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Childs / Galyen Family

The Childs family came from Lutterworth, Leicestershire, England. The father, Daniel Childs, died in England in 1838. Daniel owned a shoe shop in Leicester. His son, Edwin, past down the information that his father made shoes for queen Victoria and her court. The mother was Ann Talbot. I found in tracing her ancestors that she was related to the royal Plantagenet family of England. After Daniel?s death she married Thomas Burbidge a business partner of her husband?s. In 1842 Thomas, Ann, and her two younger sons?, Richard and Edwin came to America. Her three older children Isaac, Daniel Jr., and Mary Ann had come to the New York area shortly after their father died. After spending a few years in New York State, they moved to Wisconsin with Mary Ann and her husband Marsden Craw and their family. Richard stayed in New York. Edwin, Marsden and Marsden?s son, joined the Union army and in the first battle, Marsden?s son was killed and Marsden was taken captive, Edwin continued with his unit until the end of the war. When Edwin returned to Wisconsin he married Inez Robbins. After their marriage they moved to Minnesota and then on to Antelope Co., Nebraska, were they built this small three-room cabin in the picture. They remained in Antelope Co. the rest of their lives. Edwin and Inez youngest son Richard was my grandfather. Richard married Martha Ennis Galyen in 1917. Martha Galyen was the daughter of James Mitchell Galyen and Lucy Jane Murphy. Martha was born in Grayson Co., Virginia. She came to Nebraska with her family in about 1905. James Mitchell was from a very large family. His grandfather had 22 children. James Mitchell?s father was the son of Shadrick Galyean?s first wife Mahalia Rector. After Mahalia died Shadrick married Edna Rutha Lowe, at about the same time James Mitchell?s father James Galyean married Edna Rutha Lowe?s sister, Martha Matilda Lowe. In researching the Lowe family I found Edna Rutha and Martha Matilda?s mother was half Indian. Shadrick, Edna Rutha and several of their children moved to Arkansas right after the 1850 Census. As you can guess Martha Galyen?s mother was mostly Irish. Her great great grandfather was Timothy Murphey from Dublin Ireland. On his grave stone is this inscription ?Timothy Murphey born 1745 in Dublin, Ireland. Revolutionary War Morgan?s Rifle Regiment.? If he was the Timothy Murphey that was a member of the Morgan Riffles, then it is possible that he was the Timothy that changed the course of the Revolutionary War.


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