I don't know Tom Murdock, but I had a Murdock (his brother?) stay at my cottage two years ago who lives in California but is originally from this area. I looked in my genealogy information and we found out that we were related.
In answer to your question from a few weeks ago, I am not related to anyone named Bates that I am aware of. There is a Bates subdivision not far from my cottage, which is outside of Rondeau Park.
I'll be interested to hear what you find out.
Thanks for contacting me.