Conventions, Newsletters, References
MGA Convention 2019, Greenwood, Mississippi
Minutes Assembled by Randall E. Murphree, Acting Secretary of the MGA.
July 26th and July 27th
The 2019 Convention: Pictures and What We Did!
The MGA Board and General Meetings, July 2019
MGA Convention 2017, Grenada, Mississippi
An unofficial summary by Jim Young.
July 28th and July 29th
The convention focus this year was on Dennis Herron Murphree, Mississippi Governor and Lt Governor in the 1920s and 1940s. Convention events included a tour of Yalobusha and Calhoun County sites of Murphree significance. These included the house that Governor Murphree built in Pittsboro as a get-away from Jackson -- a place where he could return to his beloved Calhoun County and its people -- as well as Governor Murphree's grave site in Pittsboro.
Dennis Herron Murphree in 1927
Registration began at 9 AM on Friday at the Comfort Inn & Suites in the Conference Room. Computers and copies of research material, including a number of books written by the MGA Genealogist/Historian Bruce Jordan were available to consult. The MGA Board of Directors met in the afternoon to develop nominees for Board positions being vacated and for officer positions. The traditional Irish Night was held that evening in the Conference Room with a welcome from the Executive Director of Grenada Tourism, Gary Worsham; MGA Trivia and Information, by President Bobby Murphree; and entertainment by Mid-Life Crisis.
Registration continued on Saturday morning and the General Meeting, led by MGA Chairman of the Board Paul Milstead, convened, presented officer and Board reports, and voted on the nominees. After the General Meeting, an optional tour of Calhoun and Yalobusha County sites of Murphree interest began. For those not participating in the tour, genealogy research material continued to be available in the Conference Room.The tour began with a drive east from Grenada through Calhoun City and then north to the Calhoun County seat of Pittsboro, the home of Dennis Herron Murphree until he was elected Lieutenant Governor. He then moved to Jackson, the state capitol, but later built the small get-away house in Pittsboro that he loved to return to when he could.
The Convention concluded with the traditional MGA Banquet in the Conference Room on Saturday evening. President Bobby Murphree welcomed eveyone and Mike Murphree gave the invocation. Paul Milstead, the Chairman of the Executive Board, announced that Bobby Murphree would continue for two more years as the MGA President and that Bobby and Leo Murphree and other volunteers would organize the 2019 Convention which will be held in Greenwood, Mississippi.
The excellent dinner was catered by the Club House Restaurant. The after-dinner speaker was Robert Smith Murphree, grandson of Governor Dennis Murphree, who talked about his grandfather's life and political career, but also brought him to life through the stories and memories of those who were close to the Governor. Music was provided throughout the evening by Jazz Magic. There were drawings for a number of great gifts and the evening concluded with everyone singing Danny Boy. Photos were made of Murphree family groups, beginning with the David Murphree (youngest son of Daniel and Sarah) descendants since these were the most numerous.
The tour began with a drive east from Grenada through Calhoun City and then north to the Calhoun County seat of Pittsboro, the home of Dennis Herron Murphree until he was elected Lieutenant Governor. He then moved to Jackson, the state capitol, but later built a small get-away house in Pittsboro that he loved to return to when he could.
The house he built (left photo below) was donated to the Calhoun County Historical and Genealogical Society. He and his wife, Clara Martin Murphree, are buried in the Pittsboro Cemetery.
The tour continued to the Rocky Mount Baptist Church Cemetery (left photo) a few miles east of Pittsboro. This relatively remote cemetery is the burial place for many of the pioneer Murphrees in Calhoun County.
After stopping for lunch in Bruce, the tour headed back west into Yalobusha County stopping at the Airmount Cemetery where David Murphree, the youngest son of Daniel and Sarah Murphree, and his wife Jemima Cornelius Murphree are buried, before returning to the Convention hotel in Grenada.
MGA Convention 2015, Oneonta, Alabama
July 31st and August 1st
rom outgoing President Randall E. Murphree:
I want to thank everyone that attended our Murphree Genealogy Association Convention in Oneonta and assisted me in making it a great convention.
