I found out that the name "Patty" is also often referred to as "Martha" or "Polly". This was news to me... I think I recall seeing Martha somewhere in the Murfree Family Papers at the University of NC in the stuff with the picture of Robert E. Lee.... I'm going to go back by there either tomorrow or Monday to check it... I'll make some copies and will post some excerpts on this blog soon... Stay tuned...
Anyways, today I went back to the archives in Raleigh and had some MAJOR success!!! I found out who Patty Murfree's father and grandfather were! Before I explain further, let me review how these people are related to me...
My father is John Johnston.
His father is Harold Johnston.
His father was Harold Banks Johnston.
His mother was Mary Cabell Banks.
Her father was Hardy Murfree Banks (1831).
His father was Alexander M. Banks (1786).
His father was Benjamin W. Banks (1760- Rev. War Soldier) and his wife was Patty Murfree (1745?).
New Information: Patty Murfree's father was William Murfree II Junior (or in other words, he was William Murfree IV) born after 1715 and her mother was Mary Moore. He moved from the Isle of Wight/Nansemond area of Virginia to Northampton County, North Carolina, where he bought land in 1746.
Their children were (let me know if you'd like more information about these people's children/grandchildren because I have some additional information):
- William Murfree, born 1739
- James Murfree, born 1741
- Sarah Murfree, born 1743
- Patty Murfree, born 1745 (I am descended from Patty Murfree)
- Betty Murfree, born 1747
- Nancy Murfree, born 1749
- Col. Hardy Murfree, born 1752
William Murfrey was married three times and first appeared in the Isle of Wight County, Virginia in the latter part of the 1600's.
William Murfrey I's Wives
- Margaret Perkins, daugter of Edward Perkins
- Frances ___?___
- Sarah Holladay, daughter of Anthony Holladay and Mrs. Ann Brewer.
- William Murfrey II born before 1686 (his son was William Murffrey III)
- Margarett Murfrey born before Aug 1686
- Micaell Murfrey born before 1686
- John Murfrey
- Elizabeth Murfrey
- Elinor Murfrey
- Sarah Murfrey
Children of the Third Wife, Sarah Holladay:
- William Murfrey IV born 1715
- Katherine Murfrey
- Ann Murfrey