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Gabriel Murphy (son of Gabriel Murphey and Mary Lnu)1014, 1014, 1014 was born 1758 in Caroline, Virginia, USA1014, 1014, 1014, and died 1818 in Russell, Virginia, USA1014, 1014, 1014. He married Nancy Clarissa Herndon on February 04, 1788 in Caswell, North Carolina, USA1014.

 Includes NotesNotes for Gabriel Murphy:
ID: I638
Name: Gabriel MURPHY Jr.
Surname: Murphy
Given Name: Gabriel
Sex: M
Birth: ABT 1758 in Caroline Co., Virginia
Death: ABT 1818 in Russell Co., Virginia
_UID: BECE383E58F5C34FAD222C8B7DEFEE37781D
Event: Lord Dunmore's War. Military Service
b. abt 1756 or 58 or 68
Cannot find record of Gabriel having a son Herndon. Believe John is father of Herndon & Gabriel is brother to John. JKY

October 5, 1819--Russell Co. Court Law Book #6 pg. 145
"Edmund Murphy and Rachel Murphy orphans of Gabriel Murphey deceased with the approbation of the court made choice of Clarey Murphey for their guardian who together with Richard Jackson, he security entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of one hundred dollars with condition according to law. The court doth assight Clarey Murphy guardian to James Murphey and Clarey Murphey the younger, who are children of Gabriel Murphey deceased and thereupon the said Clarey Murphey with Richard Jackson her security entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of one hundred dollars with condition according to law."

--the term "orphan" applied to older children, usually teenagers, whose parents or father had died. Teen-aged children had the choice to live with their mother or with someone else.
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Change Date: 13 Mar 2004 at 08:39:34

Father: Gabriel MURPHY Sr. b: BEF 1740 in Overwharton Parish, Stafford Co., Virginia (Possibly)
Mother: Mary LNU b: ABT 1744 in Virginia (Probably)

Marriage 1 Nancy Clarissa or Clara or Clarey HERNDON b: ABT 1770 in Orange Co. (Now Caswell Co), North Carolina
Married: 4 Feb 1788 in Caswell County, North Carolina
Elizabeth Frances MURPHY b: ABT 1792 in Virginia (Probably)
John MURPHY b: ABT 1794 in Virginia
Herndon MURPHY b: ABT 1799 in Virginia
Nancy Jane MURPHY b: 5 May 1799 in North Carolina
Rachel MURPHY b: ABT 1800 in Virginia (Probably)
Edmond MURPHY b: ABT 1803 in Caswell Co., North Carolina (Probably)
James MURPHY b: ABT 1807 in Virginia
Clarissa MURPHY b: ABT 1815 in Russell Co., Virginia

Title: The Harman Family
Author: Laura Lovelace
Text: Gabriel received land grants in Caswell Co NC and served in Lord Dunmore's War. He is in the Caswell Co NC census of 1790 & 1800. as well as earlier state censuses.
Title: Some Collected Research Notes of Beverly Cunningham White
Author: Beverly Cunningham White
Text: NC Marriage Bond Caswell Co., NC Gabriel Murphy Jr. to Clarey Hearndon 4 February 1788

Know all men by these presents that we, Gabrial Murphey Junr & Nimrod McIntosh ~~ are held and firmly bound unto This Equally Saml. Johnston Esqr Govr in the Just and full Sum of five Hundred pounds to be paid unto the said Saml Johnston Esq his Successors & Assigns To the which payment is well and Truly To be made we bind ourselves and Heirs Exetrs and Assigns (Equally?) and Severally firmly by these presents Sealed with our Seals and dated this 4th day of February anno Dom 1788

The Condition of This Obligaton is such that Whereas the above bounder Gabrial Murphey Jun. hath this day of the date hereof Obtained a License to be Joyned in Holy Matrimony with Clarey Hearndon & Therefore there Should be no Lawfull Impedement why the said Gabriel Murphey & Clarey Hearndon Should not be Joyned Together in Holy Matrimony then the above Obligation to be void Otherwise to remain in full fource & effect.

/s/ gabrill murphy
/s/Nimrod (x) McIntosh

Signd Sealed & Delivered
A. Murphey
Title: Some Collected Research Notes of Beverly Cunningham White
Author: Beverly Cunningham White
Text: Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files

Murphey, Gabriel: Clarissa, R7509. Soldier was born about 1756 and died in 1818 in Russel Co. VA. Soldier married Clarassa Harndon in Caswell Co. NC in 1771 and she died 28 Dec 1842, Logan Co. VA. A son, John Murphey applied 23 Dec 1858 age 64. (1)

DOB courtesy of Stacey Murphey Wilner
National Genealogical Society Quarterly
Supplement I, Supplement: Index of the Revoutionary War Pension Applications
Issued by the Committee on Publications 1908
pg 775
Gabriel, Va. res. in 1818, Clarissa, R7509

Although this source states that he is a resident of VA in 1818, his Will was probated in Claiborne Co, TN, 1818. Gabriel and Nancy Clarissa did live in Russell Co, VA at the time. Perhaps he was visiting his daughter in Claiborne Co, became ill and died there.
I am having doubts as to his date of birth in 1766. If this is indeed the case, he could have only served at the very end of the war.

