Seek family background, parents, siblings, wife, children, and any records of Captain Elihu Murray (b. 12 Oct 1753 in Hatfield, Hampshire County, MA and d. 16 June 1835 in Guilford Center, Chenango County, NY.) Elihu MURRAY lived for a time in Deerfield, Franklin County, MA, before moving on to Chenango County, NY.
“Elihu MURRAY of Deerfield, Mass, born in Hatfield, Mass, Oct 12, 1753, died in Guilford, NY, June 16, 1835., fought in the Battles of Bunker Hill, Long Island, Throck’s Neck, Bennington, and Saratoga. Captain before 1780; afterward in Quartermaster Department until close of the war, ca. 1783. Elihu Murray is buried at Guilford Center, Chenango County, NY. The inscription on his headstone is as follows: ‘Elihu Murray died June 16, 1835 aged 82 years; he was a soldier of the Revolution, who by his heroic patriotism contributed to the glorious achievement of our national indfependence. Peace to his ashes. Glory to his remains.’ Cited in American Ancestry, published by Joel Munsell’s Sons, Albany, NY, Vol. IX, 1894, p.118.” The above was taken from a handwritten letter from Miss Aileen W. Stowell to Evelyn Lena Fink, dated 3 January 1958.
Elihu MURRAY married (unknown) and was the father of at least one child, Paulina (or Pollina) MURRAY, 1785-1875.
Paulina Murray is buried at Maplehurst Cemetery in Hinsdale, NY, on NY Rte 16, NW of Tonawanda, NY, with her husband and children. Paulina Murray m. MAJ Thornton WASSON, Sr., 1774-1825.
Paulina Murray Wasson’s Widow’s Pension File #8914 states that her husband, Thornton Wasson was born at Princeton, Schenectady County, NY, on 8 February 1774. “Capt. Thornton WASSON, a soldier of 1812, accompanied by his sons, Thomas T. WASSON, Elihu M. WASSON, and Thornton WASSON Jr., came from Guilford, Chenango County, NY, in 1819, and remained one year in Bath, Steuben County, NY. In 1820 he came on to Olean; thence he proceeded up the Olean and Oil Creek Valleys to lot 11, third township, third range, where he settled. From that time to the present the name of WASSON has become a familiar one in Hinsdale, and numerous representatives of his family have ben intimately associated in all enterprises of a social, political, or business nature which had for an object the advancement and general good of their townsmen.” From History of Cattaraugus County, New York, by Franklin Ellis, Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Evans, 1879, page 424.
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