Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

Roderick "Rory" McPhee



Roderick “Rory” McPhee was born in May 1837 in Scotland to Francis McPhee. Rory married Flora Curry in 1867 in Canada. Flora was born April 1845 in Nova Scotia, Canada to Stephen and Flora McDonald Curry.


Rory and Flora McPhee had the following children:

  1. Allen McPhee was born December 15, 1868 in Park Hill, Canada and died December 21, 1943 in Merrill, Jonesfield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. Allen was never married. He was elected as school inspector on April 5, 1897 for Lakefield Township.

  2. Flora McPhee was born March 18, 1872 in Park Hill, Canada. Flora married William T. Johnson on June 12, 1892 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. At the time of their marriage, William T. worked for the railroad. Flora died on July 30, 1930

  3. Sarah McPhee was born August 6, 1876 in Canada. She died May 13, 1900 of pneumonia and was buried on May 16, 1900 in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, St. Charles, Saginaw County, Michigan.

  4. Archibald “Archie”McPhee was born July 1882. Archie was never married.


Rory came to the United States in 1889 from Canada.


In 1896, Rory and Flora owned and operated a 40 acre farm on the east side of Chapin Road between Grabowski and Colvin Roads in Section 36, Lakefield Township. Their neighbors were: Joseph Tribfelner Jr., John Tribfelner, Fred Pagel, Andrew Kenxing, Kenneth McInnis, Murdock McInnis, Hugh McDonald, H.M. Schmidt, and Patrick Riley


Roderick “Rory” was appointed to Overseer of Highways – Road District #7 on April 7, 1890, April 2, 1894 and April 1, 1895.


In 1916, Rory and Flora still owned and operated their 40 acre farm in Section 36 on Chapin Road.


Rory died on June 2, 1919 and Flora died July 27, 1924. They are both buried in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, St. Charles, Michigan.




SOURCES: 1896 and 1916 Lakefield Township Plat Maps; Lakefield Township Records; Fran McInnis Siler's genealogy records; Flora and William T. Johnson's marriage record; 1900, 1910, and 1920 U.S. Census; Allen McPhee's death record, Sarah McPhee's death record and Della Miller McKay's obituary collection



Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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