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Benjamin Hinckley Marshall
Benjamin Marsahll, 91, Is Laid to Rest Sunday At Rochester
By Mrs. E. D. Thompson
Funeral services for Benjamin H. Marshall, 91, the last surviving member of the Grand Army of the Republic from Rochester and the entire southern section of the county, were held from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wm. Murray, Rochester, with whom he made his home, Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Mr. Marshall had been feeble for some time but was seriously ill only a grief time, passing to his reward early Saturday morning.
The large concourse of friends and relative who were in attendance at the last rites bespoke the esteem with which he was held. He lived his entire life in Rochester and had a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. He was held with the utmost respect by everyone who knew him.
Rev. Newton W. Moore, pastor of the Brighton Congregational church, was in charge of the services. He was assisted by the Rev. Mrs. Goodacre of Greenwich, Dr. C. W. Recard of this place and Comrade Blakeslee, a Civil War veteran from New London. The large country home of the Murrays was far too small to accommodate the large gathering. Many beautiful flowers enshrouded the deceased, silent tributes to one who had lived a life of service. He has answered the last muster and has gone on to meet his comrades who so gallantly fought to preserve this Union.
Members of the Wellington Legion Post served as an escort at the home and at the grave. The service at the cemetery was closed with a salute by the Legion squad, and taps was sounded by Junior Hannum of the Wellington Boy Scout Troop. Mr. Marshall is survived by his son, Cortland Marshall, Wakeman; daughter, Mrs. Josephine Murray; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild, two sisters, Mrs. Alice Storrow, Rochester and Mrs. Eliza Tanner of Colorado the latter being 94 years of age.
Relatives form a distance who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mr. Marshall Rugg, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Rice, Mrs. Harriett Marshall and daughter, Mrs. Rushworth, granddaughter and a friend all of Toledo; Mr. and Mrs. Clark Diggins of Indianapolis, besides others from Elyria, Oberlin, Creston, Wellington, New London, Brighton, Sullivan and Huntington.
The taps are sounded, The lights are out - The soldier sleeps.
[unknown newspaper, Jan 1934]

Benjamin H. Marshall
Benjamin Hinckley Marshall, the third child and oldest son of William H. and Sophronia Hinckley Marshall, was born in Rochester township, Lorain county, Ohio, August 28, 1842. He grew to young manhood on his father's farm, where he experienced the hard labors and privations of those early years.
At the age of seventeen, he left Oberlin, where he was a student, and enlisted as a private in Capt. Edgarton's First Ohio Light Artillery, from which he received an honorable discharge after more than three years of service.
His wife, Martha A. Weeks, with whom he lived for thirty happy years, preceded him to the home beyond, thirty years ago. Mr. Marshall passed away January 29, 1934, in his ninety-second year. Their children, Cortland Marshall and Josephine Murray, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild, are left a rich inheritance in the memory of his life, which had its background in a Christian home and the rugged virtues of pioneer parents, who instilled into the lives of their children those fundamental and enduring principles that develop the highest type of worth and Christian character. His descendents will always cherish and reverence his quiet, kindly manner and blessed memory.
How well he fell asleep! Like some proud river, Widening towards the sea, Calmly and grandly, Silent and deep, Life joins eternity. S. T. Coleridge

Courtland Ira Marshall
Services will be held Saturday from the Denbow-Bear funeral home in Ashland for Courtland Marshall, 75, who passed away yesterday afternoon at Ashland hospital.  He had been ill for several years. Survivors include his wife, Grace, two sons Lawrence, Cuyahoga Falls, and Hugh, Nankin; a daughter, Martha Haff, Ashland and a sister, Mrs. Will Murray, Rochester. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. [Lorain County Newpaper, May 8, 1952; Sub. by MMH]

Gladys Reck Mendenhall
WELLINGTON -- Mrs. Gladys G. Mendenhall, 93, died yesterday at Elms Nursing Home in Wellington after a lengthy illness. A native of Red River, Ohio, she lived with her daughter, Mrs. William B. Murray, in Wellington for several years after moving there from Columbus. In addition to her daughter, survivors include a son, Walter S. Jr. of Coral Gables, Fla.; sisters Dorothy Carter of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and Mary Chatwin of Victoria, British Columbia; brother Robert F. Reck of Nepean, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; and seven grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Friends may call Thursday, at to 4 p.m., at the Norton Funeral Home, Wellington, where rites will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday.  Burial will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Columbus, at 3 p.m. Friday."  [Wellington Enterprise, Oct 1987; Sub. by MMH]

Ellen Jane Murray Miller (Mrs. Millard D. Miller)
Mrs. Ellen J. Miller, 93, of 36368 Detroit Road, Avon died in Lorain Community Hospital yesterday afternoon.  She was ill two hours. Mrs. Miller, who was born in New London, May 14, 1880, lived in the Lorain County area most of her life.  She was a member of the Avon United Methodist Church. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Andrew (Ruth) Keep, Lorain, and Mrs. William (Helen) Wingate, Avon; one grandson and two great-grandchildren.  Her husband, Millard, died in 1967. Friends will be received in the Wainwright Funeral Home today from 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Bruce irwin officiating.  Burial will be in Ridge Hill Memorial Park. [Chronicle Telegram, Jan 8, 1974; Sub. by MMH]

