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Middleburgh in Schoharie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Timothy Murphy

1751 - 1818

— Revolutionary War Hero, Patriot, Farmer —

Timothy Murphy Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, February 2, 2020
1. Timothy Murphy Marker
Through its production of food and grain, the Schoharie Valley played a vital role during the American Revolution. Feeding troops in the Continental Army, the area became known as "The Breadbasket of the American Revolution.” It is also known as the site of the home and burial ground of a key figure in the American Revolutionary War – Timothy Murphy.

Timothy Murphy, born in New Jersey in 1751 to Irish immigrants, moved with his family to Pennsylvania where he honed his skills as a marksman, sporting a unique double barreled rifle. Nicknamed "Sure Shot Tim,” Murphy became a member of the prestigious “Morgan Rifles” at the onset of the war. Murphy is reputed to have fired the shot which killed British General Simon Fraser at the Battle of Saratoga, October 7, 1777. This action turned the tide of the Revolutionary War in favor of the Colonists. Three years later, as a member of the militia, Murphy was deployed to Schoharie County to protect farms and settlements. In October, 1780, Murphy, with a 200 man garrison, fiercely defended “Middlefort” against a combined force of over 1,000 British
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regulars, Hessians, Loyalists and Indians, led by loyalist Sir John Johnson and Mohawk Chief Joseph Brant.

During the war, Timothy Murphy eloped with Peggy Feeck, the daughter of a wealthy farmer. They survived the war and raised nine children. Upon her passing, Murphy married Mary Robertson of South Worcester, April 22, 1810, and raised four more children. Murphy farmed in Schoharie Valley, built a mill, acquired additional parcels of land and participated in local politics. He died in 1818 at the age of 67 and was buried at the family site in Fultonham, along State Route 30.

In 1872, Murphy's body was moved to a new cemetery in Middleburgh, and there in 1910, a suitable monument was erected. In 1913, a similar monument was erected in the Saratoga Battlefield at the site of Murphy's lethal shot to General Fraser. In 2014, a stone monument from a local quarry was erected in the newly designated Timothy Murphy Park, appropriately situated along State Route 30, officially designated by the State of New York as "The Timothy Murphy Trail."

The Village of Middleburgh's Timothy Murphy Park, the American Legion Timothy Murphy Post # 248, the Timothy Murphy Playhouse and the Timothy Murphy 5K Run are examples of the many tributes to the local, Revolutionary War hero - Timothy Murphy.

Drawing Caption: Artist Jonathan Stasko, who
Timothy Murphy Plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, February 2, 2020
2. Timothy Murphy Plaque
Timothy Murphy
1751 - 1818
specializes in historic renderings, contributed his tμme and talent to this rendering of Timothy Murphy from which the bronze plaque was configured.

Monument Credits Artist - Jonathan Stasko • Architect - James Lagone • Historical Research - Bonnie Morton • Historical References - Middleburgh Library • Bronze Plaque - McFee Memorials • Monument - Cobleskill Stone Products • Pavers - Cherry Valley Memorials • Contractor - Douglas Stinson • Installation - Supt. Dale Nunamann, Dept. of Public Works • Kiosk - Hopewell Manufacturing Inc

Village Board 2014 – 2015 Matthew Avitabile, Mayor • Trustees: Sheryl Adams • Lillian Bruno • William Morton • Robert Tinker • Thomas Gruning

Patriots - $1,000 or more
Anonymous - $1,776 • NBT Bank
Soldiers - $500 to $999
Carver Laraway • William and Bonnie Morton • Herb and Mary O'Brien - Keesville, NY
Farmers - $100 to $499
Empire State (NY) Chapter Sons of the American Revolution • Middleburgh Historical Society • American Legion Timothy Murphy Post # 248 • Timothy Murphy Society Children of the American Revolution • Schoharie Leatherstocking Chapter Sons of the American Revolution • Margaret Bliss • George L. Diamond • Raynor B. Duncombe • Frank Herodes and Lynne Shaylor • Roy J. Korn • McInterney Family • Joseph K. Rossi
Timothy Murphy Marker and Plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, February 2, 2020
3. Timothy Murphy Marker and Plaque
• Mark and Patty Wainwright
Erected 2014.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is April 22, 1810.
Location. 42° 35.894′ N, 74° 20.337′ W. Marker is in Middleburgh, New York, in Schoharie County. Marker can be reached from New York State Route 30, 0.1 miles south of New York State Route 145, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Middleburgh NY 12122, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Weiser's Dorf (approx. 0.3 miles away); 1st Reformed Church (approx. half a mile away); Site of Middle Fort (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Site of Middle Fort (approx. half a mile away); Hon. Jonathan Danforth Home (approx. 0.8 miles away); Indian Village (approx. one mile away); Burial Place (approx. 1.1 miles away); Smoke Generator (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middleburgh.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 3, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 697 times since then and 162 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 3, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.   2, 3. submitted on February 4, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 11, 2023