Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
James Murray, the father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Ireland, on the 31st day of March, 1800, and
emigrated to the State of New York when eighteen years old. His wife, whose maiden name was Slater, was born in
Rhode Island, on the 3d day of December, 1806. Mr. and Mrs. Murray were married on the 19th day of March, 1824,
and the former departed this life on the 15th day of September, 1840.
John Murray was the oldest of his fatherís family. He was born in Owasco, Cayuga Co., N. Y., and moved to Huron
Co., Ohio, when about seven years of age. After his fatherís death he remained with his mother, taking charge of
the property and keeping the family together. Feb. 1, 1849, at the age of twenty four, he married Amanda M., daughter
of Richard and Abigail Allison. She was a native of Warwick, Orange Co., N. Y., born March 31, 1831, and, with
her parents, went to Peru, Huron Co., Ohio, when she was about two years old. Mr. Murray farmed in Ohio for five
years, when he moved to Michigan, and bought the farm where he now resides. His first purchase consisted of ninety
two and a half acres, to which he afterwards added forty eight acres. He also owns a farm in the State of Indiana.
Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Murray, viz.: Cecelia. born in Ohio, Jan. 15, 1850; Cordelius, born
in Ohio, Jan. 16, 1853 (died Oct. 20, 1854); Viola M., born in Michigan, May 22, 1860; Ginevra A., born in Michigan,
Dec. 15, 1863 (died May 22, 1865). The two surviving children are both married and settled near the old homestead.
Mr. Murrayís advantages for an early education were limited. Schools at that time were poorly taught, and he was
enabled to attend only a short time during the winter terms. In November, 1864, Mr. Murray enlisted in the United
States service, and was enrolled in Company H, 9th Michigan Infantry, remaining with the army until the close of
the war. He never wished to be elected to any public office, and consequently never held any. In politics he is
a Republican; in religion, a liberal. Mrs. Murray was at one time connected with the Christian Church. Mr. Murray
learned early in life that the road to success is one open only to strong hands and willing hearts. He early established
methodical business habits, and his energy and perseverance have rendered his life a success.
Richard Allison father of Mrs. Amanda N. Murray, was born at Warwick, Orange Co., N. Y., Jan. 29, 1799. His wife,
Abigail Brooks, was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., Nov. 6, 1801. In her youth she was considered one of the best singers
in Brooklyn, and for a number of years was leader of the choir in one of the churches in that city. Her marriage
to Richard Allison took place July 19, 1828. The children of this marriage were eight in number, but of them only
two are now living, namely, Mrs. Amanda M. Murray and Mrs. Phoebe J. Camp, of Wakesbma, Kalamazoo Co., Nich. Mrs.
Allison died in Peru, Huron Co., Ohio, May 24, 1842. In 1865, Mr. Allison moved from Ohio to Michigan, and died
there Jan. 18, 1867.
History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.