Thanks to Bertrand Macpherson, we have some updates on David's family. David's name was actually McPherson. He was born in December 1822, Loudoun County, Virginia, and was raised in Knox County, Ohio. He married Sarah Scribner in Ohio, where she was born in 1822, and they moved to Clinton County, Michigan in 1848. All of their eight children were born in Michigan. One, Clotilda, died a few weeks before they left for Missouri in 1868. The remaining children were Wilton (not William), Melville Lafayette, Ellis (Bertrand's grandfather), Clarence (not Clarissa), Mary Louise, Viola Josephine, and Alice Arletta. David's family stayed a short time in Chariton County, then moved to Moberly, Missouri where they lived for about four years before moving to Cowley County, Kansas, where David died in 1899.
Melville Lafayette McPherson penned his memoirs in his late 80's and indicated that David Badgerow went to Missouri first, then returned to Michigan and told David McPherson about the opportunities there. Mcpherson wrote about his father,"...he went to Missouri in January 1868, to Boonville, where the land records were kept, and took up vacant land. He found two 40's and one 160. He filed on the 160 and Dave Badgerow on one 40 and John Rose on the other 40. The first thing Dad done was go to work with a saw mill to get lumber to build them a shack on the claim. Then he bought a team of cattle to haul the lumber. The prairie land that Dad built a farm on was six miles south of a small rail town called New Cambria. The Big Puzzle Creek was one and one half miles east of us. The Chariton River was east and southeast, from 4 to 5 miles. There was heavy timber all around from where we got the wood to build a house, barn and fencing. North of us about 3-4 miles was another creek, between the two creeks was all prairie and this extended from the Puzzle Creek on our east to 7-8 miles west, all rolling country...."For more information about the McPherson's, you can visit Bertrand's website:http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~macphersonfamily/