64. Matthew McBee
(1) was born about 1761 in Halifax County,
Virginia. He died on 25 Oct 1817 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Matthew McBee
is listed in the South Carolina Roster for Revolutionary War
Veterans. The book states "He served in the militia under Col. Roebuck after
the fall of Charleston. A.A. 4875B; X3606. This is one of the links to the
McBees in the Revolutionary War.
The following is Matthew McBee's will:
Matthew McBee's ) In the name of God Amen. I Matthew McBee of the
last will & testament ) State of South Carolina and District of
Recorded the 23rd of ) Spartanburg, being very weak in body but of
October 1817 ) perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God
) calling to mind the mortality of my body and
knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this
my last will and testament that is to say principally and First of all I give
and recommend my soul unto the Lord, of almighty God that gave it and my body
I recomment to the earth, to be buried in decent Christian burial at the
discretion of my executors, nothing doubting but at the General resurrection
I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as for my
worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give
and devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First,
I give to my son Matthew McBee a part of the tract of land I now live on lying
on Packolet River beginning on a Red oak in the bent of the branch above the
fork of the branch running a straight line to his fence then a strait line to
a big ded oak at the lower corner of the wheat patch fence then through the
old fields with a strait line to the crab apple tree on the river. Also, I do
give the other part of the tract to my son Jeramiah McBee. Also, I do give my
daughter Rachel McBee a tract of land lying on the head of Horse Creek with a
plantation on it. My household furniture I equally divide between my
daughters Rachel and Anna at my wife's death. Also, I give all my plantation
and working tools to my son Jeramiah McBee but nothing to be interrupted till
my wife's death. I also leave my granddaughter, Betty Dodd one cow & calf &
one feather bed. I give to my sons John, Elijah, and William McBee and James
Dodd five shillings to be paid unto each of them out of my estate by my
executors, Fanny McBee, John and Jeremiah McBee. My wife, John and Jeremiah,
my sons, to be my executor of this my last will and testament. And I do
hereby utterly disallow, revoke, and disannul all and every other testaments,
wills, legacies bequeath and executor by me in any wise before named willed or
bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and
testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this ninth
day of January 1817.
Signed in the presence of us
Mathew McBee Matthew McBee (seal)
Recorded in Will Book 119
Box 140 Package 100
Recorded 23 October 1817
I, Danny A. McBee, also have a copy of Matthew McBee's Estate Appraisement. I
chose not to type it down. Should anyone want a copy of it, please contact
me at 4131 Grissom Street, Gastonia, North Carolina, 28056 or call me at
(704) 865-6715. The three people who put together this appraisement were
Thomas Brown, Thomas Reid, and James Briant (Very probably the father of
William Tolleson Briant who was the father of Millie Adelaide Bryant (Briant)
who was the wife of Thomas B. McBee.
(Blank), 1814. Matthew McBee (Spartanburgh) to John McBee (same); for $100
sold 250 acres on waters of Macin's Creek of Broad River. Witness William
Macbee and Matthew Macbee. Signed Matthew Macbee. Wit. oath July 31, 1815,
William Macbee to Wm Reid. Rec. December 2, 1817.
July 31, 1815. Matthew Macbee (Spartanburgh) to Anna McBee; for 10 lire
sterling sold 275 acres on branches of Pacolett River; border: George Poole
and S-Wind. Witness William Macbee and Matthew Macbee. Signed Matthew
Macbee. Wit. oath July 31, 1815 William Macbee to Wm. Reid. Rec. December 2,
January 18, 1787. William Alldridge (Spartanburgh) to Matthew McBee (same);
for 50 lire ls sterling sold 200 acres on south side of Packolate River;
border: SW-Benjn Mehaney, NW-vacant, NE-McBee; grant January 21, 1785 Gov.
Benjamin Guerard to William Aldridge. Witness Jas Wofford and Jas Lusk.
Signed William Alldridge and Hannah's mark.
HEADS OF FAMILIES AT THE FIRST CENSUS OF THE UNITED STATES TAKEN IN THE YEAR 1790 SOUTH CAROLINA
GEORGETOWN DISTRICT, ALL SAINTS PARISH.
[p.86] NINETY-SIX DISTRICT, SPARTANBURGH COUNTY.
Name of head of family: Mcbee, Matthew
Free white males of 16 years and upward, including heads of families: 3
Free white males under 16 years: 2
Free white females, including heads of families: 4 He was married to Fannie Lee about 1783.
65. Fannie Lee
(1) was born about 1761. The following is from the book "Journal
of the Ordinary 1816-1818": July 30,
1817. Granted a citation to Fanny, John & Jerry McBee named exrs. in the
will of Matthew McBee for the probate thereof. August 25, 1817. Will of
Matthew McBee proved by William Gore. Children were:
32 i. William McBee.
ii. Matthew McBee Jr.(1) was born on 22 Feb 1789 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. He died on 26 Jun 1859 in McDowell County, North Carolina. The 1820 North Carolina Census shows Mathew McBee as head of household,
between the age of 26 and 45 years old. It shows Darcus Lee as female head
of household, between the age of 26 and 45 years old. Their county is listed
as Rutherford County, North Carolina, microfilm page number is 359. The 1830
Burke County, North Carolina Census list Matthew McBee as head of household.
