I am researching The McGee/McGhee Family. We are a group of people with a proud heritage. Until my generation (six generations) the McGee/ McGhee Family survived Slavery, Reconstruction of the South and the Great Depression of the 1930's by working together as a unit. After searching the Georgia State Archives and Federal Census Reports in Muscogee and Troup Counties as well as 'ancestry.com' the family resided primarily in Troup County via Columbia County, GA and then moved from Troup to Harris County, GA where most of them lived until slavery ended. There is no reasonable indication of reliable value that our ancestors originated in Meriwether County, GA as we previously assumed.
John Cornelius McGee was a white slave owner of Columbia, Troup and Harris County, GA - USA. John McGee's property was located where Callaway Garden's is located today. John's asset valued approximately $52,000.00 in the 1860's.
The McGee family of Columbia, Troup and Harris County, GA regarding our progeny began with the family of John Cornelius McGee who owned Slaves in these counties. However, John McGee's Plantation in Harris County (District 703) was the home of some of our direct progeny beginning with Hannah and her first daughter Aggie McGee. Also, some of our family's progeny began with Betty McGee (b. 1818, VA), the second daughter of Hannah McGee who lived mainly in Troup County, GA - USA.
Hannah McGee (b. 1800 VA), her first daughter Aggie McGee (b. 1815, VA) and her Grandson Anthony McGee (b. 1835 Troup, GA) were brought to Harris County from Troup County, GA about 1837-38. Betty McGee and some of her family remained in Troup county where John McGee first bought land prior to moving to Harris County. The homestead of John McGee in Troup county was evidently turned over to relative(s) where Betty McGee remained. Noticing William McGee (AKA Billy Whitehead b. 1863-64), the stepson of George McGee (b. 1848) and biological son of Sarah Culpepper (b. 1850), from the evidence gathered, shows that he may have been born in Troup county and some of his half siblings born in Harris County; thus, it is my contention that some of the slaves were transported back and forth from one plantation to the other. *see 1880 U.S. Federal Census, pg. 92 of the McGee Family History Book, 2nd edition, 2014.
Also, it is verified and confirmed that Hannah McGee was a Slave of John McGee and living in Harris County, GA according to a News paper clipping extracted by Ted Evans which states, "Brought to jail in this place on Tuesday morning last, two negroes, viz. Hannah, a bright mulatto girl, 35 years old, 5 feet 4 inches high and Billy, a black boy, 40 years old, 5 feet 10 inches high, say they belong to John McGehee of Harris County. (Sighed) James C. Holland, Jailor... Source CE.
*More details are explained in the McGee Family History Book, 2nd edition, by: Sylvester "Sonny" McGee.
Until my generation, these people are responsible for six (6) generations of the McGee/McGhee Family Tree and History:
1st gen = Hannah McGee, b. 1800 in Virginia, USA
2nd gen = Aggie McGee, b. 1815 in Virginia, USA
2nd gen = Betty McGee, b. 1818,Virginia, USA
3rd gen = Anthony McGee, b. 1835, Troup County, GA - USA
3rd gen = George McGee, b. 1848, Harris County, GA
4th gen = Sophronia "Fronie" Goodman (AKA McGee), b. 1857, Harris
4th gen = Burrell Goodman(AKA McGee), b. 1859, Harris County, GA
4th gen = Mahalia McGee, b. 1863, Harris County, GA
4th gen = James McGee, b. 1865, Harris County, GA
4th gen = Elbert McGee, b. 1866, Harris County, GA
4th gen = George McGee, b. 1869, Harris County, GA
4th gen = Marion "Maynard" McGee, b. 1873, Harris County,GA
4th gen = Dixie McGee, b. 1867, Harris County, GA
4th gen = Piety McGee, b. 1871,
5th gen = Fairchild "Bud" McGee, b. 1903, Chipley, Harris
6th gen = Sylvester McGee, b. 1948, Chipley, Harris County, GA
- Nikki-Tiffany & Tae'lor McGee (36 KB)
Nikki, Tiffany & Tae'lor McGee @ Tae'lor's birthday party.
