Ok here we go on John McGee, one of the five brothers from Ireland ca.1750. This is what I have and It is either copied from records we have obtained from articles or directly from old records books in libraries or court houses from Va. to Kentucky. This may take a few postings as it is quite lengthy.(words in parenthasis are mine)
First Article: John McGee came to Kentucky In 1775.
Five McGee brothers-*John, *William, *James,* David and *Robert-were born in Ireland and migrated to America about 1750. Thier sister, Jane McGee was born in Ireland where she married a Mr. Young. they remained in that country. In the 1760's each of the five brothers purchased land in the area of Augusta Co.Virginia which became Botetourt Co. in 1769. They late sold thier holdings in Virginia and moved to Kentucky. (I have the land grants and copies of the plots in Botetourt Co. now the area of Fincastle taken from court records in Virginia). One of th five brothers, *David McGee, was a Kentucky pioneer who settled on Howards Creek (Clark Co.) in 1775 and established McGee's Station about 2 1/2 miles northwest of (present day) Boonesborough.He died in 1823 leaving two sons, John and David McGee Jr. *William McGee died without issue in Clark Co. in 1822.
*Robert McGee, another of the five brothers, died in 1815 leaving the following children: John McGee, Hannah McGee -Hutchinson, Rachel McGee -BcBeath, Mary McGee-Henderson. *John McGee died in Mercer Co. in 1818, Leaving a wife named Molly and the following children: Robert McGee, David McGee, Dolly McGee-Stewart, Rachel McGee-McCoun, Jane McGee-Bingham, Eliza McGee-Baker.
John McGee, the brother who settled in the section of Kentucky which later became Mercer Co. was born in Ireland about 1730. In the 1760's and 1770's he lived in Botetourt Co. Va. on the Cattawaba Creek. ( I have the land grants and deed plots of thier land copied from court records). He married Mary McCoun, daughter of James & Margaret (Walker) McCoun, in Virginia about 1767. McGee was a private in John Murray's company of Botetourt Co. Militi under the command of Gen. Andrew Lewis. He fought the battle of Point Plesant on Oct. 10, 1774.
In 1773, two of John McGee's brother in-law, James McCoun and Robert MacAfee-whos wife was Anne McCoun, came to Kentucky from Va. McCoun and MacAfee and the others in thier company came to Kentucky to survet lands for themselves and thier relatives. On July 26 and 27, they surveyed 1,000 acres for John McGee on both sides of the salt river. McGee's acres joined landssurveyed for Samuel MacAfee and Samuel Adams. (was this the same Samuel Adams that signed the declaration?). and lay about four miles northwest of present day Harrodsburg.
In 1775 the Botetourt Co. group of men called the MacAfee company made thier second trip to Kentucky in order to clear land and build cabins. This time John McGee was amoung the travelers. With the help of William MvBrayer, he built an improvement, or cabin, on his land on th east side of the Salt River between the two branches which flowed into the river.
John McGee and other men of the MacAfee company intended to bring thier families to Kentucky in the spring of 1776. They commenced the transportation of thier moveable possessions by water but were impeded by the extremly dry season which had made the river too shallow for passage of thier canoes. The Cherokee War then put an end to thier plans to transport thier famalies and belongings by packhorse through the Cumberland Gap. Other difficulyies arose and they were forced to completely abandon the trip that year. Even though they were disappointed by the delay, many later felt the delay was the benevolent guidance of God. It was not until August 17, 1779 that the trip was again undertaken. This time the families and thier possessions moved slowly and painfully on packhorses through south western Virginia and the gap. On September 27, they arrived safely at Wilson's Station on Salt River, about 2 1/2 miles from Harrodstown.
On Oct. 26, 1779 John McGee went before the court of Commissioners meeting in Harrodsburg and claimed the 1,000 acre tract which the MacAfee Company had surveyed for him in 1773. After giving satisfactory proof to the court, he was issued a certificate for the land. At a similar court held at St. Asaphs on April 22, 1780, Vincent Williams claimed the same tract of land. There followed a long, tedious and exspensive land suit between McGee, Williams, and Robert MacAfee. MacAfee's involvement stemmed from a trade he made with McGee's 1,000 acres. The decision of the court eventually supported the McGee and MacAfee claims.
The John McGee family including the parents, three young sons and one or more daughters was amoung those staying in the James MacAfee cabins during the winter of 1779-80. These cabins were the largest and most secure living quarters of any of the Salt River settlements. The severity of the winter and scarcity of food causes some discomfort, but there were some pleasureable times which kept them the new life from becoming to distastefull.
In the fall of 1780 the McGee family moved to thier own cabins, but impending danger from indians forced them to return to the safety of the James MacAfee Station several times.On the morning in March 1781, Mary McGee's youngest brother, Joseph McCoun, aged 18 was captured by Indians as he returned home after checking his traps and milking the cows. Although they pursued the indians and the captured boy, the group of white men sent from the station could not overtake them before they crossed the Ohio River into indian territory. Some years later it was learned that young McCoun had been taken to an Indian town on the headwaters of the Mad River (now in the state of Ohio) and "tyed to a tree and burnt to death."
