On 8 February 1774, John Fouquoy Murphy married Rachel Cook on 8 February 1774, she was the daughter of William Cook Jr and Margaret Green, in Pittsylvania County County, Virginia. Rachel Cook was born on 17 May 1753 Culpepper County, Virginia. The children of John Fouquoy Murphy and Rachel Cook William Murphy+ b. 16 Dec 1776, d. 4 Mar 1846 Hannah Murphy b. c 1778 Rev John Murphy Jr+ b. 12 Jun 1782, d. 17 Apr 1831 Seth Murphy b. a 1785 Margaret Murphy b. 19 Aug 1785, d. 2 Mar 1864 married Elijah Davidson Rachel Murphy b. 2 Apr 1788, d. 10 Jun 1874 Rev Isaac T. Murphy+ b. 1790 Hosea Murphy b. c 1794, d. a 24 Aug 1819 Joseph Murphy b. 10 Dec 1797, d. 9 Mar 1876 Cooke Murphy
Murphy’s First Generation William Murphy b. 1704 William Murphy was born in 1704 in Ireland. He died in Spotsylvania Co., VA. William Murphy married Mary Fouquoy
Children of William Murphy and Mary Fouquoy William Murphy b. 1732, d. 1799 Joseph Murphy b. 1 Apr 1734, d. 1814 Mary Murphy b. 1735 Richard Daniel Murphy b. 1736 William Sr. two sons, Joseph & William Murphy were called “the greatest Baptist preachers that ever was known in Virginia of their Day” they were popularly called the “Murphy Boys” as they were so young & so very eminent. Both William and Joseph were converted as youths, trained for the ministry under the mentorship of Shubal Stearns, and became active evangelists of the Gospel. Stearns’s mesmerizing stare and loud, “holy whine” preaching (a nasal tone with a sing-song style) Before Churches Had Songbooks, There Was 'Lined-Out' Gospel. The Preacher sings a line of a hymn in the middle of his sermon. Once the congregation recognizes it, it repeats the line in unison, its voices swelling in a minor mode. This is what's called lined-out hymnody. Note: Lined-out hymnody is America's oldest English language religious music, at least of the oral tradition. It goes back to the 17th century, and is basically call and response music. Most parishioners, in the 18th and early 19th centuries especially, could not read. This provided a way to sing many hymns without having memorized the words, as the congregation could follow the leader. Morgan Edward's “Notes on the Separate Baptists” claimed that "all the Separate ministers copy after him in tones of voice and actions of body." The Murphy Boys had "acquired a very warm and pathetic address, accompanied by strong gestures and a singular tone of voice” described by some as a "holy whine." Their message was always the simple gospel, which was "easily understood even by rude frontiersmen"[particularly when the preacher felt overwhelmed with the importance of his subject. Most of the frontier people of North Carolina had never heard such doctrine or observed such earnest preaching. Stearns became the model and future prototype for many other preachers who sought to copy his example, down to the least gesture or inflection of voice. Stearns believed that God pours his spirit like water upon a new believer, requiring no special learning or instruction; and this 'outpouring' swiftly became a flood that spread from Sandy Creek throughout all parts of the southern frontier William was the more prominent. They lead to Christ one of Virginia’s most celebrated Baptist ministers, Samuel Harris. Harris was born in Hanover County in 1724 and as a boy moved with his parents to Pittsylvania County where he rose to political and military prominence. Around 1757, on one of his military rounds, he came to a house near Allen Creek where people were assembling. “What is to be done here, gentlemen?” he asked. “Preaching, Colonel,” he was told. When he asked “Who is to preach?” they said “The Murphy boys, sir.” Harris stayed to listen and they said afterwards he cast aside his sword and military insignia. Baptized the next year, Harris devoted the rest of his life to the Baptist ministry.
