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Descendants of JOSEPH MCMURTRY

Generation No. 4

14. JOHN4 MCMURTRY,SR (JAMES3, THOMAS2, JOSEPH1) was born February 15, 1751/52 in Somerset Co., NJ, and died March 16, 1841 in Sumner Co., TN. He married MARGARET GOMER January 29, 1781 in Somerset Co., NJ6, daughter of HENRY GOMER and MARY DORRIS. She was born August 01, 1765 in Somerset Co., NJ, and died April 04, 1846 in Sumner Co., TN.

Obit: McMurtry, John Esq Aged 89. Died at his residence in Sumner County on the 16th inst. A solider of the Revolution. Nashville Whig (Friday, May 19, 1841)
(Obits from Early TN Newspapers, Lucas)

John McMurtry will - Wife Peggy plantation on which I live. My sister Jane Hammons house and lot where John Carrott Jr now lives. Children: Henry, John, Asa, Thomas Wilkerson, Jean Garrett, Polly Forester. Executors Asa McMurtry, Thomas Wilkerson McMurtry, and Samuel Kirkpatrick. September 6, 1831. Proved April Court 1841. Page 278. Sumner Co, TN Wills

DAR Patriot Index, page 459, for 1966 Ensign, PA (has pension papers)

Archives of the State of NJ, First Series, Vol XXII, P. 166 marriage listed

Family History Library Catalog 17 Jul 1997
Chronology of the life of John McMurtry, Esq, soldier, privateer of the American Revolution: progenitor of the McMurtry clan of Tennessee/Otis D McMurtry 0570838 item 2

"According to tradition, Thomas McMurtry immigrated to America from Northern Ireland, ca. 1720 and settled near Ralston, NJ. Thomas and his wife, Mary, had three sons and a daughter. He died in 1788. Descendants listed lived in NJ, TN, PN and elsewhere.

John McMurtry (1752-1841), son of James McMurtry and grandson of Thomas McMurtry, the immigrant, was born in Somerset County, NJ. He served as a soldier and a privateer during the Revolutionary War. He married Margaret Gomer (1763-1846) daughter of Henry and Mary Gomer in 1781 in Somerset County. They had seven children, 1781-1800. The family migrated to Tennessee in 1785. He died in Sumner County, TN. Descendants lived in Tennessee, Illinois, Arkansas, Texas, and elsewhere."

Includes documents (photocopy of original ms. documents) ...

Revolutionary War Pension records indicate that John McMurtry enlisted in June or July 1775 in Captain James Chambers' Company of the First Pennsylvania Regiment, commanded by Colonel Kemp.
They marched to Boston; after the seige was raised he marched to NY and Long Island, and fought the enemy on the White Plains and York Island, about this period he was appointed Sargeant, and retreated through the Jerseys and across the Delaware; he was at Princeton and Trenton, where he, in common with the balance of the American Army, suffered severely, by forced marches and hard fighting, in the middle of winter; he was at Shadsford on the Brandywine, and at Peasley with General Wayne, where the Americans were bayonetted in the night; and he was in the battle of Germantown. About the time of the last battle he was appointed Sergent Major,and was employed in the recruiting service in Pennsylvania; on the 1st or 3rd of Sept 1779 he was advanced and appointed Ensign of the same Pennsylvania Regiment, continuing with that regiment until June 30, 1780, when he left the army and came to Philadelphia, and went to sea, on board the Fair America, a Brigg carrying 16 6 pounders, commanded by Captain Decatur.

Story tells he accidentally shot John Penn, Dec. 1775

Abstracts of Rev. War Pensions, White:

p 2303: Cites pension record

Will of John McMurtry

In the Name of God, Amen: I, John McMurtry, being in reasonable health at this time, yet of sound mind and memory, do take this opportunity to make this, my last will, in manner following.

First, I resign my Soul to God, who gave it, and my Body to the earth from whence it came, to be buried at the discretion hereinafter named.

I leave to my wife, Peggy McMurtry, the plantation on which I live, at the time, with all that I own for her support during her lifetime. But, should she marry again, she is to have only my mare called Fly, and saddle and bed, and go off the plantation with her husband.

She is not to give away any of the property to one child, more than another of the children. They must all share alike.

I leave my sister, Jane Hammond, the house and lot where John Garrett Jr now lives, with wood for her fire and water from my spring, for her use, if she will live on it. But, it she will not live there, it returns to the plantation again.

