In genealogy it's always best to start with what you know and work backwards.
Orlando D. Murray seems to have been very well known.He and his father, David Murray, died in Nashua, NH.This is what I was able to find on Orlando:
The History of Nashua, NH - Part VIII
by John H. Goodale
Biographies of Prominent Citizens
ORLANDO DANA MURRAY
Orland Dana Murray, son of David and Margaret (Forsyth) Murray, was born in Hartland, Vt., March 12, 1818. The first American ancestor of this branch of the Murray family was Isaac Murray, who came from Scotland to Londonderry (now Derry) N.H.
He was married in 1774 to Elizabeth, daughter of John Durham and granddaughter of Mary (Tolford) Durham, sister of Deacon William Tolford.Isaac Murray and wife went to Belfast, Me., where they passed their lives.They had four children, of whom the oldest, David and Jonathan (twins) were born October 30, 1775.David, when a young man, removed to Chester, N.H. where he worked at his trade, that of carpenter and builder, for some years. He belonged to a cavalry troop in the War of 1812, and for his services received a grant of land from the government, and his widow a pension. From Chester he removed to Hartland, Vt., returned to Chester in 1822, and in 1825 settled in Nashua, where he resided for twenty-five years, dying at the age of seventy-five.He was a Wesleyan Methodist, and was married three times. He married, December 1807, his second wife, Margaret Forsyth, of Chester NH, daughter of Lieutenant Robert and granddaughter of Deacon Matthew Forsyth. (Deacon Forsyth was born in Edinburgh Scotland, graduated at the University of Edinburgh, went to Ireland and then emigrated to America, and settled in 1730, in Chester NH. He married Esther, daughter of Robert Graham, and was an enterprising business man, prominent in town and church affairs).The children of David and Margaret Murray were Emeline Johnson, born at Belfast, Me., Oct. 26, 1808 (married Deacon William Tenney); Laurana Tolford, born at Belfast, Me., December 31, 1810; Leonidas, born in Chester NH, died in Hartland VT June 3, 1816; Marietta, born in Hartland Vt, January 3, 1816 (married Charles C. Flagg of Mobile, Ala, and died September 11, 1853), and Orlando D.
Orlando Dana was the youngest child. He acquired an excellent academic education at the celebrated Pinkerton Academy at Derry, and afterward prepared for college with Colonel Isaac Kinsman, principal of Pembroke Academy, a noted military school of that day. His advantages were diligently improved, and in 1834, at sixteen years of age, instead of going to college, he entered what Horace Greeley called "the best training-school in the world," theprinting-office, becoming an apprentice in the office of the NASHUA GAZETTE, then edited by General Israel Hunt Jr. His earnest application was not confined to the printer's trade, for, during the three years of his apprenticeship and
the subsequent four years life life as a journeyman, he was also clerk in the post-office, then under the administration of John M. Hunt.After his day's work at the case he was occupied in the post-office until nine o'clock, besides assisting in the distribution of the mails during the day. The nature of the young man was not one to rest content in the condition of the employee. He was keen, shrewd, energetic and desirous of making an independent career in life, so in 1841 he purchased a half-interest in the MANCHESTER MEMORIAL, a weekly newspaper, and became editor, and also the publisher of a monthly periodical, the IRIS. This connection continued only one year, when in the fall of 1842, he sold his interest in Manchester, and with A.I. Sawtell, established the OASIS, a weekly independent journal, in Nashua, and became its editor.
The first number was issued January 1, 1843. The position was by no means a sinecure. Mr. Murray worked daily at the case, and his editorials were placed in type by himself without being written. The strong, earnest efforts of the young firm were rewarded by substantial results. The OASIS soon gained the largest circulation in this section, and was highly prized. But Mr. Murray had other and valuable ideas. He had no intention of spending his days in a country printing-office when he believed a more lucrative field was before him. He was a natural inventor and machinist; he invented some printing-presses and deemed his services could command a higher price. In his brain he originated and to him is due the establishment of one of Nashua's most successful manufactures. He sold his interest in the OASIS in September 1849 to J.R. Dodge, and became a member of the firm of Gill & Co., which immediately began the manufacture of card-board and glazed paper. This new enterprise not only afforded fine scope for Mr. Murray's mechanical skill, but, like all such ventures, called also for other necessary elements to success,--patience, pluck and persistency. Mr. Murray and his partners, fortunately, were endowed with a more than ordinary share of these qualities, and finally the business swung clear of rocks and breakers and reached the open sea of prosperity. THe firm became Gage, Murray & Co., after a time, with Mr. Murray as manager of the manufacturing department.
In 1866, Messrs. Gage & Murray sold their interests to the Gilman Brothers. After two years, in February 1868, Mr. Murray purchased the interest of John F. Marsh in a recently established manufactory, the Nashua Glazed Paper Co.The new firm took the title of Murray, Pierce & Co. This firm did business until the fall of 1869, when it consolidated with that of GIllman Bros. in the stock company organized as the Nashua Card and Glazed Paper Co.Mr. Murray was elected president of the company on its organization and re-elected annually until 1883, when he retired from business. To Mr. Murray must be given a great share of the credit due, for the development and permanency of this business, now one of the institutions of Nashua. He familiarized himself with the chemical qualities of the colors, mixed them with his own hands for years, until
he had thoroughly instructed his son, George D., to take his place. He invented the rotary card-cutter, and by various devices, much improved the modus operandi of the manufacture.
