Does anyone have evidence of the father of John Murphey I (ca 1750 - aft 1830) being William Murphey ca 1720-aft 1753? Circumstantial evidence is very strong, but I was wondering whether there were any actual documents to prove it. This William Murphey married a daughter of Francis Dorsey (ca 1796-1749), probably Priscilla, and was the adminstrator of his father-in-law, Francis Dorsey's estate in Baltimore County, Maryland.
I have seen listed:
Elizabeth 1743 Priscilla 1746 William1748 Benjamin1750
No John listed, and it appears that William's wife, Priscilla had died before 1752.
Does anyone know what happened to this William Murphey, and how he connects with John Murphey I? For what it is worth, John Murphey I's wife, Esther Petticoart was also descended from the Dorseys, and were third cousins. Given that they all grew up around each other, it seems likely that they were aware of this.
There is a set of accounts for the estate of a William Murphy in Baltimore in 1766/74 that may be our man. -----------------------
Also for what it is worth, if this is proven, it then appears that at least one more generation may be provable as well. There is a William Murphey who patented a piece of land called Murphey's Adventure in 1707 and sold it in 1723. This land was apparently directly adjacent to land that had been patented by Thomas Larkin, a relative of Priscilla Dorsey on her paternal grandmother's side. This William Murphey (and his wife Elizabeth) sold this land in 1723, and it was then purchased by members of the Dorsey family around 1750.
It is not clear what happened to this William Murphey. Furthermore, there is a Patrick Murphey in Anne Arundel County with an estate inventory and accounts in 1702/3.