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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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William M. Murphy is a native of Green County, Ky., where he was born May 5, 1827, and is a son of Philip and Sarah (Hale) Murphy. The former was born in Kentucky, and continued to live there until 1856, when he moved to Texas County, Mo., where he resided until his death, at about eighty years of age. The following were his children: Eliza (deceased), Nancy, Mary Ann (wife of Julius Scaggs), Elizabeth (who married David Scaggs, and is deceased), Henry, James, William M. and Philip (deceased). William M. Murphy was married in 1848 to Miss Lydia Ratliff, of Kentucky, and two years later he and his wife moved to Indiana. Here they lived until 1870, when they moved to Tarrant County, Tex.; five years later he located on his present fertile farm of 587 acres, on Osage Creek. Mr. Murphy affiliates with the Democratic party, and cast his first presidential vote for James Buchanan, He and wife are members of the Baptist Church; they became the parents of the following children: Sarah, wife of David Smith; Alice, wife of Charles Pittman, and James; four children are deceased. The mother of these children died June 20, 1863, and October 24, 1863, Mr. Murphy married Mrs. Catherine James.

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This family biography is one of 240 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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