Malcom & Nancy McDonald were married on
the 11th of March 1830.
D.J. McDonald and Isabella Johnson were married on the 19th of May 1869,
by the Rev. H.G. Hill.
W.R. McDuffie and M.J. McDonald were married on the 30th of November
1871, by the Rev. J.P. McPherson.
Kenneth Alexander, son of Malcom & Nancy
McDonald, was born on the 7th of July 1832, & baptized on the 2nd of
Donald John, son of Nancy & Malcom McDonald, was born on the 18th of
March, and baptized on the 12th of April 1834.
Archibald Neill McDonald, son of Malcom and Nancy McDonald, was born on
the 12th of January 1836, and baptized on the 21st of February 1836.
Mary Ann, daughter of Malcom and Nancy McDonald, was born on the 30th of
March 1838, and baptized on the 3rd of June 1838, by Daniel McNeill
Christian Caroline, daughter of Nancy and Malcom McDonald, was born on
the 19th of February, and was baptized on the 24th of May 1840.
Catharine, daughter of Nancy and Malcom McDonald, was born on the 18th
of December 1841, and was baptized on the 27th of March 1842.
Malcom James, son of Malcom and Nancy McDonald, was born on the 28th of
April 1844, and was baptized on the 7th of July following by the Rev.
Christopher was born March 17th 1846, and was baptized on the 6th of
John Knox was born January 30th 1848, and was baptized on the 18th of
Margaret Jane was born February 1st 1851, and was baptized on the 15th
of June following, by the Rev. Daniel Johnson.
Alexander, son of Malcom and Nancy McDonald, was born February 19th
Donald McDonald died on the 25th of
January 1840, aged 79 years.
Alexander McDonald died on the 27th of June 1855.
Ann McDonald died on the 20th of July 1855, aged 87 years 6 months.
Archibald N. McDonald died Nov.___1861 at Nashville, Tennessee, aged 25
Malcom J. McDonald was killed on Morris Island, near Charleston, S.C.,
on the night of the 18th of July 1863, aged 19 years, 2 mo. 18 days.
Christopher K. McDonald died on Hart's Island, New York, May 13th 1865.
Kenneth A. McDonald died at Fortress Monroe June 1865.
Christian Caroline McDonald died on the 4th of April 1866, aged 26
Catharine McDonald died on the 1st of July 1869, aged 68 years.
Malcom McDonald died on the 8th of May 1870 in the 74th year of his age.
END OF ORIGINAL RECORD
Margaret Jane, wife of William Robert
McDuffie, died Nov. 21, 1880, aged 29 years, 9 months, 21 days.
William Robert McDuffie and Catharine McDonald were married December 14,
1881, by the Rev. David Fairly.
Nancy, wife of Malcom McDonald, died July____1888, aged 84.
Mary Ann McDonald, daughter of Nancy and Malcom, died August___1888.
Catharine, wife of William Robert McDuffie, died June 24, 1905, at
John Knox McDonald died June 2, 1906, at Florala, Alabama.
William Robert McDuffie died at Fort Meade, Florida, October 25, 1925.
Buried at Florala, Alabama.
William Robert McDuffie, Jr., died January 9, 1949. Buried at Port
Based on information given to Margaret
Jane McDuffie (later Mrs. Frederick J. Hughes) by her aunt and
stepmother, Mrs. Catharine McDonald McDuffie (Mrs. William Robert
McDuffie). This is being written in March 1949.____
In the year 1802 Donald and Ann McDonald
left the Isle of Skye, Scotland, and came to America, settling in
Cumberland County, North Carolina, with their four children, namely:
Christian, Annie, Katie, and Malcom, the last named being the youngest,
aged 6 years, having been born in the Isle of Skye in 1796. He became my
Malcom married Nancy McDonald (no
relation) in 1830. There were twelve children; the first, a girl, died
in birth, and was unnamed, no mention being made of her in the family
record. Four of their sons lost their lives in the War Between the
States, one of them, Christopher, dying in a military prison on Hart's
Island, N.Y. Another, Donald John, died a few years later from the
effects of the hardships endured in the Army, probably in 1876.
Malcom McDonald's sister, known in the
family as Aunt Katie, did not marry, and spoke very little English, only
Gaelic. She died in 1869, aged 68 years.