Second Generation WILLIAM MURPHY was known as Rev Murphy. He was born in 1732 in Virginia. In 1751, William Murphy married MARGARET HODGE in Halifax County, Virginia. William became a Baptist Minister in 1763 in Staunton, Virginia After 1765, William Murphy married SARAH BARTON, daughter of Joshua Barton and Jane Dubart, in Virginia. He died 19 Nov 1799 in Barren Co., KY and was buried after 19 Nov 1799 in Mt. Tabor Baptist Church Cemetery. William was baptized 2 Sep 1783 in the Logan temple. William Murphy, was known as one of the “outlandish men”. A man of this name appeared briefly in Amelia County lawsuits in the 1740s and was tithable there in 1746 and 1747. (Every colonial household was required to pay a tax, known as a tithe, to the local Anglican parish, regardless of its personal religious conviction. Tithes, or taxing parishioners, began tithing at the age of sixteen.) William Murphy was born in southern Virginia and was doing pioneer work for the Lord and the Baptists in Virginia long before Tennessee was a State. He and his brother Joseph were converted when quite young, under the ministry of Shubael Stearns, both of them becoming active ministers of the gospel in their early Christian life. They were popularly known as "the Murphy boys," and sometimes stigmatized by their persecutors as "Murphy's boys." The educational advantages of both these preacher-brothers were meager, but both of them were effective preachers and William was considered the abler of the two. His "natural powers of mind were good. his addresses attracted attention, and through him many were brought to a knowledge of the truth. His discourses were of a doctrinal cast, and were sometimes controversial. But it is believed that he was more ambitious in the salvation of souls than to distinguish himself as an able polemic (Taylor, Virginia Baptist Ministers). Robert Baylor Semple, (1769-1831) renowned Baptist Historian wrote that perhaps Elder Murphy's greatest single achievement under God, while still in Virginia, was the leading to Christ of one, of Virginia's most prominent and useful Baptist minister, Samuel Harris. Some time before 1780 Elder Murphy emigrated to "the west"; that is, to North Carolina, first, settling a little later. it seems, in upper East Tennessee, where he became "one of the most active ministers in the Holston Association. William was ordained (Separate) Baptist Minister - Age 19 he left the Anglican Church. - 1757 - 1759 founded the first all black church in Virginia, (2nd in America) on Big Bluestone Creek - 1761 Blackwater Church Franklin Co., VA. - 1775 Preached in Bedford, VA, as itinerant evangelist - 1760 "The Separate Baptists" meeting, Lunenburg Co. Church rep. by Wm. Murphy. - 1763 in Staunton Baptist Church, Staunton, Virginia. - 1779 and 1786 organized Holston Assoc. of Baptists, upper East TN - Between 1780 and1781 moved to Grainger Co., TN. - 1783 Cherokee Creek Baptist Church in Jonesboro, TN. - 1799 Preached revival meeting, Barren Co., KY. - 1799, left TN for new land near St Genevieve, (Farmington) MO. - 1799, died (scalped) on way from New Orleans to TN. - buried 19 Nov 1799 Mt. Tabor Baptist Church Cemetery.
Children of William Murphy and Margaret Hodge John Fouquoy Murphy b. 12 Jun 1752, d. 14 Aug 1818 Mary Murphy b. 1753 Tabitha Murphy b. 1753 Keziah Murphy b. 1754, d. 1754 William Murphy b. 12 Mar 1759, d. 2 Nov 1833 Joseph Murphy b. 1761, d. 183
September 14, 1798, William Murphy and Isaac Barton were a "presbytery" in the organization of the "Church of Christ on Lick Creek" (now the Warrensburg Church), with a constituency of "eighteen members," David Wisecarver, clerk. Benedict, who gathered his information (1810) from near-at-hand sources, speaks in high terms of William Murphy's ministerial labors in the Holston Association, "which he assisted in raising up, and in which he was very active and much esteemed until his death, the exact time of which is not known, but it is believed to have been about 1800."
