Daniel Murphree

Murphree Home, Ireland

“The will of Daniel Murphree appears in the 1770-1900 Unrecorded Wills of Chatham County, North Carolina. On the outer sleeve that contains the will is written “Chatham Inf Court August 1771 Proved in open Court by the oaths of John Hatley & Thomas Ward two of the fubscribing Witnefses —” On another part of the sleeve is written “Last Will of Danl Murphree & Inventory To be recorded” Also written on the sleeve is the number 21 and a notation “August 1771 proved.”

1 Daniel Murphree (1717 – )
…+ Sarah Dempsey (about 1721 – )
……2 Sarah Murphree (about 1739 – bet. 1810 and 1820)
……+ William Blythe (between 1740 and 1750 – bet. 1832 and 1837)
………3 Jonathan Blythe (between 1765 and 1774 – bet. 1863 and 1865)
………+ Annie Nancy Unknown/(said Barnes or Shoop) (? – bet. 1837 and 1840)
…………4 MaryAnn Blythe (between 1807 and 1811 – 1898)
…………+ George Washington Hampton (1802 – 1889)
……………5 Mary Catherine “Polly” Hampton (1838 – 1901)
……………+ Charles Willis Ditmore (1831 – 1909)

Last Will and Testament of Daniel Murphree
Chatham County, North Carolina – 10 November 1769
In the name of god amen the tenth day of November in the year of our lord 1769 I Daniel Murphree of the County of orang Planter Being Sick and Weak in Body But of perfect Mind and Memory thanks be given unto god Therefore Calling unto mind the mortality of my Body and Knowing that it is appointed for all men Once to Die Do make and ordain this my Last Will and testament that is to Say Principally and firft of all I give and Recommend My Soul into the hands of god that gave it. and for my Body I Recommend it to Earth to be buried in a Chriftianlike and Decent Manner at the Difcretion of my Executers nothing Doubting but at the general Refurrection I Shall Receive the Same again by the mighty power of god and as touching such Worldly Eftate Wherewith it hath pleafed god to blefs me With in this life I give Devife and difpose of the Same in the following Manner and form —

firft and foremoft I Lend to my Well Beloved Wife Sarah Murphree the plantation Whereon I now Live and all my houfehold goods & Chattles after all My Juft Debts is paid and Some Legefses here after menfehened

Item I give my Well beloved James Murphree the plantation where on he Now Lives.

Item I give to my Well Beloved Son Daniel Murphree the land Where on he Now Lives.

Item I give to My Well Beloved son John Murphree the plantation that I Bought of Demfey Rawls With half the Land and the other half I give to my Well bloved Son Levi Murphree to be Equally Divied.

Item I give to my Well Beloved Son Solomon Murphree a plantation that I made on the Lord Earl Granvils Land With half the Land that Shall be Saved when the office is open and the other half of the Said Land I give to my Well Beloved Son Mofes Murphree alfo I ordain that there Shall be as much leavid out of my perfonnal Eftate as Will Make a Right to the Said Land When my Lord Granvils office is open.

Item I give to my Well Beloved Son David Murphree thirty Pounds to Be Raifed of Leavid out of my Eftate.

Item I give to my Well Beloved Daughter Elizabeth Barnf five Shillings.

Item I give to my Well Beloved Daughter Sarah Blyth five Shillings.

Item I give to my Well Beloved Daughter Milley Murphree ten pounds.

Item I give to my Well Beloved Daughter Edey Murphree ten pounds.

Item I give to my Well Beloved Daughter Mary Murphree ten pounds to Be Leavid out of my Eftate.

Item I give to my Well Beloved Son William Murphree the Plantation Whereon I Now Live alfo I ordain James murphree and William Murphree Executors of this my Last Will and Teftament alfo I ordain that if Either of my Childrin Should Die Without ifsue their Land or part Shall fall to my younger Son David Murphree and if more than one Should Die Without ifsue their part to be Devided amongst the Reft and I Do hereby utterly Dfsallow and Revolke Difannul all and Every other former teftement Wills Legacies Bequfts and Executors By me is any Way Before this time Named Willed and Bequeathed.

Ralifying and Confirming this and no other to be My Last Will and teftement in Witnefs Whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and seal this Day and year above Written.

Signed Sealed and Delivered in Daniel Murphree
the prefents of us [Seal]

John (his X mark) Hatley (Jurt)

Thomas (his X mark) Ward (Jurt)

John Owen


Personal Note: I received the image of the Murphree Ireland home more then a dozen years ago from Arlene Hampton (AHamptonResearch@…), she received it from a Murphree descendant and family historian; unfortunately I do not remember her name. The painting was painted from memory by, I believe, one of Daniel Murphree’s sisters.

