“Hon. Allen McGregor, member from Pulaski county, who arrived at Jefferson City on the 3d, inst., carries with him a souvenoir in the shape of a silver-headed cane made out of scrub-oak, which his grandfather, who belonged to the Famous Clan McGregor, brought over with him from Scotland, in the year 1800, when he landed in Philadelphia, and in 1803 crossed the mountains to Wheeling, Va.”
3 February, 1881
Allan Leander McGregor (1827-1899) is the grandson of James Henry McGregor. James Henry McGregor was born in 1755 in Perthshire, Scotland and passed away in 1826 in Hancock, Illinois. Allan was born in West Virginia and came to Missouri in 1851. In addition to farming he served as the School Commissioner of Maries County and was elected to represent Pulaski County in the Thirty-first General Assembly in 1881. He defeated Republican W.H. Murphy by a vote of 752 to 478. Allan is buried at Fairview Cemetery, Maries County, Missouri.
One of Allan’s sons, Joe McGregor was a University of Missouri alumni and served as Pulaski County Probate Judge for eight years. Shortly before his death in 1909 he was being considered as a Democratic candidate for the circuit judgeship. “He was a Mason of the highest degree and one of the most noted lawyers of Pulaski county.” Joe passed away at his brother’s home in Dixon, MO and is buried at Mitchell Cemetery in Waynesville with a modest marker.
It is unknown if the silver-headed cane made out of scrub-oak and brought over from Scotland is still with Allan McGregor’s descendants.