When my wife, Peggy McMurtry, dies or marries, the children, Henry, John Jr, Asa, Thomas Wilkerson McMurtry, Jenny Garrett and Polly Forrester, can divide the land if they can agree about it. If they cannot agree, it must be sold with the rest of the property and the money equally divided with the children.

Should my wife, Peggy McMurtry, think she has more property when I die than she wants to keep, she can sell it and live on the money.

Should my wife, Peggy McMurtry, think proper to give up her claim on the place and property to her children, so as they could have their share at my death, she may do it, they, giving her bond and security for so much money, yearly, or to support her during life.

The names of my executors are:
Asa McMurtry
Thomas Wilkerson McMurtry
Samuel Kirkpatrick

s/John McMurtry

6 Sept 1831
Signed, sealed, delivered Witnesses: Hugh Kirkpatrick, Benjamin Taylor, William Lowry

Proven 1841, County Court, Sumner Co., TN Will Book 2, page 278

1830 Sumner Co., TN census

1855 McCURTRIE, JOHN 1010100001 001010001

0-5 male/female 1/0 (b 1825-1830)
6-10 male/female 0/0     
11-15 male/female 1/1 (b 1815-1819)
16-20 male/female 0/0
21-30 male/female 1/1 (b 1800-1809) dau Margaret/
31-40 male/female 0/0
41-50 male/female 0/0
51-60 male/female 0/0     
61-70 male/female 1/1 (b 1760-1769) John/Peggy

Record of the Taxes in Capt. Bruces Company
Sumner County, TN
John McMurtry 163 Drakes Creek

U.S. House of Representative Private Claims, Vol. 2
Viewing records 1-5 of 5 Matches

Name Nature of Claim Congress Session Manner Brought Journal Page Referred
to Committee Date Report Bill House Disposed Senate Disposed Congress Date
John McMurtry Pension 20 2 Petition 55 Military Pensions 13 Feb 1829 By bill
440 Passed
John McMurtry Pension 21 1 Petition 47 Military Pensions 05 Jan 1830 By bill
72 Passed Passed 20 May 1830 App'd
John McMurtry, widow of Continuation of pension 27 2 Petition 329 Rev.
Pensions 294 Favorable 262 Passed Indef. postp'd
John McMurtry, widow of Continuation of pension 27 3 Petition 74 Rev.
Margaret McMurtry (See widow of John McMurtry) 27 2 329

Also lived: 1785, Emigrated to Orange Co., NC w/Jane, James, James Bowers and Alex Kirkpatrick
Also lived 2: September 08, 1786, Purchased 150 acres in Orange Co., NC from John Walraven, James McMurtry witness
Also lived 3: September 03, 1793, Sold land to Isaac Dorris and moved to Sumner Co., TN
Burial: Old Beech Presbyterian Church, Sumner Co., TN
Emigration: Orange Co., NC, Crawford Co., PA, Sumner Co., TN
Military Service?: Revolutionary War - PA and Privateer; (served in Revolutionary War - PA, Lieutenant
Note: Coroner of Sumner Co., appointed magistrate on Oct 26, 1799
Note 2: 1793, NC land grant of 640 acres on Manskers Creek
Occupation: farmer; magistrate 1799
Will Filed: April 1841, written Sept 6, 1831

Burial: Old Beech Presbyterian Church, Sumner Co., TN

Per Ancestry Home Town, NJ Marriages
33. i.   HENRY5 MCMURTRY, b. December 06, 1781, Somerset Co., NJ; d. April 28, 1843, Emma, White Co., IL.
34. ii.   JEAN JENNY MCMURTRY, b. October 18, 1784, Somerset Co., NJ; d. Aft. 1848, White Co., IL.
35. iii.   JOHN MCMURTRY,JR, b. March 10, 1787, Orange Co., NC; d. September 28, 1848, Lebanon, St Clair Co., IL.
  iv.   JAMES MCMURTRY, b. December 22, 1789, Orange Co., NC; d. February 10, 1795, Sumner Co., TN.
36. v.   MARY POLLY MCMURTRY, b. June 15, 1796, Sumner Co., TN; d. July 27, 1870, Roland, Indian Creek Township, White Co., IL.
37. vi.   ASA MCMURTRY, b. May 01, 1799, Sumner Co., TN; d. July 02, 1852, White Co., IL while on visit.
38. vii.   THOMAS WILKERSON MCMURTRY, b. September 05, 1802, Sumner Co., TN; d. June 25, 1879, Sumner Co., TN.
  viii.   MARGARET MCMURTRY, b. October 18, 1806, Sumner Co., TN; d. Bef. 1841.
Death Fact: not on 1841 will; not listed as heir to mother 1846 died young

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