William R. Murray was a Southerner who enlisted in the Union Army in Nashville in 1863, Company I of the 10th Tenn. Infantry Regiment.Company I had "enrolled" at Battle Creek, Marion County Tennessee and this is the county where William's wife, Susan (Susannah Margaret) BIBLE, was born and grew up and where William lived most of his life.
William R. Murray was born in NC, March 1842.At the end of the War Between The States, his regiment is designated as "The Governor's Guard" in Nashville.William R. Murray is found in the hospital in Nashville on numerous occasions.
Shortly after the war ends, (July 20, 1865), William R. Murray marries Susan Bible.His 1923 death notice in the South Pittsburg TN newspaper reveals that- shortly after his discharge from the Union Army- he loses his eyesight and then lived for nearly sixty years as a blind man.
The Anderson, Bible, Murray, Hargis, Tate, Raulston, Beene, and Ladd Families are close neighbors in Battle Creek, Marion County TN. for 150 years.
Meanwhile, back at the Battle Crick, his daughter Flora Anna Murray was born May 16, 1866 and his daughter Nancy Caldonia (Dona) Murray was born Dec. 23, 1868.
Then on March 30, 1871, Susan Bible Murray died, leaving blind William R. Murray with two small baby daughters.
We find daughter Anna at the age of 14, in the 1880 Marion County Census, being raised in District 9 of Marion County by her aunt Louisa BIBLE BEENE and her husband William Owen BEENE, along with their other 3 children.
However, according to the family of GEORGE WASHINGTON BIBLE and CATHERINE SPEEGLE BIBLE, their daughter Louisa BIBLE BEENE dies July 16, 1880, very soon after the 1880 census was completed.
Flora Anna Murray marries Charles W. MASON and has 7 children and Nancy Caldonia (Dona) Murray marries Samuel HASKEW and has numerous children (7 in the 1900 Census).
In the 1900 Census, William R. Murray is living as the spouse of C. F. Murray and next door to his 2 daughters (MASON and HASKEW) and their families in the Battle Creek area of Marion County.
In 1923, we find the South Pittsburg Tennessee newspaper posting great great grandfather William R. Murray's death notice where it mentions that he had recently died in St. Cloud Florida, that he was an active Methodist, and that he was buried in the TATE Cemetery in TATE'S COVE, Battle Creek, Marion County Tennessee.
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I am endeavoring to find the parents, grandparents, g grandparents (and more extensive pedigree), and other family of William R. Murray.Is there any one reading this message who knows these people?
My name is Barbara Garrett and I work at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
I would very much appreciate any help that any one can give me.