States: North Carolina: Rutherford
This is all quite fascinating, Ben. Looking at your Tree Maker, I see yet another connection. You mention Samuel McMurray whose wife was Margaret and had sons Andrew and James. If this is the Samuel McMuarry I think you mean (b. in Ireland), his grandson was E. Samuel McMurray (b. c 1802) who married (1823 Rutherford Co) Margaret Williams, the daughter of William Williams b 1757! A further conundrum is that, according to the late Forrest Lyda who did a lot of research on Williams and allied families in Rutherford Co, the first Samuel McMurray lived on Cathey's Creek as early as 1771. E. Samuel and Margaret Williams McMurray named a son Andrew (b1838) so that could be part of the naming pattern. That's all I have on that, have never looked into it, but it certainly connects the McMurrays and Williamses much earlier than I'd ever imagined.
I'm very interested in your comment about "Mont" Creek being Mountain Creek -- I've seen the original of one of these deeds in the State Archives, and it plainly says "Monks Creek" although another says Mont. I realize that many of the early surveyors were barely literate, and I'd earlier thought it might be Mountain Creek, but was convinced otherwise by another researcher. Do you know that area well? I'd always assumed that, if I went as far on the map as Mountain Creek away from Cathey's Creek, I'd gone too far. You don't agree?
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