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255. Gannum Cox MCBEE was born on 20 March 1829 in Tennessee. He died between 1860 and 1870 at the age of 31.

Gannum's date of birth is a month before his parent's marriage. Possibly the year of one of these is wrong. It is also possible he is place in the wrong McBee family.

Probably the Gainum McBee, age 20, living in the household of Green Palmer, 1850, Claiborne Co. TN

Gannum is said to have married Mary Emaline Woods on 16 Oct 1851 in Claiborne Co. Her Bible said to give his full name as Gaynum Cox McBee and date of birth as 20 Mar 1829.
The family has said to have gone to Missouri soon after Gannum and Mary married; they had three children there who did not survive - by 1860 they had returned to Tennessee.

One Family tradition states that he was killed during the Battle of Chattanooga, Civil War. That Battle was fought Nov 23-25, 1863. Another says that he died near the end of the war; he took ill near Chattanooga while moving his horses and died there. He may have raised horses and they were said to have been taken and his business destroyed by the Union Army.

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.
The other Gainums born 1829 & 1840, were not known to have had the middle initial and this record does place a Gainum McBee 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.

1860 Union Co TN, p. 440b, living next to Robert McBee's children is
G. C. McBee, age 30, and Mary age 28.
Note: Robert probably was his uncle; he also had a son named Gainum, but he was about age 22 and Robert's son is probably listed as a student in Claiborne Co in 1860, age 20.

1870 Union Co TN
Hh 77. Mary McBee age 38. Mary A. 9, Sarah E. 7, Ganum C. 5.
Sarah Pary, age 18.
Mary is living two doors from her brother John Woods - an Andrew Pary age 21, lives with John.

1880 Union Co TN, District 11
Hh 109 Mary McBee, age 47. Sarah E. age 16, daughter. Ganum C. 14, son. John E. age 5, son. [This youngest child is obviously not a child of Gannum - some say possibly a son of Andrew Perry although the name has come down in the family as Peters/Peterson.] Next door is Andrew Perry age 30 and his wife is Mary J. age 22. They have children - Matty E age 4 and Henry M. age 1.

Gannum Cox MCBEE and Mary Emaline WOODS were married on 14 October 1851 in Claiborne County, Tennessee. Mary Emaline WOODS was born on 7 February 1832. She died on 12 November 1911 at the age of 79.

Information on Mary found on

Mary was the daughter of Stephen Arnold and Sarah Lay Woods.
Mary deeded to her son Gainum her homestead in Claiborne Co in 1890 - about the time Gainum married. She and her youngest son, John Esco, age 15, then homesteaded in Utica, Kansas. About 1905, Mary returned to Knoxville to live with her daughter Mary and Mary's second husband John W. Siler.

Knoxville Journal and Tribune, 13 Nov 1911, p.7, col. 7
Mrs. Mary E. McBee, age 87 years died on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. W. Siler, 317 North Broadway. Funeral services will be held from the residence Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. and the place of interment will be announced later.
another place, same edition of the paper
The Funeral service for Mary McBee, whose death occurred Sunday at the residence of the Daughter at 317 North Broadway, will be conducted Friday morning at 10:00. Interment wil be in the Greenwood Cemetery. The deceased was a widow and was 87 years old.

Mary is buried Greenwood Cemetery, Tazewell Pike, Knoxville. Said to be beside Eli D. Miller, the first husband of her daughter Mary, and two of the Miller children, George and Robert.

Gannum Cox MCBEE and Mary Emaline WOODS had the following children:



Nancy C. MCBEE was born on 12 September 1852 in Missouri. She died on 18 July 1853 at the age of 0 in Missouri.



William M. MCBEE was born on 29 July 1854 in Missouri. He died on 20 August 1855 at the age of 1 in Missouri.



Margaret P. MCBEE was born on 19 July 1856 in Missouri. She died on 6 October 1857 at the age of 1 in Missouri.



Mary A. MCBEE was born in 1861 in Tennessee.



Sarah Emmeline MCBEE was born in 1863 in Tennessee.



Gainum George Cox MCBEE.



John Esco MCBEE was born in 1875 in Claiborne County, Tennessee.

John Esco McBee appears to have been born several years after his father died - see his father's note.