|HANCOCK COUNTY, ILLINOIS|
FAMILIES NEWS MEMORABILIA
|JAMES C. McGEE|
ca. 1833 - ____
|REBECCA M. POPE
|ELRETTA C. POPE
|FRANCES A. LONG
|Author - Marcia Farina|
|James C. McGee was born in Illinois between 1833 and 1835. He was the son of William McGee and Sirena Tungate. Burial records show the spelling of "Sirena" for his mother's given name; James' second daughter was named "Cyrena Alice".
William McGee was apparently deceased by the time of the 1850 census. As the eldest son James would have shouldered much of the hard labor on the family farm, but since there were several McGee sons, he was able to marry within a few years.
His first wife was Rebecca M. Pope. They married on November 1, 1855, in Hancock County. Marriage License
Rebecca was the daughter of Elijah Pope and Jane D. Wallis or Wallace. She was born July 7, 1835 (date calculated from tombstone inscription), in Illinois, and died December 11, 1861. She was buried in the Pope Cemetery in Tennessee Township, McDonough County, Illinois.
The daughters of James McGee and Rebecca Pope were:
Four months after Rebecca's death, on April 13, 1862, James married her sister, Elretta Caroline Pope, also the daughter of Elijah Pope and Jane D. Wallis or Wallace. Marriage License
Elretta was born August 25, 1843 (date calculated from tombstone inscription), in Illinois. She died February 21, 1865, and was also buried in the Pope Cemetery.
The son of James McGee and Elretta Caroline Pope was:
When Elretta died, James had three children under the age of 10. The elder daughter, Emma, and Clay went to live with Rebecca and Elretta's sister, Martha Pope Parker and her husband. The younger daughter, Alice, apparently stayed with her father - although we might surmise there was some moving back and forth in the years between Elretta's death and the 1870 census. Alice was only 5 and Clay was only 2 when Elretta died, and James did not remarry until late in 1866.
His third wife was Mrs. Frances A. Grigsly, nee Long. They married on December 12, 1866, in Hancock County. Frances was born in either Illinois or Kentucky between, approximately, 1843 and 1845.
The children of James McGee and Frances Long were:
We have found no record of either James or Frances after the 1880 census.
enumerated November 9, 1850, dwelling #1601
Cyrene McGee, 36, female, value of real estate 1600, born IN
enumerated July 24, 1860, dwelling #3284
[immediately following Elijah Pope]
a fine example of the inaccuracies found in census records.
James M Kee, 25, male, farmer, value of personal estate, born IL
enumerated July 15, 1870, dwelling #64
McGee, James, 36, male, white, laborer, value of personal estate 400, born IL, male citizen of the U.S. aged 21 or more
enumerated June 12, 1880, dwelling #90
McGee, James C, white, male, 44, married, farmer, born IL, both parents born IN
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