Category Archives: McMURRAY Surname

Scotland: A Tour and more…

We returned from Scotland and the trip was EPIC. We have been back several weeks recovering. Please go to my blog The Man Who Lived Airplanes to see what we did and where we went. http://macdonellfamily.wordpress.com

Me at Edinburgh Castle, May 2018

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Heading to Scotland…

Yes, I am going to Scotland, and I will be touring the country for several weeks. I will try to share some of the events as they happen but it will be a busy trip. I am not as young and eager as I used to be and I want to take time and savor it all and it also depends on the WiFi situation?

Scotland simplified

I will be visiting several archives, societies and repositories in my travels. I will be looking into the surname of MacDonald/MacDonell, and Barclay.  I will be seeking information about the surnames of  McMurray, and Jackson that have been discussed on this blog. I know more about the MacD’s and Barclay’s and little about the McMurray’s and Jacksons and their origins.

I know that James McMurray was born in Scotland in 1823 but it is not clear where. On the a census the location of Beulowman is written and a cousin thinks it is Ben Lomond but I have not determined a place for that other than the mountain in Scotland.  It is possible that Mary Jackson McMurray’s father John Jackson was born in Scotland but it is not clear if that is true. I probably should dig deeper into Lancashire, England research.  I will just poke around and see what comes up?  I do plan to visit England and Ireland at some point but wanted to get Scotland done first.

As I visit these archives I will ask lots of questions so I should be very educated in Scottish research by the time I get home. I will also leave behind my family history and maybe it will have some effect?

I will visit lots of castles that have to do with MacDonald/MacDonell history as well as areas and places and also just Scottish history. There will be battlefields to see and the Scottish Highlands to explore including the Isle of Skye and the area west of Fort Augustus.  Click the map and it will open.

The Highlands of Scotland

I will share this trip on two of my blogs, The Man Who Lived Airplanes http://macdonellfamily.wordpress.com and The Barclays of Pine River http://barclayspineriver.wordpress.com.  Maybe a little on this blog but I am not expecting to find much.

It will be EPIC! Bonnie

Revisiting James and Mary McMurray’s Children…First Born James McMurray 1849 to 1933

On July 2, 2010, I wrote a quick summary about the McMurray Children of Kent County, New Brunswick. Their parents were James McMurray and his wife Mary Jackson.  That original post had several comments made on it so I suggest you go and review those comments. The original post was titled:  James and Mary McMurray’s Children, July 2, 2010.  For more posts written about the McMurrays and Jacksons see the page at the top of this blog by hovering with your mouse of the The Boardman Family Overview. 

When I attended the British Institute Course in Salt Lake City in 2013, I did a little searching for the records of the McMurray and Jackson family at the Family History Library after my class on Pre-1850 English Records.  I presented those findings in the posts titled:

The Origins of the McMurrays and Jacksons, August 1, 2014

This is what I wrote about James McMurray the son of James and Mary Jackson McMurray in first mentioned post above.

1.  James McMurray born about 1849 in England in Newcastle. James appears in the 1861 and 1871 census with his parents.  This means the family emigrated to New Brunswick sometime between 1849 and 1852. 

I believe I have found out more about James the son and his life in New Brunswick.

James the son was baptized on 1 April, 1849 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northampton County, England and born 8 March 1849.

James' Baptism in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

James’ Baptism in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Source:  Parish Registers of All Saints Church, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 1600 to 1940, Church of England Parish Registers, Baptisms 1844 to 1864, FHL#1068964, Item 2, pg. 202, No. 1615, April 1, 1849. April 1, 1849, James so of James & Mary McMurray, Pilgrims Head, Mason, W G. Henderson. 

James appears in the 1861 Canadian Census of New Brunswick with his parents and other siblings.  He is 12 years old and born in England, Newcastle.  James the father may have been born in Ben Lomond (Beulowman might be a mixed up version of that area).

Line 15, James McMurray, w, head of the Family, age 30, Scotch Beulowman, mason and farmer, Presbyterian, 3 children in school, no defects. Mary Jackson McMurray, f, wife, age 33, English, Longtown, Presby., no defects. James McMurray, m, son, age 12, English, Newcastle, Presby, no defects; Ed Wm. McMurray m, son, age 10, native, Presby, no defects; Robert Carson McMurray, m, son, age 8, native, Presby., no defects; Charlotte Anna McMurray, f, daughter, age 6, native, Presby, no defects; John Jackson m, son, age 4, native, Presby., no defects; Mary Elizabeth, f, daughter, age 2, Presby, no defects.

Source: James McMurray Family, 1861 Canadian Census, Weldford Parish, Kent Co., New Brunswick, pg. 15. 

He is with his parents and family in the 1871 Canadian Census.