I also received Daniel Murphree’s last will images years ago from a Murphree family historian and again, unfortunately, I do not remember his name …lesson learned, do not store everything on your computer and always save emails to your FTM!!       –Harriet C. Anderson

William Blythe

This is a working file, research always ongoing…

8. William5 Blythe (William W.4 Blye, Sr., Christopher3 Bly, William2 Bly, Unknown Bly1) was born Abt. 1740 in Northeastern North Carolina and died 1837 in Greenville County, South Carolina. He married (1) Sarah Murphree Abt. 1769 in North Carolina. Daughter of Daniel Murphree and Sarah Dempsey. She was born Bef. 1755 (Abt. 1739) in Bertie County, North Carolina. He married (2) Barbary Nee Unknown.

See: Descendants of William Blythe

— The Blythe home north of Travelers Rest was an old stagecoach stop —

Notes for William Blythe:

William Blythe married to Sarah Murphree is thought to be (and frequently label as such) the son of William and Elizabeth Champion Blye of Chowan and Bertie Counties, North Carolina, (the original Albemarle Region), North Carolina. However, there is conflicting information…

The colony of South Carolina was founded in 1663 by King Charles II, who split the land and gave it to eight nobles. After mismanagement of the colony, the area was reclaimed by the English Crown. The area was part of the Cherokee Nation’s protected grounds after the Treaty of 1763, which ended the French and Indian War. No White man was allowed to enter, though some families already had settled just within the boundary, and White traders regularly crossed the area. The first White man to settle permanently in the area was Richard Pearis; he married a Cherokee and was given several tracts of land by the tribe. The City of Greenville and Paris Mountain (named after Pearis), are on part of that land. During the American Revolution, the Cherokee (and Pearis) sided with the British. After a campaign in 1776, the Cherokee agreed to the Treaty of DeWitt’s Corner, ceding territory that includes present-day Greenville County to South Carolina.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenville,_South_Carolina#History

Land Records Related to William Blythe:

K:208 8 Oct 1761 William Blye of N’hampton Co. to John Jenkins, Jr. of Bertie Co. 30 lbs. proclamation. 100 acres from a 640a patent to Stephen Howard 1 Feb 1725, the remaining 540a had been deeded from sd Howard to Jacob Odom dec’d of Bertie Co. on E side of Coneriserat Swp. joining Pauls Br. Wit: Daniel Murphree, John (X) Jenkins. Oct Ct 1762 CC: John Johnston

428-(214) James Howard of Hertford Co. & Samuel (X) Howard of Bertie Co. to William Bly of Bertie Co. 30 lbs. VA. 320a from a 640a patent to Stephen Howard 1 Feb 1725, the remaining part from sd Howard to Jacob Odom dec’d late of Bertie Co., on east side of Coneristsrat Swamp. Wit: Daniel Murphree, John (X) Cross. Oct. Ct. 1762. CC John Johnston (Abstract from Dr. Stephen Bradley)

Chatham NC Deed Book B-142
09 FEB 1778 John & Levy Murphree and wife Rebeckah to ARCHIBALD CAIN for 40 pds, 375a on Little White Oak. s/ John Murphree. w/ ELISHA CAIN, William Blyth, WILLIAM (x) CAIN.

Chatham NC Deed Book B-364
12 Aug 1779 William Blyth to ARCHIBALD CAIN, 2000 pds, 175a on west side Newhope adj Parker. s/ Wm Blyth. w/ ELISHA CAIN, William Poe.

Purchased 120 acres of land in the 96th District, SC, August 1787 for 2 pounds 16 sterling money and 57 acres in the same district, Oct. 1787 for one pound sterling money on the So. Fork of the Saluda R.  (SC St. Grants Vol 22, p23 and 403, Wit: Thomas Pinkney.

Purchased 85 A. on both sides of the Saluda River for 100 pounds, Made: 3/13/1791.  filed: 9/25/1798.  Purchased from Benjamin Raglan.  (Book E – page 115).

