Recompense Sherry Murphy was a son of Recompense and Catherine (Newkirk) Murphy, who came from New Jersey and settled at the mouth of Turkey Creek. Scioto County, Ohio, in 1805, where the subject of this sketch was born May 12, 1806. Recompense Murphy, Senior, soon after moved to the Irish Bottoms in Adams County, and located on a farm.

Recompense Sherry Murphy spent his early life working on the farm. He was married to Rachel Kelley, August 4, 1831. They lived together in happy wedlock for fifty-three years. To them were born nine children, four boys and five girls, of whom the following are living: Mary Burwell, Troy, Ohio; Emman McCall. Agricola, Kansas: John R.. Wellsville, Kansas ; Abram K., of Rushtown, Ohio, and Lucy Givens, of Buena Vista. Ohio.

He united with the Baptist Church about 1835 and remained a devoted member until his death. In politics, he was an unwavering Republican. His wife died May 28, 1883, and he followed her January 5, 1891, aged eighty-five years.


From "History of Adams County, Ohio from its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time" - by Nelson W. Evans and Emmons B. Stivers - West Union, Ohio - Published by E. B. Stivers - 1900