James Alexander Murray

James Alexander Murray (1904 - 1981)

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James Alexander (James Alexander) [uncertain] "Alex" Murray
Born in Colbert County, Alabama, United States of Americamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Tuscumbia, Colbert, Alabama, United States of Americamap
Murray-10308 created 12 May 2017 | Last modified | Last edit: 13 Aug 2017
20:12: Carolyn Murray edited the Biography for James Alexander Murray. [Thank Carolyn for this]
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Biography of James Alexander Murray

James Alexander Murray was born in 1904 likely near in Colbert County, Alabama likely near Spring Valley. He was born to parents Levi Murray and Lou Ella Vandiver. He married Methel Estelle Gregory, daughter of Elmer Gilbert Gregory and Alice Sparks Gregory, on the 31st day of December 1922 in Tuscumbia, Colbert County, Alabama. [1]

For those attending to detail in family research, it is self evident that so many things in official and government records are riddled with errors. An example would be the marriage record for James Alexander "Alex" Murray and Methel Estelle Gregory.The notation of race in the marriage record is completely in error. Their race was WHITE. The same is to be said of transcription errors; that is evidenced in the marriage record for his second marriage. His parents' names are incorrect; should read Levi Murray and Lou Ella Vandiver.

James Alexander "Alex" Murray and Methel Estelle Gregory had four living children: James Arlander Murray, Edward Lee Murray, Elmer Hillard Murray, and Alice Estelle Murray.

James Alexander "Alex" Murray and Thelma McGee Murray[2] had five children: Gary Thomas Murray and Sarah Murray who died as infants, Linda Marie Murray, Thelma Fay Murray and Ella Susan Murray.

He passed away in 1981 after a battle with chronic Leukemia. He is buried at the Morning Star Cemetery, as are his wives.

Marriage of James Alexander Murray and Methel Estelle Gregory
Name: James A. Murray
Gender: Male
Race: Black [error, he is WHITE]
Marriage Date: 31 Dec 1922
Marriage Place: Tuscumbia, Colbert, AL.
Spouse: Miss Methel Gregory
FHL Film Number: 1031169
Reference ID: vol L 1922-23 pg 418[3]
Marriage of James Alexander Murray and Cecil Thelma Mcgee.
Mentioned in the record of James Alexander Murray and Cecil Thelma Mcgee[4]
Name: James Alexander Murray
Gender: Male
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 27 Dec 1941
Event Place: Colbert, Alabama, United States
Age: 37
Birth Year (Estimated): 1904
Father's Name: Leve Murray
Mother's Name: Lou Ella Vandauer
Spouse's Name: Cecil Thelma Mcgee
Spouse's Gender: Female
Spouse's Age: 22
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1919
Spouse's Father's Name: Tom Mcgee
Page: 387

On the World War II Draft Registration Card dated 16 Feb 1942 a description is given of James Alexander Murray. He is a white male with ruddy complexion, blue eyes and brown hair (looked black to me), he was 5'9" tall and weighed 153 pounds. He was born 26 Jan 1904 in Colbert County, Alabama. He worked at Reynolds Metals Company in Muscle Shoals.[5]

Marriage of his first child and son James Arlander Murray
Name: James Orlando Or Arlander Murray
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 16 Sep 1945
Event Place: Colbert, Alabama, United States
Age: 22
Birth Year (Estimated): 1923
Father's Name: James Alexander Murray
Mother's Name: Methyl Estelle Gregory
Spouse's Name: Slena Mae Peebles
Spouse's Age: 22
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1923
Spouse's Father's Name: Robert Peebles
Spouse's Mother's Name: Drew Taliaferro [error, should be Drue Tolbert]
Page: 370
Image Number: 00128
GS Film Number: 001976241
Digital Folder Number:007066770[6]
Social Security Death Index
Age: 77
Given Name: James
Middle Name:
Surname: Murray
Birth Date: 26 Jan 1904
State: Alabama
Last Place of Residence: Sheffield, Colbert, Alabama
Previous Residence Postal Code: 35660
Event Date: Jul 1981[7]
James Alexander Murray
Find A Grave Index[8]
Name: James Alexander Murray
Event Type: Burial
Event Date: 1981
Event Place: Tuscumbia, Colbert, Alabama, United States of America
Photograph Included: Y
Birth Date: 26 Jan 1904
Death Date: 16 Jul 1981
Affiliate Record Identifier: 48935440
Cemetery: Morning Star Cemetery


Sources

  1. Citing this Record: "Marriage of James Alexander Murray and Methel Estelle Gregory. "Alabama, Select Marriages, 1816-1957 about James A. Murray Name: James A. Murray Gender: Male Race: Black Marriage Date: 31 Dec 1922 Marriage Place: Tuscumbia, Colbert, AL. Spouse: Miss Methel Gregory FHL Film Number: 1031169 Reference ID: vol L 19"
  2. Citing this Record "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:29NV-PH7 : 16 July 2015), James Alexander Murray and Cecil Thelma Mcgee, 1941.
  3. Alabama, Select Marriages, 1816-1957
  4. Citing this Record "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:29NV-PH7 : 16 July 2015), James Alexander Murray and Cecil Thelma Mcgee, 1941.
  5. U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947
  6. Citing this Record: "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKMY-HKVJ : 16 July 2015), James Alexander Murray in entry for James Orlando Or Arlander Murray and Slena Mae Peebles, 16 Sep 1945; citing Colbert, Alabama, United States, county courthouses, Alabama; FHL microfilm 1,976,241
  7. Citing this Record: "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JLWV-NJ9 : 20 May 2014), James Murray, Jul 1981; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing)
  8. "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVKV-Q5NR : 13 December 2015), James Alexander Murray, 1981; Burial, Tuscumbia, Colbert, Alabama, United States of America, Morning Star Cemetery; citing record ID 48935440, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.


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Images: 4
James Alexander Murray and Methel Estelle Gregory Murray
James Alexander Murray and Methel Estelle Gregory Murray

Family of Levi Murray and Lou Ella Vandiver Murray 1906
Family of Levi Murray and Lou Ella Vandiver Murray 1906

Lou Ella Vandiver Murray and four youngest children
Lou Ella Vandiver Murray and four youngest children

James Alexander Murray and Methel Estelle Gregory Murray
James Alexander Murray and Methel Estelle Gregory Murray

Collaboration

On 11 Jun 2017 at 04:57 GMT David Selman wrote:

Hi Carolyn,

I sourced this profile for you as part of the June 2017 Sourcerers Challenge!

If you look in edit mode you will see how the info is added and tagged/coded. This I hope helps you with your sources.

David ~ Wiki Mentor



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