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Eleanor Smith (Echols)

Also Known As: "Murphy"
Birthdate: (48)
Birthplace: Virginia
Death: 1752 (48)
Halifax, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Echols, II and Mary Echols
Wife of William Murphy, I and Gideon Smith
Mother of Reverend William Murphy, II; Joseph S Murphy; Richard Daniel Murphy; Mary Murphy; Kezia Smith and 1 other
Sister of Mary Eleanor Gillentine; Richard Echols; Drucella Echols; Ann Echols; Joseph Echols and 5 others

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About Eleanor Smith

One of John Echols daughters married a Murphy, possibly William Murphy, one of the "outlandish men" she and her sisters married. A man of this name appeared briefly in Amelia County lawsuits in the 1730s and was a tithable there in 1736 and 1737. They had 2 Sons Joseph & William that was Called "the Greatest Baptist preachers that ever was Known in Virginia of their Day." They were Called "Murphy Boys" as they were "so young & so very eminent." Both William and Joseph were converted as youths, trained for the ministry under Shubal Stearns, and became active ministers of the Gospel. William was the more prominent.

Eleanor married Gideon Smith following William's death, and was likely dead by August 1760 when William Murphy Jr. failed to render an accounting as guardian of Keziah and Peninah Smith.

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Eleanor Smith's Timeline

1704
1704
Virginia
1732
1732
Age 28
St Nicholas, Dublin, Ireland
1734
April 5, 1734
Age 30
Spotsylvania, Spotsylvania, Virginia, United States
1734
Age 30
Virginia, United States
1736
1736
Age 32
Pittsylvania, Virginia, United States
1744
1744
Age 40
Halifax, Halifax, Virginia, United States
1752
1752
Age 48
Halifax, Virginia, United States
1760
1760
Age 48