The Patrick Magee and Rosanna McCullar Family


PATRICK MAGEE and ROSANNA McCULLAR

PATRICK MAGEE
Born: ca 1756 County, Antrim, Ireland	
Married:  ca 1779 Georgia	
Died: 11 Feb 1816 Missouri Territory

Wife: ROSANNA MCCULLAR
Born: ca 1760 County Antrim, Ireland	
Died: after 1823 McNairy County, Tennessee	
Buried: Bethel Springs Cemetery, McNairy County

Children:

Francis   B:ca 1780 Georgia  D:1844 MS or AL   M:1. Annie
McAlpine 2. Martha Ray

John   B:ca 1783 Georgia

Felix   B:ca 1784 Georgia  D:1817 Washington Co, MO  
M:Elizabeth Walls

Mary   B:ca 1787 Georgia  D:Robert Wilson

Samuel   B:ca 1789 Georgia  D:20 Jan 1845 Yalobusha Co, MS 
M:Elizabeth

Margaret   B:ca 1790 Georgia  D:1811   M:John McCullar

Katherine   B:ca 1793 Taliferro, Georgia  M:John McCullar

Sarah   B:ca 1796 Taliferro, Georgia  M:John W. Crow

Mehalley   B:ca 1798 Taliferro, Georgia  M:Mr. Clement

Martha   B:ca 1801 Taliferro, Georgia   D:8 Jan 1859 McNairy Co,
TN  M:Jonathan Rowsey

James   B:5 Apr 1802 Taliferro, Georgia  D:28 Feb 1864 Panola
Co, MS  M:Edna Dawson

References:

