I am looking for any information I can find on John Murphy. John was born in 1859 in Russell County Alabama to William S. and Sarah Linn (Dickson) Murphy. He was the first child of this couple. Their second child wasn’t born until 1866, so it’s possible William was serving in the Civil War. With a name like William Murphy in Alabama it’s difficult to find the records to prove this, though.
John grew up in Russell/Lee County Alabama with many cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. The Murphy family in this area was very large, and all in the area appear to be related in some way.
In November of 1894 John married Maggie Askew in Lee County Alabama. John and Maggie had one child, a son, named Sheppie. We believe this to be short for Shephard. We also believe that John named his son after his father. John’s father was William S. Murphy. Could that S stand for Shephard? Even more, could it be William’s mothers maiden name? (Her name was Nancy ? and she was married to Felix Murphy in Georgia).
Sometime between 1894 and 1902 John got in to some trouble. It was said to have been some sort of assault charges brought against him. John Murphy escaped from the County jail and ran away. We have found one court record from 1897 that shows a John Murphy having been charged with assault. We’re not completely certain this is our John, but we found it interesting that this particular John Murphy had charges filed, but they were never dismissed, nor was he brought to trial. If this was our John in 1897, where was he from 1897 to 1902? By 1902 he was living in Meade County, KY under the name John Floyd. John married Lilly Fenix on April 10, 1902.
John and Lilly had eight children, five lived to adulthood.
Here are a few clues about where he may have been from an old family bible that belonged to one of his children:
1. He lived near where a circus wintered.
2. He lived near a swamp. (Georgia??)
3. He lived at Grandma Dickson’s boarding house. (note from me: We have checked in many different places trying to find this. It could be that Grandma Dickson was his grandma on his moms side, which would help us a lot since we know nothing of her family!)
If anyone has any information on John Murphy, specifically his whereabouts between 1897 and 1902, I would love to hear from you.
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