Our Family Genealogy Pages

Home Page  |  What's New  |  Photos  |  Histories  |  Headstones  |  Reports  |  Surnames

First Name:


Last Name:



MCGEE, Michael Jr 

MCGEE, Michael Jr

Male 1759 - 1834

HomeHome    SearchSearch    PrintPrint    Login - User: anonymousLogin    Add BookmarkAdd Bookmark

Personal Information    |    Media    |    Notes    |    All    |    PDF

  • Suffix  Jr 
    Birth  17 Jun 1759  Brunswick, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  21 Jun 1834  Ware Shoals, Abbeville, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Turkey Creek Baptist Cemetery, Ware Shoals, SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I417  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  16 May 2012 

    Father  MCGEE, Michael Sr.,   b. 1730, Magee Island, Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1787, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  HILL, Elizabeth "Steed",   b. 28 Jun 1732, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1802 
    Family ID  F74  Group Sheet

    Family  SIMMS, Anna Melvina,   b. 23 Mar 1763, Rockingham Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1838, Ware Shoals, Abbeville, SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1782  VA. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. MCGEE, Jesse,   b. 15 Sep 1783, Laurens Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1790
    >2. MCGEE, John,   b. 18 Feb 1785, Laurens Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1850, Anderson District, SC Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. MCGEE, Jane,   b. 26 Jun 1787, Laurens, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1840, Abbeville Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. MCGEE, Mary Polly,   b. 18 Jun 1789, Laurens, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1840
     5. MCGEE, Elizabeth Steed,   b. 7 May 1791, Abbeville Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. MCGEE, Nancy,   b. 18 Jan 1793, Ware Shoals, Abbeville, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1833
    >7. MCGEE, Burrell S.,   b. 18 Dec 1795, Ware Shoals, Abbeville, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1854
     8. MCGEE, William,   b. 24 Oct 1797, Ware Shoals, Abbeville, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1864, Anderson District, SC Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. MCGEE, Michael III,   b. 11 Jul 1800, Ware Shoals, Abbeville, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1858, SC Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. MCGEE, Abner Hill,   b. 7 Mar 1803, Ware Shoals, Abbeville, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 1862
    Last Modified  04 Nov 2010 
    Family ID  F150  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Michael McGee
    Michael McGee
    Located in Turkey Creek Baptist Church cemetery (old section behind church) just west of Ware Shoals, SC.
    Michael McGee
    Michael McGee

