Person:Adam Murray (4)

Adam Murray, of Beverley Manor
b.est. 1700-1715
d.bef. 25 January 1786 poss. Augusta County, Virginia
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Name Adam Murray, of Beverley Manor
Gender Male
Birth? est. 1700-1715
Death? bef. 25 January 1786 poss. Augusta County, Virginia

Adam Murray was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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About Adam Murray

Little is known of Adam Murray who acquired a patent of 200 acres from William Beverley in 1754. There appear to be few records to indicate if he was related to the other Murray families in early Augusta County, and there is no mention of a wife in the deed from Adam to John Coulter when he sold his patent in 1765. Where he was living after he sold his land in 1765 to the time of his death in January 1786 is uncertain, although he did have an estate appraised in Augusta County by Thomas McCullough, who lived just north of Murray's patent in Beverley Manor. Adam Murray was exempted from the County levy in 1779, likely indicating that he was very aged at that time. There was an Adam Murray listed in the 1786 census of St. Allin's District, Duplin County, North Carolina that MAY be this Adam, but additional research and sources are needed to prove if this is the same person.

Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA


Adam Murray's patent (Beverley Manor SE, 200 acres, 1754) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 364.--21st August, 1750. [likely in 1754] Same [from Beverley] to Adam Murray, 200 acres in Beverley Manor, 8 pines on the Barrons; John McClure's line. (Note: all but two of the deeds conveyed in this section of Chalkley's were dated in 1754, which would agree with the date on the Hildebrand Map, which took the dates from the specific plat records).

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 827.--18th March, 1765. Adam ( ) Murray to John Coulter, £75, 200 acres in Beverley Manor, pines in the Barrens, Jno. McClure's line. Delivered: Joseph Coulton, July, 1772.

Estate Records

  • Page 515.--25th January. 1786. Adam Murray's estate appraised by Thos. McCollock, &c.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 20, 1767. - (369) Jurors: Wm. Christian, Andrew Greer, Wm. Baskins, James Fowler, Saml. Henderson, Wm. McKee, John Graham, John Fulton, James Buchanon, John Stuart, Joseph Gamwell, Adam Murray.
  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST 17, 1779. - (46) Adam Murray exempted from County levy. (Note: typically those men that were elderly and not well off were exempted from paying county levies (taxes) in those days).