|Nicknames:||"Old Captain Jack Murphrey"|
|Birthplace:||Isle of Wight, Province of Virginia|
|Death:||Died in Greene County, North Carolina, United States|
|Cause of death:||Thrown from his riding chair and fractured his skull.|
|Managed by:||Timothy (McAnulty) Beals|
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About John Murphrey
According to Dixon family history, Captain John Murphrey arrived in Dobbs County, N. C. from Virginia with his nephew Murphrey Dixon in 1747. He was the founder of the Beare Garden plantation in Greene County, North Carolina. Listed as a Captain in the list of officers for the Dobbs County Militia on March 11, 1761. Died in 1776 when he was thrown from his riding chair and fractured his skull.
There is a narrative believed to have been written by Martha Suggs Dixon (1829-1904), the wife of Rev. Henry Aldridge Dixon, son of Benejah Dixon and Mary (Polly) Hill Dixon. It begins, "Both my father and my mother were related from Old Capt. Jack Murphrey from across Contentnea from Snow Hill. This old gentleman was revered almost as a tribal god amongst his offspring and descendants who were numerous and intermarried with the oldest and best families in the area."
The narrative says Capt. Jack was married to Betsey Harrison, whose family lived at Harrison's Landing near Richmond, before he left Virginia. It describes a fair they attended at Williamsburg during their courtship at which a greased pig contest was held. No one could catch the pig. Capt. Jack said he didn't know why everyone was having such ahard time. Elizabeth challenged him to try; he wanted to know what was in it for him. She replied that if he failed to catch the pig, he would have to buy her a new pony and saddle; if he should catch it, she would agree to marry him. Capt. Jack took his coat off, laid down in the pen, stuck a carrot in one ear and when the pig came up to bite the carrot, Capt. Jack caught him. Elizabeth married him shortly thereafter.