William Murrell

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Sandra K. Gorin, Gorin Genealogical Publishing   Volume 2 of Barren's Black Roots, Michelle Gorin Burris, (c) Aug 1992). By permission of the author.


Barren County Biography- William Murrell


Newspaper article by the late Paul Holman Jr, 15 Apr 1992: Photo of William Murrell. “Nearby a picture of William Murrell, who died about 1909, who was once a slave on the Edmunds farm, Long-lived, he was supposed to have fathered some 100 children. The legend goes that he was hanged three times by the Northern Army during the Civil War on land now owned by Chris Edmunds. He survived all three hanging attempts but never gave the Yankees the information they sought. A beloved man of his community, one of his grandsons still lives near Beckton.


 “They pulled him up on a limb three times, each time they would let him down. He would not tell them anything.”