He married, Dec 23rd 1823 Fanny, daughter of Thomas Jennings Johnson, son of Governor Johnson.
While in Washington, when John Q, Adams was president 1825-1829, (guest of Mrs. Louise Catherine Adams, daughter of Joshua Johnson) Mrs. McPherson was considered one of the most beautiful woman in the United States, and was a great favorite in the White House.
John McPherson Jr. for a long time managed the Branch Bank, later the Central National Bank.
In his early life he was connected with the iron Interest of the county, and for a number of years the owner of Catoctin Furnace.
He was one of the projectors of the National Turnpike from Washington to Wheeling.
When Lafayette visited Frederick in 1824 he was the guest of John McPherson who was then Captain of the troop of soldiers known as the Light-Horse Calvary.
He died on March 11, 1874.
A collection of textile items from the McPherson family was donated to the Museum of the Historical Society of Frederick County, Maryland by Alice Dibble in the Summer of 2002.
Fitzhugh under financial stress. Sold "Auburn" and 297.5 acres of land to the McPherson family stipulating they could not mine ore or build a furnace on the land.
MCPHERSON-JOHNSON FAMILY PAPERS, MS. 1714
Papers of the Johnson and McPherson families of Frederick, Maryland:
letters of Charles Carroll of Annapolis to Daniel Dulany, Sr., about land, 1729 and 1731; letter of Charles Carroll of Annapolis to Daniel Dulany, Sr., about the death of a Mrs. Bennett, 1740; letter of Thomas Johnson, Jr. (1732-1819) to George Washington about the type of labor to be used on the Potomac Canal, 1785; promissory note of Thomas Johnson, Jr., 1803; drafts of Thomas Johnson, Jr. letters written in 1813 about the proposal to move the state capital from Annapolis to Frederick, reflections on the Revolutionary War and the first three presidents, and opinions on the Federalists and elections; a letter from W. H. Stallings about a trip to Liverpool, England, 182 1; letter to John McPherson about politics, 1815; letter from a W. L. McPherson describing a voyage from Norfolk, Virginia to the West Indies, 1823; volume of Margaret R. Graham describing visits
in 1847; two undated recipe books; letters to Dorcas Johnson McPherson
describing Frederick, 1830 and 1842.
Rose Hill, The LAND & OWNERSHIP History:
1727 Benjamin Tasker gets 7,000 acres from Lord Baltimore which is later sold to Daniel Dulaney
1745 Daniel Dulaney lays out the plan for Frederick City within the land grant know as "Tasker's Chance"
1748 Hans Peter Hoffman purchases from Daniel Dulaney land later to be known as Rose Garden along the old Georgetown Pike
1764 George Hoffman inherits
1778 Thomas Johnson purchures land and renames it Rose Hill
1788 Thomas Johnson gives land to his daughter, Anne Jennings, on the eve of her wedding to John Colin Grahame
1789-1792 John Colin & Ann Jennings (Johnson) Grahame build the manor house
1793 Grahame purchases "Indian Fields", 202 acres adjacent to Rose Hill
1800 Thomas Johnson living at Rose Hill
1833 Colonel John McPherson, nephew-in-law, purchases Rose Hill following John Colin Grahame's death in order to help Ann Jennings (Johnson) Grahame stay on the property until her death in 1837
1837 William Slater
1843 George Stater
1845 John Willson
1853 David O.Thomas
1893 Margaret (Thomas) Myer
1906 Noah Cramer
1927 James Cramer
1957 Alice (Cramer) Bowman
1964 Fifty acre parcel sold to Frederick County for a school site
Know All men by these presents that we John Brien, John McPherson and Edward B. McPherson all of Frederick County in the State of Maryland are held and firmly bound unto William Gunton and both of the city of Washington in the District of Columbia in the sum of Twelve Thousand eight hundred and twenty five Dollars current money of the United States to be paid to the said William Gunton and or to their certain attorney, Executors & administrators or assigns to which payment well and truly to be made, We bind our heirs, executors and administrators firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals dated Sixth day of May One Thousand eight hundred and thirty one.
Whereas certain William J. McPherson and Horatio McPherson as trustees for the sale of certain property in George Town in the District aforesaid late of Sarah McPherson their late mother deceased caused the same to be offered for sale by public auction on the fourth day of May instant and at which the above named William Gunton became the bidder for, and purchaser of a dwelling house, store and lot situated at the corner of Bridge and High Streets and nowtin the occupation of Otto M. Louthecum, at the price of Eight Thousand five hundred and fifty Dollars and whereas the said purchase was made by the said William Gunton at the request of the above bounden John Brien, John McPherson and Edward B. McPherson and for andton behalf of the several heirs at law of the said Sarah McPherson, and he hath given to the said trustees in order the more fully to execute their trust his three promissory notes bearing even date with the within obligation each for the sum of two thousand one hundred and thirty seven Dollars and fifty cents payable one of them on the fifth day of May one thousand eight hundred & thirty two, another of them on the fifth day of May one thousand eight hundred thirty three and the other of them on the fifth day of May one Thousand eight hundred and thirty four, being for the last three installments of the purchase money aforesaid, and the before named obligors have undertaken that the first installment thereof shall be discharged forth with agreeably to the conditions of sale, now the above written obligation is such that if the above bounded John Brien, John McPherson and Edward B. McPherson or any of them their or any of their heirs, executors or administrators shall and do well truly satisfy pay or discharge the several installments of the said purchase money for which notes have been given as aforesaid by the said William Gunton and as and when the same shall become due payable and shall and do from time to time and at all times hereafter well and sufficiently save defend keep harmless and indemnify the said William Gunton andt their heirs, executors and Administrators and their lands and tenements goods and chattels of and from all actions suits, costs, charges and damages which be they or any of them shall or may incur or sustain for or by reason of his or their having made the aforesaid purchase and given notes here in before mentioned of any of them. Then the before written obligation shall be void or else be and remain in full force and virtue in law-----------
Signed Sealed and
Delivered in the presence
Col. John McPherson
Annapolis Maryland from David G. Barnitz
York Jan 3rd 1839Dr. sir, I sent up to Gettysburg immediately upon my return from Frederick for the purpose of obtaining correct representation of the family coat of arms. It was copied from the tombstone and I sent it to you as I received viz. It is not very beautiful dilineated, but I believe that at the time it was made there were very few Sculptors of Eminence in Adams County. You can have it altered to suit yourself on your silver I will not undertake to explain the meaning of the various devices. You may set your ingenuity to work and if you fail. Let Cousin Libby try it. You can also ask the opinion of Cousin William.
The weather is damp & disagreeable, Since New Years day and our spirits are all below par. I never think of my visit to Frederick except with pleasure and should every thing go right, I promise to myself another visit next summer. I am also in hopes that you will not forget your promise to visit York Springs in the course of next season.
Mother and Father and the rest of the family join me in love to you all, and wishing you a happy New Year.