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McKercher Family

Daniel McKercher, age eighty five years, died at Sioux City, Iowa, February 14 Mr. McKercher was born in New York State, of Scotch parentage, and one of the old pioneers of Genesee county, coming to Michigan in the fall of 1836 with three companions, each taking up quite a large amount of land all in the township of Flint. This trip was made on foot from Niagara Falls through Canada. He then returned to his native state, when in 1838 he was united in marriage to Miss Florence E. McClandish, of New York. He remained there until the fall of 1843 when he removed his family here and settled in what is now known as the John Wilson farm, three and one-half miles southwest of this city-, disposing of this he purchased a farm one mile nearer the city, where he resided about twenty years. During this period his wife died and he married Mrs. Maggie McKenzie, of New York, who lived but a few years, Later he married a third time and removed to this city where he remained until 1870, when he went to Sioux City, where he has since made his home. Eight children survive him - Mrs. Guy Gilbert, Mrs. S. McK. Brookins, and William M. of Siuox City; Finlay, of Portland, Oregon; Alex., of Leland, Michigan, and John, Dan and Mrs. D.D. Freeman, of this city. The Evening Journal, 16 February 1898.

JOHN M. MCKERCHER - Retired from active business, our subject is at present County Superintendent of the Poor. He is also secretary of the school Board, having occupied that position for three years. Mr. McKercher was born in Livingston, County, New York, January 14, 1840, and is the son of Daniel and Florence (McCandlish) McKercher, the father being a farmer.

When but four years old our subject was brought to Flint (Michigan) by his parents, the senior Mr. McKercher having located one hundred and sixty acres of land south-west of the city of Flint. The land was in its primitive state, there not even being roads cut through and our subject well remembers the trying times of that period. The father remained on this place for thirty years; the mother died when our subejct was but twelve years old. Daniel McKercher was Clerk of Flint Township and was respected wherever known.

Our subject was given the advantages of a very good education which with the training he received on the farm, enabled him to make a good start for himself. He apprenticed himself to learn the trade of a carpenter and joiner and was very successful in his work in this county. Upon the outbreak of the Civil War Mr. McKercher enlisted in Company B. First Michigan Engineers, and was assigned to the Army of the Cumberland, but afterward was changed to the Army of the Tennesee. He saw much active fighting, having participated in the battles of LaVergne, Tenn., Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge and many others and after a brave and loyal service of three years was discharged.

After his return form the army Mr. McKercher again located in Flint and followed his trade a few years when he entered the carpentry department of the deaf institution, remaining there for a term. In 1883 he opened a general merchandise store in New Lothrop, Shiawassee County, conduction the same for two years, when he again returned to Flint and engaged in the same business for two years more. Our subject was then elected City Treasurer and having a good opportunity to dispose of his business he did so and served his city two terms in the above-named office, giving satisfaction to all. Previous to this time he acted as Supervisor of his Ward for two years. Socially he is identified with the Genesee Commandery, K.T., No. 15, is the present Master of Flint Lodge No. 23, High Priest of Washington Chapter, No. 15, and thrice Illustrious Master of Flint Council, No. 56.

John M. McKercher was married January 11, 1867, to Miss Matilda E. Atkin, daughter of the Hon. R.P. Atkin. Mrs. McKercher was born in Flint Township, December 21, 1847. They have become parents of one child, a daughter, Grace I. Both our subject and his wife are prominent members of the Episcopal Church and are most highly respected residents of Flint.
Genesee, Lapeer and Tuscala Counties (Michigan) by Chapman Brothers.(Page 706)

The following is from the Family Bible of John F. McKercher


The Complete Analysis of the HOLY BIBLE,

           by Rev. Nathaniel West, D.D. 1868

  Mr. and Mrs. J. F. McKercher, Leicester,Livingston Co, N.Y.


   John McKercher born 2Apr1790 Braodalbin,Montgomery Co,NY

   Margaret McKercher born 10Jul1791 Blen Lyon, Bethshire,Scotland

   Hugh Rippy born 1787 Penn

   Priscilla Rippy born 1793 Penn


   John F. McKercher was born in York, Livingston Co,NY December 10, 1828

   Celina McKercher was born in Perry,Wyoming Co,NY November 3, 1832

   James Ried McKercher was born Leicester,Livingston Co,NY January 6, 1863

   William Bell McKercher was born Leicester,Livingston Co,NY June 16, 1865

   Mary Matilda McKercher was born Leicester,Livingston Co,NY September 3, 1867

   Margaret McKercher was born Leicester,Livingston Co,NY August 19, 1870

   M. Ethelind Starr August 2, 1867


   John F. McKercher and Celina M. Rippy were married in York,Livingston Co.NY

        by Rev. F.M. Proctor, March 13, 1862

   William Bell McKercher and M.Ethelind Starr were married in Leicester,Livingston Co,NY

        by Rev. F. Qutelius  Dec 13, 1894


   John McKercher

   Margaret McKercher died Leicester, Oct 1861

   Hugh Rippy died York, April 19, 1864

   Priscilla Rippy died York, Dec 23, 1867

   M.Ethelind McKercher, Perry, Oct 15, 1929


The Bible was obtained from an auction at the Mehlenbacher Estate in Hunt,Livingston Co.,NY, July 1997, by Andrew and his father James Burdett, of Geneseo,NY. In December of the same year the bible was passed along to Maria Bartley Coppola(great-great-granddaughter of John F.'s brother Daniel), of Bloomfield, New Jersey.