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© The Hennessey Eagle
Hennessey Kingfisher Co. OK
January 1914
Submitted by: Lois Burdick


Mrs. Matilda Murphy, aged 97 years, 9 months and 21 days, one of the pioneer settlers in this country, passed away at 9 o'clock Saturday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lindia Smith, on the west side, as a direct result of a paralytic stroke at five o'clock Thursday evening that left her stricken and helpless. Her death will prove a shock to her many old friends throughout the county.

Funeral services were held from Harmony Church, seven miles southwest of Hennessey. Rev. Harmon officiating and interment made in the Harmony Cemetery, where her remains were laid to rest beside those of her daughter.

Matilda Perry was born in Bourbon Co. KY March 19, 1816 and died in Hennessey, OK Jan. 10, 1914. She was married to John Murphy in Decatur Co. IN in 1837. Ten years later she gave up her membership in the First Baptist Church, which she joined in her girlhood and with her husband united with the Methodist Church to which she remained true, dying in the faith. Her husband's death occurred in Vandalia, MO as they followed the tide of immigration westward in 1871. She was the Mother of fourteen children, four dying in early infancy. Five still survive: T. J. Murphy and Lindia Smith of Hennessey; Mrs. Amanda Dickerson, Okolona, Ark. Mrs. Mary Cannon, Higbee, MO and A. J. Murphy, California, MO. Fifty-six grandchildren, and One-hundred and ten great grandchildren. The deceased lived to see the sixth generation of her line and only missed being a centenarian but a few short years.

She was the Mother of Thomas J. Murphy, Grandmother of Madison L. Goodpasture.

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