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Colonial Roots of Some Families in Hall and Jackson Counties, Georgia

The ancestors of these families who settled in Hall and Jackson counties in the 19th century generally came from South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia and, before that, England, Scotland, and the northern part of Ireland.

The main families discussed on this page are:


Saye

Robert A. Ivey's article, The Hodge and Saye Families," in Union County Heritage ed. Mannie Lee Mabry,(Winston-Salem, NC: Hunter Publishing, 1981) is very informative. Eva Cleveland Snelson's manuscript, Family Tree of Isabelle Elizabeth Hudgins Cleveland (1884-1970) wife of John Wesley Cleveland (1880-1969) in Chestatee Regional Library, Gainesville, Georgia contains information written by Asbury W. Saye in 1898.

James William Saye (18th century)
James William Saye was born in England in the 1700s.

On a trip to America, he met Nancy Hodge, also from England, and they became engaged. They married upon returning to England. After they married, they and some relatives immigrated to Pennsylvania, settling near Reading, Berks Co.

Richard Saye (about 1740-1779)
Richard Saye was born about 1740 in England. His parents were James William Saye and Nancy Hodge.

About 1765 in Pennsylvania, Richard Saye married Mary Hodge, who was probably his cousin, a daughter of William Hodge, Sr., and his wife Margaret. They moved to Burke Co., NC, along the Catawba River. About 1773 the family moved to Mitchell's Creek in Union Co., SC.

He enlisted as a private during the Revolutionary War but was promoted to captain. On October 9, 1779, he died of wounds received at the siege of Savannah. He left his widow with seven children: James, William, Mary, Sarah, Anne, Peggy, and Richard.

He was a Presbyterian.

The following is from an account by Asbury W. Saye, which is contained in Eva Cleveland Snelson's manuscript, Family Tree of Isabelle Elizabeth Hudgins Cleveland (1884-1970) wife of John Wesley Cleveland (1880-1969), located in Chestatee Regional Library, Gainesville, Georgia:

The best account of my Great Grandfather Saye that I (Asbury W. Saye) have procured is that he probably came over from England about the year 1755. Among the emigrants that came over with him, was a family by the name of Hodge. After their arrival in Pennsylvania, he married Mary Hodge. The Hodges and Richard Saye moved to York District S. C., the counties were called districts.  There in the graveyard of Fair Forest Church lies the remains of my Great Grandmother Hodge, and I suppose many of her descendants.

Richard Saye and his wife Mary settled in what is now Union South Carolina.  He seemed to have been doing well, when the Revolutionary War broke out.  He like all Presbyterians volunteered his services to his adopted county. If I have the correct information he was regularly in the service until he fell in the siege at Savannah in 1779 the 9th of October, leaving a widow with the care of seven children.  There was a great deal of bitterness manifested between the Whigs and Torys in the days of the Revolution. These parties went by the name of the Political Parties in England.  The Whigs opposing the oppressive measures of Parliament and King George the Third.  The Torys favoring the Crown in his measures of high taxation and that without being permitted a representation in Parliament from the Colonies.
 


Hodge

Robert A. Ivey's article, The Hodge and Saye Families," in Union County Heritage ed. Mannie Lee Mabry,(Winston-Salem, NC: Hunter Publishing, 1981) is very informative.  There is also information in Eva Cleveland Snelson's manuscript, Family Tree of Isabelle Elizabeth Hudgins Cleveland (1884-1970) wife of John Wesley Cleveland (1880-1969), located in Chestatee Regional Library, Gainesville, Georgia:

Nancy Hodge
Nancy Hodge was born in England in the 1700s.

On a trip to America, she met James William Saye, also from England, and they became engaged. They married upon returning to England. After they married, they and some relatives immigrated to Pennsylvania, settling near Reading, Berks Co.

Margaret (Hodge) (1704-1789)
Margaret was born in 1704, probably in England. Her parents are not established, and her maiden name is not known.

Before 1740, she married William Hodge, Sr. His will, dated December 3, 1762, mentions the following children: Samuel, John, Mary, Margaret, Sarah, and William.

The family lived in Pennsylvania until after William Sr.'s death in 1767. Sometime after that, Margaret moved with other family members to Union Co., SC, two miles from Grindal Shoals.

She died on May 10, 1789, at the age of 85, in Union Co., SC. She is buried in Fairforest Presbyterian Cemetery in Union Co., near Jonesville.

William Hodge, Sr. (? - 1767)
William Hodge, Sr., was probably born in England and may have been a brother of Nancy Hodge Saye. His parents are not established.

It is not known when he immigrated to America. He lived in Reading, PA.

He married Margaret before 1740. His will, dated December 3, 1762, mentions the following children: Samuel, John, Mary, Margaret, Sarah, and William.

In 1767, William Hodge, Sr. died in Lancaster Co., PA. Sometime after his death, his wife and the rest of the family moved to SC.  She died in 1789.


Long

Matthew Long (-about 1775)
Mathew Long lived in Ninety-Six District, in SC, on land not far from the Savannah River. According to his will, dated April 25, 1775, his wife's name was Elizabeth. The will mentions 12 children by name: John, Henry, George, James, Margaret, Elizabeth, Mary, Jennet, Esther, Agnes, Catherine, and Ann.

On June 3, 1766, Mathew Long petitioned for 150 acres of land on the Waters of the Little River, as shown in Brent H. Holcomb, Petitions for Land from South Carolina Journals Volume VI: 1766-1770 (Columbia: SCMAR, 1999), p. 11.  George Long, very likely a son, also petitioned for 100 acres at the same location. 

