Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Alexander McPherson

Male 1737 - 1805  (67 years)


Personal Information    |    Notes    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name Alexander McPherson 
    Born 30 Aug 1737  Port Tobacco, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Aug 1805  Charles County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I7527  Tree1
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2022 

    Father William McPherson,   b. Between 1692 and 1693, Dalraddy, Badenoch, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1752, Charles County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Barbara Acton,   b. 1707, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1797, Charles County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1725  Port Tobacco, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1334  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Weems,   b. 1753, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1842, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 2 Nov 1776  St. James Parish, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Henry McPherson,   b. Abt 1784, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 1851, Aquasco, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)  [natural]
     2. Alexander McPherson,   b. Bef 1785, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1805, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 22 years)  [natural]
     3. Anne McPherson,   b. Bef 1786, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1805, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 21 years)  [natural]
     4. Mary McPherson,   b. Abt 1787, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1805, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 19 years)  [natural]
     5. John Weems McPherson,   b. Abt 1788, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1823, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 36 years)  [natural]
     6. Sarah McPherson,   b. Aft 1788, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1805, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 17 years)  [natural]
     7. Elizabeth McPherson,   b. Aft 1788, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1805, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 17 years)  [natural]
     8. Eartheldry McPherson,   b. Aft 1788, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1805, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 17 years)  [natural]
     9. Rachel McPherson,   b. Aft 1790, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1805, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 15 years)  [natural]
     10. Catharine McPherson,   b. Aft 1790, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1805, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 15 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2022 
    Family ID F5144  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • ===
      Charles County Maryland Will Book AL-12, 1801-1808, {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 288.
      Alexander McPherson Sr., Will & Codicil, March 18, 1804; August 27, 1805
      I, Alexander McPherson Sr. of CC, being sick and weak of body but of sound mind and memory and disposing judgment;
      To wife Mary McPherson, the use of my home plantation where I now dwell during her natural life, including ½ of my swamp land on Zachia Swamp being on the west side of the main road that leadeth from Bryan Town to Philip Edelen. Meaning the swamp land laying within the several ditches where I have commonly tended in corn, except that part I shall hereafter give to my son John Weems McPherson. Also 8 negroes; George and his wife Beck, Nace (carpenter), Will, Jack, Cate, Clare and Christy. Also all my sheep, 5 horses, 10 head of cattle, and 2/3 of my stock of hogs, and all my household and kitchen furniture.
      To wife and her single daughters; Mary, Sarah, Elizabeth, Eartheldry, Rachel & Catharene McPherson, 300 dollars in goods out of my part due me from Alexander McPherson Jr.
      To son John McPherson, the plantation he now dwells on beginning at the ditch where it falls into a small branch called Edelins Spring Branch and runs to the third boundary of a parcel of land I purchased of Richard Edelin dec'd, and of which Gabriel Moran holds part, then to a sassafrass stump, the fourth boundary then up the ditch called Moores Ditch, till it intercects with a ditch cut by William Beddow, then northwest till it intersects with the exterior lines on the west side, then binding on the lines of Philip Edelens land. Reseving to my wife, the privilege, to make use of ½ part of the swamp land below the road on the west side. Also 5 negroes; Dinah and four of her children, Jane, Hanson, Polly and Milly, 1 cow and yearling, 1 cow and calf, and a yoke of young steers which he now have in his possession.
      To son Alexander McPherson, all the remaining part of my dwelling plantation at the death of my wife, reserving the use of it during her natural life. Also the store house, granary and part of land lying in Boarmans Manor, which I purchased of Edward Boarman dec'd, containing 36 acres. Also negroes; Sam and his wife Mary, Harry, Amey, 2 cows and calves, a yoke of young steers and the bed and furniture that he got in the accompting [sic] room.
      To son Henry McPherson, all the land lying in Prince George's County where he now dwell and that where Luke Church now rents of me comprehending all the land considered to be my upper quarter plantation. Also negroes; Lydia and two of her children Andrew and Bet, my carpenter Charles and Dick, 2 cows and calves and 2 young steers, a feather bed and furniture which is in his possession. Also the sum of 1000 dollars to assist him in building, and as much timber off the lower quarter land called "Pasture" and "Timber Lane" which lay adjoin to the above land given to him as will be sufficient to repair his buildings.
      Item: in the case that either of my 3 sons should decease without lawful issue, then to my two eldest daughters, Ann Adams and Mary McPherson Jr., All those tracts or parcels of land lying in Prince George's County near Magruders Ferry which I purchased of Wm Jones containing 250 acres.
      To 3 daughters, Sarah, Elizabeth and Eartheldry McPherson, the lower quarter plantation lands in Prince George's County called "Pasture" and part of "Timber Lane", reserving to my son Henry timber to repair his buidings. Also a parcel of land purchased from John Acton Sr. and a parcel of land purchased of Patrick Moreland, which lying in Charles County.
      Item: if any of my 5 daughters shall die without issue, their part to be equally divided amongst the survivors.
      To youngest daughters, Rachel and Catharine McPherson, 1000 dollars each.
      To wife Mary McPherson, whatever property I am entitled to by the death of my wife's half sister Elizabeth Weems.
      To my six daughters, single, Mary, Sarah, Elizabeth, Eartheldry, Rachel and Catharine Mcpherson, all the remaining part or residue of my negroes shall be equally divided. But whereas in the fall of 1802 I did give my daughter Ann certain property in marriage it is my desire that my seven daughters shall share equally in the personal property
      Executor: Alexander McPherson {Jr.}
      Signed: March 18, 1804 Alexander McPherson
      Wit: Ignatius Middleton, Philip Edelen, Thomas Baker
      Codicil: Whereas I did give unto my wife Mary McPherson and her six single daughters 300 dollars in goods out of my part due me from Alexander McPherson Jr. and Company, and whereas the greater part of this money is taken up out of the store for the use of my dwelling house already and in all probability the whole of this sum may be consumed in my family before my death, therefore I do hereby revoke the said legacy to prevent a dispute.
      To son Henry Mcpherson, negro Cate in addition to the negroes already given him.
      Signed: March 23, 1804 Alexr McPherson
      Wit: Ignatius Middleton, Philip Edelen, Thomas Baker
      ===
      Alexander MCPHERSON was born 30 AUG 1737 in Port Tobacco, Charles, Maryland, and died BEF 27 AUG 1805 in Charles County, Maryland. He married Mary WEEMS 2 NOV 1776 in St. James Parish, Anne Arundel, Maryland. She was born 1753 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and died 19 AUG 1842 in Charles County, Maryland.

