John B MURCHISON's tombstone tells most of what we know about him: "Sacred to the memory of John B Murchison, A native of Cumberland Co, NC who was born January 12th 1774 and died August 26th 1847 in the 74th year of his age. Emigrated to the State of Georgia in the year 1818, then to Alabama in the year 1836 where he spent the balance of his life surrounded by his children and friends to mourn their loss but his gain. For many years he was an exemplary member of the Presbyterian Church. . . . Even unto Death."
He was married to Nancy before 1806 and they were the parents of the following children:
Nancy was living in the household of her son Rory, Hatchett Creek, in the 1850 Coosa Co, AL, Census where she is listed as being 61 years old and born in North Carolina. In 1860 she is the head of the household in Rockford, Southern Division and she is recorded as being 67 years old and a house keeper. Her daughter Mrs. Nancy Deboard filed Nancy Murchison's will in the Coosa Co Probate Court, 15 Sep 1864.
John and Nancy are buried in the Murchison Family Cemetery, Coosa Co, AL.
Kinnith MURCHISON, son of John B MURCHISON and Nancy was born 18 Aug 1806 in Cumberland Co, NC. Flora GILLIS was born 28 Sep 1809. On 1 Nov 1830, Cumberland Co, NC, Kinnith and Flora obtained a marriage license and on the 4 Nov 1830 they were married.
Children of Kinnith MURCHISON and Flora GILLIS were as follows:
By 1870 Kinneth and Flora are in Farmersville, TX where they are listed on the census and Kinneth's occupation is that of a farmer. After W D died, Kinneth and Florah gave instructions to their son Rory to divide the property of W D between the rest of their children.
Florah died 3 Jul 1888 and Kinnith died 8 Feb 1892 at age 85. They are buried in the Murchison Cemetery, Collin Co, TX.
Roderick MURCHISON, son of Kinneth MURCHISON and Florah GILLIS was born 26 Dec 1838 in Carroll Co, Georgia. His nickname was Rory. He married Elizabeth M GILL, daughter of John M D GILL and Martha WINGARD, 8 Feb 1859 in Coosa Co, AL where his grandparents lived. Rory and Elizabeth are found on the Carroll Co, GA, Census in 1840 and 1850. In 1860 they are listed in Pumpkin Pile, Polk, Co, GA.
In March, 1862, he enlisted in the Confederate Army at Cedartown, Polk County, Georgia as a Second Lieutenant in Company K, Fortieth Georgia Infantry, Barton's Brigade, Stevenson's Division, Hood's Corps, Army of Tennessee. He went to Knoxville, TN, and drilled for several months and made excursions to Cumberland, Big Creek, etc. He was with Bragg in his raid into Kentucky and in the fights at Perryville, Frankfort. From there he went to Murfreesboro, then to Vicksburg, and was in the siege of that place. Here they surrendered and received their parole. The unit was reorganized at Dalton, GA, and was in the campaign from Dalton to Atlanta.
By 1870 Rory and Elizabeth had moved to Farmersville, Collin County, Texas where Rory's occupation is listed as a Farmer in 1870 and 1880. He served as Postmaster of Farmersville 31 Aug 1874 - 7 Feb 1876 and 10 Feb 1880 - 28 Mar 1881.
Children of Roderick MURCHISON and Elizabeth M GILL were as follows:
Family tradition is that Flora burned to death and that Jesse cut himself with a razor and died of blood poisoning. Lula had Typhoid fever which affected her mind and she lived with her sister Connie Howell.
When the 1900 census was taken, Rory was living in Collin Co, TX with his son John and daughter Carrie and is listed as a grocer. Sometime after this he moved to Fayetteville, AR where he had an Apple Orchard. He was married Ruth but we do not know when, where or her last name.
Children of Roderick MURCHISON and Ruth were:
After Rory became ill with Tuberculosis they moved to San Antonio where he died 18 Sep 1912. His funeral services were conducted at the Baptist Church in Farmersville, TX and he was buried at IOOF Cemetery, Farmersville, Collin Co, TX under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge
His will was recorded on 6 Aug 1912 at Washington Co, AR.
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