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MCGEE, Matilda America
Female 1834 - 1925


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  • Birth  1834 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  1925 
    Person ID  I755  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  05 Sep 2011 

    Father  MCGEE, Burrell S.,   b. 18 Dec 1795, Ware Shoals, Abbeville, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1854 
    Mother  HODGES, Sarah,   b. 18 Nov 1799, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1887, Anderson County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1818  SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F187  Group Sheet

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  • Notes 
    • Matilda America McGee was born on November 12, 1833 in Anderson Co., SC. She was a daughter of Burrell S. McGee and Sarah Hodges.

      On September 9, 1852 she married John James Smith in Jefferson Co., TN. She was 18, and he was about 24. The family moved quite a bit over the next 20 years. Children were born in Tennessee, SC, Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama. For more information on their family, see the material on John J. Smith.

      John J. Smith apparently died in July 1874, according to a document signed by Georgia Smith in 1917. It is not known where John J. Smith is buried.

      On October 31, 1876, America married Nelson M. Bryson in Fort Payne, DeKalb Co., AL. She was 42. America and Nelson Bryson had one child, Lela, who was born on July 26, 1878 in Tallahassee, Leon Co, FL. One of Lela's descendants, Samuel W. Ault, III, has old photographs of the Smith family.

      In the 1880s the Brysons moved to the Chattanooga area in Hamilton Co., TN.

      In the 1900 federal census for Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN, America was enumerated with the family of her son-in-law:

      Sam W. Ault, 30, druggist
      Lula L. Ault, 28
      Vashti Ault, 9/12
      America Brison, Nov. 1833, 66, married
      William E. Smith, Feb. 1872, 28, paper hanger
      In the 1910 federal census for Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN, she was enumerated with the family of her son-in-law:

      Sam W. Ault, 41
      Lela B. Ault, 31
      Vashti V. Ault, 10
      Samuel Ault, 6
      Willard B. Ault, 4
      William H. Ault, 2
      Mary E. Ault, 1/12
      America M. Bryson, 76
      In the 1920 federal census for Civil District 3, Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN, she was enumerated with her son at 209 Belle Avenue:

      Walter Smith, 59, widowed, shoe maker
      America Bryson, 86, widowed
      America McGee died at the age of 92 on June 7, 1925 in Chattanooga.

      The following obituary is from the Chattanooga Daily Times, June 8, 1925:

      Mrs. America McGee Bryson
      Mrs. America McGee Bryson, age 92, died Sunday night at 9:20 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Samuel W. Ault, 631 Forrest avenue, North Chattanooga, after a lingering illness. She was the daughter of Burl McGee and Sarah Hodges McGee of South Carolina and was born Nov. 13, 1833 in Anderson, S. C. where she spent her earlier years, later moving to Tennessee. She is survived by three daughters: Mrs. R. L. Beville of Miami, Fla; Mrs. Willard Springfield and Mrs. Samuel W. Ault of Chattanooga; four sons, W. W., W. E, H. H., and C. B. Smith, and by fifty-two grandchildren. Complete funeral arrangements will be announced later by the R. J. Coulter Undertaking company.

      The following notice is from the Chattanooga paper:

      Funeral Mrs. Bryson
      Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the residence, 631 Forrest avenue, for Mrs. America McGee Bryson. The Rev. O. E. Gardner officiated, with interment at Chattanooga Memorial Park. Elsea Smith, John Smith, Frank Smith, W. J. Springfield, D. S. Henry and George E. McGee served as pallbearers. Coulter's had charge of arrangements.