James McMurray, F#159, Male, age 52, birthplace Scotland, Religion Presbyterian, origin Scotch, occupation farmer, M/W M, birth year 1819.
Mary McMurray, F#159, F, age 52, birthplc England, Presbyterian, English, M, Birth year 1819
James McMurray, F#159, M, age 22 birthplc England, Presbyterian, Scotch, farmer, birth year 1849. 
Edmand McMurray F#159, M, age 19, born New Brunswick, Presbyterian, Scotch, farmer, birth year 1852. 
Robert McMurray F#159, M, age 17, born New Brunswick, Presbyterian, Scotch, farmer, birth year 1854.
Charlotte McMurray, F# 159, Gender F, Age 14, Birth Place New Brunswick, Religion: Presbyterian, origin Scotch, occupation scholar, birth year 1857.
John McMurray F#159, M, age 12, born New Brunswick, Presbyterian, Scotch, scholar, birth year 1859.
Mary McMurray F#159, F, age 10, born New Brunswick, Presbyterian, Scotch, scholar, birth year 1861.
Richard McMurray F#159 M, age 8, born New Brunswick, Presbyterian, Scotch, scholar, birth year 1863.
Thomas McMurray F#159 M, age 6, born New Brunswick, Presbyterian, Scotch, scholar, birth year 1865.

Source:  James McMurray Family, 1871 Canadian Census, Kent County, New Brunswick, Film C-10390, pg. 51, Parish Weldon.

This is where it gets interesting and I believe that this is the son, James, with his own family appearing in the 1881 Canadian census in Glomely, Northumberland, New Brunswick.  He is the same name, right age and born in England.  I am not sure about the “Glomely” it was hard to read.

New Brunswick Counties 1873 to present

New Brunswick Counties 1873 to present

Wikipedia has a description of the parishes of New Brunswick in Northumberland:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenelg_Parish,_New_Brunswick

Source:  James McMurray Family and Donald Cameron Family, 1881 Canadian Census, Parish of Glenelg, Northumberland, New Brunswick, page 8-9,

line 10, 31, 31, Cameron, Donald, M, 71, born NB, all Presbyterian, All Scotch, Farmer
Cameron, Flora, F, 55, born PEI, weaver
Cameron, Catherine, F, 25, Children born NB
Cameron, Margery, F, 20
Cameron, Archibald, M, 17
Cameron, Alexander, M, 14
McMurray James, M, 33, born England – Labour
McMurry, Ann, F, 29, born NB
McMurray, Am. Ellen, F, 9/12, Born NB

We find this same James McMurray and Annie still in Northumberland Co. in 1891.

Line 22, 1 1/1/2/10, 10, McMurray James, Male, 42, born England, father born Scotland, mother born England, farm labourer
McMurray, Annie, F, 39, wife, born NB
McMurray, Annie E, F, 11, Daughter, born NB
McMurray, Mary C, F, 2, Daughter, born NB

Source:  James McMurray Family, 1891 Canadian Census, Glenelg Div, Northumberland, New Brunswick, Dist#17, page 2-3, enumerated 7 April 1891, James Cameron

He is still there in the 1901 Canadian Census.

Source:  James McMurray Family, 1901 Canadian Census, Glenelg Parish, Northumberland, New Brunswick, page 1, Dist#19, SD#2, enumerated by Archibald Cameron, April 1,2,and 3, 1901.

line 32, 6, 6, McMurray, James, M, W, Head, M, 8th march 1849, 52, England, No. immigrated 1851, Scotch, Canadian, Presbyterian, 12, 240 (can’t read his occupation), read write etc.
McMurray, Annie, F, W, Wife, M, 15 Nov, 1852, 49, NB r
McMurray Katie C, F, W, daughter, S, 12 Dec. 1888, 12, NBr, 9 months school

Annie and James are living in Chatham Parish in the 1911 Canadian Census.

Source: James McMurray Family, 1911 Canadian Census, Chatham Parish, Northumberland, New Brunswick, Dist#31, SD #10, ED#19, page 9, enumerated by H. Melbourne Russell

line 38, 71, 85, McMurray, James, M, head, M, March 1849, 62, England, 1851, Scotch, Canadian, Presbyterian, no occupation, 1000, 36.00, all can read and write and speak.
McMurray, Annie, F, Wife, M, Nov. 1851, 59, NB
McMurray, Katie, F, Daughter, S, Dec 1888, 22, NB

James and Annie are in Loggieville in 1921.

Source:  James McMurray Family, 1921 Canadian Census, Loggieville, Chatham, Northumberland, New Brunswick, page 10-11, Dist#44, ED#29, enumerated by Arnold Torrent/Forest. 

