Jordon Calloway Murphy 1860 - 1937


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Megan McCloskey shares Family Records - * items

From her Murphy great-grandparents


Jordan Caloway (or Callaway) Murphy, "Cal" Spelling of Caloway uncertain.

Born: 28 March 1860 at Fulton County, Illinois*

Died: 22 March 1937, * location unknown

Married: 1st to Louisa Van Dusen in Clark County, Iowa in 1878

2nd to Mildred __, born 1879/80 and found in 1920 Topeka, Kansas

Parents: William Morphew (1829 – 1912) and Sarah Allumbaugh (1830 – 1872)


Louisa Van Dusen

Born: 3 February 1858* in Missouri

Died: 8 September 1921 at Manett* or Bremerton, both Kitsap County, Washington

Parents: Simeon Van Dusen and ?


Mildred __

Born: 1879/80 Missouri

Died: after 1920

Parents: Unknown

            ^ email courtesy of Megan McCloskey, 8 August 2010


    2nd Edition, Morphew/Murphy Story – J.R. Murphy, 20 August 2010


            Known locations:

1. 1880 Osceola Township, Clarke County, Iowa

2. 1900 Corning City, Quincy Township, Adams County, Iowa

3. 1910 Louisa Murphy, Corning, Adams County, Iowa

4. 1910 Cal Murphy: Kansas, where ???

5. 1920 Cal Murphy, Topeka Kansas


Mrs. Howard Jones on Cal Murphy: “I know my father felt badly about the changing of his name from Morphew to Murphy. I remember when I was small of hearing he and mother talking about it. He was worried that their marriage wasn’t legal because he was married using the name Murphy. Another thing, my mother was married under the name Hines, while her name should have been Van Dusen. Her father’s name was Simeon Van Dusen who was killed in the Civil War and her mother died and an Uncle Hines took her to raise and she was like his own daughter (he did not adopt her) and she always went by the name Louisa Hines. So, the two of them were always worried about the mix up in names.”


“Father was 18 years of age and mother was 20 years old at the time of their marriage, and from what mother told me their years were a struggle to provide food, shelter, and clothing. They had a large family and I can remember then both working very, very hard. Father would work on farms as a hired hand and mother would cook and wash clothes and I remember her telling how she would take old clothing someone would give her and make pants and seats for the boys – and all that without a sewing machine. They moved around quite a bit just in Iowa and finally father went to work on the railroad. I can remember too that he used to do hauling and in the winter time he would go to the coal mines north of Corning and get coal and sell it to the people in Corning.”


“It was a real struggle for them and sometimes I can’t blame them for separating. There was always sickness, but then too, I try to remember the fun we always had together. Dad and Mother both had a wonderful sense of humor. Like the time Dad was plowing the garden; it was the day before Good Friday and they just had to get those potato plants out on Good Friday and it started to rain and here was Dad with the horses and plow out there in the rain and mother following along behind planting those potatoes, wringing wet but laughing to beat the band.” To me it was all superstition but they always raised the best garden in the neighborhood. Everyone wanted Father to plow up their gardens for them.”


“You wrote about homesteading. I think that was one of father’s pet peeves. Mother always wanted to go west, but he sat his foot down and said no and you know when a Murphy says no, it’s no! So they never homesteaded.”


“After Father left home and went to Kansas he got a divorce, it seemed like our world really fell to pieces, especially for my youngest brother and I, and then we heard he was married again. We knew that he would never come back. So after a while mother and I came out to Washington to live with my oldest brother who was here in Bremerton. We stayed here one year and went back to Iowa where Mother stayed until she became ill. I had come back to Bremerton and married and this has been my home ever since. Mother came and lived with us. She passed away in 1921 and is buried here.”


“Father’s family life after he left us is quite unknown to me. I know he had several children. Some died during the flu epidemic in 1918 - 1919 and there still are two girls living in Topeka, Kansas at the time of his death. One daughter’s name is Ruth Williams and the other one Kathleen Hunmaker. I haven’t heard from them since he died. Dr. Jim, I just don’t see how any of this could possibly be of any interest to any one but since you asked for it, I have done my best. I was only 9 years old when Father went away and he was my whole world. I loved him very much and tears come to my eyes when I think of what might have been if only they had stayed together.”


Children of Cal Murphy and Louisa Van Dusen


            Thanks go to Megan McCloskey for sharing her family records from her great grandmother - Hansine "Christine" Larsen, who married Jessie "Earnest" Murphy, emails of 11 & 16 August 2010. Thank you, Megan. Without this help, much would be lost. Megan's family records will be marked with a star. "*"


(I). Albert Lee Murphy was born Sunday, 16 January 1881* in Iowa and died 31 May 1946 (another family record). The 1910 and 1920 Census, which possibly belongs to him, shows he married about 1902/1903 to Anna M. __ (born 1881/1882) and were a living in Bremerton, Kitsap County, Washington. Both census records list one daughter, Helen A. Murphy (born 1904/1905). Nothing else is known at this time.