Purchase 50 A. on Reedy River for 5L sterling, Filed: 8/20/1799 Purchased from Gilbert Sweat  (Bk. E. – page 331.  Book D land grants, page 258, 321 acres S. Fork of Saluda River – page 258, 65   acres S. Saluda River

Details
Series: S213190
Volume: 0020
Page: 00204
Item: 002

Date: 8/10/1787

Description: BLYTHE, WILLIAM, PLAT FOR 120 ACRES ON SOUTH FORK OF SALUDA RIVER, NINETY SIX DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY THOMAS LOFTON.
Names indexed: BLYTHE, WILLIAM; HOPKINS, DAVID; LOFTON, THOMAS
Locations: NINETY SIX DISTRICT; SOUTH SALUDA RIVER
Document type: PLAT


Details
Series: S213190
Volume: 0021
Page: 00029
Item: 000

Date: 10/12/1787

Description: BLYTHE, WILLIAM, PLAT FOR 57 ACRES ON BRANCH OF WOLANOY CREEK, NINETY SIX DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY THOMAS LOFTON.
Names indexed: BLYTHE, WILLIAM; GRIFFITH, THOMAS; LOFTON, THOMAS; RYLY, WILLIAM; WATTS, SAMUEL
Locations: NINETY SIX DISTRICT; OOLENOY RIVER; SALUDA RIVER
Document type: PLAT


Details
Series: S213192
Volume: 0043
Page: 00479
Item: 002

Date: 12/8/1813

Description: CRONE, GEORGE, PLAT FOR 55 ACRES ON WEAVER CREEK, PENDLETON DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY JAMES JETT.
Names indexed: BLYTHE, WILLIAM; CHASTAIN, BENJAMIN; CRONE, GEORGE; JETT, JAMES; ROPER, JOSHUA; SLONE, DAVID
Locations: OOLENOY RIVER; PENDLETON DISTRICT; SALUDA RIVER; WEAVER CREEK
Document type: PLAT


Details
Series: S213192
Volume: 0046
Page: 00352
Item: 001

Date: 9/12/1820

Description: KARR, WILLIAM, PLAT FOR 536 ACRES ON MIDDLE SALUDA RIVER, GREENVILLE DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY WILLIAM H. COOKE ON JANUARY 13, 1815.
Names indexed: BLYTHE, WILLIAM; BRUNNIET, THOMAS; COOKE, WILLIAM H.; DENNIS, JOSEPH; FLIPP, WILLIAM; KARR, WILLIAM; SALLY, DEIR
Locations: GREENVILLE DISTRICT; MIDDLE SALUDA RIVER
Document type: PLAT



Update: It is possible there is a missing generation and William Blythe of Greenville County, South Carolina is  the grandson of William W.4 Blye, Sr. — more research is needed! …hca

  • Jonathan Blythe’s father, William Blythe, died 1837 in Greenville County, South Carolina.
  • William Blythe’s said father, William Blye, died 1749 in Bertie County, North Carolina.
  • William Blythe (2), being the oldest male child of five children, he would have to have been born at least four years prior to his father’s death;  and, this estimate is the very (very) least!

EST Age at death: 70 yrs old = 1767

EST Age at death 80 yrs old = 1757

EST Age at death 90 yrs old = 1747

EST Age at death 100 yrs old = 1737

Doesn’t work! Well, maybe, just barely.


The Blythe etc. families in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and elsewhere. The emigrant, William Blythe/Bly/Blyth, who came from England to America in 1652 and his wife, Sarah, are believed to be the common ancestors of thousands of descendants in this book. William and his brother, John, arrived in the Yorke River, Va. on July 16, 1652. William later migrated from Yorke River to Isle of Wight Co., Va. He had at least two sons, William and Christopher. Another William Blythe (d. ca. 1749) identified as a landowner in Chowan and Bertie Counties, N.C. may have been a descendant or relative of Christopher. This William had three sons: William Blythe, enumerated in the 1790 Greenville, S.C. Census; James Blythe, found in 1800 Buncombe Co., N.C. (later Henderson Co.); and Thomas Blythe, enumerated in the 1790 Pendleton Co., S.C. Census. Source:  Pat Hicks Brigance, complier, Blythe Vol. 1 (Maryville, Tenn. : P.H. Brigance, c1994), 929.273 B629br – JSMB US/CAN Book;

1790 – NINTY-SIXTH DISTRICT, PENDLETON CO, SC

BLITHE, THOMAS…1…2…5…-…

One/1 free white person over 16; Two/2 free white males under 16; Five/5 free white females, including the head of the family.

1790 – NINTY-SIXTH DISTRICT, GREENVILLE CO, SC

BLITHE, Wm…3…4…4…-…

Three/3 free white males over 16;  Four/4 free white males under 16;  Four/4 free white females, including head of the family.