Genealogical and Family History
STATE OF MAINE
Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D.
LEWIS HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY
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[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]
[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]
Hiram Murray, of Shapleigh, Maine, was the son or grandson of a Scotch (Scottish!) immigrant from the north of Ireland probably.
Children, b. in Shapleigh:
Horace, born 1807, mentioned below; Andrew, Reuben, Sarah, Esther, Susan and Eunice.
(II) Horace, son of Hiram Murray, was born in Shapleigh in 1807, died in 1855. He received his education in the public schools of his native town. He was brought up on a farm and followed farming for his occupation. He also became a prominent lumber dealer, owning a sawmill and manufacturing much lumber in the season.
He was a Democrat in politics; was for a number of years on the board of selectmen of Shapleigh.
He married Lucy Welch, born 1818, Shapleigh, died there in 1886.
1. Aaron, died June 24, 1851.
2. Edmund G., born March 5, 1833, mentioned below.
5. Lucy M., died Oct. 14, 1858.
(III) Edmund G., son of Horace Murray, was born in Shapleigh, March 5, 1833. He attended the public schools of Shapleigh. When he was but fourteen years old he began to trade horses and demonstarte the business ability that has distinguished him in later life. He continued to deal in horses at Springvale until the civil war. He enlisted a corporal in Company F, Eighth Maine Regiment, for three years and was soon afterward promoted to first sergeant. He was promoted first lieutenant of Company F in recognition of bravery at Cold Harbor. At Petersburg he was twice wounded, and there he won his third promotion for gallantry in action and was brevetted captain. At the end of his three years of enlistment, he was mustered out, re-enlisted the same day and was mustered in again at two o'clock of the same day, three hours afterward, and served until the close of the war. As lieutenant commanding his company he received the flag of truce at the time of the surrender of the Confederates, and was made provost marshal of Richmond after it was occupied by Federal troops. He was offered a commission in the regular army, but decided to return to civil life and was finally mustered out Jan. 18, 1866.
He returned then to Springvale, Maine, and again engaged in the livery business. He had a sale stable and bought horses by the car-load, dealt also in carriages, wagons and harness, and his business flourished. He was an excellent judge of horses and of sound judgment in his business. He owned also a drug store, a dry goods store and a grocery in Springvale for many years.
He was prominent in public life, and well known both in business and political circles all over the county. He is a Republican in politics; for seven years was a member of the Springvale board of selectmen; was appointed deupty sheriff in 1867 and held that office for twenty-eight consecutive years. He also served as town constable. Captain Murray is a member of Shapleigh Lodge, No. 190, Free Masons; also of the Free Baptist church, in which he has served on the board of trustees. Few men are btter known or more popular in the community than Captain Murray. His kindly, jovial, sympathetic disposition, his good humor and wit, his knowledge of human nature and his rugged, upright character, have brought him many steadfast friends along with unusual success in business. He has acquired a handsome competence through his own enterprise and prudent investments.
He married, 1855, Dorothy A., born Aug. 13, 1835, daughter of Jonathan Quimby, of Newfield, Maine. Their only child, Etta M., born May 17, 1856, married Charles L. Bodwell, of Milton, N. H., proprietor of the hotel in that town, and they have children: Mabel, Eddie, Linwood Bodwell.