Dr. John Murray was born about 1844, the son of Archibald Murray and the former Flora McAlpine. His parents were farmers and he was raised in Southwold Twp (Elgin County) near Fingal. Dr. Murray was the 4th of 7 children. His siblings were Catherine, Daniel, Malcolm, Mary, Archibald and Neil.
Dr. Murray married Mary Ann Conn on the 18th of September, 1867 in Elgin County. She was born in 1849 in Southwold Twp, the daughter of John Conn and the former Hannah Morden. Her parents were farmers and she was the eldest of 6 children. Her siblings were; James (who died in 1854 at the age of 5 and is buried at St Peters Church Cemetery in Wallacetown, Elgin Co.), William, Albert, Elizabeth and George.
Dr. and Mrs. Murray had a son named Egerton born to them in Fingal on the 24th of January, 1867 (his date of birth was obtained from his death record). They had a daughter named Catherine Elizabeth born to them on the 4th of August, 1872 in Fingal. Sadly she died on the 3rd of March, 1873 at the age of 7 months from tuberculosis.
According to the 1872 Ontario Medical Register Dr. Murray was certified by the Homeopathic Medical Board in 1869. He joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 26th of July, 1869.
Dr. Murray is listed in the 1875 Kent County Directory as practicing medicine in Highgate. Dr. John Murray’s name appears on birth and death records in Orford Twp as early as July 28th, 1873 and as late as 1876. It appears Dr. Murray died in 1877 or 1878. His wife married Joseph McCain on the 16th of December, 1878 in Ridgetown. He was the son of Hugh and Alice McCain. At the time of their marriage he was 45 years of age. It indicates on their marriage record that they were both widows and they were married in Ridgetown.
Mrs. Murray died in Morpeth on the 31st of July, 1906. She was buried at the Morpeth Cemetery. Listed on the same tombstone, is her mother, “Hannah, Wife of John Conn died March 26 1909”.
*The photo depicted is the tombstone of Mrs. Murray, “Mary Anne Murray, Wife of Joseph McCain”. There is no mention of Dr. John Murray on the tombstone, but the name of Murray is the image depicted at the bottom of the tombstone.