We had genealogy research all day Friday and Robin Sterling, noted author, spoke to us. Saturday we had our general membership meeting presided by our Chairman, Paul Milstead.
Following the meeting, we toured the Horton Mill Bridge, the highest covered bridge over water in the United States. We left there and went to Palisades Park and continued our tour of the Murphree Cabin as well as the Cornelius Cabin, the old Compton school house and looked over Murphree's Valley. We also visited the quilters that meet at the park on Saturdays.
I look forward to seeing you all in Oxford, Mississippi in two years.
MGA Convention 2013, Cullman, Alabama
July 26th and 27th
Unofficial Summary by Jim Young
he 2013 MGA Convention was held on July 26th and 27th in Cullman, Alabama, and was hosted by President Judy Dover. Registration, genealogy research, and business sessions were held at the Sleep Inn and Suites. The conference began with registration which continued throughout Friday and through noon on Saturday. An optional tour of the Cullman County Museum was available on Friday afternoon. Many of those who had arrived but who chose not to take the museum tour spent the afternoon visiting with each other and exchanging information about MGA members, other Murphree cousins, and their genealogical research.
An MGA board meeting, open to the general membership, was held in the late afternoon to discuss various items of interest. The cancellation of the previous convention created some issues which were discussed and a path to resolving those was approved. MGA Board and Officer vacancies were identified, nominees for these positions were discussed, and a slate of proposed candidates was selected for presentation at the general membership meeting to be held the following morning.
The general meeting on Saturday morning included several members who had been unable to attend the gathering on Friday. The proceedings of the Board meeting were discussed and the proposed slate of Board members and officers was presented to the general membership for consideration. The proposed slate was approved and the list of board members and officers is shown on the "About the MGA" page on this website. The general health of the organization was discussed and the importance of the bienniel conventions and especially the Murphree Newsletter to the Association was emphasized by many of the members. The location of future conventions was also thoughtfully considered in view of the general locations of the MGA membership and traveling considerations. Other topics included the need for an MGA website in addition to the MGA page on Mr. Charles Murphree's 'Murphree Homeplace' site.
An optional tour of the Ave Maria Grotto at the nearby St. Bernard Benedictine Abbey was available on Saturday afternoon. This three-acre site contains a display of miniature replicas of Biblical structures and world-famous buildings and was lovingly constructed by Brother Joseph Zoettl, a Benedictine monk of St. Bernard's, who devoted some 50 years to the project. It is being continued and maintained by the current caretaker who is seen in this picture of the MGA group pointing out a structure of interest.
The MGA Banquet was held on Saturday evening at the St. Bernard Abbey with an outstanding program organized by Judy Dover and her husband. The meal was excellent and the abbey grounds are beautiful. The main speaker for the evening was Robert Davis, head of the Wallace State Community College Library which includes an outstanding genealogy library. Mr. Davis' wife is a Murphree and his speech included interesting information about the early days of Cullman County and the role of Murphrees in it.
At the conclusion of the Banquet, the gavel was passed to the new MGA president, Randall Murphree, and the Convention was adjourned to meet again in two years.
8 Grandview Drive, Oneonta, AL 35121
Editor, Wiley Murphree
Click on this link to see the latest Murphree Newsletter:
Murphree Newsletter, January 2020
The June 2019 issue of the Murphree Newsletter
included the information that long-time MGA Genealogist and Historian,
Bruce Jordan has resigned as of July 2019 due to health issues. It also stated that Linda Jordan, Bruce's wife and the
Murphree Newsletter editor starting with the December 2007
edition, has also resigned as of July 2019. Bruce will continue to work on his genealogy when he is able and may be able
to contribute articles for the newsletter every now and then. Linda notes that, "It has been a pleasure for us to be part
of the MGA, to get to know such wonderful people, to learn about and contribue to information known about our Murphree
ancestors, and to share that information with others. May God bless you all."
