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Our Genealogy Helper for Murphy ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Murphy (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Murphy. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Murphy is located in Jasper County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jasper County: Mahaska, Marion, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Story & Tama.

Below are the counties that are near Murphy. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Murphy:

  DirDistance
Jasper     (The home county for Murphy)
  Newton   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Killduff   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Kellogg   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Lambs Grove   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Reasnor   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Galesburg   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Oakland Acres   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Sully   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Metz   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Lynnville   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Monroe   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Goddard   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Baxter   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
 
Benton
  Belle Plaine   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Irving   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Grundy
  Beaman   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Conrad   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Hardin
  Union   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Iowa
  Victor   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Keokuk
  Gibson   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Thornburg   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  What Cheer   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Aurora   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Keswick   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Delta   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Mahaska
  Peoria   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Taintor   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  New Sharon   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Olivet   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lacey   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Leighton   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Union Mills   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Fishville   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Evans   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Barnes City   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Beacon   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Oskaloosa   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  University Park   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Marion
  Otley   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Pella   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Swan   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Knoxville   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Pleasantville   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Tracy   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Pershing   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Attica   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bussey   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Indiana   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Marysville   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Melcher-Dallas   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Marshall
  Laurel   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Gilman   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Haverhill   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Ferguson   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Melbourne   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rhodes   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  LaMoille   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Le Grand   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Marshalltown   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  State Center   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Albion   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Clemons   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Monroe
  Lovilia   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Polk
  Mitchellville   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Runnells   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Altoona   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bondurant   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Pleasant Hill   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Berwick   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Country Estate Village   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Elkhart   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ankeny   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Des Moines   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Saylorville   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Alleman   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Johnston   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Poweshiek
  Searsboro   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Grinnell   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Malcom   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Montezuma   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Sheridan   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Brooklyn   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Deep River   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Guernsey   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hartwick   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Story
  Collins   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Maxwell   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Iowa Center   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Colo   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cambridge   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Fernald   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Nevada   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Shipley   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Huxley   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Midvale   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Zearing   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Sheldahl   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Slater   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Tama
  Montour   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Tama   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Toledo   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gladstone   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Garwin   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Chelsea   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Vining   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Gladbrook   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Wapello
  Eddyville   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Warren
  Hartford   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Palmyra   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Carlisle   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Sandyville   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ackworth   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Milo   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Indianola   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lacona   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Spring Hill   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lakewood   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Norwalk   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Murphy, see our County-by-County Page for Murphy.

Cemeteries Near Murphy ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Murphy.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a Google map will open showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery or some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Murphy covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Jasper County Burying Ground   [Map]     
  N Slagel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Adamson Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Livingston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Memorial Park   [Map]     
  W Palo Alto Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Saums Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Antle Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Center Friends Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Hewitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Our Silent City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old German Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Newton Union Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Pleasant Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Andrews Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Rushville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Moffitt Family Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Sully Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wittemberg Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sugar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mound Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fairview Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Dearinger Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Swans Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rock Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Linder Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N German Society Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Dowler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Zoar Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kleins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dairygrove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sugar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE West Westfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mormon Grave   [Map]     
  W Rorabaugh Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Murphy ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 49 newspapers that have been published in the area around Murphy.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Murphy, there are papers which were published within 31 miles [49.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Murphy.

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Murphy had a post office and railroad service.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Murphy, with the one closest to Murphy listed first.

Killduff   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Murphy
 - Killduff had a post office and no railroad service
 
Newton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Murphy
 - 1895 population of 2,564 people (with 15,209 people in 2018)
 - Newton had a post office and railroad service
 
Coal Siding - Historic   [Map]
 - While Coal Siding was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Murphy
 - Coal Siding had railroad service and no post office
 
Kellogg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Murphy
 - 1895 population of 700 people (with 592 people in 2018)
 - Kellogg had a post office and railroad service
 
Reasnor   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Murphy
 - 1895 population of 128 people (with 155 people in 2018)
 - Reasnor had a post office and railroad service
 
Galesburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Murphy
 - 1895 population of 289 people
 - Galesburg had a post office and no railroad service
 
Sully   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Murphy
 - Sully had a post office and railroad service
 
Metz   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Murphy
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Metz had a post office and railroad service
 
Monroe   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Murphy
 - 1895 population of 952 people (with 1,874 people in 2018)
 - Monroe had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Murphy. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Murphy in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Murphy:

These websites are specific to Iowa:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //iowaculture.gov/history/

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Iowa to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Jasper County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Benton County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Grundy County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Hardin County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Iowa County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Keokuk County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Mahaska County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Marion County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Marshall County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Monroe County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Polk County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Poweshiek County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Story County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Tama County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Wapello County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Warren County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Jasper County
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Iowa
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Iowa
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   Cemeteries for Iowa, for Jasper County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Iowa

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Murphy ...

While our initial data about Murphy came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Murphy in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Murphy.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Murphy:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

The GNIS database contains an entry for Murphy. See our Misc Page for Murphy for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Iowa

About Jasper County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Murphy. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Iowa: https://www.iowa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Murphy) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Murphy. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.6583, Longitude: -92.9738     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Murphy have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.

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<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Murphy, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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