The John McGee family was involved in another encounter with the indians on May 9 of that same year. Some 150 indians surrounded and rushed the James MacAfee Station. The outnumbered group within the station, many women and children, attempted to repulse thier attackers. Several indians were killed, at least one by John McGee. Hearing the shooting some miles away, a company was hurriedly mustered at Harrod's and William MacAfee stations to go to the aid of thier neighbors. Sighting the mounted hourses, the indians retreated. The company of white men pursued them for several miles and, after several confrontations the indians suddenly dropped out of sight among the trees.
About 1790 John McGee built new family homes on his property near the eastern edge of Salt River. The house was sturdily constructed of field stones with walls two feet thick. Small holes were left in the masonry through which guns could be sighted. (I have been to this house and have pictures of it and a plaque put there by the DAR commemorating it a national historic home of John McGee and it still stands today). 50 acres of John McGee's original 500 acre land grant are now owned by Hunter and Laverene Lawson. (I might note that the last of the John McGee land was sold off a few years ago by the last remaining McGee a great grandson of John who was last known to be in a nursing home in Danville Ky.).
John McGee died in Mercer Co. Ky. on Jan. 10, 1810. He was survived by his widow Mary, whom he called Molly, and his five sons and five daughters. In 1826, Mary-McCoun -McGee moved to Monroe Co. Mo. with her eldest son James. She and her son James helped to organize and establish the Pleasant Hill Prebyterian Church-located about 6 miles east of paris Mo. where they both were later buried. Mary died July 29, 1837. The children and desendants of John and Mary include: **James McGee born Botetourt Co. Va, Jan 6, 1768. Married Mary Ann Wilson, Died: in Monroe Co. Mo. near 1846 Thier children were John S.McGee Janmes L. McGee William H. McGee Margeret McGee.
**Mary -Polly-McGee, born Botetourt Co. Va. near 1773. Married Andrew Woods April 18 1795 Mercer Co. Ky. Died June 8, 1854, Mercer Co. Children: Andrew Woods, Arcibald Woods, James Woods, John Woods, William Woods, David Woods, Daniel Woods, Martha Woods, and Mary Woods.
**John McGeeJr. Birn, Botetourt Co. Va. Nov. 28 1775. Married #1 Mary Bigham. #2 Jane Curry. Children: Robert S. McGee, Jane McGee, David McGee jmes McGee, John McGee, Cynthia A. McGee, Elizabeth J. McGee Josia Jackson McGee, Hugh J. McGee Prudence McGee and Eliza McGee.
** Joseph McGee: born Botetourt Co. Va. Oct. 14, 1778. Married #1 Nancy Lyon #2 Mary Havens -His cousin. Children: Thely McGee, David McGee, Harvey McGee John Jackson McGee James McGee.
**Prudence McGee, Married James Smith. Children: Mary Smith, James Smith, H.M. Smith, Ephraim Smith, Margaret Smith, Hugh Smith, and Prudence Smith.
**Margaret McGee Married: Robert Simpson (no children)
** Ann McGee Married: Hugh Smith. Children: Mary D. Smith, Margaret J. Smith, Ann Eliza Smith, Prudence Smith, James Harvey Smith, and Nancy H. Smith.
**Jane McGee, Married: #1 Robert McGee-her cousin #2 Mr.Stern. Children: David McGee, James J McGee, Robert H, McGee, Rachael Mcgee, Polly McGee, Elizabeth McGee, Peggy McGee Prudence McGee.
**William McGee. Born: 1785. Married #1 Jane Bingham. #2 Sally Voris. Children: John H. McGee, William C. McGee, David McGee, James R. McGee Isaac M. McGee Joseph McGee, Elizabeth McGee, Mary F. McGee.
On July 5, 1940 a memorial service was held and a marker unveiled for John McGee, Revolutionary soldier, at his grave in New Providence Cemetary, Sponsored by Jane MacAfee Chapter of the D.A.R. and by Col. John J. McGee, a great grandson, the grave marker is inscribed: "John McGee, Virginia Troops, Revolutionary War Born 1730-Died Jan 1, 1810 Settled Kentucky 1775 one of the MacAfee company"
Following the program, participants and observers removed to the old McGee home on Jackson Pike for the unveiling of the tablet which reads: "Pioneer home of John and Mary McCoun McGee erected 1790 on his survey of 1773 granted by Patrick Henry, Govenor of Virginia. Placed by thier great great grandchildren Col. Lohn J. McGee and Dorthy W. McGee. Dedicated July 3, 1940 by Jane MacAfee Chapter DAR".
(Yes it is the same Patrick henry we all read about in our history). This is the ned of this posting, more to come later.