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859. William E. MURRELL served in the military in 186–1865 at Co. G, 41st Regt, TN Infantry in Civil War. He was born in 1833 in Franklin County, Tennessee. He died before 1870 at the age of 37.

1860 Census. P.O. Winchester, Franklin Co TN, Hh 348
William Murrell, age 26, b. TN
Sarah Hurley [looks like Hurtz or Hurty], age 32, b. TN
Mary E. Hurley, age 10
William Murrell had 4 slaves in 1860, Franklin co TN. It appeared to be a family with a female, age 24, a male 19, two young boys, ages 4 and 2; all listed as mulatto.
Sarah Hurley also shown with three slaves - a female age 26, a young girl age 6 and a two-year-old boy.

I believe there is little doubt that the William E. Murrell who served in Co. G of the 41 Regt of Tennessee Infantry, the same unit that his younger brother Zachariah was in, is the same man. He appears to have survived the War as he returned home to marry in 1866. However, by 1870, his wife and two-year-old daughter were living with her widowed mother.

W. E. Murrell was mustered into service 26 Nov 1861, by Lt. T. W. Hunt at Camp Trousdale, as 1st Lt in Capt C. H. Bean's Company of Tennessee Volunteers. [William signed 6 days after his younger brother. He was age 28. This Company later became Co. G. of the 41st Regt. It was surrended at Ft. Donelson, TN, 10 Feb 1862, released at Vicksbury in September. They were reorganized and exchanged at Aiken's Landing VA, 10 Nov 1862. Those not captured served in other commands. It was eventually consolidated with the 19th & 24th Regts, in January of 1865; then on 9 Apr 1865, with the 3rd Consolidated. They were paroled at Greensboro, NC 1 May 1865.
He was on a roll of Prisoners of War at the Depot for Prisoners of War near Sandusky, Ohio - Johnson's Island. He had been captured at Fort Donelson on 16 Feb 1862; arrived in Ohio, 16 May; and on 1 Sept 1862, he had been sent to Vicksburg
William E. Murrell was promoted to Captain, 15 Dec 1862.
It was noted that Jan & Feb of 1864, he was away from his company on Detached service by order of Gen. J. E. Johnston. In July and Aug of 1864, he was noted on furlough from the Hospital. Another states that he had a leave of absence, 60 days, on surgeon's certificate. Then I found the card that stated William E. Murrell was wounded in the field, near Atlanta, GA, on 19 Aug 1864.
Capt. W. E. Murrell appears on a Register of the Way Hospital, Meridian, Miss, with the complain of "wounded". Admitted Mar 23 & 24, 1865. Furloughed.
Roll dated Talladega, AL, 20 Jun 1865, states that he appeared on a roll of Prisoners of War paroled by Brevt. Brig Genl. M. H. Chrysler, commanding the U.S. Forces at Talledega as being Paroled on 17 May 1865.
The remainder of his military file consists of pay vouchers, requisitions for clothing items, etc. It would seem that William was wounded at least twice, and captured twice. One wonders if his apparent early death was brought on by his war experiences.

William E. MURRELL and Eliza A. GREGORY were married on 7 November 1866 in Franklin County, Tennessee. Eliza A. GREGORY was born on 6 October 1845 in Franklin County, Tennessee. She died on 24 February 1935 at the age of 89 in Franklin County, Tennessee.

1850 Census. Subdivision 2, Lincoln Co, TN
Brown Gregory, age 34
Mary A. 22
Decalb 7, Eliza 4, William F. 2
Brown Gregory owned 18 slaves.

1860 Census. Dist 6, Franklin Co TN, P.O. Marble Hill, Hh 699
Mary A. Gregory, age 35, Real estate worth $18,120 and Personal property of $16,000
Thomas, 17. Eliza 14. Wilson 10. Mary B. age 2
Mary owned 15 slaves between the ages of 60 and 1.

I believe Eliza was already back home living with her mother and near siblings in 1870.
P. O. Decheard, 6 Dist, Franklin Co TN
Hh 86 was W. F. Gregory, age 22, Sarah 18.
Hh 87 was M. A. Gregory [marked as male, but I believe it should have been female@], age 45.
Eliza, age 25.
Mary B., age 12.
Emma, age 2 [Mary Emma - Eliza & William Murrell's daughter]

1880 Census. Dist 6, Franklin Co TN
Hh 263
Mary A. Gregory, age 55
Wilson F., son, age 28
Eliza A. Murrell, age 30, daughter
Mary E. Murrell, age 12, daughter [Eliza's daughter]
Elina Johnston, Black, age 30 or 40 [marked over), born in Goergia, and her three children, Ider, no age visible, Mary 2, and Sarah, one month, born May 1880
Drear Coldyear, a Black male, age 75, listed as a servant and a cripple - it's likely he was the 60-year old Black, male slave owned by Mary Gregory in 1860.