Mr. Murray was one of the original stockholders of the Nashua Watch Co., and a director of the same until the business was purchased by the Waltham Watch Co. and removed from Nashua (This company took the greatest pains to produce and undoubtedly did make, the finest watches ever manufactured, and its business was conducted as a separate department at Waltham, "the Nashua department" until November 1884).During the larger part of the decade (1870-80) Mr. Murray was one-fourth owner of the Contoocook Valley Paper Co., a very successful corporation located at West Henniker, N.H.He was director and president of the board until the company was united with the Nashua Card and Glazed Paper Co., when the stock of the latter was increased to two hundred thousand dollars.He was one of the original incorporators and directors of the American Fan Company during its existence. He has given his financial aid and counsel to many other undertakings, both railroad and manufacturing, and was one of the prime movers of the Pennichuck Water-works.
Mr. Murray was by education at Democrat, but soon after became a Whig, and since the Republican party organized has been connected with it. He was elected town clerk in 1849-50-51, and was on the School Board for many years. After the city charter of Nashua was granted, in 1858-59, he was an alderman of Ward Seven.Erected his present residence in 1861-62, he became, on occupying it, a resident of Ward Six., which he also represented as alderman in 1865. He was a member of the city Board of Education, during the year the schools were graded, and did efficient service. He was elected representative to the State Legislature of 1855, re-elected in 1856, and is the member for 1885-86.He has held the commission of justice of the peace for many years. His official positions have come to him without seeking, and have been held as public trusts to be conscientiously discharged.
In 1843 Odd-Fellowing was first introduced into New Hampshire, at Nashua, by the formation of Granite Lodge No. 1.Mr. Murray was made a member of the first meeting, and has since held every office in the lodge. At the organization of the first encampment in the State (Nashoonon), also at Nashua, Mr. Murraydrew lot No. 1, and was made the first member. He has been a delegate to both the Grand Lodge and Grand Encampment several times. He is a member of the following Masonic bodies: Rising Sun Lodge, Nashua, since January 6, 1867, Meridian Sun Royal Arch Chapter, St. George Commandery, Council of Select Masters and the Consistory of the Thirty-second Degree.He is a member of the New Hampshire Club.
Mr. Murray married July 7, 1842, Mary J., daugher of Solomon and Sarah (Wetherbee). She was b. at Concord NH April 2, 1821.Their children were George Dana (deceased, he was in the commisary department of the Army of the Potomac and was with the advanced troops which entered Richmond at its surrender), Sarah L. (married William A. Crombie, of Burlington, Vt., one of the resident managers of the Shepard & Morse Lumber Co., they have three children-- William Murray, Arthur Choate and Maud Elizabeth), Levi Edwin (married Jane Russell Hopkins, their children were Marie Louise, Charles Russell and Lizzie Crombine. He was in the lumber business in Springfield, Mass and Ogdensburgh NY, he died Feb 18, 1880), Albert C. (deceased), Clarence A. and Charles O. (married Lulu Bemis and has two children--George Bemis and Lilian Cushman, he graduated from Tufts College in 1877, succeeded is brother in the lumber business and is a member of the J.A. Hoitt Company, manufacturing chemists of Nashua).
Since the marriage of his daughter, Mr. Murray has become interested in several financial and business institutions of Burlington, and is now a director in the Burlington Shade Roller Co.
Mr. Murray has always been noticeable for extreme urbanity and courteousness of manner, in a combination, at least unusual, with great force of character and unyielding determination in the face of Difficulties, and as evidence of the regard in which he is held by his townsmen, we submit the following extrqact from the "Nashua Telegraph" (newspaper) March 13, 1884:
"A Pleasant Social Gathering of Nashua's Representative Citizens--Spalding's Hall was last evening the scene of a very soci gathering and successful surprise, some of the many friends of Mr. O.D. Murray, the former president of the Card and Glazed Paper Co., seizing the occasion of the gentleman's birth-day to present him with an unexpected testimonial of their regard and esteem. Mr. Murray was decoyed to the spot on the pretense that it was desired by the proprietor of the hall to dedicate the hall again by a select party of gentlemen, and at the proper time Hon. Isaac eaton, in behalf of the gentlemen, presented Mr. Murray with an elegant and costly gold-headed ebony cane, gracefully expressing the sentiments of respect felt for the recipient by the sixty-six donors. Mr. Murray, though completely surprised, responded most fittingly, and 'brought down the house' by his reference to the 'first families' of the time of Cain and Abel.
"The company was then invited to partake of an excellent banquet.
"It is rarely that a gathering in Nashua has contained so many of its most prominent citizens and old residents."
The New York Times
February 25, 1896
Orlando D. Murray died in Nashua, NH yesterday at the age of seventy-four years.He was one of Nashua's oldest residents, having resided there over half a century.He was one of the early editors of The Nashua Gazette, and from 1840 to 1857 was editor of The Oasis, a weekly paper which he owned and managed at that time.He was for years a prominent Republican politician, and had served in the Legislature and on the State Central Committee.
He was also one of the principal owners of the card paper business, now run by the Nashua Card and Glazed Paper Company.
Mr. Murray retired from active business about four years ago.He was one of the oldest Odd Fellows in the state, being a member of Granite Lodge.He was also a prominent Mason, being a Sir Knight of Sir George's commandery and a thirty-second degree Mason.He was the oldest Mason in the big parade in Boston.He leaves a wife and two sons.
David Murray married Margaret Forsaith
February 1808, Chester, Rockingham Co., NH
(NH Marriage Records)