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Daniel McPherson Charles County, Maryland
Posted by: Nicole Polk (ID *****3049) Date: April 22, 2010 at 18:22:19
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FYI-Charles County Researchers:

Hi Sarah,
Beth Frost (McPherson) and I both thought the same thing until about one year ago when our two branches tested for DNA results Beth's brother and my uncle. Beth and I thought our lines would match and they did. Beth's line is Jesse C. McPherson son of Alexander McPherson (brother to your Richard) and my line is Isaac Sr. McPherson son of Alexander McPherson (brother to your Richard) long story short, although we matched each other we did not match any of the Inverness MacPherson's/McPherson's. This threw us for a bit of a loop. As I'm sure you can recall Daniel wrote home to the Inverness area. We were expecting to match to one of the Inverness families and fit in a nice little package. You may be laughing at this point as I'm sure you know Genealogy never turns out that way. After conferring with Alan G. MacPherson to get his opinion we started to dig in and have a closer look at Charles County, Maryland. What we discovered is that we were trusting the research of others all along with out looking for ourselves. I don't want to step on any toes or hurt any previous researchers feelings here but what we found was quite clear; there were several branches of McPherson's in Charles County that really had not been mapped out and it soon became clear that our Daniel was not the Daniel that wrote home to Scotland. Usually DNA clears things up for a branch and in our case it just opened a can of worms, lol. I have a ton of research to share with you if you are interested. Our Daniel is (we believe) the son of Alexander McPherson who was in Charles County in at least 1712 when he appears in records. Our Elizabeth (we believe) is Elizabeth Nevitt after Daniel dies she remarries Ignatius Tennison. Here are my notes and just a portion of what we found. It is a lot of information to take in I'm sure, if you have any questions let me know.

Nicole n_polk@msn.com

Daniel McPherson:
What we know for sure about Daniel McPherson is that he is one of the “Daniel’s” on the following tax list for 1733 Charles County, Maryland and that he left a will. From the will we know that his wife’s name at the time of his death was Elizabeth and that Daniel had five underage children when he wrote his will they are listed as: Richard, Alexander, Basil, Mary and Elizabeth. In addition an Alexander Sr. and William Jr. acted as sureties to Daniel’s will. William was born abt 1707 and seems to associate closely with Daniel (proximity of land, etc.)

1733 - Charles County Tax List:
McFerson, Alexander, 4 taxables, number 53, Port Tobacco West, Lower Part
McFerson, Daniel, 2 taxable’s, number 81, Port Tobacco West, Lower Part
McFerson, Daniel - 1 taxable, number 19, Newport West Lower Part
McFerson, William - 3 taxables, number 47, Port Tobacco West, Lower Part
McFerson, Wm (I believe this is William son of Alexander I) - 2 taxables, number 20, Newport West Lower Part
Teneson John, 2 taxables, number 16, Newport West, Lower Part
Teneson Justn., 2 taxable, number 24, Newport West, Lower Part
Teneson Jun. John, 1 taxable, number 30, Newport West, Lower Part

Daniel’s Will
McPherson, Daniel, planter, Charles County, 22nd May, 1740; 1st Oct., 1740.
To wife Elizabeth, extx., sons Richard, Bassill and Alexander at 18 yrs. and daus, Mary and Elizabeth at marriage, entire estate.
Test: Francis Ignatius Boarman., William McPherson, Jr, and Susanna Malley (Nally?). 22.275.

Daniel McFerson 25.414 CH £68.8.0 Nov 6 -Aug 1 1741
Appraisers: G. Hatton, Justinian Cooksey.
Executrix: Eliza McFerson.

Nov. 1741 - Charles Co., Md. Court. The Charles Co. Court of Nov. 1743 sets forth the final account and distribution, dated Nov. 1741, for the estate of Daniel Macpherson by Ignatius Tenneson and Elizabeth his wife, executrix. The account shows that the total estate assets were 90/1/6, that disbursements had been made amounting to 82/19/2, leaving a balance of 7/2/4 to be disposed of according to law and Daniel's will. The sureties for Elizabeth's executorships were Alexander Macpherson, Sr., and William Macpherson, Jr., both of Charles Co.
Source: Charles Co., Md. Court and Land Records, Liber 39, p. 668.

 Based on Daniel’s Will we can conclude that Elizabeth Nevitt was Daniel’s wife before he died and then she shortly thereafter remarried to Ignatious Tennison (Ignatious’s will would be helpful or Elizabeth’s if she died after him).

