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Daniel  MURPHY was born in County Cork, Ireland  05 February 1830.  He immigrated in 1840 per his statement on the 1900 Census, TX, Jeff Davis, Co.,  page 267b.  We find a Naturalization record for him in the San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas: District Clerk's Office, Civil Minutes, Volume C Page 434.

The following Persons, matives of foreign countries, appeared and made proof to the Court by two Witnesses, theat they arrived in the United States before they were Eighteen years of age, that they are now twenty-one years of age, and that they have resided in the State of Texas the year last past, that they were attached to the principles of the constitution of the United States and of good moral Character, and having taken the requisite oaths required by the Naturalization Laws, were duly and fully declared Citizens of the United States on the respective days set opposite their nemes; To wit:  Daniel Murphy / September 6th 1855  (and others).

A certificate of United States Volunteer Service tells us Daniel Murphy was a Private of Captain Montgomery D. Corte's, Company B, First Regiment of Virgiia Volunteers and was enrolled on the Twentieth day of December 1846.  His age was given as 18,  height 5'7", Light complexion, Blue Eyes, Dark Hair and by occupation, when enlisted a Tailor.    Daniel was discharged at Fortress Monroe, VA, June 1848.

A later document of the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensons  dated November 11, 1901, contains Daniel's statement that he had married two sisters, and  was a widower.  His second wife, Susan Murphy whose maiden name was Susan HINFY had died August 4, A.D. 1896 in Pecos City, Reeves County, Texas.   His first wife , and mother of his children, was Sarah Hinfy, who he married on 20 August A.D. 1852 in San Antonio, Texas.  Daniel states Sarah died in September, 1865, but her obituary places the death on October 29, 1865.

Mary Ward Utterback , Daniel's great granddaughter, places Daniel with the Texas Rangers in 1850 in Las Limpias n 1860 and in Fort Davis, TX with his combined families in 1870.

Much has been written about Daniel Murphy and his  role in the settlement of Fort Davis, establishing a shipping line between San Antonio and Fort Davis, his land and railroad dealings,  interest in and support of  St. Joseph's Catholic Church at Fort Davis.  Stories are told of fights with the Indians, raising 8 daughters and step daughters and one son and two step sons on the frontier.    Following is a Bibliography of sources for information on Daniel Murphy.

History of Marfa and Presidio County, by Cecilia Thompson, vol. 1  R976.4933
T469H Dallas Public Library  (February 27, 1995)

Jeff Davis County, Texas by Lucy Miller Jacobson and Mildred Bloys Nored for
the Fort Davis Historical Society

"History of Fort Davis, Texas" by Robert Wooster.

The Handbook of Texas Online contains much data as recorded by the history of this West Texas Area.

Another source of our information is correspondence with the Fort Davis Nat'l Historic Site.

*        Daniel MURPHY b. 05 Feb 1830, in Cork City, County Cork, Ireland

          m1    Sarah B. HINFEY, b 01 Apr 1830 in Artey, Derry, IRELAND; d. 29 Oct 1865 San Antonio,
          Bexar, TX

Dan Murphy               Sarah Hinfey Murphy


*     Thomas Oscar MURPHY b. 01 Jul 1853 San Antonio, Bexar, TX d. 02 Oct 1914, 
        San Antonio, Bexar, TX
        m1 Mary Frances "Fanny" NEWTON m. 07 Jul 1885 San Antonio, Bexar, TX 
        b. 10 Sep 1864 San Antonio, Bexar, TX d. 20 May 1909, San  Antonio, Bexar, TX
        m2  Janet SIBERT m. __ aft 1909 San Antonio, Bexar, TX  b. 02 Feb 1869 _______
        d. __ aft 1935 San Antonio, Bexar, TX
        Resided San Antonio after 1894.

*     Ellen Jane "Nell" MURPHY b. __ Dec 1854 San Antonio, Bexar, TX d. __ Apr 1929
       Lewistown, PA
        m. David Dougall Van VALZAH m. __ ___ 1874 Fort Davis, Presidio, TX  b. 05 Jan 1840
        IL d. __ May 1919 Lewistown, PA
        This daughter is found in the 1860  Fed. Census for La Limpia, just North of Fort Davis.
        David retired a colonel.

*      Mary Stanislaus  MURPHY b. __ Jul 1856 Fort Davis OR San Antonio, TX
        d. 30 Mar 1925 Philadelphia, PA
        m. Charles Richard WARD, Sr. m. 30 Aug 1884 St. Joseph Catholic Ch, Fort Davis, TX 
        b. 22 Apr 1850 Minersville, PA d. 15 Mar 1901, New York, NY (?)
        Godparents: William Hemphy and Mary Stevens.  Baptism ceremony performed by Father
        Steven Mackin.  Entry in book in English.
        Mary Ward Utterback has conflicting birth date for Mary of Dec 1854.  She also states, " My
        g-grandmother took the name Stanislaus as a Confirmation name because she admired a nun
        who taught her at the Ursaline Convent school for Young Ladies in San Antonio where the
        Murphy sisters all attended classes. I  found Sister St Stanislaus in the 1870 census in  San
        Antonio, 19 years old and Irish!"
        Charles retired a Captain.

*      Sarah Louise  MURPHY b. __ ___ 1859 Fort Davis, Jeff Davis, TX d. __ ___ 1935    
        m. George H. ABBOTT m. 27 Jan 1883 Fort Davis, Jeff Davis, TX  b. __ ___ ____
        __________ d. 30 Sep 1895 CA
        Tombstone give birth date as 1858.

*     Catherine "Kate" MURPHY b. __ ___ 1860 Fort Davis, Jeff Davis, TX d. __ ___ ____
        m. John B. McDONALD m. __ ___ ____ _______  b. __ ___ ____ _______
        d. __ ___ ____ _______
        John retired as a General.

*     Susan A MURPHY b. __ ___ 1862 _______ d. __ ___ ____ _______
       m. Levi Pettiborne HUNT m. __ ___ ____ _______  b. __ ___ ____ _______
       d. __ ___ ____ _______
       Levi retired as a Colonel.

Additional information on the descendants of Daniel Murphy will be posted soon.


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