Whiteside County IL Biographies


Robert R. Murphy, farmer, Garden Plain Township, was born Feb. 14, 1836, in Adams Co. Ohio. His parents removed in 1852 to Whiteside County. He was then 16 years of age, and he resided with them until his marriage. Eliza J. Armstrong became his wife, March 9, 1859. She was born Oct. 8, 1835 in Franklin Co. PA and died in Garden Plain Twp. in 1878. She left five children, namely; Adie married E.A. Harrington and they live at LaMoille; D. Edgar is a resident in Ustick Twp.; Samuel, Bertha and Frances M. are the names of the three youngest in order of birth. Mr. Murphy was married a second time to Lorinda Casselman, March 25, 1880. She was born in Jefferson Co., N.Y.

At the time of his first marriage, he located on 80 acres of land on section 27, since which time he has been occupied continuously in its improvement. A new dwelling has been erected on the place, in addition to the pursuits common to mixed husbandry, Mr. Murphy has been for some years interested in the cultivation of small fruit, including grapes, cherries and apples. He is also the owner of a fine apiary, comprising 85 colonies of bees. In 1880 he embarked in the creamery business, in which he is operating with success.

Mr. Murphy is reaping the reward of his industry frugality and thrift, and is a valuable citizen in his township.

Portraits & Biographical Whiteside County IL 1885

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