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Zilpha Jane (Underwood) Mulvaney (abt. 1796 - abt. 1843)

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Zilpha Jane Mulvaney formerly Underwood
Born about in Sevier, Tennessee, United Statesmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in Knox County, Tennessee, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Marion County, Illinois, USAmap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 3 Oct 2011
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1796 Zilpha is born in Sevier County, Tennessee.[citation needed] However, one of her Find-a-Grave memorials gives her birth place as Surry County, North Carolina.[1]

1813 Zilpha married Christopher Mulvaney on 9 March in Knox County, Tennessee.[2]

1830 Zilpha and Christopher are living in Blount County, Tennessee.[3]

1840 Zilpha and Christopher continue to live in Blount County, Tennessee.[4]

1843 Zilpha passes away, possibly en route from Tennessee to Illinois as her family was relocating.[5] Her place of death in Marion County, Illinois comes from her Find-a-Grave memorial; however, no sources are cited there. According to that same memorial, she is buried in Marion County, Illinois.[1]

Research Notes

  • There are two Find-a-Grave entries for Zilpha and Christopher Mulvaney in Phillips Cemetery in Omega Township, Marion County, Illinois. The sign for that cemetery indicates that it was established in 1852, which was 10 years after Zilpha passed away. Also, her headstone does not indicate a date of death, but one memorial gives a date of death of 1842; the other 1850. They also both give her birthplace as Surry County, North Carolina rather than Sevier County, Tennessee. Neither identifies a source for the information. So, we are back to wondering when and where she died. I will send a note to the creator of the memorial for more information. -- Fiscus-32 12:35, 23 March 2015 (EDT) [6][1] One of the memorials on Find-a-Grave gives Zilpha and Christopher's children as:
  1. Matilda Mulvany Stansbury (1813 - 1882)*
  2. George Washington Mulvany (1815 - 1881)*
  3. Malinda Mulvany Crutchfield (1817 - 1869)*
  4. Henry Mulvany (1821 - 1894)*
  5. John Wesley Mulvany (1824 - 1885)*
  6. Hiram Mulvaney (1824 - ____)*
  7. Sarah Mulvany Combs (1825 - ____)*
  8. Christopher Mulvany (1826 - 1900)*
  9. Ira C. Mulvany (1832 - 1872)*
  10. Jessie Fletcher Mulvany (1834 - 1913)*
  • The information I had on her originally said that she died in Jefferson County, Iowa, but a source was never provided. According to Erik Frette, whose wife is a direct descendant, Zilpha died as her family was moving from Tennessee to Illinois. I'm deleting her place of death until I am able to find more information. -- Fiscus-32 15:00, 11 January 2017 (EST)
  • "We have no record of Zilpha after the birth of her last child, Mary Elvira. It has been said that Zilpha died on the way, yet another story is that Christopher came to Omega Twp. Illinois with his wife and eleven children. We do know the trip was made in a covered wagon pulled by two oxen, Buck and Jerry..."[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Zilpha Jane Underwood Mulvany (1795-1850) on Find A Grave: Memorial #39110076 retrieved 9 November 2018
  2. "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 12 April 2016), Christopher Mulvaney and Zilpha Underwood, 09 Mar 1813; citing Knox, Tennessee, United States, Marriage, p. 15, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville and county clerk offices from various counties; FHL microfilm 1,020,951.
  3. See Christopher's profile for a breakdown of this census.
  4. See Christopher's profile for a breakdown of this census.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Kilmer, Phyllis B; Kilmer, H A. Mulvany migration in N. America from the land of the shamrock. Clovis, New Mexico : P.B. & H.A. Kilmer, ©1983. Worldcat listing; available at Allen County Public Library and others; page 38
  6. Zilpha Jane Underwood Mulvaney (1795-1842) on Find A Grave: Memorial # 94617089 retrieved 9 November 2018

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On 6 Dec 2018 at 23:04 GMT Julie (Fiscus) Ricketts wrote:

Underwood-5047 and Underwood-650 appear to represent the same person because: Same dates; same husband; two duplicated children

Zilpha is 17 degrees from Jim Angelo, 17 degrees from Willis Carrier and 15 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.