Robert MURRAY, son of John and Isabella (HOUSTON) MURRAY, was born 09 Mar 1820 in Troqueer Parish, Kirkcudbright, Scotland. He was married first in 1844, in Edinburgh, Scotland, to Margaret BLACKLOCK, born 26 Nov 1820, also in Troqueer Parish, third child of James and Agnes (MATHESON) BLACKLOCK.
Robert, Margaret, and their first two children, Robert, Jr. and Agnes Jane, immigrated sometime after Scotland's 1851 census. They were naturalized in 1855. Margaret gave birth to their third child, Jessie in May 1858 and died on 30 Oct 1858 in Caldonia, WI. She was buried in the Old Indian Farm Cemetery in Caldonia. Her headstone reads Margaret Blacklock, relict of the late Robert Murray, died Nov 30, 1858, Age 37 years. This is in error as Robert outlived Margaret and remarried. The middle initial of "H" appears in Margaret's name in Robert's pension file, but is not recorded on her baptismal record or headstone.
Following her death, Robert married again on 22 Nov 1861, in Portage, WI, to Isabelle LARR (LAM?). Isabelle was born in 1823 and died 05 Aug 1870. Little else is known of her.
Shortly after this marriage, Robert joined the 2nd Wisconsin Volunteers as a horse soldier and served in Company "E" in the Civil War. He died 20 Dec 1862, on a hospital ship on the Mississippi River as it was enroute to St. Louis, MO. Robert's Pension File shows a conflict as to the name of the hospital ship with one affidavit stating "The Samaritan" and another "The Emma Duncan".
The Roll of Honor, Volume XX, published by the Government Printing Office in Washington D.C. in 1869, lists Robert among the 10,217 soldiers who are buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, 10 miles South of St. Louis, MO and 704 feet West of the Mississippi River. He was re-interred on 01 Jan 1863 in Section 37, Grave 3773; his original burial being in another cemetery in St. Louis. We are fortunate to have this information because over 4080 soldiers had not been identified for this Roll of Honor.
Entrance, Jefferson Barracks
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Soldier serving from Wisconsin
Robert Jr., died in his 23rd year on 20 March 1869 and is buried beside his mother and grandmother in the Old Indian Farm Cemetery, Caldonia, Wisconsin.
Agnes Jane married William "Doc" ELGIE, a Veternarian, and raised a large family in their South Dakota home.
Jessie married Charles BARSTOW and raised one (known) daughter, Anna, in Minnesota.
I invite anyone researching the MURRAY Family in Southern Scotland, and particularly in the areas of Kirkcudbright, Maxwellton, or Dumfrieshire, to contact me. Perhaps we will share some ancestors.
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