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McPherson, Smith and Allied Lineages - Virgina to Texas

Updated May 27, 2010


Suzanne & Ron McPherson
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Following the same beckoning trails ancestors set out upon, the search for our past has led to........................

MCPHERSON'S

Issac McPherson & wife Louisa Harrieth King of Tennessee, Dekalb Co. Alabama, Arkansas and Texas and allied lines. He was the father of our great great grandfather Willis Young McPherson b. 1849 in Dekalb County, Alabama who came to Texas about 1873 with his family in an ox drawn cart from Dekalb Co. Alabama. Finding Texas not to his liking he moved on to Arkansas but soon returned to Texas where he found a job for fifty cents a day. Obviously a very properous family! Willis perservered! He lived in Bell & Fall Counties of Texas. He and his wife Eliza raised eight children and Willis died at the ripe young age of 91 & was buried in Leuellen Cemetary in Falls County, Texas. I am searching for the ancestors & descendents of Willis & his wife, Louisa Evaline Cunningham.

PRIEST

John Richard Priest and wife Kate Butler of Arkansas, their parents Benjamin A Priest & wife Elizabeth Canzada and John Butler & wife Angeline Morrison and allied lines

SMITH

Great,great,great grandfather Solomon Smith b. abt. 1793 in Florida or Georgia migrated to Texas from the Territory of Florida in 1836. He applied for a Texas land certificate in 1839 stating that he was a married man and had lived in Texas for for the past three years with his wife and six children. He was granted a 3nd Class Headright(consisting of 640 acres) in Brazoria Co. in the year 1839. He located his land in Austin County (later became Waller County) which can still be found on land maps of Waller County as the Solomon Smith Survey with Prarie View A&M University lying directly in the center of one 320 acre tract. Solomon died sometime prior to 1850 in Austin Co., Texas. His wife, Emily continued on and his children married into local noteworthy families of the area including Stephenson, Pattison, Cooper, and Dunham. Our line is through his son William H. Smith and wife Elizabeth Stephenson

KEYS

Also to great great grandfather Henry Keys b. in 1799 in Franklin Co., Virginia and who had a great wanderlust. Helping to found at least two counties & towns in Arkansas & Texas he followed a trail from Chesterfield, Virginia (where his father Matthew Keys & other relations were in the Virginia militia during the American Revolution)to Tennessee, Arkansas & finally arriving in Texas sometime around 1848 where he obtained a land patent & thus entered the rolls of the Land Survey of Original Land Owners of Texas. He ultimately founded Keys Valley outside of Belton, Texas & built the first school house on his property. He later donated land for the first train station in Belton. I have found an interesting & enthralling history that leads to & beyond Henry & his ancestor's exploits, to his three wives & to his children & a facinating diary of their lives. Henry's first wife was Rebecca Lyons; second wife Mahala Kenner (decendent of Col. George Eskridge, guardian of Mary Ball since age 13 & who having given her in marriage was honored to have her only child, George Washington, named for him); third wife Catherine King Blair. Henry Keys fathered 13 children from wince came Solomon Keys, our great-grandfather. Henry died in 1867 in Bell County, Texas.

NICHOLS

William Nichols of Virginia and Newport, Vermillion Co. Indiana b 1796 and allied lines including Merriman, Campbell, Thomas, Daniels, Smith, and Stuart

We are searching for connections, cousins & stories that will take us farther into the past & make our family history come alive! I am happy to both receive and share research!

This is a work-in-progress with many contributions from other researchers and I cannot avow that all information herin contained is accurate. I have, however, endevored to substantiate all my own research, while it is true that there are still areas that are not defintely proved. If you find mistakes please contact me

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