Maggie Murph

Sharon, also known as Maggie Murph and as Murph, is on Everett Branch just north of State Highway 64 and two miles east of Chapel Hill in southeastern Smith County. It is located on the line between the Thomas P. Payne and Wiley J. Parckman surveys and was originally called Maggie Murph after the Maggie Murph School. The 1936 county highway map showed the Maggie Murph community with a school, a church, a cemetery, three businesses, and a cluster of farms along the highway and a dirt road. The school at that time offered grades one through nine and had four teachers and 138 White pupils; the seventy-nine Black children of school age in the area were not enrolled. The East Texas oil boom reached Murph in the 1940s, and the extensive Chapel Hill oilfield soon surrounded the community. In 1941 voters elected to merge the Maggie Murph school with the Bascom district, and by 1952 it had been consolidated into the Chapel Hill Independent School District along with other local rural schools. A 1965 map did not designate Murph, but instead showed the community of Sharon at the site. In 1972 it consisted of Sharon Church and a few scattered farms. Sharon was still shown on the 1981 county highway map.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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