 Elizabeth’s Mother Mary Montgomery remarried as well she was first married to Richard Nevitt (it would be helpful to have Richard’s will) then Edmond Macatee:
MACATEE, EDMOND, Charles Co. 15 Sep, 1764
31 Oct,. 1764
Wife Mary Macatee and dau, Agness Macatee., the plantation I now dwell on and after their decease to son Thomas Macatee.
Whereas I formerly made over to my son Thomas the plantation he now dwells on.
Grandson James Maccatee, son of William, my best coat.
Residue of wearing apparel to son John Macatee.
Grandson Edmund Macatee, son of James, heifer and calf.
To son William Maccatee, 5 lbso
To wife Mary 1/3 of personal estate.
To dau. Elizabeth cow and calf (does he mean step-daughter or does he also have an Elizabeth?).
Remaining estate to my children: John Maccatee, William Maccatee, Thomas Maccatee, Mary Dyar, Eleanor Sanders, Anne Osburn, Rosamond Maccatee and Agness Maccatee.
Whereas James Maccatee and Rosamond (above exprest), wife of said James, hath set up a pretended title to a Negro woman called Jean - that if they set up any claim after my decease then Rosamond to be entitled to no part of my estate,
Wit: Thomas McPherson, Dan McPherson, John McPherson
 Now we have Alexander Sr. and William Jr, signing as sureties for Daniel’s Will then Thomas, Dan, and John McPherson (William’s sons) signing as witnesses to Daniel’s wifes step-fathers Will!

MACATEE, MARY, Charles Co.; 8 Nov 1774; 21 Dec 1774
To grandchildren, children of my son John Nevitt, Negro man
John Cooke, beds, pots, blankets, stock, to be in possession of
my son John Nevitt during life then to his children
To grandson William Miles Nevitt, son of Richard Nevitt, furniture, stock
To grandson John Tennison, son of my dau Elizabeth Tennison, stock,
400 lbs tobacco
To dau Ann Birch, Negro woman Lucy, 1000 lbs tobacco, book
To dau Rosamond Macatee, stock, pewter
To grandson John Nevitt, Jr., Negro man Ben, stock, wearing apparel
To grandson Charles Nevitt, stock, iron pot
To daus: Ann Birch and Rosamond Macatee, wearing apparel
To son and grandson John Nevitt, Will'm Miles Nevitt, residue
To son John Nevitt, ex., if he dies grandson Will'm Miles Nevitt, ex.
Wit: Barbara McPherson; Catherine McPherson; Thos. McPherson
40.168 (Wife of William, son and daughter)
Mary McAtee 121.311 CH £187.2.3 Dec 29 1774 Jan 16 1775
Appraisers: Peter Dent, Daniel McPherson.
Creditors: James Slater, Benjamin Douglass.
Next of kin: Ann Burch, William Miles Nevitt.
Executor: John Nevette.


Here is a timeline I created for Alexander I:

Alexander McPherson I

1679 Alexander b. approx 1679 either Scotland or Maryland

MCPHERSON, Alexander, Age 67, 13 May 1745; CHLR 1744-1745:338.
Age 77, 15 Nov. 1756

{Not sure exactly where Elizabeth (Unknown) and Alexander McPherson’s Children were born. Either Prince George’s (see Markham McPherson), or Charles, Maryland}

Approx 1707 William McPherson is born to Elizabeth (Unknown) and Alexander McPherson

Approx 1709 Ann McPherson is born to Elizabeth (Unknown) and Alexander McPherson

Approx 1711 Alexander McPherson is born to Elizabeth (Unknown) and Alexander McPherson

Approx 1714 John McPherson is born to Elizabeth (Unknown) and Alexander McPherson

Approx 1716 Mark McPherson is born to Elizabeth (Unknown) and Alexander McPherson

? Verlinda McPherson is born to Elizabeth (Unknown) and Alexander McPherson

Bef 1724 Susannah McPherson is born to Elizabeth (Unknown) and Alexander McPherson

NALLY, WILLIAM, Charles Co. 15 Apr 1756
10 Sep 1756
To William McPherson of Charles Co.,50 a. being pt of two tracts, "Humalow's Addition" {Huskalow’s} and "George's Rest," land I bought of my brother Joseph Nalley.
To wife Susanah, extx.
Wit: Garrard Boarman, Basil Wathen, James Farral. 30.159
{I believe William Nalley/Nally m. Susannah McPherson William McPherson’s sister, this needs to be proven as Susannah McPherson has not been in anyones previous research. I put her as Alexander’s child because of the time frames and locations of land and William Nalley}
Mr. William Nalley 62.169 CH - Oct 20 1757 Nov 26 1756

Appraisers: John Hanson, Sr., Thomas Morriss.
Creditors: William McPherson, William Gammell.
Next of kin: R. Nalley, Joseph Nalley.
Executrix: Susannah Nally.

