Surname: Macpherson

History of St. Joseph Church Prairie du Rocher Illinois

St. Joseph Church Prairie du Rocher, Illinois, was established in 1722 as a chapel dependent upon the royally endowed church of Ste. Anne at Fort Chartres. King Louis XIV of France had dreamed of a great French empire in Mid America, but died before he could bring his dream to reality. Following his death in 1715, the regent, Philip of Orleans, ruling for the boy King Louis XV, commissioned Pierre Duque Boisbriant to found Fort Chartres in 1718 on the mighty Mississippi, midway between Quebec and New Orleans, to be the capital of the new French empire in Mid...

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Sons of Quebec 1778-1843

The Sons of Quebec (Fils de Qu├ębec) were written by Pierre-Georges Roy and published in 1933 in a four volume set. They provide a series of short biographies of one to three pages of Quebec men from 1778-1843. Warning… this manuscript is in French!

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Biography of James A. Macpherson

James Albert Macpherson, mayor of the town of Kincardine, and the leading solicitor of the place, was born in the town of Perth, county of Lanark, October 10, 1843. His father is Malcolm Macpherson, a native of Perthshire, Scotland, born June 1, 1806, coming to Canada in the summer of 1815, with his parents. The family were on the ocean when the victory at Waterloo occurred, June 18th. The grandfather of our subject settled where Perth now stands, and felled the first tree on its site. Malcolm Macpherson was reared there; learned the carpenter and joiner’s trade; built half the town in its earlier years, and for eight years was surveyor of the united counties of Lanark and Renfrew. The mother of James, before her marriage, was Elizabeth Macpherson, but no relation to her husband. Her father was a U. E. Loyalist, and settled at Ernestown, on the Bay of Quint. She was the mother of eleven children, only six of them, five sons and one daughter, now living. In February, 1854, Malcolm Macpherson moved his family to Penetangore, in the township of Kincardine, coming with teams, as there was no railroad to this point. In the covered sleigh in which the family rode, was a small stove, used for warming, and the novelty of the rig excited much attention ahere Perth now stands, and felled the first tree...

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Biography of Henry Macpherson

The subject of this biographical notice, Judge of the County of Grey, and Surrogate Judge of the Maritime Courts, is a grandson of Lieutenant-Colonel Donald Macpherson, who had command of the Fort at Kingston at the commencement of the war of 1812, and was removed to Quebec, where he remained until the close of the war in 1814. Donald Macpherson was the son of Evan Macpherson, of Cluny, Chief of the Clan Macpherson, who joined Prince Charles with his Clan in 1745. Henry is a son of Lowther P. Macpherson, barrister, who was born in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, when. his father was on his way to Canada with his regiment. Our subject was born at Picton, County of Prince Edward, August 17, 1832. The maiden name of his mother was Eliza I. L. McLean, daughter of Lieut. Colonel Allan McLean of Kingston, and who was for sixteen years Speaker of the old Canadian Assembly. Judge Macpherson was educated in the Grammar School of Kingston and Queen’s College, being graduated from the latter Institute, Bachelor of Arts, in 1851. He read law with Thomas Kirkpatrick, Q.C., of the same city; was admitted as an Attorney at Easter term in 1854, and called to the Bar at Hilary term 1855. He opened an office at Owen Sound in March of that year, and continued in the practice of his...

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