Biographical sketch of JOHN McMURTRIE from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.
This bio spans two (2) pages: 475-476
The gentleman whose name opens this biography and who is now one of the most prosperous and highly respected farmers of Lynn township, was born in St. Thomas, Canada, May 8, 1844.His parents, John and Margaret (Gipson) McMurtrie, were natives of Glasgow, Scotland, where the paternal grandfather, also named John, followed his trade of cabinetmaker all his days and where he and his wife were among the most respected of what was called the middle class.The grandfather had a family of two sons and one daughter, namely: John, the father of the gentleman whose name stands at the head of this memoir; Alexander, who went to Australia when a young man, married and became a prosperous farmer, and Margaret, who is married and lives in Glasgow, Scotland.John McMurtrie, father of the subject, was but a young married man when he bade farewell to his native land and sought a home in Canada in 1840, and there found employment at his trade of carpenter.A few years later he purchased a farm of two hundred acres, of which one hundred were in the forest, but which, with the aid of his sons, he cleared up entirely, and on this farm both he and wife passed the remainder of their lives.At the age of seventy-three years he made a visit to the home of his childhood in Scotland, having lost his wife in 1881, and on his return to America, was himself called away, in February, 1897, in his seventy-ninth year.Both were members of the Scotch Presbyterian church, and left a family of five children, namely: Anna, who is married to George Whitman, a farmer in Canada, and has five children; John; Kate, wife of James Blair, a farmer in Canada, to whom she has borne five children; Alexander, who occupies the old homestead in Canada, is married to Mary Love and has a family of three sons; Maggie, who is the wife of Mr. Wyber, lives in Port Huron.
Until reaching his majority, John McMurtrie lived on the farm on which he was born, assisting his father.In 1865 he came to Michigan, found employment in the lumber camps for six winters and in the log drives in the spring seasons, and was also engaged in the manufacture of staves to a large extent until about 1873 when he purchased eighty acres of wild land in section 14, Lynn township.Later on he disposed of forty acres of the tract and bought eighty acres from George Reid.The great part of the first tract Mr. McMurtrie cleared up, being an expert axman.His experience in this line was acquired in the lumber camps in the early days, and he was moreover a first-class teamster.Although game was superabundant all about him, Mr. McMurtrie hardly ever enjoyed the chase or indulged in hunting, save to supply his immediate needs.
John McMurtrie was united in marriage with Mrs. Angeline Spencer, daughter of James Brice, a farmer in St. Clair county.The first husband of Mrs. McMurtrie was John Spencer, who was killed in the battle of the Wilderness.To Mr. and Mrs. McMurtrie have been borne two children, viz: Elizabeth, deceased wife of Charles Adams, a farmer of Brockaway township, living with his only child, Ida; Stephen, who is a farmer in Lynn township, is married to Bessie Cannice, and has two children, Hugh and John.Mrs. McMurtrie is a member of the Methodist church, which Mr. McMurtrie also attends, and to the maintenance of which both liberally contribute.In politics Mr. McMurtrie is a Republican, yet, while he is active in the support and work of the party, he has never sought an office.Fraternally, he, wife and son are members of the Knights of the Maccabees.
In his farming operations Mr. McMurtrie raises mixed crops, a portion of which he disposes of by sale, but most of which he feeds to his stock.He owes his success in life entirely to his own exertions, as he commenced his business life in but fair circumstances, but has earned for himself a comfortable competency and placed his family beyond the reach of want.He and family are respected wherever known and Mr. McMurtrie is regarded as one of the most progressive and successful agriculturists of Lynn township.
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