John Miller
John Miller, 71, former well known horseman of this city, died last night at the home of his son, George A. Miller, 116 Water street. Mr. Miller is remembered among the older residents as a driver and trainer of horses, and had a good standing among his fellow citizens. For the past two tears he has been employed by the Columbia Hardware Co., Cleveland, and when taken ill came to this city. He is survived by his wife, his children, miss Ida M. C. Miller, George A. Miller and Donald H. Miller. Funeral services will be held at the Friday funeral parlors on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Winters. Burial at Ridgelawn cemetery.
[The Chronicle Telegram, Elyria, O - Mar 20, 1920]

Rachel Curry Mitchell
Wellington, O., March 30 -- Mrs. Rachel Mitchell, 77, of Rochester township passsed away at the Faus Clinic here yesterday following a lingering illness. She was born in Nova, but had lived the greater part of her life in Rochester and vicinity.  Her husband, Adelbert, prededed her by many years. Suriving are three sisters and a brother, all of Rochester.  They are Mrs. Emma Smith, Mrs. Jennie Beardsley, Mrs. Hattie Mann and Charles Curry. Funeral services will be held  at Rochester Saturday afternoon under the direction of John Murray, funeral director of Creston Ohio. [Elyria Chronicle Telegram, 3/30/1938]

Mary Andy-Moscyinski
Lorain - Following brief funeral services this morning at the family home at 114 West 18th street, requiem high mass was celebrated in the Church of Nativity for Mrs. Mary Andy-Moscyinski, age 56, who passed away at her home Wednesday evening, after an illness of a few weeks. The Rev. Father A. A. Radecki officiated and interment was made at Calvary cemetery.
[The Chronicle Telegram, Elyria, O - Mar 19, 1921]

Hugh Mosher
Fifer Hugh Mosher the Model for Willard's Celebrated Painting
BRIGHTON, O., Oct. 6 - Thousands of Americans are familiar with Artist Willard's celebrated painting, "Yankee Doodle," with its three Revolutionary volunteers with fife and drum, calling out the defenders of American liberty.
When Artist Willard painted that patriotic picture he took for his original Revolutionary hero Hugh Mosher, the famous fifer of the Western Reserve. Mr. Mosher paid the last debt of nature at his home in this village at the ripe old age of seventy-three years. His funeral was attended by hundreds of old soldiers whom he had delighted with his fife, and to whom his death was regarded as little less than a personal loss.
Mr. Mosher was a born fifer, as were his father and grandfather before him. He was a native of Ohio, and was born in Lake county in 1819. His grandfather served in the Revolutionary war, his father in the war of 1812, and he completed the family war record by nearly two years' service in the Union army during the civil war. Each of the three generations furnished a fifer in the armies of their country, and the grandson refused to lay his favorite instrument aside when peace was restored. For years he had been a familiar figure at public celebrations, reunions, political gatherings and county fairs throughout the Western Reserve, and had literally fifed his way into the affections of the people of this part of the country.
It was at one of these gatherings that the attention of Painter Willard was drawn to Mr. Mosher, who was induced to serve as the model of the Revolutionary fifer.
For many years Mr. Mosher did little else than visit surrounding towns, in response to urgent requests, and no gathering of old soldiers could be voted a really successful and enjoyable one that did not count among those present the venerable old fifer of Brighton. by Frederic K. KINNEY
[Sandusky Register, 10 Oct 1892, pg. 4]

Isabel Munro Murray
Mrs. Murry (sic) died last Monday morning at the home of her daughter in Elyria.  The remains were brought here (Rochester) Wednesday.  The funeral was held at the Baptist Church Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Davis officiating
[New London Record, New London, Ohio, Oct 26, 1911; Sub by: MMH]

Mrs. Murray, well known in Wellington and Rochester, where she lived for many years, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nellie Miller in Elyria Monday, Oct. 16'th after an illness of only a few days. The funeral will be held Wednesday at Rochester. [Wellington Enterprise, page 5. October 18, 1911]

Isabel Monroe was born at Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland, July 12, 1842 and spent the early part of her life in that place.  September 25, 1866, she was married to James Murray of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and to them were born eight children, four boys and four girls, all of whom are living. Thirty-six years ago this family left Scotland, living one year in Wales and one year in Canada, then coming to the United States, finding a home near New London, Ohio and later removing to Rochester, Ohio. During the last six years of her life, she made her home with her daughter in Elyria, where she died October 16, 1911, being 69 years, 3 months and 4 days of age. At an early age she became a member of the Free Church of Scotland, and about twenty-five years ago joined the Baptist Church at Rochester, O. being always an earnest, consistent Christian woman, and thus was finished a useful and exemplary life. [New London Record, November 2, 1911]
Card of Thanks
We hereby wish to thank our friends and neighbors for their kindness and death of our mother and for the beautiful flowers and songs.
The Children of the late Mrs. Isabel Murray