(II). Chauncy Calloway Murphy was born Monday, 3 April 1882* in Iowa and died 1946.* He married about 1902/03 to Nellie Duncan (born 1881/82) and was living in 1910 and 1920 in Corning, Adams County, Iowa. 1910 and 1920 Census records list two children: (i) Minnie Murphy (1904/1905) and (ii) Frances H. Murphy (son, born 1914).


(III). John Barton Murphy was born on Monday, (24) or 25 August 1884* and died 12 April 1899* at the age of 14 and is buried at the Walnut Grove Cemetery, Corning, Adams County, Iowa.


(IV). James Orris Murphy was born on Thursday (26) or 27 August 1886* and died 2 March 1954. He married Carrie Agnes Lehnhausen and had two children born after 1920 at La Salle, La Salle County, Illinois (her family record). .


(V). Lottie R. Murphy was born Friday, 18 October 1889* and died 26 February 1949 (family record). One record indicates her first name to be Charlotte. She married 1st about 1904 to Fred Scammahorn of Corning, Adams County, Iowa and had two sons). A 1910 census indicates she married 2nd about 1909 to Fred Duncan (born 1880/81) and family records fail to mention Duncan.


(1). William Edward Scammahorn was born 7 May 1905 at Corning, Adams County, Iowa.


(2). Lewis Scammahorn was born 1 September 1907 at Corning, Adams County, Iowa.


(VI). Jesse "Ernest" Murphy was born Thursday, 4 August 1892* in Mavern, Mills County, Iowa and died February 1963. Ernest married 1st about 1913 to __ and 2nd on 21 March 1921 to Hansine "Christine" Paulsen (Poulsen) Larsen who emigrated from Denmark in 1906.* Christine married first to Ole Larsen who died of a heart attack and had at least one daughter and possibly more children.*


1917 (5 June): "Ernest J. Murphy" filled out his draft registration card, stating he was born 4 August 1898 in Malvern (Mills County), Iowa, was single, a farm laborer employed by Louis George in Pierce-? Township, living in Hinckley, De Kalb County, Illinois, medium height, brown eyes, black hair, and claimed poor eyes.


1920 U.S. Census of Hope, La Salle, Illinois stated Ernest J. Murphy was age 27, born Iowa, "divorced," and indicated that he was living by himself.


1921 (21 March): Ernest Murphy married Mrs."Christine" Larsen, the 2nd marriage for both of them.


1930 U.S Census of Goodfarm, Grundy County, Illinois:


            Ernest Murphy, age 37, farmer, age 22 when first married, born Iowa

Christina Murphy, wife, age 41, age 26, born Denmark, age 26 when first married

Louise Murphy, 8 Illinois

Verissa or Vernia -? Murphy 6 Illinois

Ernest Murphy 4 Illinois

Edna Larson step daughter18 single Illinois

Viola Murphy step daughter 16 single Illinois.         


1942: "Ernest Jesse Murphy, Sr." filled out a WW II draft registration card stating he lived in Verona, Grundy County, Illinois, and was born 4 August 1892 Malvern, Iowa.


1963 (February): Social Security record for "Ernest Murphy" stated he died in Illinois on February 1963.


1983 (March): "Christine Murphy" filled out her social security record stating she was born 2 November 1888. She died March 1983 and her last residence was Morris, Grundy County, Illinois.


Children of Earnest Murphy + 1st wife __.


            (1) Viola Murphy (~1913/14) is found on the 1930 U.S. Census of Goodfarm, Grundy County, Illinois.


Children of Earnest Murphy + Christine Paulsen:


(1). Louise Murphy Hanley (1921/22) has a last known location in Morris, Grundy County, Illinois.*

(2). Virginia Murphy Zdro (1923/4) has a last known location of possibly Cahokia, St. Clair County, Illinois.

            (3) Ernest Murphy (1925/26) is from the 1930 census record

            (4). James Murphy died at childbirth*

           (5). Edith "Edi" Murphy Allison (deceased) *

            (6). Betty Christine Murphy (1934 -1994 and buried in Fairview Cemetery, Northern Arkansas) married on 30 August 1952 to Delmar "Dick" White.* They lived in Illinois until about 1976, then in Lakeview, Baxter County, Arkansas. These are the grandparents of Megan McCloskey.      


(VII). Doris May Murphy was born Tuesday 18 January 1898* in Iowa and a letter by her indicated she was living in Bremerton, Kitsap County, Washington about 1920. She married Howard Jones. See her letter, but no further information known.


(VIII-X). Infants that didn't survive were Oswald Murphy was born Friday, 19 September 1879* and died at childbirth or within the first year,* Infant daughter was born Thursday, 18 October 1888,.* an infant daughter was born Sunday 3 November 1895.


