~ Gees of Lunenburg and Brunswick

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Sons of Charles Gee II and Bridget Neville

In 1746 Lunenburg was formed from the western part of Brunswick Couty.  Mecklenbug County was formed south of Lunenburg in 1765.  Toward the end of the Revolution, Greenville County was fromed from the eastern portion of Brunswick.

James, William, Nevil, Henry, and Benjamin Gee settled in Lunenburg by 1764.  Jesse arrived around 1768.  William later migrated to Brunswick County.

Northampton County, North Carolina lies just across the border with Virginia and adjacent to Brunswick and Greensville Counties.  Charles Gee III went to Northampton County between 1750 and 1760.

John Gee went to the Camden District of South Carolina possibly as early as 1768.


Gees of Lunenburg County

In the records of Lunenburg County are recorded several payments to the Gee brothers for supplies provided to the Continetal forces.  These were:

1782:         Henry Gee beef

Henry Gee for pasturage of cattle & horses of the Halifax militia on their March to York.

Benjamin Gee for beef 300 lbs, 66 lbs bacon

Nevil Gee for 300 lbs beef

Charles Gee for a horse 5 years by order of Brig. Gen. Lawson

James Gee a gun for use of militia ordered to assistance of Gen. Green

James Gee

James appears to have married a daughter of David Jones.  In 1746 he received a patent for 223 acres in Brunswick County.  This land was in the area which became Lunenburg County later in that same year.

In 1752 he received a patent for another 144 acres.  Then in 1756 James bought 144 acres on the branches of Bear’s Element Creek.

In his will in 1802 James left his land to sons David and James.  The rest of his estate was divided between these sons and son Charles and their sister Sarah Bary.

Nevil Gee

Nevil married a Lucas and they had eleven children.  There were two daughters and sons Charles, Jesse, Jones, William, George, Lucas, Neavel, James, and Reuben.  In 1759 Nevil received 266 acres on Crooked Creek in Lunenburg from his father.  In 1764 he was tithed for 300 acres and in 1767 he was appointed to procession land.  His tithe in 1783 included five slaves.

Nevil’s will in 1804 states: to …son Jesse Gee, property in his possession since he has lived in Kentucky and $1,000….

Henry Gee

Henry married Elizabeth Darden and they had twelve children.  There were three daughters and sons George, Nathan, Benjamin, Drury, Charles, Joshua, Mathew and Thomas.  In 1759 his father gave Henry 266 acres near Crooked Creek and by 1764 he held 500 acres.  Henry was also appointed to procession land in 1767.  His tithe in 1783 included ten slaves and in 1782 he was taxed for 1,000 acres.  Henry’s will in 1815 left his wife eleven slaves, their home plantation, furniture and stock as well as land on Bear’s Element.  He left additional slaves and land on Bear’s Element to his children.

Benjamin Gee

Benjamin’s birth is recorded in the Albermarle Parish Register on September 10, 1739.  He married Jane Green and they had seven children.  There were four daughters and sons Jeremiah, Jesse and Francis.  While W. J. Fletcher lists Frances as a daughter another source lists daughter Fanny and son Francis.

Benjamin worked the 200 acres owned by his father in Lunenburg County which he inherited.  In 1782 he was taxed for 400 acres.

Jesse Gee

The Albermarle Parish Register records his birth on January 9, 1745.  Jesse married Elizabeth Townsend and they had six children.  There were two daughters and sons James, Benjamin, William and Charles.

Jesse inherited the home plantation of Bridget and Charles II in 1768.  In 1769 he sold Richard Harrison 445 acres on the north side of Warwick Swamp.  This was the original plantation and Jess joined his brothers in Lunenburg County.  His will in 1823 left stock, land and seventeen slaves.  Two of his children, Rebecca and Charles, married two of Henry Gee’s children, cousins Benjamin and Bridget N.


Gees of Brunswick

William Gee

William married Tabitha Ingram whose father lived in Brunswick County and died in 1763.  They had thirteen children.  There were nine daughters and sons John, William, Joshua and James.

