We welcome you to our one-name study to help us determine relationships among the many lines of Murrells that can be found in the early years of this country. (The US for now- will hopefully ‘jump the pond’ one day soon.)
Like many one-name studies, this one has developed out of one question:
Who were the parents of Wiley Anderson Murrell?
“W. A.” as he was called, was born in Virginia (possibly West Virginia) in 1806, although some sources state 1805. We have nothing else on his life until the marriage bond between Wiley and the mother of his bride, Mary Magdalene Hontz/Honce/Honts in Botetourt County, Virginia on 9 April 1834. They were married 10 April 1834. The family, including children, migrated to Roseville, Swan Twp., Warren County, Illinois about 1853, and then used a covered wagon to carry the family to Mound Prairie Twp., Jasper County, Iowa, about 1868, where Wiley and Mary later died. We will have more details about this family in upcoming posts.
We hope to use this blog as a way to research other Murrell families, put our research out there for others, and hopefully help us find cousins who may have another piece of the puzzle. We have a number of Murrell descendants who have taken autosomal DNA tests, and are currently in process with a Y-DNA test for one of our direct-line males- possibly the last in that particular line. The autosomal DNA has us looking at a wide range of possibilities for Wiley’s parents, but no definitive proof yet. Maybe getting our research down in black and white- er, pixels??- will help us to better see connections, , or eliminate them.
So, are you a Murrell descendant? We would love to have you add a post about your own family; if that is too much, just send us a note through a comment on a post, or use our “Contact Us” form. We are optimistic that someone out there, or a DNA test, will give us the answer to “Who were the parents of Wiley Anderson Murrell?”
The header picture of lovely old book was taken by Moyan Bren in Prague. He kindly shares it with a CC by 2.0 license. (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/) It has not been modified in any way except by cropping. Thank you, Moyan!