Some Facts Concerning the Murphy Family
William Murphy was born in thenorth of Ireland. He came to Americaand lived in Virginia. His son, John, aBaptist minister, was born in Virginia, June 12, 1752, and was married toRachel Cooke, a native of Virginia, February 8, 1774. Rachel Cooke was born in Virginia May 17, 1753. They moved to Knox County, East Tennessee,and later emigrated to the Green River country, Kentucky, where he died August14, 1818 and Rachel Cooke Murphy died in Kentucky in 1832. Their children were: William, Isaac, Joseph,John, Hosea, Seth, Cooke, Margaret, Rachel and Hannah.
John Murphy, our great, greatgrandfather, was in the Revolution. Their son, William, our great grandfather, was born in TennesseeFebruary 16, 1776. He went to Kentuckywith his parents and there married Nancy Ferguson. She was born on the James River in Virginia. Her father was Scotch and her motherEnglish. Both her parents died and shewent to Kentucky with her sister and brother-in-law, going on horseback. They both died in Illinois, - - WilliamMurphy, March 4, 1846, and Nancy Ferguson Murphy, August 26, 1862. Their children were Margaret, born September10, 1801; Elizabeth, born August 1, 1804; John Ecles, born October 16,1806;Nancy, born December 21, 1808; and Rachel, born June 3, 1811.
William Murphy................................. Ireland
John Murphy.................................... Virginia
Rachel Cooke................................. Virginia
William Murphy......................... Tennessee
Nancy Ferguson............................. Virginia
Here Mrs. Fenton told something of their livesduring the time of the Revolutionary war and the struggle for an existence inEast Tennessee, panthers and Indians being their constant terrors.
The daughters of John Murphy andRachel Cooke were: Hannah, who married Thomas Ferguson, a brother of NancyFerguson, who married their son, William. They lived and died at Bowling Green, Kentucky. Rachel, who married Major Peter Butler inKentucky. They moved to Warren County,Illinois, and it was on their farm the fort was built where the families wentfor protection in the Indian troubles. He was in the Mexican War and the Black Hawk War as well as the War of1812. They went to Oregon and werepioneers of two states and died at Monmouth, Oregon, where their son, Ira F.N.Butler, still lives, ninety-four years old. Margaret, who married Elijah Davidson in Kentucky and they too went toWarren County and then to Oregon and were buried with their kindred nearMonmouth, Oregon.
Aunt Rachel Butler used to tell ofan estate that was coming to them through the Cookes but there was a missingheir between them. All they had to dowas for the children of John Murphy and Rachel Cooke to go to Bowling Green andprove that they were their sons and daughters and they would have received theVirginia estate, but they would not go for fear of the missing heir being foundand for fear they were defrauding someone.
The two brothers of Rachel Cooke,Hosea and Jesse, were both killed by Indians in 1792 in the Inniss Settlementnear Frankfort, Kentucky.
This family is of greatantiquity. Norman DeCooke and Robert DeCookewere witnesses to a grant of land by DePercy to the Church of St. Peter andHyldea at Whilby, Yorkshire. RobertDeCooke and his son held the hereditary office of Master of the Cooke of theMonastary. This was about the middle ofthe Twelfth Century. In Beeston,Yorkshire, the family was called Gales de Cooke but the Gales was laterdropped. Robert Cooke and his wife,Katherine, were living in Lavenham, Sussex, about 1400. Their son, Sir Thomas Cooke, was Lord Mayorof London in 1462. His son, Sir JohnCooke, was one of the private secretaries. His son, John Cooke, married Alice Saunders, and their son was SirAnthony Cooke, “the English scholar”, who was tutor to Edward VI and wasknighted at his royal pupil’s coronation. His wife was Annie Fitzwilliams and one of their daughters marriedNicholas Bacon and they were the grandparents of Lord Bacon. Many of the family were in Parliament andthey were all from the Yorkshire family.
Francis Cooke, Pilgrim, was fromYorkshire and was a member of Robinson’s Church. When the Pilgrims went to Holland in 1608 to escape thepersecutions the separatists were subjected to in England, the family went withthem but only he and his son, John, who was ten years old, embarked in theMayflower for America. His wife,Hester, and the other children were left at Leydon to come later. Francis Cooke was the seventeenth signer ofthe Cape Cod Compact and built one of the first seven houses built at Plymouth.
“Captain Miles Standish and FrancisCooke being at work in the woods, coming home, left their tools and were takenaway by the savages, gave us occasion to keep more strict watch and to make ourmuskets and equipment ready, which by the moisture and rain were out oftemper.” Bradford’s Plymouth Plantation.
Francis Cooke died at Plymouth inApril, 1663, and his son, John, was the last to die of the Mayflowerpassengers, dying at Dartmouth after 1694. They were prominent men in the colony. We are descended from Francis Cooke through the Virginiadescendents. Captain Thomas Cooke cameto New England in 1635, settling in Boston. Others were John, Edward, William, Arthur, George, Richard and Garrettcoming in the later part of the century.
Mordecai Cooke came from England in1650 bringing his wife with him and soon after settling in Virginia - -Gloucester County. She was slain by theIndians and scalped. He called theplace “Mordecai’s Mount”. His secondwife was Joan Constable. He owned onethousand two hundred acres of land and his son also Mordecai, also was a largeland owner.
