Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Unrecorded Will of T.T. Murphy

Less than a year before he died, Thomas T. Murphy wrote his will[1] and filed it with the Crittenden County Clerk.  For some unknown reason, the will was never probated or recorded. I came across this unrecorded will a number of years ago while working on Crittenden County, Kentucky  Wills Vol. 1  (1842 - 1924). Note that the will is in the handwriting of David Woods, County Clerk, but is signed in what is likely the handwriting of T.T. Murphy.

Unrecorded will of T.T. Murphy

The 1900 Crittenden County census shows Thomas T. Murphy and wife, Susan F. Murphy, along with Thomas W. Murphy living at 318 Poplar Street in Marion. Thomas T. and Susan F. had been married for 16 years.[2] His birthplace was listed as Virginia as were the birthplaces of both his parents.

T.T. Murphy had previously been married to Sarah A. Walsh (14 October 1844 in Todd County, Kentucky). He died 9 May 1901 and both he and his second wife, Susan F., are buried at Mapleview Cemetery in Marion.

Following his death, his obituary appeared in the local newspaper. [3]  "Mr. T.T. Murphy died at his home in Marion Thursday. He was buried with Masonic honors at the new cemetery Friday. He was born in Todd County 78 years ago, but has been a resident of Crittenden County for many years. He served in the Confederate army, making a good record as a soldier. He leaves three children  - two daughters who live in Todd County attended the funeral. The son lives in the west."

[1] Unrecorded will of T.T. Murphy is dated 12 November 1900.
[2] Brenda Joyce Jerome. Crittenden County, Kentucky Marriages, Vol. II  1866 - 1886, (Evansville, IN: Evansville Bindery, 1991), 148. Thos. T. Murphy and Mrs. S.F. Murphy married 2 June 1884.
[3] "Deaths," Crittenden Press, 16 May 1901.

Recorded 15 June 2016, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

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