|Twas probably the luck o' the Irish that landed him in such a fine place. Cornelius stood on the North bank of north fork of the Shenandoah River, gazing up toward the protruding rock formation that jutted spectacularly from the mountainside. The river falling down like stair steps from its beginnings farther up, added to the beautiful scene. Even the name Shenandoah reminded him of the river Shannon of his native Ireland. He turned and traced his footsteps down the well worn path toward the cabin he and Austa had built together. I'twas a far better place than the estate of William Nobel, from which he and Austa and their children William and Daniel had fled.||
July 8, 1742
"Run away on the 1st Inst. from Wm. Noble of Fallowfield Township in Chester County, an Irish Servant Man, named Cornelius Murley, aged about 35 years, a thick set Man, dark Complexion, black bushy Hair, and grim look. Had on when he went away an old blackish Kersey Coat, patch on one Sleeve with whitish colour Cloth, an old Hat, new coarse shirt, patch Trowsers half worn, Shoes with latchets, and had a Sickle along with him. Whoever takes up and secures the said servant so that his Master may have him again, shall have Forty Shillings reward and all reasonable charges, paid by William Noble."