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John William McGhee

John William McGhee[1]

Male 1863 - 1931  (~ 68 years)

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  • Name John William McGhee  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Born Mar 1863  Russell County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Residence New Garden, Russell, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence 1870  New Garden, Russell, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence 1880  New Garden, Russell, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 1900  Swords Creek, Russell, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence 1910  New Garden, Russell, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1920  Maiden Spring, Tazewell, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Residence 1930  Maiden Spring, Tazewell, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died 1 April 1931  Red Ash, Russell, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Age ~ 68 years 
    Siblings 6 siblings 
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    John William McGee
    Person ID P164  Burress Genealogy of Virginia

    Father William John McGhee
              b. 1810, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Bef 1893  (Age < 82 years) 
    Mother Julia Ann Newberry
              b. Dec 1841, Franklin County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Jan 1923, Laurel, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Family ID F767  Group Sheet

    Wife Geneva Anderson
              b. 7 Aug 1870, Dickenson County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 5 Feb 1930, Raven, Tazewell County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 20 Jan 1886  Dickenson County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 10
    Children 12 children 
    Family ID F764  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Mar 1863 - Russell County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - New Garden, Russell, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Age in 1870: 6 - 1870 - New Garden, Russell, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1880 - New Garden, Russell, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Jan 1886 - Dickenson County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Age: 27Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head - 1900 - Swords Creek, Russell, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1910 - New Garden, Russell, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Age: 56Not sure why they have his name as Solomon on the Census - anyone have any ideas? - 1920 - Maiden Spring, Tazewell, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Living with son Walter - 1930 - Maiden Spring, Tazewell, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 April 1931 - Red Ash, Russell, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S-1443887981] Ancestry Family Trees, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.), Ancestry Family Trees.
      http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=34501338&pid=164

    2. [S-1444862908] 1910 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.Original data - Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Was), Year: 1910; Census Place: New Garden, Russell, Virginia; Roll: ; Page: ; Enumeration District: ; Image: .
      Birth date: 1863 Birth place: Virginia Residence date: 1910 Residence place: New Garden, Russell, Virginia

    3. [S-1444870209] 1930 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, ), Year: 1930; Census Place: Maiden Spring, Tazewell, Virginia; Roll: ; Page: ; Enumeration District: ; Image: .
      Birth date: abt 1864 Birth place: Virginia Residence date: 1930 Residence place: Maiden Spring, Tazewell, Virginia

    4. [S-1442141784] 1880 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited ), Year: 1880; Census Place: New Garden, Russell, Virginia; Roll: 1389; Family History Film: 1255389; Page: 57A; Enumeration District: 067; Image: .
      Birth date: abt 1864 Birth place: Virginia Residence date: 1880 Residence place: New Garden, Russell, Virginia, United States
      http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=1880usfedcen&h=42905693&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

    5. [S-1442140560] 1870 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.Original data - 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Record), Year: 1870; Census Place: New Garden, Russell, Virginia; Roll: M593_1677; Page: 433B; Image: 260; Family History Library Film: 553176.

    6. [S-1443687487] 1900 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 18), Year: 1900; Census Place: Swords Creek, Russell, Virginia; Roll: 1727; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 0059; FHL microfilm: 1241727.

    7. [S-1444862893] 1920 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.Original data - Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Reco), Year: 1920; Census Place: Maiden Spring, Tazewell, Virginia; Roll: T625_1917; Page: 25A; Enumeration District: 137; Image: 450.

    8. [S-897172262] Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014, Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), Virginia Department of Health; Richmond, Virginia.

