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Thomas McGehee

Also Known As: "Magee", "Mackgehee", "Mackgahye", "(McGregor)"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Loch Katrine, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Death: Died in St. John's Parish, King William County, Province of Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of William McGehee and Mary Johnson
Husband of Ann McGehee
Father of Anna Butler; Dinah Lipscomb; Abner Mackgehee; Mary Dickenson; Abraham Mackgehee and 5 others
Brother of William Mackgehee

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About Thomas McGehee

WILL OF THOMAS MACKGEHEE - Dated 27 July 1727, St. John's Parish, King William County Son William 10 shillings to buy a mourning ring Dau Anna Butler Dau Dinah and her husband Joseph Lipscomb 20 shillings Son Abraham 96 acres part of land I live on, one negro, bed and furniture and a large chest Sons Jacob and Samuel and Dau Sarah, when they come of age, 5 lbs each to be paid them by son Abraham Son Edward 50 acres of land, one negro, one bed and furniture, one large chest which was his mothers Son Samuel 50 acres of land, one feather bed and furniture, one large chest, riding mare, saddle and bridle Dau Sarah one feather bed, chest and drawers, sealskin trunk, 5 lbs. currency, her mother's horse saddle and bridle Dau Mary Dickson one feather bed, one pair blankets, desk, etc. Cattle, sheep, hogs, etc., to be equally divided Exs: sons Abraham, Edward and Samuel Wts: Robert Bambridge, W. Craddock, J. Buckley

Source:

Thomas had 9 children. 8 of them were by Anne, who was his 2nd wife.

Not sure why he changed his name when he came to America.

He was a Scottish prince.

Came from Scotland before 1701. Married Ann about 1688 in VA. Thomas Mackgehee, born Abt. 1659 in Loch Katrine, Scotland; died Aft. 27 July 1727 in St. John's Parish, King William County, Virginia; married Ann Bastrop.

Born in Scotland, presumably in 1618 (see below). Arrived in Virginia by 1653; was listed in that year as a headright on a grant of 1,000 acres to William Hoccaday of York County, VA. "Headright" means that his passage to the colony was paid by Hoccaday, who as a result received a set amount additional acres on his land grant for each such immigrant. Most persons who immigrated in this manner repaid their fare by indentured servitude.


will recorded in Will Book No. 2, pp. 84-85 of Louisa County, Virginia


For many years, Thomas Mackgehee was called the "immigrant," and identified as James MacGregor, son of Patrick MacGregor and Marian McDonald of Auchatrichaton. He is said to have come to America when Clan MacGregor was outlawed following Cromwell's defeat of the Scots. He supposedly changed his name to Thomas MackGehee in an attempt to hide his identity from the Crown. Quite a number of researchers today think that Thomas was the son of the immigrant, not the immigrant himself. Recent material suggests that a William MackGahey had sons William and Thomas in Virginia by 1653. The evidence suggests that the elder William may have changed his name from James MacGregor, making him the immigrant ancestor, and "our" Thomas, his son.

WILL OF THOMAS MACKGEHEE - Dated 27 July 1727, St. John's Parish, King William County

Son William 10 shillings to buy a mourning ring

Dau Anna Butler

Dau Dinah and her husband Joseph Lipscomb 20 shillings

Son Abraham 96 acres part of land I live on, one negro, bed and furniture and a large chest

Sons Jacob and Samuel and Dau Sarah, when they come of age, 5 lbs each to be paid them by son Abraham

Son Edward 50 acres of land, one negro, one bed and furniture, one large chest which was his mothers

Son Samuel 50 acres of land, one feather bed and furniture, one large chest, riding mare, saddle and bridle Dau Sarah one feather bed, chest and drawers, sealskin trunk, 5 lbs. currency, her mother's horse saddle and bridle

Dau Mary Dickson one feather bed, one pair blankets, desk, etc.

Cattle, sheep, hogs, etc., to be equally divided

Exs: sons Abraham, Edward and Samuel

Wts: Robert Bambridge, W. Craddock, J. Buckley

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=eleanor&id=I00328


Misc. Notes

  • Virginia Stat Historical Society Library ib Richmond VA . Oath of allegiance dated 11 Apre 1652

Could be MacKgehee or MacGregor. Came to America in 1676 as Thomas MacGregor according to "McGehee early settlers of Alabama" by W. G. Stubbs, Vol. 1 page 106. Oath of Allegiance dated 11 Apr 1652 at Virginia State Historical Library, Richmond, Virginia. Descendants of Thomas Mackgehee and Ann Bastrop/Baytop For many years, Thomas Mackgehee was called the "immigrant," and identified as James MacGregor, son of Patrick MacGregor and Marian McDonald of Auchatrichaton. Believed to have come to America when Clan MacGregor was outlawed following Cromwell's defeat of the Scots, he supposedly changed his name to Thomas MackGehee in an attempt to hide his identity from the Crown. Quite a number of researchers today think that Thomas was the son of the immigrant, William MackGahey, not the immigrant himself. Recent material suggests that a William MackGahey had sons William and Thomas in Virginia by 1653. The evidence suggests that the elder William may have changed his name from James MacGregor, making him the immigrant ancestor, and that "our" Thomas was his son.

