1855 - 1933 (78 years)
||McMurrain, Thomas Hardy [1, 2, 3, 4] |
||30 Apr 1855
||Macon County, GA 
||15 Oct 1933
||Turner County, GA 
||Bethel (Turner County), Turner County, Georgia, USA 
||MK's Family Tree
||4 Jun 2017 |
||McMurrain, James F., b. 1830, GA , d. 6 Jul 1862, Richmond, VA in the War Between the States (Age 32 years) |
||McKenzie, Rachael, b. 10 Oct 1838, Macon County, Georgia , d. 9 May 1921, Turner County, GA (Age 82 years) |
||Macon County, GA
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||Hammond, Catherine Synthia Merinthia, b. 14 Dec 1856, Sumter County, GA , d. 6 Feb 1941, Turner County, GA (Age 84 years) |
||1 Aug 1875
||Sumter County, GA
| ||1. McMurrain, James, b. 12 Aug 1877, Macon County, GA , d. 29 Oct 1879, Macon County, GA (Age 2 years) [natural]|
| ||2. McMurrain, Clark, b. 19 Apr 1880, Macon County, GA , d. 24 Apr 1957, Turner County, GA (Age 77 years) [natural]|
| ||3. McMurrain, Mendon Monroe, b. 3 Jun 1883, GA , d. 17 Jan 1956, Orange County, FL (Age 72 years) [natural]|
| ||4. McMurrain, Lillian Grand, b. 12 Sep 1888, Turner County, GA , d. 27 Jan 1938, Turner County, GA (Age 49 years) [natural]|
| ||5. McMurrain, Ola Irene, b. 11 Oct 1891, Irwin County, GA , d. 2 Nov 1979, Turner County, GA (Age 88 years) [natural]|
||4 Jun 2017 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
Thomas H. McMurrian
The subject of this sketch was born 78 years ago last April in Macon County, Georgia, and departed life Sunday, October 15, 1933. His parents were James F. and Rachel McKenzie McMurrian, the former served as an officer during the War Between the States, and lost his life then.
In 1875 he was married to Miss Catherine Hammond, of Sumter county, and to them were born eight children, four of whom died in infancy, the others are: Clark and M. M. McMurrian, Mrs J. O. Vand and Mrs. J. H. Zorn, all of Sycamore, twenty four grandchildren and ten great-grand children.
More than thirty years ago he and his family came to this county and identified themselves with the development of this section both religious and civic, where he became a very prosperous farmer and at his death was one of the largest land owners of Turner County.
He joined the Methodist church several years ago, and was a member of the Sycamore M. E. church at the time of his death. He was confined to bed thirteen weeks and endured much suffering thru which he leaned on the Friend that "sticketh closer than a brother." He asked his pastor, to pray that he might be restored to health; but if it was not the Lord's will, he was prepared to go. These are such comforting evidences to leave to his loved ones, and may the assurance rest with us all that we can go to him some day, through the merits of the atoning blood of our Redeemer.
"Yes, the golden chain is broken, but we hope 'tis not for aye; For tho on earth we can never mend the chain, yet this hope is given, That is God will it so, we can go to him, then let us trust and pray, That the parted links may be gathered home to for a golden chain in Heaven."
The funeral was held at this home on Monday afternoon and was conducted by his pastor, Rev. Fred Mayer and Rev. Charlie Tillman, in the presence of about five hundred relatives and friends. Interment was in Pleasant Hill cemetery.
The presence of many friends and the many beautiful flowers are evidences that a good man has gone; a loving husband, kind indulgent father, true neighbor and friend.
Page3-B THE WIREGRASS FARMER, Thursday, August 5, 1976
-caption- This picture, made in 1909, shows the home constructed for the McMurrain family and (left to right) Mendon Monroe McMurrain, John Oscar Vance, holding George Vance, Ola McMurrain Zorn, 18 years old at the time, Lillian McMurrain Vance holding Ima Vance Lunday. Thomas Hardy McMurrain, Catherine Hammond McMurrain, Inez Vance Reuter, and Mrs. R. Bass, mother of Tom McMurrain. The house, completed in 1905, is now owned by Edgar Brown and has been moved to the Sycamore-Bussey Road near his home.
McMurrain Family Among Turner County Pioneers
The beginning of Tom McMurrain family was back on April 30, 1855 when he was born the son of Thomas Hardy McMurrain and Rachel McKenzie McMurrain of Macon County.
The next year on December 14th, 1856, just a few miles away from the birthplace of Tom McMurrain, a little girl named Catherine Cynthia Merintha Hammond was born the daughter of Willis Hammond and Sarah Davies Hammond of Sumter County.
During the next 18 to 20 years of growing into manhood and womanhood their lives were spent much differently than those of us today. Both of their fathers served in the Civil War as officers. T.H. McMurrain died while serving in the Army at Richmond, Virginia of typhoid fever. Willis Hammond was at home on furlough when General Lee surrendered.
One of the most interesting things about Tom McMurrain was the one dollar gold piece his father sent him on his 8th birthday. Little did he think that as time went by that he was going to meet Catherine Hammond and fall in love and use the dollar to pawn and buy a marriage license. They were married at the Willis Hammond home, near Old Sumter City, on August 1st, 1875. But as for the gold piece, it was redeemed and kept through his entire life.
