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The Lucy GORE & John MURPHY Family

From Shesehequin History

Submitted by Pat HITTLE Gore

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Heverly incorrectly referred to this woman as Sally Gore, 
but the correct person is Lucy Gore. Sally was her sister

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MURPHY; History of Sheshequin 1777-1902; Heverly; pub.1902; p.108-112; MURPHY.

THE MURPHY FAMILY, --- Five sons of Obadiah GORE and two sons-in-law, John MURPHY and Timothy PEARCE, sealed with their lives at the battle of Wyoming their attachment to freedom. On the day of the massacre Mrs. MURPHY, who witnessed the terrible scene, with others broke through the guard stationed around Forty Fort, escaped to the river and in a boat floated down to Sunbury; thence traveled across the wilderness to the Delaware river near Stroudsburg. Here on the 30th of September in Esquire Depew's barn was born to Mrs. MURPHY a son, whom she named George --- famous 100 years later as "the centenarian." After the war Mrs. MURPHY returned with her children to Wyoming, which became her permanent abode.

George MURPHY, a son of John and *Sally (Gore) MURPHY, at the age of seven years, came to Sheshequin to live with his uncle, Judge GORE. Upon the establishment of a mail route through the wilderness from the Wyoming valley to the lake country (Canandaigua) he had the honor of being the first post-boy on the route, he married Lydia WALLACE and took up a farm in the wilderness on what is now Towner Hill. Here he struggled with the wild woods and suffered many privations. Such supplies as could be had he carried in on his back from Sheshequin. The Red Man was gone, but ferocious wild beasts lurked on every side. Being a good huntsman from the abundance of game, however, he kept a well supplied larder. He cleared up a considerable part of his 100-acre farm, which he sold in 1845 and removed to the place now occupied by his son, Ira, where he continued to reside, till the time of his death in his 101st year. In his long life he never called a doctor and retained his mental faculties to a remarkable degree till the very last. He kept up his active habits and labored in the fields and garden until he was very aged. On the 30th of September, 1878, he celebrated the 100th anniversary of his birth, several hundred people gathering to do him honor. ...

The Father of George MURPHY was a native of Ireland, and his mother of sturdy New England stock. His long life came to a close, January 27, 1879. His wife, born February 2, 1784, died December 6, 1852. Their remains repose in a private burial ground on the farm where they spent their closing years. The children of George and Lydia MURPHY were: Selim W., born November 12, 1805, married Hannah TOWNSEND and lived on Towner Hill; Lucy, born August 10, 1812, married John MUNN of Genesco, N.Y.; John and Chester both died on the homestead; Percilla married Harry LAWLESS of Rome; Polly married Samuel BAILEY of Sheshequin; Ira, born August 20, 1826, married Amanda SHORES and occupies the Homestead. He was a soldier in the Civil War.

*NOTE: George Murphy's mother was not Sally Gore, but was instead Lucy GORE (1754-1820) m: Pvt. John MURPHY killed @ Wyoming Massacre 3 Jul 1778.

1850 C: George MURPHY 72 PA (farmer $400); Lydia 62 PA; John 28 PA (farmer); Chester 26 (farmer); Ira 25 PA (farmer$400); p.288, Sheshequin Twp, Bradford Co, PA.

1870 C: George MURPHY 94 (Delaware) ($1000); Ira 39 PA (farmer$1000); Amanda 38* PA; Chester 48 PA; p.378 L25 #216, Sheshequin Twp, Bradford Co, PA.

1870 C: Selima W. MURPHY 61 PA (farmer$2000/500); Hanah 57 NY; Wilson 29 PA (farm lab); Polly 22 PA; Alace 19 PA (teaches school); Eugene 16 PA (farm lab); Clares 10 PA (school); p.356 L24 #147 Rome Twp, Bradford, PA.

1850 C: S. W. MURPHEY 40 PA (farmer$1000); Hannah 35 NY; Sally 17 NY; Oscar 14 PA; Wilson 8 PA; Harriet 6 PA; Polly 2 PA; p.117; Rome Twp, Bradford Co, PA.

Cemetery Records Tri-County Site: Towner Hill

H. M. MURPHY 9 Dec 1813-7 Apr 1887 w/o S.W. S.W. MURPHY 18 Nov 1808-17 Nov 1885. Henry MURPHY d: 27 Jan 1840 1y 5m 27d s/o S. W. & H. M. George MURPHY d: 7 Aug 1844 2y 3m 1d s/o S. W. & H. M.

Reference: BURIALS: Towner Hill Cemetery; Rome Twp, Bradford Co, PA.

It maybe that Hannah TOWNSEND d/o Elijah TOWNSEND & Sally M. GORE.

Happy Rooting, Pat GORE

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