MURRAY, William

Male 1796 - 1886  (89 years)


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  • Name MURRAY, William 
    Born 26 Aug 1796  Chillisquaque, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biography
    • William Murray was born August 26, 1796, on the farm upon which his grandfather John Murray had originally settled in Chillisquaque township, Northumberland county, Pennsylvania. He was married January 2, 1822, to Nancy Gray Wilson. His second wife was Letitia Smith-Stratton, of Williamsport, whose death occurred within a few years after their marriage, leaving no issue. He died at Lancaster on Sabbath morning, June 13, 1886. His wife Nancy Gray Wilson died ´╗┐July 17, 1845, and both are buried in Woodward Hill cemetery, Lancaster, Penna.

      William Murray in his early manhood, was engaged for a number of years in the business of tanner and currier - first at Washingtonville, Montour county, and afterwards at Lewisburg, Union county.

      He then sold his tanning property and opened a store for the sale of books, boots and shoes, and at the same time held the position of postmaster.

      About the year 1847 he removed to Lancaster, Penna., and became associated with Mr. Judd under the firm name of Judd & Murray, booksellers and publishers. The firm was afterward changed to Murray & Stoek. He subsequently resided for several years at Williamsport and Sunbury. When the weight of increasing years and physical infirmity obliged him to retire from active business, he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. James Black, of Lancaster, where he remained until his death at the advanced age of almost ninety years.


    Obituary
    • The following obituary is copied from the Christian Advocate:

      William Murray was born August 26, 1796, in Northumberland county, Penna., and died June 13, 1886, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. James Black, Lancaster, Penna. He joined the Methodist Episcopal church April 3, 1821, and continued in her fellowship. He was an active, faithful member, filling the positions of trustee, recording steward, class leader, teacher and superintendent of the Sunday school until within a few years, when deafness precluded such duties. The cause of Christ as represented by the Methodist Episcopal church warmly engaged his activities. He was a life-long student of the Bible, which was his favorite book. When no longer able to appear in the Bible class, he, up to his last Sunday, studied the Sunday school lessons.

      He was a subscriber for the Christian Advocate from its first number. Actively engaged in business from early manhood until 1879, he was always and everywhere known as a devout Christian. For many years his health was delicate, but his intelligent care and methodical habits prolonged his life. He lived in readiness for the Master's call. The body had been failing for some years, but his mind continued vigorous to the last. His conversation was sprightly, with ´╗┐memory clear and prompt.

      On the Sunday morning of his death he arose early and prepared to dress for the 'holy, blessed Sabbath day.' While in prayer his remaining strength failed, and being aided, he dressed, and sitting in his easy chair, partaking of breakfast, his hand fell, and in a few minutes, with a face calm and sweet, his spirit passed to the Master. A few days before his death, in conversation with his pastor, he stated that the time of his departure was near, and requested that no sermon be preached at his funeral, lest more might be said than his life would warrantthat he was only 'a sinner saved by grace.' He requested that the 103d Psalm and the 14th chapter of John be read.

      JAMES BLACK.
    _UID 81173B3C3DE41E49A75B6980559941B26312 
    Died 13 Jun 1886  Washingtonville, Montour, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3554  Milton Families
    Last Modified 6 Sep 2011 

    Father MURRAY, Thomas Jr.,   b. 1770, Chillisquaque, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1823, Chillisquaque, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother ARBOUR, Charity,   b. 1773, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1850, Chillisquaque, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Family ID F1071  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family WILSON, Nancy Gray,   b. 8 Jul 1801,   d. 17 Jul 1845  (Age 44 years) 
    Married 2 Jan 1822 
    Children 
     1. MURRAY, Elizabeth N.,   b. 6 Aug 1823, Washingtonville, Montour, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 1888, Ocean Grove, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     2. MURRAY, Thomas,   b. 12 Jul 1825,   d. 29 Aug 1828  (Age 3 years)
    +3. MURRAY, Samuel Wilson,   b. 16 Oct 1829, Lewisburg, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1909, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2022 
    Family ID F1069  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S103] Murray-Wilson 1900, Page 75.

    2. [S103] Murray-Wilson 1900, Page 155.