Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
McPherson Family Papers

Finding aid created by
KYle Garver, Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: McPherson Family Papers
Creator: McPherson family.
Inclusive dates: 1873-1983 (scattered), and undated
Extent: .75 cubic feet (in 2 boxes)
Abstract:
Most of the papers in this collection belonged to William McPherson, Jr., and Alexander McPherson and include land records, deeds, receipts, lists of lands for sale, maps, and correspondence concerning their timber lands purchase and sales business.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

No Acc#

Access Restrictions:

McPherson Family Papers are open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

McPherson Family Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Arrangement is alphabetical and chronological.


History

Biography:

William McPherson, Jr. (March 9, 1834-January 3, 1915) bought Michigan timberlands that were available due to taxes being owed on them, and sold the timber to timber/lumber companies. At various times he owned property in multiple Michigan counties and townships. He was joined in his business ventures by Alexander McPherson, Thomas Birkett, and Nardell P. Galloway. William married Jennie M. Ranney (1836-1905). Together they had son Frederick (1860-1878), and probably a second son, Hugh A. McPherson.

Hugh A. McPherson (1864-September 20, 1945), was a 33rd degree Mason and the receiver at Pontiac Commercial Savings and Loan Bank, Pontiac, Michigan. He married Claudia (1870-1957) and together they had two children.

Alexander McPherson (June 7, 1836-July 23, 1917) was William’s business partner, and probably also his brother. Alexander married Julia C. Ellsworth (1840-1917). The McPhersons are buried in Lakeview Cemetery in Howell Michigan. (Information from the book, Howell, Mich. Lakeview Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions Sections A-H. No further information is available on the family.)

Thomas Birkett was part of Birkett Manufacturing Company, Dover Mills and Birkett Pulp Mills in Dexter, Washtenaw County, Michigan, in the 1880s. No information is available on Galloway.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Most of the papers in this collection belonged to William McPherson, Jr. and Alexander McPherson and include land records, deeds, receipts, lists of lands for sale, maps, and correspondence concerning their timber lands purchase and sales business.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • McPherson family.
    • McPherson, William, Jr., 1834-1915.
    • McPherson, Hugh A., 1864-1945.
    • McPherson, Alexander, 1836-1917.
    • Timber--Michigan.
    • Lumbering--Michigan--History.
    • Howell (Mich.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    McPherson Family Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    McPherson Family Biological Materials, (Photocopies), 1983
    Box   1 F   2
    Cheboygan County, Correspondence,  1884-1906 (scattered)
    Box   1 F   3
    Cheboygan County, Legal Papers, Lists of Lands, Receipts,  1881-1910 (scattered), undated
    Box   1 F   4
    Cheboygan County, State Tax Land Deeds (includes survey measurements lists),  1884
    Box   1 F   5
    Cheboygan County, Tax Receipts,  1876-1899 (scattered)
    Box   1 F   6
    Isabella County, Correspondence, 1875-1889 (scattered)
    Box   1 F   7
    Isabella County, Correspondence, 1890-1906 (scattered)
    Box   1 F   8
    Isabella County, Legal Papers, Lists of Lands, Receipts, 1873-1891, undated
    Box   1 F   9
    Isabella County, Tax Reciepts (Coe, Chippewa, Fremont, Vernon townships), 1873-1899 (scattered)
    Box   1 F   10
    Presque Isle County, Correspondence,  1884-1904 (scattered)
    Box   1 F   11
    Presque Isle County, Legal Papers, Lists of Lands, Receipts, 1887-1903 (scattered)
    Box   1 F   12
    Presque Isle County, State Tax Lands Deeds, 1884
    Box   1 F   13
    Tax Receipts, Antrim County (Warner Township), 1888-1897
    Box   1 F   14
    Tax Receipts, Charlevoix County, (Evangeline Township), 1887-1897
    Box   1 F   15
    Tax Receipts, Charlevoix County, (Hayes Township), 1879-1899
    Box   1 F   16
    Tax Receipts, Charlevoix County, (Hayes Township), 1901-1902
    Box   1 F   17
    Tax Receipts, Charlevoix County, (South Arm Township), 1886-1891 (scattered)
    Box   1 F   18
    Tax Receipts, Emmet County (Bear Creek Township), 1886-1898
    Box   1 F   19
    Tax Receipts, Gand Teavers County (Mayfield Township), 1881-1897
    Box   2 F   1
    Lake County, (Pleasant Plains Township), 1881-1902 (scattered) and (Ellsworth Township), 1860 1881-1902 (scattered);1860
    Box   2 F   2
    Mason County, 1873-1889
    Box   2 F   3
    Newaygo County, 1873-1878
    Box   2 F   4
    Ogemaw County (Goodar Township), 1887-1902 (scattered)
    Box   2 F   5
    Osceola County (Burdell Township), 1887-1899 (scattered)
    Box   2 F   6
    Otsego County (Corwith Township), 1879-1898
    Box   2 F   7
    Wexford County (South Branch Township), 1892-1893
    Box   2 F   8
    Hugh A. McPherson - Legal Correspondence, 1935,1837
    Box   2 F   9
    Maps (5)- Cheboygan County 1891, undated; Grand Traverse County, undated; Presque Isle County, 1883, undated 1883; 1891, undated