So who was this dude?  He was born William Bailey Murphy son to James Murphy and Charlotte Treadwell of New Hanover/Sampson County on Jan 15, 1845. He was one of a long line of Murphys in Sampson County who lead back to a Patrick Murphy born about 1720 in Isle of Arran, Scotland.

Now let's look at this recent DNA match that's got me kind of excited. 




Images courtesy of Ancestry.com



Branch of DP's tree that looks interesting.


Well, will ya look a here. This branch leads up to a Patrick Murphy. Here's where William Bailey Murphy fits into the tree with my DNA cousin. 


Finding The Right Connection --Murphy Line:  Part One --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Now if my DNA cousin and I do in fact share Patrick Murphy as a common ancestor, that would mean that a descendant of this Patrick Murphy was the father of my 2nd great grandmother Tina Jane Murphy Kerr. If not her father, then the father of one of her parents.

Since I don't know the name of my 2nd great grandmother's mother, I thought a way I may be able to identify a possible family connection is if I looked at the lists of slaves that were once owned by the family of William Bailey Murphy and his ancestors. Names are often passed down through the generations in African American families so this may in fact be a way to figure something out.

William Bailey Murphy was about 7 years older than Tina Jane Murphy Kerr so he could not be my 2nd great grandmother's father, however his father could have fit the bill. William's father, James Murphy, was born March 7, 1807 and died July 18, 1876. When I found this out, I thought to myself, "Drat!" His death was after the Civil War, so I wouldn't find a slave inventory in his probate record. Then I thought, he probably inherited some from his father. James Murphy's father was a Robert Murphy born 1765 and died in 1840 in New Hanover/Sampson County.

Here's a portion of Robert Murphy's will which mentions what property he left for his son James Murphy.


Finding The Right Connection --Murphy Line:  Part One --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Information Courtesy of Ancestry.com. Source Information Ancestry.com. North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: North Carolina County, District and Probate Courts. Description
Notes : Wills, Vol B, 1830-1848; Misc Material, 1746-1858


I give devise & bequeath unto my beloved son James Murphy & his heirs my land in New Hanover County except the land I bought from the heirs of Janette McAllister & the land joining James Kerrs on Black River, the remainder in the lands above divided to my beloved wife all my land in Bladen County except the pieces abouve divided to ...

Finding The Right Connection --Murphy Line:  Part One --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Information Courtesy of Ancestry.com. Source Information Ancestry.com. North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: North Carolina County, District and Probate Courts. Description

Notes : Wills, Vol B, 1830-1848; Misc Material, 1746-1858

my son Patrick Murphy & the lands adjoining Cromarties called Sellars land & the negroes Charles, Ned, Dick, Eliza Tinah & Peggy....

Finding The Right Connection --Murphy Line:  Part One --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Yup!

Two very important clues were gleamed from this will.

1) Land that was owned by this Murphy family adjoined the lands of James Kerr.   James Kerr owned my 3rd great grandfather Jacob Kerr prior to the Civil War. Jacob Kerr  was the father to Henry Kerr, Tina Jane Murphy Kerr's husband.

2)Robert Murphy gave to his son James a slave named "Tinah."
Who was she? My 2nd great grandmother Tina was born around 1852 so this wasn't her listed in this will. Names are often passed down in families. Could this "Tinah" be my Tina's mother? It's a possibility. Was James Murphy Tina's father? Maybe. Of course I am going to have to pause and wait and see if anymore DNA cousins turn up to gain some more insight on this matter.

So that's where I am among all this Murphy business so far. In between fencing practices and planning my son's upcoming birthday party, I hope to squeeze in some more time for research. We'll see what happens. 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

December Picture Post-A-Thon: One Mathalon and Two Concerts

My son joined his school's math club this year and competed in the BAE Systems Mathalon. Math clubs from area schools gathered and competed against each other. My son's team didn't win but it was a great experience for him. All those who competed received a participation certificate.

December Picture Post-A-Thon:  One Mathalon and Two Concerts --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon:  One Mathalon and Two Concerts --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


December Picture Post-A-Thon:  One Mathalon and Two Concerts --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


December Picture Post-A-Thon:  One Mathalon and Two Concerts --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


The next pictures are from my kids holiday concerts. Both play viola while my daughter sings in chorus as well. They both did a beautiful job!


December Picture Post-A-Thon:  One Mathalon and Two Concerts --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon:  One Mathalon and Two Concerts --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon:  One Mathalon and Two Concerts --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon:  One Mathalon and Two Concerts --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon:  One Mathalon and Two Concerts --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

If you missed my other December Picture Post-A-Thon posts here are the links:  

December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016

December Picture Post-A-Thon Continues: Fall 2016 Apple Picking


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

December Picture Post-A-Thon Continues: Fall 2016 Apple Picking

Back on December 9th, I featured a post called December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016. I had a grand plan to follow up every day after that with a blog post of pictures that I forgot to share from 2016. Well, things got kind of busy this way and yada-yada-yada...here we are at December 27th with my first follow up to that post. Anyway, I hope everyone who celebrated Christmas had a wonderful holiday. Here are some pictures from the Fall, when we visited Russell Farms in Brackney, PA.

