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MURRAY, JOHN, merchant, Hummelstown, Pa., was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., December 11, 1842; son of Samuel and Mary Ann (Baum) Murray. The father worked on the farm until he was twenty-one years old, when he married a daughter of Daniel Baum, and engaged in hotel keeping. He also carried on a butchering business and attended the Harrisburg markets. Later he removed to Pittsburgh, Pa., where he died in 1851, having at different periods had charge of the "Golden Sheaf," "American House," and "Black Bear" hotels. After his death his wife continued the hotel for some time, and subsequently removed to Allegheny City, and from there to Manchester, and finally died at Allegheny City in 1855. They had five children, three of whom are now living: John; Daniel, of Youngstown, Ohio, coach trimmer; Mary Agnes, wife of George Snyder, of Youngstown, Ohio.

John came to Hummelstown in 1855 and lived with his grandfather Baum until he was sixteen years of age, when he went to Lebanon to learn the harness maker’s trade with his uncle. In 1861, he enlisted in company A, Ninety-third regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, as a private, and was with the Army of the Potomac in the Peninsular campaign, participating in all the battles. He was wounded at Richmond, and as a result was disabled and discharged from the service in 1863, after which he returned to Lebanon, Pa., and resumed work at his trade. In 1864 he came to Hummelstown and opened a harness shop, which he conducted a short time. He then removed to Derry township, where for four years he was engaged in farming. In 1871 he returned to Hummelstown and opened a store, which he has since conducted. He is also a stockholder in the Farmers’ Bank. Mr. Murray is a member of the P.O.S. of A., and of the James Henderson Post, No. 443, G.A.R., of which he is also the commander, and was one of the organizers in 1891. In politics he is a Republican, and has served as burgess and as member of the borough council. He was married, in 1864, to Miss Elizabeth H., daughter of George Balsbaugh, of Derry township. Their children are: Charles B., at home; Catherine B., wife of S. C. Stecker, of Hummelstown; and Edith M. Mr. Murray is a member of the Lutheran church, and his wife is a member of the United Brethren church.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Donna Whipple for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project –

Date of Transcription: 17 Feb 2001

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