MURRAY, Patrick
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MURRAY, PATRICK, was born March 17, 1755, in county Donegal, Ireland; died July 23, 1854, in Orange township, Ashland county, O. He came to America at the outset of the struggle for independence, and we find that on the 3d of June, 1776, he enlisted in Capt. James Parr's company, of the First regiment of the Pennsylvania Line, for three years or during the war. He was discharged in 1782 and shortly after settled at Harris' Ferry, on the Susquehanna, and when, two years after, the town of Harrisburg was laid out, established himself in business as a "clothier and fashioner." In the year 1800 he removed with his family to Greensburg, Westmoreland county, Pa., remaining there until 1809, when he located in Stark county, Ohio. In 1812 he and his son James volunteered in the brigade of Gen. Reasin Beall, organized for the defense of the border settlers in the Northwest. While quartered at Fort Meigs the army became much distressed for want of provisions; the roads to the settlements were long, rough, and in poor condition, passing mostly through dense forests, and across marshes and bogs. The quantity of forage consumed by the cavalry as well as the supply of the quartermaster's department for the troops made it difficult to furnish the necessary rations at the proper time. On more than one occasion the troops were on the point of starvation, and this, with the inclemency of the weather, made their sufferings almost unbearable. Several reminiscences of this period, in Mr. Murray's history, have been preserved to us which show that under the most adverse circumstances his mother wit and his indomitable energy never forsook him, while his patriotism was none the less enthusiastic by his many deprivations. After General Beall returned, the father and son served a second enlistment, and were at the battle of Fort Meigs. In that contest the elder Murray was separated from his company, and the grass being very tall it was presumed by his comrades that he had been killed and scalped by the Indians. After a few hours he appeared in the camp amid the cheers of his companions at his safe return. Upon the expiration of his term of service he returned to his home in Stark county, where he remained to 1812, when he removed to what is now Orange township, then Richland county, Ohio. It is said of him that, although his education was defective, he had a very retentive memory, and enjoyed at the close of his long life the relation of the exploits and border achievements of himself and other early pioneers in that section of Ohio. In many respects he was a remarkable man, and was all his life-time active, energetic and industrious. On the 4th of July the year he was ninety-nine years of age he rode to Ashland in a buggy, walked about one mile during the day and returned home some three miles, in the evening. He voted for ten different Presidents of the United States. Mr. Murray married, September 2, 1786, at Harrisburg, Pa., by Rev. John Elder, of Paxtang, Mary Brereton Beatty, born 1769, in county Down, Ireland; died March 2, 1853, in Ashland county, Ohio; with her husband buried in Orange graveyard; daughter of James Beatty and Alice Ann Irwin.

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