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McBee Genealogy

~ submitted by Elnora Cook-Wyrick ~

A photo of my Grandparents:
John Andrew Jackson (Jack) McBee
Emma Akin Lee-Luster-McBee.

"This is for my McBee Family, that was in Carson Co.,
from late 1920s until 1942. Some of this family still live there."

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Descendants of John Garvin McBee

Generation No. 1

1. JOHN GARVIN3 MCBEE (WILLIAM H2, OBEDIAH1) was born 19 March 1826 in Tennessee, and died 05 March 1905 in Milo Indian Territory., Carter Co., OK..
He married (1) ELISABETH O. REEVES 07 July 1846 in Nacogdoches Co., TX, daughter of THOMAS REEVES and ELISABETH UNKNOWN. She was born 15 August 1826 in TN, and died 18 September 1902 in Cain, Tarrant Co., TX.
He married (2) WIFE TWO UNKNOWN Abt. 1860 in California.
He married (3) MARGARET FRANCIS WHITE 28 January 1877 in Van Zandt Co. TX., daughter of THOMAS WHITE and SARAH PYLES.
She was born 22 October 1849 in Alabama, and died 22 August 1936 in Skellytown, Carson Co., Texas.

John Garvin left his wife and oldest child in Texas in 1851, and went to the gold fields of California. His first wife Elizabeth O. Reeves divorced him in 1860, in Kaufman Co., TX. Elizabeth lived with her daughter and her family the rest of her life, never remarrying.

Place of Burial: Milo, IT, Carter Co., OK
Location of Grave: (Unknown)
Funeral Home: (Poss) Telafarrio Funeral Home, Ardmore,Carter Co., OK
Occupation: Farming, Gold Miner

Burial: 20 September 1902, Johnson Station, Tarrant Co., TX

Place of Burial: 04 September 1936, White Deer Cem., White Deer, Carson Co., TX
Funeral Home: JC Malone Funeral Home

1. i. NARCISSA JANE4 MCBEE, b. 01 December 1848, Kaufman Co., TX; d. 30 December 1901, Cain, Tarrant Co., TX; m. EDWARD WILLIAM (BILL) CAMERON, 25 November 1869, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX.; b. 18 September 1841, MO; d. 28 October 1902, Cain, Tarrant Co., TX.

Children of JOHN MCBEE and WIFE UNKNOWN are:
2. ii. TWIN SON ONE4 MCBEE, b. Bet. 1855 - 1870, California.
3. iii. TWIN SON TWO MCBEE, b. Bet. 1855 - 1870, California.

Children of JOHN MCBEE and MARGARET WHITE are:
4. iv. JOHN ANDREW JACKSON4 MCBEE, b. 13 October 1877, Jacksboro, Jack Co. TX.; d. 14 October 1973, Fowler, Fresno Co. CA.; m. EMMA AKINS LEE, 25 December 1901, Milo-Indian Territory. Carter Co. OK.; b. 07 November 1879, Grayson Co., Or Terrell, Kaufman Co.-TX.;
d. 29 May 1954, Fowler Fresno Co. CA..

5. v. SARAH ANN MCBEE, b. 02 December 1879, Jacksboro, Jack Co. TX.; d. 13 January 1967, Ardmore, Carter Co., OK.; m. (1) HUSBAND DOWNEY, Abt. 1896; m. (2) GEORGE WASHINGTON CHRISTIAN, 11 July 1897, Ind. Territory, Graham, OK; b. 22 January 1868, Shelbyville, Shelby Co,. MO; d. 13 December 1932, Ardmore, Carter Co., OK..

6. vi. MARGARET EUDORA MCBEE, b. 02 December 1880, Jacksboro, Jack Co. TX.; d. 23 May 1971, Lindsay, Tulare Co., CA.; m. (1) JOHN THOMAS ANDERSON, 19 July 1896, Chickasaw Ind. Terr.,Graham, OK; b. Abt. 1870, Graham, Carter Co., OK; d. January 1898, Martha, OK; m. (2) JAMES MADISON MCCURLEY, 17 May 1903, Slapout Prairie, Beaver Co., OK.; b. 06 February 1881, Bowie, Montague Co., TX.; d. 22 June 1947, Poplar, Tulare Co., CA..

