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224. Gainum MCBEE was born in September 1840 in Tennessee.

The 1850 Census shows him as age 8, but I believe he is the Ganum who is in Knox Co through 1900, married to a Nancy.

There are two Gainum/Gannum McBees born approximately the same year, 1829 - they were second cousins. Still a third Gainum McBee, this Gainum, 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, the son of William Prior McBee, was known to have had the middle initial and family tradition does place him at Chattanooga near the end of the war. However, this youngest Gainum apparently did not marry until after the War and would have been a single man and apparently lived in Knox Co his entire life.

I believe the marriage record is this one: G. C. McBee married N. E. Sawyers, Oct 1865, Knox Co, TN. There is another marriage record of a G. D. McBee to N. E. Mayet in Dec of 1867, but the Ganum of 1870 and wife Nancy already have a three-year-old son.

1870 Census. District 4, Knox Co TN, Hh 115
Ganum McBee, 29, farmer, b. TN
Nancy E., age 26
William 3, James A. 1
John Little, 11, Black

1880 Census. Knox Co TN
Ganum McBee, 39. Nancy 37.
William 13, James 11, L. Robert 9, B. Sarah 6, Rachel 4
Henry Wirick, age 30, farm laabor

1900 Census. Knox Co TN 4th Dist, Hh 266
Ganum McBee, b. Sep 1840, age 59, married 34 years, farmer
Nancy E., wife, b. May 1843, age 57, 6 children - 5 are living [4 in household - Robert living in Hh 379]
James A., son, b. Oct 1868, age 31, farm labor
Sallie B., dau, b. Nov 1872, age 27
Ganum C., son, b. May 1882, age 18, in school
Lizzie E. Little, dau, b. Mar 1876, age 24, married 2 years, no children [she must have been called Rachel in 1880]
David Little, son-in-law, b. Jan 1873, age 27, farm labor
Carl McBee, grandson, b. Oct 1899, age 7 months [possible a son of eldest son William, who is apparently the deceased child]
Frank Wellings, boarder, b. Jul 1870, age 29, widowed, farm labor
Hh 379
Robert McBee, b. Jun 1871, age 28, married 11 years
Lunda E., b. Nov 1870, age 29, 4 children
Edgar L., son, b. Jul 1889, age 10
Ganum G., son, b. Oct 1891, age 8
William S., son, b. Feb 1897, age 3
Rosetta M., dau, b. Feb 1900, age 3/12 [3 months]

Gainum MCBEE and Nancy E. SAWYERS were married circa 1866. Nancy E. SAWYERS was born in May 1843 in Tennessee.

1910 Census. 5th Dist, Knox Co, TN, Hh 179
Nancy McBeen, age 66 widow, married 44 years. Six children - 5 are living, Farming
James A., son, 41, Managing farm
Sallie, dau, 36
Daniel Little, Son-in-law, age 37 married 12 years, Contracting, logging
Lizzie, dau, 34, no children
Edgar McBee, grandson, 20, Teaching School
Walter, McBee, grandson, age 10

Gainum MCBEE and Nancy E. SAWYERS had the following children:



William MCBEE was born in 1867 in Knox County, Tennessee. He died before 1900 at the age of 33.



James Albert MCBEE was born on 6 October 1868 in Knox County, Tennessee. He died on 21 July 1931 at the age of 62 in Knox County, Tennessee.

Tennessee Death Certificate #20103
James Albert McBee of Corryton, Knox Co, TN, died 21 Jul 1931 of paralysis. He was born 6 Oct 1868 and was single at the time of his death. Father was Gannum McBee; mother was Nancy Sawyers. Buried McBee Cemetery.



Robert L. MCBEE.



Sarah B. "Sallie" MCBEE was born on 22 November 1872 in Knox County, Tennessee. She died on 23 February 1943 at the age of 70 in Knox County, Tennessee.

Tennessee Death Certificate #2937.
Sallie B. McBee died 23 Feb 1943 of heart disease. She lived on the Washington Pike, Corryton, Knox Co, TN. Sallie was born 22 Nov 1873. Father listed as Ganhum McBee, born Knox Co - her mother was Nancy Sawyer, born Knox Co. Sarah Rutherford of Knoxville was the informant. Sallie was buried McBee Cemetery.



Lizzie E. [Rachel?] MCBEE was born in March 1876 in Knox County, Tennessee.

In 1880, the McBees had a 4 year old daughter named Rachel. In 1900, their 24 year old daughter was Lizzie E. Little, married to David Little, and the married couple was living with Gainum and Nancy. Was she perhaps Rachel Elizabeth/Elizabeth Rachel?



Gainum C. MCBEE was born on 20 May 1882 in Knox County, Tennessee. He died on 22 August 1942 at the age of 60 in Knox County, Tennessee.

1910 Census, Knox Co. Gainum C. McBee was 27 and married for three years to Amanda B., age25.  Reth E., daughter 1 year, 10 months,and James A. Jr., son, 5 months.  [JamesA. named for Gainum’s older brother]

World War I Draft Registration:
Gainum Cox McBee. Strawberry Plains, Knox C, TN, age 36, Born May 30, 1882
Farmer, own farm.
Nearest relative: Mrs. Amanda McBee, Strawberry Plains
Signed: G. C. McBee
Back side: Medium height, stout build, brown eyes, dark hair.
12 Sept 1918.

Tennessee Death Certificate #16930
Ganum Cox McBee, died 22 August 1942 in Strawberry Plains, Knox Co TN, of Coronary occlusion. He was born 30 May 1882 in Knox Co. He was married to Amanda McBee. He was a farmer and parole officer of Knox Co. His father was G. C. McBee; his mother Nancy Sawyers, both born in Know C. The informant was Mrs. G. C. McBee - he was buried McBee Cemetery, Corryton.