  • Notes 
    • Individual:
      1790 United States Federal Census:
      County City Pg Name W Males 18+ 18- Females
      Laurens 96 District 72 Michael McGee 1 2 3
      The Will of Michael McGee
      McGee, Michael: Box 66 Pack 1589. Probate Judge Office. Abbeville, SC Est. admnr. by Burrell McGee, Abner H. McGee, William Barmore and Ezekiel Rasor who are bound unto Moses Taggart, Esq. Ord. in the sum of $20,000. Dated 10 Nov. 1834. Inventory made 24 Nov. 1834. Slaves named Dick and Siller, Tim Florah and Mahaly, George, Harry, Jack, Joe, Fillis, Lewis, Amy, Rachel, Reuben, Black Man, Shake, Tom, Snipe, Ball. Appraisers, Ezekiel Rasor, Albert N. Ware, W.T. Jones. Citation published 9 Nov. 1834 at Turkey Meeting House. Signed: Arthur Williams. Sale held 25-26 Nov. 1834. Widow (Anna McGee), Wm. Ware, A. H. McGee, D. Prowitt, A. H. McGee, W. F. Jones, Isaac Agnew, James Agnew, William Richey, Wm. Kay, D. Roney, G. Wallace, A. N. Ware, J. Dodson, S. Kinman, Wm. Mattox, William Long, Charles B. Foshee, James Dodson, D. Maybury, M. Henderson, A. Norris, N. McGee Senr., Wm. Barmore, D. O. Hawthorn, J. Burnes, Harrison Hodges, S. Kinman, H. Dixon, J. Robertson, J. W. Norris R. V. Posey, Joseph Richey, M. Killingsworth, J. Raysor, widow Kinman, W. Drummond, S. Agnew Jr., widow Mattox, J. McCullough, S. Jones, Jr., S. Dodson, J. S. McGee, A. H. McGee, Asa Franklin, Abner Nobbs, B. McGee, R. Robertson, S. Williamson, Price Posey. Paid to Polly Dunn for Samuel Dunn on power of Attorney, resided in Indiana $600. Michael McGee $545. William McGee $355. G. H. Brownlee $360. John McGee $250. James Dodson $598.84. Wm. Barmore for his dtr. Margaret $395. Elizabeth Sims as legatee $496.
      Andrea files shows: "Michael Magee, a young single man from Magee Island, Ireland (birth date estimated at 20 at birth of oldest child) came into VA in 1750. He married Mrs. Elizabeth Steed. They later crossed from Brunswick Co, VA into NC - he died there. Estate Admst b y stepson, Jessee Steed.. sons John who wed a sister of Hezekiah Rice and Michael who wed Anna Sims... 3 brothrs came into Laurens Co, SC... all three were soldiers in the Rev in NC.. J esse Steed settled in Pickens Co, SC... John Magee as John McGehee was in Laurens Co in 179 0 with brother Michael...John prob. moved to Miss in 1800. His wife thought to be sister o f Hezekiah Rice." p. 29 of McGee File.
      RESIDENCE: Rockingham, NC > Anderson Co SC 1772. Settled on a plantation where the manufacturing plant of Ware Shoals now stands. The trip was made to that place by horseback, Mrs. McGee riding while her husband walked, carring on his back all their earthly possessions. They bought from the government on credit several hundred acres of land in what is now Greenwood Co, paying $1.40 per acre.
      5 sons: William, burrell, Abner, John and Mike. William was a wellknown Baptist preacher... their beloved Rev Mike McGee who lived to be an old man, was the son of William - Traditions and History
      of Anderson County SC
      Vandiver, Louise Ayer. TRADITIONS AND HISTORY OF ANDERSON COUNTY, SC. (DAR Library, 1994) . p. 154 "The McGee family, are descended from John McGee & his wife, a Miss Sims, who came to the section in 1772 from Rockingham, NC. They settled on a plantation where the manufacturing plant of Ware Shoals now stands. The trip was made to that place by horseback, Mrs. McGee riding while her husband walked, carring on his back all their earthly possessions. They bought from the government on credit several hundred acres of land in what is now Greenwood county, paying $1.40 per acre. 5 sons: William, Burrell, Abner, John and Mike. William, wa s a well known Baptist preacher ..their beloved Rev Mike McGee, who lived to be an old man, w as the son of William."
      !Birth/Death/Marriage/Children: Herman, Louise. The Descendants of Michael McGee. Greenvill e Library.
      Additional Information: Andrea Papers. Microfilm #954544 (used at Pelham SC FHC.)
      Military/Revolution: Private, NC or VA - Tombstone says " a soldier in the Revolution"
      He was a veteran of the American Revolutionary War, served as a soldier in the N. Carolina line. He died in Abbeville Co., SC, and his epitaph records his Christian virtues and his aid to the Colonies.
      The first official record of Michael's military
      service lies in the pension application of James
      Tinsley. Tinsley was a substitute soldier for John