Matthew is listed as being between age 30 and under 40. Dorcas is listed as the
same age. Matthew is also listed in the Burke County 1840 Census. The 1840
Burke County, North Carolina Census lists Matthew as being 40 and under 50.
The Census also lists a male child as being 5 and under 10. The same census list
a female 15 and under 20 and a female 40 and under 50. [Danny A. McBee,
March 6, 2000].
Matthew McBee is listed in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint's
I.G.I. file as Matthew Mocaby. Matthew McBee is listed in the 1850 McDowell
County, North Carolina Census on page 270 as being 60 years old and his wife,
Darcus, is listed as 61 years old. Listed just above Mathew and Dorcas McBee
is the family of Thomas F. Hawkins, wife Nancy E., son, Z. L., Noah H., Alfred
F., daughter, Martha J., son Hiram H. Hawkins. It appears to me that the McBee and Hawkins families moved from Spartanburg County, S. C. up to McDowell County, North Carolina. (Danny A. McBee, McBee descendant, 4131 Grissom St., Gastonia, N. C. 28056, (704) 865-6715).
This information is from extracted marriage records, Statewide Index, North
Carolina, A. Mallard and T. McConnell. This information was found in the
International Genealogical Index of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints. Matthew McBee, 5 December 1854, Summer 1859. Wife Mary McBee. Exec.
E. H. Grant and my wife, Mary McBee. Witness. A. M. Finley, C. L. S.
Corpening. Probate shows witness as Alfred M. Finley. 1-68. T. Y. Greenlee
was the J. P. at Matthew and Mary's wedding. William Hawkins was bondsman.
There is some confusion on my, Danny A. McBee, part as to whether the Matthew buried in the Providence Church Cemetery in Marion, North Carolina is William McBee's brother Matthew or William's son Matthew. I have thought it to be William's son because the wives were different but the lenght of life makes me think it was William McBee's brother Matthew and that he may have married again. I am sort of confused on this point at this time but I hope to do more research and correct this. I know for a certain fact that there were two Matthew McBees living in the same area. [Danny A. McBee, January 11, 2000].
According to cemetery records, Matthew McBee died on June 26, 1859 at the age of 67 years, 4 months, 4 days old. This would have made Matthew born February 22, 1783 according to my date caculator. [Danny A. McBee, October 26, 2000].
There is no confusion on my part anymore as to the fact that Matthew McBee was the brother of William McBee. Matthew was married twice. He was married to Darcus Lee first and second to Mary Hawkins. [Danny A. McBee, November 27, 2000].
Matthew McBee, 60, and Dorcas, 61, are listed in household 222 in the 1850 McDowell County Census on page 270. Listed in houshold 224 right up the road is Eliza Curtis, 24, born in N. C. and a male named Gadsen Curtis, 14. In the 1860 McDowell County, Marion Township, North Carolina Census there is a Martha McBee, 85, listed with a Rachel Duncan, Anna Williams, Lajoie Hammett, Martha Finger, and Eliza Curtis, 38, and a William Curtis, 1. This certainly ties in the two families in some way. I am not sure how Martha and Matthew were related nor am I sure how Eliza Curtis and Martha were related. [Danny A. McBee, November 27, 2000].
iii. Jeremiah McBee(1) was born between 1787 and 1791 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. April 7, 1827 Jeremiah McBee (Spartanburgh) to John Kimbrell (same); for $110
sold 275 acres on both sides Casey's Cr of Pacolate River; border: George
Poole and Winn; grant to Sabb and Lee. Witness James Poole and Richard
Findly. Signed Jeremiah McBee. Wit. Oath Apr 7, 1827. James Poole to W.
Bennett. Rec. May 7, 1827. Dower renounced May 5, 1827 Sally McBee to George
December 29, 1821. Jeremiah McBee (Spartanburgh) to Anna McBee (same) for
$200 sold 244 acres; border: Crocker's Mill. Witness Mathew McBee and James
Crocker, Jr. Signed Jeremiah McBee. Wit. oath March 28, 1822 James Crocker
to W Hunt. Rec. Mar. 28, 1822.
I, Danny A. McBee, do not believe Jeremiah could be the father of Thomas B.
McBee as Jeremiah is listed as having no male children under the age of 10 in
the Spartanburg County, Spartanburg, South Carolina 1820 Census. This would
rule out Jeremiah as a possibility of having fathered Thomas B. McBee.
There is a Jury McAbee, age 60, listed in the 1850 Spartanburg, S. C. Census.
There is an Elisha Jennings, age 75, and Juda, age 70 living with him. There
is a Simpson Jennings, age 28, wife Margaret, 18, and John P., age 2, and
James A., 1, living beside them. (Danny A. McBee).
iv. John McBee(1) was born between 1789 and 1793 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. December 12, 1817. John McBee (Spartanburgh) to Theophelus Thorn (same); for
$50 sold 50 acres on waters of McKenney's Creek. Witness Whitney Hines and
Elizabeth Hines. Signed John McBee's mark. Wit. oath Dec. 12, 1817 Whitney
Hines to Henry Turner. Rec. Sept. 7, 1818.
