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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1885.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JAMES C. McGEE, farmer, living near Palma, Marshall County, is a native of North Carolina, and was born in 1828. His father, Robert McGee, was also a native of North Carolina, and there died, when James C. was but an infant. His mother, Malinda (Gibson) McGee, was afterward married to William Freeman, and the family removed from Virginia to this county in the spring of 1846, and settled on the Tennessee River, near the present site of Calvert City. Here Malinda Freeman died soon after their immigration to this county, as did also her husband, William Freeman. James C. McGee was principally reared in the State of Virginia, and for some years after removing to this county, he engaged as a farm hand, having, in the beginning, nothing, save the strength of his young manhood and a persistent determination to succeed. About 1856, he purchased fifty acres of land, where he now lives, and proceeded to improve it, and by industry and economy he has been able to add to this, from time to time, until he became one of the largest land owners in the county. He now owns about 600 acres of land, and engages in mixed husbandry and stock-raising. With the exception of serving as constable and deputy sheriff, he has devoted himself exclusively to the pursuits of agriculture, never having sought any position of public trust. He is a genial, benevolent gentleman, and an honored member of the A. F. & A. M. In 1853, James C. McGee married Miss Laurinda E., daughter of Col. Alfred Johnston, of whom mention is made in the general history of Marshall County. They have had thirteen children, of whom two are dead— Magdalene A., wife of L. W. Truitt; Joseph H.; Julia E., wife of C. B. Littlejohn; William T., Howard J., Curtis A., Effie L., James M., Charles L., Mary C. and Alfred Adeline McGee.

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This family biography is one of 32 biographies included in the Marshall County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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