      SIMS of Laurens Co. who was later to be Michael's
      father-in-law, from 10/1779 to the end of the war in
      1782. Tinsley claimed in his pension application that
      he had been made a Captain by Col Levi Casey, and had
      for his 1st Lt. Henry Pitts, and for his Ensign,
      Michael McGehee. This was in Feb.1781 Michael was then
      22 and in order to be an ensign, he had probably been
      in service earlier.One of the family descendants of
      Michael says he was in the service when he was 16. The
      War began when he was 17 but SC didn't get involved
      until some time later.
      There are NC pay vouchers for a Michael McGhee in
      Wilmington District NC in March 1782, so his regiment
      could have moved on into NC or these vouchers are for
      his father.
      The following entry is in Bobby Gilmer Moss' Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution:
      Maghee, Michael.
      m. Ann (Anna) Sims
      He enlisted, while residing in the Ninety Six District, as an ensign under Lt. Henry Pitts and Col. Casey. (Tinsley, James, S31426).
      Revolutionary War Courts-Martial Records-Summer Soldiers-Chpt 6:
      McGee, Michael. Colonel Burrell's regiment. Abusing and threatening the life of Allan McDonald, and inhabitant: acquitted. (84)
      McGee, Michael. Colonel Holmes' Regiment. Sleeping while on his post, ten lashes, pardoned. (118)
      After returning from the War, Michael married Anna Melvina Sims (d of John & Ann 'Nannie' Griffin Sims) in Abbeville County, SC, in 1782. Together they raised 10 children, six boys (Jesse, John, Burrell, William, Michael, and Abner) and four girls (Jane 'Jennie', Mary 'Polly', Elizabeth 'Betsy', and Nancy).
      In 1792 Michael purchased 100 acres in Lauren's
      Co.on Jan. 11th on the Saluda River from john Powell.
      In this document he is named Mical Magee of Laurens
      Co. On July 15,1795 these 100 acres were sold to
      William Powell of Laurens Co. for 28 pounds by Michael
      and Anna McGee of Abbeville. Co.
      According to Turkey Creek Baptist Church minutes 17
      members constituted the church on Jan.22,1785. This
      list did not include the McGees. But following the
      entry is: The Solemn Covenant, concluding with a list
      of 72 signatures, among them Michael Mege and Anna
      Mege. Michael Megee was baptized on Jan.10,1793 and
      Anna Megee on May 11,1793. Michael Megee is listed as
      a church messenger in 1797 and 1802, deacon in 1798,
      resigned in 1821 because of ill health.
      In the 1940's Harry L. Watson wrote in Greenwood Index
      Journal several columns entitled "Our Old
      Roads.""...This place was owned by the late Jesse S.
      McGee and was his home for years until he removed to
      Greenville.......(gives directions)This was the home
      of Michael McGee, Revolutionary soldier( the name is
      spelled variously Magee, Megee, McGee and McGhee)
      Michael McGee is buried at Turkey Creek Church and so
      is his wife, Anne Melvina Sims McGee. Both were
      members of this church". All that remains of the home
      now is a tall crooked chimney as of 1999.
      He also wrote"The family, along with thousands of
      others came from Northern Ireland to this country. A
      descendant says that Michael McGee was a waggoner
      during the revolution, and he is sure he was a good
      one...He had become a member of Turkey Creek a year
      after the 1790 census....Michael McGee is said to have
      come into this section on horseback and his wife Anne
      also rode a horse.He had according to family tradition
      just one "bit" of cash. The amount of one "bit" is
      exactly 12 and 1/2 cents. McGee however, had courage,
      and he began to buy up the cheap land which the State
      of S.C. was offering to sell at very low prices per
      acre and on easy terms to induce settlers to come into
      the state. It is said that Michael McGee was very
      thrifty and saved his money. Soon he became a sort of
      community banker and would lend cash to neighbors of
      his own selection. He never required security only a
      plain note, but he picked his borrowers. In a word he
      selected his own risks."
      Another reference to the early history of this family
      can be found in Louise Vandiver's " Traditions and
      History of Anderson County. She names John as the