7. vii. DONA LUELLA MCBEE, b. 12 December 1882, Jacksboro, Jack Co. or Palo Pinto Co., TX.; d. 31 March 1965, Lone Grove, Carter Co., OK.; m. ROBERT NICHOLAS WRIGHT, 06 April 1898, Chickasaw Ind. Terr.,Graham, OK; b. 26 June, Unknown; d. 16 October 1916, Lone Grove, Carter Co., OK..

8. viii. ROY LUTHER MCBEE, b. 17 May 1885, Jacksboro, Jack Co. TX.; d. 07 May 1978, Healdton, Carter Co., OK.; m. ADA TRISSIE STEPHENSON, 27 October 1907, Chickasaw Nation Elk City, Beckman Co., OK; b. 10 October 1888, Gainesville, Cooke Co., TX.; d. 05 May 1967, Bakersfield, Kern Co., CA..

9. ix. RALEIGH DEE GARVIN MCBEE, b. 16 December 1888, Jacksboro, Jack Co. TX.; d. 28 November 1981, Ozark, Franklin Co., AR.; m. ZETTA MCALVIE MCELROY, 02 July 1916, Van Zandt Co., TX; b. 15 March 1897, TX.; d. 30 December 1980, Ozark, Franklin Co., AR..

10. x. RUTHIE REBECCA MCBEE, b. 1897, Texas; d. Bet. 1900-1901, Carter Co., OK.


Generation No. 2

JOHN ANDREW JACKSON4 MCBEE (JOHN GARVIN3, WILLIAM H2, OBEDIAH1) was born 13 October 1877 in Jacksboro, Jack Co. TX., and died 14 October 1973 in Fowler, Fresno Co. CA.. He married EMMA AKINS LEE 25 December 1901 in Milo-Indian Territory. Carter Co. OK., daughter of JOHN LEE and RACHEL MOODY. She was born 07 November 1879 in Grayson Co., Or Terrell, Kaufman Co.-TX., and died 29 May 1954 in Fowler Fresno Co. CA..

John Andrew Jackson McBee; (Jack) was born in Jack County, Texas in 1877, on the land his father homesteaded in 1884, remaining there until late 1890s when the entire family moved to Indian Territory, the area now known as Carter County, OK.
In 1901 he met and married Emma Akin Lee-Luster, a young mother with a 2 year old son, William Mirt Luster Sr. (Big Bill) as he was called, see Luster family below.
Jack was the only member of his family to move to the Texas Panhandle.

JAJ (Jack) and Emma McBee, arrived in Carson Co., TX in the late 1920s, to find work in the Oil Fields that were beginning to open up there. They lived in Skellytown, from then until leaving to follow their daughter Rosie and her family to California in 1941-1942, and lived in the city of Fowler, California until their deaths.
He lived one day past his 96th birthday.

Soon after moving to Skellytown, Big Bill's wife died, leaving two young sons, Robert Lee (Bob) and William Mirt Jr (Little Bill) Luster. Grandparents, Jack and Emma helped Big Bill with the boys until leaving in 1942. Big Bill and son Little Bill had joined the US Army about that time, both serving honorably in WWII.

I do not know how much formal education my Grandfather had, but he appeared to have learned a great deal by himself. He could read and write well, even learning to type on an early "Underwood" typewriter, which is still in Family possession.

He served as Justice of the Peace for Precinct #6 of Carson Co., TX.
The Certificate, signed by the Gov. of Texas at the time, "W. Daniel", and the Secretary of State, "F Beauchamp", (spelling?), is dated 25 February 1939, no term of office is listed. Original certificate and his "Official JP -Stamp" remains in Family's possession. He signed the birth certificates for many of his Grandchildren, and when SS was enacted, he recorded numbers of his sons and sons in-law.

He worked in many professions, while in Texas; as a roustabout, general labor,
pipeline and Pumper for many of the Oil Field Companies there, a couple that I can remember names for are; Northern Natural Gas Company and Carbon Black Plant.

