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The Tie That Binds

son of unknown
Born: 24 June 1796 Ireland
Died: after June 1880 census
Burial: probably Van Buren Co., IA
Married: 1) unknown date
     daughter of
     Died: circa 1829 probably MO
     Burial: probably MO


1. Thomas Benton Murphy + Margaret Jane Carter
    b. 5 February 1821 IL or LA
    d. 16 April 1912 Van Buren Co., IA
2. Cornelius Murphy + Emily Rabb
    b. 5 April 1824 IL
    d. 27 November 1879
Married: 2) unknown date and place
     daughter of unknown
     Born: circa 1810 Ireland
     Died: 10 May 1866
     Burial: Thompson Cemetery Van Buren Co., IA


1. Julia Murphy
   b. c. 1834 MO
2. Elizabeth Murphy + John Peter Boyer
   b. Jan. 25, 1835 St. Louis, St. Louis Co., MO
   d. 2 May 1914 Fairplay, Park Co., CO
3. Ellen Murphy
   b. c. 1836 St. Louis, St. Louis Co., MO
4. John Murphy
   b. c. 1837 MO
5. James Henry Murphy + Mary Wilhelmina Weire
   b. 12 March 1839 St. Louis, MO [per his obituary]
6. Margaret Murphy + William H. Weire
   b. c. 1840 IA
   d. November 1865 [per Civil War records of William H. Weire]
7. Samuel Z. Murphy + Sarah Ann Ryland
   b. 20 February 1842 IA
   d. 3 December 1911
   m. 3 October 1866 Van Buren Co., IA
8. Mary Murphy
   b. c. 1844 IA
9. Andrew Murphy
   b. c. 1845 IA
10. William Murphy + Margaret Davis
   b. c. 1850 IA
11. Peter Murphy
   b. c. 1853 age 7 on the 1860 census


Baptismal records for Thomas and Cornelius Murphy dated 18 October 1829. Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1695-1954 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007.
Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin.

"1832 Pioneer Association of Van Buren Buren County"
The association was organized in 1871.
To be a member you had to be a resident at least 30 years, therefore coming to Van Buren County by 1841.

Year: 1840; Census Place: , Van Buren, Iowa Territory; Roll 102; Page: 285; Image: 585.

Year: 1850; Census Place: Farmington, Van Buren, Iowa; Roll M432_189; Page: 314A; Image: 144.

Year: 1860; Census Place: Farmington, Van Buren, Iowa; Roll M653_342; Page: 182; Image: 423.

Year: 1870; Census Place: Vernon, Van Buren, Iowa; Roll M593_421; Page: 367B; Image: 738. John is living in the home of Thomas Murphy.

Year: 1880; Census Place: Henry, Van Buren, Iowa; Roll T9_367; Family History Film: 1254367; Page: 501.2000; Enumeration District: 36; Image: 0329. Living with son, Thomas and his family. Living in the home of Thomas Murphy, listed as father.

Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897

U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2008. Original data: United States. Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records.

I learned of Our Murphy Family line in 2007 and began to research the line. I have been making contact with fellow Murphy researchers who are descendants of the children of John Murphy.

Murphy family history relates that John worked as a steamboat captain on the Mississippi between Cairo, IL and New Orleans, LA. After Margaret's death he placed the two boys in a Catholic Home in St. Louis, MO. There is a baptismal record for Thomas and Cornelius Murphy, sons of John and Nancy Murphy.  Several of the children of John and Ellen Boyer Murphy list place of birth as St. Louis, MO.

I have found record of four land purchases for John Murphy of St. Louis, MO for land in Van Buren Co., IA.

Updated 30 December 2013  Contact Virginia L. Aldridge