A Brief History of the MURR Family in America
J. Edward Murr, son of Jonathon C. Murr
Sarah Catherine Hislip Murr
John Murr was the only representative of the family who came to the new world. He was born in the northern part of Scotland near the Muir Fiords. I have supposed that our name was spelled M-U-I-R instead of M-U-R-R as it must have been spelled at first.
Old Granddad John reached Charleston, South Carolina*. Most all Irish and Scotch came to the new world by way of a southern seaport. I have reason to believe he reached Jonesboro, Tennessee about 1775 to 1780 and that Grandpa John was an American Soldier under General John Sevier in the Revolutionary Battle called or known as Kings Mountain.
John Murr and Mary Brown had three children: John Murr, the oldest died in infancy or was stillborn; George Murr, born 1 January 1800; Jerry Murr, date not known but believed around 1812.
A letter to Grandpa George from Jerry said he would arrive a certain day and he never came. They hunted for him 3 to 5 days after he had taken the wrong road. He never was heard of again.
Old John must have died soon after 1830. His wife Patience Murr died 1872 or 1873. The folks here gathered up enough money to send Uncle Washington Murr to Jonesboro, Tennessee to lay claim to Grandpa's share of the estate of John and Patience.
John Murr's estate was settled up in 1868 with Samuel Murr Administrator and David Murr as Attorney.
Grandma Catherine Hammond Murr, b. 30 January 1800, d. 5 September 1875.
In all Grandfather John Murr had 17 children: "George, David, and Jerry were full brothers." Jacob Murr and Alexander Murr were half brothers to Grandfather George. Alec was in Indiana 1870-71 and walked from there to Jonesboro, Tennessee. He died about 2 to 5 weeks later.
A Presbyterian Minister from Jonesboro by name of Henry, said he knew an Uncle Jacob Murr and a Grandmother Murr. I judged he was Grandfather's brother. Another place he said Grandfather's son. Henry served some churches in Indianapolis, Indiana.
*Elsewhere Dad had Mississippi listed. (J. Bruce Murr)
While in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1887, I saw a milk wagon go along the street with the name "John Murr" on it, he looked like the Murrs and looked a lot like Uncle Thomas.
Alec Murr was a Confederate Soldier, and was captured an put in prison Camp at Jeffersonville, Indiana. Alec was there when Lee surrendered and the war ended. Uncle Elbert, Uncle Washington and my father (Johathon C. Murr) went there and brought him to our home where he stayed for a while before returning to Tennessee.
John Murr, our great grandpa, was a rather well-to-do man. He could and did work in iron and wood and taught his sons to do so. He made wheels, looms, etc. He was fleshy and owned slaves (as Elbert, Delilah and Grandma Catherine remember).
Elbert Murr born 6 August 1824 died 1900, 76 years old.
Delilah Murr born October 1822 died 1900.
Thomas Murr born 1826, died 1900.
Elbert Murr was bashful, a good conversationalist, engaging raconteur, with an excellent memory, hard of hearing and wore a mustache.
John Hammond born 1806 P. Mary Hammond born 1798
Jacob Hammond born 1812 George Hammond born 1814
The four above are brothers and sister of Catherine Hammon Murr born 1814. They all journeyed down to the Nolichucky River and settled. They were Dutch. Mary Hammon married.
My Great Grandma Catherine came to Indiana with her two sons, Jake and John. She sold her farm and put the money in a pillow case and used it for a pillow. Her boys spent it for her.
George and Catherine Hammond Murr had 5 children:
J. Edward Murr 1st married Mable Louise Conner, 29 November 1899
3 Children by Mable Louise Conner Murr:
J. Bruce's Dad wrote the early Indiana Murr history. Upon his death J. Bruce endeavored to finish the genealogy. J. Bruce was a teacher with several degrees. He died in 1981 so his daughter-in-law Virginia Murr will try to finish the Book.
According to the little book of births, as kept by Grandfather George, I find the following records:
Children of Grandfather George and Grandma Catherine and their children:
Section C was written by John Edward Murr when he was 78 years old.
© 1998 Larry A. May