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Rachel Cook MURPHY 286

  • Born: 2 Apr 1788, East Tennessee 309,310
  • Marriage: Major Peter BUTLER on 25 Jul 1811 in Barren Co, KY; See Notes For Two More Children
  • Died: 10 Jun 1874, Monmouth, Polk Co, OR at age 86 309
  • Buried: 13 Jun 1874, Butler-Davidson Cemetery, Polk Co, OR

bullet  General Notes:

From Tenn.From Merla Tilley; she was born 24 Jun 1854. She couldn't write. After her husband's death she learn to read and rite and took up smoking a clay pipe. Ehe rode on horseback to and from her children's homes.

There seems to be some confusion over which Rachel married Major Peter Butler. The Descendents of John and Rachel Cooke Murphy claims that it was this Rachel. The same person sent me some notes of a descendent of Major Peter Butler which said: "My Great Great Great Grandfather, John Murphy and his wife, Rachael Cooke Murphy's first child, William, was born 16 Feb 1776. William Murphy married Nancy Ferguson. William and Nancy's daughter, also named Rachel, married Major Peter Butler. Major Peter Butler and his wife, Rachael Murphy Butler immigrated from Kentucky to Warren County, Illinois. Here they built a Fort, where all the neighbors gathered when there were Indian uprisings. Later, they, along with Rachel's sister, Margaret and her husband Elijah Davidson, led a wagon train to Oregon. They were pioneers in both Illinois and Oregon." by Don Bowton. I think Don may have got mixed up in who Rachel's parents were as if Rachel Butler, his ancestor, and Margaret Davidson were sisters, then it is this Rachel who married Major Peter Butler--just as the Murphy book claims. This info came to me from Martha Haut. "Martha Haut" <>
Letter written by Isaac Butler to his brother, John M. (Isaac was in Oregon; John remained in IL.
Oct the 9th 1854
Dear Brother and Sister
Father had two shakes of the ague but is entirely well at present Mother looks more flishy than I
have seen her for some time

Nov 1, 1856: From Isaac to John:
mother makes her home at my house at present and probably will for some time

Sep 25, 1857:
Mother has just returned from Isaac Smith they are as well as usual

May 26, 1858
Mother is at my house at this time spinning yarn She is as well as commn and quite stout for one of her age.

Letter written in 1858 to her son, John M. who had recently lost his wife:
Monmouth August 23

Dear Son

I am well at present and enjoying good health for an old person I was 70 last April I have just come from Isaac Smiths thay wer all well as common but the children but they wer complaining with the chicken pox I have herd of your affliction and I know how to simpathise with you I started a letter to you the first of last febuary I have never heard whether you received it or not when you write again I want you to write how old aunt Nancy Butler gets along I would like to know whether you intend to stay there or not if you ever broke up and move I would like for you to come out her tell lavinsy that I have bin peicing a nice quilt for imployment it is the rose in the wilderness I want you towrite to me as often as you can when you write write about old mrs fall give my respects to Matilda and tell her to write to me as often as she can

Rachel Butler

Sep 15, 1859: Letter from Isaac to John M.
Uncle Elijah delivered an exortation the last evening the old man is getting quite feeble Aunt Peggy is verry feeble also Mother is liveing with Ira. She is as well as usual.

Jan 3, 1863 Letter from Isaac to John M.
Mother is now liveing with Ira she was in good health the last time I heard from them Edward Grounds family were well the last time I saw them except Eliza she looks very bad but I am in hopes that after a year or two she will probably get stouter as it is about the turn of life with her. Robert and Luther are both almost men, and are both out in the mines east of the mountains Isaac Smiths family are all as well as common except Peggy she is not quite so well as common for her Elijahs widow and children are well. She has married again and lives on the same place that Elijah left Elizabeth Huchinson is still single and getting along tolerable well for one in her fix she is now liveing in Monmouth in my house the rent costs her nothing, and she is getting eight dollars per month for her property here in Dallas I heard yesterday that she was talking of going out to Umpka valley to stay this winter at Robert Huchinsons, Ucle Elijah Davidson and Aunt Peggy are still liveing but both are getting very feeble the rest of the friends and connection are well as far as I know except John E. Murphy who got throwned from a horse the other day and broke his leg it was thought at first that he would not recover but he will probably recover.


bullet  Noted events in her life were:

Alt. Birth, 2 Apr 1788, Barren Co, KY.


Rachel married Major Peter BUTLER, son of John BUTLER Sr. and Living, on 25 Jul 1811 in Barren Co, KY; See Notes For Two More Children. (Major Peter BUTLER was born on 9 Mar 1789 in Pulaski, Lincoln Co., KY,293 died on 24 Jun 1856 in Monmouth, Polk Co., Oregon 293 and was buried in Jun 1856 in Butler-Davidson Cemetery, Polk Co, OR 291.)

bullet  Marriage Notes:

There may have been two other children of Peter & Rachel (M
urphy) Butler:
Isaac M. Butler b. 12 Feb 1831, Warren Co, IL d. 1 May 1913
, Los Angeles, CA
married 11 May 1856 Polk Co, OR Sarah Ann Webb. Elija
h D. Butler b. 1824 Warren Co, IL d. about 1858
md. 26 Aug 1846 Warren Co, IL Sarah E. ...
CHAN26 May2003

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