On February 2, 1768, Matthew Long petitioned for a warrant of survey for 150 acres between the "Saludy & Sav'h Rivers," as shown in Brent H. Holcomb, Petitions for Land from South Carolina Journals Volume VI: 1766-1770 (Columbia: SCMAR, 1999), p. 157. At the same time, his son James petitioned for 100 acres.

In the mid 1770s, Matthew Long purchased land as shown in Brent H. Holcomb, South Carolina Deed Abstracts 1773-1778 Books F-4 through X-4 (Columbia: SCMAR, 1993), p. 142.

Q-4, 37-38: 12 March 1773, John Cox of Granville County, SC, planter, to Mathew Long of same, planter, for 50 SC money, 150 acres granted to sd. John Cox 6 Apr. 1768. John Cox (LS), Wit: Patrick Roach, Samuel Black. Proved 21 Sept 1774 in Granville County before Robert Anderson, J. P., by the oath of Samuel Black. Recorded 21 Feb 1775.

The following is an abstract of Mathew Long's will in Caroline T. Moore's Abstracts of the Wills of the State of South Carolina 1760-1784 (1969), p. 288:

Mathew Long. Ninety Six District, Granville County. Wife: Elizabeth, 1/3 plantation where I now live during her life. Sons: John, land on Rose's Creek above Rocky River; Henry, under age, all my plantation where I now live at his mother's death; George and James. Daus: Margaret, land at Long Cane called Cox's plantation; Elizabeth Petigru; Mary McComb; Jennet; Esther, Agnes, Catherine and Ann, under age. Mentions: John Welch. Exors: wife; Samuel Young, Rowan County, North Carolina. Wit: Thos. Cannon; Samuel Crawford; Agnis Crawford, her mark.
D: 25 Apr. 1775. P: nd. R: nd. p. 167.
 

James Long (about 1753-1825)
James Long was born about 1753. His parents were Mathew Long and Elizabeth. He had a twin named Henry.

According to Nat Long's My Long Life (1978), p. 5, "Family tradition says that James was born in England and that he studied at the University of Edinburgh."

On February 2, 1768, James Long petitioned for a warrant of survey for 100 acres between the "Saludy & Sav'h Rivers," as shown in Brent H. Holcomb, Petitions for Land from South Carolina Journals Volume VI: 1766-1770 (Columbia: SCMAR, 1999), p. 157. At the same time, his father Matthew petitioned for 150 acres.

The following entry shows that Matthew Long sold some land to son James, as shown in Clara A. Langley, South Carolina Deed Abstracts 1719-1772 Vol. IV 1767-1773, Books I-3E-4, pp. 298-299:

Book C-4, pp. 301-303
11 Aug. 1772
Release
Matthew Long, planter, to James Long, both of Granville Co., for 100 currency, 150 a. on Flag Reed Branch of Calhoun Creek, granted Matthew Long 6 Dec. 1768 by Gov. Charles Greville Montagu, bounding on all sides on vacant land. Witnesses: James Pettigrew, Jr., Joseph Long. Before John Pickens, J.P. Recorded 8 Apr. 1773 by William Rugeley, Henry Rugeley, Register.

In September 1775, at the age of about 22, he married Margery Thompson in Abbeville District, SC. The service was performed by Dr. Delabower, a magistrate.

In 1779 James Long sold land as shown in Brent H. Holcomb, South Carolina Deed Abstracts 1783-1788 Books I-5 through Z-5 (Columbia: SCMAR, 1996).

W-5, 588-593: Lease and release. South Carolina, Ninety Six District. 9 & 10 Nov 1779, James Long of district aforesaid, and Margery his wife, to James Ritchey of same district for 9500 SC money, tracts granted 3 June 1765 and 15 Feb 1770 to Joseph Lawrence, 100 acres each, the first on the south west fork of Long Cane Creek in Granville County adj. land of Elisha Lawrence, Ebenezer Smith, the second in Granville County on a branch of the northwest fork of Long Cane adj. land of Benjamin Lawrence, Joseph Lawrence, recorded in Book YY, page 502 and Book EEE, page 130, each conveyed by said Joseph Lawrence to David Dunnom 7 Nov 1774 and said David Dunnom conveyed to George Pettigru 5 March 1777 and conveyed by George Pettigru to James Long 29 Apr 1778. James Long (LS), Margery Long (LS), Wit: Robert Richey, George Pettigrue. Proved 12 Feb 1780 by the oath of Robert Richey before Robert King, J.P. Recorded 16 March 1787.

The following paragraphs are from "Long Family of Crawford County, Georgia" Georgia Society, DAR, Vol 166, 1973, pp. 305-306:

James Long, Revolutionary Soldier, of Abbeville District, South Carolina, was married to Margery Thompson in September, 1775, by Dr. Delabower, a magistrate in Abbeville District.  She was the daughter of Matthew Thompson and his wife Rachel Allen of Ninety-six District South Carolina, who named daughter Margery Long in his will dated August 14,1776. (Will Book TT 1774-1778 - Abstracts of South Carolina Wills by Moore, Washington Library). Margery Long, at age 88, made application for a widow's pension in Anderson District, South Carolina.  In her affidavit she stated her husband, James long, served as a private in the War of the Revolution, that he was drafted in Abbeville District and served honorably under General Marion with Benjamin Lawrence and William Leslie. He was at the Siege of Ninety-Six and that he died April 6, 1825.  She gave the following information about their children:
Elizabeth         Born July 25, 1777
Mathew          " Dec. 29, 1780
Mary              " May 14, 1782
James             " April 16, 1785
Henry            )
John Anderson )" Aug. 22, 1787
William             No date given
George            "
Margery           "
Ezekiel             "
Anna               "

