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ChildrenFirst NameBirth DtDeath DtBirth PlaceSpouses


1794  TN, Grainger Co M J Parrot 


1796  TN, Grainger Co John M Saylor 

Martha Patsy 

1807  TN, Grainger Co Jacob Dick 

Mary Ann 

1808  John S Waters 

William C 

1808  TN, Grainger Co Susan Hawkins 


1810  TN, Grainger Co  

Adam H 

1812  Maria S ___ 

Issac M 


Gannum Cox 

181610/13/1863  TN, Grainger Co Malvina Lamar 

Lemuel Jackson 

01/26/18181856  TN, Jefferson Co Mary A Love 


1821  Mary Elizabeth ___ 

Daniel Meek 

05/23/182409/09/1902  TN, Grainger Co Rebecca Emaline Sawyers 


1828  Mary Elizabeth Nance 

James Alexander 

02/13/182908/26/1916  TN, Grainger Co Rachel Sawyers 
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  • Will, : Will
    Lemuel McBee of Granger, TN, formerly of the County of Knox.
    1st My beloved wife Sarah McBee all the tract of land I now live on together with the tract I bought from Samuel Gill & Diannah Y. Gill his wife with the exception of a certain part that is set apart for my son William C. McBee here after mentioned. The Two Tracts containing 539 acres. For her lifetime. And after her death to my youngest son James A. McBee. His mother to give him possession of the following part at the time he becomes 21 years of age or should marry, to wit: All the west end of said tracts, commencing at the meadow branch running with the branch a NE course.
    I also give to my wife the following Negroes: James, Dick, Fill, Henry, Cloe, Lucy, Lize, Lindy, Mariah, Netty and Ross. To have for her natural life and then be equally divided amongst my heirs together with their increase. Also to my wife all grain and provender that may be on hand at my Death together with the crop that may be growing and all other provisions. And to keep all the negroes to finish cultivating and gathering said growing crop.
    I also give to my wife all my household and kitchen furniture of every kind. My wagon & farming tools of every kind. Cross cut saw & cloth, thread and what ever raw materials are on hand to make the same. I give her the following stock, to wit, her choice of 12 head of cattle; fifty head of hogs; five head of horses, and my sheep and poultry of every kind, and $200. The household & kitchen furniture to be at her disposal at her death. All other property that may be on hand at her death to be equally divided among my heirs. She to raise and educate my minor children until they become of age.
    2nd To my eldest son William C. McBee, a piece of land, acres not known it being a part of the former mentioned tracts, included in the following bounds, to wit: Commencing at the mouth of the Spring Branch where William now lives; running into the lick branch, then running up the branch to the Spring so as to include the Spring, then with the dry branch to McKinney's Road, thence with the road to McKinney's Line, then running out towards Sally Hodges 15 acre field & the Carruther place; with Sally Hodges line until it strikes the lick Branch not far from the Beginning, thence to the Beginning. I likewise give William the following Negroes: Andy given to him some time ago and now in his possession and John at my Death together with $600.
    3rd To my second son Adam H. McBee the tract of land he now lives on containing 245 acres in Jefferson County together with one Negro Boy, namely Jeff given to him some time ago and in his possession.
    4th To my third son Israel [later entries and the censuses indicate that this son was named Issac, not Israel] M. McBee, the lower half of a tract forming an Island in Holstin River bought of Pleasant Jarnagin, lying in Jefferson County together with Negro boy named Tom given to him some time ago and in his possession.
    5th To my fourth son Ganum C. McBee, the upper half of the above mentioned Island where he now lives together with a Negro Boy to be equal in value to one now in his possession namely Manual., or two small ones to amount to the same in value as. Manual now in his possession will have to be divided amongst the heirs of Wm McBee deceased agreeable to a
    decree of Chancery Court at Knoxville.
    6th To my fifth son Lemuel J. McBee a tract of land 206 acres bought of Thomas Hankins in Jefferson Co together with a negro boy named Jurdon, given to him some time ago and in his possession.
