JOHN MURRAY, deceased, was one of the prominent and well-to-do farmers of McLean County, and was a resident of Old Town Township. He was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, about 1821. When about twenty-eight years of age he came to the conclusion that he could better his financial condition in life by emigrating to the United States, and following up his conclusion he landed upon the soil of our free Republic in 1849.

He selected as the place of his residence the State of Ohio, and after residing there for seven years he concluded to come still further West, and in 1856 became a citizen of McLean County by settling in Old Town Township.

There he determined to make his permanent home, having, as he often said, great faith in the future development of the country. He purchased a farm in that township, and was industriously engaged in agricultural pursuits there until Aug. 10, 1886, the date of his demise.

At this time he was the owner of 320 acres of valuable and productive land, which he had acquired through his own energy and perseverance. He was a self-made man in every respect the word implies, and what he possessed up to the date of his demise had been acquired, as stated, through his own exertions and not as the recipient of any legacy whatsoever.

Mr. Murray was married at Bloomington, Ill., Sept. 14, 1856, to Miss Eliza Loughman, who was born in Queens County, Ireland, Feb. 22, 1837. She was about seventeen years of age when she came to the United States, and of her union with Mr. Murray eleven children have been born: Anna is the wife of Frank Schlink, and they reside in Peoria; the others are Edward, Michael, John, Maggie, Thomas, Martin, James, Mary, Joseph M. and William. James died in infancy. Mrs. Murray and her children are members of the Catholic Church, as was our subject. In politics Mr. Murray was a Democrat. His remains are interred in the Catholic Cemetery at Bloomington.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 288. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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