William Murphy

10 April 1828–17 December 1897 (Age 69)
Pennsylvania, United States

The Life Summary of William

When William Murphy was born on 10 April 1828, in Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Barnabas Barnard Murphy Sr, was 25 and his mother, Elizabeth Warren, was 16. He married Sarah Ann Sheely on 9 January 1851, in Waynesboro, Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Seward Township, Kosciusko, Indiana, United States in 1870 and Hackberry Township, Labette, Kansas, United States in 1880. He died on 17 December 1897, in Bartlett, Labette, Kansas, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Bartlett, Labette, Kansas, United States.

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William Murphy
Sarah Ann Sheely
Marriage: 9 January 1851
Mary Elizabeth Murphy
Susan Teresa Murphy
James Nelson Murphy
John Charles Murphy
William Harvey Murphy
David Jasper Murphy
Kate Apolenia Murphy
Hattie J. Murphy

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World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening
Age 2
Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act
Age 8
The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.
1851 · Constitution of 1851
Age 23
Due to the state’s financial crisis during the previous decade and growing criticism toward state government. Voters approve the Constitution of 1851 which forbade the state government from going into debt.

Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Murchadha ‘descendant of Murchadh’, a personal name composed of the elements muir ‘sea’ + cath ‘battle’, i.e. ‘sea-warrior’. This was an important family in Tyrone.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (12)

  • William Murphy, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William Murphey in household of Barnard Murphey, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William Murphey in household of Hen Vandamar, "United States Census, 1880"

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