(1834-1852)« return to database list
Julia Murphy was the daughter and second child of Archibald Murphy, younger brother of Patrick Murphy, Esq., and his wife, Ann Meredith Murphy. Archibald Murphy and Ann Meredith Murphy appear to have remained on his father Robert Murphy's farm near Tomahawk, NC. Patrick Murphy had married the daughter of well-to-do William A. Faison (who was said to own 30,000 acres and 402 slaves), and it was a happy arrangement for Julia Murphy to accompany her first cousins, the twins Mary Bailey Murphy and Susan Moseley Murphy , to Mrs. Burwell's (Anna Robertson Burwell ) school in Hillsborough, NC. There was only a few months' difference in the girls' ages, and their Sampson County, NC backgrounds were similar.
Julia's name is listed in the Burwell School Catalogue of 1848-51 , and she arrived with her cousins in mid-July 1848 to enroll for the autumn session, which opened July 17. The preserved letters of the twins mention Julia who "sends her love" or goes "down street" with Sallie Grice (Sarah Grice ) and Amelia Faison (Mary Amelia Faison ). Presumably Julia remained at the school for two years as the Murphy twins planned to do.
Julia Murphy was born on November 12, 1834. She died on September 7, 1852.