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William MacPherson of Inverness Hills


My great, great grandfather was born February 6, 1793 came from Inverness, Scotland.  His parents were Daniel and Christiana (Young) MacPherson.  When he left home there were two brothers and two sisteres: John, James, May and Isabel.  Three boys died young, all named Alexander.  He sailed to Halifax, Nova Scotia where he lived until he sailed to America when he was 21 years old.  He landed in Baltimore, Maryland where he married Ann Taylor Scharf the daughter of Hannah Taylor and William Scharf.  They had three children who were born in Baltimore: William, Jr., born 1823; Alexander, born 1826; Anna Christiana, born 1828 who moved with their parents to Seneca County, Ohio where he purchased 1,000 acres of land.  He improved one farm and kept the Hotel Stag House on the turnpike where they lived for eight years. He rented a farm four miles south of the first one near the town of Caroline where his wife was buried.  She left five children - the last two born in Ohio: Marian W., born 1831; Orange John, born 1840; and James, born 1844.  He then moved five miles south of this farm and only one mile north of Hotel Stag which he kept.  He went into the Dry Goods business and married a second wife, Almeda Thatcher, an old maid aged thirty-two years when he was fifty-five years old.  They had four children who all died.
 
    In the "History of Seneca County, Ohio" on page 617, the author thanks two veteran pioneers, Father McPherson and Father Ford, whose heads, whitened by the frosts of more than four score years, are permitted to sit today on this platform (still living at this writing May 28th 1880)
 
    On page 625 of the same book, it states, William McPherson was born at Vernesshire on the 6th day of February 1793.  He is a descendant of the family of William Wallace, who were so justly celebrated for their love of country and liberty, and for their bravery.  Mr. McPherson became dissatisfied with borth country and government, despising England's rule, and being of an adventurous turn of mind, at the age of twenty-three years he followed his inclinations to visit America.  In the year 1816, in company with a young friend of about his age, they set sail and arrived in Halifax on the 11th of September of that year.  Finding no suitable employment here, they went to Baltimore, where they arrived in October and engaged in the mercantile business, which they conducted several years with success, but Mr. McPherson becoming tired of confinement of a store, sold out and started for the west with a view of speculating in land.  The Indians had sold their reservations and the new purchase had come into market.  Mr. McPherson arrived in Tiffin in October 1828, and by the advice of Abel Rawson and Joseph Howard, the land agents, he followed up Honey Creek and selected a tract of land on the south bank and whee the Columbus and Sandusky turnpike was then being built and purchased it.  It contained 800 acres and embraced the present village of Caroline"
 
    William MacPherson's will was probated 29th August 1888 in Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio.  A very shaky handwritten signature by Wm. MacPherson is dated 21st day of May 1887.  There are three pages of people listed who owed him money.
 
    In 2006, my daughter, Kathie Eileen Potter and I were in Inverness, Scotland touring.  I left a photograph at the library with the basic information about William MacPherson in the hope that someone might contact me with further information about the family.  I joined the "First Families of Ohio" in his name a few years ago.  I would still love to hear from anyone interested in this side of the MacPherson Clan Scotland or USA.
 
Sincerely,
 
Alice (MacDonald) Long

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