Robert Murphy of Springfield Twp.

Richland Co., Ohio


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Robert Murphy of Springfield Twp.



Submitted by Harriet Murphy Awapara


Robert MURPHY was born in Morgan County Virginia about 1801 but was raised in Fayette County PA until age 19 when his father died.   Around 1820 -1824 he moved to Ohio where other family members had settled.  He came to Richland County, Springfield Twp.  and began farming near his sister, Rebecca (MURPHY) CARTER and her husband  Robert CARTER.  He married Martha Baird around 1828 to 29.  

They had 6 children:

John B  b. 1831, married Elvina BARR  
David  b. 1832 Married Susan BASHORE
Mary  b. 1835 ... Married William RINGER, a harness maker.  They lived in Franklin, Kansas
Amanda b. 1836 ... Married first, John WARE in Keokuk, Iowa and second, Nathaniel M. RIDGEWAY in Trenton, Missouri
Columbus  b. 1837
Thomas Austin  b. 184l.   

About 1842 Martha died, and in April, 1846 Robert married Mary Ann (BLECKER) FINFROCK. They had the following children all born in Richland County: Benjamin F. b. 1846 , Loisa b. 1847, Elizabeth J. b. 1848, Martha b. 1851, William B. b. 1853, Emma K. b. 1854,  Laura b. 1856  Marion D. b. 1859, Eldora b. 1861. All but Benjamin F. ,  William and Laura died in childhood. 

Two of Robert and Martha's sons served  with GAR in the Civil War. They were Thomas Austin and David.     At  the close of the civil war, Robert's son Thomas Austin along with his childhood friend  and army chum John C. Patterson  moved to Trenton Twp. Grundy County MO.  Thomas Austin married Mary Eliza WIGGINS of Grundy County  in 1867.    Robert and Mary Ann and other of the children soon followed to Missouri.   Robert died in Lincoln Township, Grundy County MO in 1885, at age 84.   Mary Ann  then married once again to Thomas Hayes.  She died in Oregon Twp, Holt County MO.  in 1894.

Written and submitted by:  Harriet Murphy Awapara {], 3426 Deal Street,   Houston, Texas 77025-3708

The material for this biography was gathered over three years of genealogical research with the help of the Richland County OH Genealogical Society,  Grundy County MO Genealogical Society, Court Records, National Archive Records,  Census Tracts, Cemetery Records,  and  other family researchers.

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