Dear Erma and Janice:
This is in reponse to Janice's message from April 19, 1999, and ties into the inquiry by Erma - I have more information about the early Murlin families PA>NY>MI>KY>OH. I would like to include information from William Murlin's (will) filed in Ontario Co. NY, August 23, 1800. Using this and land and property records, Pennsylvania Archives records, DAR records and other family records including census, I really feel that only William (l) was the immigrant from England. True, there was a Thomas listed as a Revolutionary War participant, but William (l) son, Thomas was barely old enough to have performed the duties that some boys did alongside their fathers. Also, the Thomas listed in the 1790 census of Pennsylvania was married and had two children, so his household could have been listed, as I think it was.
At any rate, William Murlin's will lists his wife and eight children. His estate consists of property in Ontario County, NY and a mortgage on property in Fishing Creek, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. He states that he leaves his wife his personal property and other instructions that see to her care for her lifetime. He leaves his Thomas forty acres, and the remaining 260 acres of his 300 acres of land is to be divided between his other three sons, John, William and George. He leaves his daughter Jane Morlin ten pounds, daughter Mary fifteen pounds, Susanna fifteen pounds, and Elizabeth twenty pounds. So all of these children are accounted for at the time he signs his will on June 9, 1800.
The Murlin research has record of all four sons (sketchy on William), and Mary has emerged as married to Philip Dodderer, but we have no records of Jane, Susanna and Elizabeth. All but Jane appear to be married, and Susanna and Elizabeth could have married and remained in Pennsylvania. We would like to find these women.
William immigrated before 1764 to the Philadelphia area. Thomas records indicate he was born in Pennsylvania, and the Revolutionary War records are in that Philadelphia, Montgomery County area. It is later that the family moves further West into the Northumberland County area - flee to more populated areas when they are threatened, and settle in the Fishing Creek area of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.
Thomas Murlin, the eldest child, marries Leah Van Campen in 1785. Leah is a daughter or other relative of Moses Van Campen who is a legendary character of the Revolution and Indian wars. He is captured by the English and escapes, and settles near his family in the Fishing Creek area. It is Moses Van Campen who leads the way for the Murlins and Dodderers to head north into New York. Moses
led the way into what is now Almond, Allegeny
County, New York.
It is not long after the Van Campens go north that William Murlin (1) and most of his children make the move to what was then, Charleston, Ontario County, New York. (This area is now Lima, Livingston County, New York.) His children, Thomas, Mary, and John were married in Pennsylvania, and had started families. After William (1) death, the families settled in on the farms they had been left.
In 1816, things change. The canal system to bring produce to market from the inland farms to the cities and ports on the Atlantic were being planned and built, and a man named Gideon Granger - who had acquired 54,000 acres of land in Kentucky - was buying farms in that area of New York and selling them farms in the Hardin County area of Kentucky.
Thomas and William Murlin moved a bit west to Monroe County, New York and remained there for a few years,and they migrated to the Oakland and LaPeer County areas of Michigan where Thomas' family has been recorded.
William Murlin had remained in Monroe County for a number of years, and it was during this time that he would have raised a family,
but I have not been able to find any trace of his children. We have a sketchy list of his children who would have been born in New York, but I cannot find them. I also see no trace of them in Michigan, or are they mentioned in his estate after his death.
John and George Murlin, on the other hand have lots of kids. John's children were all born in New York, while George started his family in New York and had more children in Kentucky.
John and George Murlin and their wives and children, took up Gideon Granger's of land in Kentucky in 1816 - "the year there was no summer." There had been a huge volcano that wrapped the atmosphere that summer in airborne ash, and there were pitiful crops in New York, so it was time to leave.
The Murlins were not the only New Yorkers relocating. A young man named Samuel Barber, a young single man from New York, accompanied a family relocating to Mercer County, Ohio. In exchange for his transport he helped to take care of the animals, erect barns and homes, saved some money and purchased a farm of his own. However, there were few young ladies in the area, and in order to marry, he had to go in search of a wife. He knew of a bevy of New York young ladies in the Hardin County, Kentucky area, so he took a trip south, and courted and married Hannah Murlin, the daughter of John Murlin, September 7, 1825. (John Murlin had died in 1822.) Samuel and Hannah Barber and Hannah's brother, Abraham D. Murlin returned to Mercer County, Ohio in 1828. Then Abraham returned to Hardin County, married Elizabeth Leazor - back to Mercer County, and from then on for the next several years, the Murlin families migrated north to join the others in Mercer County, Ohio until only a few of the daughters who had married local young men remained in Kentucky.
It is through these big families in Ohio that so many of are descendents. John Murlin (2) had ten children, including William who had 19 children. William was first married to Lydia Bigelow, and they had 14 children, including two sets of twins. After Lydia's death, William married Louisa (Hall) Coil and they had five children. Only one child, Jason, lived to maturity.
So this is an outline of the families, and particularly - places - that many of us come from. I have a lot more and even have folders on the individual families because they consistently named their children the same names - as you all know.
There is a lot more to learn, but I am happy to be a librarian. I also have locality information if you are searching for even more information.
Happy to share,
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