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From: "Roger MacPherson" <>
Subject: [NOVA-SCOTIA-L] Re: MCPHERSON- DURGIN, Pictou county, N.S.
Date: Sat, 2 Jan 1999 19:54:59 -0600

Hello Alan:

Joseph McPherson's will contains the following references to family members:

Joseph Edward McPherson, Chief Trader of The Hudson's Bay Company., regd. 16
April 1880. Probate 21 March 1880.
Wife- Mary Fletcher McPherson; children : Murdoch, Maria, Donald, Margaret,
William, Alexander. A bequest for a son Richard Edward McPherson was left
in trust to John Grierson, of the Industrial School in Halifax.
Servant :Hannah McKay.
(Nova Scotia Wills and Probate - Pictou Co., Vol 1-3, 1879- 1903. LDS MFM

(I didn't copy the will, just extracted the above data. You can get the
microfilm at the LDS Family History Centres).

Pictou County Birth Records, 1869 (PANS MFM 16518), show Joseph's wife as
Maria Hardisty:

William Mortimer McPherson, b. 26 August 1869, Pictou, father Joseph
McPherson, mother Maria Hardisty, married Hudson's Bay.

The 1871 N.S. census- Pictou County, Pictou Div.1, shows Joseph's family:

McPherson, Joseph, 43, b. Manitoba, Presbyterian LCP, factor
" " wife Mary, 37, b. Hudson's Bay Territory,
" ‘ " Richard 17, b. Labrador
" " Murdoch, 12, b. Labrador
" " Maria, 9, b. Labrador
" " Donald, 7
" " Margaret , 5
" " William, 1 b. N.S.
Mother Jane 67, b. H.B. Territory

As far as I know, I have no connection to this family. I don't know if this
is any help, or just adds confusion as to Maria 's family name. I'm afraid I
can't help with Jane's name, either.
Roger MacPherson

-----Original Message-----
From: Alan or Claudia Clark <>
To: <>
Date: January 1, 1999 10:24 AM
Subject: MCPHERSON- DURGIN, Pictou county, N.S.

>Maria Durgin MCPHERSON was born May, 1860 in Labrador to Joseph E. and
>Mary ? MCPHERSON, b. 1835. I might assume Mary`s surname is DURGIN.
>Joseph E. MCPHERSON was born in Northwest Territory, Manitoba, (Red
>River Area?) in 1825-9 to a Murdock b. 10Dec1806 in Duthil,
>Rothiemurchus, Inverness, or possibly Isle of Skye, Scotland and Jane?
>(E?) born 1804 in Scotland. Joseph died in Pictou, N.S.19Dec1873.
>Murdock died in 29Dec1890 on Prince Edward Island, buried Lot31. Does
>anyone know the maiden names of Jane (E?) and Mary (DURGIN?), and info
>on their families? Thanks, Alan Clark.

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