    7th to my Sixth son, Milo McBee. Two Negroes, Joseph & Frank together with $1000 likewise the mare he now claims.
    8th to my Seventh son Daniel M. McBee. All that tract of land bought of James Hankins, the said land lying in two tracts. One piece which is a part of an Island known as Davises Island belonging to Grainger Co, the balance of said land lying in Jefferson County. Containing in the whole 198 acres Together with a Negro Boy namely Jupater and a two year old Bay Colt, Nancy Fines colt.
    9th to my Eighth son Callaway McBee, one Negro boy namely Alfred together with $1000 and one yearling gray filly.
    10th to my youngest son James A. McBee together with the before mentioned land at the death of his mother, at my death one Negro boy namely Major and my rifle gun. My new case of Rasors [razors] & Mary's sucking colt.
    11th to my daughter Patsey, five Negroes namely Charles & Rachel given to her some time ago now in her possession and Rhoda, Hannah & Adaline at my death.
    12th to my daughter Mary Ann the tract of land bought of Stephen Graves containing 150 acres the land she now lives on together with one Negro choice of any of the female slaves I may draw at the Division of the slaves belonging to the Estate of William McBee deceased. which is to take place at Knoxville betwixt this and next October.
    All the remaining part of my property to be sold by my Executors in any manner they may think most advisable and the proceeds to be equally divided betwixt my heirs. If any of my heirs should be dissatisfied with this my will and commence a Lawsuit, he or she or they shall not have the part set apart for them. If there be any such, to such I give $10 apiece and nor more and when they law that out I would advise them to quit.
    Appoint my two sons Israel M. McBee and Ganum C. McBee executors of this my LW&T. Set my hand and seal April 21st 1843. Lemuel McBee
    Wit: G. C. McBee, T. D. Thornton, Samuel Shield. Rec. 5 Jul 1843
  • Other, : http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~katy/mcbee/b24838.html#P24838
    (daughter of Adam MEEK and Martha WALLACE)
    The first settler in Strawberry Plains [Jefferson Co, TN] was Adam
    Meek born in 1746. He left Derry, Ireland at the age of 19 and came to
    Charleston, South Carolina. He fought in the American Revolution and
    married Martha Wallace in Charlotte, North Carolina. Meek, coming from
    Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, made surveys in Caswell County in
    the State of Franklin as early as 1785. He built a cabin made of round
    poles covered with grass and bark. His family settled at the mouth of
    Beaver Creek on the Holston River in 1788 and built a log house. When
    problems with the Indians arose he and his family hid in nearby caves
    for protection. He died on July 8, 1828 and is buried along with
    several members of his family in the Strawberry Plains graveyard.
    The first white child born in Strawberry Plains was Adam Meek?s
    daughter Sarah. She married Lemuel McBee. Adam Meek also had two sons,
    Daniel Meek and A.H. Meek who became leaders in the Strawberry Plains
    Presbyterian Church.
    History of Tennessee; Goodspeed, 1887
    "Adam Meek, Sr., ... is said to have been the first settler to build a
    house in what is now Jefferson County. He came to Jefferson Co. after
    the close of the Revolution, from over the mountains in Mecklenburg
    County [NC], and one account declares he was a native of Ireland."
    (Tennessee Cousins, p. 107.)
    He married Martha Wallace on 23 Mar 1781 in Charlotte, NC (Marriage
    abstracts). She was born in 1766. She died on 21 Nov 1831
    (Tombstone/bible). She was buried in Old Strawberry Plains cemetery.
    Adam Kennedy Meek Sr. and Martha Wallace had the following children:
    1850 Census. Grainger Co TN, Dist 8, Hh 5
    Daniel McBee [indexed as McLee] age 25, farmer. James A. age 21.
    Sarah, age 63.
    Marlowe McBee, age 24, Stu at Med [???? hard to read]
    James Jones, age 20, laborer
    1860 Census. Grainger Co TN, Dist 8, Hh 870
    Sarah McBee, age 72, Widow, b. TN.
    Daniel M. McBee, age 36, farmer, b. TN. R. Emaline, age 29.
    Margaret A. 8, Samuel S. 4, Lemuel 2, James C. 9 months
    James A. McBee, age 32, b. TN Rachael 26.
    Sarah E. age 3. John R. 12 [probably meant to be a number of months,
    but only the 12 is there] n
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