      HTinUSA@aol.com [SMTP:HTinUSA@aol.com]
      The evidence for a Father-Son relationship between Alexander and Henry the husband of Elizabeth Moreton is in the fact that Alexander bought several land tracts, and did not sell them
      Henry sold the same land tracts yet did not buy them.
      They must have been the inheritance, Willed from Father to Son

      1777-1781 Captain, lower battalion, Charles County Militia.

      "Archives of Maryland" volume 45 page 307
      (= 1781 9 Feb Liber CB #24 p 42,43; Proceedings and Correspondance of the Council of Maryland)
      "Commissions issued to Henry Boarman appointed Capt. in the room of Alexander McPherson" Friday 9 February 1781"

      "The Maryland Militia in the Revolutionary War", p 160
      Charles County, 12th Battalion, 1777A A list of Capt Alexr McPhersons Company
      (= from the Lists of Daughters of Founders and Patriots)

      Ten children as mentioned in his Will and codicil. AL 12 288, executed 27 August 1805
      ===
      MCPHERSON, WILLIAM, Charles Co. 14 Nov 1751; 11 Mar 1752
      To wife Barbara McPherson, 168 A., tract called the "Dalready Second Addition".
      To son Thomas McPherson, of tract called "Brierwood" which I bought of Thomas Boarman Mudd., deed dated 14 June 1749 and 50 A., of tract called "The Dalready."
      To son, Daniel McPherson, 75 A., of tract "Brierwood" which I bought of Thomas Boarman Mudd,, deed dated 21 April 1750, and 62 A. of tract called "The Dalready Second Addition,"
      To son John McPherson, 173 A. which I bought of John Pain
      To son William McPherson, 168 A., called "The Dalready' and "The Dalready Second Addition," after the decease of my wife.
      To son Henry McPherson. colt,, and the fold of a mare.
      To son Alexander 500 pounds of tobacco,
      To dau. Etheldra Chapman, Negro girl Jane. Remainder to be equally divided among wife Barbara McPherson, son Henry McPHerson, son Alexander McPherson, dau. Catharine McPherson. Desire my sons Henry McPherson, Alexander McPherson, William McPherson and John McPherson receive into their possession their estates as they arrive at the age of 18.
      Wife Barbara, extx,
      Wit: John Stoddert, Miles McDaniel, William Henderson, 28, 291.

