Hello--I am looking for information on Polly Shortridge, b. 1824 in Russell County to Robert Shortridge and Rebecca Brown.Polly married Edmond Murphy in 1840. The lived in the Grundy area and had a number of children--Sarah, Elara, James, Robert, Richard, Clarissa, Harvey, John, Benjamin and Melissa.Edmond was murdered in 1859 after participating in a boxing match on election day in Pike Co.In the 1860 census, Polly and the children are listed under the surname Shortridge instead of Murphy. (There were listed as Murphys in the 1840 & 50)
I am interested in any information regarding descendents of these children, the reasons for the murder and resulting name change, any previous marriages for Polly.
I would particularly love to see a photo of any of these folks or their descendents. Thought perhaps some of the Grundy Murphys or Shortridges may have some in their possession.I believe Polly lived with Robert Murphy until 1905(who was a deputy sheriff in Grundy) until he was murdered while transporting a prisoner.I believe she lived out the rest of her life with her son James Murphy.