Thomas owned land in several Virginia counties according to Dorothy Helmer. She said that, "Thomas MackGehee owned land in New Kent Co, as early as 1689, when it is recorded in St. Peter's Vestry, p. 20, that he 'marked the bounds of his land'." Several years later, on 28 October 1702, Thomas petitioned for 256 acres in Pamunkey Neck on the west side of Nicatywance Swamp, in King William Co. This patent was granted for transporting six persons into the Colony. However, this land grant was not confirmed until 10 November 1713, according to English Duplicates of lost Virginia Records. Less than a year after his above petition, Thomas bought 110 acres from Wiliam Glover, recorded 20 September 1703, King William County. This land was farther up the Nicatywance Swamp, which is now called Harrison Creek. According to Helmer, these acres had been granted to James Johnson on 1 April 1702, then sold to William Glover. Glover, in turn sold them to Thomas MackGehee. The Quit Rent Rolls of 1704 for King William County list "Thomas MackGehee 250 acres."

From McGehee Descendants, E. C. W. Grider says, "First, let's consider the ancestry of Marian MacDonald whose husband was Patrick MacGregor. According to Sir Gregor MacGregor there were two Patricks and the one who married Lady Marian MacDonald of Slate is NOT our Patrick. Our Patrick married Marian MacDonald of Auchatrichatan, who was possibly a cousin of the MacDonalds of Slate."

From a letter by Sir Gregor MacGregor, 2 February 1970: "There were, in fact, two Patricks living at this time who were distant cousins. The first was Patrick MacGregor of that Ilk, 13th Chief of Clan Gregor, led his Clan under Montrose in 1644 and fought at the battles of Inverlochy and Kilsyth in 1645. . . . The other Patrick MacGregor of Ardchoille (called Aberach after his father), Chieftain of the Children of the Mist and is also said to have fought under Montrose at Kilsyth in 1645. He would, of course have been subordiante to the other Patrick who was his Chief. He married Marion MacDonald of Auchatrichatan in Glencoe member of the family of the MacDonalds of Glencoe and, perhaps, a distant relative of the MacDonalds of Sleat. By her, with other children, he had two sons


Iain, his heir, and James who settled in Virginia and was your ancestor. I am directly descended from his elder brother, Iain, as a matter of interest. In the latter half of the 16th century, this branch of the Clan led such wild and hunted lives in the misty mountains that they became know as MacEagh or "Sons of the Mist." It may be that it is from this Gaelic patronym that James MacGregor took the name MacGehee." (McGehee Descendants by E. C. W. Grider)

Persons who could be James, the Immigrant: 1. Thomas MackGehee who died in Virginia in 1727 2. James MacGregor who was in Virginia and Maryland and had one son, Hugh 3. William Mackgahye who was in Virginia in 1653

Many researchers now believe that William Macgahye is the "immigrant". His two sons were William and Thomas.

The children of Thomas MackGehee were: William, Anna, Diannah, Abraham, Edward, Mary, Samuel, Jacob and Sarah. The children of William MackGehee, the Quaker, brother of Thomas, were probably: Catherine, wife of Thomas Butts, James, who married Rebecca Prewitt; and Samuel, who married Mary Ladd.

The McGehee name has been pronounced many different ways: Mc-Ga-hee, Mc-Ge-hee, and Mc-Gee among them. Stark Young, in his famous and rare book So Red the Rose (about the McGehees of the 19th century in Mississippi, particularly in and around Natchez) quotes Lucy as saying "McGehee rhymes with McFee."