I never knew my grandfather, Malcom
McDonald, as he died a year before my mother was married, but I feel
sure that he was a man well worth knowing - a good husband, a good
father, a good neighbor, and a good citizen. For forty years he was an
elder in the McPherson Presbyterian church, a few miles west of
Fayetteville. His parents were probably charter members of this old
church, which I think is still active, at least it was in 1898, the last
time I visited that part of the state. In his home was the Gaelic Bible
and hymn book, brought from Scotland, now lost to the family, although
they were there as late as 1888 when my grandmother died. An insight
into his character is given by the following: When the news of Abraham
Lincoln's death reached him, he said, "The South has lost its best
friend." I think it remarkable that he could think so straight so near
to that terrible war that had taken four of his sons, brought
innumerable privations and losses, and caused him to suffer the
indignities of Sherman's ruthless raiders, bent on destroying what they
could not use. He possessed only eight slaves, to whom he was doubtless
very kind, for, although threatened with death, refused to reveal the
hiding place of family treasures. The youngest son, John Knox, only
fourteen at that time, had taken the horses and mules to a swamp, where
he safely kept them until the danger was past.
My grandmother I did know, as she lived
eleven years after I was born. I really knew her only nine years, as at
that age we went to Georgia to live, and I never saw her again. It was
always a great pleasure to visit Grandma McDonald's. I remember being
taken on her lap when I was small, and her singing to me an old Scotch
song, (probably a lullaby), the only words of which I recall were
something that sounded like "Shool ma rool". At first, she could walk as
far as the big hickory tree down the lane, but later she sat in the
chimney corner, alternately seeding cotton and reading her Bible. She
was gentle and sweet-tempered, never raising her voice. I have never
been able to reconcile these gentle Scotch people with the belligerent
Scotch that I have read about. Not being satisfied with having twelve
children of her own, she took a three-day old baby to raise when the
child's mother, a near neighbor, died at the birth of the baby. I was
told that she had carried him home on a pillow. I remember that she wore
a "tippet", and slept on a corded bed; she would have no other
kind...... When we went there to visit, or stay a while, everything
seemed different from any other place. I remember the old clock that
stood on the mantel, with detachable brass trimmings that had to be
polished at intervals. The long pendulums fascinated me, and I thought
it had the loudest tick in the world. I remember the old cedar trees,
and the crepe myrtle's; the well that was sixty feet deep, and furnished
wonderfully cold water; the scuppernong vine that was sixty years old,
and had a trunk almost like a tree, and bore the sweetest grapes I have
ever tasted. Also the purple Damson plums, the persimmons, the
watermelons, the black walnuts, and the best sweet potatoes in the world
- sugar ran out of them when Susie, the old cook, baked them in a
"spider" on the hearth, which she preferred to the modern cook stove
that adorned the kitchen. Have I failed to mention the peaches? Why, I
remember going to bed with several by my side, and sometimes waking with
a kernel in my mouth.....Another object of interest on the place was the
old loom house, where cloth for the family garmets, and those of the
slaves, was made. It seems that I remember that some equipment was still
The McDonald farm was eight miles from
Fayetteville, and in those horse and buggy days it was quite an event
when we went to town. I had the definite impression that this was the
only place in the whole world that it was proper to call "town"; it was
years before I became reconciled to having any other place called
"town". I still have a little red celluloid bracelet that came from
Fayetteville; it must have been a gift. Once on a such a trip, I had a
dime all my own to spend, and made an impression on the family by
investing it in a picture and story book instead of candy.
Besides Grandma, there were only three of
the family that I really knew - Aunt Kate, Aunt Mary Ann, and Uncle
John. Of course, I knew my mother, but do not remember her, as I was
only three when she left us for the heavenly home. She died (of typhoid
fever) in November 1880, at the age of twenty-nine, leaving four little
children. My father has told us that when he asked her what she should
tell the children, she replied, "Tell them that I love them dearly". I
have been told that she was not only beautiful of face, but possessed a
disposition so sweet that she was beloved of all who knew her,
especially by her husband, who although he lived many years
afterwards,(and married twice), marked every anniversary of her passing
by keeping an all-night vigil... I think of her as having eternal youth.
Aunt Mary Ann was the "old maid" of the
family, and did a fine job of staying home, and taking care of her
mother; and when we visited the home, she was our real hostess,
welcoming us as if she loved us, although we must have been a lot of
trouble. I remember once when I had a toothache, she took me on her lap,
pressed a warm pad of cotton (which she had carded) to the side of my
face, and rocked me to sleep. I can remember following her into the
dairy, and watching her juggle the blue and yellow bowls of milk. She
was the seamstress of the family, having one of the early sewing
machines - a Wilson, I think. (My oldest sister, her namesake, followed
in her footsteps, at the age of fifteen making Aunt Mary Ann's shroud,
when we traveled from Georgia to North Carolina to see her in her last
illness.) She had just nursed her mother through her last illness a
month earlier. I was about to forget to tell of the incident that is an
example of her kindness and patience. She was quilting, and when I
expressed a desire to "help", she gave me needle and thread, and turned
me loose. I quilted with great industry and pleasure, although it was
such an effort that I had to get underneath the quilting frame to push
the needle up. Imagine the result! Some time later I learned that she
had removed my stitches, replacing them with her own neat ones.
