Monday, January 30, 2017

When A Genealogy Book Arrives In The Mail

 When A Genealogy Book Arrives In The Mail --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

I get such a rush when a genealogy book arrives in the mail. My eyes brighten and my heart beats faster. I think to myself, "There's stuff I might learn about my ancestors in there!" I just might get a better understanding of what their lives were like.


 When A Genealogy Book Arrives In The Mail --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

Here's the latest edition to my genealogy library, The Heritage of Sampson County, North Carolina. Editor: Oscar M Bizzell, Sampson County Historical Society. Specifically, I am looking for more information regarding the family line of a Patrick Murphy of Sampson County.

In my post, Finding The Right Connection --Murphy Line: Part One, I shared that I have a DNA cousin who I believe our probable common ancestor is Patrick Murphy born about 1720 in Scotland who eventually settled in an area that eventually became part of Sampson County, NC. 

The book looks like it will be a good read. At first glance, it appears to have quite a bit of information regarding the formation the Sampson County. In addition, it has some of the genealogies of many of the founding families of the area. All I have to do now is find some time to do some reading. 

The problem is that the only spare time I have for reading usually falls around bed time and then this happens.

 When A Genealogy Book Arrives In The Mail --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey





Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Happy Birthday To This Sweet Young Man!

Happy Birthday To This Sweet Young Man! --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


The journey keeps getting better and better with this sweet young man! Mom and Dad are so very proud of you. Always stay sweet and true to your heart. Love you :)

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. 
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