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The Story of Theophilus Muffly
1833 - 1898

Theophilus Muffly was born October 22, 1833 in Hubbensburg Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania, a son of Lucas Henry Muffly and Nancy Davis Eckert.

In the 1850 census it show Theophilus parents living in Howard Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania.

Theophilus was the first person in his family to migrate out of the state of Pennsylvania. Theophilus left Pennsylvania between 1852 thru 1859 and settled in Burlington, Iowa for a time where he met his wife Margaret Jerusha Byam daughter of Don Lorenzo Byam and Frances Ann Slider. They were married April 9th 1862 in Bellefontaine, Iowa.

Their first child Charles Sidney, was born in Burlington, Iowa August 22 1863. Theophilus left his family in Burlington, Iowa, the next year for the territory of Montana. The route traveled was across the plains via Bridger Cut-off, arriving in Virginia City July 10th 1864.

He established himself as a resident of Virginia City and in December of 1864 he was admitted to the Bar by the U.S. Supreme Court. He was one of the lawyers that was at the opening of the District Court of the Judicial District, 1st Monday of December 1864 at Planters House dining room, corner of Idaho & Jackson street, in Virginia City.

Theophilus left Virginia City in 1866 and returned to Burlington, Iowa to bring his wife Margaret and son Charles, to Virginia City, returning in 1867. Their second son Don Theophilus was born during their journey back to Virginia City or shortly after they arrived.

He bought property, Lot 1, block. l98, 25 ft. front on Idaho St. extending back to alley for $500 November 29, 1870.

Photo taken 1982

Also, on October 4th 1870, their third child Frances Nancy was born.

In April of 1872 there was a Scarlet fever epidemic in Virginia City. Don and Frances contracted scarlet fever and both died within days of each other. Don died April 10th and Frances died April 11th.

("Obituary of Don Muffly from the Montanian Newspaper"

Don Theophilus Muffly died in a Scarlet fever epidemic in Virginia City, Montana when he was 5 years, 4 months old.

Little Donny was a favorite with everyone, amiable and bright always.)

Don and Frances are both buried in the Masonic Cemetery.

Masonic Cemetery Photo taken 2005

On January 18th 1873 a fourth child Anna Marie was born, and on July 19th 1876 their fifth child Lorenzo Leslie was born.

In May of 1883 “The Muffly” buys the big house on the hill, supposedly one of the best homes in town.

Photo taken 2005


While living in Virginia City he and his father-in-law Don Byam owned various mining claims around the city.

Theophilus was a partner in the law firm., Sterling & Muffly. He had been a clerk of the Court, Attorney, registrar in bankruptcy, probate Judge, Justice of the Peace and Police Magistrate.

He was Mason before he came to Montana and had Masonic connections in Virginia City and Helena.

This is a picture of Anna Marie Muffly (top left), and some of her Byam cousins, taken around 1890.

In 1891 tragedy once again struck this family. Their daughter Anna Marie died Thursday, August 27, 1891 from the effects of burns, while on a visit to the plantation of her maternal grand aunt, Mrs. Amanda Johnson, near Fountain Head, Sumner County. Tennessee. Her clothing having caught on fire from an open grate, on Monday August 24, 1891. She was so burned that she died from the nervous shock, on August 27, 1891.

Her remains were placed in a receiving vault at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee until April 1893 when they were shipped, via St. Paul, Minnesota to Helena, Montana and buried in the Forestvale Cemetery, near Helena on April 24th 1893.

In 1891 Theophilus and Margaret moved to Helena, Montana after the death of their daughter Anna Marie, where Theophilus died a few years later on September 18th 1898. He is buried in the Forestvale Cemetery next to his daughter Anna.

Photo of the Muffly home at 704 3rd Ave, Helena, Montana

Photo taken in 1983

He was president of Madison County Pioneers, 1889 and Secretary of Society of Montana Pioneer, 1896-1898.

A few years after Theophilus died Margaret and her mother moved to Quincy, Illinois to live with her son Lorenzo in 1903. Only Two of her Five children, Charles and Lorenzo, lived to adulthood.

Her granddaughter, Catherine, said Margaret was a sickly woman and always grieved for her little children who died so young.

Her mother Frances Ann Byam, lived with her in later years after her father died.

Margaret Jerusha Byam Muffly was born October 12, 1843 in Newark Licking County, Ohio and died February 27, 1904 in Quincy, Adams County, Illinois, buried in Woodland Cemetery Quincy, Illinois. Her mother also is buried next to her in the same Cemetery.

Headstone of Frances Byam and her daughter Margaret Muffly found in Woodland Cemetery 1020 S 5th, Quincy, Illinois

Now lets continue the story with the two children that lived to adulthood, Charles Sidney and Lorenzo Leslie

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