Researching this line:
Stacy Murphy Wilner email:
Barbara Oct. 2002 email:
North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
Bride: Clarey Hearndon
Groom: Gabriel Junr Murphy
Bond Date: 04 Feb 1788
County: Caswell
Record #: 01 213
Bondsman: Nimrod Made his Mark McIn
Witness: Ald. Murphey, (
Bond #: 000017144

North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868

Bride: Nancey Murphey
Groom: James Warrin
Bond Date: 26 Aug 1800
County: Caswell
Record #: 01 332
Bondsman: Gabriel Murphey
Bond #: 000018987

North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
Bride: Lucy Terrel
Groom: William Murphey
Bond Date: 02 Mar 1798
County: Caswell
Record #: 01 213
Bondsman: Gabriel Murphey
Witness: Alex. Murphey
Bond #: 000017138

Father: Gabriel MURPHY , Sr.

Marriage 1 Clarissa HERNDON
Married: 4 FEB 1788 in Caswell Co, NC 3

Title: Stacey Murphy Wilner
Text: ----- Original Message -----
From: "murph"
To: "Celia & Ritch"

.....there is a family story about Edmond Murphy, who lived in Logan Co. around 1820, 30 with his brother John. Here it is quote unquote from a cousin:

"...Edmond was supposedly a very large and strong man. This would explain his prowess for barefisted prizefighting. I know Richard was a big strong fellow. You'll see when I send the picture to you. There's an Edmond story about him bein attacked by a bear and killing it by punching it repeatedly in the head. There's also a story about him punching a cast iron frying pan and shattering it."

And here is another:

"Also, some more details on the death of Edmond. I confirmed with him that the story is that the guy Edmond was boxing died in the ring. There was a huge scuffle involving many people. Edmond was running to get away and as he was climbing a fence Joseph Staton caught him and stabbed him in the throat. The blood squirted onto the side of a house there. Years later Richard took Lon Sr (my grandfather) and showed him where it happened and the blood stain was still on the house. He also said that Edmond got in a fight one time, the guy ducked his punch and Edmond accidently knocked out a mule."

This fight took place in Pike Co. on election day. Edmond was a farmer and a boxer for his entire life.

Edmond must have been quite a character. I have found many "legends" associated with him. And several quotes from old timers that say that his father was "Edmond Sr." But the facts just don't pan out. Upon further investigation, Edmond's father was Gabriel Murphey who married Clarissa Herndon. I found a Russell Co. law document that proves this.

I have wondered if Edmond's boxing career, which I suspect was quite bloody, forced him to use an alias from time to time. Have researched those early
boxers and found that to be true.
Title: Stacey Murphy Wilner
Text: (also see Family History Report of Gabriel Murphy Sr. that was attached to this email.)

----- Original Message -----
From: murph
To: Michael Murphy ; Dawn Murphy ; Beverly White ; Barbara Murphy ; TLM ; Celia ; Russell L. Lawrence ; Tom ; Sandra Lassen ;
Sent: Saturday, May 19, 2001 6:11 PM
Subject: GabrielMURPHY

Hello My Murphey Cyber Cousins,
Want to share this latest find with you!
Cyber Cuz Michael Murphy and I have been pondering the birth, death dates for Gabriel Jr. & Sr. for the last week or so. In an effort to find a death record for Sr., I decided to trace the migration for Elizabeth Murphey and Samuel Hopper. I suspected that Elizabeth was daughter of Gabriel Sr. and sibling to Gabriel Jr. Thought perhaps Gabriel Sr. migrated with one of his children somewhere.

Elizabeth and Samuel migrated to Claiborne Co. TN. Upon searching the Claiborne Co. genweb site, I came across a link to a site call "Pioneers of Claiborne Co."

Faith and Beghorra--listed among the early settlers were Elizabeth Murphey, Samuel Hopper and two Gabriel Murpheys. One who dies in 1808 and another born in 1766 and died in 1818/19 married to Clarey Herndon.

The information was compiled by a genealogist of the Claiborne area and published in a newspaper in the 80's. I emailed the kind souls who have indexed all these pioneers and requested more information.

I am sending you what was sent to me. A listing of all the children of Gabriel Sr., including some spouses and descendents. The information did come with a disclaimer that it is unproven.

There may be a number of you who already have it, but to me it was very exciting to find!

Perhaps this will help us to get "connected" with the other descendents of this family.

Stacey Murphy Wilner
Title: North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
Note: database on
Call Number:
Media: Electronic
Text: Bride: Clarey Hearndon
Groom: Gabriel Junr Murphy
Bond Date: 04 Feb 1788
County: Caswell
Record #: 01 213
Bondsman: Nimrod Made his Mark McIntosh
Witness: Ald. Murphey, (
Bond #: 000017144

More About Gabriel Murphy and Nancy Clarissa Herndon:
Marriage: February 04, 1788, Caswell, North Carolina, USA.1014

Children of Gabriel Murphy and Nancy Clarissa Herndon are:
  1. +Edmond Murphy, b. 1803, Caswell, North Carolina, USA1014, 1014, 1014, d. 1859, Tazewell, Virginia, USA1014, 1014, 1014.
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