William C. Murphy
b.10 Feb 1810 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
d.20 Feb 1895 Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Facts and Events
William C. Murphy was born on 10 February 1810 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were both born in Pennsylvania. The maiden name of his wife Jane is currently unknown.
William was a house carpenter. He appeared on the census of 1840 in the 4th ward, Southwark, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, as a male, age 30 to 40. The census only listed the gender and age range of household members, but it can be presumed that those listed with William were: his wife, Jane, female, age 30 to 40; son, Robert, male, age 0 to 5; and daughter Jane, female, age 0 to 5.
William and Jane appeared on the census of 1850 with their children Jane, Robert, John, George and Ann in the South Ward, Camden, New Jersey. Also in the household was William's maiden aunt, Catherine Chesnut, age 66.
In 1859, William and his son-in-law Samuel D. Daniels lived at 1322 South 6th Street, Philadelphia. William and Jane appeared on the census of 1860 with their children Robert and John in Philadelphia. William's aunt, Catherine Chesnut, was still living with the family. Between 1861 and 1865, William and Samuel Daniels lived at 1324 South 6th Street, Philadelphia.
William and Jane appeared on the census of 1870 with their children Robert and John in the 2nd District, 1st ward, Philadelphia. William and Jane also appeared on the 2nd of enumeration of census of 1870 in the 2nd District with their sons Robert and John.
William C. Murphy was ill with consumption in 1880. He appeared on the census of 1880 with his wife in the household of his son, John R. Murphy, at 932 Tasker Street, Philadelphia. William's wife, Jane Murphy, died on 11 September 1880 in Philadelphia. Between 1890 and 1895, William lived at 1603 South 18th Street, Philadelphia. William C. Murphy died on 20 February 1895 in Philadelphia of apoplexy. A short obituary for William was published on 21 February 1895 in The Philadelphia Inquirer:
"MURPHY - On February 20, 1895, William C. Murphy, aged 85 years. Residence, 1605 South Eighteenth street. Due notice of the funeral will be given."
The Philadelphia Inquirer published a longer obituary on 22 Feb 1895. It was entitled "One of Sam Houston's Men - Death of a Veteran of the War for Texan Independence":
"One of the men who bravely fought to secure for Texas her independence from Mexico, the sole survivor in Philadelphia of the gallant band whom Sam Houston commanded, died in this city yesterday, aged 85 years. He was William C. Murphy, a carpenter and builder whose reminiscences of the struggle of nearly three score years ago were of the most interesting character. The veteran was born in this city on February 10, 1810, and in his young manhood was hard as iron in his strength and courage. It was in March of 1836 that Houston took the field and Murphy was with him through the preliminary movements which finally led up to the great victory at San Jacinto, where the Texans, a body of 783 raw troops, defeated 1600 Mexican veterans under the famous Santa Anna.
On the recognition of the independence of Texas, Houston was elected President of the new republic and the Philadelphia soldier returned home. From thence on he devoted himself to his business, mak-[ing] friend of all with whom he came in contact. Two years ago he received a stroke of paralysis which shattered a constitution that had previously been well sustained despite his venerable years. The result was more or less suffering at times, but nevertheless the old man retained his cheerfulness and off and on was able to attend to odd jobs in the carpentering line. About three weeks back he was compelled to got to his bed, there to remain until he died yesterday of apoplexy. The veteran kept posted on all the affairs of life, being a steady reader of the newspapers and never requiring to use spectacles to aid him.
He leaves surviving him two children, a son and daughter, about thirteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His funeral will take place to-morrow afternoon from the residence of his son, No. 1603 South Eighteenth Street."
William was buried on 23 February 1895 in Evergreen Cemetery, Camden, Camden County, New Jersey.
William C. Murphy death, Philadelphia file no. 11070, age 85, b. Philadelphia; bur. 23 Feb 1895, Camden, New Jersey.
Letter, Laura Loyburg to Lauren Mahorter, List of those buried in Sec. D, lot 156, of Evergreen Cemetery, Camden, NJ; William P. Murphy, 85 yrs., d. 2/20/1895.
1840 U.S. census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Co., Wm. Murphy.
"City Directories of the US", Daniels Saml., jeweler, 1322 S 6th (1859 McElroy's).
"City Directories of the US", Daniels Samuel, jeweler, 1324 S 6th (1861 McElroy's); Daniels Samuel D., jeweller, 1324 S 6th (1864 McElroy's).
1870 U.S. census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Co., 1st ward, 2nd district, pg.34, line 14, William C. Murphy.
"1890 Philadelphia Directory electronic database".