The use of biblican given names causes problems. There are several John, James, Josiah, etc Murphrees who lived in the Franklin, Edgecombe, Bertie areas.( and there may well have been a mother and daughter Pherebe ).
James and Sarah's son, Josiah, was a generaton behindPherebe's Josiah, and was born and lived in Franklin County.
The following entries appear in the Edgecombe County, NC COURT MINUTES:
August 1794Administration is on motion granted to Jacob Battle on the estate of PHEREBE MURPHREE, dec'd who was qualified and entered into bond of 500 pounds with John Sumner and Elisha Battle. Sec.
November 1794Ethelred Phillips, John Battle...& Frederick Phillips are appointed to divide the lands of JOSIAH MURPHREE, dec'd between John,Maluchi,& Matthew, sons of the dec'd & make return to the next court.