FLOYD D. MURDOCK is yet living at the place where he was born, Sept. 13,
1856, at the corner of Wall and Franklin streets, Janesville, Rock County, where he has built a magnificent row of flats. Both his
grandfather and father were born in New York as were also his mother and her parents. His paternal grandfather, who was a farmer, died in his
native State at an advanced age, leaving a large family.
Edwin MURDOCK, the father of Floyd D., settled in Janesville in the 'forties', and engaged in business as a grain dealer and grocer, following these lines until his death, at the age of fifty-seven, in 1883. He was a citizen of prominence, and for several years represented the First ward in the city council. He married Adelia HOYT, whose father, Charles HOYT, was likewise a New York farmer, but removed to Wisconsin, and was one of the early settlers of Rock County. Later he
removed to Iowa, and died there in his seventy-sixth year. Mrs. Edwin MURDOCK is still living; she is a devout Baptist. She bore her husband four children: Ida, now the wife of Myron CLARK, of Rock County; Floyd D.; Edwin H., of Janesville; and Jessie, Mrs. Thomas A. NOLAN.
Floyd D. MURDOCK has passed his life in the city of his birth. After leaving school he began working for his father, and on the latter's death succeeded to the ownership and management of the business. He has been successful, bringing to bear upon his undertakings sound common sense, as well as reflective power and sagacity. He sells hay and feed, as well as grain, shipping a great deal to Chicago and Milwaukee, and carries on an extensive and remunerative trade, enjoying the confidence and respect of the entire community, and the sincere esteem of a wide circle of personal friends. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias and of the A.O.U.W., and in politics is a Republican. On Dec. 6, 1883, Mr. MURDOCK married Maggie Josepha INMAN, and they have two children, Floyd Verne and Edna Floydine.
Mrs. MURDOCK comes of English lineage on the paternal, and French on the maternal side. Her father's ancestors crossed the Atlantic in the "Mayflower," and her great-grandfather, Edward INMAN, served under Washington in the Revolutionary war, holding the rank of colonel. Her grandfather was John E. INMAN. The family were long-time residents of Pennsylvania, John E. INMAN being a large land owner near Wilkesbarre. After disposing of his holdings there he came West, buying large tracts in Illinois and Wisconsin, and making his home in Carroll County, Ill. He was the father of five sons and three daughters, and lived to celebrate his seventy-fifth birthday. Edward INMAN, Mrs. MURDOCK's father, was for several years a conductor in the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad Co., but the fracture of a leg compelled him to seek other employment. For a long time he conducted a dry-goods store at Wilkesbarre, but subsequently (in 1857) removed to Wisconsin, settling in Bradford, where he died in 1892, at the age of sixty-nine years. His widow yet survives, and has her home in Janesville. Her name before marriage was Margaret J. MUTCHLAR, and her father (the maternal grandfather of Mrs. MURDOCK) married Margaret SAN TEE. Both
were of French descent, but residents of Wilkesbarre, where Mr. MUTCHLAR was a successful coal operator. They were the parents of four daughters
and one son.
Taken from "Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa and Lafayette Wisconsin" (c) 1901, p. 131.