Jordon Calloway Murphy – 7th Generation


Jordan Calloway Murphy – 7th Generation

Louisa Van Dusen


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Jordan Calloway Murphy, “Cal”

   Born:  28 March 1860 at Fulton County, Illinois

   Died:  1937, location unknown

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

                 2nd to Millie __.  No further information known.

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


Louisa Van Dusen

   Born:  February 1858 in Missouri

   Died:  1921 at Bremerton, Kitsap County, Washington

   Parents:  Simeon Van Dusen and ?


                 2nd Edition, Morphew/Murphy Story – J.R. Murphy, 10 JULY 2002


            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

     1910 Cal Murphy: Kansas, where ???


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.” 




1.  Oswald Murphy, died at birth


2.  Albert Lee Murphy, born 16 January 1881 in Iowa and died 31 May 1946 (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.


3.  Chauncy Calloway Murphy, born 3 March 1882 in Iowa.  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).   


4.  John Barton Murphy, born 24 August 1884 and died 12 April 1899 at the age of 14 and is buried at the Walnut Grove Cemetery, Corning, Adams County, Iowa.


5.  James Orris Murphy, born 26 August 1886 and died 2 March 1954.   Married Carrie Agnes Lehnhausen and had two children born after 1920 at La Salle, La Salle County, Illinois (family record).  Details after 1920 withheld.   


6.  Charlotte (“Lottie”) Rachel Murphy, born 18 October 1888 and died 26 February 1949 (family record).   She married 1st about 1904 to Fred Scammahorn of Corning, Adams County, Iowa and had two sons: (i) William Edward Scammahorn (7 May 1905 at Corning, Adams County, Iowa),  (ii) Lewis Scammahorn (1 September 1907 at Corning, Adams County, Iowa.).  A 1910 census indicates she married 2nd about 1909 to Fred Duncan (born 1880/81) and family record fail to mention Duncan.


7.  Jesse Earnest Murphy, born 4 August 1892 in Iowa and died 1962 (family record).  No further information known.


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




1.  Ruth Murphy Williams

2.  Kathleen Murphy Hunsacker  




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, Cahrles 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 ???)