Davis, NC Historic Homes

Francis and Missouri Willis Murphy Home

Francis Murphy home and 1932 Cadillac

Francis and Missouri were married on June 17, 1903, in a double wedding, along with Willie Willis and Sally Salter. The wedding was at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Britten presiding. The land on which their home stands was a gift from Missouri’s father Elijah Willis, Jr. and was a part of the Martin Ross Davis land. Martin Ross had borrowed $500.00 from the bank and before he could pay it off, he became ill and died. The land was offered for sale by the bank and was purchased by a south-bound sea captain from Connecticut, named Frisbie. Captain Frisbie, with his wife Helen and children aboard stopped at Davis to take on supplies. He liked the community and when he heard there was land for sale at a good price, he purchased the land and stayed at Davis. He and his family are buried at Davis in the Frisbie cemetery located next to the Francis Murphy home. Elijah Willis, Jr. bought some land from Capt. Frisbie and gave a parcel to his daughter Missouri when she married Francis Murphy. At about this time a ship named the “Rawlson” wrecked and washed ashore at theCape Lookout shoal. My father carried lumber from the wreck across the beach one piece at a time, and loaded iton a flat-bottomed barge, and with the help of the wind and tide, came through core sound and got it to Davis Shore. The lumber was then carried from the barge to the spot where Francis built his home on Core sound. It is a two-story frame house with screened porches, built of heart lumber, and solid as a rock. Aunt Carrie’s first husband, Joe Lane Lewis was in the Life Saving Service at the time of the wreck of the “Rawlson” and died shortly thereafter of pneumonia. He is buried at the Cape.

The Grice home, above, now stands where the Murphy home was.

Source: Once Upon A Time: Stories of Davis, North Carolina by Mabel Murphy Piner, 1979; pp. 46-47.

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