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Notes for Holden McGhee

Beverly Thomas helped me compile these notes
Brunswick County, Virginia Wills, 1739-1750
(Page 4 of book)
Page 5. Will. I, John Brockwell of the Parish of St. Andres in Brunswick, being weak of body but of sound mind. My debs and funeral expenses to be paid. To my wife Amy Brockwell-my whole estate, for to raise my children, and my land and plantation in Prince George County, during her natural life, and after her death, to my son Joseph Brockwell. To my sons John Brockwell and William Brockwell-all my land at Hatch's Run, to be equally divided between them.
Executrix: my wife Amy Brockwell.
Signed Nov 12, 1739-John Brockwell. Wit-Cornelius Cargil, HOULDEN MCGEE, Hugh (O his mark) Mackduel. Mar6, 1739 OR.
GOOCHLAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA DEEDS
1741-1745
DEED BOOK 4
Page 8. Jan 21, 1741 from William Perry, to John Sorrell, for 30 pounds, a certain tract of land in the Parish of St. James and Goochland County, about 220 acres bounded by the south side of the Rivanna [River], Charles Lewis. Signed: William Perry. Wit: Prissillah (P her mark) Dosson, Martin (M his mark) Dosson, Christefer (C his mark) Hardwick, William (WH his mark) Hill, HOULDEN MAGEE, John (WD his mark) Howard. Recorded Jun 15, 1742. Elizabeth, the wife of William Perry, relinquished her right of dower to the conveyed lands.
Tried to buy land in Brunswick Co, VA in 1746 Brunswick changed to Franklin Co, among others
A Holden McGhee in 1760 fought against the indians in SC militia
was in Pittsylvania Co in 1767
Holden McGhee is listed in the First List of Tithables of Pittsylvania County, Year 1767
1767 patent in Pittsy Co. Patented the top of Chestnut Mt. Disappeared aft. 1792 (sold all property). Sought court protection from Wm. Turner/Wm. Hunter/
1778, 1779, 1780 tax lists Henry Co VA
1778 Henry Co VA tax list- Joseph Cloud, Abnednigo Casteel, Robert and 2 John Grimmits, John Holloway, Jasper Houser, Holden McGehee, Thorp Parrott, Richard Shores, Jacob Stober [list incomplete as final sheets missing] [see wills, Thorp Parrott son of Nathaniel, legacy from Chesterfield Co] 1780 Henry Co VA Book E p318 grant 20 Jul for 426 a No side of Grassy Fk of Chestnut Creek adj James Martin
An old VA Court-a transcript of the Records of the first Court of Franklin Co, VA 1786-1789, by Marshall Wingfield, DD, the West TN Historical Society, Memphis TN, 1948: p10 court Record Book, p 5 Feb 1786, Holden Mcgee having offered an contempt to this court. It is considered that he be fined 5 pounds and pay the costs and it is ordered that the Sheriff receive him into his custody until he pay the same, Order that the fine imposed on Holden Mcgee for Off'g an insult to this court be remitted. Ordered that Holden McGee be fined Addg. to Law for Profeng Luncy in the face of the Cort and Giting Drunk and pay costs.
Sarah McGhee and Jacob Stover were m. in 1788 in Franklin Co. with Holden as surety. This is the only clue that we have that Holden was her father. It is possible he was not her father, so this can not be definitely proven yet.
Was in court a lot.
Patrick County Deed Book I 1791-1801
Page 8. Sep. 12, 1791 from Wm Branham of Patrick to Holden Magee of Patrick County, for 40 pounds, a certain tract of land in Patrick County on a fork of the Mayo River, containing 127 acres. Signed, William Branham. Wit: Wm. J. Mayo, Merryman Magee, Reuben Lemmens (Lemons). Recorded Sep 12, 1791.
Page 14. Oct 10, 1791 from Solomon Stephenson of Patrick to Holden Magee of Patrick County, for 40 pounds, a certain tract of land in Henry County on the middle ford of South Fork of Mayo River, containing 78 acres by survey. Signed, Solomon (X his mark) Stephenson. Wit: Wm. Mayo, Merryman Magee, Reuben Lemmons. Recorded Oct. 10, 1791.
Page 25. Nov 15, 1791 from Holden Magee of Patrick to William Deal of Patrick, for 40 pounds, a certain tract of land in Patrick County on a fork of Mayo River, containing 127 acres. Signed, Holden (h his mark) Magee. Wit: none. Recorded Dec 12, 1791.
Holden McGhee and Rachel McGhee were witness to marriage of Benjamin Going and Elizabeth Stevens. April 13, 1792.
