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McGee. Peter

My father’s paternal lineage of these McGee’s harken back to 1795, when Peter McGee was born a slave, allegedly in or around Person County, North Carolina.

I’ve come closer to the planter slaveholding family who may have owned Peter and his family from his birth to 1860; trail has led me, thus far, to Micajah MeGehee/McGehee, born in 1794 in Chatham, County, North Carolina, son of Micajah McGehee and Anne Scott of Virginia. I have traced this line back as far as the 1200's Scottish conscripted MacGregor clan of Glenstrae. Micajah I, born around 1745, is listed in the 1790 U.S. Census for Chatham, N. C. along with four slaves.

I have found that Micajah II had been in Virginia during the births of my 3rd gr grandfather, Robin McGee in 1810 and brother--or half-brother Jerry born in 1815, when MeGehee had enlisted as a private with The 7th Regiment Virginia Militia during the War of 1812. He is later listed as married in the 1855 in the Sumpter County Alabama State Census, as well as the 1850 U.S. Census, while Peter, Robin, Jerry, and Washington “Wash”, my 2nd gr grandfather, is born around 1845–46 in Pickens County, just north of the Sumpter County line where Micajah and his family had lived. Finally, MeGehee and his family show up on the 1860 U.S. Census, listing him in Jasper County, Mississippi, as well as Peter McGee’s family. listed in Paulding, Mississippi, as well as over $10,000 in real estate and slaves, and over $20,000 in personal assets. Micajah dies in Enterprise, Jasper County, in 1881. Peter dies before him.

My research in this area has me searching for Peter's first spouse and Robin and Jerry's mother. My guess is that she may have come from either North Carolina or Virginia. The 1870 Census lists Isebilla as Peter's wife, but she was born in South Carolina, and was living with Peter and "with her son-in-law" (Jerry).

My father's maternal line is also complex: Jim McCullum, born 1835 in Heidelbirg, Jasper, Mississippi. His wife was Mary Pickens, also from Heidelbirg, born in 1866. Jim was a healer who helped the African American community in which he lived. Mary, my father believes, was of Native American heritage (Choctaw). She gave birth to thirteen children before she passed around 1920. She was buried somewhere in the Mississippi piney woods. I'm attempting to find Jim's parents and sibs, if any, as well as verify Mary's parents and sibs. Jim lived until after 1940 in Jones County, MS.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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