William was vestryman for Cumberland Parish in Lunenburg from 761 to 1768.  He was a Revolutionary Patriot who gave supplies and transported the sick, provisions, and guns during the war. His plantation was located along the Mehreein River.  In 1820, 220 inherited acres located on the Meherrin River at Gee’s Bridge were sold by a granddaughter.  A post office was established at Gee’s Bridge from 1798 to 1813.


The Granchildren of Charles Gee II and Bridget Neville,

with Some Histories

The grandchildren covered in the following paragraphs are those of the families from Lunenburg and Brunswick Counties.  This is the generation which served as soldiers in the Revolution.  The Lunenburg Militia records were destroyed so there is no record for the Lunenburg Gee’s participation.  Because the other member of Charles II’s family participated there is every reason to believe these Gees also served. After the Revolution, Virginia soldiers of the Continental Line were given land warrants in Tennessee and later in Ohio.  This is the generation of pioneers with many going to Tennessee and Kentucky or elsewhere.  The close family was beginning to stretch across the country.

It is in this generation that the hereditary names of James, Charles, and Henry begin to be used less frequently.  Family names from wives and names taken from close brothers were common.


James Gee and Miss Jones

1.     David 1752

2.     James 1754

3.     Charles 1759 married Lizzie Skinner

4.     Sarah married unknown Barry

David Gee

David moved to Williamson County, Tennessee after 1795.  he was joined by his brother James in 1805 and by several cousins.  By 1850 David’s son and grandsons were living in Carroll County, Tennessee.

James Gee

James had a son James Hicks Gee who joined the Tennessee Militia Regiment in the War of 1812.  He was at the Battle of New Orleans with his third cousins Edward W. and Thomas, great-grandsons of Captain James Gee.  Thoms inherited the Gee Farm.  James Hicks settled in Alabama and at Florence, Alabama in 1826 he married Ann Hawkins daughter of General Caleb Hawkins.  In 1850 James Hicks had moved to Carroll County, Tennessee but nine years later he moved his family to Greenville County, Texas.  James H. had sons Thomas Jefferson Gee and Alexander Hamilton Gee.

Nevil Gee and Miss Lucas

1.     Charles 1755 married 2nd Sally Wilson

2.     Nancy married unknown Bowers

3.     Jesse 1759 married Elizabeth Sanford

4.     Jones 1760 married Mary Ragsdale

5.     Ame married Drury Andrews

6.     William married Caty Jones

7.     George 1766

8.     Lucas

9.     Nevil married Elizabeth Andrews

10.  James married Lucy Bugg

11.  Reuben 1782 married Jane Gee

Charles Gee

Charles was called Powder Face because of a gun powder explosion which blackened his face.  He received this during the Revolution. His grandsons Wilson and Peterson Gee went to Union County, South Carolina.  A geneolgy has been written on their branch.

The records of Union County contain the following item:

Order by constable for jurors to come to the home of Peterson M. Gee June 1848 between hours of 2 to 4 to view a body.  Inquisition at home of Peterson Gee’s, Union District, June 12, 1848, upon view of body of Mary E. Gee, ‘they believe Mary E. Gee did commit felony on herself by hanging herself with a rope,’ June 13, 1848.  Rebecca Gee, sworn, 12 June, found ‘the corpse upstairs hanging dead with a small Rope by the neck.  Winess don’t think there was any other person present to have done it except the corpse herself.’

Jesse Gee

Jesse went to Kentucky and in 1802 he and Moses Kirkpatrick signed a bond as constable for Thomas Lincoln, father of Abraham Lincoln, in Cumberland County.

Jones Gee

Jones went to Mecklenburg County, then on to Claiborne County, Mississippi.

George Gee

George settled in Chatham County, North Carolina.  His son John M. went to Hardeman County, Tennessee and had a son, George, who died in a Federal War Prison in 1864.

Lucas Gee

Lucas was a member of the Lunenburg Court in 1811, 1813, and 1817.

Neavil Gee

Neavil’s children settled in Monroe County, Kentucky and some also went to Texas.

