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Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania, 1915

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The McMurrays are of Scotch-Irish ancestry, some of McMURRAY the bearers of this name coming to America toward the latter part of the eighteenth century, others coming at a later date.

Edward McMurray, born in the North of Ireland, February 26, 1799, emigrated to America in 1857 and settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a man of superior attainments, and found no difficulty in obtaining employment in the city departments, with which he was identified the remainder of his life. He was a Republican in political opinion, and an active worker in the interests of the United Presbyterian church. Mr. McMurray married in Ireland Anna McCullough, born in that country in 1808, and they had children: Margaret, died in Ireland; John, married Jane Bole, is an oil refiner in Pittsburgh; James, in the plaster business in Pittsburgh, married Eliza Gutherie; Mary, married Hugh Bole, a brother of the wife of her brother John, and also lives in Pittsburgh; Eliza, married John Rainey, lived in Pittsburgh; Sarah, married John McKee, a mechanic of Pittsburgh; Rebecca, married Alexander Gorman, a contractor of Pittsburgh; Thomas, of further mention. Edward McMurray was a member of the Masonic Order.

Thomas McMurray, son of Edward and Anna (McCullough) McMurray, was born in the North of Ireland, May 19, 1849. He was a young lad when he came to this country with his parents, and acquired his education in the elementary and high schools of Pittsburgh. In early manhood he started in the hardware business with Whitmore, Wolf, Duff & Company, remaining with this firm for a period of four years. He then went to Lindsay, Sterritt & Euwer, remaining with them until the firm was changed to Lindsay, Sterritt & Company. Subsequently he became a partner of James C. Lindsay & Company, which still later became the Lindsay Hardware Company, of which Mr. McMurray has now been president continuously since his election to this office in 1896. For the past twenty-five years he has lived with his family in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. He has been an active worker in the interests of the Republican party, and is now serving his second term as a member of the borough council. For many years he has been a member of the United Presbyterian church and has held official position in it for the past ten years. Fraternally he is a member of the Blue Lodge, Chapter, Consistory, and Veterans, of the Order of Free and Accepted Masons; also a Knight Templar and member of the Order of the Mystic Shrine.

Mr. McMurray married, December 12, 1877, Charlotte, daughter of Thomas and Jane Barkley, and they have had children: Alfred B., born in August, 1879, lives in Charleston, West Virginia, married Mary E. Grear; Thomas E., born in 1883, is a physician in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, married Mary Emmett, of Hagerstown, Maryland; Wesley Gordon, born in 1887, is a traveling salesman and unmarried; Lewis S., born in 1891, is a student in the University of Pennsylvania: Walter Roy, born in 1895, attends the Wilkinsburg high school; Earl Kenneth, born in 1899, a pupil in the public schools.

 

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