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ID: 500/AppMs 180
Creator: Murray family of Washington County, Tennessee
Extent: 2.5 Linear feet. More info below.
Arrangement: The papers are divided into three series: Series 1, Ephraim Murray Papers; Series 2, Isaac G. Murray Papers; and Series 3, Miscellaneous Murray Family Papers.
The Murray Family Papers reflect the personal and business activities of three generations of the Murray family. The papers include a personal diary of Mrs. Isaac G. Murray; sermon notes, a hymnal and homiletics notebook of Reverend Isaac Murray; survey appointments, land grants, and lists of state money in relation to Ephraim Murray's work as a surveyor; and correspondence, and photo album, inventories of estates, deeds and receipts relating to family lands, property and education.
The papers date from 1795 to 1937. The bulk of the collection dates from 1830 to 1900 and relates to Dr. Ephraim Murray's work as a surveyor or Reverend Isaac Murray's education and work in the ministry.
The first member of the Murray family mentioned in the collection is Ephraim Murray, who apparently moved from Maryland to Washington County, Territory South of the River Ohio (now Tennessee), in the 1790s. By 1830 he owned more than 900 acres of land in the Cherokee Creek section of Washington County. Ephraim died in late 1834 or early 1835. His wife Margaret was the daughter of Richard Doyl (Doyle?) of Baltimore County, Maryland.
Ephraim Murray's son Isaac (1792-1877) was married to Matilda Gartrell (1798-1864), a native of Wilkes County, Georgia. In 1822 Isaac and Matilda were residing in Madisonville, Monroe County, Tennessee, where their son Ephraim was born. About 1834 the Murrays returned to Washington County.
A physician and surveyor, Ephraim Murray married Martha J. Burson (1823-1899) on April 15, 1852 in Washington County. A native of Bedford County, Virginia, Martha was the daughter of Reverend Thomas and Sarah A. W. Burson. She moved to Tennessee with her mother and her brother Zachariah L. Burson. Sarah Burson died at Jonesborough on October 12, 1854 at the age of sixty-seven.
The Murrays' eight children were born at the family residence located four miles north of Jonesborough in the Boones Creek section of Washington County. In 1872 they moved to the "old Murray farm" on Cherokee Creek south of Jonesborough. Dr. Ephraim Murray died at his home in Jonesborough on November 25, 1891, and his widow died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. K. Brown, in Bristol, Tennessee. Isaac, Matilda, Dr. Ephraim, and Martha J. Murray are buried in the Murray family cemetery located about 2 1/2 miles south of Jonesborough.
The youngest child of Ephraim and Martha Murray was Isaac Gartrell Murray. Born on May 7, 1865, he was educated in Washington County schools and Carson-Newman College. After three years of additional study, he graduated from Southern Baptist Technological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, on May 30, 1895. He married Ida Lawrence in Sweetwater, Monroe County, Tennessee on October 10, 1895
Ordained on February 22, 1893 at the Walnut Street Baptist Church in Louisville, Reverend Murray served until 1922 as pastor of seventeen churches in Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama and South Carolina. In the mid-1920s, the Murrays moved to Johnson City, Tennessee. Reverend Murray died about 1937 or 1938, and Mrs. Murray died in 1939. Both are buried in Jefferson City, Tennessee.
Access Restrictions: The papers are open for research.
Acquisition Method: The papers of the Murray family were transferred to the Archives of Appalachia on August 25, 1983 by Helen Roseberry on behalf of the B. Carroll Reece Museum.
Separated Materials: Two leather wallets were removed and placed in the Appalachian Artifacts Collection. A pamphlet on the First Annual Report of the Chief Engineer to the President and Directors of the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad Company was removed and placed in the vertical files.
Processing Information: Karen House, Ed Speer, and Norma Myers completed processing and the papers were opened for research in September 1987.
Finding Aid Revision History: Marie Tedesco revised the Finding aid in 1991.