~ John Gee and Judith Rives

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John Gee, son of Charlie and Elizabeth Dobie

John was born in 1765 and he married Judith Rives on December 17, 1788 by Reverend John Cameron of Bristol Parish.  They were noted as being of Prince George County.  Judith was the daughter of Sarah Gee and Colonel Timothy Rives.  Sarah Gee was the sister of James, Chappel and Howell Gee of Northampton County the children of Charles Gee and Mary Chappell of Prince George, County.

By 1790 they were residing in Northampton County, North Carolina where they were counted in the Federal Census.  They went to Darlington County about 1795.  John became a Justice of the Peace and was a large planter and grist mill operator.  The mill pond still belongs to other members of the family.

John bought several lots in the town of Darlington, shortly after that “new” town was being laid out around the Court House in 1806.  No doubt these lots were purchased for speculation.  His son Edmund later lived in Darlington and son Pleasant had a general store there.

John wrote his will in 1811 and died in 1821.  The 1820 Federal Census shows he held thirty-five slaves.

Will of John Gee

Written August 22, 1811 and filed November 11, 1821

“In the name of God Amen, I John Gee of Darlington district of the State of South Carolina, being in health and sound mind and knowing it is appointed for man to die do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following:

To wit, I lend unto my beloved wife Judith during her life the land and plantation wheron I now live.  I also lend unto my wife Judith during her life four negroes namely Macklin, Nelson, Sam and Betty with all the increase the said Betty may have after the assigning and date of this Will. I also lend unto my wife Judith during her life four first choice Horses, eight cows and calves, with all the stock of hogs, sheep and Geese, with as much of the household and kitchen furniture as she may need with two of the best beds and furniture, with as many of the plantation tools as she may need.

Item:  I give and bequeth unto my six children namely Edmund Gee, Pleasant R. Gee, Parmelia Gee, Jacquilling Gee, Matilda Gee and William F. Gee all my property Real and Personal not herein before mentioned to be equally divided among them when the eldest shall become of the age of twenty-one years.  The remainder of the legacies to remain on the plantation with my said wife until the heirs shall severally arrive at the age of twenty-one years.

Item:  My will and desire is that after the death of my beloved wife, the property loaned during her life may be equally divided between my six children namely Edmund Gee, Pleasant R. Gee, Parmelia Gee, Jacquilling Gee, Matilda Gee, William F. Gee.

Item:  My will is that if any of the Legatees herein before mentioned should die before they arrive to the age of twenty-one years, not having issue of their Body that the Legacy to them bequethed may be divided between the legaties herein before mentioned living at the time of his or her death.

I hereby constitute my wife Judith Gee, Edmund Gee and Pleasant R. Gee executors to this my last will and testament hereby disannulling all others.  In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this 22 day of August 1811.  Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of Adam Stuart, Drewry Andrews, and James Lane, and signed John Gee.”

“Edmund Gee, Esquire, Executor, January 31, 1822, State of South Carolina Darlington District by Geo. Bruce, Ordinary of Darlington District.

These are to authorize and empower you or any three or four of you whose names are hereunder written to repair to all such parts and places within this State as you shall be directed unto by Edmund Gee, Executor of the goods and chattels, rights and credits of John Gee, Esquire, deceased, wheresoever any of the said goods and chattels are or do remain within the said parts, laces and which shall be shown unto you by said Edmund Gee and there view and appraise all and every of the said goods and chattels being first duly sworn on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God to make a true perfect inventory and appraisement thereof and to cause the same to be returned under your hand or any three or four of you, unto the said Edmund Gee on or before the first day of April next.  Witness Geo. Bruce Esquire Ordinary of the said district the first day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty two and in the 46th year of American Independence.  To Messrs:  Thomas Gee, Robert Campbell, Peter Jordan, Alexander Jordan, David Milton.”

