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William Murphy MATHENY
Rebecca __?__
Julia Ann STROOPE
Husband:  William MATHENY
Birth:  1834/5, AL
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  William MATHENY (1798-1876)
Mother:  Matilda Ann MURPHY (1805-1866)
Marriage-1:  21 Mar 1854, Jackson Co., AL
Wife-1:  Rebecca __?__
Birth:  1842/3, AL
Death:  1860-66, presumably in Clark Co., AR
Occupation:  homemaker
Marriage-2:  2 Sep 1866, Clark Co., AR
Wife-2:  Julia Ann STROOPE
Birth:  16 Aug 1844, Clark Co., AR
Death:  1875, presumably in Clark Co., AR
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  William Hopson STROOPE
Mother:  Delphia TRAMMEL
Child with Rebecca born in AR:
1.  Sarah "Sallie" MATHENY, b. 1863/4
Children with Julia Ann STROOPE born in Clark Co., AR:
2.  Maud MATHENY, b. 1866/7
3.  Billie MATHENY, b. Feb 1872
4.  Isabella MATHENY, b. 1873/4
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, Alabama, Arkansas

Sources:

1.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Murphy MATHENY
Spouse: Rebecca ROSS
Marriage: 21 Mar 1854, Jackson, Alabama
Source: Marriage Records, 1861-1929. Jackson County (Alabama). Judge of Probate
W. M. MATHEY
Spouse: Julia STROOP
Marriage: 02 Sep 1866, Clark, Arkansas
Source: Marriage Records, 1818-1970. Clark County (Arkansas). County Clerk
I would take Murphy MATHENY to be our subject, but for the youth of Rebecca in the 1860 census, or is her age in the 1860 census incorrect?

2.  1860 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #15 of 16):  Arkadelphia P.O., City of Arkadelphia, Clark Co., AR, Roll M653_39, p. 79B, PN 28, 192/193, enumerated 16 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Wm Mathenia 26 M   Waggoner 450 320 Ala
Rebeca  " 17 F         "

3.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #16 of 19):  Spoonville P.O., Greenville Twp., Clark Co., AR, Roll M593_49, p. 288B, PN 16, 121/121, enumerated 2 Sep 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Matheny William 35 M W Farmer 1700   Alabama
   "    Julia 24 F W Keeping House     Arkansas
   "    Sallie  6 F W At Home     Arkansas
   "    Maud  3 F W "   "      Arkansas
Stroop Delphia 60 F W Superanuated     Georgia
Delphia STROOP is Julia's widowed mother.

4.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #14 of 55):  Hollywood, Clark Co., AR, Roll T9_40, p. 406B, PN 14, SD 2, ED 31, enumerated 7 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 11 13 21 24 25 26
113 112 Mathany William M W M 47     / Huckster   AL    
    _______ Sarah W F 14 Dau /   Keeping house   AR AL MO
    _______ Maud W F 12 Dau /   attending school / AR AL AR
    _______ Billie W F  8 Dau     attending school / AR AL AR
    _______ Isabella W F  6 Dau     attending school / AR AL AR
There was a name written for the third daughter, then "Billie" was written over it.  My guess is that the daughter is named Delphia and that her nickname is Dellie/Dillie, which has thrown the enumerator.

5.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

6.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3 of 10):  Mazarn Twp., Montgomery Co., AR, Roll T623_69, p. 25A, SN 2, SD 5, ED 130, enumerated 4 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
27 27 Stroope John H Head W M Dec 1848 51 M 25     AR GA GA Farmer 0   Y Y Y O F F 26
    _______ Mary M Wife W F Feb 1858 42 M 25 0 0 AR TN TN       Y Y Y        
    Pennington Dous I/J Niece W F Jul 1879 20 S       AR Unk TN     3 Y Y Y        
    Matheny Billie Niece W F Feb 1872 28 S       AR AL AR       Y Y Y        

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