MAJOR JOHN MURDOCK 1708-1778 (father of Reverend James)
He inherited his father’s property and his native sagacity, to which was added a superior intelligence, culture and moral character that made him conspicuous among the distinguished men of the colony. He first carried on the business of farming his plantation with the aid of his slaves, who have left monuments of their labor in enormous stone walls surrounding it. His thrift and sagacity brought a large fortune for the times, and made him a power in the community. He was a deacon in the Congregational church; judge of the court of common pleas, a representative in the general assembly for a number of years, was captain of the Tenth Company, Seventh Regiment Connecticut Militia, and served under Abercrombie in Fort Ticonderoga in 1750, during the French and Indian war. May 13, 1766, he was appointed by the general assembly major of the Seventh Regiment Connecticut Militia. At the time of his marriage, about 1730, his father settled upon him one-half of his estate and built him a dwelling where he spent his remaining days. He carried on the farming business extensively for half a century. He was small of stature and of a very fair complexion, with keen, black eyes. His first wife, Phoebe Sill, of Lynn, and her infant died ten months after their marriage. April 11, 1732, he married (second) Frances Conklin, of East Hampton, Long Island. They had thirteen children, seven of whom were boys and six girls. .Major Murdock died at his homestead on the hill.