Biography of Thomas Murray
Allen County, OH Biographies

THOMAS MURRAY, retired farmer, Bluffton, a prominent early settler of Allen County, was born at Congress Lake, Stark Co., Ohio, February 12, 1820; son of John and Charity (Friest) Murray, natives of Pennsylvania, of Dutch and Irish lineage, and who were parents of thirteen children, ten of whom attained maturity; seven sons and three daughters. His grandfather, Thomas Murray, was for many years a member of the Pennsylvania Legislature. His father, who was a farmer, at the time of his death had sixty four grandchildren and sixteen greatgrandchildren, many of whom are now living. Our subject was reared on his father's farm and acquired his education in the subscription school, held in a log house, in Mahoning County, Ohio, where his parents lived for many years; has followed agricultural pursuits nearly all his life. He came to Allen County, Ohio. in 1848, settling in Bluffton, where he followed farming and was among the first to make cheese. He afterward kept hotel for ten years, but at present is living a retired life in comfortable circumstances. He owns lands in Ohio and in the West, and considerable town property. He manages all his business himself and has made all he now owns by his own industry. Mr. Murray has been twice married, first in 1844, to Julia A. Osborn, who died in 1863. Their children were A. J., the eldest daughter, wife of A. G. Kibler, a prominent merchant in Bluffton, Ohio; Elizabeth F., wife of Joseph Miller, of Bluffton; Marietta, at home; Alexander, on a farm of 250 acres belonging to his father, in Kansas. and Cynthia A., at home. Mr. Murray was married, on second occasion. in 1864, to Mrs Nancy (Vanmeter) Marshall. widow of Robert Marshall, a pioneer farmer of Allen (then Putnam, County, Ohio, by whom she had six children, five now living: Calvin, a farmer; Viama Amethia, widow of Mr. Young, now residing in Bluffton; James F., married and farming in Kansas; C. C.. a railroad man, Chicago, Ill., and Nancy L., at home. Mr. Marshall died in 1855. By his second marriage Mr. Murray has one son, William B. Our subject was a Democrat in politics until the Kansas trouble, since when he has been a Republican. He served as township trustee in an early day, and many years on the school board. He has never taken a drink of whisky, never been sick a day in his life, and has never sued any one for debt or been sued himself, although he has done a large amount of business.

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