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Thomas MackGehee

  • Born: 1653 ? 225
  • Died: After 27 Jul 1727, St. John's Parish, King William County, Virginia 225

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Great (x5) grandfather of Richard Perry Radcliffe.

Dad was the source for this guy.

For many years, Thomas Mackgehee was called the "immigrant," and identified as James MacGregor, son of Patrick MacGregor and Marian McDonald of Auchatrichaton. Believed to have come to America when Clan MacGregor was outlawed following Cromwell's defeat of the Scots, he supposedly changed his name to Thomas MackGehee in an attempt to hide his identity from the Crown. However quite a number of researchers today think that Thomas was actually the son of the immigrant, William MackGahey, not the immigrant himself. Recent material suggests that a William MackGahey had sons William and Thomas in Virginia by 1653:
1. His son Thomas is the Thomas mentioned above. Researchers believe his wife was Ann Baytop. This has been called into question recently. Thomas died in St. John's Parish, King William County, VA sometime after 27 July 1727 when his will was written.
2. His son William is known as William, "The Quaker". William lived in the part of King William County, VA that became Hanover County in 1720. In St. Paul's Processioning, this William McGehee appears to disappear after 1743. He would have been 66-76 years of age.
In addition to the immigrant now being identified as William MackGahey instead of Thomas MackGehee, recent DNA studies have not found a connection between McGehee descendants or McGregors. More evidence against the James MacGregor theory is included in a link in the table below.
Thomas owned land in several Virginia counties according to Dorothy Helmer. She said that, "Thomas MackGehee owned land in New Kent Co, as early as 1689, when it is recorded in St. Peter's Vestry, p. 20, that he 'marked the bounds of his land'." Several years later, on 28 October 1702, Thomas petitioned for 256 acres in Pamunkey Neck on the west side of Nicatywance Swamp, in King William Co. This patent was granted for transporting six persons into the Colony. However, this land grant was not confirmed until 10 November 1713, according to English Duplicates of lost Virginia Records. Less than a year after his above petition, Thomas bought 110 acres from Wiliam Glover, recorded 20 September 1703, King William County. This land was farther up the Nicatywance Swamp, which is now called Harrison Creek. According to Helmer, these acres had been granted to James Johnson on 1 April 1702, then sold to William Glover. Glover, in turn sold them to Thomas MackGehee. The Quit Rent Rolls of 1704 for King William County list "Thomas MackGehee 250 acres."
The children of Thomas MackGehee were: William, Anna, Diannah, Abraham, Edward, Mary, Samuel, Jacob and Sarah.
The children of William MackGehee, the Quaker, brother of Thomas, were probably: Catherine, wife of Thomas Butts, James, who married Rebecca Prewitt; and Samuel, who married Mary Ladd. -- source: Family.html

According to "DeJarnette and Allied Families in America," Thomas was born presumably about 1645.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Alt. Birth, Abt 1645. 381

Land: St. John's Parish, King William County, Virginia. 239 "It was before 1701 that he and other outlawed Scotsmen petitioned for land in Virginia. He removed his family and was granted land in the St. Johns Parish, King William County, Virginia."


Thomas married Living

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