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Thomas Murray and Mary Calderwood early 1800s Northern Ireland
Posted by: Heather Matthews (ID *****1226) Date: May 17, 2013 at 17:37:36
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Hi, I've reached a brick wall on my Murray line and wonder if anyone can help?

I know I'm descended from Mary Calderwood and Thomas Murray, both born about 1800, give or take a few years, and who were probably married in the 1820s in Ireland (now Northern Ireland), possibly in the Donaghadee-Newtownards region. Based on documents I have for their children, both Mary and Thomas died between 1858-1878, although I'm unsure if they died in Ireland or Scotland.

Their children who I'm aware of are:

1. William Murray, born about 1828 in Ireland. Married Elizabeth Craig in Dumbarton, Scotland on 11 Sep 1852. Based on census records, they stayed in Dumbartonshire.

2. Jane Murray, born about 1831 in Ireland. Married Hugh Boyce in Donaghadee, Ireland on 5 Nov 1849. They relocated to Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland before the 1851 census, and subsequent census years indicate they stayed in Dalry.

3. Ann Murray, born about 1834 in Ireland. Married John McCaw on 6 Aug 1858 in Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland. Census records indicate they stayed in Dalry until the 1901 census. However, between the 1901 census and her death in 1907, the widowed Ann moved to Beith, Ayrshire.

4. Mary Murray, born abt 1836 in Ireland. Married Robert Stevenson on 10 April 1857 in Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland. They remained there until after the 1891 census. The widowed Mary is found on the 1901 census and her death record as residing in Beith, Ayrshire.

There was possibly another daughter named Elizabeth. There was an Elizabeth Murray from Ireland visiting Jane in Dalry during the 1851 census, however it is unclear whether she was a sister, cousin, friend, etc. I also suspect that there was a son named Thomas since family naming patterns include naming a son after the father. Additionally, I have discovered on Jane's and Mary's lines that there were a few individuals with the middle name of Hamilton, which may possibly indicate a maternal line of Hamiltons prior to Thomas and Mary.

If anyone has a connection to any of these lines, I would love to hear from you!

Thank you.
Heather Matthews

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