Andrew J Murphy

Andrew J Murphy
b. 8 May 1841, Aurora, Dearborn County, Indiana, to Samuel and Matilda (Smith) Murphy
d. 3 February 1825, Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas

m. 24 September 1866, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio
Lydia Ann Pleakenstrauffer
b. 16 April 1846, Shilo, Decatur County, Indiana, to H. and Mary (Smith) Pleakenstrauffer

Children with Lydia Ann Pleakenstrauffer:

  • William Grant Paul (1867-1942) married Christina Haddow
  • Rosella (1869-1953)
  • Telitha Jane (1871-1969) married Charles Vance
  • Anna Viola (1873-1931) married Benjamin Galen Campbell
  • Andrew S. (1876-1884)
  • Lydia Edna (1877-1911) married Emery Albertus Dain
  • Emma Alice (1880-1894)
  • Mary M. (1882-1884)
  • Mabel Augusta (1885-1971) married Norval Morgan
  • Almina V. (b. 1887) married Gilbert Parrick
  • Euclid Theodore (1889-1966) married Elsie [–?–]

Prior to her marriage, Lydia Ann is said to have lived in an orphanage.

According to his Civil War records, Andrew and Lydia were married by Samuel K. Ross at Cincinnati, but the records were destroyed when a courthouse burned. Andrew was an octoroon whose grandfather, according to census records, was a “free mulatto”.

Andrew J. Murphy enlisted in the Union Army at Indianapolis on 18 August 1864 and served in a colored unit. After discharge he settled in Fairland Township, Shelby County, Indiana. In 1880 he emigrated with his family from Hymera, Sullivan County, Indiana, to Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas.

Submitted by:
Rolene Kiesling
Groveland CA

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