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Collection Number: 03400-z

Collection Title: John Henry Murphy Papers, 1861-1871.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 14 items
Abstract John Henry Murphy (1824-1889) was a resident of New Hanover (now Pender) County, N.C. The collection includes miscellaneous papers of Murphy consisting chiefly of items relating to David Gurganious and his estate, of which Murphy was administrator. There are five letters, 1862, from Gurganious while he was serving with the 51st North Carolina Regiment at James Island, S.C., mainly concerned with affairs at home. Also included are family letters, tax returns, and vouchers from the Murphy family and Wright family.
Creator Murphy, John Henry, 1824-1889.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the John Henry Murphy Papers, #3400-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. Paul Murphy of Lowell, N.C., November 1958.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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John Henry Murphy (1824-1889) of New Hanover (now Pender) County, N.C., was the sixth child of Cornelius Murphy. He married Elizabeth Catherine (Kate) Wright (1836-1879), and they had five children. He at one time acted as the administrator of the estate of David Gurganious (died 1863), an officer in the 51st North Carolina Regiment, Confederate Army.

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The collection includes miscellaneous papers of John Henry Murphy, consisting chiefly of items relating to David Gurganious and his estate. There are five letters, 1862, from Gurganious while he was serving with the 51st North Carolina Regiment at James Island, S.C., mainly concerned with affairs at home. Also included are family letters, tax returns, and vouchers from the Murphy and Wright families. There is one letter, 1865, from J. C. Wright of the 46th North Carolina Regiment to his mother commenting on presidential peace efforts, conscription of freed slaves, and the exchange of prisoners. Also, one letter, 1871, to John Henry Murphy commenting on the impeachment of North Carolina Governor William Holden.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, March 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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