The birth certificate of "Lola Mae McBee-Sargent", (his oldest daughter) lists occupation of her Father as (Coal Miner), which I questioned. But, after additional research I have discovered that not only are there numerous deposits of Coal in Texas, but also in Oklahoma in the areas where "Lola Mae" was born.
Coal being a vital mineral resource in both states throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s, before oil and gas was fully developed. This information was supported by many of the older cousins, when contacted.

He is listed on the 1916 Voter's Registration living in Hewitt, Carter Co., OK, he was listed as a "Merchant", and I have a picture of him displaying his products, that he sold by going house to house, unfortunately the picture is very poor quality and the names of the products cannot be determined.

Great Grandmother Margaret Francis White-McBee came to live with Him and Grandma in about 1935, she died 22 August 1936, and is buried in the White Deer Cemetery.

After going to California at the age of 65 years old, he continued to work, having a
"Saw Sharpening" business at his home for many years, he also did regular farm labor, and as a floor man in a Raisin Packing Plant, was part of the Line workers in a local Winery and worked at the local Ice House for a time in Fowler, CA.

In Memoriam:
John Andrew Jackson McBee
Born, October 13, 1877
At Rest, October 14, 1973
Services at, Fowler Funeral Chapel, Fowler, Fresno County, CA
Director; Byron B. Haller, Asst. Director; Robin L. Greiner
Thursday, October 18, 1973 at 2:00 P.M.
Officiating: Rev. Chester Moore
Music by: Barbara Harding
Concluding Services : Floral Memorial Park, Selma, Fresno County, CA
Pall Bearers:
Eugene Cook, Bob Cook, Ronnie Cook,
Winfred Sargent, Leroy Sargent and Nelson Knight
Reported and Recorded by Elnora Frances Cook-Wyrick.

Place of Burial: 18 October 1973, Floral Mem. Pk. Selma, Fresno Co. CA.
Grv Loc/Fun.Hm: Blk/A- Lot /8-Space 21
Occupation: Gen Oilfield; Justice of Peace; Coal Mining; Gen Labor
Religion: Protestant

In Memoriam
Emma Akins McBee
Born: November 7, 1879
Passed Away, May 29, 1954
Services At: Jorgensen Funeral Home Chapel,
Fowler, Fresno County, CA
Tuesday, June 1, 1954
Officiating: Rev. F. W. Dobbs
Organist; Mrs Carl Pisor
Music by Grandchildren
Concluding Services At, Floral Memorial Park,
Selma, Fresno County, CA
Jorgensen Funeral Home
Director:Byron Haller,
Assisted by; John E. Jensen and James Turpin
Pall Bearers:
Eugene Cook, Bobby D. Cook, Jerry Lemke,
Chester Spangler, Leroy Sargent, Clyde Sargent

Place of Burial: 01 June 1954, Floral Mem. Pk. Selma, Fresno Co. CA.
Grv Loc/Fun.Hm: Blk/A-Lot/8-Space 20
Religion: Protestant

Children of JOHN MCBEE and EMMA LEE are:
i. LOLA MAE5 MCBEE, b. 05 April 1903, Rex Roat, Carter Co., OK; d. 09 March 1985,
Pampa, Gray Co. TX.; m. LUGUSTA (L.G./GUS) SARGENT, 19 August 1919, Wirt,
Carter Co., OK; b. 15 February 1901, Matador, Motley Co., TX; d. 15 October 1994,
Pampa, Gray Co. TX..