Aunt Kate was the third daughter.
Baptized Catharine, she added Ophelia to her name because there was
another Catharine McDonald in the neighborhood, with whom the postal
authorities confused her. It seems to me that "Ophelia" was rather an
unhappy choice of Shakespeare's characters. She had many from which to
choose, as a copy of Shakespeare's plays was one of the three books that
composed the family library, the Bible and Pilgrim's Progress being the
others, with the addition of a dictionary. I remember her telling us
that when she read it, she had no idea that Pilgrim's Progress was an
allegory. She taught school, and at one-time both my father and my
mother were her pupils; she was nine years their senior. She became my
stepmother when I was four and a half years old. She was so good to us
that we loved her just as if she were our own mother, but still called
her Aunt Kate. She had two children of her own, but she never made any
difference in her treatment of us, and we loved Lillian Pearl and
Malcolm James the same that we did each other. She was a handsome woman,
tall, with brown eyes and black hair. She died when my first baby was
two months old. I had brought him to see her only two days before she
John Knox, the last surviving member of
the family, never married, and lived with us the latter part of his
life. He and my father were boyhood friends, so this was a happy
arrangement. He had a sense of humor, and a twinkle in his eye, and was
popular with us children. He leased the old farm in North Carolina
(finally selling it), and went to live with us while we were in Eustis,
Florida, where we lived only ten months on account of the terrible
freeze of 1895. He died in Florala, Alabama, one year later than his
sister. One of the memories of my childhood was that as we were visiting
at Grandma McDonald's in cotton picking time, Uncle John paid us with
bright new pennies for "picking cotton" at the same time he was paying
off the "hands". I wonder if all together we picked a pound?
Nancy McDonald's mother was a widow
before her marriage to Donald McDonald (my greatgrandfather). (Note that
both of my greatgrandfathers were named Donald McDonald, although not
related. Just when the maternal one came from Scotland, I do not know,
but I have understood that Nancy was born in this country.) Nancy's
mother's maiden name was Christian McKay, and she married a McKinnon
(given name unknown). To this union two children were born, Flora and
Mary. Flora married a McKinnon, and had four children: Caroline, Flora
Ann, Dr. John, and Dr. Kenneth. Mary married Rev. Jesse Corbitt
(Methodist minister), and had one son Jesse (lawyer).
Donald McDonald and Christian McKinnon
were married (date not known), and had five children: Archie, Alexander,
John, Effie, and Nancy (my grandmother). Alexander married Anna Kemp (no
children reported). John married Caroline Holladay: one son, John. Effie
married Peter Connoley, and had eight children: John, Malcolm, Daniel,
Simeon, Mary Ann, Christian, Elizabeth, and Caroline.
Nancy (my grandmother) married Malcolm
McDonald March 11, 1830. Twelve children were born to this marriage, all
of whom lived to maturity with the exception of two, the oldest and the
youngest. The firstborn, a girl, died at birth; the last, a boy, lived
only four months. I knew four of them: Margaret Jane (my mother), Aunt
Kate, Aunt Mary Ann, and Uncle John. I may have also known Uncle Donald,
but cannot remember him; he may have died before I was born. By his
name, I have a notation reading "Dec. 27, 1876", and this may be the
date of his death, but written so many years ago that I cannot be sure.
I remember Aunt Isabella, his widow, and their three children: May,
Donald, and Kate. May spent one winter with us in Georgia, probably
about 1888, going to school with us to our governess, Miss Dora Peade,
of Savannah, my father paying all expenses of the trip. She was several
years older than I.
Of Malcolm McDonald's sisters (all born
in Scotland), two were married. Christian married Archie McDonald, and
had four children; Annie (married John Carroll), Margaret (married
Archie Graham), Mary (married _____McMillan), and John (married Caroline
Smith). The other sister, Annie, married Augus McLean, and had five
children: Duncan (married Katie McDonald), Malcolm (married Mary
McKinnon), Donald (married ______), Annie (married Neil Ray), and
My mother was buried in the Gee Cemetery,
near Fayetteville, North Carolina, and near the site of Fort Bragg, so
prominent in training soldiers in World War II. The mother of my
grandfather (paternal), James Robert McDuffie, was Rebecca Gee before
her marriage to Archibald McDuffie. My grandfather and a cousin (James
Cook) built around this cemetery a brick wall, with an iron gate, which
still stands. Several years ago I had a small part in placing some sort
of a name plate on the gate. I last saw this cemetery in 1898, but my
father's sister, Mrs. H.G. Williams, of Ludowici, Georgia (Elizabeth Ann
McDuffie), saw it in 1933. Near this old cemetery stands the old
McPherson church (referred to before), where my father, William Robert
McDuffie, "raised the tunes", using the tuning fork, in his youth,
probably after my birth, and up to the time the family moved from
Cumberland County to Moore County. The name of the little town was
Keyser, and the church we attended was Bethesda, a country church near
by. Grandpa McDuffie was a deacon in this church.