This affidavit was dated February 19, 1846 and Margery Long died March 13, 1846.  She also stated at the time that Ezekiel, William, Anna (married James Herron), Margery (married David Gortney) all were residing in Anderson District, South Carolina. Mathew was in Hall County, Georgia and George was in Henry County, Georgia. Mary, widow of George Tippen, was in Cherokee County, Georgia.  No mention was made of Henry and James so it is assumed they had lost touch with the family.  From the National Archives file we learned that Margery Long stated that the family moved to Tennessee for about five years and during that time her daughter Mary and son James were born. They moved back to Anderson District, South Carolina. (Vol. 9 Pension Abstracts of Revolutionary War, by Annie Walker Burns, Washington Memorial Library, Macon.)

The pension application (W9509) also states that the family lived in Tennessee for five years. Judging by the births of two children, this stay in Tennessee would be in the first half of the 1780s. After leaving Tennessee, the family returned to SC.

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

Long, James
d. 6 April 1825
m. Margery Thomas or Thompson, September 1775
While residing in Abbeville District, he served under Colonel Andrew Pickens and was at the siege of Ninety-Six.


Thompson

Matthew Thompson (1740-1786)
Matthew Thompson lived in Ninety-Six District in SC in the 18th century. A lineage chart indicates that he lived from 1740-1786. He was married to Rachel Allen.

The following land information is in Jesse Hogan Motes III and Margaret Peckham Motes, South Carolina Memorials: Abstracts of Land Titles Volume 1 1774-1776 (Greenville: Southern Historical Press, 1996), p. 155:

Mathew Thompson, 11 Nov. 1774: 200 acres in Long Cane Settlement. Bounded NW on Joseph Swearinger and waters of Savannah River. Originally granted 4 Mar. 1760 to Arthur Donaldson and by him to Robert Reah and by him to John Morris 8 Jan. 1767; and by said Morris conveyed to Mathew Thompson, the memorialist, by L & R 24-25 Jan. 1772. [13-96:3]

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

Thompson, Matthew. He served on horseback in the militia during 1781 and 1782. A. A. 7750; Y620.

The following is an abstract of Matthew Thompson's will in Caroline T. Moore's Abstracts of the Wills of the State of South Carolina 1760-1784 (1969):

Matthew Thompson, Nine Six District. Wife: Rachel, to live on my plantation while "Single." Sons: Matthew, a bond of 19 Virginia currency I have against him; William, land purchased of John McVoy; James plantation where I now live. Daus: Ann Anderson; Mary Harriss; Margaret Woods; Marjory Long; Rachel, Elizabeth and Agnes. Mentions: John Woods; unborn child; daus. to learn to cipher to rule of 3. Exors: wife; Robert Anderson, Esq.; Samuel Watts. Wit: Willm. Dealwood; John Dealwood; Sarah Dealwood, her mark.
D: 14 Aug. 1776. P: nd. R: nd. p. 420.
N.B. 2 executors are in Maj. Williamson's army and may not return; wife to "council with the wisest that she & her children can procure."

Margery Thompson (about 1758-1846)
Margery Thompson was born about 1758 in SC. Her parents were Matthew Thompson and Rachel Allen. She is named as Marjory Long in her father's will, dated August 14, 1776.

In September 1775, she married James Long in Abbeville District, SC. She was 17, and he was about 22.

Her husband died in 1825. On February 19, 1846, at the age of 88, she applied for a pension in Anderson District. According to the pension file (W9509), their children were Elizabeth, Mathew, Mary, James, Henry, John Anderson, William, George, Margery, Ezekiel, and Anna. It states that the family lived in Tennessee for five years. Judging by the births of two children, this stay in Tennessee would be in the first half of the 1780s. After leaving Tennessee, the family returned to SC.

Margery Thomas died in Anderson District on March 13, 1846, less than a month after filing for the pension. She had outlived her husband by 20 years.


Allen

Rachel Allen (1740-1789)
Rachel Allen, born in Virginia in 1740, is thought to be the daughter of James Allen, a soldier in the French and Indian Wars, and his wife Mary.

Rachel Allen was married to Matthew Thompson. Matthew Thompson's will was dated August 14, 1776 in Ninety-Six District in South Carolina. It identifies his wife as Rachel and their children as Matthew, William, James, Ann Anderson, Mary Harris, Margaret Woods, Marjory Long, Rachel, Elizabeth, and Agnes.

The will states that his wife, Rachel, may live on his plantation while she is "single." For more information about their family, see the material for Matthew Thompson.

Rachel Allen died in 1789.

 


Rogers

Daniel Rogers (1700s-1809)
Daniel Rogers lived in what is now Edgefield County, SC. He was living in the area by the late 1760s. His first wife's name was Sarah.

Around 1795 he married Mary Johnson, daughter of David Johnson, as evidenced in a deed abstract cited below. His 1809 will mentions his wife, Mary, and the following children: Hannah Melton, Elizabeth Nelson, Susannah Reed, and Daniel Rogers.

