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Mary Ann (Stone) McPherson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Stone, was born in Boonsboro, Washington Co., Maryland, March 1838. She was united in marriage to Joseph Henry McPherson in Maryland, March 1, 1860, and came to Illinois in the spring of 1864 settling near Polo in Ogle Co.

To them were born four children; Mrs. Sarah Ambrose, Auburn, Illinois; Mrs. Susan I. Shaw, deceased February 24, 1914; Mrs. Mary Sophia Jones, Dixon; and James S. McPherson, Grand Detour. The husband died December 23, 1915.

The last two years Mrs. McPherson has resided in Dixon, in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jones, and enjoyed good health, for one of so advanced an age, until a few months ago. Death finally came last Wednesday evening as a gentle release after the long life of eighty-six years and four months.

Mrs. McPherson was a member of the Brethren Church from girlhood, and her faith and devotion were sincere and unchanging.

Besides two daughters and son, Mrs. McPherson is survived by a brother and two sisters, seventeen grandchildren, and twenty-one great-grandchildren.

Burial took place Friday afternoon in the cemetery of the Pine Creek Church of the Brethren, with services from the home, 229 W. Everett St., and the Pine Creek Church.

Tri-County Press, Polo, IL, July 17, 1924

Submitted by Gary Shaw

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