Biography of Alexander McPherson, Jr. of Le Roy, NY

Alexander McPherson, Jr., was born October 21, 1827, one half mile west of where he now resides, and is a son of Alexander and Jane (McVean) McPherson. Alexander was born July 1, 1803, in Le Roy, where his father had first settled. He was second lieutenant .of militia, held several responsible positions in his town, and had 10 chilnren, eight of whom grew to maturity, viz.: Alexander, Jr., Sarah, Eliza, Jane, Helen, Donald, John A., and Margaret C. He died in May, 1879. His father, Alexander McPherson, was born in Scotland. and was a shepherd by occupation. He married Nellie McPherson, and had five children born in Scotland, as follows: Nellie, John, Angus, Nancy. and James. They came to the United States in i 8oo, after which six more were born, namely: Donald, Allen, Alexander, Mary, Isabell, and Margaret. Alexander McPherson lived in the eastern part of the State until 1801, when he located one mile below Oatka Falls, on the north bank of the creek, when he erected his first cabin. He was $7 in debt when he landed in Genesee County. He was a hard worker and accumulated 1,500 acres, most of which he improved.. In early days he hauled wheat to Roches ter and sold it at cents per bushel, taking in exchange a barrel of salt worth $14. Alexander McPherson, Jr., received a common school and academic education, and taught school four winters He married, first, Eliza Ann, daughter of Phycle Monroe and Julia (Howard) Ward. of Perry, Livingston County. Their children were Ward H., Archibald H., and Mary E. His second wife was Mary Elizabeth, daughter of David and Jane (Milroy) Donnan, of Leicester, Livingston County. Mr. and Mrs. McPherson and children are members of the Presbyterian Church.

Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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