In 1767 Daniel Rogers purchased land as shown in Clara A. Langley, South Carolina Deed Abstracts 1719-1772 Vol. IV 1767-1773, Books I-3−E-4 (Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, 1984), pp. 5-6:

Book I-3, p. 154
28 & 29 Apr. 1767
L&R
Allen Addison, planter, to Daniel Rodgers, planter, for 100 SC money, 200 a. in Granville Co., near a branch of Stevens's Creek, on Haw Creek, the waters of Savannah River; bounding on all sides on vacant land; granted 7 May 1762 by Gov. Thomas Boone to Addison. Witnesses: Joseph (his mark) White, Nathan White, Mary (her mark) Jalley. Before Lewis Powell, J.P., 31 Dec. 1767. Recorded 23 February 1768 by Fenwicke Bull, Register.

The following deed abstracts are in Ge Lee Corley Hendrix, C. G., Edgefield County South Carolina Abstracts of Deed Books 1-12 1786-1796 Volume I (Greenville: Southern Historical Press, rpt. 2001):

  • Pp. 6-8. 21 Sep 1787: Henry Foster to Daniel Rogers, Sr., both of Edgefield Co. SC for 100 pounds, sold 200 acres on Big Saluda River, adj. David Kelly, dec'd; Thomas Chappel; when surveyed 3 Feb 1769 & granted 25 Aug 1769. A memorial was entered in Surveyor Generals office. S/ Henry Foster. Wit: Isaac Kirkland, John Foster, Andrew Logan. [p. 15]
  • Pp. 298-302. 13 Oct 1788: Daniel Rogers to Samuel Stalnaker, both of Edgefield Co. SC for 140 pounds, sold 200 acres, being part of two surveys: (1) 100 acres originally granted 7 May 1762 unto Allen Addison; & (2) 100 acres originally granted 4 Jul 1789 unto Daniel Rogers, being on Haw Creek of Stephens Creek of Savannah River, adj. Allen Addison & Benjamin Bells, S/ Daniel (+) Rogers, Wit: Gabriel Tutt, James Tutt, who swore by oath 10 Apr 1789 before Benj. Tutt, J.P. [p. 40]
     
  • Pp. 109-112. 14 May 1785: Daniel Rogers, Senr & Sarah, his wife of Edgefield Co. SC to John Cotton for 50 pounds, 88 acres being part of 200 acres granted 9 Sep 1774 unto James Robertson & conveyed by L&R 12 & 13 May 1775 unto Daniel Rogers being on South side of the Beaverdam Creek adj. John Frazier's land that he bought out of said tract. S/ Daniel (D) Rogers, Sarah Rogers. Wit: Thos. Cotten, William Marsh, Shiles Marsh, who swore by oath 1 Aug 1792 before Richard Tutt, J. P. Rcd. 1 Aug 1792. [p. 86]
     
  • Pp. 525. 1 Aug 1795: Bond: Daniel Rogers, Sr. to Mary Johnson, dau. of David Johnson, all of Edgefield Co. SC for 100 pounds, to be received by said David Johnson which sum is now given in marriage with 1/3 part of all my real & personal estate as her dividend after my decease. . . & said Daniel Rogers, Sr. doth covenant & again to & with Mary Johnson to Join in the Holy Estate of Matrymony & secrets of Wedlock... S/ Daniel (X) Roggers. Wit: Joseph Towls, Charity Johnson, Samuel Johnson, who swore by oath 23 Jan 1796 before Nathl. Abney, J.P. Rcd. 29 Jan 1796. [p. 236]

The following land information is in Jesse Hogan Motes III and Margaret Peckham Motes, South Carolina Memorials: Abstracts of Land Titles Volume 1 1774-1776 (Greenville: Southern Historical Press, 1996), p. 99:

Daniel Rogers, 15 July 1774: 200 acres in Granville County near a branch of Stevens Creek on a small spring emptying into a branch called Haw Creek, waters of Stevens Creek and Savannah River. Bounded by vacant land at time of survey. Originally granted 7 May 1762 to Allen Addison, and conveyed by him to the memorialist by L & R 28 and 29 Apr. 1767. Daniel (X) Rogers. [12-508:3]

The will of Daniel Rogers was recorded in Will Book "A" for Edgefield County, SC:

In the Name of God, Amen
I Daniel Rogers Senr of Edgefield District in the state of South Carolina being infirm in body but of sound mind memory and understanding, praised be God for the same, do make and ordain this my last Will and testament, in the manner and form following

First, it is my will and desire that all my just debts and funeral charges be respectively paid.

Item; I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Rogers the one third part of all that plantation or track of land whereon I now live, containing Two Hundred Acres survey for Henry Foster the 12th of July 1768 And the third part of all my personal estate, also Fifty Pounds Sterling or choice of one of my Negroes after my death, agreeable to a marriage contract willed into with her on the first day of August 1795. The same (wherein received) to be in full of said marriage contract as also in line of all her right and claim of down in my said estate

Item- I give, devise and bequeath to my son Daniel Rogers his heirs and his assigns forever the remaining two thirds of the above named tract of Land, after my wife aforesaid has her third part laid of to her as aforesaid; also two Negroes, to wit. Tom and Glascow, And whereas in the clause above, amongst other things, I have bequeathed the third part of my personal Estate to my wife aforesaid, and the said two Negroes being part of the said estate. 
It is therefore my desire that the said two Negroes be appraised by two disinterested men one of which is to be chosen by the said Daniel Rogers And the other by the said Mary Rogers, and if the said appraisors cannot agree in the value of the said negroes, that they the said appraisors do nominate a third person to value the said negroes and whatever they decide on shall be final, the third part of the value of the said two negroes be paid to my wife aforesaid, to be raised out of the unbequeathed part of my personal estate before any further division is made.

