M. G. Murdoch was born in Scotland, July 20th, 1827.
parents were George and Agnes (Murdoch) Murdoch. Mr. Murdoch came to America in 1840, and settled in Ohio; but in 1845,
went to Pittsburgh, where he learned the machinist's trade, subsequently to engage in steamboating and railroading.
He came to
Shelbyville in 1855, where he has since resided. On coming to
this place he began the saw mill business, which he still continues. His establishment was burned out in 1864, but the same year
bought what was known as the "James Lindsay saw mill." The
subject of this sketch was married in 1858, to Miss Mary
Rebstock, who died in 1865. To this union were born three children, viz.:
George, Agnes and John. He was again married, in
1867, to Miss Ellen J. Auh, of Ohio. By this marriage are five
children, viz.: Charlotte, Robert, McGavin, Hugh and
James A. Mr. Murdoch has made his own way in the world, until he is now
one of the wealthy men of Shelbyville, and one of the leading lumber merchants in this part of the State.
He is a Mason and a Knight
Templar, (Baldwin Commandery No. 2.) and in politics is a Republican.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, "Shelbyville
Sketches," page 518, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming