The magazine, Life in the Finger Lakes, has published a general interest genealogy article focusing on my Murray search. It was great to see the photo of my great-grandfather on the opening page. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will be read by cousins who recognize a shared history.
Searching for cousins who might know tidbits that will help me in my pursuit has become a bit of a mission for me. For that reason, this post is designed to snag a cousin or two who might be doing some research of their own, but haven’t gotten far enough to connect the dots to me.
So, if you come from the Murrays or Van Pattens in the Cayuga and Seneca County areas of NY, particularly the towns of Auburn, Sennett, Waterloo, Geneva, Fayette, and Varick, we may be related.
I’ve done some census and newspaper archival research and have uncovered the following people who share ancestors with me. When listed, females’ last names are married names. These are not complete genealogies.
Richard Murray (married Ellen/Mary Ellen/Mariella)
Son-John W. Murray (married Irene)
Son-Frank R. Murray
Daughters-Lois and Evelyn
Son-Earl J. Murray
Son-Albert L. Murray (married U’elma)
Son-Almond L. Murray
Mary Jane Murray Van Patten (married Asa Van Patten)
Son-Fred Van Patten
Maybe, at some point in the not-to-distant future, someone will do an internet search on one or more of these names and see a possible connection. And if anyone does, just post a comment.
And then let’s see if we have a genealogical match.