Item; All the residue and remainder part of my personal estate of what nature or kind soever that I may die, possessed of or be entitled to that is not herein given and bequeathed, to be equally divided betwixt my Son and Daughter hereafter named to wit. Hannah Melton, Elizabeth Nelson, Susannah Reed and Daniel Rogers. And I do hereby constitute and appoint my son, Daniel Rogers and my friends, Michael McKee and James Dyson my Executors, Revoking, making null and void all former Wills ,by me at any time heretofore made, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and testament, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 13th of June in the year of our Lord, one Thousand Eight Hundred and nine.
Signed Sealed and delivered by the Testator)
in the presence of us, who in his presence  )               his
and in the presence of each other have      )               X 
Subscribed our names as witness there unto)           Daniel Rogers
Morris Gwyn                                                          mark
James Hill Jun.
Allen Taylor
John (x) Towls

South Carolina     )
Edgefield District  ) By John Simkins Esquire ordinary of said district.

Personally appeared before me James Hill Jun. who being Duly Sworn on the Holy Evangelist of almighty God doth make Oath and Say that he saw Daniel Rogers Sr. Sign Seal Publish and Deliver the within to be his last will and Testament, That he the said Daniel Rogers was then of Sound and Disposing mind and memory and understanding to the best of the Deponants knowledge and belief and that he the Said James Hill did Sign his name as a witness thereto at the Request of the Testator in his Presence at the Sametime Qualified Daniel Rogers Senr. Executor
Given under my hand this 21st Day of July 1809 I do hereby Certify that Morris Gwn and John Towles was Duly Qualified to the within and Sworn agreeable to the above Probate at my office the 6th Day of August 1810

Jn Simkinds O.E.D.
Recorded in Will Book "A" Page 268 and 269
Recorded August 10, 1809
Jn Simkins O.E.D.
Box 44 Pkg. 1844

 


McGee (Magee)

There is information about this family in

  • Ethel C. Grider's McGehee Descendants, Volume 1 (Cullman, AL: Gregath Company, 1987), pp. 337-340.
  • Mrs. Paul G. Herman's Descendants of Michael McGee (1759-1834) and Anna Melvina Sims (1763-1838), (1968)
  • "McGee (Magee, McGhee)," Greenwood County Sketches: Old Roads and Early Families. Ed. Margaret Watson. (Greenwood, SC: Attic Press, Rev. Ed. 1982), pp. 304-07.  

Michael Magee (?-about 1786)
The birth year and birthplace of Michael Magee have not been established. He was probably Scotch-Irish and thought to have come from Magee Island according to the Leonardo Andrea records in the South Caroliniana Library. He may have immigrated first to Pennsylvania before moving to Brunswick Co., VA.

He married Elizabeth Hill, who was the widow of a man named "Steed." The family apparently lived in Virginia and North Carolina. Their children were

  • Michael McGee, Jr. Born June 17, 1759 in Brunswick Co., VA. Married Anna Melvina Sims about 1782. Died June 21, 1834 in Abbeville Co., SC.
  • Moses McGee.
  • John McGee.

Michael Magee died around 1786 in North Carolina.

Michael McGee, Jr. (1759-1834)
Tombstone of Michael McGee
Revolutionary Solder Marker

Michael McGee, Jr. was born on June 17, 1759, in Brunswick Co., VA. His parents were probably Michael Magee and Elizabeth Hill Steed. The name "McGee" is spelled in different ways in the records. There are conflicting theories about the parents of Michael McGee.  For more information see Mrs. Paul G. Herman's Descendants of Michael McGee (1759-1834) and Anna Melvina Sims (1763-1838), (1968).

The Magee family lived at times in Virginia and North Carolina.

Around 1782 Michael McGee married Anna Melvina Sims. He was about 23, and she was about 19. In the early 1790s they moved from Laurens Co., SC. into Abbeville Co., SC, near Ware Shoals, in present day Greenwood Co. They were members of Turkey Creek Baptist Church in Abbeville Co.

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).

The known children of Michael McGee and Anna Melvina Sims are:

  • Jesse McGee*. Born 1783. Died 1800.
  • John McGee. Born 1785. Died 1850.
  • Mary "Polly" McGee. Born 1789. Married Dunn. Died 1840 in IN.
  • Elizabeth Steed "Betsy" McGee. Born 1791. Married Sims. Died in MS.
  • Nancy McGee. Born 1793. Married William Barmore. Died 1833.
  • Burrell McGee. Born 1795. Died 1854.
  • William McGee. Born 1797. Died 1864.
  • Michael McGee. Born 1800. Died 1858.
  • Abner Hill McGee. Born 1803. Died 1862.
  • Jane McGee. Married Thomas Dodson.
*Not all sources list Jesse McGee.

Also see the list of children that is in wife Anna's will.

The following passage is from Louise Ayer Vandiver's Traditions and History of Anderson County (1928: rev. 1991), pp. 155.