In Memory of:
Lola May (McBee) Sargent
Born: April 5, 1903
Died: March 9, 1985
Services: 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, March 12, 1985
Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel
Pampa, Gray County, Texas
Officiating: Rev. Larry Walters
Organist: Mr Jerry Whitten
Singers: Rhonda and Stephanie Sargent
Interment: Memory Gardens Cemetery, Pampa, Gray County, TX
Pall Bearers:
Tommy Sargent, Ronnie Sargent, Stephen Sargent,
Randy Sargent, Norman Sargent, Tony Sargent

Place of Burial: 12 March 1985, Memorial Gardens., Pampa, Carson Co., TX.
Religion: Church of God In Prophecy

In Memory of :
Lugusta "Gus" Sargent
Born: February 15, 1901
Died: October 15, 1994
Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel
Pampa, Gray County, Texas
Officiating: Rev. Wayne Mullin and
Rev. Albert Maggard
Music: Congregational Singing
Duet: Becky Mullin and Deanna Blanscet
Soloist, Stephanie Carter
Keyboard, Ruth Sargent
Pall Bearers:
Randy Sargent, Norman Sargent, Ronnie Sargent,
Robby Dehls, W. J. Sargent, Nathan Sargent,
Terry Sargent, Homer Sargent
Honorary Bearers: Grandchildren
Interment: Memory Gardens Cemetery, Pampa, Gray County, TX

In response to my curiosity about how work in the Oil Industry affected our mutual families, My Cousin shares:
That the "Sargents", started working in the Oil Fields when the Oil Boom hit Burkburnett, TX, in the early 1920s, "My Grandpa ( Jasper Sargent ) drove a team of mules hauling the timber for the derricks- Daddy (Lugusta "Gus" Sargent) helped him. Mama and Daddy also lived in one of the "tent cities" when they first came to the Panhandle, of TX. Their 4th child, was born the same year, in town called ( Borger) later named Beggs, Okmulgee Co., OK. Daddy worked in Oklahoma and Texas before they settled in the Panhandle of TX. He also worked on the railroad, helping lay the line between Pampa and Lefors. He worked a short while for Gulf Oil Co., then he hired out for three days to work for $.50 per day for the Skelly Oil Co., staying with them for almost 40 years. He received three diamond pins from Skelly Oil , a diamond for each ten years. He didn't quite make the 4th one. All of his Six Sons worked in the Oil business, and many of them still live in the area.

Occupation: Oil Field Maint.
Place of Burial: Memory Gardens., Pampa, Carson Co., TX.
Religion: Church of God In Prophecy

ii. WILLIAM HAYWOOD MCBEE, b. 05 July 1910, Oilton Or Rex Roat, Carter Co.,
OK; d. 31 January 1981, Van Buren Co., AR; m. BEADIE MARY ELIZABETH
WHEAT, 09 September 1929, Unknown; b. 21 June 1912, Fox, Stephens Co., OK; d. 30
May 1995, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR.

Haywood worked in all aspects of the Oil Fields, he operated a Lease in Carson County for many years. Many of his descendants still live in the area. Haywood and Beadie moved to Arkansas around the time of retirement, where they lived for several years before their deaths. Both are buried in Arkansas:

iii. ROSIE LEEONIA MCBEE, b. 10 January 1913, Oil City, Carter Co., OK; d. 20
January 1996, Amarillo, Potter Co. TX.; m. (1) ELMER JEFFERSON COOK, 24 March
1930, Hollis, Harmon Co. OK.; b. 22 June 1907, Jeannette, Jack Co. TX.; d. 13 May
1983, Fresno, Fresno Co. CA.; m. (2) ROBERT WILLARD SCOTT, 31 January 1989,
Fresno, Fresno Co. CA.; b. 07 May 1917, Fresno, Fresno Co. CA.; d. 23 June 1993,
Fresno, Fresno Co. CA..

20 January 1996:
Fresno Bee Newspaper: published on 23 January 1998;
Cook, Rosie Leeonia, of Fresno, passed away January 20, 1996. Age 83. She was a Homemaker. She is survived by her sons, R. Eugene Cook and Bobby D. Cook, both of Fremont, CA., and Ronnie J Cook, of Fountain Valley,CA; Daughters, Juanita R. Wadley of Oklahoma, Dortha D.Spangler of Woodlake, CA., Elnora F Wyrick and Pamela E Knight, both of Fresno, CA. 21 Grandchildren, and numerous Great and Great Great Grandchildren. A grave side service will be held at Fowler Dist. Cemetery on Thursday, January 25, 1996, at 2p.m. Visitation will be held at Wallin's Fowler Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 24, 1996, from 3p.m. to 7p.m. (Wallin's Fowler Funeral Home) Fowler, CA.

