James Armstrong Murray, Snr.

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James Armstrong Murray, Snr.

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Parish of Durisdeer, Drumcrool, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
Death: May 23, 1885 (67)
Port Elizabeth
Place of Burial: George, South Cape DC, Western Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of James L Murray, SV/PROG 1 and Sarah Maria Wilhelmina Murray
Husband of Mary Anne Murray and Marian Susan Heathcote
Father of James Armstrong Murray, Jr; William Henry Somerset Murray; George Shearer Murray; Ada Murray; Henry Heathcote Murray and 2 others
Brother of Richard Armstrong Murray; George Burleigh Sheggog Murray, Snr; Alexander Hugh Murray, Snr; Mary Jane Norval, SM/PROG; Margaret Ann Murray and 2 others

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About James Armstrong Murray, Snr.

Estate File: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSQX-C9XD-M

1820 British Settler


James Murray 2, together with his parents and 7 siblings, were members of Parker's Party of Settlers on the East Indian.

Party originated from Cork, Ireland.

Departure Cork, Ireland 12 February 1820. Arrival Simon's Bay, Cape Town - 1 May 1820. Final Port Saldhana Bay.

Children :

  • Richard Armstrong Murray 16,
  • George Burleigh Murray 13,
  • Alexander Hugh Murray 12
  • Mary Jane Murray 10,
  • Margaret Anne Murray 8,
  • Martha Murray 6,
  • Sarah Atkins Murray 4,
  • James Murray 2




James Armstrong MURRAY b. 29 Aug 1817 Dublin, Ireland and d. 31 Dec 1901

on his son's farm "Quaggasfontein", Colesberg, Cape Colony, m. first abt 1840 in the Cape to Mary Anne SMITH b. abt Apr 1822 Wynberg, Cape Town, d. 22 May 1842 at "Wonderheuvel" near Colesberg, Cape Colony (daughter of James SMITH and Mary Ann ?THERON. No children from this marriage. This James must have then moved to Port Elizabeth where he had a steam mill and wool washery - he sold that in 1858 moving back to Coleberg as a merchant where he met and married his 2nd wife Marian Susan HEATHCOTE on 27 Jan 1859 at the GILFILLAN's hme in Cradock, Cape Colony. Maria was b. 9 Sep 1829 in Wales and d. 1 Sep 1902 in Naauwpoort at the home of W.P.H. ANDREW (a son in law). They had 5 children. The HEATHCOTE, SOMERSET, MURRAY and GILFILLAN, RAWSTORNE families have many complex inter-linkages



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James Armstrong Murray, Snr.'s Timeline

Drumcrool, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
March 26, 1841
Age 23
Age 42
Age 44
Age 45
December 22, 1867
Age 49
Cape, South Africa
Age 50
Colesberg, Bo-Karoo, Northern Cape, South Africa
Age 52