Biography of Robert McMurray


McMurray, Robert, Grand Island, was born in the township of Bertie, Canada, in March, 1840, son of John and Margaret (Mills) McMurray, natives of North Ireland, of Scotch and Irish parentage of Protestant faith. John McMurray was a linen weaver by trade and came to Canada when thirty years of age: he settled on some timber land which he cleared and made a comfortable home and became prosperous. In politics he affiliated with the Liberals; he married and reared six sons and five daughters. He died in 1877, aged eighty-three. Mrs. McMurray died when fortyfive years of age. Robert McMurray attended the common schools; remained at home and worked on his father's farm until twenty-one and then began for himself. In 1866 he moved to Grand Island and rented a farm which he conducted. In 1880 he moved on to the Lewis F. Allen farm of 500 acres, of which he has been the successful manager since. For some years he devoted much attention to the breeding of Guernsey and Durham cattle, of which he has made a success and now conducts a dairy. In politics Mr. McMurray is a Republican. In 1865 he married Sarah Scott, daughter of Matthew and Cristeen Wightman Scott, natives of Belfast, Ireland, who came to Canada in 1832. Mr. Scott is a carpenter and joiner by trade, is ScotchIrish and a Liberal; he is still living at the age of ninety years. Mrs. Scott died at the age of forty years. Mrs. McMurray is a member of the Episcopal church.

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