Children of Cal Murphy and Millie __:


(I). Ruth Murphy Williams was born 1916/17 Kansas


(II). Kathleen Murphy Hunsacker was born 1919 Kansas


Census Records for Jordan Caloway Murphy Family


1880 U.S. Census for Osceola Township, Clarke County, Iowa (page 165A):


Morphew, Calaway, age 20, born Illinois, parents Illinois

Louisa, wife, age 22, born Missouri, parents Indiana


1900 U.S. Census for Corning, Quincy Township, Adams County, Iowa


Murphey, Jordan, head, March 1860, 40, married 21 years, born Illinois, father

born Indiana, mother born Illinois.

Louisa, wife, February 1858, 42, married 21 years, born Missouri, father

born unknown, mother born Indiana

Albert L., son, January 1881, 19, single, born Iowa

Chauncy C., son, April 1882, 18, single, born Iowa

Lottie R., daughter, October 1889, 10, single, born Iowa

Jesse E., son, August 1892, 7, born Iowa

Doris M. daughter, January 1898, 2, born Iowa


1910 U.S. Census of 7th Street, City of Corning, Quincy Township, Adams County, Iowa ( image 12/20):


            Duncan, Fred, head, 39, married 1 year, Carpenter, Iowa, Iowa, Iowa; Lottie Duncan, wife, 20, Married 1 year, Iowa, Ill, Iowa; Edward Scammahorn, stepson 5, Iowa, Ill, Ia; Lewis Scammahorn, stepson 3, Ia, Il, Ia; Louisa Murphy, mother-in-law, 52, Divorced, Missouri, Ind, Ind; Doris Murphy, sister-in-law, 12, Ia, Il, Mo. In the next household is:


            Murphy, Chancy, head 28, married 7 years, Iowa, Illinois, Miss; Nellie Murphy, wife, 28, married 7 years, 3 children, 1 living, Iowa, Mi, Iowa; Minnie Murphy, daughter 5, Iowa, George Duncan, father-in-law, 76, widower, Mi, Mi, Mi, Charles Allen, nephew, 12, Iowa, Iowa, Iowa.


1910 U.S. Census of Pacific Avenue, Ward I, Bremerton, Kitsap County, Washington:


            In boarding house of Rose Johnston, 34, head: Murphy, Bert, servant, 29, married 7 years, Ia., Il., Mo., dishwasher, boarding house; Anna Murphy, servant 22, married 7 years, servant, 22, married 7 years, 2 children, one living, Mo., Ky., Mo; Helen, daughter, 6, Iowa. Many boarders in house.


1920 U.S. Census of Pacific Avenue, Ward I, Bremerton, Kitsap County, Washington (pg 74A):


            Murphy, Albert. L., head, 38, born Iowa, father Ill., mother Missouri, butcher meat market; Anna M. Murphy, wife, 32, Mo., Ky. Mo., waitress hotel; Helen A. Murphy, daughter 15, Iowa.


1920 U.S. Census of City of Corning, Quincy Township, Adams County, Iowa ( image 2/40)


            Murphy, Chauncy, head, 38, Iowa, Iowa, Mo., teamster; Nellie Murphy, wife 37, Iowa, Iowa, Mich; Minnie C. Murphy, daughter 15, Iowa; Frances H. Murphy, son, 4 3/12, Iowa; Robert U. Duncan, boarder, 28, single, Iowa, N.J. N.J.


1920 U.S. Census of Decatur City, Decatur Township, Macon County, Illinois:


            Scammahorn, Fred, head, 38, Il, US, US, grocer; Rosa Scammahorn, wife, 44, In, In, In; Edward Scammahorn, 15, Illinois; Pauline Scammahorn 2 11/12 Illinois; Otto Scammahorn 6/12, Illinois. (Is he our Fred Scammahorn ???)


1920 U.S. Census of Topeka, Ward 2, District 156, Shawnee County, Kansas:

            Please note: Head of household was written "Millie" when it should have been Cal Murphy.


            Millie I. Murphy, head, age 50 male, Ia, Ia, Ia; Mildred L. Murphy, wife 40, Mo. Mo. Ky; Bessie M. (from Mildred's 1st marriage ??) daughter 10, Mo; Ruth M. Murphy, 3 Kansas; Kathleen C or E Murphy 12/12, Kansas.


1930 U.S. Census of Corning, Adams County, Iowa


            Chance B. Murphy 45, married at age 21, Ia, Il. Il; Nellie Murphy, wife, 47, Ia. Mi, Mi; Francis Murphy, son 14, Ia; Minnie Keefe, daughter 25 divorced, Ia; Nellie Keefe, granddaughter 9 Ia; R_gscoid Keefe, grandson 7 Ia.