“Genealogy of Patrick Magee and Rosanna McCullar” C.E. Moore

“Families of Samuel Dawson and Polly Ann Rogers”, J.D.
Blackwell

Clark’s Chapel Cemetery, Caldwell County, Texas

1850-1860 Census of Panola County, Mississippi

1870 Census of Wilkerson County, Texas

1880 Census of San Saba County, Texas

1900-1910 Censuses of Caldwell County, Texas


POSSIBLE ANCESTRY OF PATRICK MAGEE

Excerpted from a document by James Magee

James Magee

jc.magee@prodigy.net

DENNIS PATRICK MAGEE and BRIDGET O’CONNER
The earliest information on the Magee family is from 1724. Dennis or Patrick Magee was born in about 1724 at Island Magee located about 20 miles northeast of Belfast in what is now Northern Ireland. It is not known whether his name was Dennis or Patrick. He married Bridget O'Conner in about 1750. The map below shows the location of Island Magee. They had at least four children, all born at Island Magee: * Patrick was born 1750-1753 and died 11 Feb 1816 in Missouri Territory. * John was born about 1755 and died unknown. * Felix was born about 1757 and died unknown. * Esther was born about 1770 and died unknown. === PATRICK MAGEE AND ROSANNA McCULLAR Members of the Magee and McCullar families emigrated from County Antrim in what is now Northern Ireland in about 1770 on the ship Hopewell out of Belfast, Ireland to Savannah, Georgia Colony. The Magee's came from Island Magee, but it is not known where the McCullar's were from or if they knew each other in Ireland. The Magee family included Patrick (age about 17 or 18), his sister Esther (an infant), and probably their parents or someone to take care of Esther. The McCullar family included the father, Alexander (age about 14), his sister Rosanna (age about 12) and probably other members of the family. John and Felix Magee, two brothers of Patrick Magee, came to Georgia on the ship Brittania in about 1772. At a later time Patrick Magee would marry Rosanna McCullar and Alexander McCullar would marry Esther Magee, and the two families would be neighbors for over forty years. The Magee and McCullar ancestors wandered over a large part of this country. The Magee and McCullar families moved many times and over great distances. A tract of land had been set aside for Irish emigrants to the Georgia Colony at a place called Queensboro Township on or near the River Great Ogechee (now called Ogeechee River) in St. George Parish. On February 6, 1770 the inhabitants of this land petitioned the Colony to lay out a road from Queensboro to the road already laid out from Savannah to Jonathan Bryan's cowpen on the River Great Ogechee. Apparently there was no road all the way from Savannah to Queensboro. After the two families arrived in Savannah, their first move was to Queensboro northwest of Savannah, a distance of about 100 miles. This trip could have taken from about one week to several weeks depending on the "road" conditions. In January 1771 Patrick Magee petitioned for a grant of 100 acres of land and one town lot in the Queensboro Township. He did not complete the petition in a timely manner, so he had to resubmit the petition in April 1772. He was granted 100 acres of land and his brother, John McGee (Magee) was granted 250 acres of land in 1774. Shortly after arriving in Queensboro the McCullar family moved to Augusta, Georgia Colony, a distance of about 40 miles. While in Augusta the American Revolutionary War started and Alexander McCullar enlisted in the colonial army for six months and served in Florida. After Alexander got out of the army the McCullar's returned to Queensboro and Alexander enlisted in the army for another three months. In 1777, St. George Parish became Burke County. Patrick Magee and Rosanna McCullar were married in about 1778 in Burke County. They would have eleven children. Up to four of their children were born in Burke County, the remainder were born in the Powelton area in Greene County, Georgia (this area would become Taliferro County in 1825). In about 1788, the Magee and McCullar families moved from Burke County to Greene County, a distance of about 40 miles. Starting with this move the Magee and McCullar families would continue to move as new lands were opened for settlement. Alexander McCullar and Esther Magee were married in about 1789 in Greene County. They would have eight children, all born in Greene County. This marriage was the first known intermarriage in the Magee and McCullar families, but many more would follow and there would be such a mess that nobody would ever be able to untangle it. The two families stayed in Greene County until about 1806. They drew land in Clarke County, Georgia in the Georgia Land Lottery and moved to Clarke County, a distance of only about 40 miles. Patrick Magee with his brothers and Alexander McCullar Sr. with his brothers were involved in many land purchases, sales, and the Georgia Land Lottery while they lived in Clarke County and acquired a lot of land. Patrick and Rosanna's third child Felix McGee (Magee) and Elizabeth Walls were married on January 15, 1807 in Clarke County. They would have three children, two born in Georgia and one born in the Missouri Territory. The Magee and McCullar families stayed in Clarke County until about 1813. By this time the United States had completed the Louisiana Purchase and Lewis and Clark had explored much of the area and made many glowing reports about what they found in the new territory. The Missouri Territory had been opened for settlement. In about 1813 the two families pulled up stakes in Clarke County and moved to Franklin County, TN (a distance of about 175 miles). Either before the move to Franklin County or soon afterward Patrick Magee had decided that he wanted to go to the newly created Missouri Territory. Apparently Alexander McCullar did not agree with him and decided to stay in Franklin County. After over 40 years of being neighbors, the two families decided to split up in about 1814. Patrick Magee probably started planning his trip to the Missouri Territory before or soon after arriving in Franklin County, TN. To get to the Missouri Territory from Franklin County the Patrick Magee party had to go north across Tennessee into Kentucky because the Cherokee Indians used the part of Tennessee west of Franklin County for their hunting grounds, and it was not considered safe to enter. Kentucky was considered to be relatively safe. The party would have traveled west and a little north across Kentucky to an area about 30 miles south of St. Louis in the Missouri Territory (a distance of over 350 miles). This area is near the present day Hillsboro, Jefferson County, Missouri. Since there were many hills, rivers and streams to cross, this trip would have taken at