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Dr Isadora Laura <I>Hull</I> Murray

Dr Isadora Laura Hull Murray

Ohio, USA
Death 9 Nov 1925 (aged 79–80)
Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Madison, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 98139479 · View Source
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2nd of 3 known children of SHELDEN HULL & NANCY J. BOOTH

Occupation: Teacher, physician

Separated: 1880
Divorced: 1886

No children

William Murray - Husband and Father
Shortly after graduating from Yale in 1862, William married Isadora Hull of East River, CT. She was a lover of the outdoors, like her new husband. She worked as a teacher while William attended East Windsor Theological Seminary and also during his vicarage in New York City.

The couple prospered on William's $3000 annual salary and living in comfortable parsonage at the Meriden church. The couple's lifestyle improved even more at Park Street with a good salary and income from William's books, newspaper articles, and his own weekly newspaper The Golden Rule.

William bought his family farm and converted it into a stable for breeding race horses. At roughly the same time, he invested heavily in a carriage business that quickly failed. The members and leaders at Park Street strongly disapproved of Will's lifestyle and time spent away from church business. During this time, the couple discovered that Isadora could not have children, which bothered Will greatly.

William's departure from Park Street and the establishment of his independent church further eroded the couple's relationship. Isadora discovered interests of her own, most prominently an interest in medicine. Will's business ventures all failed and he lost the family farm and the bulk of their savings in the process. Following the collapse of the independent church in 1879, Will resigned the ministry the couple separated. Isadora went to New York then Vienna to study medicine, specifically surgery. She became the first American to be a licenced surgeon in Europe. Will began traveling around the states, England, and Europe, giving lectures on camping and the Adirondacks. The couple officially divorced in 1886.
Source: WHH "Adirondack" Murray Memorial Association, by Dave MURRAY (
Oct 3, 1885, The Oswego Palladiun, Oswego, NY:
Mrs. Adirondack Murray
NEW HAVEN, Conn., October 1. - The petitioner in a suit for divorce, soon to be brought in the superior court in this city, will be Isadora L. Murray, wife of the Rev. "Adirondack" Murray, who is at the present time a resident of Montreal, Canada. Mrs. Murray asks for an absolute decree of divorce on the grounds of desertion. The petition sets forth that she married William H.H. Murray August 8, 1862, and that he deserted her July 1, 1880. The Rev. Mr. Murray, it is understood, is perfectly willing his wife should take her decree without any opposition on his part. Mrs. Murray has practiced medicine in this city for about four years, and has built up quite an extensive and lucrative practice.
Springfield, Mass., Nov. 9--(Associated Press)--Mrs. Isadora L. Murray, an early woman physician and former wife of William Henry Harrison Murray, better known as "Adirondacks Murray," died here this morning. She was graduated from the New York Medical College and studied homeopathic medicine at Dresden, Germany, and Vienna. For more than twenty years she practiced at New Haven, Conn.

Her former husband was a noted author of Adirondack tales and in the sixties and seventies was a minister at Boston. Mrs. Murray will be buried Wednesday at Madison, Conn.
Source: Historical Newspaper: Birth, Marriage & Death, Hartford, CT, Nov 10, 1925

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  • Created by: Catherine Clemens Sevenau
  • Added: 1 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 98139479
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Isadora Laura Hull Murray (1845–9 Nov 1925), Find A Grave Memorial no. 98139479, citing West Cemetery, Madison, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Catherine Clemens Sevenau (contributor 47082189) .