      father of the family, rather than Michael. They came
      to S.C. in 1772 from Rockingham NC. They settled on a
      plantation where the manufacturing plant of Ware
      Shoals now stands."
      Buried Turkey Creek Baptist Church, Ware Shoals, SC. with McGee family.
      Grave Stone Inscription:
      Sacred To the Memory of Michael McGee who departed this life the 21st of
      June 1834 aged 74 years and 4 days. He was a soldier in the Revolution War
      and had been a member of the Turkey Creek Baptist Church upward of forty
      years. Peace was his theme in life, And died in peace with all Men and his
      God.
      Blessed are the dead which die In the Lord, from henceforth Yea saith the
      spirit that they may Rest from their labours and their works do follow them.
      "Marriage of Some Virginia Residents 1607-1800", by Dorothy F. Wulfeck, Vol. 2 1986: McGee, Michael, b. 1759; d. 1834, Abbeville Co., SC, son of John and Anne (Ayer); served in Rev. War from North Carolina; m. Mariah Anne Simms. DAR No. 72 560; DAR No. 78 903.
      There is a book about Michael McGee by Louise Bull Herman, Aug. 1999
      [Deeds of North Carolina]
      1-11-1791 - 7-27-1792. John Powell, to Mical McGee, pl. for 40 sterling, 100 acres on Saluda River bound on John Chapman. Witness: Joshua Noble, William Simms, James Griffen. Thomas Woodsworth, J.L.C.
      [Deeds of North Carolina]
      7-15-1795 - 7-22-1795. Michael McGee and wife Anna of Abbeville Co. to William Powell for 28 sterling, 100 acres north side of Saluda River bound on Joseph South and sd Powell. Witnesses: Thomas Simms, Matthew Bolton, Ann Delph., Danl. Wright, J.P.
      Orange NC Deed Book 02-461
      13 Apr 1782 JAMES CAIN to Thomas Sutton, 700pds, 203ac. McCullock,
      Michael McGee. s/ JAMES CAIN. wit/ H. Hunt, Stephen Wilson.
      [NI00571] Michael & Anna moved across Saluda River from Laurens Co. into Abbeville
      (Greenwood) Co. early in the 1790s. Their home was near Ware Shoals on the
      south side of the road leading to Shoals Junction. Both became members of
      Turkey Creek Baptist Church in 1792. His tombstone reads Michael McGee and
      "he was a soldier in the Revolutionary War." His name is spelled Magee in
      church records. In his estate settlement "McGee" is the spelling, but
      some of his children spelled their names Magee.
      [NI00572] Mrs. Paul G. Herman of Burbank, CA, assembled family data over a period of nearly 40 years and in 1968 compiled a booklet, "The Descendants of
      Michael McGee & Anna Melvina Simms." A copy of this very detailed listing was
      given to the County Historical Society collection in the Greenwood Public
      Library. The records which follow in this database are in part from the
      book "Greenwood County Sketches" by Margaret Watson, 1970, which are condensed from said work.
      Census Records:
      Laurens Co. SC 1790
      Michael McGee
      males 16 & up 1
      Males under 16 1
      Females 3
      Slaves 0
      Abbeville Co. 1800
      Michael McGee
      Males 0-9 3
      " 10-15 1
      " 26-44 1
      Females 0-9 2
      " 10-15 2
      " 26-44 1
      Slaves 7
      Abbeville 1810
      MICAL McGee
      Males 0-9 1
      " 10-15 3
      " 45& up 1
      Females 10-15 1
      " 16-26 1
      " 45& up 1
      Slaves 3
      Michael McGee
      Males 0-9 2
      " 10-15 2
      " 45 & up 1
      Females 10-15 1
      " 16-26 1
      " 26-44 1
      Slaves 3
      Is this the same family listed under Mical and Michael
      or two different families
      His son Michael could be 10 or 9 depending on the
      month of the census. Does someone have ancestry where
      you could look this up???
      Abbeville Co. 1820
      Michael McGehee
      Males 0-9 1
      " 10-15 1
      " 16-17 2
      " 26-44 1
      Females 26-44 either says 2 or 0 hard to read
      " 45 & up 2 who would this be besides
      Anna?????
      Slaves 9
      Abbeville Co. SC 1830
      Macal McGee
      Males 0-4 1
      " 5-9 1
      " 10-14 1
      " 15-19 1
      " 70-79 1
      Females 60-69 1
      Slaves 13
      Now Total says 16 with the slaves but this doesn't
      add up so either slashes were marked in error or
      someone can't add. needs further research.
      Current address of the Turkey Creek Baptist Church:
      99 Turkey Creek Rd.
      Ware Shoals, SC 29692
      (864) 456-3558