    9. [S-1444881199] Newspaper Notice, Clinch Valley News, In the Clinch Valley Newspaper Tazewell Virginia, March 1931.
      Deputy Sheriff Kills Wild ManUnfortunate Shooting Affair at Raven Wednesday in Which Officer is Forced to Resort to Force-Exonerated of Blame. (By Edward Hand) Raven, Va. April 2 - John McGee, aged about 45 years, a raving maniac, inspired by pangs of jealousy, ran amuck on Coal Creek with a 45 army colts revolver late Wednesday, seriously wounding his estranged wife, shooting his sister-in-law and killing his wife's lover before a 30-30 bullet from a high power rifle, in the hands of Deputy Sheriff Vince McGraw, brought the mad man's life to an end.William Abshire, the dead lover of McGee's wife, leaving a wife and several children, was killed while sitting parked in an automobile with Mrs. McGee and her aged sister, who was the step-mother of Abshire, and Mrs. McGee and her sister, Mrs. James Abshire were wounded.The trouble is said to have started several months ago when Henry Abshire also married, another brother of the dead lover, ran away with Mrs. McGee, living with her for some time, returning to her husband for a short time only, in which time McGee bought and deed a new Ford Sedan to her to have her leave him again with William Abshire, taking the automobile with her, which McGee tried to regain by going and taking the car some ten days previous which resulted in more trouble. Last Friday Deputy Sheriff J.B. Altizer place a levy on the car but left it in the possession of Mrs. McGee. It was in this care that the trio had been riding, and after leaving the state highway at about a distance of thirty yards their path was blocked by one of Mullins Lumber Company's trucks loaded with logs which were being unloaded and while thus parked, McGee descended from the cab of the truck and approached the trio in the car, and without speaking, opened the door and began firing, wounding the two women and killing the man, then remarking to the truck men that after getting one more he was going to kill himself, at which remark Mr. Mullins, the mill owner, asked him not to do such an act but to go on and give himself up to an officer and he would come clear at trial, but the man gone made with jealousy, started walking down the railroad, swinging the pistol from side to side and after walking through the coal camp of Premier Red Ash to a point about a half mile below, he encountered Deputy McGraw, who had been summoned from Raven to arrest the maniac, but concealing his pistol behind him, McGee got the drop on the officer at a distance of about twenty feet, telling him if he came another step closer he would kill him in his tracks. After McGraw saw that the man was mad and intended to resume his killing, he pleaded with the man not to resist arrest nor kill any one else and sparred with the man until his son Walter McGee, could be summoned from the mines to try and get his father to consent to their terms, but upon arriving the son was met with the same threat that the officer received. Then keeping the officer under cover the maniac headed for the woods. McGraw then dispatched a man to his home in Rave, a distance of three miles, to get his high powered rifle. He deputized two men, Fred Underwood and P.O. Palmer, to assist him in trailing the murderer. At point near the top of the mountain and close to the home of Henry Abshire, the other intended victim, the deputies exchanged a volley of shots with McGee, who turned and fled down the mountain and came out on the railroad in the lower end of Red Ash No. 2 camp, and evidently started for the home of his son Walter, but got in the wrong yard and found the door barred, then emptying his gun at the trio of officers who were coming down a slate dump, the man ran around the house and under the back porch to reload again firing at the officers at which time McGraw shot him through the head from a distance of 1,500 feet. During the running fight about 150 spectators had gathered to witness the climax, one stray bullet from the officers gun plowed through the side of a house of John Davis and buried itself in the floor.Mrs. McGee is a patient in the Mattie Williams hospital suffering with a bullet wound in the abdomen, her sister received a glancing shot along her hip, while Abshire was shot through the heart and remained sitting upright with both hands on the steering wheel. The shooting started at the mill of the Mullins Lumber Co's. mill and lasted up the mountains and back to Red Ash. The officer came clear in a court, composed the magistrates and N. Clarence Smith, Commonwealths Attorney, at Richlands last night.Note: WE APOLOGIZE In writing the head for the article from Raven last week regarding the John McGee shooting, we used the words, "Deputy Sheriff Kills Wild Man." The heading written just a few minutes before press time, was ill advised, and we regret that we used the terms there applied. A number of relatives of the unfortunate man are among the best people of Raven and vicinity.
      Story from Audrey McGee Helbert:

      John caught Geneva with another man in a car and shot them both. The man in the car with Geneva died. Geneva did not die. Vince McGraw was the law man at the time and lived below Powell Palmer. Vince deputized Powell and a posse to go after John. After the shooting, John went to his son Walters to hide. Vince and the posse caught up to John and Vince shot and killed him. Clarence, Powell's son-in-law, did not talk to Powell for about 9 years because of this.

    10. [S-1444881244] Marriage Record, marraige records, bk. 1 p. 5 L. 4.