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Murrays in California

Los Angeles County

Peter Murray Construction Foreman

Peter MURRAY was born on 10 December 1894 in the East Benhar District of Fauldhouse, West Lothian, Scotland.  He was a son of James Whiteford MURRAY and Jean Hamilton REID.

Early in 1921, Peter MURRAY married Mary Baillie RUSSELL in Fauldhouse.  Mary was born on 10 February 1900 and was a daughter of William Baillie RUSSELL and his wife Mary Mackie CLACHER.

Peter Murray Los Angeles Construction Foreman
Peter Murray

Peter worked as a Blacksmith and the couple lived on the Main Street in Fauldhouse.  On 06 August 1921, Peter boarded the Algeria to travel to North America.  Arriving in New York on the 16th of August, Peter is described as being 5 feet 10 inches tall with brown hair and grey eyes.  (See photograph of Peter at right, provided by descendants of his sister Margaret Finlay White)  Mary Clacher MURRAY arrived in New York with her in-laws in November of 1922 and the family eventually settled in Los Angeles, California.

Peter found work in a Steel Mill and the couple lived at 5208 Lincoln Avenue in Los Angeles.  In 1931, Peter began a career in construction eventually becoming a foreman for the Bertonnett Pecoraro Company.  The family also moved to 920 Fortune Way which was a little more than a mile from the home of Peter's parents.

Mary Baillie RUSSELL died on 18 October 1950 and Peter died at the Glendale, California Memorial Hospital on 22 August 1971.

Children of Peter MURRAY and Mary Baillie RUSSELL:

i.  Mary Clacher MURRAY, who was born on 31 March 1922 in Fauldhouse, West Lothian, Scotland.  Mary married Travis Gail JORDAN on 22 November 1951 in Los Angeles.  Travis was born in Arkansas on 17 August 1923.  Travis JORDAN died on 27 November 1996 in Kern County, California.  Mary Clacher Murray JORDAN died on 26 April 2000 at Lake Isabella in Kern County.

ii.  Jean Hamilton MURRAY, who was born on 19 May 1924 in Los Angeles.  Jean married James PARKINSON and the couple had two sons.

iii.  James Whiteford MURRAY who was born on 05 August 1934 in Los Angeles.  James died on 06 July 2003 in West Covina, Los Angeles County, California.