John Gee Esquire,  Inventory and Appraisal

15 Beds, furniture & Bedsteads @ $50 each 1 Lot Books $3…$653

Household & kitchen furniture $132, Grindstone $8…$140

Horses:      Reindeer Mare $75

True Blue $75

Galatin Mare $100…$250

Dolin Horse $75

Old Peter $10

Old Sorrell $25…$110

Little Law $35

Taig     $75

1 Yoke Oxen $80..$190

One Gig $175

10 head sheep $12.50…$187.50

Negroes:   Fellow Bailey $550, Betty & child $500

Harriet (girl) $300…$1,350

Rosella (girl) $300, Nanny (woman) $350

2 girls Silvey and Mary $700…$1350

Fellow Mose $600, Fellow Jack $500, Fellow Macklin $700

Fellow Tim $600…$2,400

Fellow Nelson $600, Fellow Sandy $300, Old Joe $300

Doctor $350…$1,550

Girl Aggy $375, Girl Martha $400, Boy Charles $450…$1,225

Boy little Jack $450, (girls) Elvira $450, Lindy &

Child Patty $500…$1,400

Amily & Isabell $550, Fellow Harland $625…$1,175

Boy Guilfords $400, Boy Mingo $325

Amica & child Googen $600…$1,325

1 Horse colt 2 years old $75, 54 head of Cattle including calves $324…$399

1 sett Blacksmith tools $65

James Nettles Le(?) note $464.32

Total $14,263.82

Corn @ 90 cents per bushell

Baled cotton made in 1821 15 cents per 2,182

R. Campbell

David Milton

Peter Jordon (his mark)”

“The estate of John Gee deceased in account current with Edmund Gee, Executor

1821 March

Paid for Matilda for Fumans (?) $39.63

David Archer barrel whiskey $22.50

Col. Nevil Gee Boarding and schooling W. F. Gee $150.00

By Furman for Sugar & Coffee $105.06

For hire 4 Boys $58.00

Williamson & Prince $65.80

Williamson & Lide Act. $21.25

Daniel O. Hawes Act. by P. R. Gee $11.00

C. Mandeville Act. to E. Charles $19.00

Alex Sparks, Freight $21.50

Williamson & Lide Act. $6.00

Daniel A. Guthrie, Bill $20.00

Adam Stuart Act. $1.00

George Defee (Defoe? Dupre?) $4.00

Alfred Williams wages $28.00

B. Wiggins (freight cotton)

To T. D. Pettigrew & J. Gee’s note $80.00

Ditto $50.00

Moses Sander on Act. $75.00

Daniel Bishop, J. Gee note $62.50

(?) Act. by Lucas $65.00

Lane Wingate Act. $1.77

For screw to Raise mill – in & Freight $21.50

For a dress for Mother $6.50

For a mill saw in Fayette $9.25

James Grant for fodder $5.00

Willis Cook for Corn $23.00

Expenses bringing Wm. Home $27.50

Amt. Of P. R. Gee 6/28

Amt. Of E. Gee 7/28 of cotton 1820 $265.50

To cash paid Jos. Hodge repairing Gin $33.25

To cash paid D. T. J. Flinns Act. $14.25

To cash paid John McCrea General Y(?) Tax $28.89

W. B. Easterling Act. $9.16

James Lansbury $13.62

Moses Sanders Act. $182.60

Total $1,672.50

By Amount cotton Crop 1820 Rec’d by P. R. Gee $1,337.55

By Amount cash on hand death John Gee $150.00

By Amount Sherwood Lucas note $65.00

By Amount Corn sold $294.28

By Amount Hodges note (discounted) $23.19

Total $1,869.79

Funds unspent in 1821 $197.49

Judith’s will was filed in February 1830.  In it she left to William F. Gee, her son, one half of the plantation that she held in her right and title and one half of the mills.  All residue, the horses, cattle, hogs and plantation utensils were also left to William.  She signed her name but it was undated.  The witnesses were Timothy Darden, Thomas J. Flinn, and E. M. Sprights.