SARAH BARTON MURPHY Sarah was the daughter of Joshua Barton. Notes for Joshua Barton, a Revolutionary War Veteran: Joshua and his first wife ,Jane Dubart, had seven children. She died in NC in 1760, and he moved to VA and married a widow named Susan Dodd and had six more children. The family migrated to the Watauga Settlement in what is now Tennessee but at that time was part of Rowan Co NC, before April of 1774. Joshua was killed by Indians while on a surveying expedition in Kentucky for the Settlement before 1779. Children by Jane Dubart (1) Jacob Barton born about 1742. died young. (2) David Barton born March 13 1744 Frederick Co MD. He married Hannah Hill June 9 1771 in Pittsylvania Co VA [David was also a Rev War Veteran]. (3) Rev. Isaac Barton, Sr, born Aug 16 1746 married Keziah Murphy in 1772. (4) Sara Barton born May 18 1748 married William Murphy (5) Elizabeth Barton born Nov 20 1751 married Peter Young. (6) Mary Barton born May 10 1755 (7) Joshua Barton, III, born Nov 30 1757 (8) Jane Barton born Feb 9 1763 married Joseph Murphy
October 9, 1772, Isaac Barton was married to Keziah Murphy, a daughter of William Murphy, a Baptist pioneer preacher of Virginia. Soon after his marriage he joined a Baptist church, in a short while was called by his church to preach the gospel, "the which I undertook to do," says the record, "with much fear and trembling." He was ordained to the ministry by Samuel Harris, one of Virginia's most famous preachers. Rev. Isaac Barton was father, grandfather and great-grandfather to a number of distinguished men. One of his sons, Judge David Barton, of Missouri, was President of the convention which met in St. Louis, June, 1826, to form a State Constitution, which was afterwards known as the "Barton Constitution". In September of the same year he was elected the first United States Senator from the State of Missouri, with Thos. H. Benton as his colleague. This distinguished son was also the first Circuit Judge that ever held a court west of the Mississippi River. Sarah Murphy, the widow of Rev. William Murphy, and mother of David, William and Joseph, being children of the Rev. Murphy's former marriage, after settling the affairs of her husband, purchased a flat boat, loaded it with all her possessions, and with the remainder of the family, consisting of two sons, Isaac and Jesse, and one or two daughters, a grandson by the name of William Evans, then nine years of age, a hired lad about eighteen years old, a negro woman and boy, cast her fortune on the Holston River.Floating down the Tennessee River 652 miles to the Ohio River, thence up the Mississippi, after a journey full of hardships and peril, many places along the route being infested with hostile Indians, which places she managed to pass in the night and staying at the bank in some place of concealment during the day, she finally reached Ste. Genevieve, a distance of a thousand miles or more. When she arrived at Ste. Genevieve, the inhabitants gave her quite an ovation and brought her and her effects to her place of destination. She arrived on the 12th day of June, 1802.
