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Loyalist Directory: David (Son of John Sr.) Murray

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Surname : Murray
Given name : David (Son of John Sr.)
Rank :  
Where Resettled : Settled at North Bedeque, Lot 25, Prince Co., Island of Saint John (now Prince Edward Island)
Status as Loyalist : Proven
Proof of Loyalty : Appendix J, Journals of the House of Assembly, Prince Edward Island, 1841
Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) :  
Regiment :  
Enlistment Date :  
Date & Place of Birth : 1765 Canonbie Parish, Dumfries Co., Scotland
Settled before war : Harpersfield, Tryon Co., Province of New York (now State of New York)
Date & Place of Death : 08 October 1853, New London, Prince Co., Prince Edward Island
Place of Burial : North Bedeque Presbyterian Cemetery, Prince Co., Prince Edward Island
Wife Name : Elizabeth Penman
Children : George
Jane (m Campbell, Donald aka Daniel)
William (m Montgomery, Ann)
David (m Rix, Elizabeth)
Benjamin (m Montgomery, Jane)
Mary (m Rix, Benjamin)
James (m Hooper, Mary)
Alexander (m Woodside, Ellen)
Ann (m Montgomery, Donald)
Elizabeth (m Montgomery, Hugh)
Catherine (m MacFarlane, Neil)
Biography : David Murray's parents and three youngest siblings arrived on the Island of Saint John (later Prince Edward Island) in July 1784. They had left Harpersfield, Tryon County, in the province of New York, going first to New York City in 1782 and then to Shelburne, Nova Scotia in 1783, before finally arriving on the Island.

David came to the Island separately and the year is not known. He had been born in Scotland and baptized there in 1765, the son of John Murray Sr. and his wife Mary [Kennedy]. The Murray family came to America about 1772, where they remained for about ten years. However, with Harpersfield and environs having frequent unrest for years due to the War of Independence, the family finally decided to relocate.

Once on the Island, it is said that David Murray refused a Loyalist land grant due to the terms of the offer. (He fought unsuccessfully for many years to get a settlement for his father's original Loyalist land grant.)

As time went by, David purchased land in the Bedeque area of the Island of Saint John. His home and farm were located on Lot 25, North Bedeque, Prince County. Early on, with his brothers he was involved in cutting lumber for Governor Patterson in Charlottetown. He also owned at least one schooner, which was used for shipping.

In 1793, when his Majesty's Island of Saint John Corps was formed, David Murray was an officer in the Prince County Regiment. Later, he became involved with militia training during the period surrounding the War of 1812.

As an elder in the first Presbyterian Church at Princetown, he would have had to travel some 15 miles distance from his home. For over twenty years, David Murray represented the Bedeque area in the Island's House of Assembly held in Charlottetown - about a 60-mile, return trip.

In 1789, David Murray married Elizabeth Penman, daughter of George Penman of Richmond Bay (Island of Saint John), who was formerly a paymaster in the British Army. George Penman served under Lord Rollo and first came to the Island in 1758 when Lord Rollo took possession of it.

David Murray and Elizabeth Penman had at least thirteen children. Only six of them are named in David Murray's will written in 1851. They are sons - William, James and deceased son, Alexander; and three daughters Elizabeth Montgomery, Mrs. McArthur and Mrs. Donald Campbell. Several other children have been identified in deeds and other records.

David and his wife Elizabeth were great-grandparents of the noted author, Lucy Maud Montgomery.

David Murray died in 1853 at New London, Prince Edward Island and was interred in the Presbyterian Cemetery, North Bedeque. His wife Elizabeth is not mentioned in his will, so it is likely she predeceased him.
Proven Descendants : Lynne Charles, Vancouver Branch, 2011.03.21; Vancouver 2011-03-21;
Military Info :
Loyalist Genealogy : See Certificate Application for Lynne Charles to David Murray.
See also details for Father John Murray, Sr. UEL & brother John Murray Jr. a reputed Loyalist.
Family History : "An Island Refuge : Loyalists and Disbanded Troops on the Island of Saint John," edited by Orlo Jones and Doris Haslam; (pp. 195-201 in 1983 printing)
Family Genealogy : see Family History above
Sources : Contribution by Lynne Charles
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