The McGee family, which is now scattered over Greenwood, Greenville, Abbeville, Anderson, and Oconee counties, are descended from John [sic] McGee and his wife, a Miss Sims, who came to the section in 1772 from Rockingham, N.C. They settled on a plantation where the manufacturing plant of Ware Shoals now stands. The trip was made to that place on horseback, Mrs. McGee riding while her husband walked, carrying 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 an acre for it. To them were born five sons, William, Burrell, Abner, John, and Mike. The William McGee, or Magee, from whom some of the land on which the town of Anderson was located, was their son, a well known Baptist preacher of the early days. The beloved Reverend Mike McGee, who lived to be an old man, and died just a few years ago, was the son of William.

Michael McGee died on June 21, 1834, at the age of 75 in Abbeville Co., SC, leaving his wife behind. He is buried in Turkey Creek Baptist Church cemetery. His tombstone has the following inscription:

Sacred to the Memory of Michael McGee Who departed this life the 21st of June 1834 Aged 75 Years and 4 days. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and Had been a Member of the Turkey Creek Baptist Church Upwards of 40 years. . . 

Note: There is an entry in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Vol. 28 that offers a different lineage:

Mrs. Mamie Benson Ligon.
DAR ID Number: 27136
Born in Anderson, South Carolina.
Wife of Robert E. Ligon.
Descendant of Capt. Thomas Ayer and of Michael McGee, of South Carolina.
Daughter of Thomas Prue Benson (1835-80) and Mallie McGee, his wife.
Granddaughter of George Washington McGee (1827-1903) and Jane Brock (1828-92), his wife, m. 1848.
Gr.-granddaughter of Burrell McGee and Sarah Hodges (1809-87), his wife.
Gr.-gr.-granddaughter of Michael McGee and Anna Malvina Sims (1760-1830), his wife.
Gr.-gr.-gr.-granddaughter of James McGee and Ann Ayer, his wife.
Gr.-gr.-gr.-gr.-granddaughter of Thomas Ayer and Sarah Malone, his wife.
Michael McGee, (1759-1834), served as a soldier in the North Carolina Line. He died in Abbeville Co., S. C., and his epitaph records his Christian virtues and his aid to the Colonies.
Thomas Ayer when urged to take the oath of allegiance to England and thus save his property, replied, "It is not a question of property but of liberty." He commanded a company and was such a dangerous Whig that Lord Rawdon offered fifty guineas for him dead or alive. He was once captured but high water prevented the Tories recrossing the Pedee and he was rescued by his brother Hartwell. He was born in Ireland, located in Virginia, emigrated to the Pedee, 1758, where, in 1781, he died.
Also No. 4765, 22432.

Burrell S. McGee (1795-1854)
Tombstone of Burrell McGee

Burrell S. McGee, a son of Michael Magee and Anna Melvina Sims, was born on December 18, 1795.

He married Sarah Hodges around 1818.

According to Mrs. Herman's research, the following are the children of Burrell S. McGee and Sarah Hodges:

  • John Milton McGee. Born 1821. Died 1895 in LA.
  • Elizabeth Frances McGee. Born 1821.
  • Nancy Evaline McGee. Born 1823. Died 1850.
  • Lyttleton Huger McGee. Born 1826.
  • George Washington McGee. Born 1827. Died 1903.
  • William Sanford McGee. Born 1830. Died 1908 in MS.
  • Mary Jane McGee. Born 1830. Died 1889.
  • Lucy Ann McGee. Born 1833. Died 1924.
  • Matilda America McGee. Born 1834. [obituary says 1833.] Died 1925.
  • Sarah Anne McGee. Born 1836.
  • Eliza Anderson McGee. Born 1837.
  • Henry L. Pickney McGee. Born 1838. Died 1873.
  • Celestia Thomas McGee. Born 1842. Died 1899.

The following comes from "McGee (Magee, McGhee)" is in Greenwood County Sketches: Old Roads and Early Families. Ed. Margaret Watson. (Greenwood, SC: Attic Press, rev. ed. 1982), p. 305:

Burrell McGee, 1795-1854, is buried in Turkey Creek Church cemetery.  He married Sarah Hodges, 1799-1887, daughter of Major John Hodges; 13 children: Elizabeth Frances, Nancy Evaline, George Washington, William Sanford, Mary Jane, Lucy Ann, Matilda America, Sarah Ann, Celestia, Eliza A., Lyttleton Huger, John Milton, and Henry L. Pinckney McGee.

In the 1820 federal census for Pendleton Co., SC, the Burrel McGee family was enumerated as:

  • between 16 and 26 male: 2: 2
  • between 16 and 26 female: 1

There was one male slave under 14.

In the 1830 federal census for Anderson Co., SC, the Burwell McGee family was enumerated as:

  • under 5 male: 2
  • between 5 and 10 male: 1
  • between 30 and 40 male: 1
  • under 5 female: 1
  • between 5 and 10 female: 2
  • between 30 and 40 female: 1

There were four slaves: two males between 10 and 24, one female under 5, and one female between 10 and 24.

In the 1840 federal census for Anderson Co., SC the Burwell Magee family was enumerated as:

  • under 5 male: 1
  • between 5 and 10 male: 1
  • between 10 and 15 male: 2
  • between 15 and 20 male: 1
  • between 40 and 50 male: 1
  • under 5 female: 2
  • between 5 and 10 female: 2
  • between 10 and 15 female: 1
  • between 15 and 20 female: 2
  • between 40 and 50 female: 1

There were 14 slaves: four males under 10, one male between 10 and 24, three males between 24 and 36, three females under 10, one female between 10 and 24, one female between 24 and 36, and one female between 36 and 55. In the 1850 federal census for Eastern Subdivision, Anderson Co., SC, the family was enumerated as:

  • Burrel McGee, 56, farmer, real estate valued at $3,000
  • Sarah McGee, 50
  • Hugh L. McGee, 24, farmer
  • William McGee, 20, student
  • Lucy Ann McGee, 18
  • America McGee, 16
  • Sarah Ann McGee, 14
  • Henry L. P. McGee, 13
  • Cillistia L. McGee, 8

Burrell McGee died on January 25, 1854 in Anderson, SC, at the age of 59. He is buried in the Turkey Creek Baptist Church Cemetery near Ware Shoals, Abbeville Co., SC.SC.

