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* Aris McPherson and John Wesley Riley Families Home Page*

Updated August 6, 2002

I am researching the families of my maternal (The Riley Family) & paternal (The McPheson Family) grandparents.Aris McPherson ( a lumberjack of Chinese descent ) married Nora Collins ( African American ) in the late 1800's in Roper of Wilcox County, NC and had 4 children. John Lewis McPherson ( 5/29/01 ); Mary Lewis McPherson ( 2/19/04 ); Henrietta McPherson; and Milton McPherson. John & Mary both married and migrated north to the New York/New Jersey area where they lived out their lives. Milton is believed to have lived in Philadelphia until his death in the 1950's; while less is known about Henrietta it is believed that she never married. Henrietta was distinguishable because of very strong mixture of Asian and African American facial features ( long shiny silky black hair; fair skinned, but noticeabley African American; narrow eye sockets ) . Aris is believe to have died in 1946 and was preceeded in death by Nora who died between the years of 1923 and 1932. John Wesley Riley (DOB - 4/5/1879) married Mamie Robinson (DOB - 6/27/1884)in central Alabama. They had 12 children (10 girls & 2 boys; oldest & youngest) raised predominantly in Selma, Coy County & Birmingham. John died in the 1958 and Mamie died in 1960 in Coy, Alabama. The Riley & McPherson family intertwined through the union of John Lewis McPherson and Mamie Lee Riley ( 9/11/24 ) in New York about 1950. John Lewis was previously married to Lillie Belle Leary of Roper, NC and they had 3 children and this branch is also in this tree. In the Riley branch are Robinsons; Packers; and McPhersons. At this time there is no known relationship between the McPhersons of NC & AL. I would appreciate any assistance in verifying dates and filling blanks and I am willing to share any information I have.

Myron Dean McPherson
296 Shannon Trail SW
Conyers, GA 30094-4818
United States
Fax: 770-918-1675

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