Linda, I've been looking at the census records for Rebecca Murphy & noticed something interesting... I think your Rebecca is listed in the 1870 census, Highland Co., Brush Creek in the houshold of ... Bell, George, age 90, farmer, of VA "Mary, age 65, keepling hse, of Delaware "William S., age 25, farmer, of OH Murphy, Rebecca, age 13, at home, of OH Jones, Margaret, age 9
The interesting thing is that when you look at the 1880 census, Highland Co., Brush Creek, William S. Bell is listed directly above John C. & Rebecca Caplinger. Perhaps there is a connection to the Bell family? I traced this George Bell back to 1820, still in Brush Creek. The Countryman & Shoemaker families are also listed in 1820 & in later Brush Creek census records. By the time you get to the 1900 census, you will notice John C. & Rebecca Caplinger are listed right under William Countryman & John Stults/Stultz 78, is living with Countryman.I mentioned this because, as you may know, the Caplinger family married into the Countryman, Shoemaker & Stults/z families (in VA & OH). I'm sure there must be a clue in there "somewhere" that you can use.
If I run into anything else that might help you, I'll let you know.And if you find the answer to this mystery, please let me know... I'm very curious now! Carrie