Matilda America McGee (1833-1925)
Photograph of America McGee
Photograph of America McGee 1924
Tombstone of America McGee Bryson

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.


Sims

John Sims (1735-1813)
John Sims lived from 1735 to 1813, probably in North Carolina. His wife was Anna, who died sometime after 1813. According to descendant Karen Griffin's research, letters in the Lee H. Randle File at Duke University Library provide evidence that Anna's maiden name was Griffin and that the Griffin family emigrated from Culpeper Co., VA. John Sims also may have been originally from Culpeper Co. Anna's name was sometimes Nanny or Nancy.

One of their children was Anna.

At one point, the family lived in Rockingham, NC.

Anna Melvina Sims (1763-1838)
Tombstone of Anna Melvina Sims

Anna Melvina Sims was born on March 23, 1763, probably in Rockingham, NC. She was the daughter of John Sims and his wife Anna.

Around 1782 she married Michael McGee, Jr. She was about 19, and he was about 23. In the early 1790s they moved into Abbeville Co., SC, near Ware Shoals, in present-day Greenwood Co. They were members of Turkey Creek Baptist Church in Abbeville Co..

For information about their children, see the material for Michael McGee, Jr.

After her husband's death in 1834, Anna continued to live in Abbeville Co., SC. On June 25, 1838, Anna Melvina Sims died in Abbeville Co., at the age of 75. She is buried in Turkey Creek Baptist Church cemetery. Her tombstone has the following inscription:

Sacred to the Memory of Mrs. Anna Magee, Consort of Michael Magee Who departed this life June 25th 1838. Aged 75 years, 3 mos. & 2dys. She was a member of the Turkey Creek Baptist church upwards of 40 years.

The following abstract is in Willie Pauline Young's Abstracts of Old Ninety-Six and Abbeville District Wills and Bonds (1950; Greenville: Southern Historical Press, 2004), p. 194.

McGEE, ANNA--Box 58, Pack 1381
Will dated Sept. 25, 1837 in Abbeville Dist. Exr: Son, John Magee. Wit: Wm. Barmore, Washington Youngblood, Isaac Agnew. Chn: Jane Dodson, Elizabeth S. Sims, Polly Dunn, John, Burrel, Michael, Abner H., Wm. Magee, Nancy Barmore, decd., Gr. chn: Michael Magee, Sr., Malinda Brownly, Margaret Barmore. Inv. made Nov. 26, 1838 by Benjamin Smith, Ezekiel, John Rasor.


Hodges

John Hodges (1765-1834)
Tombstone of John Hodges
Most of the information about John Hodges comes from his Revolutionary War application, W10117.

John Hodges was born in 1765 in Essex Co., Virginia.  He is probably the son of John Hodges of Culpeper, VA, born about 1725, and wife Elizabeth. 

Apparently sometime before the Revolution, the John Hodges family moved to SC. At the age of 15, on April 1, 1780, John Hodges joined the military as a private and served about 21 months. He was widely known as "Major" John Hodges later in life, perhaps from a position in the state militia.

His Revolutionary War pension application contains the following, summarized in Annie Walker Burns' Revolutionary War Soldiers and Other Patriotic Records of Abbeville, County, SC (Washington, DC), pp. 17-18:

John Hodges, a resident of Abbeville District, S.C., age 67, states he entered service April 1, 1780 under command of Capt Samuel Rosamund, who commanded a beat or militia company in Ninety Six Direct, now Abbeville, S.C., and was marched to Beach Island, in this state near Augusta, GA, where he was taken sick and left by his company under care of Capt Tutt, a regular officer, under whose care he soon recovered and then returned home, and soon again rejoined Capt. Rosamond's company, - He reenlisted several times.

In the late 1780s, he married first Margaret Long, who died in 1790, leaving him with two children, Lucy and Reuben.

In the fall of 1790 he married second Frances Anderson. Together they reared a large family: Matilda, Druscilla, Elizabeth, Sarah, Margaret Long, Frances, Mary, Mahilda Chapman, Lucy Wardlaw, Benjamin, Robert Henry Wardlaw, John Anderson, Armstrong (or Armstead) Jones, James, and Absalom Turner.

An article on John Hodges is in Greenwood County Sketches: Old Roads and Early Families. Ed. Margaret Watson. (Greenwood, SC: Attic Press, rev. ed. 1982.), pp. 261-62:

A family legend is that the father of John Hodges was a Revolutionary soldier and while at home on furlough, his cabin was attacked by Indians, and he was killed. The legend continued that the Indians captured four Hodges daughters, bound them securely and put them inside the cabin which they prepared to burn. However, an Indian warrior was reported attracted to one daughter, Dorothy, released her and took her with him, while the others perished in the flames. (Another version has it that the mother and two daughters died in the fire.) Many years later, Dorothy Hodges and her Indian son returned for a visit on her promise, the story went, that she would return to her Indian husband in Alabama territory. She yielded to pleadings of relatives to remain and eventually married [ ] Rosamond. Her son attended the neighborhood school, but in his late teens went back to his father and was never heard from. Mr. and Mrs. Rosamond had children, lived for a time in Pickens, then went West, and South Carolina kin lost contact with them.

