The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 698, Harrison Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"W. K. MURPHEY was born in May, 1835, in Miami County, Ohio, and is one of the five children of NATHAN H. and MARTHA B. (KERR) MURPHEY, natives of Michigan and Virginia. He was reared a farmer, and received a very fair education. He came to this county with his parents in the spring of 1850, and in 1856 began milling in company with his brother-in-law, E. R. MOORE. In 1866, the mill property was sold, and MR. MURPHEY resumed farming, taking charge of the home place for his mother, his father having died during the interval. In 1871, he removed to his present farm of 200 acres, the result of a purse of $250, with which he began life. He was married November 10, 1857, to MISS SARAH E. SHANE, a native of Delphi County, Indiana, who died November 18, 1873, leaving three children - NATHAN A., MATTIE E., and EMMA JANE. In 1875, MR. MURPHEY married MISS SARAH C. SMITH, a native of Indiana, who has borne him two children - CHARLES E. and LESLEY C. MR. MURPHEY is a Mason; he is a Republican, and for six years served as Township Trustee, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church."