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John J. McPherson

John J. McPherson, Dealer in Real Estate, Anniston (Ala), son of Neill and Eliza McNair McPherson, natives of Richmond County, State of North Carolina, was born in Walton County, Fla., August 17, 1847. The senior Mr. McPherson, after his marriage in North Carolina in 1829, migrated to Florida, where he practiced law for several years, and held various official positions up to 1862. During the Creek and Seminole War he held the rank of adjutant in the regiment commanded by Col. Levin Brown, and was, altogether, a man of considerable prominence and influence. He held a United States office during the administration of Presidents Pierce and Buchanan, and up to the commencement of the civil war in 1861. He also held various minor civil offices in Walton County; and was elected, six years in succession, Enrolling and Engrossing Clerk in the Legislative Council of the Territory of Florida, and was elected Secretary of the Senate of the State of Florida. In 1863, he came into Alabama, located at Haw Ridge, and from there, in 1866, moved to Union Springs.

In 1884 he came to Anniston (Ala), where he yet resides. He is now in the eighty-first year of his age, and his wife, who died on the 20th day of April last, was in her seventy-eighth year. They reared a family of three sons and two daughters, of whom we have the following brief information: William was a member of the Third Florida Regiment during the war, entering the army as a private, and coming out with the rank of captain. After the war he moved to Los Angeles, Cal., and there practiced law until the day of his death. His only son, William B. McPherson, is now a resident of Paducah, Ky. Sally C., deceased, was the wife of Mr. George Shackelford. Annie Bell is the wife of Robert W. Allen, a teacher at Palestine, Tex. Malcom is a merchant in Anniston; he was a member of the Sixth Florida Regiment.

The grandfathers, McPherson and McNair, came originally from Scotland. John J. McPherson and his sisters and brothers, acquired the principal part of their education at a school taught by the Rev. John Newton, a Presbyterian preacher, at Knoxhill, in Walton County, Fla. At the age of sixteen years he entered the drug business as a clerk and a student of pharmacy, and was thus employed for a period of twelve years. In 1873 he established a pharmacy of his own at Union Springs. He came to Anniston July 1, 1884, and was engaged in the drug business here until July 1, 1887. He was in real estate business until January 1, 1888. He was married, November 6, 1876, to Miss Fannie A. McCarty, daughter of Rev. W. A. McCarty, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, at Midway, Bullock County, Ala.  

 Source: Northern Alabama - Historical and Biographical by Smith & De Land, Birmingham, Ala 1888 -
Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


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