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288. Gainum MCBEE was born on 4 May 1829 in Tennessee. He died between 1900 and 1910 at the age of 71.
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Ganum b. 4 May 1829 said to have married Rebecca Phelps 16 Jul 1849. She was the daughter of George & Syntha Phelps. Rebecca born ca 1829, died 15 Feb 1912.

1850 Claiborne Co TN, Subdivision 7
Hh 723: Isaac McBee age 49. Elizabeth 46. John 15, Sally 7, and Prior L. age 4.
Hh 1424 Gainum McBee age 21, wife Rebecca age 19.

1860 Claiborne Co TN, Subdivision 10
Hh 1281 Gainum McBee age 32, Rebecca 24. Wm E. 10, James M. 8, Jeromy 6, Manitia 3 [female], and John J. 8 months.

There are two Gainum/Gannum McBees born approximately the same year, 1829 - they were second cousins. Still a third Gainum McBee, lived in Knox Co TN and was born in 1840, son of Gainum C. & Sarah; he was another second cousin. Any of these three could have served in the Civil War. One of these is surely the Ganum C. McBee, private of 1st Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry who signed the Oath of Allegiance at Chattanooga on 3 Jun 1865. The card states "Roll of Rebel Deserters and voluntarily surrendered prisoners of war who took the Oath of Allegiance at Chattanooga". Ganum C. McBee gave his residence as Knox County, TN; he had dark complexion, brown hair, blue eyes, and was 6' tall. [Found on]
A look at the 1st Regt reveals that at least two of the companies, F and L, were organized in Claiborne Co, neither of which has an existing muster roll. Several of the other companies were organized in Knox Co.
Only one Gainum, son of William Pryor McBee is known to have had the middle initial and family tradition does place him at Chattanooga near the end of the war. However, the youngest apparently did not marry until after the War and would have been a single man and apparently lived in Knox Co his entire life.

1870 Claiborne Co TN, Subdivision 11, p.318
Hh 51 Gainum McBee age 43. Rebecca 38. James M. 18, Marisa 13, John E. 11, Vina C. 6, Amanda 4, and Sarah C. age 1.

1880 Census, Claiborne Co, Hh 121. Living in a nest of McBees
Ganum McBee, 53, farmer, b. TN, parents b. TN
Rebecca, 44, wife, b. TN, parents b. VA
Nervesta, 9, daughter. Leorola, 7, daughter

1900 Census, Claiborne Co, Hh 13
Gainum McBee, b. May 1829, age 71, married 50 years
Rebecca, wife, b. May 1840, age 60, 12 children-only 5 still living
Olly, dau, b. Sep 1886, age 23
On the same page are Gainum's sons John [Hh 11], and James [Hh 13] and their families, and James's eldest son Gilbert, Hh 14.

Gainum and Rebecca are said to be buried Phelps Cemetery, Claiborne. A map shows that to be near Lone Mountain Road.

Gainum MCBEE and Rebecca PHELPS were married on 16 July 1849 in Claiborne County, Tennessee. Rebecca PHELPS was born circa 1829 in Claiborne County, Tennessee. She died on 15 February 1912 at the age of 83 in Claiborne County, Tennessee.

Rebecca was widowed by 1910, she is Civil District 3, Claiborne Co, TN, as head of household. Gave her age as 72. She had had 12 children, only 5 are living. She was b. TN, her father b. NC, her mother b. VA.
Daughter Ollie, age 32, and still single is in the household, as is Fred, age 20 and marked as a "son" but he was a grandson, the son of John Everette McBee.

I believe the five living children in 1900, were sons James and John, and daughter Marisa, Vina, and Ollie.

Probably both Gainum and Rebecca are buried Phelps Cemetery, Claiborne Co.

Gainum MCBEE and Rebecca PHELPS had the following children:



William Elbert MCBEE.



James Milton MCBEE was born on 15 May 1852 in Claiborne County, Tennessee.

Married Sarah C. Killion, 11 Oct 1874

1880 Census. 11th District, Claiborne Co TN, Hh 122, next to his brother William
James M. McBee, age 28
Sarah C., 24, wife
Gilford C., 2, son
Cornelia O., dau born in Jan, but marked as 0 months
Greenleaf Phelps, age 16, hired hand

1900 Census: Hh 15
James M. McBee, b. May 1852, age 48, married 25 years
Sarah C., b. Jan 1855, age 45, had 5 children - 4 are living
Ossie C., female, b. Feb 1880, age 20
Myrtle L., b. Nov 1883, age 16
James B., b. Aug 1885, age 14
and in Hh 14
Gilford C. McBee, b. Jun 1877, age 22, married 5 years
Sallie A., b. Aug 1877, has had 2 children
William L., b. Sep 1895, age 4
Laura A., b. Sep 1898, age 1.

1910 Census, Claiborne Co, TN, Dist 3, Hh 15
James M. McBee, age 57. Sarah C., wife, age 55.

1920 Census, Claiborne, TN, Dist 3, Hh 14
Sarah McBee, age 67, widowed - is this James's Sarah, nee Killion? She is near the same families as in 1910.



Jeremy MCBEE was born circa 1854 in Claiborne County, Tennessee. He died before 1870 at the age of 16.

A male child "Jeromy" age 6 is with Gainum and Rebecca in the 1860 census. He appears nowhere else and must have died as a child.



Manitia/Manisa "Niecie" MCBEE.



John Everette MCBEE.



Vina C. MCBEE31 was born on 12 January 1862 in Claiborne County, Tennessee. She died on 19 March 1932 at the age of 70.

Vina married John Nelson Perry, 20 Oct 1878, Claiborne Co.



Amanda MCBEE was born circa 1866. She died before 1880 at the age of 14.

Amanda appears only in the 1870 census, age 4. Must have died as a young child.



Sarah C. MCBEE was born circa 1869 in Claiborne County, Tennessee. She died before 1880 at the age of 11.

Sarah appears in the 1870 Census as a 1 year old, but she wasn't there in 1880. Likely died as a young child.



Nervesta MCBEE was born circa 1871 in Claiborne County, Tennessee. She died before 1900 at the age of 29.



Leorola MCBEE was born circa 1873 in Claiborne County, Tennessee. She died before 1900 at the age of 27.



Ollie MCBEE31 was born in September 1876 in Claiborne County, Tennessee. She died on 30 May 1950 at the age of 73.

Ollie married C. A. Greer, 16 Apr 1897 - but if that is true she went back home because she's found living with her parents as Ollie McBee in 1900. Married William T. Hayes circa 1913.



Alice MCBEE was born circa 1878 in Claiborne County, Tennessee. She died before 1880 at the age of 2.

Alice must have died as an infant. She doesn't appear in the 1880 census.