      84) 1 June 1753 - Charles County
      Barbara MACPHERSON, Exrx of William MACPHERSON
      Sureties - Henry ACTON Thomas MACPHERSON
      1-3 to widow
      Reps: Etheidra CHAPMAN of age
      Henry MACPHERSON of age
      Alexander MACPHERSON aged 15 yrs Aug next
      Catherine MACPHERSON aged 6 yrs last March
      Per Will
      ===
      William Macpherson 35.73 A CH £355.16.2 £422.19.10 Jun 1 1763
      Sureties: Henry Acton, Thomas Macpherson.
      Received from: James Adams, John Powell, Bayne Smallwood.
      Payments to: Dr. Gustavus Brown, Hugh Mitchell, Benjamin Naile, Dr. Charles Neale, George Clarke, Andrew Monrow, John Hanson, Daniel Dulany, Esq., Daniel Jenifer.
      Legatees: Ethildra Chapman.
      Distribution to: widow (unnamed, 1/3). Residue to: Ethildra Chapman, Henry Macpherson, Alexander Macpherson (aged 14), Katherine Macpherson (aged 6). Executrix: Barbara Macpherson
      ===
      DORCY, ANN., Charles Co. 21 Aug1773; 13 Nov 1773
      To My negro Tom whom I have set free before Mr, Josias Hawkins, all of my estate,
      Wit:: William McPherson, Sr.; Alex'r. Martin McPherson; Basil McPherson; William McPherson. MCW 39, 430
      ===
      Charles County Maryland Will Book AF-11, 1791-1801, {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 480.
      James Johnson, October 1, 1798; March 30, 1799
      I, James Johnson of CC being sick and weak of body but of sound mind and memory and disposing judgment
      To wife Mary Ann, the use of all my real and personal estate during her natural life
      To daughter Mary Johnson, two hundred pounds current money to be paid to her after my wife's decease, independent of what I have agreed to pay already for her for which my daughter has my bond for.
      To grandson James Neale, after the death of my wife, the residue of my estate both real and personal. If he dies without lawful issue then to Jeremiah Neale, father to the said James Neale one hundred pounds current money.
      To brothers John Johnson and Joseph Johnson and my sisters Monica Hagan and Mary Ann Gwinn, three hundred and fifty pounds current money to be equally divided.
      To daughter Mary Johnson, all the residue of my estate
      But should my grandson have lawful issue, then the above bequeaths to daughter Mary Johnson, Jeremiah Neal and to my brothers and sisters shall be null and void.
      My will and desire is that my nephew John Johnson, son of John, shall have the management of my grandson James Neale's estate till he comes to the age of 21yrs, and my nephew John Johnson shall receive a full share of everything (crop) that is made on each plantation for his trouble. If my nephew John Johnson should die before my grandson James Neale reaches 21yrs, then I desire my nephew Ignatius Sim Johnson shall succeed his brother in the management of said estate.
      Executor: wife Mary Ann Johnson
      Signed: October 1, 1798 James Johnson
      Wit: Alexander McPherson, John Boarman of Thomas James, George Dyer
      ===
      Hannah Booth, born say 1765, was freed by Alexander McPherson by deed recorded in Prince George's County on 1 November 1803: my Negro woman Hannah ... descended from the family that calls themselves Booths ... and her six children: Margaret, Rachel, Henny, James, Henry and John. Hannah recorded the manumission in Charles County on 29 March 1804: Whereas a Family of Negroes claimed by Joseph Mudd of Charles County, calling themselves Boothes, Sued for and obtained their freedom in Charles County Court at August Term 1803 and whereas the Negroes herein after named are of the same family [Prince George County Land Records JRM #10, 192; Charles County Land Records IB #6, 83].
      ===
      Charles County Land Record Book S#3, 1770-1775; Page 607. May 27, 1774 from Edward Boarman Sr of CC, planter, to Alexander McPherson of CC, for 238 £and for divers other good causes, part of a tract of land in CC called Boarmans Manor, bounded by the Mill swamp, James Bryan's land, the dividing line that divides sd Edward Boarmans land & James Bryan's land, containing about 36 acres. Also, part of a tract of land in CC called Boarmans Manor, bounded by the main Road that leads from Bryan Town to Nottingham, thence to the land of Hugh McBryde & John Craig, then to the main Road that leads from Bryan Town to Benedict, the main road that leads from Bryan Town to Newport, containing about 155 acres, Signed - Edward Boarman. Wit - Dan Jenifer*, Jas Craik*. Recorded Jul 20, 1774.