Giles Cooke was a member of theexpedition under Governor Spotswood across the mountains and descended theforks of the Shenandoah and was a Knight of the Golden Horseshoe. John Cooke was a very dignified individualwho always rode in a fine carriage. Hewas in command of a regiment during the Revolution. He was a brother of our great-great, great grandfather WilliamCooke. These people were all relativesof our. William Cooke, who was thefather of our great, great, grandmother, Rachel Cooke Murphy, “was dignifiedand imposing in appearance and greatly respected by his neighbors”. He also was in the Revolution. He had grants of land and lived after themanner of a Virginia gentleman.
Uncle Ira Butler, to whom Mrs.Fenton was indebted for much she wrote, remembers his grandmother Rachel CookeMurphy as he was seventeen years old when he went to Illinois fromKentucky. He said he just loved to sitand look at his grandmother, she was so pretty and good that he thought of heras the handsomest woman he ever saw.
Many of the Cookes are buried atRomford, 13 miles from London, where Thomas Cooke was Lord Mayor of London hada home and where his grandson, Sir Anthony Cooke, lived and was buried. The place was called Gildon Hall and waspulled down in the last century.
The Cookes were educated in a timewhen it meant something to be educated. Through all the changes in England they were Protestants. Francis Cooke in his inventory includes “1great Bible and 4 old books” that he had brought in the Mayflower. Evidently books were his most valuedpossessions.
Uncle Ira Butler said there wasmuch controversy among the neighbors over the wives of the two Cooke brotherswho were slain by the Indians. Somethought the one who bit the bullet in two deserved the most credit - - whileothers thought the one who shot the Indian with the bullet deserved thecredit. It seems they both did verybrave things. *Herefers here to story “Bred in Old Kentucky”.
Copied from some family history sentto Maggie Sales, Galesburg, Ill. By Mrs. Katherine Fenton, Portland,Oregon. Sent Oct. 19, 1906.
*Hand written note on otherwisetyped document. The paper matches thepaper that “Bred in Old Kentucky” was typed on and the handwritten note lookslike it could be that of Eva Jameson Carter.
Continueson with more pages (very repetitive) - these appear to be typewritten notesalready used above but I see some differences in spelling and differentcontent.
Robert DeCooke and his son held thehereditary office of Master of the Cooke of the Monastary. This was about the middle of the TwelfthCentury.
In Buston,Yorkshire, the family was called Gales de Cooke which was dropped (Gales). Robert Cooke and his wife, Katherine, wereliving in Lavenham, Sussex, about 1420. Their son, Sir Thomas Cooke, was Lord Mayor of London in 1462. His son, John Cooke, married Alice Saundersand their son was Sir Anthony Cooke “the English Scholar” who was tutor toEdward VI and was knighted at his royal pupil’s cornation. His wife was Anne Fitz-Williams and one oftheir daughters married Nicholas Bacon, and these two were the grandparents ofLord Bacon.
Many of thefamily were in Parliament and they were all from the Yorkshire family.
FrancisCooke and son, John, who was ten years old, came in the Mayflower with thePilgrims, leaving his wife, Hester, and the other children at Leydon to comelater.
We aredescentents of Francis Cooke, - - William Cooke was the father of Rachel CookeMurphy.
William Murphywas born in the north of Ireland. JohnMurphy, son of William Murphy, was born in Virginia, June 12, 1752, and wasmarried to Rachel Cooke, February 8, 1774, who was born in Virginia May 17,1753.
They movedto Knox County, Tennessee, and later to the Green River country, Kentucky,where he died in 1818. She died inKentucky in 1831 or 1832.
Theirchildren were: William, Isaac, John, Hosea, Seth, (?) Cooke (?), Joseph,Margaret, Rachel and Hannah. Williammarried Nancy Ferguson. Isaac married Nancy Haley. John married . Joseph marriedJulia B. Haley. Margaret married ElijahDavidson, Rachel married Peter Butler. Hannah married Thomas Ferguson.
FrancisCooke was the father of William Cooke who was the father of Rachel CookeMurphy.
Henry Haleyand Nancy Rivers were the parents of Berryman, Patrick H., Max, Henry, John G.,Nancy, Julia, Patsy, Elizabeth. Nancymarried Isaac Murphy. Julia marriedJoseph Murphy. Patsy married Shelton. Elizabeth married Robert Jameson. Aunt Sallie Jameson was the daughter of John Murphy.
WilliamMurphy was born in the north of Ireland. He came to America and lived in Virginia.
His sonJohn, a Baptist minister, was born in Virginia, June 12, 1752, and was marriedto Rachel Cooke February 8, 1744. Rachel Cooke was born in Virginia May 17, 1753. They moved to Knox County, East Tennessee,and later to the Green River County, in Kentucky, where he died in 1818. Rachel Cooke Murphy died in Kentucky in 1831or 1832.
Theirchildren were: William, Isaac, John, Hosea, Seth, Cooke, Joseph, Margaret,Rachel, Hannah; William married Nancy Ferguson; Hannah married Thomas Ferguson;Isaac married Nancy Haley; Joseph married Julia B. Haley; Rachel married MajorPeter Butler in Kentucky.
Rachel andPeter moved to Warren County, Illinois, and it was on their farm the fort wasbuilt where the families went for protection in the Indian troubles. He was in the Mexican War and the Black HawkWar and the War of 1812.
Margaretmarried Elijah Davidson who, too, went to Warren County, Illinois, and laterwith Peter Butler and his wife to Monmouth, Ore.
Typedby Barb Tuinstra (3/23/2001)