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Help with locating ancestors of John McPherson of Kyneton, VIC, Australia

Question by janmar

I have been trying to locate the ancestors of my great-grandfather, John McPherson. His marriage and death certificate state he was born in Kyneton, Victoria, Australia to Peter McPherson and Mary Melrose.

John was born approximately 1864 and married Charlotte Julia Sue-Cook in Qld in 1894. He died in Qld in 1908.

I have not been able to locate any reference of his birth or connection of Peter and Mary as a couple - only as in-laws.

Can anyone assist me with my research!!!

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on 2011-07-07 02:13:26

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by tonkin on 2011-07-07 14:06:20

Looks like you have a wee problem janmar.

I know of the MCPHERSON lines in the Kyneton area but there is no Peter MCPHERSON and Mary MELROSE, nor is there a marriage for them.

There was a Peter MCPHERSON married to a Mary CROSS in 1856 but no children have been recorded for them.

We then have a Peter MCPHERSON and Mary MCCORMICK in Kyneton. They only had the one son, Peter. He was born in 1866 but only lived for six months.

And there was a Peter MCPHERSON and Mary CARMODY having two daughters in Kyneton in 1867 and 1871.

It's very strange there are three Peter MCPHERSON's all with a wife named Mary in Kyneton, but none with the surname of MELROSE. Very odd indeed.

I'm now wondering if this could be the same Mary with a habit of changing her name for some unknown reason. It could also be possible the Mary CROSS Peter married in '56 is the same Mary.

by janmar on 2011-07-07 18:29:50

Thanks for your response Tonkin. II have previously found those families, but no sign of my John fitting in the picture.

From my research, if it is of interest to you, Peter McPHERSON and Mary CARMODY had 6 children, Emily, Mary, Alexander, John, Sarah and Catherine.

Do you have any further information on Mary CROSS - her other assumed names?

by janilye on 2011-07-07 20:39:55

Queensland deaths for Peter McPherson John's parents may have gone there too. Could have left Kyneton after the gold rush.

DEATHS 1864-1950 Peter

1914/C25 Peter Duncan McPherson James McPherson Amelia Jane Mahon
1925/B47475 Peter John McPherson John Peter McPherson Catherine Kearney
1896/C1297 Peter McPherson -

Charlotte's death
1942/B56129 Charlotte Julia McPherson John Sue Cook Frances Watkins

by janilye on 2011-07-07 20:53:19

Here's Mary.
Name: Mary McPherson
Death Place: Kensington, Victoria
Age: 70
Father's name: Melrose Wm
Mother's name: Maginnis
Registration Year: 1897
Registration Place: Victoria
Registration Number: 5714
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1827

by janmar on 2011-07-07 20:54:17

Thanks Janilye - I have Charlotte's details - she and John were my great-grandparents.

She and John married in Qld in 1894. Until I can make any sort of connection with Peter McP and Mary Melrose, I don't suppose I can go much further (:

by janmar on 2011-07-07 21:01:07

Thanks Janilye - unfortunately that Mary McPherson (Melrose) was not with Peter McPherson.

by janilye on 2011-07-08 02:50:47

The only Mary CARMODY I've seen was born in County Clare, Ireland and died in Kyneton in 1917. She was married to a Peter McPherson he came from Scotland and died at Kyneton in 1914. They had a daughter Emily born in Kyneton in 1857 and she married a David COWAN 1847-1924. I have seen a COWAN tree in the past but don't really remember any other details. If you think it's worthwhile I could have a look.

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