John Crawford Murphy1

Male, #39630, (5 Jan 1840 - 21 Feb 1914)
Birth*5 Jan 1840 John was born at Bolivar, Poinsett Co., Arkansas, on 5 Jan 1840.2 
Civil War*between 1862 and 1865 He served in the War Between the States between 1862 and 1865

     "Was a teamster and in the Battle of Tunnel Hill, Georgia (not proven.)2
Marriage*25 Dec 1883 He married Martha Custis Culpepper at Greene Co., Arkansas, on 25 Dec 1883 at age 43. 
1900 Census* John was listed as the head of a family on the 1900 Census at Greene Co., Arkansas.3 
Death*21 Feb 1914 He died at Greene Co., Arkansas, on 21 Feb 1914 at age 74.2 
Burial*circa 23 Feb 1914 His body was interred circa 23 Feb 1914 at Crockett Cemetery, Paragould, Greene Co., Arkansas
Biography* D. J. Powers wrote on 5 Aug 2006: "John C. Murphy is the son of Harmon Murphy and Hariet Holland Murphy both from Perry County, Tennessee. John was born in the Bolivar Community of Poinsett County, Arkansas on January 5, 1840, and died on February 21, 1914 in Greene County, Arkansas. He was a teamster in the Civil War and was, so I have been told, in the Battle of Tunnel Hill, Georgia, although that has not been proven yet. He was married to Ellen Freeman before he married Martha and they had two daughters: Della born in 1876 and Elizabeth born in 1880. She may have died in chilbirth with Elizabeth.2 
Note* Jim Zobel, notes, in an e-mail dated 20 Feb 2003, that this John C. Murphy is NOT the person of that name who married Emily Mashburn. He states:

John Carroll Murphy b: Feb 1847 Randolph Co AL and died 1905 in Randolph Co AL. His parents were:
     Jeremiah Murphy b: ca 1816 Putnam Co GA, d: after 1880 Randolph Co AL, m: Haskey Sims 26 Dec 1841 Pike Co GA.
     Haskey Sims b: CA 1817 Oglethorpe Co GA, d: ca 1858-1865 Randolph Co AL

John married (1) Emily Mashburn 1867 in Randolph Co. AL. Thier child Emily Adelaide Murphy was raised by her grandparents, Raburn and Elvira Mashburn. Emily was b: 10 Mar 1869 Randolph Co AL, d: 28 Nov 1924 Randolph Co AL, m: Henry C. Mosteller Randolph Co AL.

Child of Henry and Emily Mosteller: James Murphy Mosteller b: 13 Mar 1905 Randolph Co AL d:6 Mar 1972. John married (2) Mary Ann Elizabeth (West) Burns 26 Feb 1871 Randolph Co AL. She was b: 27 Jun 1841 Heard Co GA, and died in 1944 in Randolph Co. Correct! She lived to age 103. I have a copy of a statement she made about her life, her husbands and children.

Mary A. E. married 1st Joseph C. Burns 4 Sep 1856. He was b: ca 1837 in South Carolina, d: Civil War - Sharpsburg, VA. Their children:
     William Ephraim Burns b: abt 1858 Randolph Co AL
     Joseph Edwards Burns b: abt Dec 1859 " " "
     Mary Jane Burns b: abt 1862 " " "

Mary A. E. married 2nd John C. Murphy. Their children:
     Charles Hartsfield Murphy b: ca 1872 Randolph Co AL
     James Larkin Murphy b: ca 1875 " " "
     Ira Maxwell Murphy b: ca 1878 " " "
     Lura Belle Murphy b: 7 May 1888 " " "
     John Lyman Murphy b: " " "

John C. Murphy is found in the 1870 census as a clerk in a grocery store in Wedowee, Randolph Co AL. In 1880 and 1900 census, he is also in Randolph Co. The Alabama State Gazetteer & Business Directory for 1887 lists him in the community of Gay, Randolph Co AL: Rural post office 5 miles S. of Wedowee; population 15
J. C. Murphy, Postmaster
Murphy, J. C. - cotton gin, flour and saw mill and general store.

I have researched this family for several years as John's brother, James P. D. Murphy, was my great grandfather. John was never in Arkansas.

If you need any more data I will be happy to give you all I have, but this should eliminate him as a Culpepper relative. (Contact information in footnote).4 


Martha Custis Culpepper (17 Jul 1841 - 16 Mar 1941)
Marriage*25 Dec 1883 He married Martha Custis Culpepper at Greene Co., Arkansas, on 25 Dec 1883 at age 43. 
Last Edited18 Oct 2008


  1. E-mail written 2000-2009 to Lew Griffin from Brenda Elizabeth Glass Banks (Mrs. Charles Lewis Banks).
  2. E-mail written 8 Aug 2006 to Warren Culpepper from D. J. Powers e-mail, e-mail address.
  3. ED 34, sheet 12, line 92, Main Shore Twp. Couple married 31 (could be 21) years, Martha had six children, with two living in 1900. Her parents were both born in GA. John's father was born in VA, and his mother in TN.
  4. E-mail written Feb 2003 from Jim Zobel, Clarkesville, GA, e-mail address.