The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments,
Philadelphia, Jesper Harding & Son, 1859. Harding's
Imperial Quarto Edition. One of the earliest large, elaborate
family Bibles that became common at the end of the century.
The gilding on the edges is still vibrant, and has some of the
earliest examples of color printing. Hills #1699.
This Bible was rebound in a flexible, vinyl binding sometime
during the 20th century. This did its job in keeping the pages
inside undamaged. The pages are heavily foxed because of
the quality of the paper used.
There is a large amount of recent ephemera from Oklahoma
and Florida, including a jewelry warranty, life insurance denial, and
a tabloid account of the lost papers of Jesus. Not all of these
are digitized below. This Bible was apparently in the possession of
Laura Douglas of Waldo Florida as recently as 1999.
Simeon, Martha and family are shown with a large group of
children (~45) in the 1860 census. He is the superintendent of the
Bethesda Orphan School in White Bluff, Chatham County,
Georgia (near Savannah). He was born in New Jersey and Martha
was born in South Carolina according to the census record.
Simeon might have been the director there during the trying
War days. The school had an interesting history during the war,
and I would like to know about his participation there.
Transcribed by and in the possession of Tracy St. Claire,
[Page One -- Marriages]
Simeon Y. Murphy & Rebecca Mooney were married March 6th
Simeon Y. Murphy & M. A. E. Airs, were married May 28th 1843.
Henry D. Murphy & Mrs. Laura J. Nasworthy were married January
Henry D. Murphy & Mattie S. Jourdan were married Dec 13 1881
J Ridgeway Murphy & Belle T. Tarver were married Oct 2 1877
G Whitefield Murphy & Rosa B. Johnson were married [blank]
James R. Wilkerson & C. A. L. Murphy were married Aug 23 1892
[Page Two -- Births]
Simeon Y. Murphy, son of John & Elizabeth Murphy, was born
February 20th 1814.
Rebecca Mooney, daughter of Joseph & Elizabeth Mooney, was
born March 4th, 1817.
Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of Simeon & Rebecca Murphy, was
December 28th 1835.
Henry Davis, son of Simeon & Rebecca Murphy, was born November
John Ross, son of Simeon & Rebecca Murphy, was born Febuary
Wollar H. N., son of Simeon & Martha, Murphy, was born March
Charles L. Powers, Son of Simeon & Martha, Murphy, was born
December 7th, 1846. [written over 1845].
[Page Three -- Reverse of Page Two]
John Ridgeway, Son of Simeon & Martha Murphy, was born Aug.
Joseph James, son of Simeon & Martha Murphy, was born May
George W. Whitefield, Son of Simeon & Martha Murphy, was
Sep. 18th 1852.
Caroline A. Landershin, daughter of Simeon & Martha Murphy,
born Nov 1st 1854.
Theodore Fay, Son of Simeon & Martha Murphy, was born, Sep.
James R. son of James R. and Frances Wilkerson was born Nov.
[Page Four -- Deaths]
Rebecca Murphy departed this life Aug. 25th 1840. Aged 23 yrs
John Ross departed this life Nov 7th 1841 Aged 8 mo. 17 days
[sic, doesn't match birth date]
Charles David Powers, departed this life Aug. 19th 1846. Aged
8 mo. 12 days.
Theodore Fay, departed this life July 1st 1858. Aged 1y. 9m. 3d.
Wollar H. W. Murphy departed this life January 7th 1865 aged
9m 8d. "Blessed are the dead, who die in the Lord."
Joseph James, son of Simeon & Martha departed this life Sept 25 1866
John Ridgeway, son of Simen [sic] & Martha Murphy departed
[sic] Nov. 30 1894
Sarah E., daughter of Simeon & Rebecca Murphy departed this
April 18, 1888
Martha A. E. wife of Simeon Murphy departed this life March
age 75y 11m 19d
Simeon Z [sic] Murphy departed this life Oct. 18. 95
G. Whitefield son of Simeon & Martha Murphy departed this
May 8 1910
[Page Five -- Reverse of Page Four]
Henry Davis son of Simeon & Rebecca Murphy departed this
4, 1918 aged 81 years 9 month "Blessed are the dead, who die in the
James R. Wilkerson husband of Carrie A. L. Murphy departed this
Oct 19 1920