have you heard that incessant banging for the last thirty plus years?
That was me banging my head against the brick wall on my Murray line for longer than my youngest child, now thirty-one, has been alive. I started family research on a serious note back in the early 1970’s. Though to disclose the truth of the matter, I started back in my earliest childhood listening to stories of the family lines from all my elders. I was the only girl in my family and I always seemed to be around the adults at family gatherings. So, I got to listen and ask some questions. I got to hear the tone and inflections associated with those oft told stories. Some stories were funny and some were tragic. Some relatives were very good salt-of-the-earth kind of people; others were scoundrels. But, I loved and cherished them all because they were family. Those stories of my elders are some of my most cherished memories. I wish I could bottle and sell the memories as I saw, heard, and immersed myself in family history. I have always found family mesmerizing. But, alas, I found that even as early as I was interested in family facts, that even by that time most of the elders had gone and become history. There were a few reliable sources and I made the highest and best use of them as I could. And I wrote it down.
I was able to trace my Murray line back to John M Murray and could document no further. I located information on him back in the 1970’s, before computers were even invented – probably. I knew him to be an ancestor, but could not document his father or even where John M Murray was buried. I located information on his service in the War of 1812, the Creek War, and skirmishes and battles in the Mississippi Territory way back then in the seventies. I even located his obituary in a northern Alabama newspaper. The obituary clearly said that the old soldier of the War of 1812 had lived to be nearly one hundred years of age and was buried at Vance’s Station in Limestone County, Alabama. After decades of searching, I finally just concluded that Vance’s Station must have been one of those ‘lost’ cemeteries. Sad. True. More below the fold.
- War of 1812 nearly divided U.S. republic, author says (nationalpost.com)
- Between ‘kindred’ enemies: Book provides new interpretation of War of 1812 (canada.com)
- Drums Along the Niagara (online.wsj.com)
is this photo of Biddie Peters Jones’ home in Jackson County, Alabama. It is the closest thing found to a photo of any of the Murray, Peters, Isbell, Birdwell, Talkington, and Houk families that were in Jackson County while Alabama was still Native American land. Those descendants in Colbert and Franklin County, Alabama will appreciate this one photo. So, will the descendants in South Carolina, California, Oklahoma and other states throughout the country.
Those who have researched and know of William Murray and his son John M Murray; and John M Murray’s children, William Deaton Jackson “John” Murray, Tobiatha Ann, Obedianah “Biddie” and Deaton Murray also know of the Houk and Peters family connections. Biddie Peters was named to honor Obedinah Murray who was also called “Biddie.” Obedinah “Biddie” Peters married Robert Lee Jones; she was Obedianah Murray Peters’ granddaughter by her son Uriah Peters and his second wife, Amanda Herndon.