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Re: Walker Cemetery, McDuffie Co., GA
Posted by: Beth (ID *****1307) Date: December 07, 2005 at 01:19:05
In Reply to: Re: Walker Cemetery, McDuffie Co., GA by Christine Dukes of 83

As I was trying to do more family tree research on both my motherís & fatherís side of the family, I came upon this forum for the McGahee family, my father. I began reading a few of the postings and one sounded so very familiar, that I thought I had hit pay dirt. then I see the name of the person posting and it is my sweet and diligent brother. I am new to this type of family tree research forum, so in the spirit of trying to appear that I know what I am doing, I chose to post to the very last message. Not just because it is the newest, but because it has much significance to my families research. I am so glad to hear that someone out there has started to honor this family name. There has been so much taboo that it has been more than difficult to get a straight answer out of living relatives, let alone the dead ones! However, my two brothers and sister and I have had some amazing opportunities over the last several years to learn more about our McGahee family than any one of us knew over the last nearly 40 years. I have tidbits of cool information that I have learned along the way. 3 years ago, my younger brother stayed at a B&B in a small plantation type town east of Augusta. It was there, right in the dining/study area, we discovered a rich history of the McGahee family and weíre lead to the document that my other brother posted about. This document has a dynamic history of the McGahee clan starting from approx 950 a.c.e. and many of the name changes that occurred and why the occurred. It also has copies of two wills from the first original McGehee family that settled in Virginia and one of their sons. Based on these wills it is quite obvious they were very well off financially and may actually have owned the majority of Virginia back in the early 1600ís. There is also information on the McGahee migration south to Georgia then Alabama, the Carolinas, and Florida. One of the more interesting discoveries at this B&B was that the McGahee family and the McDuffie family were very close friends. (the B&B use to be a full functioning plantation owned by the McDuffies) Additionally, these two families were good friends with the Cherokee natives. They even had beautiful paintings of chiefs hanging on the walls. The most amazing painting was one of a young woman, 13-17 years of age. This painting was the spitiní image of my then 16 year old daughter, long curly, curly brown hair and all. The reason the Cherokee part was so interesting is where my family has such interest, since our father, John Daniel McGahee is Ĺ Cherokee, the first born of twins (nothing is known of the second born, believed to have bee still born) to Willie Mae McGahee an unwed mother in 1936. We know only that she must have had sex at least once with a full blood Cherokee native, but the circumstances and the secret of who this man was died with our grandmother a few years ago. I know that these and many other connections are out there and the clock is ticking. People do not live forever and the oral traditions of the natives, may still help us. In the mean time, I, as does my brother, Kevin, have copies of the manuscript of the original McGahee settlers. There are interesting stories, some about the Luckeyís Bridge, a grist mill, a Baptist church, ministers, and crooks, and those who drank a little too much moonshine, to others who brought peaches to Georgia. It is all so very interesting. I would invite anyone interested in it to go to genealogical society in Augusta, Georgia and look it up, or email or post names that you would like us to look up for you. I canít speak for my brother, but I would be happy to provide any info I can.

Regards and onward McGahee clans,
Beth


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