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Donita Hortillosa recalls midwife Sophia Ellen Simmons Murphy
She was writer's great grandmother and was a midwife in the Fairplay area. She was born in Jamestown, KY, and was the aunt of Dr. Simmons of Greensburg
Comments re article 68485 Query Wants to know about Fairplay KY area midwife 1930s
By Donita Hortillosa
Sophia Ellen Simmons Murphy was my great grandmother.
She was a midwife in the Fairplay area for many, many years and delivered a large number of children in that area.
I am told she was not quite five feet tall, but thought nothing of getting on her horse with a lantern in the middle of the night to go and deliver a baby.
I remember as a child seeing books with the names for registry of the children she had delivered.
She was a Simmons from Jamestown, where she had taught school prior to marriage.
She was the aunt of Dr. Simmons in Greensburg.
The only relation to Nola Brummett Loy that I am aware is through her granddaughter, my mother, Sophia Alline Murphy Loy.
My dad was the son of George Loy and a nephew of Elmer Loy, Nola's husband.
I will try and send a picture of Sophia Murphy later. I hope this helps. --Donita Hortillosa
This story was posted on 2014-07-13 08:41:32
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