WILL OF THOMAS MACKGEHEE - Dated 27 July 1727, St. John's Parish, King William County THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF THOMAS MACKGEHEE: In the name of God Amen, L Thomas MackGehee, of St. John's Parish, King William County, being sick and weak, but of perfect mind and memory do call to mind the uncertainly of this life and hereby make my last will and testament. First, I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God, my merciful Redeemer, hoping through his mercy to obtain an everlasting crown of glory, my body to be decently buried, and all my just and principal debts to be paid. I bequeath as here followeth: Item I st, I give and bequeath to my son, William MackGehee, ten shillings to buy him a mourning ring, being in fall of his portion. Item 2nd, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Ann Butler, ten shillings to buy her a mourning ring, being in full of her portion. Item 3rd, I give and bequeath to my son-in-law, John Lipscomb, and my daughter Dinah, his wife, twenty shillings to buy them mourning rings, being in full of their portion. Item 4th, I give and bequeath to my son, Abraham MackGehee, ninety-six acres of land, being in part of the dividend of land I now live on, with the houses, orchards and appurtenances belonging thereunto, to him and his heirs forever. Item 5th, I give and bequeath to my son, Abraham MackGehee, one Negro man named Bristol, to him and his heirs forever also one feather bed and furniture, and one large chest. And it is my further will and testament that when my two sons, Jacob and Samuel, and my daughter, Sarah, come of age, that my son, Abraham, do pay them five pounds each. Item 6th, I give and bequeath to my son Edward MackGehee, fifty acres of land, of the same dividend I now live on, belonging to my said plantation, also one negro man named Peter, to him and his heirs ferever, on him paying my two sons, Samuel and Jacob, and my daughter, Sarah, when they arrive at the age of twenty-one years, five pounds each. I also give and bequeath to my son Edward MackGehee, one feather bed and furniture and the chest which was his mother's. Item 7th, I give and bequeath to my son, Samuel MackGehee, fifty acres of land, being part of the same dividend of land I now five on, also one feather bed and furniture, and one large chest, to him and his heirs forever. I likewise give and bequeath to my son Samuel, my tiding mare, saddle and bridle. Item 8th, I give and bequeath to my son, Jacob MackGehee, fifty acres of land, one large chest, to him and his heirs forever. My further will and desire is that my son, Jacob, shall live with my son, Abraham MackGehee, and when he arrives at the age of eighteen to have a share in the crop with him in case my said son, Jacob works with him. My further will and desire is that my said land, so given, to be divided among my children, to be laid out crosswise, beginning at Neckatewanna bridge up the head line to the comer, and down the back line until it reaches Abraham's portion of ninety-six acres, and so the list of my son's parts to be laid out in this course until they each have their complement. Item 9th, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Sarah, one feather bed and furniture, one chest of drawers, and one sealskin trunk. And it is my further will and desire that after my decease that my said daughter, Sarah, be paid by my executors five pounds in current money or goods from a store, that is to say, the first year after my decease, fifty shillings, and the following fifty shillings more. And I give and bequeath unto my said daughter, Sarah, her mother's horse, saddle and bridle. Item 10th, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Mary Dickson, one bed filled with feathers, a pair of blankets, my desk and all that is in the desk. My further will and desire is that my draught mare and hogs be and remain on the plantation for the support and maintenance of my children. My cattle and sheep and hogs I desire to be equally divided among my five youngest children. Also, the last of my personal estate, likewise by lots, be equally divided among the same.

I do constitute my loving sons, Abraham, Edward and Samuel MackGehee, my whole and sole executors of this my last will and testament, revoking and making void and disannul all wills by me before made.

In witness whereof I have set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty seventh day of July, in the year of our Lord, seventeen hundred and twenty four.

Thomas MackGehee

Signed and sealed in the presence of us, Robert Bainbridge, W. Craddock, J. Buckl _________________________-

From an essay by Dr. Clanton Ware Williams for his Master's Degree at Univ. of AL: "Under the next king (James V), the property of the MacGregors was confiscated. This property in turn, was redeemed by Queen Mary, with all the family honors, and that state of affairs lasted until Montrose Rebellion, in which Patrick MacGregor joined Montrose in support of the royal cause. . . . This was during the Civil War of 1644, in which Charles I was defeated and executed. The property of the MacGregors was again confiscated."

Thomas MCGEHEE was born about 1670 in SCOT. He immigrated before 1701 to King William Co., VA. He died in 1727 in King William Co., VA. He had an estate probated in 1727 in King William Co., VA.

Parents: William MCGEHEE (nee James MacGregor)

Children were: William (1676-1771)

Anna (1690-) 
Dinah (1691-) 
Abraham (1693-) 
Edward (Mackgehee)•Birth: ABT 1701 in King William Co., VA •Death: BEF 28 JAN 1771 in Cumberland Co, VA 
Mary (1702-) 
Samuel (1704-1791) 
Sarah (1706-) 
Jacob (1707-1783) 
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Thomas McGehee's Timeline

1659
1659
Loch Katrine, Stirlingshire, Scotland
1683
1683
Age 24
1691
1691
Age 32
New Kent County, Virginia
1693
1693
Age 34
New Kent, Virginia
1695
1695
Age 36
New Kent, Virginia
1698
1698
Age 39
New Kent, Virginia
1700
1700
Age 41
New Kent County, Virginia
1702
1702
Age 43
New Kent County, Virginia
1705
1705
Age 46
New Kent County, Virginia