    • The Will of Michael McGee

      Burial:
      Place: Turkey Creek Baptist Cemetery, Ware Shoals, SC

      Individual Note:


      1790 United States Federal Census:


      County City Pg Name W Males 18+ 18- Females


      Laurens 96 District 72 Michael McGee 1 2 3

      The Will of Michael McGee


      McGee, Michael: Box 66 Pack 1589. Probate Judge Office. Abbeville, SC Est.
      admnr. by Burrell McGee, Abner H. McGee, William Barmore and Ezekiel Rasor
      who are bound unto Moses Taggart, Esq. Ord. in the sum of $20,000. Dated 10
      Nov. 1834. Inventory made 24 Nov. 1834. Slaves named Dick and Siller, Tim
      Florah and Mahaly, George, Harry, Jack, Joe, Fillis, Lewis, Amy, Rachel,
      Reuben, Black Man, Shake, Tom, Snipe, Ball. Appraisers, Ezekiel Rasor, Albert
      N. Ware, W.T. Jones. Citation published 9 Nov. 1834 at Turkey Meeting House.
      Signed: Arthur Williams. Sale held 25-26 Nov. 1834. Widow (Anna McGee),
      Wm. Ware, A. H. McGee, D. Prowitt, A. H. McGee, W. F. Jones, Isaac Agnew,
      James Agnew, William Richey, Wm. Kay, D. Roney, G. Wallace, A. N. Ware, J.
      Dodson, S. Kinman, Wm. Mattox, William Long, Charles B. Foshee, James
      Dodson, D. Maybury, M. Henderson, A. Norris, N. McGee Senr., Wm. Barmore,
      D. O. Hawthorn, J. Burnes, Harrison Hodges, S. Kinman, H. Dixon, J. Robertson,
      J. W. Norris R. V. Posey, Joseph Richey, M. Killingsworth, J. Raysor, widow
      Kinman, W. Drummond, S. Agnew Jr., widow Mattox, J. McCullough, S. Jones,
      Jr., S. Dodson, J. S. McGee, A. H. McGee, Asa Franklin, Abner Nobbs, B.
      McGee, R. Robertson, S. Williamson, Price Posey. Paid to Polly Dunn for
      Samuel Dunn on power of Attorney, resided in Indiana $600. Michael McGee
      $545. William McGee $355. G. H. Brownlee $360. John McGee $250. James
      Dodson $598.84. Wm. Barmore for his dtr. Margaret $395. Elizabeth Sims as
      legatee $496.


      Andrea files shows: "Michael Magee, a young single man from Magee Island,
      Ireland (birth dat e estimated at 20 at birth of oldest child) came into VA in 1750.
      He married Mrs. Elizabet h Steed. They later crossed from Brunswick Co, VA
      into NC - he died there. Estate Admst b y stepson, Jessee Steed.. sons John
      who wed a sister of Hezekiah Rice and Michael who wed An na Sims... 3 brothrs
      came into Laurens Co, SC... all three were soldiers in the Rev in NC.. J esse
      Steed settled in Pickens Co, SC... John Magee as John McGehee was in
      Laurens Co in 179 0 with brother Michael...John prob. moved to Miss in 1800.
      His wife thought to be sister o f Hezekiah Rice." p. 29 of McGee File.
      RESIDENCE: Rockingham, NC > Anderson Co SC 1772. Settled on a plantation
      where the manufacturing plant of Ware Shoals now stands. The trip was made to
      that place by horseback, Mrs. McGee riding while her husband walked, carring
      on his back all their earthly possessions. They bought from the government on
      credit several hundred acres of land in what is now Greenwood Co, paying $1.40
      per acre.


      5 sons: William, burrell, Abner, John and Mike. William was a wellknown Baptist
      preacher... their beloved Rev Mike McGee who lived to be an old man, was the
      son of William - Traditions and History of Anderson County SC


      Vandiver, Louise Ayer. TRADITIONS AND HISTORY OF ANDERSON COUNTY,
      SC. (DAR Library, 1994) . p. 154 "The McGee family, are descended from John
      McGee & his wife, a Miss Sims, who came to the section in 1772 from
      Rockingham, NC. They settled on a plantation where the manufacturing plant of
      Ware Shoals now stands. The trip was made to that place by horseback, Mrs.
      McGee riding while her husband walked, carring on his back all their earthly
      possessions. They bought from the government on credit several hundred acres
      of land in what is now Greenwood county, paying $1.40 per acre. 5 sons:
      William, Burrell, Abner, John and Mike. William, wa s a well known Baptist
      preacher ..their beloved Rev Mike McGee, who lived to be an old man, w as the
      son of William."


      Birth/Death/Marriage/Children: Herman, Louise. The Descendants of Michael
      McGee. Greenville Library.


      Additional Information: Andrea Papers. Microfilm #954544 (used at Pelham SC FHC.)


      Military/Revolution: Private, NC or VA - Tombstone says " a soldier in the Revolution"


      He was a veteran of the American Revolutionary War, served as a soldier in the
      N. Carolina line. He died in Abbeville Co., SC, and his epitaph records his
      Christian virtues and his aid to the Colonies.


