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47. Gainum C. MCBEE was born in 1799.

This is the first proven use of the given name Gainum I've found in the family - I believe it was most likely a name passed down in the Cox family.


Tennessee Land Grants, Vol. II, Sistler.
Grants issued to G. C., Gameran, Ganum, and Garmon C. McBee in Knox Co, Eastern District. I would think all of these to be this man.
1825 - 14 acres, Bk 10, p. 187 Grant #10728
1832 - 50 acres, Bk 17, p.548 Grant #17566
1835 - 16 acres, Bk 19, p.59 Grant #19141
1838 - 500 acres, Bk 22, p.176 Grant #22253
1849 - 724 acres, Bk 27, p.1057 Grant #26729
1856 - 387 acres, Bk 30, p.517 Grant #29788


1850, Knox Co TN, Subdivision 15, p.157, Dwelling 883, Family 892
Gainum C. McBee, age 51, Farmer, Value of real estate $20,000, b. TN [as was the entire family]
Sarah, age 48.
William, 24, Merchant
Robert, 21, Student
Albert, 15, Student
Lousia, 12
Gainum 8
Amanda 7
Calvin Spence, age 34, Farmer
Israel Huddleston, age 20, Student
Not only did Gainum own a large quantity of land. The Knox Co Slave Schedule for 1850 shows a total of 38 slaves. By the 1870 census, there were several Black McBee families enumerated in Jefferson Co.

The only other McBees in Knox Co in 1850 were
Subdiv 31, Hh 417
Milo McBee, age 26
Calloway, age 22
Elizabeth, 20 [she could be wife of either, but likely Mary E., wife of Milo]
Sarah 2, and Elora 2/12 [2 months]
and living in the household of Howel Gault, age 32, and Maragaret E. age 30, along with 4 Gault children, ages 11 to 4, are Levi McBee, age 2, Daniel, age 11 months - Possibly Margaret was married to a McBee and recently widowed.

The entire family seems to be missing in 1860.

1870 Census. Knox Co TN, Dist 18, P.O. Reseberry, Hh 42
G. C. McBee, age 71, property worth $20,000, personal estate of $6000 [and this is after the Civil War!] Farmer
R. L., male, age 40, farmer. [Robert L., son]
next door in Hh 43 is:
C. T. Crawford, age 30, b. VA
Amanda, age 26 [the right age to be Gainum's daughter], b. TN
Sarah Margen, age 7
Martha Barlow, age 21, cook


1880 Census. Knox Co TN, District 18, Hh 159
Gainum C. McBee, age 81, farmer
Robert L., son, 50, farmer
Rachel Burket, 40, servant
William Burket, 22, boarder, works on farm
Malichi Mills, 22, boarder, works on farm
John A. Kiker, 20, boarder, works on farm

Gainum C. MCBEE and Sarah [MCBEE] were married. Sarah [MCBEE] was born in 1802 in Tennessee.

Gainum C. MCBEE and Sarah [MCBEE] had the following children:

218

i.

William MCBEE was born in 1826 in Tennessee.

219

ii.

Robert L. MCBEE was born in 1829 in Tennessee.

1870 Census. Knox Co TN, Dist 18, P.O. Reseberry, Hh 42
G. C. McBee, age 71, property worth $20,000, personal estate of $6000 [and this is after the Civil War!] Farmer
R. L., male, age 40, farmer. [Robert L., son]

1880 Census. Knox Co TN, District 18, Hh 159
Gainum C. McBee, age 81, farmer
Robert L., son, 50, farmer
Rachel Burket, 40, servant
William Burket, 22, boarder, works on farm
Malichi Mills, 22, boarder, works on farm
John A. Kiker, 20, boarder, works on farm

220

iii.

Albert MCBEE was born in 1835 in Tennessee.30

Albert McBee married Mary Rose, 30 Sep 1867, Knox Co, TN

221

iv.

Louisa MCBEE was born in 1838 in Tennessee.

+222

v.

Gainum MCBEE.

223

vi.

Amanda MCBEE was born in 1843 in Tennessee.

1870 Census. Knox Co TN, Dist 18, P.O. Reseberry, Hh 42
G. C. McBee, age 71, property worth $20,000, personal estate of $6000 [and this is after the Civil War!] Farmer
R. L., male, age 40, farmer. [Robert L., son]
next door in Hh 43 is:
C. T. Crawford, age 30, b. VA
Amanda, age 26 [the right age to be Gainum's daughter], b. TN
Sarah Margen, age 7
Martha Barlow, age 21, cook