Line 49 pg. 10 – 95, 95, McMurray, James, Township Chatham, Loggieville, BO, S, W, 6, head, Male, Married, 72, born England, father born Scotland, mother Born England, immigrated 1851, Canada, English, speaks English, no French, Presbyterian, laborer, odd jobs, $900
McMurray, Annie, wife, F, M, 69, born NB, father born NB, mother ???
Line 1 page 11.
McMurray Katie, all Chatham, all Loggieville, daughter, F, S, 32, all born NB, Presbyterian, read and write.
McNaughton, Grace, lodger, F, S, 20, school teacher, grade school, $800.
Cameron Crystinia, lodger, F, S, 22, school, public school, $720.

James died on 11 September 1933 in Loggieville.

Source:  James McMurray, Death Certificate #069487, September 11, 1933, Loggieville, NB

Northumberland, Village of Loggieville, Sub Chatham parish, James MacMurray, Loggieville, NB, Male, Scotch, Married, birthplace England, date of birth 1849, 84 years 6 months. Labourer, General, Married Annie Cameron, 30 years in place of death, in province 75 years, father James McMurray, born Scotland, mother Mary Jackson born England. Informant: Mrs. Donald MacNaughton, Black River, NB daughter. Buried in St. Stephens, Sept 13, 1933. Undertaker W.LL. D. Russell, Loggieville, NB. Attended deceased from Sept 10 to Sept 11. Death pneumonia, No autopsy, Dr’s information is smudged. Filed Dec 16, 1933 by E.L. Morris.

I also found Annie’s death certificate and it just adds to the information about James and Annie:

Mrs. Annie MacMurray, Loggieville, Chatham parish, Northumberland, New Brunswick, female, Canadian, Scotch, Widow, born NB, age 84, 8 months, died 20 August, 1936, cardiac failure, father Donald Cameron, Black River, NB, mother Flora McIntyre PEI Prince Edward, Informant Katie MacMurray, Loggieville, daughter, buried St. Stephens, Aug 28, 1936. undertake W. L.D. Russell of Loggieville.

Source:  Mrs. Annie MacMurray, Death Certificate #7834, Loggieville, Chatham, Northumberland, New Brunswick. 

I do believe that this is definitely James McMurray’s family, the son of James McMurray and Mary Jackson McMurray and my great-grandmother Charlotte’s older brother. Of course more research is always needed.

Phillip and Margaret McMurray Brown’s children: Alice Maria Brown Wellman

Tweflth Line Cemetery

Twelfth Line Cemetery Location in Hastings County, ON – Google Maps

Alice Maria Brown was born about 1845 in Rawdon Twp., She married a Gilbert Barton Wellman who was born 20 May, 1848. Alice died 20 November, 1921 in Rawdon Twp., Hastings County, Ontario.  She died on the 20th and was buried on November 22, 1921 in the Twelfth Line Cemetery in Hastings Co.,

Wellman, Alice Maria, Female, Married, White, 76 yrs 8 mos, 24, days, born Rawdon, Housewife, always in Ontario and area, father Phillip Brown, mother Margaret McMurray, Information W.A. Wellman, Bonarlaw, Ontario, son, 12th concession, date of burial Nov. 22, 1921, date of death 20 Nov. 1921, Senility, 2 yrs. and paralysis of the heart, J.R. Simmons, Spring Brook, Nov. 21, 1921,

Source: Alice Maria Wellman, Death Certificate, 22 November 1921, Rawdon, Hastings Co. #015986, Ontario Canada Deaths, 1869-1938 and Overseas

Gilbert Barton Wellman died on 4 January 1936 in Rawdon Twp..  His father was David Wellman and mother was Jane Barton.

Ontario, Hastings, Rawdon, 70 yrs, Wellman, Gilbert Barton, Lot, 21, 12 Con. Rawdon West, Male, Anglo-Saxon, British, widowed, born Rawdon, Ontario, May 20, 1848, 87 yrs, 7 mos, 8 days, farmer, retired 15 years, father David Wellman, Mother Jane Barton, both of Rawdon, Informant David Wellman Bonarlaw RR#1, son, Place of burial 12th Line Cemetery, Jan 6, 1936, Died Jan 4, 1936, pneumonia. Hamilton Crawford MD, Marmora. Reg. L.C. Bateman. 

Source:  Gilbert Barton Wellman, January 4, 1936, Rawdon, Hastings Co., Ontario, #018136, page 71. Ontario Canada Deaths and overseas 1869-1947

Alice and Barton Wellman appear in the 1881 Canadian Census:

Wellman, Barton, Male, age 31, born 1850, born Ontario, married, Farmer, English, Methodist,
Wellman, Alice, F, 36, born Ontario,
Wellman, Zora, F, 6 born Ontario
Wellman, Barton Edmond Wellman, M, 3 yrs.
Wellman, Margret Barton, F, 7m, born Ontario

Source: Barton Wellman Family, 1881 Canadian Census, Rawdon, Hastings Co., Ontario, Dist #122, C, pg. 8. 