      The first official record of Michael's military
      service lies in the pension application of James

      Tinsley. Tinsley was a substitute soldier for John
      SIMS of Laurens Co. who was later to be Michael's

      father-in-law, from 10/1779 to the end of the war in
      1782. Tinsley claimed in his pension application that

      he had been made a Captain by Col Levi Casey, and had
      for his 1st Lt. Henry Pitts, and for his Ensign,

      Michael McGehee. This was in Feb.1781 Michael was then
      22 and in order to be an ensign, he had probably been

      in service earlier.One of the family descendants of
      Michael says he was in the service when he was 16. The

      War began when he was 17 but SC didn't get involved
      until some time later.


      There are NC pay vouchers for a Michael McGhee in
      Wilmington District NC in March 1782, so his regiment

      could have moved on into NC or these vouchers are for his father.


      The following entry is in Bobby Gilmer Moss' Roster of South Carolina Patriots in
      the American Revolution:


      Maghee, Michael.
      m. Ann (Anna) Sims


      He enlisted, while residing in the Ninety Six District, as an ensign under Lt.
      Henry Pitts and Col. Casey. (Tinsley, James, S31426).


      Revolutionary War Courts-Martial Records-Summer Soldiers-Chpt 6:


      McGee, Michael. Colonel Burrell's regiment. Abusing and threatening the life of
      Allan McDonald, and inhabitant: acquitted. (84)


      McGee, Michael. Colonel Holmes' Regiment. Sleeping while on his post, ten
      lashes, pardoned. (118)


      After returning from the War, Michael married Anna Melvina Sims (d of John &
      Ann 'Nannie' Griffin Sims) in Abbeville County, SC, in 1782. Together they
      raised 10 children, six boys (Jesse, John, Burrell, William, Michael, and Abner)
      and four girls (Jane 'Jennie', Mary 'Polly', Elizabeth 'Betsy', and Nancy).


      In 1792 Michael purchased 100 acres in Lauren's
      Co.on Jan. 11th on the Saluda River from john Powell.

      In this document he is named Mical Magee of Laurens
      Co. On July 15,1795 these 100 acres were sold to

      William Powell of Laurens Co. for 28 pounds by Michael
      and Anna McGee of Abbeville. Co.


      According to Turkey Creek Baptist Church minutes 17
      members constituted the church on Jan.22,1785. This

      list did not include the McGees. But following the
      entry is: The Solemn Covenant, concluding with a list

      of 72 signatures, among them Michael Mege and Anna
      Mege. Michael Megee was baptized on Jan.10,1793 and

      Anna Megee on May 11,1793. Michael Megee is listed as
      a church messenger in 1797 and 1802, deacon in 1798,

      resigned in 1821 because of ill health.


      In the 1940's Harry L. Watson wrote in Greenwood Index
      Journal several columns entitled "Our Old

      Roads.""...This place was owned by the late Jesse S.
      McGee and was his home for years until he removed to

      Greenville.......(gives directions)This was the home
      of Michael McGee, Revolutionary soldier( the name is

      spelled variously Magee, Megee, McGee and McGhee)
      Michael McGee is buried at Turkey Creek Church and so

      is his wife, Anne Melvina Sims McGee. Both were
      members of this church". All that remains of the home

      now is a tall crooked chimney as of 1999.


      He also wrote"The family, along with thousands of
      others came from Northern Ireland to this country. A

      descendant says that Michael McGee was a waggoner
      during the revolution, and he is sure he was a good

      one...He had become a member of Turkey Creek a year
      after the 1790 census....Michael McGee is said to have

      come into this section on horseback and his wife Anne
      also rode a horse.He had according to family tradition

      just one "bit" of cash. The amount of one "bit" is
      exactly 12 and 1/2 cents. McGee however, had courage,

      and he began to buy up the cheap land which the State
      of S.C. was offering to sell at very low prices per

      acre and on easy terms to induce settlers to come into
      the state. It is said that Michael McGee was very

      thrifty and saved his money. Soon he became a sort of
      community banker and would lend cash to neighbors of

      his own selection. He never required security only a
      plain note, but he picked his borrowers. In a word he

      selected his own risks."


      Another reference to the early history of this family
      can be found in Louise Vandiver's " Traditions and

      History of Anderson County. She names John as the
      father of the family, rather than Michael. They came

      to S.C. in 1772 from Rockingham NC. They settled on a
      plantation where the manufacturing plant of Ware

      Shoals now stands."

      Buried Turkey Creek Baptist Church, Ware Shoals, SC. with McGee family.


