Margaret Gordon MacPherson

(27 April 1834 - 24 October 1885)
     Margaret Gordon MacPherson was born on 27 April 1834 in Blackhaugh, Kirkmichael, Banffshire, Scotland. This is based on their immigration record, but there is no record a suitable birth or baptism in Kirkmichael or Aberdeen. Her descendants suggest that she was born at Rothes (Dundurcas) which matches a likely baptism. She was the daughter of Alexander MacPherson and Anne Grant. Margaret Gordon MacPherson was christened on 22 May 1834 in Rothes, Moray, Scotland. She was recorded on the 6 June 1841census in the household of Paul MacPherson in 54 Gerrard St, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire.
     Margaret Gordon MacPherson appeared on the 1841 census in the household of Alexander MacPherson and Anne Grant in Rothes, Moray.
     Margaret Gordon MacPherson and Jane MacPherson and Margaret MacPherson arrived with Paul MacPherson and Jane Emslie on 20 December 1848 at Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She travelled with her brother Paul and his family aged 13.
     Margaret Gordon MacPherson married Israel Allison Smith on 12 September 1855 in Carisbrook, Victoria, Australia. Margaret Gordon MacPherson was widowed on 6 March 1872 on the death of her husband Israel Allison Smith.
     Margaret Gordon Smith married James Phillips as her second husband, on 3 December 1872 in Carisbrook, Victoria..
     Margaret died on 24 October 1885 in Mariner St, Williamstown, Victoria, Australia, aged 51. She was buried on 26 October 1885 in Williamstown, Victoria.

Children of Margaret Gordon MacPherson and Israel Allison Smith

Peter Emslie

(circa 1780 - 28 November 1845)
     Peter Emslie was born circa 1780 in Upper Edingarioch, Premnay, Aberdeenshire. He was the son of Peter Emslie. Peter Emslie may have also been born 1796 Premnay, Aberdeenshire. Peter the son of Sam is too young [44] to be the tenant at Edengarrock who was aged 60 in 1841, and most of the baptisms of his children were witnessed by James Emslie of Backbrae who was born at Tullynessle, so I doubt whether these events relate to John's brother Peter.
     Peter Emslie married Barbara Ledingham before 1822. There is an inventory for Margaret Emslie or Ledingham, widow of Peter Emslie, farmer, Upper EdinGarioch, Premnay. NAS SC1/37/72 f. 175.
     Peter Emslie and Barbara Ledingham appeared on the 1841 census in Premnay, Aberdeenshire. Peter Emslie, aged 60, farmer, Barbara 55, James, 15, Mary 15, Peter 15, Jennet, 14, Alexander 10, all born in the county.There were others (Wuksibm Tough ^ Ingam) in the same building.
     Peter died on 28 November 1845 in the Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen. His wife was described as a widow in the 1851 census at Premnay.
     His will was proved on 18 March 1846 at Aberdeen. Peter Emslie, farmer in Upper Edingarioch, Premnay.

Children of Peter Emslie and Barbara Ledingham

Elizabeth Binnie (Watson)

(1823 - )
     Elizabeth Binnie (Watson) was also known as Benny in records. She was born in 1823 in Old Machar, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Her mother's name was given as McGur. The IGI offers an Eizabeth Benny, daughter of David Benny and Ann Moncur baptised 11 Sep 1828.
     Elizabeth Binnie (Watson) married John Emslie, son of Samuel Emslie and Elizabeth Jamieson, on 28 July 1864 in Old Machar, Aberdeen Aberdeenshire.
     Elizabeth Binnie (Watson) and John Emslie appeared on the 1871 census in 15/25 Bank Street, Ferryhill, Aberdeen. John, 69, Coppersmith, born New Machar; Elizabeth, wife, 47, born Old Machar; John, son, 4, born New Machar; Elizabeth Ann, daughter, 3, born Peterhead; William Watson, step-son, 10, scholar; Ann McGur, grandmother, 71, widow, Aberloudy Abd. A Jane Emsly, aged 18, millworker, boarder born Aberdeen, was at 9 Diamond Street. Elizabeth Binnie (Watson) and Jane Emslie, Samuel Emslie, Peter Emslie, Elizabeth Ann Emslie and John Emslie were beneficiaries in John Emslie's will proved 1 December 1874 in Aberdeen.
     Elizabeth Binnie (Watson) appeared on the 1881 census in 25 Bank St, Old Machar, Aberdeen. Elizabeth Emslie E, Widow, 54 born New Machar, Aberdeen, Head, Merchant; William Watson, unmarried, 22, born Peterhead, Aberdeen, Son, Merchant; John Elmslie, 15, born Aberdeen, Son, Occ: Clerk Railway; Lizzie Elmslie, 13, born Aberdeen, Daur, Scholar; Mary Elmslie, 9, born Aberdeen, Daur, Scholar; Helen Camerson, Unmarried, 23, born Peterhead, Aberdeen, Niece, general servant; William Gauld, unmarried, 23, born Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Boarder, Joiner Master employing 5 Men & 1 boy.
     On 13 October 1881 Mrs Emslie of 25 Bank St, obtained approval for a building warrant re a cottage on north side of Devanha Terrace, behind 25 Bank Street.

Children of Elizabeth Binnie (Watson) and John Emslie