McMurphy family papers

MSS 326
approximately 7 linear feet


McMurphy family.




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Access points:

McMurphy, George R. (George Rodney), d. 1866.
McMurphy, George W., 1841-
McMurphy, Edward M., 1843-1906.
McMurphy, Mary E. Moody, 1849-1926.
Moody family.
Hubbard family.
Mumma family.
Armil family.

Finding aid prepared by:

Jessica C. Spinder, 2009. Updated by Samantha Crisp, July 2014.

Preferred citation:

[identification of item], in MSS 326 McMurphy family papers, Special Collections, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.


Augustana College Special Collections
Thomas Tredway Library
639 38th Street
Rock Island, Illinois 61201

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This collection was donated by the Hampton (Ill.) Historical Society (date unknown).



Members of the McMurphy family were important players in the settlement of Rock Island County, Illinois, in the early to mid-19th century. George Rodney McMurphy, son of George McMurphy, was born in Rochester, New York, but his family moved to Rock Island County, Illinois, in 1832. He first made his living as a farmer on land north of Hampton, IL, later trading his farm for a grist mill at Hampton, which he operated until 1865. George R. McMurphy was one of the first county surveyors for Rock Island County, a position which he held from 1850-1866. During his lifetime, he also served as the Drainage Commissioner for Rock Island County, and a Justice of the Peace. He administered several estates, including those of his father, George McMurphy, Amos Welding, S.W. Twining, Charles Crowell, John T Howard, and Daniel W. Howard. George R. McMurphy had 10 children with his wife, Amanda Howard. He died of pneumonia on 22 April 1866.
        George W. McMurphy was born on 24 February 1841, the second child of George R. and Amanda McMurphy. He was educated in an old brick school house in his district and grew up farming during the summer months. In 1866 he went into the milling business with his father. He purchased farm land with his younger brother, Edward, and they worked together until Edward bought his own farm in Zuma. After his brother's departure, George W. owned 480 acres of land in Canoe Creek. During his lifetime, George W. served as the town supervisor, school treasurer, and a Justice of the Peace. He was a member of the Woodman and Workman fraternal order and a member of the Methodist Church. George W. married Avelia Hubbard in 1869.
        Edward M. McMurphy, son of George R. McMurphy, was born on 24 April 1843 in Hampton. He attended Hampton public schools and the Davenport business college, taking special interest in drawing and penmanship. As a young man, Edward M. served the community as a writing teacher. After two years working a farm with his brother, George W., he sold his portion of the farm to his brother and bought 220 acres of improved land in Zuma township. As he aged and his health began to fail, he moved to Moline, but he continued to direct the operations of his farm. In 1900, Edward moved from his 5th Avenue residence in Moline back to the farm, where he lived until his death on 29 November 1906. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He married Mary Moody on 30 May 1872.

Source: Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Rock Island County. Ed. Newton Bateman and Paul Selby. Chicago: Munsell Publishing Company, 1914. p1290.



The McMurphy family papers include documents relating to the personal and professional lives of two generations of McMurphys in Rock Island County, Illinois, including legal documents, financial records, and correspondence.
      The papers are arranged by individual family member in the following four series: George Rodney McMurphy papers, 1829-1884; George W. McMurphy papers, 1843-1903; Edward M. McMurphy papers, 1866-1907; and Mary E. (Moody) McMurphy papers, 1856-1930. The fifth series contains the papers of related families and Miscellaneous materials.
        The George Rodney McMurphy papers, 1829-1884 consist of records of his work as County Surveyor, County Drainage Commissioner, and Justice of the Peace for Rock Island County. Documents relating to the administration of several estates are also included, as well as his personal correspondence and financial records. The series also contains materials relating to Geoge R. McMurphy's daughter, Eunice T. [McMurphy] Luce.
        The George W. McMurphy papers, 1843-1903 consist of records of his work as a surveyor and an estate administrator. His personal personal estate papers, financial records, and correspondence are also included. This series alson contains materials relating to the George W. McMurphy's wife's family, the Hubbard family, and his son, Edward Hubbard McMurphy.
        The Edward M. McMurphy papers, 1866-1907 consist of his personal estate papers, financial records, mortgage and lease papers, correspondence, and other miscellaneous documents.
        The Mary E. (Moody) McMurphy papers, 1856-1930 contain personal estate papers, financial records, correspondence, lease records, and other miscellaneous papers. The series also contains papers related to Mary E. McMurphy’s family, the Moody family.
        The Miscellaneous series contains papers relating to the Mumma family, the Armil family, newspapers, and miscellaneous papers from the 1840s into the 1900s.



Box 1
    George Rodney McMurphy papers, 1829-1884
            Estate of G.R. McMurphy
            Justice of the Peace Records
            Monetary Papers
            Drainage Commissioner
            Land—Sale and Purchase

Box 2
            Estate Administration Records
            Eunice T. (McMurphy) Luce

            Oversize items housed in Box 7 and Box 8

    George W. McMurphy papers, 1843-1903
            Estate Papers
            Monetary Papers
            Estate Administrator
            Newton J. Hubbard
            Hubbard Family
                    Avelia Hubbard
                    Moses Hubbard
            Edward Hubbard McMurphy

            Oversize items housed in Box 7

Box 3
    Edward M. McMurphy papers, 1866-1907
            Estate Papers
            Monetary Papers
            Mortgage Papers
            Land/Farm Leases

            Oversize items housed in Box 7

    Mary E. (Moody) McMurphy papers, 1856-1930
            Estate Papers
            Monetary Papers
            Tax Receipts
            Receipts of Purchases
            Farm Leases
            Moody Family

            Oversize items housed in Box 7

            McMurphy family papers, 1867-1894

Box 4
            Mumma family papers, 1903-1971
                    Financial Records
                    Genealogical Records

Box 5
            Armil family papers, 1867-1938
                    Financial Records
                    Legal Documents
            Newspapers, 1871-1962
            Elva Daily Notebook, 1945-1949
            Rock Island County Surveyor's Notes, 1836-1850
            Miscellaneous, 1840-1941

            Oversize items housed in Box 6 and Box 8

Box 6

Box 7
    McMurphy family

OPF-326/1-2 [formerly box 8]
    George R. McMurphy, Surveying



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