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Isaac was the great grand son of Simon I and 73 when this letter was written. (Having been born 8/20/1798). Letter written by Isaac Phares Murphy to John J. Murphy of Ogden, 1871, Letters of our genealogy by Isaac Murphy South Carolina Union dist. Nov the 26th 1871.] [provided by Joe Murphy]
Mr. John J. Murphy,
Your letter of the 21st instant came to hand in due time, but it has not been convenient to answer it until now. The connections are in the ir usual health and so far as I have been informed have provisions enough for the ensuing year. As to family records of the Murphy family genealogy, I can obtain but very little. I can however give some little traditional account of the ancestry.
My great grandfather Richard Murphy was kidnapped in Ireland and brought to Virginia and sold till he should become 21 years of age, judging his age to be seven years. After becoming grown he married a daughter of one William Bird, a native of England, who then lived in Virginia. He raised three sons-Richard, Arthur and Simon. How many daughters I do not know, but I have heard the names of three men whom three of them married: McGarity, Hinds and Edwards. Richard remained in Virginia where he was born. Arthur and Simon moved to North Carolina. And eventually Simon moved to South Carolina, having married one Holly Duke before he left Virginia. He had eleven children, among whom were three sons: Mark, Sion and Bird. The eight daughters married: Delila, the first, Ralph Jackson; Drucilla, the second, Michael Lee; Marian, the third, Thomas Hill.