1723 1723 Alexander McPherson brought suit against William McPherson (his son William would be approx. 16 who is this William?) for not making payment on his note to Alexander. [1bid., Liber N#2] (would help to see this record!)(this could be the other William (jacobite).

May 1 1723 Charles County, Maryland Liber L#2, Page85.
The mark of cattle & hogs of Alexd McFeason of CC, planter, was recorded May 1, 1723

May 7 1723 In 1723 Alexander McPherson was granted by Lord Baltimore - On 7 May 1723 “By virtue of assignment from Mrs. Mary Hemsley of Anne Arundel County unto Alexander McPherson of Charles County for one hundred acres of land. Warrt. granted out of his Lordship’s Land Office 13 day of Nov last unto Mary Hemsley which assignment bears date the 30th day of March last a parcel of land called the “Bridges” lying in Charles County aforesaid in Zachia Swamp adjoining to a parcel of land formerly conveyed from William Boarman and Abraham Lanister (Lemaster) unto Philip(Philamon) Hemsley and Mary his wife, ……containing and laid out for one hundred acres to be held of “Zachia Manor.” (signed) Robert Hanson, Dep. Surv. [Patents, Liber 2 # 4, folio 473, Liber PL #6, folio 550]
1723/24 The above would be the plantation that William moved to with Alexander in 1724.)

July 1724 At the July Court of 1724 Alexander McPherson of Charles County appeared and stated he was the only living representative of Markham McPherson late of Prince George’s County, deceased, and opposed the granting of letters to Patrick Sim. The Court ordered that he give security. [Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 27, folio 62]


Sept 3 1724 Richard Nevett 10.120 CH £79.2.1 Sep 3 1724 Oct 1 1724
Appraisers: John Beale, Alexander Macfearson (also Alexander Macferson).
Creditors: Will. Chandler, Walter Davis.
Next of kin: John Nevett (brother).
Administrators (name not given).

Aug 16 1725 Richard Nevitt 7.90 A CH £79.2.1 £54.5.7 Aug 16 1725
Received from: William Mcferson, James Kennedy, Thomas Ryon, John Beale, Thomas Keybord, Thomas Sympson, Jr., John Ward.
Payments to: Mr. William Chandler, Walter Daviss, Samuel Hanson, Mr. Edmond Jennings, Mr. Daniel Jenifer, James Parrandine.
Administratrix: Mary Nevitt.

April 27 1726 On 27 April 1726, Alexander McPherson was one of the sureties for Daniel Bryant administrator of the estate of John Hammond, late of Charles County, deceased. [Testamentary Proceedings. Liber 27, folio 266]

Mar 13 1727 Charles County, Maryland Liber L#2, Page 409. At the request of Miles McDonald of CC, the following [lease] was recorded this Mar 26.., 1728.

Mar 13, 1727 from Francis Igna. Boarman of_.CC, Gent, to Miles McDonald of CC, planter, for divers good causes, the lease of all that part of that tract of land called “Greens Rest”, lying in CC, 100 acres to be laid out adjacent to the lands of Alexander McFerson in CC. This is a 21 year lease, with a yearly rent of 600 lbs of tobacco in cask upon sd land and plantation, on Nov 10, except the 1st year. Sd Boarman will allow sd McDonald, this ensuing year, nails to build a tobacco house and also help to build and finish the same. Sd Miles agrees not to have above 2 working hands besides himself. Miles agrees to plant 150 apple trees and keep them well fenced. Signed - Fran Igna. Boarman. Wit - Jno Hamel, Wm McPherson, Edwd Sanders, S. Hanson, Clk*.

Jun 17 1728 Charles County, Maryland Liber L#2, Page 437. At the request of Alexander McFerson of CC, planter, the following deed was recorded this Sep 25, 1728.

