Contributed by Steve Edgerton         Posted by Myrtle Bridges January 28, 2004

Alexander McPherson, Jr. and Edward McPherson in the following deed are two of the children of John McPherson, Jr.[brother of Colin McPherson who donated the land for McPherson Church in Fayetteville, NC], and Sarah (nee Black?) McPherson of Cumberland County. Edward McPherson went to New York City; nothing is known of his fate. Alexander married Mary A. Black, his first cousin, in 1854, and soon became Clerk of Superior Court of Cumberland County (and judge of probate) until his death in October 1881. Alexander and Edward had two other siblings, Catherine and Colin (possibly more). Catherine married in 1846 to Dr. Sidney Gilchrist of Robeson County, NC, and moved to Gadsden County, Florida. Nothing to date is known of Colin, though it appears he was alive and living two doors away from his aunt Nancy Campbell McPherson in the Cumberland County 1850 census. He is not found in subsequent census records of Cumberland.
Edward McPherson to Alexander McPherson, Jr.
This Indenture made the first day of June Anno Domini one thousand eight 
hundred and fifty four between Edward McPherson of the City and State of 
New York of the one part and Alexander McPherson Jr. of the State of 
North Carolina and County of Cumberland of the other part. Witnesseth, 
that the said Edward McPherson for and in consideration of the sum of 
two hundred dollars to him in hand paid by the said Alexander McPherson 
Jr at or before the Signing Sealing and delivering of these presents, 
the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, hath bargained sold, aliened 
and confirmed and by these presents doth bargain sell alien release and 
confirm unto the said Alexander McPherson Jr all of his interest in a 
certain tract or parcel of land situate, lying and being in the County 
of Cumberland and bounded as follows (viz) Beginning at a stake in the 
Bank of Big Rockfish Creek and runs North 60 chains to a stake near the 
head of Race branch then West 50 chains to a stake across the Mill 
Creek, thence south 60 chains to a small Cypress on the bank of Big 
Rockfish Creek near or below where the Old Bridge stood on said Creek 
thence the meanders of said Creek to the Beginning- Containing Three 
hundred & five (305) Acres more or lefs which said interest in said land 
hereby conveyed is one half of the same- To Have and To Hold the said 
Land with the appertenances to the only proper use behoof and benefit of 
the said Alexander McPherson Jr his heirs and assigns forever- And the 
said Edward McPherson for himself his heirs executors administrators 
doth covenant promise and agree to and with the said Alexander McPherson 
Jr his heirs and afsigns and every of them shall have hold occupy and 
possess the said land with the appertenances without let suit or 
hindrance from or by the lawful claim or claims of any person or persons 
whatsoever- to warrant and forever defend- In Testimony whereof the said 
Edward McPherson hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the day 
and year first above written-
Signed Sealed & delivered in presence of
John Brown
A M Johnson

Edward McPherson {seal}

Registered 29th Septr 1854

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