|Courtesy of the family of Maggie McPherson Burmeister|
According to the Diary of James. P. McPherson, the friendship between the McPherson and Cairncross families spanned at least a couple of decades, and possibly more. McPherson and his wife lived in Dundee, Scotland in the years before 1842. There were also Cairncross' in Dundee during that time, so they might have met in Scotland. Or perhaps in New York City between the years 1842 and 1850, might have been where the friends met. What is certain, J.P.McPherson corresponded regularly with A. and Wm. Cairncross during 1851 through June, 1852 when Wm. Cairncross arrived in Springdale, Wisconsin.
Hopefully, I will hear from other Cairncross researchers who might bring more information to bear on their friendship.
(Note: I have come across several spellings of the Cairncross name (Carincross, Cairencross, Carrencross,and Carencross), but I have opted to use the spelling from the Diary.
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