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Murrays in California

Los Angeles County

James Whiteford Murray Machinist

James and Jean Hamilton Murray
James and Jean Hamilton Murray

James Whiteford MURRAY was born on 06 October 1867 at Poniel in the Douglas Parish \ of Lanarkshire.  He was the son of Peter MURRAY and Janet WHITEFORD.  James was raised in the East Benhar section of Fauldhouse and, like most young men in his neighborhood, he worked in the area coal mines.  James soon joined the Royal Artillery where he was trained as a Gunner. 

On 11 December 1891, James Whiteford MURRAY married Jean Hamilton REID.  (See photo at right which appears here courtesy of Mary Tyler. Click on photo for larger image.)  Jean was born on 19 June 1873 in Whitburn and was the daughter of local Iron Miner Robert REID and his wife Margaret FINLAY.  James and Jean MURRAY operated a popular Fish and Chips Restaurant on the outskirts of Fauldhouse for several years.


On 25 November 1922, James Whiteford MURRAY and family boarded the COLUMBIA in Glasgow and set sail for America.  The family arrived in New York on 04 December 1922.  Once processed through Ellis Island, the family made their way to Los Angeles, California where James found work as a Machinist and his wife Jean worked as a cook in local restaurants.

211 Chestnut Ave., Los Angeles
Murray home on Chestnut Avenue

The family lived at 211 Chestnut Avenue in Los Angeles.  The home (see photo at right, click for larger image) was built in 1923 so we assume the family either built the home or were the original owners.  The home has about 1500 square feet of living space with four bedrooms and two baths.  With the palm trees in the background and the mild climate of Los Angeles, one could conclude that James was pleased with his real estate investment.  James, however, would be shocked to learn that as of this writing (February 2004), his home on Chestnut Avenue is for sale and the asking price is 327,800 United States dollars!


James Whiteford MURRAY died on Chestnut Avenue on 12 March 1954.  Jean Hamilton Reid MURRAY died in Los Angeles on 21 November 1963.  James and Jean are buried in the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Glendale, California.

Children of James Whiteford MURRAY and Jean Hamilton REID:

i.  Peter MURRAY, who was born on 10 December 1894 in the East Benhar District of Fauldhouse, Linlithgowshire.

ii.  Margaret Finlay MURRAY, who was born on 04 June 1899 on Thornton's Row in Fauldhouse.

iii.  Jessie Whiteford MURRAY, who was born on 06 February 1902 on Thornton's Row in Fauldhouse.

iv.  Agnes MURRAY, who was born about 1913 in Fauldhouse.

v.  Jean (Ina) Hamilton MURRAY, who was born on 16 November 1914 in Fauldhouse.  Ina never married and is remembered as a very sweet lady with an unbelievable memory.  Ina Hamilton MURRAY died at 211 Chestnut Avenue in Los Angeles on 09 June 1974.