Obadiah J. McGee


OBADIAH J. McGEE, an old and honored citizen of Wells township, was born in Jefferson county, December 17, 1820, son of Beverly and Elizabeth (Wayman) McGee. The father came from his native state, Virginia, before he was of age, as an apprentice at the trade of millwrighting. Settling in this county, he experienced the hardships of pioneer life, and was engaged in various early enterprises, such as helping to build Rasher's Mill, at Steubenville. He was a devout Baptist, to which church also belonged his wife, a native of Maryland, a remarkabale Bible reader and an exemplary Christian. He died at the age of ninety-two, and his wife at the age of eighty-two. To these parents ten children were born: Jonah, who died aged twenty; Job, who died at the age of thirty; Elln, who died aged thirty-five years; Noah, whow ent to California in 1849, and died in February 1888, aged sicty-six; Daniel, who went to California in 1848, and died in 1883, aged fifty-nine; Sereota, widow of L. P. Burrows, deceased; John, of Illinois; Elizabeth, deceased and Zachariah, deceased. Obadiah J. McGee worked in early years on the farm and in supplying boats with wood, and when of age, went upon the river, and was connected with the river traffic, assisting also on the farm, a 200 acre tract which his father bought about the time of the war of 1812. Since the civil war, he has been engaged in various pursuits. In 1856, he was married to Nancy, daughter of Tarleton and Margaret Teal. Her father was a son of Nicholas Teal, a captain in the war of 1812. Ten children have been born to this union: Orpha, Olive, deceased; Cornellia, late wife of John May, by whom she had four children. SHe died March 15, 1888; Alma, late wife of James Boyles, died February 8, 1883, leaving one child; William E., Lulu, Tappan, Dollie, Homer and Georgia. Mrs. McGee is a member of the Baptist church.

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