Beginning with George McPherren
George McPherren (1820-1888)
George McPherren, was born near Banbridge in County Down, Ireland, 1 February 1781. He immigrated at age 18 to New Jersey. He was married to Susannah Welker and had ten children. Mary, James, Susanna, Easter, Daniel, Nancy, Fannie, Sarah, George Jr and Andrew. He enlisted in the war of 1812. He moved to Muskingum county, Ohio about 1814. There he oversaw a farm but didn't plow a furrow himself. His wife was buried in Ohio 8 June 1824 and she is buried at the cemetery at Rich Hill church. He settled in Ohio Grove and is buried in the McClure graveyard. He died 23 June 1848. He was a strong whig, a methodist and a cooper. His son George McPherren was born in Muskingum county, Ohio 22 August 1820. George was married first to Harriet O. Williams on 1 October 1844. She died 11 February 1870 leaving seven children, Oliver, Nancy J, Henry, Sophia, Emma, Hanna and Anna. He remarried 5 April 1871 to Mary J. Williams, a sister of his former wife. She was the first postmistress of Sunbeam. She died 31 March 1882. George 3 was born 19 June 1853. He married Eliza A. Price, daughter of Samuel, born 9 September 1851 on 24 December 1871.
September 21, 1835, there started from Muskingum county, Ohio, George McPherren, who had buried his wife in Ohio. In his family were Mary, James, Susanna, Easter, Daniel, Nancy, Fannie, Sarah, George, Benjamin Decker, the prospective husband of Miss Fannie, John Walker, the husband of Easter McPherren. Some of the family taking sick, a short stay was made at Washington, Illinois. Geroge McPherren Sr. accompanied by George Long and Matthew Finley pushed on to find a satisfactory location. Mr. Long afterward located in Knox county and Finley in Henderson. The family made anothe stay at Little York where just previous Hughy Martin had been killed by the indians. Leaving some of the party at the fort, Mr. McPherren, John Walker, Benjamin Decker and Daniel McPherren came to Mercer county and built a log house on the northeast quarter of section 4, in what is now Ohio Grove township. This "lone mansion" was about 16 x18, one story, one room. Some rough boards were hauled from Ebenezer Criswell's sawmill, on Eliza Creek, at least 15 miles distant. (Much description of house follows.)
"Where are the McPherren's now? The father sleeps beneath the sod where all must lie. Benjamin Decker is dead, but his wife Fannie owns a farm in Ohio Grove. James is near Reynolds, Sarah is in Iowa, Susanna died in Iowa, John Walker is dead and his wife is Mrs. Boyer near Viola. George, son of George owns over 400 acres of land in Ohio Grove."
Then there is a mention of Elizabeth McPherren, born in Muskingum county, Ohio and the daughter of James and Jane (Shaw) McPherren. She married Nicolas Shearer 7 September 1852 in Indiana. Her father and 5 brothers all served in the civil war.
There is also James McPherren, born 7 June 1808 in Pennsylvania, his wife unnamed was born 1 April 1805 in Rockbridge county, Virginia. The family moved to Ohio Grove in 1855 and the wife died 18 August 1858 and is buried in the Candor cemetery. This James served in the 30th Illinois infantry, company A in 1861 and was discharged for diability in 1862. His son James served in the 35th Infantry, company C, George and John S. in the 84th Infantry, company H and Andrew M. 9th Illinois cavalry. Jesse who the story is about served in the 11th Illinois Cav. company C, he had already enlisted at age 15 in the 87th Ohio volunteer infantry, company K where he was captured at the Harper's ferry, Virginia.
In the 1860 census, there is George McPherren in Ohio Grove with Harriet, Hiram plus Nancy , George, Harriet and Emma. Then again up the road is James, age 40 born in Ireland and a farmer, with his wife Sarah, age 43 born in Ohio and James age 16 born in Ireland, Sarah, age 15 born in Ireland, Agnus age 14, born in Ireland, George M. born in Illinois and age 10, John H. age 6 and born in Illinois, Mary E. age 4, born in Illinois and Hanna M. age 2 and born in Illinois. Also in the family are Margaret Fleeharty, age 18 and born in Illinois, Martha A. age 16 and born in Illinois and Andrew M. age 14 and born in Illinois and Esther Walls age 88 and born in Ireland.
|Mary||b:1806||PA||m:1820||John Hugh Brown|
|James||b:1808||PA||m:1831||Jane Shaw, Abigail Eckelson|
|Susanna||b:1810||NY||m:1839||John Gillette, William Johnson|
|Esther||b:1811||OH||m:1856||John Walker, William Moore, Jeremiah Boyer, ..|
|Daniel||b:1813||OH||m:1842||Rachel Mertin, Elizabeth Waters|
|Sarah||b:1818||OH||Henry Fleharty, James McPherren|
|George||b:1820||OH||Harriet Williams, Mary Williams, Eleanor Blue|
School Photos in Mercer County 1891
History of Mercer and Henderson Counties (Illinois) 1882:
Land Patent Record of George McPherren
MARY (1806-1886) & John Hugh Brown:
SUSANNA (1810-1882) and John Gillette:
DANIEL (1814-1849) & Elizabeth Jane Waters:
NANCY JANE (1815-bef 1850) & William Haney:
FANNIE (1817-1888) & Benjamin Decker:
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Map of McPherren Cemetery location in Mercer County NEW
Family Tree Maker's WFT on CD:
Volume 1, Tree 3130 - James Calvin McFerran
Volume 2, Tree 3466 - Stephen Fleharty
Volume 4, Tree 3008 (Carol Huber - California)
Volume 5, Tree 0335 (Ron Brown, Corning IA)
Volume 9, Tree 3115 - Guy McPherren
Volume 10, Tree 1731 - Hardesty (Roger Cox - Lincoln, NE)
Volume 10, Tree 3361 - James Marion Brown
Volume 13, Tree 1274 - ?
Volume 14, Tree 0407 - George McPherren Family (Perry C. Brown - Texas)
Volume 14, Tree 1056 - William Fleharty
Volume 15, Tree 728 - ?
Volume 15, Tree 3158 - ?
Volume 15, Tree 2558 - James R. McPherren Family (Robert Moody - CA)
Volume 16, Tree 2047 TX, OK - ?
Volume 17, Tree 1786 (Eric Webber - Oregon)
Volume 19, Tree 1605 - Daniel Welker
Volume 22, Tree 2294 - William Fleharty
Volume 25, Tree 756 - George McPherren Family (Christine Farris - Hawaii)
Volume 40, Tree 737 - (Roger Cox - Lincoln, NE)
Volume 42, Tree 1813 - (James Botkin - Creston, IA)
Volume 54, Tree 1753 - (Roger Cox - Lincoln, NE)
Volume 64, Tree 2360 - Emerald Grant McPherren
Volume 65, Tree 1653 - Jesse Workman McPherren and more
Volume 83, Tree 507 - Stephen Fleharty
Volume 85, Tree 1159 - George McPherren (Donna Sansevero - Wilmington, NC)
Volume 109, Tree 326 - Stephen Fleharty
Volume 110, Tree 519 - Stephen Fleharty
Volume 120, Tree 564 - Daniel Welker (Jean Mackey - Loveland, CO)
Good McPherren Ancestry.Com World Trees:
Donna Sansevero Wilmington, NC
Mary Rickey (some updating needed)
Other McPherren Ancestry.Com World Trees
This page updated on 21 June 2008