least four to six weeks. Information about the Missouri Territory is hard to find because most Courthouses, Churches, and Masonic Lodges were destroyed during the Civil War by the Union Army. Felix McGee (Magee), third child of Patrick and Rosanna Magee wrote his will on 2 Feb 1817 and died soon afterward near present day Hillsboro, Missouri. The will was probated 24 Jun 1817. Court records show that the will was probated in St. Louis County, Missouri Territory. His will gave disposition of his property including slaves. One item in the settlement of Felix's estate was a bill to pay for lumber to build a coffin dated February 11, 1816 signed by William Crow who was the administrator of Patrick Magee’s estate. William Crow was also the husband of Sarah (Sally) Magee, eighth child of Patrick and Rosanna. Because of this item it is assumed that Patrick died on or about February 11, 1816 in the Missouri Territory. Patrick's will has not been found. Patrick and Felix are both probably buried near Hillsboro, MO. Toward the mid-1820's most of the Magee and McCullar families that lived in Missouri moved to McNairy County, Tennessee and some stayed in Missouri. The people that left could have traveled down the Mississippi River to Memphis, TN, and then overland to McNairy County, an overland distance of about 90 miles. If they traveled overland all the way, the distance would have been about 240 miles. Several Magee and McCullar families and some new families bought land in McNairy County in 1824 through 1827, with much of the land adjoining. The families buying land were: *Rosanna (McCullar) Magee, *John Rowsey, husband of Martha (Patsy) Magee, 10th child of Patrick and Rosanna *John McCullar, 1st child of Alexander Sr. and Esther Magee and husband of Katherine (Katy) Magee, 7th child of Patrick and Rosanna *James Magee, 11th child of Patrick and Rosanna *Samuel Magee, 5th child of Patrick and Rosanna Alexander McCullar Sr. In the years immediately preceding the Civil War the Magee and McCullar families in Mississippi were all doing well, with large families, good farms and houses, with slaves to work their farms, and living happily. The war came and changed things, most of the men were in the Confederate Army for the duration of the War. Some did not return and those that did come home found everything desolate. Three of the grand-sons of Felix McGee, 3rd child of Patrick and Rosanna, were in the Union Army. Samuel McGee served all through the war. James McGee was killed at the Battle of Vicksburg and William McGee served with the Union Army for a while but finally deserted and joined the Confederate Army. Soon after the Civil War, most of the Magee's and McCullar's left Mississippi and moved to Texas. Many went overland by wagon train, and some probably went by ship from a Louisiana or Mississippi port to the port of Galveston or Indianola, Texas. These families settled in many parts of Texas and became farmers, ranchers or business people. Some didn't like Texas and returned to Mississippi. The McCullar party that stayed in Franklin County, TN left in about 1818 for Alabama and Mississippi. The Francis Magee family had two additions in Franklin County. The Francis Magee family first settled near Greensboro, Hale County, AC, a distance of about 200 miles from Franklin County. They later moved to Marshall County, MS, a distance of about 175 miles. We do not know where the Alexander McCullar Sr., family settled in Mississippi. All we know is that he lived at Pearl River, Mississippi for nine years. The Pearl River flows from about 60 miles northeast of present Jackson, Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico at the Louisiana-Mississippi state line. There are two towns named Pearl in the Jackson area, and there is a Pearl River County in southern Mississippi. The distance from mid-Franklin County to Jackson, MS is about 270 miles and to mid-Pearl River County is about 330 miles. In about 1827 the Alexander McCullar Sr. family moved to the area around present day Selmer in McNairy County, TN. The distance from Jackson, MS to Selmer, TN is about 200 miles. The McCullar Party and the Magee Party must have been in contact with each other to end up in the same place near the mid-point between the two groups that were about 450 to 500 miles apart. Alexander McCullar Sr. started buying land in McNairy County in 1827. By 1848, when he died, he owned all the land where the present town of Selmer is located, a town with a present population of about 4000. In '1846 and 1847 Alexander McCullar Sr. started giving his slaves to his wife, children, and grand-children. It is not known where Alexander is buried, but his wife, Esther Magee, is buried in the cemetery at Bethel Springs, a few miles north of Selmer. Shortly after arriving in Queensboro the McCullar family moved to Augusta, Georgia Colony, a distance of about 40 miles. While in Augusta the American Revolutionary War started and Alexander McCullar enlisted in the colonial army for six months and served in Florida. After Alexander got out of the army the McCullar's returned to Queensboro and Alexander enlisted in the army for another three months. Alexander McCullar and Esther Magee were married in about 1789 in Greene County. They would have eight children, all born in Greene County. This marriage was the first known intermarriage in the Magee and McCullar families, but many more would follow and there would be such a mess that nobody would ever be able to untangle it. The eight children of Alexander Sr. and Esther (Magee) McCullar are: John B: 1790 David B:1792 Alexander B:1795 Margaret (Peggy) B:1797 Isaac B:1799 Mary (Polly) B:1801 William B:1803 Jennie (Jane) B:1805 While in Augusta the American Revolutionary War started and Alexander McCullar enlisted in the colonial army for six months and served in Florida. After Alexander got out of the army the McCullar's returned to Queensboro and Alexander enlisted in the army for another three months. Patrick Magee is believed to have been a veteran but died in 1816, therefore, he was not eligible for a pension. In 1832 the U.S. Congress passed a law giving veterans of the American Revolution a pension, but the veterans had to apply for it while still alive. Alexander McCullar was a veteran and applied for his pension on September 23, 1833 in McNairy County, TN. In his application he states the following: 1. Name: Alexander McCullar, age 75, resident of McNairy County, TN 2. Born in County Antrim, Ireland on December 22, 1758 3. When I was 14 years of age my father, self, and family migrated from Ireland and landed at Savannah 4. Moved to Burke County, Georgia.

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