Lemuel Murphy, Donner Party

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Lemuel Burns Murphy

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Weakley Co., TN.
Death: Died in Camp of Death, Nevada Co., CA.
Immediate Family:

Son of Jeremiah Burns Murphy and Levinah Murphy, Donner Party
Brother of Sarah Foster, Donner Party; Harriett Murphy, Donner Party; Landrum Murphy, Donner Party; Mary Murphy, Donner Party; William Murphy, Donner Party, returned to TN and 1 other

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About Lemuel Murphy, Donner Party

A boy about thirteen years old, Lemuel was dearly loved by his sisters, and, full of courage, had endeavored to accompany them on the fearful journey. He was feeble when he started from the cabins, and the overwhelming sufferings of the fatal trip had destroyed his remaining strength...

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b. 17 Oct 1833 Weakley Co., TN. d. 27 Dec 1846 at Camp of Death, Nevada Co., CA.

        The birthplace of Lemuel Murphy, Levinah's second son, is uncertain but was it probably Tennessee.
        Lemuel set out with the Forlorn Hope in mid-December:
   A boy about thirteen years old, Lemuel was dearly loved by his sisters, and, full of courage, had endeavored to accompany them on the fearful journey. He was feeble when he started from the cabins, and the overwhelming sufferings of the fatal trip had destroyed his remaining strength.... (C. F. McGlashan)
      At Camp of Death Sarah Foster sat holding Lemuel and trying to comfort him in his delirium. The sun set, the moon rose, and about two o’clock in the morning Lemuel died. Ever afterwards, Sarah told McGlashan, she could never "behold a bright moonlight without recurring with a shudder to this night on the Sierra."
   Mrs. Foster spoke of this young hero with the greatest feeling. His patience and resignation were of the martyr type. When they were reduced to half a biscuit each, he insisted that she should eat his portion as well as her own; but this she refused. (Peter H. Burnett) 
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Lemuel Murphy, Donner Party's Timeline

1833
1833
Weakley Co., TN.
1846
1846
Age 13
Camp of Death, Nevada Co., CA.