Silas McBee (b. November 24, 1765, d. January 06, 1845)
Silas McBee (son of Vardry McBee and Hannah Echols) was born November 24, 1765 in Halifax County, Virginia, and died January 06, 1845 in Pontotoc County, Mississippi. He married Catherine Cates on Abt. 1797 in Logan County, Kentucky.
Notes for Silas McBee: In the summer of 1780, when about fifteen years old, while his father was absent serving his country in Sumter's army, Silas McBee was sent by his mother to Ferguson's camp to reclaim a fine horse which some Tories had taken from the McBee plantation; he not only failed to get his horse but was placed under guard; he managed to escape from the British camp and after hiding out for a week to prevent being recaptured, he set out to join Sumter, but not finding him, he joined Shelby's corps and assisted in taking Captain Moore and 97 royalist; he was with Clarke at Musgrove's Mill; he was also with Sumter for a short time, then joined Colonel James Williams, under whom he fought at the battle of King's Mountain.
After the revolution, Silas McBee moved to Sumner County, Tennessee, where he went scouting with Colonel James Winchester in a few skirmishes; when Zeigler's Station was attacked June 6th, 1792, by a large party of Indians, Zeigler was killed and Mrs. Zeigler and some of her children were taken prisoners; Colonel James Winchester raised a party of men, Silas McBee being on of them, and followed in pursuit, which Mrs. Zeigler afterwards thought saved her life. (She and her children were soon after exchanged). Silas McBee moved to Logan County, Kentucky about 1794. Afterwards to Christian County, Kentucky, then to Henderson County, Kentucky. Thinking that settlement in Alabama (the line then not having been run). Silas McBee was elected to represent Monroe County in the Alabama Legislature, defeating Colonel William Cocke even or eight votes. In Kentucky Silas acted for many years as Justice, and also for a while in Mississippi. Silas McBee and his son-in-law, Thomas Sampson, were on the committee to lay out Columbus, Mississippi, Silas McBee giving the name of the town. Silas McBee married (probably in Kentucky) Catherine Cates, who died _____________, and is buried on McBee's Creek near Columbus. Silas McBee died at the home of his son-in-law, Thomas H. Williams, in Pontotoc County, Mississippi, January 6, 1845. When Lyman C. Draper wrote his "King's Mountain and Its Heros", Silas was one of the two or three participants of that battle living, and Draper made a special trip to Mississippi to get his version of the battle, and Silas is quoted throughout the book. The greater part of the above sketch of the life of Silas McBee was gotten from the Draper manuscript, at the Wisconsin Historical Society, in Madison, Wisconsin. (This article was taken in its entirety from the book "Out of the Wilderness" by Janice Mercer). Danny A. McBee, 4131 Grissom Street, Gastonia, North Carolina.
The following article came from South Carolina Roster of Revolutionary War Soldiers, page 592: Silas McBee, born in Virginia, died 6 January 1845, married Catherine Cates 1st and Leodicia Nail 2nd. While residing in Spartanburg District, he enlisted under Captain John Thompson and Colonel Thomas Brandon and was in the battle at Kings Mountain. He re-enlisted during November 1781 and served until March or April 1782 under Captain Field Pardue and Colonel Andrew Pickens. In addition, he served under Captains John Mapp, Vardry McBee (his father), and Colonel Roebuck. A.A.4876; X1116. The following article came from the book "The King's Mountain Men": MCBEE. Silas was born November 24, 1765, and therefore was not quite fifteen when fighting at King's Mountain under Colonel Williams. He lived at Thicketty Ford, South Carolina, and was there at the time of the capture of Captain Moore and his men. He was a member of the first legislature of Alabama, but in 1842 was living in Pontotoc County, Mississippi, where he died three years later. Draper had several interviews with him. (Draper wrote the story of King's Mountain Battle) (Danny A. McBee).
More About Silas McBee: Burial: Unknown, Williams Cemetery, Pontotoc County, Mississippi. Elected 1: Bet. 1842 - 1845, Alabama State Legislature. Elected 2: Bef. 1842, Justice of the Peace, Mississippi Territory. Military service: Bet. 1780 - 1783, Revolutionary War.
More About Silas McBee and Catherine Cates: Marriage: Abt. 1797, Logan County, Kentucky.