John L. McMurray

Company "H" 3rd West Virginia Cavalry

Submitted by Stanley A. McMurray; presented by Linda Fluharty.


     John L. McMurray was born near the City of Belfast, County of Ulster, Ireland, August 20, 1844, and departed this life at his home at Silverton, W. Va. November 12, 1934, aged 90 years, 2 months and 22 days. He, with his parents, emigrated to this country when about 2 years old and spent most of his boyhood days at Steubenville, Ohio. He moved to Jackson County (W. Va.) in 1858.

     At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted in Company H 3rd Cavalry, commanded by General George A. Custer, and served through the duration of the conflict, being wounded once in battle. He enlisted at Parkersburg, W. Va. and was mustered out of service on June 30, 1865 at Wheeling, W. Va.

     At the time of his death he had in his possession a congratulatory order issued by Gen. George A.Custer at Appomatox C. H. (Court House), Va. to the soldiers of the third Cavalry Division, commending them on their fortitude, courage and bravery in battle.

     His religious convictions led him to profess faith in Christ in early life and continue a faithful and consistent Christian as a member of the local church, to the end.

     Surviving are his widow, 13 children, 58 grandchildren, also one brother at Washington, W. Va., and a sister at Akron, Ohio.


     We wish to extend our sincere thanks to our many friends, to the ministers who conducted the last rites at the church, to the undertaker Palmer for his curteous and efficient service, to the employees of the State Road at Ripley for the beautiful wreath of flowers, to the Ravenswood Post of the American Legion for conferring Military Honors, to the Quartet and Miss Elsie Green, and to all those who in any way helped during the illness, death and funeral, for our beloved husband and father.

The McMurray Family