Jun 17, 1728 from William Hemsley of Queen Annes County, to Alexander McFerson of CC, for 20 £ sterling money of Great Britain, about 100 acres, being part of a parcel of land called “Georges Rest”, lying on the east side of a branch in Zachiah Swamp in CC, bounded by the land of Dennis Huscalow, being part of the sd tract. Signed - Wm Hemsley. Wit - Arthur Emory, W Turbutt [Charles County Deeds, Liber L # 2, folio 437]

Mar 1728/29 In the records of the March 1728/9 Court Alexander McPherson was seized of a parcel of land called “George’s Rest” and he wished the bounds be determined. [Charles County Court Records, Liber Q #2, folio 232]

Nov 1728 Alexander was appointed by the Nov 1728 Court as overseer of the highway of Fort Tabacco – West Side. [ibid., Liber Q #2]

Feb 20 1729 Cleborn Lomax 10.237 A CH £69.7.9 £25.14.11 Feb 20 1729
sureties: Francis Posey, Tubman Martin,
Received from: Joseph Ward, Joseph Crisman, John Cox, Richard Tubman, Thomas Reed, Charles Courts, Thomas Birch, Anthony Semmes, Benjamin Posey, Alexander Adair, Edward Gilpin, Daniel Lawless, Thomas Morriss, John Brown, Samuel Chunn, Matthew Stone, Thomas Marshall, George Thomas. John Clements, Archibald Johnson, Bes: ux, David Wade, Belane Posey, Francis Brown, Lawrance Bateman, Justinian Cooksey, Edward Morpley, Ellictius Simmes, Daniel Morpley, Benedict Boarman, Joseph Allen, Richard Smoot, Alexander Mcferson, Samuel Sympson, William Munroe (Monroe?), William Cage, William Colven, William Cumpton.
Payments to: Francis Posey, Dr. (Gustavis?)Brown, William Addison, Thomas Lomax, George Scroggen, Mary Miller, John Manning, Richard Edelen.
Administratrix: Susanna McNeal, wife of John McNeal.

1731 Alexander McPherson was a member of the Grand Jury for many years beginning in 1731 until 1752

Mar 12 1733/34 Alexander McPherson Sr., planter, became surety for his son Alexander, Jr. to pay fine and costs which had been assessed by the Court for a breach of the peace. [ibid., 12 mar 1733/4 Court, Liber R #2, folio 443]

Dec 10 1738 Peter Robey 17.53 A CH £27.7.3 £21.5.7 Dec 10 1738
Sureties: Francis Ware, Alexander McPherson.
Received from: Samuel Gardner, Luke Gardner, William Serames, Thomas Taylor,
Michael Gardiner, Sarah Robey, Ralph Robey.
Payments to: Dr. Brown, Mr. John Parnham, Samuel. Hanson, Mr. Henry Hawkins, John Parnham, Richard Robey, Abigail Galy.
Administrator: Michael Hinds Robey.

May 16 1739 John Mackey 17.163 A CH £33.11.7 £22.3.4 May 16 1739
Mentions: house in Virginia.
Sureties: Thomas Mudd, Alexander McPherson.
Received from: William Chandless, John Gessat.
Payments to: Thomas Mudd, Elias Gust, John Theobalds, John Peacock, Dr. Brown, Col. Dent, William Hitcheson, Joseph Noble, Daniel Dulany, Esq., Samuell Hanson.
Mentions: no widow, 4 children (unnamed).
Administrator: Benjamin Adams

Nov 8 1743 Alexander McPherson and William McPherson were both sureties for Ignatius Tenneson and Elizabeth his wife, executors for Daniel McPherson. [8 nov 1743 Charles County Court, Vol. 39, folio 668

Nov 14 1744 Charles County Maryland Land Record Liber X#2, 1743-1744; Page 169. At the request of Alexander Macpherson, the following deed was recorded on Dec 11, 1744.

Nov 14, 1744 from Alexander Macpherson of CC, to William Macpherson, planter, of CC, for 20 £ sterling, Alexander Macpherson's right and title to 50 acres, being part of Georges Rest, bounded by the main road that leads over the old Bridges of Zachia Swamp, now laid out for about 50 acres. Also, a part of a tract of land called the Bridges, lying in CC, bounded by my part of Georges Rest, containing and now laid out for about 50 acres. Signed - Alexander (V his mark) McPherson. Wit - Robt Hanson, Thos Stone.

