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Samuel H. Murphy was born Nov. 6, 1851 and died December 1, 1908.

He joined the M. E. Church in the year 1872 and lived a Christian Life, a devoted husband and a kind father. Until death he was also a member of the Golden Cross Lodge. He was married to Nancy M. Collings March 27, 1873; to this union were born 9 children 5 boys and 4 girls and 15 grandchildren, all of whom survive him except one grandchild.

Funeral services were held at the Scottsburg M. E. Church by Rev. W. H. Tompson assisted by Rev. F. W. Davis and Rev. W. A. Matthews. The remains were interred in the Scottsburg cemetery.

Mrs. Nancy M. Murphy (Nancy Mason Collings) Dead

Mrs. Nancy M. Murphy, a pioneer of the county, died Thursday, Feb. 2 (1933) at the age of 79 years, 4 months and 26 days, after a lingering illness. She is survived by four sons, Hartwell Murphy and James Murphy, of Indianpolis, Homer Murphy, Wolcott, and Zebbie Murphy, Anderson, and three daughters, Mrs. Anna Mount, Noblesville, Mrs. Jessie Mount and Mrs. Jesse Comer, Scottsburg.

The funeral was held Sunday morning at the Scottsburg M. E. Church, with burial at the Scottsburg cemetery.

Mrs. Murphy was held in high esteem by all who knew her as a devoted christian and loving mother.

Those from a distance who attended the funeral of Mrs. Nancy Murphy were Homer Murphy and family, Wolcot, Ind., James Mount and family, Noblesville, Ind., Zebbie Murphy and Family, Dorothy Hermerickhouse, Anderson, Ind., James Murphy, Cora Hindebrook, Berta Hiborn (Hibner), Jennie Nunemaker, Ella Meadors, Warren Ray and Wife, Ed Merenda, all of Indianapolis, Dr. M. S. Mount and wife, Bloomfield, Ind., Grant Mount, Greencastle, Alma Mount, Laporte, Ind., Bessie Ruth Mount, Bloomington, Ind., Grant Dorris and wife, DeKalb, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Wess Jones, Lafayette, Ind., James Hougland, Coll Hougland and family, Leland Hougland, Mrs. Mae Hougland, Amos Hougland and wife, all of Franklin, Inc., Mrs. Alice McClellan and son, Von, Jane Hobson, Amos Ray and wife, all of Louisville, Ky., Dewey King and wife, New Albany, Ind., Mrs. Orval Smith and family, Sammy Davis, Crothersville, Ind., Lee Murphy and wife, Rockville, Mrs. Rhoda Cook, Bloomingdale, Ind., and Mrs. Laura Cook, Montezuma, Ind.

Nancy M. Murphy, daughter of Zebulan and Debbie Collins, was born in Scott County, Indiana, Sept. 6, 1853 and died Feb. 2, 1933 at the age of 79 years, 4 months, 26 days.

Her parents were pioneers in Scott County and were descendants of some of those who lost their lives in the historical Pigeon Roost Massacre. There were nine children born to the Collins Family and at the death of Mrs. Murphy there is but one left, Mrs. Jennie Shields of Scott County, Indiana.

On March 27th 1873 Mrs. Murphy was married to Samuel H. Murphy and immediately they builded a house and established a home on their farm located in Scott County, which they occupied until circumstances compelled their departure therefrom. Nine children were born to this couple; they are Mrs. Anna Mount, of Noblesville, Hartwell and James of Indianapolis, Mrs. Jessie Mount and Mrs. Maggie Comer, of Scottsburg, Homer of Wolcott, and Zebbie of Anderson. Mrs. Mattie Davis and Amos preceded her in death. In addition to these she became the adopted mother of Grant Davis who was left an orphan at the age of 10.

Mr. Murphy died 24 years ago, and 13 years ago Mrs. Murphy consented to leave the farm and she has made her home with her daughter Maggie ever since, visiting among her other children as she desired. She was visiting her daughter Jessie when taken ill and remained there until death took her away.

Her father was a pioneer preacher in the M. E. Church and true to her teaching Mrs. Murphy became a member of the church at the early age of thirteen and she never wavered in her faith in God or her love for His Son. Christ was the chief corner stone in which her home was established. Love and Prayer seemed to beam from her countenance and flow with every breath she breathed. Even in the stillness of death Peace and Contentment seems to rest upon her face and smile to play upon her lips; and one can almost hear her say "I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day." As the last hour was approaching and Death like a pall was falling over her loves ones, she whispered "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness" and she attempted to sing "Oh Come Angel Band."

Her many relatives and friends have everything to fare-well upon and may well think of her in the same relationship tho she has passed through The Valley of the Shadow of Death.