The June 2019 issue of the Murphree Newsletter includes the following topics:
2019 MGA Convention Report
Obituary - Jerry Wayne Murphree
Obituary - James Fred "Murph" Murphree
Obituary - Ethleen Stricklin
Convention Registration Form Lodging and Map
Listing of MGA Directors and Officers
The December 2017 issue of the Murphree Newsletter includes the following topics:
Report on 2017 MGA Conference
Lt. William Thomas Ingram
Sarah Rebecca Syrene Murphree
Kinion Lockhart Murphree
Homer Elam Murphree
Obituary - Carmon Redman
Obituary - Dora Hoyle Quinn Murphree
Treasurer's Report 2017
The June 2017 issue of the Murphree Newsletter includes the following topics:
MGA Convention Report
Places to Visit in Grenada
History of Grenada
Dennis H. Murphree
David Murphree and Jemima Cornelius
Mill Owners - Moses Cornelius
James Blakely, Alvah Jones, Elijah Major
James Dickerson, Asa Murphree
John Henry Fendley
Places to Stay in Grenada
2017 Convention Registration Form
The December 2016 issue of the Murphree Newsletter includes the following topics:
MGA 2017 Conference Notice
Horton Mill Covered Bridge
Thurmon Marion Horton
Short History of Murphree Genealogy (Part 3)
Larry Glenn Smith
Chris Murphree Andrews
The June 2016 issue of the Murphree Newsletter includes the following topics:
MGA Conference Minutes
Family Group Pictures From 2015 Convention
Descendants of David Murphree and Jemima Cornelius
Descendants of Solomon Murphree and Sarah Ward
Descendants of Daniel Murphree, Jr. and Mary Bullard
Descendants of Levi Murphree
Descendants of William Murphree
How Did We Get To Blount County?
Stylish Murphree Ladies of HIckman Co., Tennessee
Short History of Murphree Genealogy (Part 2)
The December 2015 issue of the Murphree Newsletter includes the following topics:
Report on the 2015 MGA Conference
Loyd Community and Cemetery
Burnaman - Murphree Connection
Davis Andrew Murphree
Short History of Murphree Genealogy
MGA By-Laws and Amendments
Obituary - Glen Alfred Parker
The June 2015 issue of the Murphree Newsletter includes the following topics:
MGA Convention Report
Places to Visit in Oneonta
Jeremiah Ellis and Dicey Murphree
Lebanon Methodist Church and Cemetery
Transportation Woes in Hanceville
Places to Stay in Oneonta
MGA Convention Schedule
2015 Convention Registration Form
The December 2014 issue of the Murphree Newsletter includes the following topics:
2015 MGA Convention
Early History of Blount Co. Area
Settling of Murphree's Valley
Early Settlers of Murphree's Valley
Fictional Death of Alvin O. Dickson
Albert Alexander Murphree
The June 2014 issue of the Murphree Newsletter includes the following topics:
Comments from the Chairman
Comments from the President
The "Ineffable" First Murphree National Convention
Murphree Family History Recounted
Taking Advantage of Social Media: The Murphree Group and the MGA Website
Sarah Murphree and William Blythe
The December 2013 issue of the Murphree Newsletter includes the following topics:
Report on 2013 MGA Convention
Comments from the President
Wives of Solomon Murphree
Murphree Sisters Capture 3 Union Soldiers Re-Enacted
He's the 'Piano Doctor'
Dear Ruth Letter
Reference Material and Sites of Interest
1. The Murphree Homeplace is the excellent website by Charles Murphree.
2. The Murphree Group on Facebook
3. The official MGA Database (which can be downloaded to your computer.)
4. The Murphree Family Genealogy Forum.
5. THE MURPHREE ANCESTRY of Bill R. Linder of Kenedy, Karnes County, Texas. This is a large PDF file (578 pages, 80.2 MB), and it will take a while to download.
6. The Genealogy Resource Guide. This is a concise summary of what genealogy is, what it can do for us, and some of the main sources used today including some of those on the Internet.
7. How to Plan Genealogy Trips. This is a useful guide for planning trips to include genealogical research.