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Below is a family biography included in The History of Brown County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. 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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M. M. MURPHY, druggist, Ripley. Hercules Murphy, the grandfather of our subject, was a native of Tyrone County, Ireland, and settled in Manchester, Ohio, about the year 1800, and subsequently moved to Highland County, where he died. M. M. Murphy was born at New Market, Highland Co., Ohio, in 1829, and is a son of Daniel H. and Melissa (Barrere) Murphy, both natives of Highland County. His grandfather, George W. Barrere, was a native of Kentucky, and of French extraction, and came to Ohio about the year 1800; he was a soldier in the war of 1812. Daniel H. Murphy located at Ripley in 1838. He was a prosperous and successful merchant at Ripley for many years, in the dry goods business; also operated largely in the pork packing business, and shipped many cargoes to New Orleans and other points. In 1861, he closed up his mercantile affairs; and in 1862 was appointed Internal Revenue Assessor for the Sixth Ohio District, which office he filled until removed by Andy Johnson in 1866. He continued in the revenue business with his successor, Collector White, and was killed in 1868, being one of the unfortunate passengers on the ill-fated steamer Magnolia, whose boiler exploded on her passage up from Cincinnati, in March of that year. He was one of the charter members of the Masonic Lodge. M. M. Murphy was trained to a mercantile life in his father’s store. He served in the Quartermaster’s Department, under Capt. Gaster, in the Army of the Tennessee, receiving his appointment in 1862; and was attached to Grant’s army, at the capture of Vicksburg, July 4, 1863; by reason of sickness, returned home soon after. He immediately took a position as Clerk in the office of Assessor of Internal Revenue, continuing in that position until 1870; since which time he has been continuously engaged in the drug business. He was married in September, 1870, to Miss Ella Brogan, a native of Newport, Ky. Mr. M. has served Ripley as its Mayor for two terms, and as Councilman the same length of time; and for several years a member of the Board of Education. Mr. and Mrs. Murphy have two children — Melissa and Nanny.

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This family biography is one of 992 biographies included in The History of Brown County, Ohio published in 1883 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Brown County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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