Patrick County Deed Book I 1791-1801
Page 48. Apr 0, 1792 from Holden Magee of Patrick to William Hopkins of Patrick County, for 10 pounds, a certain tract of land in Patrick on the north fork of the Mayo [River], and bounded by a Bold Branch, containing 53 acres by patent. The land is warranted against me, my wife, our heirs, and everyone else. Signed, Holden Magee. Wit: none Recorded Apr 9, 1792.
[Note: Holden is speaking of a wife here.........I bet that is the Rachel we saw listed with him as witness to the Benjamin Goings marriage in Patrick.]
Page 98. Sep 18, 1792 from Holden Magee of Patrick County to Stephen Lyon of Patrick County, for 40 pounds, a certain tract of land in Patrick County on the Middle Fork of the South Mayo River, containing 78 acres. The land is warranted against me, my heirs, my wife, and her heirs. Signed, Holden Magee. Wit: Sam. Staples, John Mankin, Joel ( X his mark) Willis. Recorded Apr 9, 1793.
Page 420. Power of Attorney. I, Frances Turner [male] of Patrick County appoint William McPeak of Patrick County, my true and lawful attorney, to collect from Holden Magee, all accounts which shall appear to be due to me from sd Magee by papers or other legal testimony. Signed Jan 26, 1797, Frances Turner. Wit: none. Recorded Jan 26, 1797.

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From McGehee Descendants, Volume I
by Ethel C Woodall Grider
Info submitted by Ms Nelmark of Glendale, Ca
pg 88
"Nelson, Martin, Angus and Holden McGhee lived four miles apart in Franklin Co, VA but there are no deeds between them. My gg-grandfather, Martin McGehee(as spelled in the War of 1812 records), must be related to Nancy McGehee who md Willia Adcock in Albermarle Co, as I have a perfect trust deed from her to him leaving all her property to him after her death for taking care of her and her daughter, jane. Jane McGehee was apparently a step-daughter to Wm Adcock, per census records.
I beleive Martin McGhee originally came from Albermarle Co, VA and is tied in with Elizabeth and William of that county. Note he named his children William, Elizabeth, Nancy, and Margaret Jane McGehee. One census record shows Nancy McGehee(d or d in law of William of Albermarle) and Jane is the unmarried sister, due to the trust deed."
Angus, Holden, Nelson and Maring(Marriman?) Martin McGhee of Henry and Franklin Cos, VA are thought to be brothers and there are several researchers trying to determine their parentage. Holden is probably the eldest and could be their father.
Holden owned land in Henry Co in 1791, which was to become Patrick Co the same year, in which county he is shown as Grantor as late as 1792. He acted as a Juror in Franklin Co in 1786 and 1788, and as surety to the marraige of Sally McGhee and Jacob Stover in 1788
Holden McGehee md on Oct 22, 1831 to Sally Wyatt (Tn, marraige bonds)
Angus Mcghee md on October 22, 1818 in Henry Co, VA to Patsey Thornton, the daughter of Henry Thorton. James Pinkard was surety , Angus McGehee also acted as surety for the marraige of Sarah McGhee and Isaac Boyd in Dec 16, 1826 in Franklin Co Marraige Bonds, 1778-1849.
Angus md on Oct 30, 1841 in Albermarle Co, VA to Polly shorb(VA Historical Magazine, Vol 32, p 368, A true copy of the original marraige book of the Reverand John Gibson of Albermarle Co)
If Holden or Holder McGehee moved to TN and md Sally Wyatt in 1831, she could not possibly be the mother of his children in Franklin Co. Also, it would make the age wrong that I have for Holden. So perhaps this Holden was his son or grandson?
another possible brother of the McGhee bunch:
Angus/Anderson McGhee
Elchany McGhee
Holden McGhee born at Albemarle Co., VA
Martin McGhee born 1783
NELSON (B.) McGHEE born 1792/3 at Albemarle Co., VA
I think there were at least 3 Holden McGhees, one was the s/o James McGhee and Rebecca Prewitt and father of Sallie McGhee, not sure of the other children though.
One Holden McGhee may have been the s/o William and Elizabeth
One Holden was Cherokee and info comes from a Mary Pless via Beverly. Mary Pless claims that "Jonathan McGhee, b. 1769 in the Carolinas(NC or SC) in the 1840 census. He md Rebecca James, b. abt 1772, d. 1845 in Braxton, Simpson Co, MS. Their son, Holden was born March 12, 1796, in Richmond Co, GA and died 1899 Broaddus, San Augustine Co, TX. Buried in Lucas Cem. He has a plaque on his headstone donated by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. He lived in LA before moving to TX."
John W McGehee Jr. beleives Angus, Holden, Martin and Nelson were either descendants of one of the sons of Albermarle or one of the sons of William's brother, James of Pittsyvania Co, VA. Here are his citations:
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