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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published by Mills & Company in 1883.  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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JOHN MURPHY, lessee of the Sherwood mines, was born in County Monehan, Ireland, Feb. 7, 1829. His parents Michael and Margaret (Murphy) Murphy, were also natives of the Emerald Isle. Father was born in 1795, and died Oct. 14, 1861, in Pennsylvania. Mother was born in 1802, now living at Sherwood. Mr. Murphy remained in Ireland until eighteen years of age, receiving a fair education in the Irish schools. Immigrated to America with his parents in 1848, sailing from Liverpool in November, and arriving at Philadelphia on Dec. 3d, following. Remained near the last named place until 1861, then went to the Empire State and engaged in farming until coming to Joplin in 1873. Mr. Murphy was married in Bucks county, Penn., Feb. 12, 1853, to Miss Mary, daughter of William and Ann (Smith) Williams of that county. Mrs. Murphy was born June 7, 1837. They have been blessed with eleven children: Joseph C., born Jan. 17, 1854; William, born May 9, 1856, died June 16, 1862; Margaret A., born June 9, 1860; John Edward, born June 4, 1862, died Feb. 16, 1865; Elizabeth, born Jan. 27, 1865, died Jan. 1, 1867; Thomas P., born Feb. 24, 1867; Mary Belle, born June 8, 1869; John Henry, born Feb. 17, 1871; Ellen, born Sept. 12, 1873; Rosa, born March 30, 1876; and one died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Murphy are members of the Catholic Church. Mr. Murphy is an experienced miner and under his careful supervision, the Sherwood “diggings” have proven among the richest in that district.

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