Peter Murray

b.  February 6, 1862
     Culross, Scotland; Perth Shire (Fife Shire)
d.  May 16, 1947 at age 85

Jemima Cant

b. November 4, 1859
    Beath, Scotland; Fife Shire
d. March 14, 1937 at age 77



Elizabeth Murray (?)
Janet Ramsay Murray
Margaret Rankine Murray
Ellen Murray
Jemima Cant Murray
John Henry Murray
Mary Ann Helena Murray
Agnes Philp Murray

Peter Murray and family
Standing: Margaret, Janet, Helen, Jemima. Seated: Peter, John, Agnes, Jemima, Mary

Peter Murray
Peter Murray, daughter Agnes, granddaughter Betty, great granddaughter Karen

  • "The 1871 Census record of Kirkcaldy lists Grannie as Jemima Cant, Servant, Fem, 13 years old--a General Domestic in home of John Brown and his wife Barbara who had a 1-year old son; address 47 Berwick Place. She was from Fifeshire, Cowdenbeath." (HMR)
  • "The Fife Free Press, [Wedding] November 17, 1883: At 74 Alexandra Street, Kirkcaldy, on the 9th inst, by Mr. Thomas Harrow, Peter Murray, gardner, to Jemima, fourth daughter of Henry Cant." (HMR) [Married November 9, 1883 in Kirkcaldy, Fife Shire.]
  • "Grannie and Grandad were married in Kirkcaldy then lived in Aberlady where the first of three of their daughters were born. There is no evidence that they ever lived in Edinburgh. The marriage record says Grandad was from Inch Liberton. There is an area, now part of greater Edinburgh, called Liberton which until 80 years ago was country summer homes of people who lived elsewhere (probably Edinburgh) and it is likely Grandad worked here until he married. The village of Aberlady had two large farms at that time and it is probable that he worked on one of these after marriage." (HMR)
  • "Passenger list for the Allan Line 'Scandinavian' Royal Mail Steamer; Port of Embarkation--Glascow; Bound for Halifax; April 4, 1889:

Murray, Pet.; Lab., age 30--Toronto
Family: Jsse, age 31
Bessie, age 7
Jan, age 4 1/2
Mag, age 2
Helen, age 7/12" (HMR)

  • "Viewed the microfilm of the 1891 Census for Stamford [Canada]. Found the family:

W 2/8 Murray Peter, age 32, Scotland, Pres., Farm Laborer
Jemima, age 30, wife, Scotland, Baptist
Elizabeth, age 9, daughter, Scotland, Baptist
Jeanette, age 6, daughter, Scotland, Baptist
Margaret, age 4, daughter, Scotland, Baptist
Ellen, age 2, daughter, Scotland, Baptist"

  • "Census was taken on April 14th. Mother was born April 10th, but is not mentioned. The new 'daughter' Elizabeth has us intrigued. The 'W 2/8' appears in front of Grandad's name and the name above him--Thompson Archibald. It would seem Grandad lived on his farm and probably worked for him." (HMR)
  • "Niagara Falls 1986: I went on the People Mover down to see the greenhouses. The central part in front looks the same as when Grandad worked there (we have a photo taken in 1930), but it has been greatly added onto." (HMR)
  • Obituary: "Peter Murray, retired horticulturist died suddenly of a heart attack on Friday, May 16, 1947, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John A. Hurley, Hillside, Maryland. Mr. Murray was born in Scotland. In early married life he went to Canada where he was employed as Superintendent of Parks at Niagara Falls. He later moved with his family to the United States, where he spent many years landscaping and beautifying the grounds of ancestral homes in the New England States.
  • Peter and Jemima are buried together at Manomet Congregational Church in Manomet, MA (HMR & AMS); daughters Janet and Agnes are buried with them.