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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Christopher Columbus Beauregard McGee

Daddy would tell Sandy and me just one story about Christopher Columbus Beauregard McGee.  Sometimes he called him Uncle Chris but more often he used his whole name, as he seemed to enjoy the sound of it. So do I.

 In doing some research, I discovered that Uncle Chris was actually his great uncle, his mother's uncle, brother to Daddy's grandfather, who also had a good name:  Francis Henry McGee. I actually found my great grandfather on the internet and I'm adding that info below.

But first, the Christopher Columbus Beauregard McGee story.  Uncle Chris was a bad alcoholic who spent much or his life stowing away on trains going from Waycross down to somewhere in Florida.  Whenever he came back into town, he'd bring a bunch of bananas. 

That's the entire story as far as what I remember Daddy telling us.  I don't think it would have been nearly as memorable if his name hadn't been so unique.  According to what Sandy told Katherine, poor Uncle Chris met his demise falling off one of those train cars when he was, yes,  inebriated.

I often wondered if the story was true, but in locating Francis Henry McGee I did find that he had a little brother named Christopher and they were from Macon.  See below.

Old Frank must have done well for himself as he was able to provide this house for his family.  At some point, he gave it to his daughter's family.  I think it was before she (Annie Belle McGee Mayo, my grandmother) died in 1920  during the influenza epidemic when she was pregnant with her fifth child.

This is the same house where we lived when Sandy and I were little.  However, Mama and Daddy had divided it up  into apartments and enclosed some of the porches by then.  The house still stands in Waycross and there are still people living in it, 

 The same house today.

Francis Henry McGee

Jun. 21, 1858
Bibb County
Georgia, USA
Ware County
Georgia, USA

Father: William McGEE
Mother: Eliza [--?--]

Spouse: Susie Julia PACE
Married: probably in Bibb Co, Georgia


1860 Bibb Co, GA Federal Census, Macon PO, Series: M653, Roll: 111, Sheet: 32, Page: 442
McGAHEE, William (h/h) age 30 Ireland (Occ.: Machinist)
McGAHEE, Eliza (fem) age 30 Ireland (Keeping House)
McGAHEE, Francis H. (male) age 1 Georgia

1870 Bibb Co, GA Federal Census, Macon PO, Subdivision 458, Series: M593, Roll: 136, Sheet: 21, Page: 623
McGEE, William (h/h) age 47 Ireland (Occ.: Patt-- Maker)
McGEE, Elizar (fem) age 36 Ireland (Keeping House)
McGEE, Francis H. (male) age 12 GA
McGEE, William (male) age 9 GA
McGEE, Christopher (male) age 7 GA

1880 Bibb Co GA Federal Census, Macon, Series T9-0135, Page Number 195B (Occupation: Machinist)
McGEE, Frank (Hus) age 21 yrs GA GA GA
McGEE, Susie (Wife) age 20 yrs GA GA GA
PACE, Julia G. (f) Age 45 yrs GA TN TN

1900 Sumter Co GA Federal Census, Americus, 4th Ward, GM 789, ED 65, Series: T623, Roll: 221, Sheet: 8B, Page: 219 (Occupation: Master Machinist)
McGEE, Frank H. (Hus) age 41, Jun 1858 GA Ireland Ireland
McGEE, Susie J. (Wife) age 41, Feb 1859 TN TN TN
McGEE, Stella E. (dau) age 17, Feb 1883 GA GA TN
McGEE, Annie B. (dau) age 14, Sep 1885 GA GA TN
McGEE, Susie G(?) (dau) age 8, Aug 1891 GA GA TN

1910 Ware Co GA Federal Census, Waycross, 6th Ward, ED: 176, Series: T624, Roll: 214, Sheet: 15B, Page: 271 (Occupation: Auto)
McGEE, M. F. H. (Hus) age 51, M1, GA Scotland Ireland
McGEE, Susie (Wife) age 51, M1 32 yrs, 3 children, 3 living, AL AL AL
MAYO, Stella (dau), age 26, M1 4 yrs, 2 children, 2 living
MAYO, (?). (son-in-law) age 35, M1, GA GA GA
MAYO, Annie B. (dau) age 24, M1, GA GA AL
(3 other people I can't read - census faded)
PACE, (?) L. (?), Mother, age 76, AL TN TN

Family links:
  Susie Julia Pace McGee (1859 - 1911)*

  Stella McGee Mayo (1883 - 1954)*
  Annie Belle McGee Mayo (1885 - 1920)*

Francis Henry McGee's decanter.  
Taylor has it and points out that his initials are etched on it.

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