      ===
      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1774-1780; Liber CC 2 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 589. At the request of Alexander McPherson the following Deed was recorded March 25, 1779
      Indenture made March 6, 1779; James Downing in consideration of 1900 pounds common currency paid by Alexander McPherson has sold a tract called the "Pasture" containing 133 acres and beginning at a bounded white oak standing by the side of Mattawoman Run; also the "Addition to the Pasture" containing 15 acres and beginning at a bounded white oak standing on the north side of Mattawoman Run it being the beginning tree of "Chance" in the possession of the said Alexander McPherson. Signed James Downing in the presence of and acknowledged before Thomas Clagett, H. Rozer
      ===
      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1780-1784; Liber FF 1 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 82. At the request of Alexander McPherson the following Deed was recorded January 2, 1781
      Indenture made August 25, 1780; James Gantt of PGCo in consideration of 2000 pounds crop tobacco paid by Alexander McPherson of Charles County, Maryland has sold part of a tract called "Timber Land" containing 10 acres and beginning at a bounded white oak standing on the north side of Mattawoman Run it being the beginning tree of the "Pasture". Signed James Gantt in the presence of and acknowledged before John Brown, Jr., Thomas Clagett
      ===
      Charles County Land Records 1790-1792; Liber K#4; Page 520. Oct 31, 1792 from Charles Gill of Loudoun County, and Henry Gill of CC, to Alexander McPherson of CC, for 250 pounds, a tract of land in CC called Black Oak Thickett, containing about 250 acres. Signed - Charles Gill, Henry Gill. Wit - Henry Barnes*, James Freeman*. Rebecca, wife of the within named Charles Gill, relinquished her right of dower. Recorded Oct 31, 1792.
      ===
      Charles County, Maryland Land Records 1801-1803; Liber IB-5 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 74.
      At the request of Levin G. Bowen the following Deed was recorded December 22, 1801
      Indenture made September 15, 1801; Alexander McPherson in consideration of the sum of 500 pounds current money paid by Levin Godsgrace Bowen has sold a tract of land "Black Oak Thickett" containing 250 acres. Signed by Alexander McPherson in the presence of William H. McPherson, Ignatius Middleton
      September 15, 1801; Mary McPherson wife of Alexander McPherson relinquished her right of dower.
      ===
      CENSUS OF 1775-1778
      Page 311 MARYLAND RECORDS-CHARLES COUNTY
      BRYAN TOWN HUNDRED, TAKEN BY JNO. HARBIN, CONSTABLE
      McPherson, Alexander
      ===
      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Port Tobacco: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 318-119: 1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Chicamuxen: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 355-28: MOORES DITCH: 500 acres; Possession of - 500 Acres - Hanson, John: : Surveyed 18 July 1662 for Henry Moore on the West side Zachia Swamp adjoining to the land of George and Robert Gooderick. (poss. by John Hanson by his marrying the relict of Samuel Luckett.:
      ===
      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Benedict: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 377-9: BLACK OAK THICKETT: 250 acres; Possession of - 250 Acres - Johns, Abraham: Surveyed 5 July 1703 for Josiah Wilson beginning at a bound Red Oak sapling standing in a fork of Fordshams Creek: Conveyance notes - {mm Note; not identified to a specific Hundred. Location identified by watercourse or nearby tract.}, 200 Acres - John Wilson from Hannah Johns; 28 Sept 1734,250 Acres - William Kidd from Josiah Wilson; 6 Sep 1706, 250 Acres - Abraham Johns from William Kidd; 6 Sep 1706, 200 Acres - William Kidd from Josiah Wilson; 26 Mar 1716, 250 Acres - Jonathon Wilson from John Wilson; 5 Dec 1742,

Research Links  Find Alexander McPherson at the following sites -

Ancestry records for Alexander McPherson