James Murray
Death has again entered our modst and taken in its flight Mr. James Murray, one of our best and most honored citizens.  Mr. Murray suffered a long period of illness and was ever patient until death gave him relief, April  1st.  Eight childlren survive him, all being present except two of the boys who are in Russia.  Rev. Lash conducted the funeral, interment taking place in the cemetery north of town.
 [New London Record, New London, Ohio, 6 Apr 1899]

James Murray was born at Parish of Alfred (sic - s/b "Alford"), Aberdeen, Scotland, Nov. 22'nd 1827. Departed this life April 1'st, 1899, aged 72 years, 4 months, and 8 days. Was united in marriage to Isabella Munro, Sept. 25'th, 1866. To this union was born eight children, four sons and four daughters. Mr. Murray was converted in early life in Scotland, and united with the Baptist church at Rochester about ten years ago. He was possessed of a true moral character, a genial nature, and won the friendship and esteem of all who were privileged to his acquaintance.Funeral services were held at the Baptist church at Rochester, April 3'd, conducted by Rev. A.H.Lash. He leaves a wife and eight children to mourn his loss, all of who were present except the two eldest sons, William and James, who are employed in Russia. There is a vacant chair at the table,A missing face by the fireside,A cheery voice now silent,Since him we loved has died.Coming from the lights celestial,Held by an angel's hand above,As we bow to Thy decree,Oh! May we meet and know our dear one,Thy will be done Father,When we make our peace with Thee.Guiding all our faltering footsteps,To those realms of light and love.This our cry: Thy will be done Father
[New London Record, April 13, 1899]

John Murray
Two Horsemen Dead, One Injured
Two months ago these pictures of Wellington horsemen appeared in The Enterprise together with an account of their horse-training program at the Wellington Fairgrounds.  On Tuesday, final rites were held for A. G. Mills who was claimed by a heart attack.  On Sunday, John Murray was buried at Rochester having been instantly killed at 5 p.m. Thursday in an auto accident at Oberlin. Roy Handley (lower left) is in Allen hospital, Oberlin, with injuries sustained in the same accident.
Many at Murray Rites
Many relatives from out-of-town attended the funeral Sunday of John Murray, including Mr. and Mrs. James Scott of North Olmsted, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jansen of Berea, H. C. France of Akron, Michael Dunlavy of Cleveland, Dr. and Mrs. Wm. Todd and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Mills of Lorain, all connected with the Horse Racing Association.  Mr. Murray was buried in Rochester cemetery with services conducted at the Baptist church by Rev. Wayne Ward.  Music was furnished by Mrs. Retta Richards and Mr. Paul Jewett. [Wellington Enterprise; October 15, 1953; Sub. by MMH]

Nell C. Curry Murray
Wellington April 12 - Mrs. Nellie Murray, 61, wife of James Murray, of Rochester, died at the Faus Clinic hospital yesterday afternoon.  Death was caused from complications resulting from burns inflicted Saturday, when the kerosene stove in the home exploded. Mrs. Murray was born in Rochester and spent all her life in that vicinity.  She was a member of the Ladies Aid Society of the Congregational Church of Rochester. Besides her husband she is survived by her sons, John of Creston and Russell and Donald of Rochester; a daughter, Mrs. Corrine Coe of Steubenville; a brother, Charles Currey of Rochester and four sisters, Mrs. Rachel Mitchell, Mrs. Emma Smith, Mrs. Jennie Beardsley and Mrs. Hattie Mann, all of Rochester; four grandchildren and a host of friends.Funeral services will be private and will be held at the home on Thursday at 2.  Burial in charge of the undertaking establishment of her son, John of Creston, will be made in Rochester.

IN MEMORIAM:  In loving memory of our dear wife and mother, Mrs. Nellie Murray, who passed away one year ago, April 11, 1933.There is someone who misses you sadly And finds the time long since you went, There is someone who think of you always, And tries to be brave and content, Gone is the face we loved so dear, Silent the voice we loved to hear; 'Tis sad, but true, we wonder why, The best are always the first to die. Sadly missed by husband and children. [Wellington Enterprise, 12 April 1933 - Sub. by "BL"]

William Benjamin Murray
The first Standardbred William Murray ever owned was Calumet Edna, the grandam of the 1983 Immortal Meadow Skipper. The female of the Standardbred species figured prominently in his claim to fame. Among the horses the master of Bonnie Brae Farm in Ohio campaigned were the great race filly and later broodmare, Belle Acton as well as Jane Azoff and Just Pam. Murray was active in the sport's organizations. He was a USTA director from 1948 to 1981, serving for a time as vice-chairman of the board, director of The Little Brown Jug Society and president of the Standardbred Breeders' Association. He was also one of the original inductees into the Hall of Fame of Animal Science at Ohio State University. He died in 1990 in Ohio. [Harness Racing Hall of Fame, 1991; Sub. by MMH]


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