An article titled Hodges is in Abbeville County Family History, Ed. J. Greg Carroll (Abbeville, 1979):

John Hodges served as an enlisted soldier in the Revolutionary War in 1780 with Col. Picken's Regiment in South Carolina, 96th District (now Abbeville County).

He was born at Essex County Virginia and died at Abbeville in 1834; was married to Frances Anderson of Virginia in 1790.

Mary Anderson Hodges, their daughter, born at Abbeville in 1807, married Wm. Valentine Nash about 1828. Presumably, the Nashes and Hodges were friends in Virginia (perhaps related by marriage) before moving to South Carolina.

Other children of John Hodges by wife (1) Margaret Long and (2) Frances Anderson were: Lucy and Reuben Hodges; Matilda Hodges m. Sharpe; George Washington H. m. Rebecca Douglas; Gabriel H. m. Phoebe Douglas; Drusilla H. m. Douglas; Elizabeth H. m. Bowie; Sarah H. m. McGee; Margaret Long H. m. Leach; John Anderson H.; Samuel H. m. Mary Conner; Armstrong Jones H. m. Cecilia Moragne; Frances H. m. Weatherall; James H.; Mary Anderson H. m. Wm. Valentine Nash; Benjamin H.; Mahulda H. m. McKeller; Absalom Turner H.; Robert Henry Wardlaw H. m. Lizzie Cromer; Lucy Wardlow H. m. Flournoy Davis.

John Hodges died on December 24, 1834 at the age of 69 in Abbeville Co., SC, leaving behind his wife. He is buried at the Hodges family cemetery near Hodges, SC, a town named after a son, George Washington Hodges, a brigadier general in the state militia.  His tombstone says "Maj. John Hodges--who departed this life--24th Dec. 1834--aged about 78."

Sarah Hodges (1799-1887)
(picture of Sarah Hodges)
Sarah Hodges was born on November 18, 1799 in SC. She was a daughter of John Hodges and Frances Anderson.

She married Burrell S. McGee about 1818. She was about 19, and he was about 23. They lived in Abbeville Co., SC, in what is now Greenwood Co. For more information on their family, see the material about Burrell McGee.

Sometime after Burrell McGee's death in 1854, she married a Captain Agnew.

In the 1880 federal census for Belton, Anderson Co., SC, Sarah Agnew, age 80, was enumerated with the family of her son, George W. McGee.

Sarah Hodges died at the age of 86 on October 18, 1887 in Anderson Co., SC. Her gravestone in Belton Cemetery in Belton, SC, identifies her as the wife of Burrell McGee and Captain Agnew.


Anderson

Col. Albert C. Metts, Jr., US Army retired, in his article "Frances Anderson Hodges of Abbeville" has put together some exceptional research to identify Walter Anderson, the father of Frances Anderson Hodges (1780s-1844), as the son of John Anderson, who was born in Wales and died in Virginia in 1723.

John Anderson (before 1655-1723)
John Anderson was born in Wales before 1655.  He immigrated to the colonies probably in the early 1670s and lived in the area near what is now Warrenton, VA.  His brother, Walter, lived in Richmond Co., VA, and died in 1732.

Westmoreland Co. records refer to John Anderson as early as 1675.

In 1721 he left a will in King George Co., VA, naming two minor children, Sarah and Walter, and identifying his brother Walter.  The children are left to John's brother-in-law, William Browne.

Walter Anderson (before 1721-1823 or later)
Walter Anderson lived in VA until 1790 when he moved with his family to Abbeville Co., SC.

In Caroline Co., VA, he provided two cows, bacon, oats, and wheat in support of the colonial army during the Revolutionary War.

His first wife was Ann Thorton, who died before 1762, with whom he had a son named John.

In 1771, he is mentioned in a Caroline Co., VA, deed with a wife named Tabitha.

A deed signed by Walter Anderson on June 11, 1823 in Abbeville Co. identifies his children as:

  • Samuel Anderson.
  • Rich. L. Anderson.
  • Walter Anderson, Jr.
  • Susannah Wright.
  • Frances Hodges.
  • Tabitha Davis.
  • Sarah Hodges.
  • Lucy Pullium.

In Barbara R. Langdon's Abbeville County Marriages, 1780-1879, Implied in Abbeville County South Carolina Equity Records. (1994)  pp. 128-29, the record identifies Frances' sisters as Lucy, Sarah, Susannah, and  Tabitha.

Frances Anderson (1773-1844)
Tombstone of Frances Anderson
Frances Anderson, a daughter of Walter Anderson and his second wife Tabitha, was born in Virginia in March 1773, based on the death date and age on her tombstone.

In 1790, Walter Anderson and some of his family moved to SC, and in the fall of 1790, according to a son's 1855 affidavit, she married John Hodges.  For more information on their family, see the material on John Hodges.

She died March 14, 1844 in Abbeville Co.  Until her death she had been receiving a Revolutionary War pension based on her husband's service.

The following is her tombstone inscription:

Mrs. Frances Hodges--wife of--Maj. John Hodges--who departed this life--14th March 1844--with a glorious hope of--a blessed immortality--aged 70 yrs 11 mos. & 22 days