I'm looking for information on the McPherson's of Aberdeen

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It's my first time on the site, so please forgive me if I'm going about it the wrong way.

I've traced my McPherson line back to Alexander McPherson (a Tinsmith ) who married Agnes Catto in 1829, Aberdeen, Scotland. They had 3 children - Peter, Janet / Jessie, and James Leighton. On JLM birth record in 1834, Alexanders occupation / or whether he was deceased is left off as this strange blank. On the 1841 census, Agnes is listed as a widow with 3 children and a John McPherson age 21 is living with her also. Was he a brother of Alexander? I could not find a birth or death / burial record for Alex. Found two others, but the men were much older than Agnes ( not that that couldn't happen). I'd love to find the roots of this family beyond 1829. My Ancestry tree is the McPherson / Pirie / Vickers / Eaves tree.




Thanks Wayne - This is them ( although I don't know why Agnes is called Janet). I've got this info already. I'm trying to find out more about the father Alexander and where he came from.


I've traced out the entire family throught SP website. Unfortunately no birth or death records for Alexander there. I found 2 burials, but they weren't him. It's the pre - 1835  records that I am having difficulty with.
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Susan:          This is a record,1851 Census Aberdeen,Scotland. Peter McPherson

19 born 1832,Jessie,James living with mother Janet born 1811.All the reords,in

in the right place and the years match,Could this be the family.This might break

your brick wall.


Wayne R. Morgan 5487 Wiki Tree
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Hi anonymous,

You should be able to find their records on  the scotlandspeople web site as it is the official repository for records in Scotland. The URL is http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/

You'll need to seacrh in the census records section and the Old Parish registers section.

All the best

by Billy Wallace G2G6 Pilot (212k points)
Thank you Billy,

I have gone through every record possible, but still no luck. I even had my brother take a Y dna test which revealed that we were originally McGregors.

Most likely Alexanders family or ancestors came from Perthshire and changed their surname in the early 1700's during proscription, but now to find the link between the two families.

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