Person:William McMurray (4)

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William McMurray, Sr., "The Elder", of the Cowpasture, Augusta County, VA
b.WFT Est 1690-1700
d.AFT 1754
  • HWilliam McMurray, Sr., "The Elder", of the Cowpasture, Augusta County, VA1690-1700 - AFT 1754
  • WAgnes Unknown1705 -
m. BEF 1725
  1. William McMurray, Jr.ABT 1725 - 1798
  2. James McMurrayABT 1729 -
  3. Thomas McMurrayBEF 1731 -
  4. John McMurrayBEF 1732 -
  5. Samuel McMurrayest 1735-1739 -
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Name William McMurray, Sr., "The Elder", of the Cowpasture, Augusta County, VA
Alt Name William McMurry
Alt Name William McMunay
Alt Name William McMory
Gender Male
Birth? WFT Est 1690-1700
Marriage BEF 1725 Scotland or Irelandto Agnes Unknown
Death? AFT 1754

William McMurray was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia

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About William "The Elder" McMurray

Acording to "A Centennial History of Alleghany County, Virginia", By Oren F. Morton, a William McMurray (possibly this or his son William, Jr., received a patent for 20 acres on "McMury Creek of the Cowpasture" in 1761. although it was clear that the McMurray's had migrated there several years earlier. Records of a sale of most likely the same 20 acres on "McMurray's Creek, a branch of the Cowpasture" is shown as being sold from William McMurray (not sure if this is William McMurray, Jr. or Sr.), later in 1770. William McMurray was clearly very aged by abt. 1753, as he received an exemption from being levied a tax on account of his age (record listed below), so it is somewhat speculative if he was the William McMurray involved in the 1761 and 1770 land transactions. The time location of this William McMurray's death is unknown, and no will has been found. Some of his family had migrated to Anson County, North Carolina (later York County, South Carolina) abt. 1758, so it is unknown whether William McMurray died in Virginia, or elsewhere. Additional research is necessary.

Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Land Grant Surveys in Virginia:

  • Pg. 31 - James Simpson and William McMunay, 160 acres, South Mountain. October 6, 1763. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 12].
  • Pg. 130 - William McMunay, 11 acres, James River. Adjoining his own former survey. February 22, 1769. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 47].


Processioning List of 1765

"Processioning" was the process or periodically reviewing and agreeing upon property lines between settlers. Processioning Lists can be useful in determining the area of a settler and the neighboring settlers at a specific time period:

  • Page 405.--12th October, 1765: As it has pleased your Worships to send an order to nominate four Persons in the Cow Pasture to mark the lines of the Several plantations there (refered to as "Processioning"), we the subscribers, hereof, have gone from the Forks at James River upwards to Joseph Mays (Maes) and Thomas Feemster and William Black, from there to the head of the waters. There is many places that there is no livers in and others that doth not know their lines. The names of such as we found their lines are as follows: James Scott, William Gillespy, John Handly, Wm. McMurry, James Beard, Cap. Jno. Dickinson, James Hamilton, Ralf Laferty, John Cartmill, James Hugart, Robert Stewart, James McCay, Charles Donelly, Thomas Gillespy. James McCay, James Scott. N. B.--The above is as exact as we could make it to ye Worshipful Court. May, 1765, Parish debtor to James Hill. To summoning an inquest on Geo. Henderson, deceased. To burying said Henderson.


Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's: [unless otherwise listed, some records may be for William's possible son William]

  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER, 28, 1751. - (209) James and John Scott, Wm. McMurry, James Simpson, James Frame, Robert Montgomerie, James Montgomerie, Hugh McDonall and Wm. Galespy, to lay off a road from the lower cow-pasture to Burden's tract.
  • Vol. 1 - ORIGINAL PETITIONS AND PAPERS FILED IN THE COUNTY COURT. 1753-1754 (Part 1). - William McMurry petitions for exemption from levy on account of age. [Note: this record indicates that William McMurry was likely at least 60+ years old in 1753-54]
  • 22 May 1755 N. S., p. 423 - William Ledford is hereby appointed Surveyor of the highway in the room of Wm Mcmurry and It is Ordered that with the titheables that usually workd on the sd Road Under the sd Mcmurry he Clear and keep the same in repair According to Law. Augusta County Road Orders
  • Page 303.--29th December, 1757. Andrew Muldrough's will. Executors, James Simpson and Wm. McMory; wife, Jane; two sons, Hugh and John, infants. Teste: Hugh Martian, John Dickinson, Wm. Davis. Proved, 21st March, 1759, by William Davis. Proved, 16th May, 1759, by Hugh Martin. Executors, Simpson and McMurry, qualified, with Geo. Wilson and Jno. Handly.
  • Vol. 1 - MARCH 15, 1758 - (87) Wm. McMurry petitions that John Madison, with a company of men, entered his house on their march to the Shawnees and took some rye--rejected.
  • Vol. 2 - Page 405.--12th October, 1765: As it has pleased your Worships to send an order to nominate four Persons in the Cow Pasture to mark the lines of the Several plantations there, we the subscribers, hereof, have gone from the Forks at James River upwards to Joseph Mays (Maes) and Thomas Feemster and William Black, from there to the head of the waters. There is many places that there is no livers in and others that doth not know their lines. The names of such as we found their lines are as follows: James Scott, William Gillespy, John Handly, Wm. McMurry, James Beard, Cap. Jno. Dickinson, James Hamilton, Ralf Laferty, John Cartmill, James Hugart, Robert Stewart, James McCay, Charles Donelly, Thomas Gillespy. James McCay, James Scott. N. B.--The above is as exact as we could make it to ye Worshipful Court. May, 1765, Parish debtor to James Hill. To summoning an inquest on Geo. Henderson, deceased. To burying said Henderson.
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 19, 1766. - (340) Joseph Carpenter, Sr., and Wm. Whooley appointed road surveyors from Fort Defiance to Handley's Mill, with these workers and their tithables: Peter Wright, Solomon, Thomas, Nathaniel Carpenter, John Umphries, Thos. Carpenter, Zopher Carpenter, Ezekiel Johnston, Edward and John McMullin, James Williams, Joseph Leeper, John Fieler, William Christian and Peter Whooley, Wm. McMurry, Thos. Wright, Rob. Galesby, Pat. Corrigan and Joseph Carpenter, Jr.
  • Vol. 2 - 1767--Lists of Supernumeraries: James Henry, Mathew Ralston, Jno. Bowin, Robt. Armstrong, James Akin, David Tate, Edw'd McMullen, Thos. Hicklin, Sam'l Hodge, Pat Lowry, Wm. McMurry, Jas. Lauderdale, Jno. Hodge, Jno. Kinkead, James Simpson, James McCoy, Chas. Lewis, James Robinson, Jno. Henderson, Wm. Hugart, Wm. Feemster, Wm. Blanton, Thos. Willson, Jno. Lowry, Sam Campbell, David Smith, Robt. Kilpatrick, Robert Guinn, Wm. Martin, Wm. Lowry, Thomas King, Geo. Jemison, Sam'l Lawrence, Peter Right, Wm. Black, Jos. McDonald, Benj. Watson, Henry Bowin, Mary Glass, Sam'l McCrackin, Andrew Hamilton.
  • Page 131 - John Sympson, 92 acres, James River. Mentioned William McMunay. February 22, 1769. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 47].
  • Page 158 - Jacob Passinger, 310 acres, Cowpasture River. Mentioned William McMunay. December 4, 1769. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 57].