James C. Murray

James C. Murray

Male 1839 - 1911  (72 years)

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  • Name James C. Murray  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born 18 Jun 1839  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Died 01 Sep 1911  Wakeman, Huron County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6
    Buried 04 Sep 1911  St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Wakeman, Huron County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I37  Larry and Carole King Murray Tree
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2018 

    Father John Murray,   b. Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Mary Quinn,   b. Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Natural 
    Family ID F62  Group Sheet

    Family Catherine Guthrie,   b. 23 May 1846, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1919, Camden, Lorain County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 28 Apr 1862  [2
    Children 
     1. John B. Murray,   b. 12 Apr 1863, Wakeman, Huron County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1932, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     2. Mary Murray,   b. 17 Apr 1864, Wakeman, Huron County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1908, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     3. Margaret Murray,   b. 18 Jul 1865, Wakeman, Huron County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Dec 1917, Bellevue, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     4. Anna Murray,   b. 18 Jul 1865, Wakeman, Huron County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Jun 1927, Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     5. James Lawrence Murray,   b. 04 Jun 1867, Wakeman, Huron County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Apr 1958, Norwalk, Huron County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     6. Thomas Murray,   b. 04 Jun 1867, Wakeman, Huron County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Mar 1882, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 14 years)
     7. Catherine (Cassie) Murray,   b. 25 Jan 1873, Wakeman, Huron County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1944, Lorain, Lorain County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     8. Elnora A. Murray,   b. 02 Mar 1879, Wakeman, Huron County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Nov 1929, Camden, Lorain County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     9. Mathias Paul Murray,   b. 06 Jun 1881, Wakeman, Huron County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1973, Amherst, Lorain County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F48  Group Sheet

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    James C. Murray
    James C. Murray
    Murray family history was presented at the annual meeting of the Huron County (Ohio) Genealogical Society.
    Murray family history was presented at the annual meeting of the Huron County (Ohio) Genealogical Society.

  • Notes 
    • James Murray first arrived in the United States in May, 1858. He became a citizen of the United States on October 12, 1868. [Source: Huron County, OH, Declaration and Record of First Papers; Vol. 2 (1864 - 1875); p. 1510 ]

      The Murray family was mentioned in the History of St. Mary's Parish, Wakeman, Ohio: "St. Mary's founding family names, including some few who came later than the mid-century decade, marrying into founding families were as follows: Barry, Brennan, Broder, Burke, Cashman, Conry, Collins, Craghan, Donahoe, Dunn, Duggan, Dunbar, Fahey, Ford, Grady, Grogan, GUTHRIE, Healy, Higgins, Hogan, Hynes, Keveny, Kelly, Linehan, Langhan, Loughan, MURRAY, Mockler, Moroney, Nestor, Nohilly, QUINN, Raftery, Rooney, Shaughnessy, Shiel. There were all from Connacht, mostly Galway County, except four from Munster: Barry and Cashman from Cork, Duggan from Tiperary, and Moroney from Limerick." [Connacht is one of the provinces of Ireland, which includes Counties Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo. The province of Munster includes Counties Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford.]

      "About the time many families were moving into the Firelands and Western Reserve territory from eastern states, many Irish immigrants were also arriving. They came to work on the railroad being built between Cleveland and Toledo from 1850 - 1855 and to claim and clear land for farming. Nearly all the original immigrants that formed St. Mary's Parish came from Connaught, County Galway or County Clare, Ireland. The first Irish settler to venture this way was Thomas Conry, followed by Patrick Cashman from Vermont. Soon to follow were the Fords, Donahoes, MURRAYS, Burkes, Collins, Dunns, Gradys, Mocklers, Nestors and many more. They spent their first winter in railroad box cars, and later built shanties or cabins along the track clearing. They settled in what is now known as Green Street, Butler Road, Townline Road (then known as "Little Dublin"), and Fitchville River Road (then "Canfield Road"). As clearing of the land progressed, they branched into farming, building fine homes, barns, and orchards. There they raised their families in the Catholic faith they had brought with them and hoped for the day when they would have their own church. Wakeman remained primarily Irish until the 1920s when other ethnic groups arrived."

      Further on in that same publication, there is a paragraph: "Thrift among the immigrant Irish was more than a necessity. It was a virtue. Anything short of the most scrupulous attention to it was sinful. By their thrift and the good times following the war they all propsered. Within a few years all the younger immigrantes were married, most of them settling near home. My father and P.T. Conry bought adjoining farms in Townsend Township in 1869 thus establishing the "Town's-ind" part of the parish. JIM MURRAY bought a farm near Clarksfield, sometimes alluded to as "County Mayo" and Matt Dunn settled up in south Camden Township, "The High County". These outposts all grew to be considerable little settlements, some miles apart from the "main stem", Green Street and Butler Road." [When maps were drawn in 1873 and 1891, James Murray was found to have owned property southwest of "downtown" Wakeman. Clarksfield was a little further south of the Murray homstead, so we feel J. J. Moroney (author of A History of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Wakeman and it's Early Founders) was referring to our James C. Murray in this paragraph.]