They appear in the 1891 Canadian census they are in Rawdon Twp., and North Hastings:

Line 11, North 5, 88, Wellman, Barton, M 42, M, all born in Ontario, Farmer, Allas, F, 46, M, parents born Ireland, Zora, F, 16, Edmund, M, 13, Margaret, F, 10, David, M, 4

Source:  1891 Canadian Census, Rawdon Twp., North Hastings, page 19, enumerated on 18 April, 1891, by James McComb. 

The family appears in the 1901 census using initials:  E.B. Willman age 23, G.B. Willman age 53, AM Willman age 56, MM Willman age 20 and DA Willman age 14. They are in Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co. and he is a carpenter. On line 34 page 5.

Things get real interesting in the 1911 Canadian Census for the Wellman family page 2, Rawdon, 80 Hastings West Co., Ontario

Line 6, 11, 11, Wellman, Barton G. con 11, Lot 2, M, Head, M, May 1868, 62, all born in Ontario, Alice M., F, Wife, M, Feb. 1875, Edward, M, Son, S, Sep. 1877, 33. McMullan, Mable, F, grand-daughter, S, Oct. 1900, 10, McMullen Hershine, M, grand son, S, Nov. 1901, 9, McMullen, Eveline, F, grand-daughter, S, July, 1903, 7, McMullen, Verna W. F, grad daughter, 5, May, 1906, age 4.

Line 13, 12, 12, Wellman. David A., Con 11, Lot 2, M, Nov. 1886, 24, Jennie, L, F, Wife, M, March, 1888, 23, David W., M, son, S, Dec. 1907, 3, Clarence, M, son, S, April 1909, 2

UPDATE: July 12, 2016 – A visitor to this blog shared additional information about the Wellman family.  There are two additional children I did not know about. There is a transcript to the Wellman bible with additional information that has errors. There is additional information about this family, I will only add some of it to the information below.  If interested leave a comment.  This will change the order of the children

  1.  Philip Brown Wellman, died young.  (NEW)

2.  Zora Wellman born about 1875 in Ontario. She married a Gilbert McMullen on 25 October 1889 in Hastings.  This means that Zora died before 1911 per the above census.

Zora Z. Wellman, age 25, born about 1874 in Rawdon, married on 25, Oct. 1899 in Hastings. Father Barton Wellman, mother Alice Brown. Spouse Gilbert McMullen, age 38, born about 1861 in Rawdon. Father Andrew McMullen and mother Catherine Wescott.  Source Ontario Canada Marriages 1801 to 1928

Update:  July 12, 2016 – Zora was in the Rockwell Hospital in Kingston, Ontario in the 1911 census and eventually recovered. In the 1911 Canadian census her children are living with her parents and brother in Rawdon Twp.  Her final fate is still unknown.

3.  Edward Barton Wellman born about 1876/8 and died 14 December, 1912 in Rawdon, Hastings Co., Ontario. He married a Katie Myrtle Eleanor Gifford on 26 June, 1912 in Hastings Co.  She was the daughter of Samuel Sterling Gifford and Precella Lidster.  Source was Ontario, Canada, Marriages 1801-1928

Wellman, Edward Barton, male, white, died Dec. 14, 1912, born 1876, 35 yrs. 5 mos, 5 dys, Lot 22 Con 11, farmer, married, father Gilbert Barton Wellman Rawdon, mother Alice Brown, Rawdon, Dr. Tolton, P.J. Belleville, Dec. 16, 1912. Died Dec. 14, 4:30 pm., suicide, Rifle Shot, Instantly, H. H. Alger, Striling Ont. Dec. 16, 1912.

Source:  Edward Barton Wellman, 14 Dec. 1912, Death, Rawdon, Hastings Co., Ontario, page 545 Deaths. #015464, Ontario Canada Deaths 1869-1938, Overseas 1939-1947.

Update: July 12, 2016 – Sadly Edward/Edmond tried to shoot his wife Katie and then shot himself.  Katie survived and remarried to a Myron Seymore.

4. Margaret Wellman born 1880. She may have married on 12 August 1884 but no name of spouse was given for it was only and index.  There are many references to a Margaret in the census for 1911 but not knowing her married name will take a bit of work to figure out what happened to her. Update: July 12, 2016 the name of her husband is Carl Wheeler Nixon.

5. Ethel Alvina Wellman – died young. (NEW)

6.  David Wellman about 1887.  The David listed in the 1911 Canadian census above might be a son of Barton and Alice Wellman appearing next door to them.  Update: July 12, 2016 – David married Jennie Gifford, sister to Katie see #3.

Once again, more research needs to be done on this family and the children.  A thorough census study, marriage, and burial records needs to be done to piece it all together.  It is time to move on to other family members.

Thanks to the visitor for sharing these updates.