Sarah Barton Murphy and the First Sunday School West Of Mississippi A solitary obelisk of marble approximately seven feet high and at its base, twenty-four inches square, stands at the northwest corner of the Masonic cemetery, in the county seat town of Farmington, St. Francois County, Missouri. The following words are in scribed on this small monument: "On this spot the first Sunday School west of the Mississippi River was organized and taught by Sarah Barton Murphy in the year 1805 in the Old Log Meeting House, which was the first Protestant Church west of the Mississippi." Mrs. Sarah Murphy seeing the boys passing the Sundays in fishing and other Sabbath-breaking amusements, determined to counteract that growing evil. In about 1805 she organized and taught the first Sunday School west of the Mississippi River It was a daring expedition for a single 54 year old grandmother. Not only was the St. Francois frontier as untamed as the natives, but the ruling Spaniards had expressly forbidden the worship of God in the Protestant faith. But none of that bothered Sarah Barton Murphy. She had, already braved the western wilderness during her travels from Tennessee. They floated to the Tennessee River, and out into the Ohio River to its mouth, and thence up the Mississippi with ropes and poles, to Ste. Genevieve, covering a distance of over 1,000 miles. The route infested with hostile Indians over much of the journey, was made at night. They hid in the underbrush during the day. From Ste. Genevieve they traveled over land twenty-eight miles west to their destination, which they reached on the 18th day of June 1802, at the site that would later become Farmington, MO. For Mrs. Murphy, the trip from Tennessee had been difficult. Only a year earlier, her husband, William Murphy, and a friend, Silas George, had died visiting his son in Glasgow KY., while returning to Tennessee from their newly-claimed territory in southeastern Missouri. Even though Protestant worship was forbidden by law, Mrs. Murphy frequently gathered those whom she could rely, at her home and held secret prayer meetings, putting out sentinels to warn them of the approach of danger. As soon as the settlers knew the country passed under the control of the United States in 1803, and they all gathered at the house of Mrs. Sarah Murphy. Expressly, for the purpose of venting to their political views and religious enthusiasm. They all decided that Mrs. Murphy should have the honor of being the person to offer up the first Protestant prayer west of the Mississippi, and this she did. Soon afterwards, she went on horseback over the settlement asking the parents to send their children to her house on Sunday where she kept them all day; taught them Bible lessons, singing, reading and writing, and gave them a good dinner. Mrs. Murphy continued her Sunday School, which she organized and maintained, until her death in 1817. Her remains lie buried not far from the unimposing stone obelisk marking the spot of her most cherished endeavors.
To show you what influence Mrs. Murphy exerted not only over this, but other communities, I will relate an incident which I have heard more than one of the old men of my boyhood days speak of: "There was a settlement on Current River about one hundred miles from the Murphy settlement, and made up principally of men from the Holston and Clinch Rivers in Tennessee and North Carolina. About this time an ugly difficulty sprang up in the settlement; the report having reached the neighborhood that one of the parties had been guilty of a crime and had to leave his country for his country's good. This was vehemently resented by the party and it began to be very serious indeed, for the men who were engaged in the affair were brave and hardy frontiersmen. "Some of the settlers had learned that Mrs. Murphy, whom the most of them knew in Tennessee, had moved out to this place, and at the instance of mutual friends it was agreed to go to her and leave the matter for her adjudication. They came, camping out, there being no settlements to entertain them, each party traveling separately to avoid collision, which was imminent at any moment. They arrived here and went to Mrs. Murphy and stated the case, and she told them she knew all about the affair as it had occurred in her neighborhood. She told them such charges had been made and were investigated in court, where it had been proven that the charges had nothing but malice for their foundation, and that the man making them had to leave the country to escape the vengeance of the outraged community, and that the gentleman present left Tennessee with the confidence and esteem of his old neighbors. Whereupon the parties to the feud put down their guns, shook hands and went home friends. Thus was settled a feud which would otherwise have drenched the Current River bottom with blood.
