Murphy Reece – Tombstone Inscriptions


Reece, Murphy
Section 20
ID # 200109
Photograph for
replacement tombstone
#200152 is listed below

Murphy Reece

Inscription worn away

U.S. Census 1850
Davidson County, TN.
Murphy Reese 66 head of household
Rebecca Reese 50
Margaret H, 15 & Wm. G., 23

1908 Plat: Reese (faint)
       Section 20 WP Lot 19
       Lot owner: Birchett/Burgess
Lot Card: Section 20 WP Lot 19
       Purchased by Birchett
       “Reese” shown at gravesite
       near border of Central avenue
Interment Book: June 25, 1854
       Murphy Reece 66 Years old
       Male White Died of Cholera
       Central (avenue)

Tennessee Deaths 1874-1955
Died July 20, 1887 Nashville
Rebecca Reese 90 Years
Buried at City Cemetery [Error]

  • Not listed in City Cemetery Interment Books
  • Buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery
    Section 4 Lot 55

No Tombstone identified for
Murphy Reece in 1908 Survey

In 2014, headstone & footstone for
Murphy Reece located by the City
Cemetery Interment location and
Lot Card information.

Survey Report: 10-3-2014

Replacement Tombstone
ID # 200152

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Erected 2014

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Murphy Reece

Born Abt 1781, Wake County, North Carolina
Died 22 June 1854, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee
Buried Nashville City Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee

War of 1812 Veteran

Private, 2nd Regiment (Colonel William Higgins), Tennessee Mounted Volunteers.
He served under Captains John Hill and Joseph Kirkpatrick.

Private, 24th U.S. Infantry (Tennessee) Serving under Captain Jones.

Murphy Reece enlisted October 1814 (Wilson County TN) at the age of 33, for a period of 5 years, under Captain Jones. He was discharged (inability/disabled) on 10 July 1816. Murphy filed for an invalid/disabled pension in July of 1850 and his service records were proven. He died 4 years later from cholera at the age of 73.

Marsha Hardy Fagnani
4th Great Granddaughter
June 2014

In files; NARA military scanned records and documents (
Tennessee State Library and Archives; Regimental Histories of Tennessee Units During the War of 1812, Prepared by Tom Kanon, TSLA.
Fletch Coke, (interment records and burial location June 2014).

Pension Records
Widow’s Original, WO #490
Widow’s Certificate, WC #6590
Rebecca Rowland Reece, Widow of Murphy Reece