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William Murlin's English ancestry
Posted by: Linda Koehler (ID *****3237) Date: March 28, 2002 at 05:51:44
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Hello all,

I wondered if anyone has any solid information on the parents of William Murlin of Northumberland Co, PA and Ontario Co, NY (father of Thomas, John, George, William and daughters, died 1800).

It is usually stated that he is the son of Richard & Elizabeth Murlin of Cornwall, England. When I first saw this, it came from Charles Murlin's book "Murlin Clan" which cited an article in the Dictionary of National Biography. I have never seen any other proof of the relationship or any other sources cited. But, the article in the Dictionary of National Biography is about the Rev. John Murlin, a well-known Methodist preacher in England, and never mentions a William. The Rev. John is identified as the "second son" of Richard & Elizabeth, but it never names any other children of Richard & Elizabeth, and information I have seen about the Rev. John's career never mentions any American connection.

I ask this because I have the hint of another possible trail to follow and wondered if anyone else had ever investigated the possibility before. LDS has published a set of CDs called "Vital Records Index - Birtish Isles". In that set, there are 4 christenings for children of Timothy and Anne Morling:
William Morling baptized 1743 in Hartford parish, Huntingdon, England
Robert Morling baptized 17 Jan 1744 in Hartford parish, Huntingdon, England
"Dan Godfren" or Godfrey Morlin baptized 7 Mar 1745 in Hartford parish, Huntingdon, England
John Morling baptized 6 Mar 1748 in Great Stukeley parish, Huntingdon, England (Great Stukeley adjoins Hartford).

The reason this caught my eye is because the deed to William Murlin's land in Fishing Creek, Northumberland (now Columbia) County, PA mentions that the tract he patented in 1793 was named "Hartford". When I first saw this, I wondered if William Murlin had some connection to the Susquehanna Company, which was the Connecticut group that claimed land in Pennsylvania in the Wyoming Valley (now Luzerne County) a little farther up the Susquehanna River from where William Murlin had land [Connecticut > Hartford]. Now I am wondering if William named his land patent in honor of his birthplace.

I figure that a William baptized (and probably born?) in 1743 is just barely old enough to be the father of Thomas Murlin born in 1764, assuming that Thomas was the first child of William and Mary.

Any ideas, anyone?


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