Mar 13 1743/44 Alexander McPherson Sr. was a surety for William Sanders, executor of Thomas Sanders. [13 mar 1743/4 Charles County Court, Vol. 39, folio 706]

June 1744 Alexander McPherson was sued by John Parnham at the June Court 1744 in Charles County for a debt of 1,000 lbs of tobacco Robert Hanson and Gustavious Brown were appointed referees to report to the Court. Judgment was against the defendant and Alexander had to pay 1,000 lbs of tobacco plus 355 pounds for Court charges &c. [Liber Y #2, folio 29]

Dec 11 1744 Charles County Maryland Land Record Liber X#2, 1743-1744; Page 169. At the request of Alexander Macpherson, the following deed was recorded on Dec 11, 1744.
Nov 14, 1744 from Alexander Macpherson of CC, to William Macpherson, planter, of CC, for 20 £ sterling, Alexander Macpherson's right and title to 50 acres, being part of Georges Rest, bounded by the main road that leads over the old Bridges of Zachia Swamp, now laid out for about 50 acres. Also, a part of a tract of land called the Bridges, lying in CC, bounded by my part of Georges Rest, containing and now laid out for about 50 acres. Signed - Alexander (V his mark) McPherson. Wit - Robt Hanson, Thos Stone.w2

Nov 14 1744 1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Port Tobacco: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 400-146: BRIDGES: 100 acres; Possession of - 100 Acres - See Notes: : Surveyed 7 May 1723 for Alexander McPherson in Zachia Swamp beginning at a bounded tree.: Conveyance notes - {mm Note; not identified to a specific Hundred. Location identified by watercourse or nearby tract.}, 50 Acres - William MacPherson from Alexander MacPherson; 14 Nov 1744
Nov 14 1744 In a deed dated 14 nov and recorded 11 dec 1744, Alexander McPherson of Charles County conveyed to William McPherson of the same County for £20 sterling fifty acres of “George’s Rest” on the main road leading to Zachaiah Swamp and also a portion of “The Bridges” fifty acres more or less. No Wife waived dower. [Charles County Deeds, Liber X #2, folio 169]

May 13 1745 13 May 1745 Alexander McPherson gave a deposition pertaining to the land of Patrick Mackatee, deceased now in the possession of Edmund Macatee. He stated he was sixty seven or thereabouts. [June Court, Liber Y #2, folio 338, Charles County]

June 5 1749 Alexander McPherson and Elizabeth Johnson witnessed the instrument of writing recorded from Eleanor Johnson, widow of Archibald Johnson, to son Archibald Johnson dated 5 June 1749. She appointed her son Archibald her overseer and manager of the plantation. [Liber Z #2, foli folio 346, 1744-1753]

Apr 15 1756 NALLY, WILLIAM, Charles Co. 15 Apr 1756
10 Sep 1756
To William McPherson of Charles, 50 a. being pt of two tracts, "Humalow's Addition" ["Huskilow's Addition"] and "George's Rest," land I bought of my brother Joseph Nalley.
To wife Susanah, extx.
Wit: Garrard Boarman, Basil Wathen, James Farral. 30.159

Apr 7 1760 Charles County Land Record Book G#3, 1756-1761; Page 412. Apr 7, 1760 from Alexander Macpherson of CC, planter, to Hugh Mitchell of CC, Gentleman, for 9000 lbs of tobacco and for divers other good causes, part of a tract of land called Georges Rest that sd Alexander Macpherson purchased of William Hemsley (exclusive of that part thereof already conveyed by sd Alexander Macpherson to William Macpherson), and the rest of that tract of land called the Bridges (not already conveyed by sd Alexander Macpherson to sd William Macpherson), containing, in both sd parcels, about 100 acres, lying on the east side of Zachia [Zekiah] Swamp in CC, contiguous to each other. Signed - Alexr (A his mark) Macpherson Sr. Wit - Dan of St Thos Jenifer, Dan Jenifer. Mrs. Elizabeth Macpherson, wife of sd Alexander Macpherson, relinquished her right of dower to the lands within mentioned. Recorded May 6, 1760.

June 7 1761 MC PHERSON, ALEXANDER, Charles Co. 7 June 1761
22 Mays 1762
Wife Elizabeth.
To son Alexander, tract called Pomfrett, 75 A.; tract called McPherson Benefit of 80 A.
To grand-dau. Elizabeth McPherson,
Dau. Anne McDaniel.,
Grand-dau. Dorcas Turner.
To Mary Beale, some cattle.
To grand-dau. Priscilla McPherson,
To William Grahame some cattle,
To grand-son Alexander, some cattle,
To sons William, Alexander, John and Mark McPherson, all remaining estate, after wifes death.
Ext: Wife
Wit: Thos. Adams, John Garner, Thos. McPherson, 31, 647


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