"In 1817 the settlement met with its greatest bereavement. Mrs. Sarah Barton Murphy, whose superior intellect and goodness had by common consent dominated this community in everything that is peaceful and ennobling, died. She was taken sick and her friends considered it only a slight indisposition, but she told them from the first that it was her last sickness and her work on earth was finished. As calmly as she performed the little duties of her little Sunday School, she set about the disposition of her worldly affairs, giving such advice to her dear ones as she deemed best for them. In two or three days she passed up to put on the crown which is bestowed on the righteous, as a reward for their faith. She was buried on the lot which she had donated to the Methodist Church. "I remember a pathetic episode connected with that old grave which happened many years after it was made. I was at a funeral at the old graveyard one day after I had been a grown man for many years, and a grandson of the old lady, Williams Evans, was there also, but then an old and feeble man. I noticed him standing by the grave of Sarah Barton Murphy, and when one of his friends approached him, he pointed to the grave at his feet and said: 'There sleeps the best human being that ever lived.' When he spoke the tears welled up in his eyes, and they fixed that man's character more firmly with me than a lifetime of intimate association could have done. For after a reasonably long life of close observation, I am ready to say that the kindnesses extended him in this life will never go very far astray in his intercourse with men. But, on the contrary, the one whose memory is short in such matters will suffer no injustice from being closely watched." S. S. Boyce
Third Generation John Fouquoy Murphy John Fouquoy Murphy was born on 12 June 1752 in Halifax County, Virginia. He was the son of William Murphy and Margaret Hodge. John was a Baptist Preacher. On 8 February 1774, Rachel Cook married John Fouquoy Murphy, in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. - John and Rachel migrated to Knox County, Tennessee. - John and Rachel migrated to Green County, Kentucky. - Rachel Cook died on 3 February 1832 in Warren County, Kentucky, at age 78 Children of Rachel Cook and John Fouquoy Murphy William Murphy b. 16 Dec 1776, d. 4 Mar 1846 (Murphysboro Ill. named 1843) Hannah Murphy b. c 1778 Rev John Murphy Jr+ b. 12 Jun 1782, d. 17 Apr 1831 Seth Murphy b. a 1785 Margaret Murphy b. 19 Aug 1785, d. 2 Mar 1864 Rachel Murphy b. 2 Apr 1788, d. 10 Jun 1874 Rev Isaac T. Murphy+ b. 1790 Hosea Murphy b. c 1794, d. a 24 Aug 1819 Joseph Murphy b. 10 Dec 1797, d. 9 Mar 1876
John Fouquoy Murphy and Rachel Cooke While John Murphy and his wife Rachel were living in Tennessee, in fought briefly in the American Revolution. His family who were left to themselves lived in the vicinity of Knox County in eastern Tennessee. Unfortunately they were often short of food and the mother had to take the baby on horseback and a bag of corn and go many miles to the mill. She would leave the older children behind and told them not to be afraid if night came before she returned. After dark they children heard what they thought was their mother calling and started to go out to her but William the oldest sibling said “no, that’s not your mama’s voice!” and would not let his little sisters go out to meet her. One time John Murphy was riding through the woods and a panther sprang at him, but a neighbor who was with him shot and killed the panther. John’s young son William, would often be sent out to collect the cows and he was afraid of the wild thing that he was always seeing, so he would beg his little sister Peggy to go with him. His mother forbade him to her along as she was so small. Once some wild animals frightened the horse and Peggy fell off, and he thought he had killed Peggy. He never skipped off with her again.
Fourth Generation On 4 February 1802, Margaret Murphy married Elijah Davidson in Barren County, Kentucky. Margaret Murphy died on 2 March 1864 in Monmouth, Polk, Oregon, at age 78. Margaret was buried on Saturday, 5 March 1864 in the Butler Davidson Cemetery, located in Arlie, Polk County, Oregon
ELIJAH DAVIDSON, a son of the old pioneer preacher, Alexander Davidson, united with Mt. Tabor church, in Barren County, in 1801. He was baptized by Carter Tarrant who was then pastor of the church. He warmly espoused the cause of the Emancipationists, and along with Elder John Murphy, in 1808, declared non-fellowship for the church, because it tolerated slavery. Two years later, he returned to the church, and was restored to fellowship. He was elected deacon, in 1812, licensed to preach in 1820, and ordained, in 1824.
Murphysboro, Ill. Established in September 1843, Murphysboro is the second county seat of Jackson County. Its birth is tied to the disastrous fire that destroyed the courthouse in first county seat, Brownsville. The fire proved to be the catalyst to move the county seat to a more central location. The name was decided for the new town when William C. Murphy’s name was drawn from a hat containing the names of the three commissioners who chose the new location, a 20 acre tract of land donated by Dr. John Logan and Elizabeth Logan. Logan County, Illinois is named after Dr. Logan.