Friday, February 1, 2013

Learning about my Family name: McGehee

Town of McGehee, in Desha County, in Arkansas
The neighboring county of Chicot AR is Desha County in the state of Arkansas
Wickpedia tells me that

The 2000 census shows McGehee as a city that has a total area of 6.4 square miles.  The census data showd 4,570 people, 1,836 households, and 1,259 families: population density was 711.7 people per square mile.  Today's racial makeup of the city is about 56% white, 42% Black, 1.5% Hispanic, then under 1% for Native AmericanAsianPacific Islander, others and those from two or more races.

Checkpoints for me:   1860 census family name, 1870 census for son Abner?

Looking back...Wickpedia reports the history of the town of McGehee is the McGehee family which came to the area from Alabama in 1857. Benjamin McGehee, his wife, Sarah, a son, Abner, and daughters Laura and Mary settled on land that is now a part of McGehee.
The son as a twenty yr old adult - Abner McGehee purchased 240 acres of land on July 1, 1876, on which the town of McGehee was later to be located.  He was no doubt prosperous... within 3 years a post office bore his name... as the young man was the town postmaster for a town of about  4-500 persons..... maybe I can check on this 

Records report Railroad history as about 1870 in the constructed of the railroad which ran from Pine Bluff southeast AR -- through Varner, -- to Chicot.  When the railroad came into McGehee in 1878 and continued south and southwest, people began to move into the area. This son.... Abner McGehee constructed a large commissary building and entered the mercantile business to accommodate the new arrivals; a sawmill was constructed which handles cutting lumber that was used to build shotgun-type rent houses.

Hmnnnnnn..... WHERE"S MY SLAVE HISTORY???   Slave huts... or rent houses???

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