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 - BEF 1798
  2. James McMurrayABT 1729 -
  3. Thomas McMurrayBEF 1731 -
  4. John McMurrayBEF 1732 -
  5. Samuel McMurray1735-1739 -
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Name William McMurray, Sr., "The Elder", of the Cowpasture, Augusta County, VA
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 doubtful if he was the William McMurray involved in the 1761 and 1770 land transactions. The 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.

Records of William McMurray in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:


  • 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 - 1753-1754 (Part 1). - William McMurry petitions for exemption from levy on account of age.