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First Name: Timothy

Last Name: Murphy


Gender: Male

Branch: Continental Army (1775 - 1784)

Date of Birth: 1751

Date of Death: 27 June 1818

Rank: Private

Years Served:
Timothy Murphy

•  Revolutionary War (1775 - 1783)


Timothy Murphy
Private, Continental Army

Timothy Murphy was born in 1751.

Murphy was a sharpshooter and the owner of one of the first double-barreled rifles. As a member of Morgan's Rifle Corps, he fired the shot which killed British General Simon Fraser at the Battle of Saratoga on 7 October 1777. This deprived the English of leadership during this crucial battle which was the turning point of the Revolution. He also fought at the Battle of Monmouth, NJ.

While stationed at Middle Fort, Schoharie County, NY, on 17 October 1780, Murphy's bravery resulted in repelling the British and their Indian allies. This saved the Colonists of the Schoharie Valley. Historic markers about his legendary exploits against the British and the Indians abound throughout central New York.

Death and Burial

Timothy Murphy died on 27 June 1818 in Middleburgh, NY. He is buried at Middleburgh Cemetery in Middleburgh.

Honoree ID: 2890   Created by: MHOH




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