Alexander McPherson

22nd Nov 1803 - 28th Sep 1861

Claimant or beneficiary


  1. Born at Tain, Ross-shire, Scotland, 22/11/1803, son of William McPherson, house carpenter and his wife Janet nee Fraser. Married Fanny Moore (1819-1906) in Whitby, Canada West, 01/11/1837. Died at Whitby, 28/09/1861. Buried at Union Cemetery, Oshawa, Ontario

  2. In Berbice by 1825. Arrived in Canada after Berbice in 1835. Settled at Whitby. Appointed postmaster of Whitby in 1837 and Town Councillor in 1858-1859.

  3. Living at Whitby in the census of 1851, Post Master, age 49, with his wife Fanny age 33 and children Andrew age 13, James age 11, Charlotte age 8, Susan age 6, William age 4 and Jessy age 2. In Whitby in 1861 age 57, with wife Fanny age 40 and children Andrew age 21, law student, James C. age 19, medical student, Susan age 15, William age 13, Jesse age 11, Laura age 9, Fanny age 7 and Colin age 3.


  1. GROS OPR Births 082 10 316 Tain;, Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1826-1936 [database online]; Findagrave memorial ID 137855414.

  2. Email from Sarah Ferencz, 12/12/2018 sourced to F27 Alexander McPherson fonds, Whitby Public Library Archives, series of nine letters written by Alexander McPherson to his mother and brother-in-law from Plantations #17 & 18 in Berbice, British Guiana and Whitby, Ontario, Canada from 1825 to 1835.

  3. 1851 and 1861 Canada censuses online.

We are grateful to Sarah Ferencz for her assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Alexander M'Pherson
Fanny Moore
at least 9 children

Associated Claims (1)

£63 0s 1d

Addresses (2)

Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Tain, Ross-shire, Highlands & Islands, Scotland