Reuben Gee

Reuben’s grandson, Joseph J. Gee, son of Peter Gee, was a remarkable person.  In 1861 he was a lieutenant in the 4th Mississippi Regiment and soon became Captain.  He was at the battles of Fr. Henry and Fr. Donaldson in Tennessee.  Captured, he spent eight months in prison on Johnson’s Island. He was exchanged and promoted to Major.  Captured again, then exchanged, he was on duty in Mobile when Sherman began his march.  Major Gee was put in charge of skirmishing against General Sherman.  Later, he was at the charge at Franklin, Tennessee and at Nashville.  He was promoted to Lt. Colonel.  After the war he built a large mercantile business.

James Gee

James also went to Monroe County, Kentucky and several of his descendents went to Texas.

Henry Gee and Elizabeth Darden and Elizabeth Green

1.     George 1755 married Susan Waller

2.     Henry Jr. 1760 married Martha Waller

3.     Nathan 1768

4.     Benjamin 1770 married Bridget N. Gee

5.     Rebecca married Charles Gee

6.     Drury

7.     Joshua married Patsy Crymes

8.     Mathew

9.     Nancy

10.  Thomas married Mourning Crymes

11.  Charles married Rebecca Jennings

12.  Martha married unknown Ragsdale

Henry’s sons remained in Lunenburg.  A few grandchildren went to Georgia and one went to Williamson County, Tennessee.  This grandson, Nelson served in the 6th and 98th Virginia Regiments in the War of 1812.  he had a brother named George Washington Ge born in 1811.

Benjamin Gee and Jane Green

1.     Mildred married William Ragsdale

2.     Anne

3.     Fanny

4.     Francis

5.     Elizabeth married William Gee

6.     Jeremiah married Patsy Andrews

7.     Jesse married Jenny Moore

8.     Thomas (possibly)

9.     Edward (possibly)

Jeremiah Gee

Jeremiah married in 1804 and settled in Mecklenburg County.  In 1840 his sons were in Sumter County, Alabama.  His son Anderson went to Greene County, Tennessee by way of Christian County, Kentucky.

Jesse Gee

Jesse married in 1806 and had sons Thomas and Edward

Thomas and Edward Gee

It is uncertain if Thomas and Edward were Benjamin Gee’s sons.  They appear on the Muster Roll for Brunswick County during the Revolution along side of William Gee’s son John and the sons of Robert Gee, Jr.  They are apparently not William’s sons or Robert Jr.’s sons.  (see Robert Gee, son of Charles and Hannah)  Henry Gee’s son Thomas seems to have been too young for the militia.  That Jesse, above, is the only Gee with sons Thomas and Edward, both born after 1806, lends weight to the assumption they were named after uncles.

Jesse Gee and Elizabeth Townsend

1.     Bridget married Benjamin Gee

2.     James Street married Nancy Gee

3.     Benjamin married Frances Harper

4.     Jane married Reuben Gee

5.     William married Sally Moody

6.     Charles married Rebecca Gee

These were really kissing cousins.  Here is how it sorts out:

Bridget married the osn of her uncle Henry.

Charles married the daughter of his uncle Henry

Jane married the son of her uncle Neavil

James Stret married the granddaughter of his uncle Neavil, who was the daughter of his cousin, Jones.

In 1841 three cousins went to Carroll County, Mississippi:

William Jones Gee, son of James Street Gee and Nancy Gee

Peter Gee, son of Reuben Gee and Jane Gee

Thomas Gee, whose parents are unknown.


William Gee and Tabitha Ingram

1.     John

2.     William

3.     Joshua

4.     James

5.     Mary married Collier

6.     Penelope married Porter

7.     Bridget married Davis

8.     Elizabeth married Harrison

9.     Nancy married Ferguson

10.  Patsy married Porter

11.  Susan married Rosser

12.  Parthenia married Ephraim Parham

13.  Unknown daughter married Rives

Parthenia Gee

Parthenia Gee and Ephraim Parham had a daughter, Rebecca Parham, who married John Turbyfill. He died and she married Wilson Gee, her cousin.  Rebecca’s grandfather, William Gee was brother to Wilson’s grandfather, Nevil Gee.  (See the testimony given under Charles, son of Nevil and Miss Lucas.)