Notes for John MAGEE


There is a lengthy article by Bee King in the Simpson County News Augu st 8,
1946. This artilcle talks of his ties to the Choctaws and a villa ge Chief
named Blue Bonnet. It does not say he was Choctaw, but from the t reatment he
received per this information it would seem logical that he wo uld be received
in such a manner if he were a quarter blood Choctaw as mo st family members I
have talked to claim. The Magee family married into ot her mix-blood families
before going west into Indian Territory and Texa s. JCT 7/28/2001

Per: Bill Norwood 
Family Tree of Bill Norwood - Primary Surnames: Norwood, Duckworth, Alle n,
Brashier/Brasher, Speed, Magee, Travis, Cooley Database
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=joanbill&id=I 02
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There is an interesting story of John Magee Remembered by Bee King, origin
ally printed in the Simpson County News, August 8, 1946 and reprinted in t he
Magee Courier in March of 1991. The story is as follows:

Magee Courier 3-1991

John Magee Remembered
by Bee King

This column was in the Simpson County News August 8, 1946 - reprint.

"One of the most adventurous of the early pioneers of Simpson County was J ohn
Magee. He was born and reared in North Carolina and when about grown d ecided
to go West. He was seeking adventure more than fortune, for he nev er seemed
to care very much for money. He crossed the mountains of East Te nnessee on
horseback and when he reached the Tennessee River, he sold h is horse and
embarked on a flat boat for the Ohio River.
After reaching Natchez, he remained a few months and decided to retu rn to
North Carolina over land. He bought a horse and started East. Aft er crossing
Pearl River, he took sick, but kept going until he reached t he capital of the
Six Town Nation, just south of the present town of Weath ersby. By that time
he was too sick to travel. The Indians then took char ge of him and after
several weeks, in which he was delirious a large pa rt of the time, he
recovered. This was probably in the year 1812. Winter h ad come on and he
decided to wait until spring to resume his journey. T he Indians were very
kind to him, and he became a favorite with them. Chi ef Bluebonnet wanted to
adopt him as a son and make him a chief, but he de clined the offer.
Bluebonnet was by no means disheartened, as he was su re Magee would accept
the offer later. Perhaps he would, but Bluebonnet di ed the following year.
Magee was greatly grieved by the death of Bluebonn et and agreed to remain
with the Indians another year.
He became a fur trader and very expert in the gardening of furs. He also a
ssisted the Indians in their dealings with other traders and often prevent ed
their being cheated when selling their furs.
Magee never sold whiskey to the Indians, but he kept whiskey for himself a nd
would give them whiskey when they asked for it. The Indians often call ed on
him to settle their disputes so that in the course of a few year s, he acted
as a kind of judge for them in all kinds of matters. They trus ted him and
loved him as they would a brother. He lived the wild, free li fe of the
Indians, and the happiest years of his life were spent among the m. No one,
more than he, regretted their removal to the Indian Nation we st of the
Mississippi River.
After their removal he married and reared a family. He died about 184 0. He
was the great grandfather of my good friends, Frank, Hardin and Solo mon
Grubbs."
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Notes for Louisa E. MAGEE


Some sources spell her surname as McGee[family ties 1B.FTW]

Some sources spell her surname as McGee
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Notes for Phillip MAGEE


Per: Bill Norwood 
Phillip and his family moved from North Carolina and, for a short time, li ved
in that part of the Mississippi Territory now known as Alabama near o ld Fort
St. Stephens. About 1811 they moved and settled on the Big Goodwat er near
Magee, Mississippi in Simpson County (later known as Coats). Th is part of
Simpson County was probably at that time in Amite County but wh en Marion
County was formed in 1811, it was in Marion. When Simpson Coun ty was formed
in 1824, it was in Simpson County. Lowry and McCardle's Hist ory of
Mississippi says Phillip settled on the Big Goodwater and that he w as one of
the earliest settlers of Simpson County. It is not known where P hillip and
Mary are buried, but is is probably in the yard of their hom e, as was done so
often in those days when there were few public cemeterie s. It was said that
Phillip was an educated man and that he wrote in a bea utiful hand. He left
two bibles but their whereabouts are unknown. The on ly known paper or
document left by Phillip is a bill of sale from Phill ip to son Robert (Robin)
conveying one negro boy and it is signed by Phill ip in beautiful handwriting.
This document was in 1962 in the hands of M rs Ann Hubbard, 711 McCallie Ave,
Chattanooga, Tennessee. [Edith Magee let ter to Bill Norwood January 1999]

A handwritten letter dated February 26, 1963 from Willie Magee Campbe ll of
Collins, Mississippi to Effie Norwood Jones of Dallas, Texas stat es in part,
"...it seems that Magees first settled around Tylertown, Missi ssippi on
Magee's Creek all in Marion County, Miss. Then .....Phillip a nd wife Mary
settled around Jaynesville. Then in Marion County, Miss. in 1 819 Covington
County was formed and Philip found themselves in Covington C o. Miss. - on
Richland Creek & Post Office Richland & it now Dry Creek w as not Richland
Creek in those days we don't know where Richland Cre ek is altho believed to
[be] the same creek & changed named but where t he old Post Office was. We
dont no unless it was changed latter to Bogan P ost Office which is not far
from Jaynesville Miss."[Index 348, Effie Norwo od Jones CD]

A land grant to Phillip Magee dated April 16, 1812 is mentioned in "Ami te
County 1699-1865" by Albert Casey, pages 532-33.

It is not known who were the parents of Phillip Magee, since the 1790 cens us
of Sampson County, NC shows a Phillip, Robert, Willis, Soloman, and Joh n, a
generation ahead of this Phillip, b. 1770. It is believed that he w as a son
of one of these, and it is also believed that he was a descenda nt of the
emigrant, Thomas Mac Gehee, who settled in Virginia. ["The Mag ee Family -
North Carolina & Mississippi" provided to this researcher by H oward 'Buck'
Walker, August 2000]
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