Descendants of Pleasants Murphy, son of John Murphy Sr
from Orvill Paller
Pleasants (sometimes Pleasant) Murphy was a son of John Murphy Sr and Katy Bates. Information about him is provided in William and Mary Quarterly Vol 3 Series 2 (1923) pages 231-238, in an article entitled “Pleasants Murphy’s ‘Journal and Day Book'”. He was born on 14 June 1786 (1794 from his brother Williams’s family Bible) in Bedford Co. VA, and died in 1863, in Tazewell Co VA. On 1 Dec. 1818, he married Ann Robertson Shelton of Pittsylvania Co VA, who was born about 1803 (according to 1850 census) and died about 1861. Her parents were William Shelton (1757-1825) and Elizabeth Cheney Johnston (d 1820) or possibly Hannah Yates (b 1734). Pleasants and Ann moved to Tazewell Co where they lived the rest of their lives. He was in the 1840 and 1850 census of Tazewell Co. He was a farmer and a school teacher. He served on active duty in the militia from Bedford Co in the War of 1812. In the 1850 census, Pleasants Murphy was listed as 56 and Ann R. Murphy was listed as 47. Children listed in the 1850 census were Betsy Murphy 30, Ewel S. Murphy 25, Samuel H. Murphy 18 and Virginia L. Murphy 15.
1. Elizabeth “Betsy” Murphy, born circa 1820 Bedford County, Virginia
2. Ann Maria Murphy, born circa 1822 Bedford County, Virginia; died 22 Feb 1909, in Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee; married 20 May 1842,probably in Tazewell County, Virginia, to James Vance Pendleton, born 28 FEb 1816, in Virginia.
Children of Ann Maria and James:
Ann Elizabeth Pendelton, born 11 Feb 1843, in Tazewell County, Virginia; married 13 Aug 1866, in Tazewell County, Virginia to Andrew Jackson Gibson, born Aug 1844, in Rocky Gap, Bland County, Virginia
Children of Ann Elizabeth and Andrew:
Albert Gaines Gibson, born 11 Feb 1871, in Liberty Hill, Tazewell County, Virginia; died 2 Jun 1922/1923, in Shubert, Richardson County, Nebraska; married 25 Nov 1891, in Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee, to Caroline Virginia Broce, born 25 Feb 1863 Bristol, Sullivan County Tennessee
Child of Albert and Caroline:
Idabel Amanda Gibson, born 2 Dec 1892, in Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee; married William Curtis Lambert Williams, born 8 Jan 1892
Children of Idabel and William (Curt):