Benjamin Lamar
Jerusha Lamar
(Abt 1775-Abt 1830)


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Ezekiel Ray

Jerusha Lamar 2

  • Born: Abt 1775, Tennessee
  • Marriage: Ezekiel Ray between 1775 and 1794 in Tennessee
  • Died: Abt 1830 about age 55

bullet  General Notes:

Found a Spencer County marriage listing for:
Jerusha Ray married to
Ethan Allen Murphey (or Murphy)
22 (or 29) March 1821

However, this would contradict her daughter Elizabeth's statement that her mother never remarried.

But according to Carol Tessen:

The April, 1837, divorce case of Jerusha (Ray) Murphy vs. Ethan Allan Murphy is cited on page 310 of the Goodspeed history.

If this is correct, then the approximate death date I have for her is incorrect.
1820 Spencer Co, IN census lists Jerusha as a widow
Jerusha Ray 2 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
Received all of the following info from Carol Tessen:

Blackford Creek empties into the Ohio River directly opposite the eastern edge of Grandview, practically opposite the mouth of Big Sandy Creek in Spencer County. That bottom land east of Blackford Creek was known as Lewis Bottoms. In the early 1800's it received an accumulation of pioneer settlers, many of whom were waiting until it should be safe to cross the river and proceed to their desired location in Indiana or Illinois. The Indians were at times much opposed to relinquishing their title and occupancy of this section of Indiana. Even after the purchase of the land by the Government in August, 1805, many feared to come into the territory. Many of these settlers would not have come over until Indiana became a state but a flood in 1809 drove them into action. The higher ground in Indiana then appeared quite attractive and about one hundred families including Uriah Lamar and the Powells were ferried across at this time.

On December the 1st of 1814 Jerusha's father Benjamine Lamar registered land at the land office in section 6 of Township 6 south, Range 5 west.

On the 4th of August 1817, at an election held at the house of Samuel Lamar (another uncle to Jerusha) in Hurricane Township ( as part of Perry County before 1818), for Congress and members of the Legislature Ezekiel Ray is listed as having polled on that date. Jerusha's uncle Uriah Lamar was elected a Judge in this election. Other family members on the polling list included her father Benjamin and brothers John and William Lamar as well as William Ray (son of Ezekiel), and uncles Uriah Lamar, Elijah Lamar, Samuel Lamar, as well as, John Lamar a son of Samuel.


Jerusha married Ezekiel Ray between 1775 and 1794 in Tennessee. (Ezekiel Ray was born about 1760 in Ireland and died about 1818-1819 in Spencer County, Indiana.)

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