States: North Carolina: Pender
James Walker deeded 640 acres of land at Murraytown to Thomas Murray in 1791. Hinton James deeded 520 acres of land to Thomas's son, George Washington Murray, in 1811. GWM's Land is identified as being on the River above the mouth of Dry Run Branch and adjoining Thomas Murray's land. Thomas appears to have died in about 1812, leaving 320 acres each to sons John Murray and GWM. At least a portion of GWM's lands seem to have gone to Patrick Murphy in 1846 in a sheriff's sale, but the deed on microfilm at State Archives is so bad that I cannot make much out of it. I know exactly where Thomas's tract was, but not GWM's. It has to be in the Murraytown, Six Forks, Hopewell Ch. area since the James, Murphy and Murray family lands all centered around there. If I could find Dry Run Branch, I think I could follow the calls and draw off the GWM tract (as I have already done for the Thomas Murray tract). Can anyone locate Dry Run Branch for me? Does anyone have a clear copy or transcription of any of the GWM deeds? They are NH DB O,274; W,63; AA,321; AA,760; CC,289. I have never done much research on GWM because I descend through his brother John, but I hope someone who has done work on GWM will share to see if putting the two brothers together will give us some leads on Thomas and the origin of Murraytown. Ramsey and Croom researchers might also be interested in these deeds.
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