- Sonny & Juanita McGee (18 KB)
This photo (Sonny & Juanita McGee) was taken in August 2000, on the McGee Family Lake in Pine Mountain, GA. It was taken primaily to commemorate our Divine Law Marriage, October 28, 1988 and our Civil Law Marriage, August 19, 2000.
- McGee & Johnson Family Reunion 2011-Photo #2 (1263 KB)
This is photo #2 of the McGee-Johnson Family taken 9-3-2011 at Sonny McGee and Juanita Johnson-Leverette home on Labor Day weekend... This was the biggest and best reunion on both side of the family thus far...
- Tae'lor McGee (42 KB)
Tae'lor McGee, daughter of Tracie McGee and Grand daughter of Leon McGee @ Tae'lor's birthday party.
- Sonny McGee & Ronald Jenkins 111(Zuriel) (35 KB)
This photo of me and my Grandson was taken when Zuriel was approximately 6 months old at his home in College Park, Ga. (Like Grandfather-Like Grandson)
- Asaru McGee (my Grandson) (232 KB)
This is a photo of my Grandson 'Asaru McGee', and was taken when he was approximately 3 months old... he was born in November 2009....
- Tracie & Tae'lor McGee (35 KB)
Tracie & Tae'lor McGee @ Tae'lor's birthday party.
- Sonny McGee & Tre'Djimon Tyriq Terry (25 KB)
Sonny McGee(Grandfather) of Tre', photo was taken 7/2000 at home, 212 McGee Road; Pine Mountain, Ga, Tre' was 6 months old. (Like Grandfather-Like Grandson)
- Sonny McGee & Tre'Djimon Tyriq Terry (26 KB)
Photo was taken 02/2000 at Tre's house in Pine Mountain, GA. Like Grandfather-Like Grandson.
- Sonny McGee & Tre' (31 KB)
Sonny McGee (Grandfather) of Tre', photo was taken 10/2000, Tre' was 8 1/2 months old. Born 01/20/2000; Taken at home 212 McGee Rd., Pine Mountain, GA
- Sonny McGee & Tre'Djimon Tyriq Terry (86 KB)
Photo was taken 04/2001, like granddad-like grandson.
- Ronald Jenkins 111(Zuriel) (48 KB)
Zuriel's photo taken 10-24-2000
- Felicia Amaya McGee (25 KB)
Feicia Amaya McGee, the daughter of Felix McGee, grand daughter of Jessie J. McGee, born February 18, 2002 @ 7:44am. She weighed 61-LBS 10-OZ., 19.5 inches.
- Ronald Jenkins 111(Zuriel) (51 KB)
Zuriel's photo was taken 10-24-2000
- Jaedon Elijah Terry (48 KB)
Jaedon (Jae'), the Grandson of Sonny and Juanita McGee, the borther of Tre'djimon (Tre')... Jae' was born January 3, 2002, by Lassonda (Terry) Copeland.
- Ronald Jenkins 111(Zuriel) (56 KB)
Zuriel's photo taken 10-24-2000
- Felix McGee & Family (465 KB)
Felix McGee b-day 3/30 ...
LaQuellis (wife) b-day 10/13 ...
Briah (daughter) b-day 11/4, she's 3 yrs old ...
Felicia (daughter) b-day 2/18, she's 1 yrs old and a son that will be born in Jan.
- Tiffany B. McGee (3 KB)
Tiffany is the daughter of Leon and Glendale McGee. Tiffany is 6yrs. old, in the first Grade. Photo was taken in 2000.
- Jakaia VeniciaTyres Copeland (14 KB)
Jakaia is the Granddaughter of Sonny and Juanita McGee. She was born February 10, 2005, and weighted 5 lbs 14oz. and 19in. This photo was taken at age 3 1/2 mos.
- Leon & Tiffany McGee (31 KB)
Leon & Tiffany @ Tae'lor McGee's birthday party.
- McGee & Johnson Family Reunion 2011 (826 KB)
This is a photo of the McGee-Johnson Family taken 9-3-2011 at Sonny McGee and Juanita Johnson-Leverette home on Labor Day weekend... This was the biggest and best reunion on both side of the family thus far...