Biography of Abraham C. Murphy
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ABRAHAM C. MURPHY, a pioneer of Liberty Township, was born in Greene County, Ohio, August 30, 1819, and is the youngest of eight children born to David and Martha (Thatcher) Murphy, natives of Virginia and of Irish and German descent. Mr. Murphy spent his boyhood days on his father's farm, receiving a limited education. At the age of twenty he rented a farm and began doing business for himself, and by being industrious and saving his earnings, he came to this county, and was enabled to purchase 160 acres of heavily timbered land. He moved into a hewed log house, which had been built the year before, landing here in September, 1853. Here the family experienced many of the privations of pioneer life, the wolves howling around his cabin every night, and there was game of all kinds in abundance. He spent most of his time clearing the farm, sometimes would hunt, and has killed as many as 100 squirrels in one day. In 1855, the roads broke up and the people were mud bound, and Mr. Murphy and family had to live eight days on hominy and squirrel meat. He has made a farm of 320 acres, but has given of that eighty acres apiece to his two sons. Mr. Murphy is a leading citizen and liberal supporter of all benevolent purposes, and in political views he votes for the man and not for the party. He was married, May 23, 1839, to Miss Abigail H. Davis, of Greene County, Ohio, born May 2, 1822. They have had six children, four of whom are living - Israel D., Samuel C., Rachael A., wife of Jonathan Dawson, and Sarah E.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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