      We also found JIM MURRAY mentioned in the same publication: "In short, they were intelligent, even though uneducated according to the standardized sense of education today. For illustration I choose two from among the younger immigrants who, having almost no formal schooling yet, became by dint of disposition, energy, intelligence, and seiousness, truly outstanding men whose opinions merited and were given highest respect. These were Mike Ford and P. T. (Patsy) Conry. Though Mike died before 60, he had become one of the most capable and broadly intelligent men in all the countryside. P. T. Conry lived to fine old age and appeared to accomplish improvement constantly with the years to the last. There were others, many of them, not highly tutored but capable to illustrate the Celtic sprightliness of mind. There were Patsy Barry, Martin Conry, Danny Hynes, Tom Burke, JIM MURRAY, to mention but a few. A chapter might be well given to the mixture of ancedote and serious incident which memory might present in proof of the deep fundaments of common sense, honesty, wisdom which underlaid the candid wit which gave them voice."

      James and wife Catherine were found in the 1870 census in Wakeman, Huron County, OH: MURRAY, James (30); Catherine (28); John (7); Mary (6); Margaret (4); Ann (4); James (3); Thomas (3). James was a farmer. James and Catherine were born in Ireland; all the children were born in Ohio.

      In 1873, a map was prepared of property owned near Wakeman, Huron County, Ohio. On that map, there are two parcels owned by J. Murray. The parcel east of town and south of the railroad tracks, according to the 1891 map, was owned by James' brother, John Murray. James owned a parcel of land south west of Wakeman town center, which was also owned by a "J. Murray." On the 1891 map, James Murray owned that parcel, as well as two more. We have also confirmed with a granddaughter of James Murray that her grandparents owned property on Fitchville River Road, which corresponds with the 1873 and 1891 maps.

      James and Catherine are found in the 1880 census in Wakeman, Huron County, OH: MURRAY, James (age 38), occupation: farmer; Catharine (age 38), occupation: keeping house; children Mary (age 16); Maggie (age 14); Anna (age 14); James (age 13); Thomas (age 13) (James and Thomas' occupation was "at school"); Cassie (age 7); Nora (age 1). James and Catharine were born in Ireland, as were their parents. All the children were born in Ohio.

      They're found in the 1900 census in Wakeman, Huron County, OH: MURRAY, James (b. June 1845; age 56; married 37 years); wife Catherine (b. April 1846; age 53; married 37 years); daughter Mary FORD (b. April 1865; age 35; widowed; married 1 year); daughter Anna (b. July 1866; age 33; single); son James (b. June 1868; age 31; single); daughter Nora (b. March 1879; age 21; single); son Mattie (b. June 1882; age 17; single). James and Catherine were born in Ireland; all the children were born in Ohio. James immigrated in 1860; Catherine in 1850. James was a farmer; James, Jr. was a farmer; daughter Nora was a school teacher.

      In 1905, James was found in the 1905 Rural Mail Directory: Murray, James r f d 4. Wakeman, 2 1/2 m. Wakeman I, occ farmer, (Ish), own 100 a.
      Mrs. James, Anna, Nora, James, Mattie.

      James C. and Catherine (Guthrie) Murray are found in the 1910 census in Wakeman Township, Huron County, Ohio: MURRAY, James C. (age 68), wife Catherine (age 65), children Anna (40), Elnora (28) and Mathais (26). James and Catherine had been married 48 years. She was the mother of nine children; seven of whom were still living. They were both born in Ireland; all the children were born in Ohio. James immigrated in 1858; Catherine in 1857. James was a naturalized citizen. He was a farmer; son Mathias was a laborer on a farm. This census was taken April 23 and April 25, 1910 by Frank H. Snyder.

      His obituary, published in the Wakeman Independent Press on September 9, 1911 reads as follows: "At his home in Wakeman, Ohio, Friday, Sept. 1st, 1911, James Murray, aged 72 years, 2 months and 12 days. Mr. Murray was born in Ireland June 18th, 1839, and came to America in 1871. He was married April 28th 1862 to Miss Catherine Guthrie. To this union were born nine children, seven of whom, with the mother, survive him. John B. of Wellington; James L. of Wakeman; Mattie at home; Mrs. T. H. Burke of Bellevue; Mrs. P. T. Rooney of Kipton, and Anna and Elnora at home. The funeral was very largely attended from St. Mary's Church. In Wakeman, Monday, and burial in the Catholic cemetery in Wakeman. Rev. John Kelly sang Solemn High Mass assisted by Rev. Edward Burke, of Elyria, and Rev. John Ruffing, of Bellevue. Mr. Murray was a man noted for his honesty and uprightness, highly esteemed by all who knew him, and this community was made better for his having lived in it."

  • Sources 
    1. [S552] 1880 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Year: 1880; Census Place: Wakeman, Huron, Ohio; Roll: 1035; Family History Film: 1255035; Page: 274A; Enumeration District: 158; Image: 0549.

    2. [S546] 1900 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;), Year: 1900; Census Place: Wakeman, Huron, Ohio; Roll: 1288; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0042; FHL microfilm: 1241288.

    3. [S499] 1910 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.Original data - Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Was;), Year: 1910; Census Place: Wakeman, Huron, Ohio; Roll: T624_1200; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 0049; FHL microfilm: 1375213.

    4. [S590] U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;).

    5. [S551] 1870 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2009;), Year: 1870; Census Place: Wakeman, Huron, Ohio; Roll: M593_1225; Page: 597A; Image: 720; Family History Library Film: 552724.

    6. [S102] Certificate of Death, Huron County, OH, No. 49017.