Hello, Thanks for your reply. I believe we have written to each other before. I have been unable to confirm the story in the book that Tom Murphy came to CA. I have for some time wondered if this Tom is really my Thomas J. Murphy who died in Robertson CO, TN in Oct. 1840. The age of Tom is correct to be my Thomas. And because of his early death,it was assumed he went to CA. I wish someone could show me some proof that this Tom came to CA. But no one can give a wife or childrens names. I have searched CA. records for many years now.