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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


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Midwife Sophia Ellen Murphy and family, ca 1939 or 1940



2014-07-13 - Fairplay, KY - Photo from collection of Donita Loy Hortillosa. Sophia Ellen Murphy. In the photo with her is husband Andrew, standing in front of her is her grandson Stanley Murphy and next to him is her great-grandson Charles Cooper. She also delivered both these children. I am unsure of the date, but my best guesstimate is around 1939 or 1940, which places her somewhere around 77 or 78 years old. There is also a large wedding picture of this couple which hangs in Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast, which is owned by my cousin, Linda Lewis. - Donita Loy Hortillosa
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