Noted events in his life were:
1. Story, 1682, Inverness, Scotland. 986 Born about 1682 in Inverness, Scotland. According to family legends he was brought to America against his will. There are various stories about his abduction -- none of them have been proven.
2. Story, Cir 1696. 432 According to family tradition, Daniel McPherson was kidnapped while tending sheep on his father's farm when he was about 14 years of age. He was brought to the Wilmington, Deleware, are and sold as an indentured servant to a Quaker master. While he did not like his master, he did sympathize with Quaker beliefs. After his term of indenture ended, he worked as a laborer until he earned enough money to buy a farm.
3. Story, 1700. 994 Came to PA in 1700.
4. Property, 10 Oct 1706, Chester County, Pennsylvania Colony. Daniel McPherson of Birmingham bought 300 acres in Kennett Township, Chester Co, PA, from John Guest for 60 pounds. The land lay partly in White Clay Creek Hundred, New Castle Co, Delaware.
5. Property, 1706, Kennett Twp, Chester County, Pennsylvania Colony. 986 In 1706, Daniel Mackfarson of Birmingham in Chester County bought of John Guest of Philadelphia for 60 pounds silver 300 acres in Kennet Twp adjoining Letitia Penn's Manor to a corner of Alexander Frizer's land. At that date the line between PA and DE was not established so this tract was found later to lie partly in Kennet and partly in Newcastle Co, DE. Deed records do not show when Daniel sold his 300 acres, but the will of James House of Kennet, 1756, directs "land bought of Daniel McPherson be sold" and the will of Nathaniel Ring of West Marlborough 1766 bequeaths "land bought of John McFarson part in Kennett and part in New Castle Co. Del".
6. Appearance in Document, 21 Feb 1714, Kennett Twp, Chester County, Pennsylvania Colony. The will of George Harlan of Kennett Twp was witnessed by "Danl. McFarson".
7. Appearance in Document, 1715, Kennett Twp, Chester County, Pennsylvania Colony. 986 In 1715, Daniel Magfarsin is listed in the Kennett Township Tax List (Futhey and Cope, History of Chester County, p180). He paid taxes there until 1747.
8. Property, 21 Feb 1734, White Clay Creek Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware Colony. 432 On 21 Feb 1734, Daniel McPherson and Thomas Campbell bought 385 acres on White Clay Creek in Delaware from the estate of John Henzy, and on 16 May 1738 Campbell sold Daniel his share for 260 pounds. In June 1751, following a lawsuit concerning title to Henzy's land, Daniel sold his share to Thomas Wilson for 800 pounds.
9. Appearance in Document, 1740, Kennett Twp, Chester County, Pennsylvania Colony. 986 Danl McFarson witnessed the will of John Heald of Kennett (Chester County Wills, Abstracts, Genealogical Society of PA, I pp 2, 186).
10. Property, 12 May 1740, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware Colony. 432 On 12 May 1740, James Hutchinson gave Daniel McPherson a lot on Front and Water Streets and Christiana Creek [in Wilmington] to hold in trust for a debt to John Richardson. On 20 May 1740, Daniel bought another lot in Wilmington from Thomas Milner for 45 pounds. On 16 May 1744 he bought a lot on Third Street in Wilmington from the trustees of the Swedish congregation.
11. Religion. 986 According to Nancy P Speers, librarian at Swarthmore College, in spite of the fact that the emigrant Daniel McPherson is said to have attended Kennett MM in family legend, he was never a member of that or any other Chester County MM.
12. Residence, Cir 1747, Sadsbury Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Colony. 432 After Ruth died about 1747, Daniel McPherson sold his land in Kennett to James House and moved to Salisbury [Sadsbury] Township, Lancaster Co, PA, with his son Daniel.
13. Will, 24 Feb 1755, Sadsbury Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Colony. 986 The will of Daniel McFerson, of Sadsbury Twp, Lancaster Co, PA, dated 24 Feb 1755, proven 5 Aug 1755, mentions children John, Daniel, William, Ann Carter, and Stephen, grandchild Ruth Carter. Executors John and Daniel McFerson, witnessed by Isaac Richardson. (Lancaster Co Will Book B, Vol 1, p104)
14. Probate, 5 Aug 1755, Sadsbury Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Colony. 986 The will of Daniel McFerson, of Sadsbury Twp, Lancaster Co, PA, dated 24 Feb 1755, proven 5 Aug 1755. (Lancaster Co Will Book B, Vol 1, p104)
15. Probate: Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware Colony. 432 The executors of Daniel's estate sold his lots in Wilmington.
16. Story. 994 Name (Donald), b 1686 in Inverness Scotland, d 1755 in PA, wife name Ruth Shires, marriage year 1707.
17. Occupation: Farmer.
Daniel* married Ruth* SHIRES, daughter of Family SHIRES and Unknown, about 1712. (Ruth* SHIRES was born about 1690 in Great Britain and died in 1747 in Chester County, Pennsylvania Colony.)
Noted events in their marriage were:
1. Story, Cir 1712. 986 Daniel McPherson married Ruth Shires (Squires, Shiers) around 1712.
2. Story, Cir 1712. 432 About 1712, Daniel McPherson married Ruth Shires, who had recently moved to America from Great Britain with a married sister.
3. Story, 1717, Chester County, Pennsylvania Colony. IGI says Daniel and Ruth Shires were married in Chester, PA, in 1717.
4. Story. 432 Children of Daniel McPherson and Ruth Shires are Ann, Daniel, John, Stephen, William, and Othniel.