December Picture Post-A-Thon Continues:  Fall 2016 Apple Picking --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


December Picture Post-A-Thon Continues:  Fall 2016 Apple Picking --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


December Picture Post-A-Thon Continues:  Fall 2016 Apple Picking --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


December Picture Post-A-Thon Continues:  Fall 2016 Apple Picking --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


December Picture Post-A-Thon Continues:  Fall 2016 Apple Picking --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


December Picture Post-A-Thon Continues:  Fall 2016 Apple Picking --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




December Picture Post-A-Thon Continues:  Fall 2016 Apple Picking --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


December Picture Post-A-Thon Continues:  Fall 2016 Apple Picking --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


December Picture Post-A-Thon Continues:  Fall 2016 Apple Picking --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


December Picture Post-A-Thon Continues:  Fall 2016 Apple Picking --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey, Christmas 2016

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!
Enjoy your family. Enjoy your friends.
Make lots of special memories. 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Dear Genea Santa, What I'd Like Most For Christmas...

Dear Genea Santa, What I'd Like Most For Christmas... --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


If you are not familiar with the Genealogy Blog Party, be sure to stop over to host Elizabeth O'Neal's blog Little Bytes of Life to learn more.

For the December Genealogy Blog Party, the theme is to share your Christmas wish list. What will you ask Genea-Santa for this year?

Dear Genea Santa,

What I'd Like Most For Christmas would be able to break down a brick wall regarding one of my Sampson County, NC ancestors. Specifically, I'd like to figure out who were the parents of my paternal 2nd great grandmother Tina Jane Murphy Kerr?

Do I have any theories, ideas or notions? Sure I do. What I'm working on now is ...Proof!

I should however share with you a little bit of what I know thus far regarding Tina.

In my post, Great Grandma's Name Was Ella. After That It Gets Complicated, I shared that I finally had discovered the name of my 2nd great grandmother despite not having much information regarding the life of her daughter Ellen "Ella" Kerr.



Dear Genea Santa, What I'd Like Most For Christmas... --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Image courtesy of New York City Department of Records/Municipal Archives.
Marriage certificate for William Dixon and Ella Smith
Red arrow is pointing at "Mother's Maiden Name: "Tina Murphy"

Dear Genea Santa, What I'd Like Most For Christmas... --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
My connection to Tina Jane Murphy Kerr


Tina Jane Murphy was born around 1852 in either Sampson County or New Hanover County, NC. She may have gone by the surname Henry as a result of a marriage or perhaps it was the name her family went by after the end of the Civil War.


Check out this page from the 1870 Federal Census and you'll see what I'm talking about. 


Dear Genea Santa, What I'd Like Most For Christmas... --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Source Information:  Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
 Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. 

At the top of the page, you'll find my 2nd great grandfather Henry Kerr and his family while at the bottom I have an arrow next to the name "Tenor Henry." This Tenor Henry was the correct age to possibly be my 2nd great grandmother Tina Jane Murphy. 

By 1880 Tina and Henry were married and had started a family. The couple had 5 children. Their names were Henry, Murchison, Ellen/Ella, Ida and Emma.  The couple resided in Franklin Township, Sampson County, NC. Henry Kerr passed away in 1909. The last year I could find Tina Murphy Kerr listed on a census was 1920.  She was residing with her son Murchison and his wife Everlenear "Evelyn" at the time. Tina is referred to as "Tenna" here.


Source InformationAncestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
 Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. 

 I have yet to discover a death certificate for my 2nd great grandmother, so the names of Tina Jane Murphy Kerr's parents continue to elude me.  Recently, I noticed among my DNA cousins listed on Ancestry.com that a few had connections to Murphys in Sampson County, NC. Perhaps I may be able to figure some things out after all. Time to put those detective skills to work.



Saturday, December 10, 2016

Something About Me Saturday: Making Candy Sushi With My Daughter

That's candy sushi folks. That's right. Candy sushi. Just another reason why I haven't been posting as often this year. I'm trying my darnedest these days to live a balanced life.  Balanced means living presently and spending quality time with the family. Quality time includes learning how to make candy sushi because my daughter really wants to make candy sushi with me. So we cued up this video by iHasCupquake on YouTube one September weekend and learned how to make candy sushi. 



Here's two pictures of my daughter's delicious creations. Okay, well I'm responsible for a couple of them but the majority were definitely her doing.


Something About Me Saturday:  Making Candy Sushi With My Daughter --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Something About Me Saturday:  Making Candy Sushi With My Daughter --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




Friday, December 9, 2016

December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016

You know what I recently realized? There's a whole bunch of pictures from this year on my phone that I haven't shared yet. I mean there's our family trip to Vegas from August that I completely forgot to post. So here's a little Vegas in December. Looking at these pictures now helps warm me up a bit from the 30 degree temperature outside my window. 


December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey










December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



December Picture Post-A-Thon Begins: Vegas 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




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