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Damon Wilsey Pugh

Damon Wilsey Pugh
b. 15 May 1913, Shelburn, Sullivan County, Indiana, to Robert Webb and Flossie Mamie (Smith) Pugh
d. 4 September 2002, Hohenwald, Lewis County, Tennessee

m/1. 11 August 1934, Sullivan, Sullivan County, Indiana
Doris Esther Harris
b. 26 July 1914, Prairie Creek, Vigo County, Indiana, to Elza Wales Jennings and Bertha Florence (Clouse) Harris
d. 23 June 2001, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana

m/2. 1961
Doris Jean Fanning
b. 24 Mar 1931
d. 26 October 2002

Children with Doris Esther Harris:

  • Shirley Arlene (b. 1936) married Thomas David Thomson
  • Kenneth Duane (b. 1937) married Janice Southwood
  • Glenn Harold (b. 1941) married Carol Ann Curry

Children with Doris Jean Fanning:

  • Susan Jean (1951-2006) married (1) Thomas C. Kilpatrick, (2) Malcolm Sidney Wright, Jr.

Damon Pugh’s ancestors, Evan and Sarah (Cloud) Pugh migrated to Madison County, Indiana in 1826 from Licking County, Ohio. The family remained in central Indiana in the area of Madison and Delaware counties until early in the 1880’s when the Damon’s grandfather, Joseph I. Pugh, moved, following the death of his first wife, to Sullivan County, Indiana. In 1885, Joseph married Clara Delia Dudley in Sullivan County and became parents of ten children. Today their descendants continue to live in Indiana’s Sullivan and Vigo counties.

In 1960, Damon and Doris Harris divorced. It was then that he left Indiana. He lived for a time in Mississippi and married a second time to Doris Jean Fanning Thrash. Later they made their home in Hohenwald, Tennessee, where they lived and worked for thirty-five years. They died there in 2002.

Damon produced a memoir in 1994 entitled, “My First Eighty Years: Memories of a Man of Sullivan County, Indiana.” It includes stories from his early years on a farm in Sullivan County. As an adult, he mastered a variety of occupations, acquiring a handful of patents in the process. The first two were created for coal processing when he ran the above-ground operations at Jonay Coal Mine near Sullivan, Indiana. He spent the last forty years of his life in sales of heavy equipment used in farming, lumbering, and building operations.
Submitted by:
Shirley Pugh Thomson
Walnut Creek CA
E-mail: thomsonsa@astound.net

Thomas Jefferson Murphy

Thomas Jefferson Murphy
b. 15 October 1814, Jennings County, Indiana, to Daniel and Nancy (Baker) Murphy
d. 10 February 1922, Siloam Springs, Benton County, Arkansas

m/1. 29 January 1863, Jennings County, Indiana
Mary Jane Lewis
b. 15 March 1848, Jennings County, Indiana, to Timothy B. and Mahala (Lett) Lewis
d. by January 1877, Jennings County, Indiana

m/2. 21 January 1877, Jennings County, Indiana
Mary Delanzo Carpenter
b. about 1859, to Watis and Anna (Graston) Carpenter
d. 18 March 1896, near Stockdale, Riley County, Kansas

m/3. 29 April 1899, Riley County, Kansas
Saphronia (Carpenter) Allison
b. 12 September 1855, to Watis and Anna (Graston) Carpenter

Children with Mary Jane Lewis:

  • Elnora (1864-1870)
  • Cora (b. 1867)
  • Minetta E. (b. 1870) married John S. Carpenter
  • Timothy Thomas (1871-1933) married Katie May Dobson
  • Nancy Mae (1873-1885)
  • Samuel Hall (1875-1942) married Ida Adelia Brundige

Children with Mary Delanzo Carpenter:

  • [–?–] (1878-1878)
  • Louella (b. 1879) married Warren W. Maloney
  • Ida Belle (1881-1954) married John S. Thomson
  • James Leland (1884-1973) married Lucinda Marietta Johnson
  • Frances A. (1887-11974) married Ace Applebee
  • Mabel Pearl (1888-1972) married Charles Anderson Trotter
  • Homer C. (1889-1967) married Ada M. Deckert
  • Howard (b. 1892) married Pearl [–?–]
  • Henry F. (1894-1970)
  • [–?–] (1896-1896)

Saphronia (Carpenter) Allison was Mary Delanzo Carpenter’s sister.

Thomas Murphy served in Company G, 145th Indiana Regiment, during the Civil War. He and his second wife Mary Delanzo (Carpenter) Murphy emigrated from Jennings County, Indiana, to Grant Township, Riley County, Kansas, in 1865. Mary and Saphronia were sisters. Thomas Jefferson Murphy claimed 21 children.

Submitted by:
Kevin L. Stilley
Manhattan KS
E-mail: trlrhouseman@aol.com