MURRAY, Samuel Wilson

MURRAY, Samuel Wilson

Male 1829 - 1909  (79 years)

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  • Name MURRAY, Samuel Wilson 
    Born 16 Oct 1829  Lewisburg, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biography
    • From Bell's History of Northumberland County 1891: SAMUEL WILSON MURRAY was born at Lewisburg, Union county, Penn­sylvania, October 16, 1829. He was educated at the old Lewisburg Academy under Hugh Pollock and his successor in that venerable institution, John Robinson. When he was about seventeen years of age he went to Lancaster, where his father then resided. Two years later he went to Portland, Maine, and entered the Portland Locomotive Works for a term of three years for the purpose of learning the trade of a machinist. At the expiration of his time at the Portland Works he spent a year and a half at Vernon, Indiana, and in Rhode Island, after which he returned to Lancaster and was employed for the three succeeding years as draughtsman in the Lancaster Locomotive Works.

      In September, 1856 he went to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and in con­nection with William Vanderbilt and Charles Bowman engaged in the machine business under the firm name of Vanderbilt, Murray & Bowman. About the middle of the following January their works were entirely destroyed by fire. They immediately purchased another establishment then owned and operated by John B. Hall, but during the following summer came the great commercial crash of 1857, and this, together with their losses by fire, crippled the firm to such an extent that they deemed it expedient to resell the works to Mr. Hall and retire from business. Mr. Murray then returned to Lancaster, and shortly afterward went to Pittsburgh, where he was employed a year in the shops of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. The succeeding year he spent in the Baldwin Locomotive Works at Philadelphia.

      In the fall of 1860 he returned to Lewisburg, and became interested in the firm of Slifer, Walls, Shriner & Company, which was about to engage in the manufacture of agricultural implements. In February, 1864 he came to Milton, and in connection with several other gentlemen, founded the Milton Car Works, with which enterprise he is still identified.

      Mr. Murray was married December 17, 1866 to Sarah Matilda Meckly, a daughter of Dr. John Meckly, of Milton, and two children, a son, John Heber, and a daughter, Helen Beatrice, are the result of this union.

      While a resident of Portland, Maine, Mr. Murray cast his first vote at the municipal election at which Neal Dow was elected mayor of the city and which resulted in the enactment of the famous "Maine Law." He became at that time a convert to the theory that prohibition was the only practical remedy for the evils of intemperance and he has remained a life-long adherent to the cause. In early life he joined the Methodist Episcopal church, to which creed his parents and sister also adhered, and he has been a prominent leader in church work for many years. He has been a liberal contributor to religious and benevolent purposes and his business career furnishes evidence that a competence can be secured without the sacrifice of religious principles or honor.
    Census (desc) 1870  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    working as a railcar manufacturer 
    Census (desc) 1880  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    working at the car works 
    Census (desc) 1900  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    living at 29 Upper Market St 
    _UID D6A0EA7D419EEB4ABFF038BB161EBE058A35 
    Died 15 Jun 1909  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Buried Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Milton Cemetery 
    Person ID I201  Milton Families
    Last Modified 16 May 2015 

    Father MURRAY, William,   b. 26 Aug 1796, Chillisquaque, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 1886, Washingtonville, Montour, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Mother WILSON, Nancy Gray,   b. 8 Jul 1801,   d. 17 Jul 1845  (Age 44 years) 
    Married 2 Jan 1822 
    Family ID F1069  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family MECKLY, Sarah Matilda,   b. 28 Feb 1838, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1921, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 17 Dec 1866  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. MURRAY, John Heber (1),   b. 24 Jun 1868, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1895, Carlisle, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)
    +2. MURRAY, Helen Beatrice,   b. 20 Nov 1876, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1941, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F64  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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  • Sources 
    1. [S11] Bell's History of Northumberland County PA 1891, Page 983.

    2. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 1.

    3. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 17 N Ward.

    4. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 7 Ward 2.

    5. [S4] Gravestone.