Burial: 25 January 1996, Fowler Dist. Cemetery, Fowler, Fresno Co., CA
Grv Loc/Fun.Hm: Sec F-Lot 100-Grave 9
Occupation: Homemaker, Housekeeper, Farm Labor Contractor
Religion: Pentecostal Holiness

Dad and Mother met while living in Skellytown they were neighbors. They eloped to Hollis Oklahoma where they were married on March 24, 1930. They remained in Skellytown until after six of their seven children were born, most being delivered in the family home by "Old Doc York".

Fresno Bee Newspaper, 14 May 1983:
"Fowler, CA. Services for Elmer J. Cook, 75, will be held at 11a.m. Tuesday at Fowler Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Fowler District Cemetery. Mr. Cook died Friday. He was born in Texas and lived in Fresno County, for 42 years. Mr. Cook was a member of the Calvary Tabernacle Church in Fowler, CA. Surviving are his wife, Rosie; three sons, Bobby D. of Fresno, Ronnie J. of Fountain Valley and Ralph of Fremont; four daughters, Elnora Hendrick of Fresno, Pamela Ogletree of Madera, Dortha Spangler of Arkansas and Juanita Wadley of Oklahoma; two brothers, Frank and Vester, both of Texas; 22 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren: Visitation will be held 2-8pm today at the chapel."

Place of Burial: 17 May 1983, Fowler Dist. Cemetery, Fowler, Fresno Co.,CA.
Grv Loc/Fun.Hm: Sec/F-Lot/100-Grave/10
Occupation: Oilfield, Farm Labor Contractor, Farm Work
Religion: Pentecostal Holiness

Marriage Notes for ROSIE MCBEE and ELMER COOK:
50th Wedding anniversary celebrated on July 6 1980, attended by many family and friends. Held at the City Park in Fowler, Ca.

Place of Burial: Mt. View Cem. Fresno, Fresno Co., CA.
Grv Loc/Fun.Hm: Scott family plot,
Military: U.S. Army
Occupation: Heating & Air Conditioning
Religion: Protestant

iv. ANDREW JACKSON (AJ) MCBEE, b. 18 January 1917, Wirt, Carter Co., OK.; d. 14
May 1982, Fowler Fresno Co. CA.; m. GLADYS MAXINE ASHCRAFT, 28 January
1974, Fresno Co., CA; b. 1924; d. 1990, Fowler Fresno Co. CA...

Andrew Jack McBee; Never had any children of his own;
Recorded by Elnora Frances Cook-Wyrick:

Death Certificate No. 1097
State of California
Name of Decedent: Andrew Jack McBee
Date of Death: 14 May 1982
Date of Birth: 18 January 1917 in Oklahoma
Married to: Gladys Maxine (Ashcraft) McBee
Occupation: Auto Mechanic
Residence: Fowler, Fresno County, CA
Name of Father: John Andrew Jackson McBee
Place of Birth of Father: Jack Co., Texas
Maiden Name of Mother: Emma Akin Lee
Place of Birth of Mother: Texas
Physician: T. L. Petty, MD
Local Registrar: Donn R. Cobb, M.D.
Burial: 18 May 1982
Funeral Service: Fowler Funeral Chapel
Fowler District Cemetery, Fowler, Fresno County, CA

Military: 22 September 1942, 350th Infantry, U.S. Army Private 1st Class
Discharge: 11 November 1943, Fort Sam Houston, TX. (Honorable)
Place of Burial: 18 May 1982, Fowler Dist. Cemetery, Fowler, Fresno Co., CA
Grv Loc/Fun.Hm: Block F, Lot 100, Space 5
Occupation: Auto Mechanic
Religion: Protestant

Place of Burial: 1990, Fowler Dist. Cemetery, Fowler, Fresno Co., CA
Grv Loc/Fun.Hm: Blk F, Lot 100, Space 4
Occupation: Home Maker-Housekeeper
Religion: Protestant.

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