Their first son, James, was born August 12th, 1877, but died two years later on October 29th 1879. Then their second son, Clark, was born April 19th, 1880, while they still lived in Macon County.
A short while later in 1882, they moved to Irwin County. Their first home in this location was a rented place on the old Peckville Lane Road north of Ashburn. They both worked hard in the fields, and most of the labor was done by their hands. On June 3rd, 1883, their third son, Mendon McMurrain, was born. When they bought their first property, land lot No. 92 for 40 cents an acre. On this land they build a log cabin, just a frame of mud and logs which they had cut and hewed themselves. They moved into this dwelling without having a chimney, floor or ceiling. Soon afterwards they decided to buy and build in
Sycamore. This house is where the first daughter, Lillian McMurrain was born on September 12, 1888. Then on October 11, 1891, their second daughter, Ola McMurrain, was born. They helped build and were charter members of the Sycamore Methodist Church which is still standing on the original site but is much improved.
Twice the family moved to Texas and invested in property. Being out there at two different times convinced them that Georgia soil was what they wanted in their shoes. So to Georgia, they came back to live out the remainder of their lives, where they invested in land lot No. 114 in Turner County, Georgia, better known as Breakfast Head. So on lot No. 93 located about 1½ miles east from Sycamore, they built on their original lot, a beautiful 6 room house, with a porch all around, where many enjoyed the wonderful times visiting grandparents and going to the old cookie jar always filled with tea cakes. In this
house they lived the rest of their lives and there Thomas Hardy McMurrain departed this world on October 15th, 1933. Catherine Cynthia Merintha Hammond McMurrain died on February 6th, 1941. Their bodies rest, as the lived, side by side in old Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Turner County
Clark McMurrain married Bill Bussey on February 12, 1900, and three of their four children still reside in Turner County.
Mendon Monroe McMurrain married Mandy Thelda Baker on July 19, 1903. They were the parents of eight children, who were born and grew up in Turner County.
Lillian F. Grand McMurrain married John Oscar Vance on July 27, 1902. They were the parents of six children and they also were born and grew up in Turner County, two of whom still make Turner County their home.
Ola Irene McMurrain married James Herschel Zorn on August 7, 1910, and are the parents of six children, one of them still residing in Turner County. Mrs. Zorn is one of the oldest living natives of Sycamore. She was born there on October 11, 1891 in the second home build by her parents in the late 1880s.
All of the above in-laws are deceased, but each of them was considered family members by the McMurrain family, and they, along with their mates, are buried in Turner County: The Clark McMurrain's in Sycamore Cemetery; The Mendon McMurrain's and Herschel Zorn in Rose Hill Cemetery, Ashburn; the Oscar Vance's in Pleasant Hill Cemetery on Sycamore-Irwinville Road.
Sumter, Georgia Page 165B
Thomas H. MC MURRAIN Self M Male W 25 GA Farmer GA GA
Catharine MC MURRAIN Wife M Female W 23 GA Housekeeping GA GA
Clark MC MURRAIN Son S Male W 1M GA GA GA
James MC MURRAIN Son S Male W 1 GA GA GA
1910 United States Federal Census > Georgia > Turner > 1623-militia dist > District 169
3 May 1910
192 McMurrain T H Head M W 55 M (34) GA GA GA Farmer
Cattie Wife F W 53 M (34) 8 - 4 GA GA GA
Ola Daughter F W 18 S GA GA GA
Mcmurrian, Thomas H (mk note: my great grandparents)
Age: 64 Year: 1920 Birthplace: Georgia
Race: White Page: 1B State: Georgia ED: 135
County: Turner Image: 218 Township: Sycamore
McMurrian Thomas H Head O F M W 64 M GA GA GA Farmer
Catherine C Wife F W 63 M GA GA GA
Bass Mrs Rachel M Mother F W 81 W GA GA GA
Mcmurran, Thomas A
Age: 75 Year: 1930
Birthplace: Georgia Roll: T626_389
Race: White Page: 16A
State: Georgia ED: 2
County: Turner Image: 0600 Township: Sycamore
Sycamore Road - 17 April 1930
395 McMurren Thomas H Head M W 75 M GA GA GA Farmer
Katherine Wife - H F W 73 M GA GA GA
Clarke Son M W 50 M GA GA GA Laborer
Lill Dau-in-law F W 48 M GA GA GA
Rachael GDaughter F W 23 S GA GA GA
Ruth GDaughter F W 17 S GA GA GA
Jacob GSon M W 10 S GA GA GA
Isaac GSon M W 8 S GA GA GA
Georgia Death Records
Name: Thomas H Mcmurrian
Death Date: 15 Oct 1933
County of Death: Turner
- [S-162843420] Georgia, Property Tax Digests, 1793-1892, Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), Militia District Number: 17; Post Office: Americus.
- [S-162843420] Georgia, Property Tax Digests, 1793-1892, Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), Militia District Number: 1145; Post Office: Peck.
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