John McBee is listed in the 1820 Spartanburg County, Spartanburg, South
Carolina Census as being between 16 and 26 years old. If he was born between
1789/1793, he would have been 31 or 27 during this Census. I, Danny A. McBee,
could be off on my calculations as to the birth of John McBee very easily. I
just added two years after the birth of each child and four years as a
possibility. John McBee has a child listed in the 1820 Census under the age
of 10 which leaves the possibility that he could be the father of Thomas B.
McBee. There is a strong possibility also that Drury McBee, possible son of
Samuel or Mathias McBee, is the father of Thomas B. McBee. Thomas B. McBee
named his first son W. D. McBee which could have been William Drury McBee.
This is purely speculative on my (Danny A. McBee) part and should be viewed
as speculative until proven. I will continue my search for the father of
Thomas B. McBee. I have him listed as the son of Matthew McBee as of now but
I have strong feelings that this is not right as the 1820 Census of Rutherford
County, North Carolina do not list any children under 10 for Matthew McBee.
I feel that Matthew was the uncle of Thomas B. McBee and Thomas moved to the
Mitchell County/McDowell County area to live near him. [Danny A. McBee, 1994].
John McAbee, age 76, is listed in the 1850 Spartanburg Co., South Carolina Census.
Living with John is Cuziah, 50, Jeremiah, 44, Rosanna, 42, Cynthia, 26, Polly, 33, and
Washington McAbee, 30. [Danny A. McBee, May 29, 1998].
v. Elijah McBee(1) was born between 1790 and 1794 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. He died on 20 Dec 1814 in Spartanburgh County, South Carolina. May 9th 1815. Received of Mr. Reece payments for the Soldiers the following
sums for the following deceased persons: Elijah McBee $12.75.
Jan 12, 1809. Elijah McBee (Spartanburgh) to Mathew McBee (same); for $200
sold for two years 2 cows and calves, a heifer of different marks, a bay mare,
a sorrel colt, 12 hogs, some yearlins, and some pigs; Condition: Sale void
if Elijah pays Mathew $200 in two years. Witness James Crocker and James
Lands. Signed Elijah Machbee. Wit. oath Apr. 7, 1809 James Crocker to Jno H.
Jones. Rec. April 12, 1809.
Elijah McBee was a private in the 1st Regiment (Mean's) South Carolina Militia
in the war of 1812 of South Carolina. (I, Danny A. McBee, found this material
in a book in the Spartanburg, South Carolina library entitled "Service Records
of the War of 1812 of South Carolina".) I also found this information on Ancestry.
Com on March 8, 2000. Information stated Eljah was in the 1st Reg't (Meanes'),
South Carolina Militia. He was inducted as a private and discharged as a private.
Roll-Box 135 and Roll-Exct 603. We know that Elijah also was later killed in the
War of 1812. [Danny A. McBee, March 8, 2000].
Elijah McBee did not survive the War of 1812. Elijah shows up in an article
in the S. C. Genealogical Record volume 21 entitled "Some More South Carolina
Widows and Orphans of the War of 1812" contributed by Robert S. Davis, Jr.:
McBee, Elijah; Thos. White's SC militia; Martha Robertson and children Asa
McBee, John McBee, and Henry McBee, care of H. H. Walker, Stork Hill, Georgia;
20 December 1814.
Spartanburg marriages list Martha McBee, widow of Elijah McBee, married to
David Robertson, 1831.
vi. Rachel McBee(1) was born between 1792 and 1795 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. She died in 1855 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. In the book, "Some Spartanburg County Cemeteries" by Joseph R. Gainey, 929.509
G. there is a reference below the Elizabeth Dodd Burk entry "born Sept. 25,
1811, died March 10, 1892, which states: In memory of our beloved Aunt Rachel
McBee. She died in the year of our lord 1855. Rachel was the sister of
Anna McBee Dodd, daughter of Matthew and Fanny McBee.
February 7, 1814. James Ward (Spartanburgh) to Rachel McBee (same); for $100
sold 200 acres on waters of Horse Creek of Broad River. Witness Peter
Peterson and James Ezell. Signed James Ward's mark. Wit. oath Feb. 7, 1814
James Ezell to Henry Turner. Rec. December 2, 1817.
vii. Anna McBee(1) was born between 1794 and 1798 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. December 29, 1821. Anna McBee (Spartanburgh) to Jeremiah McBee; for $400 sold
275 acres; border: George Poole's land and S-Winn. Witness Mathew McBee and
James Crocker, Jr. Signed Anna McBee's mark. Wit. oath November 24, 1826
James Crocker to William Reid. Rec. April 10, 1827. P. 371-372. Spartanburg
Land Abstracts: Matthew Macbee (Spartanburg) to Anna McBee, July 31, 1815,
for 10L sterlind sold 275 ac on branches of Pacolett R; border: George Poole
and S-Wind. Witness William Macbee and Matthew Macbee. Signed Matthew McBee.
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