      Grave Stone Inscription:


      Sacred To the Memory of Michael McGee who departed this life the 21st of
      June 1834 aged 74 years and 4 days. He was a soldier in the Revolution War
      and had been a member of the Turkey Creek Baptist Church upward of forty
      years. Peace was his theme in life, And died in peace with all Men and his God.

      Blessed are the dead which die In the Lord, from henceforth Yea saith the
      spirit that they may Rest from their labours and their works do follow them.


      "Marriage of Some Virginia Residents 1607-1800", by Dorothy F. Wulfeck, Vol. 2
      1986: McGee, Michael, b. 1759; d. 1834, Abbeville Co., SC, son of John and
      Anne (Ayer); served in Rev. War from North Carolina; m. Mariah Anne Simms.
      DAR No. 72 560; DAR No. 78 903.


      There is a book about Michael McGee by Louise Bull Herman, Aug. 1999


      [Deeds of North Carolina]


      1-11-1791 - 7-27-1792. John Powell, to Mical McGee, pl. for 40 sterling, 100
      acres on Saluda River bound on John Chapman. Witness: Joshua Noble,
      William Simms, James Griffen. Thomas Woodsworth, J.L.C.


      [Deeds of North Carolina]


      7-15-1795 - 7-22-1795. Michael McGee and wife Anna of Abbeville Co. to
      William Powell for 28 sterling, 100 acres north side of Saluda River bound on
      Joseph South and sd Powell. Witnesses: Thomas Simms, Matthew Bolton, Ann
      Delph., Danl. Wright, J.P.


      Orange NC Deed Book 02-461
      13 Apr 1782 JAMES CAIN to Thomas Sutton, 700pds, 203ac. McCullock,

      Michael McGee. s/ JAMES CAIN. wit/ H. Hunt, Stephen Wilson.

      Michael & Anna moved across Saluda River from Laurens Co. into

      Abbeville (Greenwood) Co. early in the 1790s.
      Their home was near Ware Shoals on the

      south side of the road leading to Shoals Junction. Both became members of
      Turkey Creek Baptist Church in 1792. His tombstone reads Michael McGee and

      "he was a soldier in the Revolutionary War." His name is spelled Magee in
      church records. In his estate settlement "McGee" is the spelling, but

      some of his children spelled their names Magee.


      Mrs. Paul G. Herman of Burbank, CA, assembled family data over a
      period of nearly 40 years and in 1968 compiled a booklet, "The Descendants of
      Michael McGee & Anna Melvina Simms." A copy of this very detailed listing was

      given to the County Historical Society collection in the Greenwood Public
      Library. The records which follow in this database are in part from the

      book "Greenwood County Sketches" by Margaret Watson, 1970, which are
      condensed from said work.


      Census Records:
      Laurens Co. SC 1790

      Michael McGee
      males 16 & up 1

      Males under 16 1
      Females 3

      Slaves 0


      Abbeville Co. 1800
      Michael McGee

      Males 0-9 3
      " 10-15 1

      " 26-44 1
      Females 0-9 2

      " 10-15 2
      " 26-44 1

      Slaves 7


      Abbeville 1810
      MICAL McGee

      Males 0-9 1
      " 10-15 3

      " 45& up 1
      Females 10-15 1

      " 16-26 1
      " 45& up 1

      Slaves 3

      Is this the same family listed under Mical and Michael

      or two different families
      His son Michael could be 10 or 9 depending on the

      month of the census. Does someone have ancestry where
      you could look this up???


      Abbeville Co. 1820
      Michael McGehee

      Males 0-9 1
      " 10-15 1

      " 16-17 2
      " 26-44 1

      Females 26-44 either says 2 or 0 hard to read
      " 45 & up 2 who would this be besides

      Anna?????
      Slaves 9


      Abbeville Co. SC 1830
      Macal McGee

      Males 0-4 1
      " 5-9 1
      " 10-14 1

      " 15-19 1
      " 70-79 1
      Females 60-69 1

      Slaves 13


      Now Total says 16 with the slaves but this doesn't
      add up so either slashes were marked in error or

      someone can't add. needs further research.


      Current address of the Turkey Creek Baptist Church:
      99 Turkey Creek Rd.

      Ware Shoals, SC 29692
      (864) 456-3558