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McMurray family collection

 Collection — Folder: S1876
Identifier: S1876

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence ranging from 1880 to 1885, with the bulk of the letters sent by members of the McMurray family of Boone County, Indiana to the Burget and Burgett families of Johnson County. There are also two letters from Fannie Young of Lebanon to Lou (Louisa) Burgett; a letter sent by James J. Warren of Nechesville, Texas to his Uncle James Richardson; undated calling cards of Dillard A. Burget, Tillas Burget, William M. Burget, Edwin Burgett, Miss Lou Burgett, Docia B. Gillaspy, Milford A. Richardson, Joseph B. Smyser, Henry H. Warren; and partial cards for Miss Clarisa Coll[ins] and Willis [McMurray]. The collection also includes a certificate of copyright registration card from the Library of Congress for Lewis Bradford Richardson's "Songs from the Hoosier Highlands" that was published in the Franklin Democrat on May 20, 1921.


  • 1880-1921, undated

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

John and Mary (Carr) McMurray, early pioneers of Indiana, settled in Owen County in 1822. Their son, Thomas, was born on March 2, 1823, just six weeks before John fell ill and died. Mary and her infant son moved back to live with her father in Nelson County, Kentucky, but returned to Owen County a few years later following her second marriage. Thomas married Christina Porter in 1848 and they had nine children: Lethanna "Letha", Charles, Mary, John, James, Thomas Jasper, Willis, Sarah, and Lillie. The family moved to Johnson County in 1860 and resided there until they moved to Boone County in 1879. Floyd I McMurray, the donor of this collection, was the son of James and the grandson of Thomas McMurray.

The Burget and Burgett families were friends and neighbors of the McMurray family when they resided in Johnson County. Aaron Burget (1843-1900), the son of Valentine and Nancy Burget, married Lucinda Gillaspy in 1863 and they had 9 children: Dillard, William, Tillis, Emma, Mary, Nancy, Sarah, Floyd and Carl. Louisa Burgett (1851-1928) was the daughter of Aaron and Sophia Burget. She married Bluford Richardson and they were the parents of Lewis Bradford Richardson.


A Portrait and Biographical Record of Boone Clinton and Hendricks Counties, Ind.. Chicago : A.W. Bowen and Co., 1895. "Thos. J. McMurray." 1870 United States Federal Census. Accessed June 17, 2020. "Aaron V. Burget." Find a Grave Memorial no. 18725567. Accessed June 17, 2020. "Louisa Burgett Richardson." Find a Grave Memorial no. 31770188. Accessed June 17, 2020.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Floyd I. McMurray via the Indiana State Museum.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1998 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2020/06/18 by Laura Eliason.
McMurray family collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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