The Children of John Gee and Judith Rives

Edmund Gee, son of John

Edmund Gee was an attorney in Darlington.  The 1830 Federal Census notes Edmund Gee, age 40 to 49, wife, age 20 to 29, and children: 1 son under 10 and 1 daughter under 10.  Two men, probably employees or relatives ages 20 to 29 also lived in the home.  Edmund Gee wrote his will on January 18, 1831 and it was filed April 13, 1831.  In it he directs that the house and lot situated in the village at Darlington Court House be sold.  He names his wife Hannah M. Gee and children Charles James Gee and Laura Ann Gee, and directs the esate be shared with any child born to him after his death. (While Fletcher states Edmund had two sons, Charles and James, a reading of the will clearly indicates otherwise, and the family had a tradition of naming sons Charles James.)

The witnesses to his will were H. B. Wilkins, J. Gee, and William F. Gee.  The Bond for administrating the estate was filed by Pleasant, Jacquilling, William and Hannah Gee and William Wingate and Eli H. Lide.  The appraisers were E. R. McIver, J. S. McCall, and George McCall.

In 1833 Joseph B. Nettles, Zechariah E. Nettles, Samuel Blackwell, Richard Ingrahm and James Nettles submitted to the court the appraisal for the slaves held by Edmund Gee as well as the value of his personal property and various notes owed him.

Appraisal of Negroes

Violet $225, Rachael $225, Peter $200, Alfred $175

Clariss $165, Markes $175, Vinca $170, Major $75

Betsy $110, Pinkney $125, Maria $100, Allen $60, Juno $30

Josephus $260, August $345, Oran $450, Dave $225

Ismael $450, Jacob $450, Luke $250, Ned $500

Miller $350, Will $400, Amy $305, Linah & Sally $400

Nelly & Milly $450, Zipha & America $450, Lilla & Catharine $300

Phebe $425, Lizzy & China $425, Fanny $300, Silvy $350

Allex $350, Sylvia $350, Marrick $400, Dick $400, Simon $400,

Perry $350, Ned $300, Caesar $325, Augustin $325, Harry $275,

Lucy $300, Binah $325, Purdue $250, Emilly $225


There were 51 slaves.  The list of notes and personal property totaled $16,538.00.  A second appraisal was done in March 1833 and he value for forty-nine slaves was placed at $12,795.00.

Pleasant R. Gee, son of John

Pleasant held a general store in Darlington.  On January 10, 1835 Jacquilling Gee and William H. Frazer posted bond for the administration of the estate of Pleasant R. Gee.  The inventory of his estate was filed with Messers. James L. McCall, John P. Zimmerman, John Dubase, D. R. Lide and George McCall Appraisers.

Inventory of Estate of Pleasant R. Gee

14 kegs butter 1,188 lb. @ 30 cts. Per lb. $237.60

1 lot dry goods and crockery $50.00

1 Bed & Furniture $15.00

2 pair scales & weight $50.00

2 Barrels 5th proof whickey 102 gallons @ 75 $70.50

1 ½ Pipe Champ Brandy 70 gallons @ 2 per gallon $148.00

3 Barrels first proof whickey 102 gallon @ 2.50 per gallon $61.21

2 Barrels first proof whickey 65 @ 62 per gallon $40.30

Negro man Peter $600

Negro man Jacob $600

Negro woman Hepsey & 3 children $900

Negro woman Anarchy $300

Negro man Bailey $500

Negro woman Lydia $300

Negro woman Synthia and 2 children $800

1 wagon and gear $60

Negro man March $650

Sulkey & Harness $40

27 Kegs butter 1,85 lbs. @ 15 cts. $137.75

Negro woman Hannah & child $500

Salt per Sack $300 (A commodity, such as salt, cotton, corn or sugar, was usually noted in inventories so the value of the dollar could be determend at the time that the appraisal was done.

Jacquilling Gee, son of John

The 1830 Federal Census for Darlington notes jacquiling Gee, age 30 to 39, with another man, age 28 to 29, in his household.  This may have been his brother William F. Gee.  By 1840 Jacquilling had married.  The Federa Census shows Jacquilling, age 40 to 49 with his wife, age 30 to 39, and children:  1 son age 5 to 9, 2 sons age 20 to 29, 1 daughter, under  years of age, 1 daughter age 5 to 9, and two daughters age 15 to 19.  The 1850 census for Darlington Coutny notes Jacquilling Gee, age 51, whose occupation was farmer.  His real estate was valued at $7,500.  Living with him were Caroline E. Gee, age 18, Elizabeth Gee, age 17, Adelia Gee, age 14, and Lorinne Gee, age 11.

William F. Gee, son of John

On September 24, 1816 John Gee wrote to his brother Joseph Gee in Alabama.  In his letter …he expresses a vague idea of sometime moving to Alabama himself, or at least that some of his children may, and inquires as to the climate, fertility of he soil, etc.  Near the close he reflects that all we three brothers will not continue to burn much longer and considering the great ramblings after good, I should think the harder of you if you would not write to me now, as perhaps you have lit on the garden spot of America. W.J. Fletcher, The Gee Family; pg. 82.

In 1820 William F. Gee was counted in his father’s household as between 16 and 18 years of age.  In 1822, when his father died, Wiliam F. was living with his uncle Neville Gee at the family plantation, Poplar Grove, where he was being educated.  There is no record of William f. gee in the Federal Census for Darlington County, unless he lived with a brother.   The census of 1840 and 1850 indicates that William F. Gee resided in Wilcox County, Alabama.  In 1840 he was noted as being 30 to 39 years of age, placing his birth in 1801 to 1810.  Clearly this is John’s son. Noted with him was one other male age 20 to 29, but this is probably not a son.  Also residing in Wilcox county, Alabama was Charles J. Gee, whose age was the same.  This appears to be a cousin frm North Carolina, not Edmund’s son, although it is unclear.

Parmelia Gee, daughter of John

Jennett Gee, daughter of John

Jennett married Isaac H. H. Hunter.   In 1829 the inventory for the estate of Isaac Hunter was filed.  The Administrator was Andrew Hunter.  In the inventory was a long list of notes due to Isaac.  It would appear he was a merchant as there is also a long list of bills for purchases made in Charleston.  Many of the notes were entered as bad debts due to Isaac.  James Hunter, William H. Cannnon, and Andew Hunter posted bond for the appraisal and James Hunter, William H. Cannon, James Bacor, William Wingate, and George Milloye were the appraisers. Among the debts paid to the estate were:  Edmund Gee $1.92; William F. Gee $48.00; Isaac’s personal estate was valued at $7,672 of which $5,500 was held in slaves and $466 was cash on hand.

The inventory included: Stock of Goods … $2,145.50

Goods kept for family use … $64.66

Balance … $2,080.84

The stock of goods was purchased by A John Ingraham, with a charge of $322 in interest at 15 ½ %.  Ingraham failed to comply with the purchase and the goods were resold to James Hunter in July 1829 with a charge of $124.85 in interest at 6%.

From the estate, Pleasant R. Gee bought 1 Bay Fily for $30, and 1 Stock Cattle of 30 head, at $5.01, for $214.89.

William F. Gee received the following notes from the estate for collection by him:  Robert Killen $20.74; Angus Blade $49.25; Adam Stuart $58.90; James Dunning $45; and Asa & James Dunning $41.50.

In 1832 Pleasant Gee and Jennett Hunter petitioned the court to be made Administrators of the Esate of Isaac Hunter.  Perhaps Jennett and her brother Pleasant ran the dry goods business started by Isaac.

Matilda Gee, daughter of John

Matilda married William Hickman Fraser who was born in the Salem County are of Sumter District which later became Bishopville, South Carolina in 1793.  This area was Salem County.  He moved to Darlington District near Florence and Ebenezer, to sharecrop with his brother, Samuel.  His brother-in-law Edmund Gee, helped William and Matilda find a piece of property near Hartsville at Auburn which was being sold for taxes at a Sheriff’s sale.  They moved to this property in 1827 and built a home which was standing as late as 1968.  At the time of his death he had built his estate to 2,000 acres.  He died in 1864.