RECORDS FROM THE HUGHES FAMILY BIBLE
Felix Hughes and Jane Ann Christie, Nov. 21, 1839.
William Hughes and Anna Stillwaugh, Nov. 5, 1868.
Miles Hughes and Clemmie Johnson, July 4,1869.
Caroline M. Hughes and Jas. P. Harmon, Aug. 10, 1882.
Chesley Hughes and Margaret E. Nixon, Jan. 20,
Grace Delphine Hughes and Sherman Lee Johnson, Nov.
Frederick Jacob Hughes and Margaret Jane McDuffie, June 22, 1904.
Seward Philip Hughes and Slocum Gully, June 7, 1910.
Margaret Jean Hughes and Adam Monroe Byrd, Oct. 21,1930.
Richard Lee Johnson and Lois Lunn, July 1,1927.
Felix Hughes May 1, 1816
Jane Ann Christie July 29, 1820
Henry Hughes Oct. 17, 1840
William Hughes Apr. 17, 1842
Christie Hughes Jan. 6, 1844
Lewis Hughes Sept. 12, 1845
Miles Hughes Mar. 16, 1847
Clinton S. Hughes Feb. 16, 1849
James A. Hughes Mar. 22, 1851
John G. Hughes Feb. 10, 1853
Caroline M. Hughes Nov. 13, 1855
Chesley Hughes Oct. 22, 1858
Henry Hughes Oct. 19, 1841
John G. Hughes Jan. 11, 1855
Christie Hughes Sept. 1, 1872
Clinton S. Hughes Oct. 23, 1874
Lewis Hughes Feb. 19, 1878
Clarence C. Hughes Dec. 26, 1880 (Son of Miles)
Felix Hughes June 10, 1888
Margaret E. Hughes Nov. 20, 1890 (Daughter of Miles)
Miles Hughes Mar. 26, 1892
Caroline M. Harmon Sept. 16, 1891
Horace Belmont Harmon Jan. 5, 1892
Jennie L. Harmon Jan. 10, 1892
Howard C. Hughes June 24, 1909
Chesley Hughes ______________
William Hughes (Captain) May 9, 1925 (Seattle)
Jane Ann Hughes Jan. 3, 1898
Anna Stillwaugh Hughes Aug. 21, 1927
Sherman Lee Johnson Apr. 19, 1930
Clarence Howard Hughes Oct. 27, 1869
Ada Hughes Sept. 21, 1870
William D. Hughes Jan. 12, 1872
Grace D. Hughes Mar. 4, 1874
Amy Viola Hughes Apr. 1, 1874
Clayton B. Hughes Mar. 22, 1876
Frederick Jacob Hughes Sept. 21, 1876
Clarence C. Hughes May 21, 1880
Horace B. Hughes Oct. 3, 1885
Philip Seward Hughes Aug. 16, 1886
Jenny Harmon Apr. 2, 1886
Frederick William Hughes Apr. 29, 1905 (Sumter, Ala.)
Margaret Jean Hughes Jan. 31, 1907 (Sumter, Ala.)
John Alexander Hughes May 14, 1911 (Meridian, Miss.)
Philip David Hughes Dec. 21, 1915 (Electric Mills, Miss.)
Woodson Lee Hughes Apr. 2, 1911 (Sumter, Ala.)
Grace Hughes Dec. 15, 1916 (Meridian, Miss.)
William Slocum Hughes June 6, 1921 (Meridian, Miss.)
Richard Lee Johnson Jan. 7, 1908 (Seattle, Wash.)
Barbara Lee Johnson May 8, 1929 (Seattle, Wash.)
Margaret Jean Byrd July 20, 1933 (Meridian, Miss.)
Richard Alan Johnson Dec. 16, 1938 (San Fran., Cal.)
John Alexander Hughes Jr. Aug. 5, 1948 (Natchez, Miss.)
Elizabeth Ann Hughes
MCDUFFIE FAMILY BIBLE RECORDS
James Robert McDuffie and Mary Johnson
were married Nov. 13, 1850.
William Robert McDuffie and Margaret Jane
McDonald were married Nov. 30, 1871.
William Robert McDuffie and Catherine
McDonald were married Dec. 14, 1881.
James Henry McDuffie and Sarah Helen Page
were married Dec. 5, 1882.
Elizabeth Ann McDuffie and Harry Guston
Williams were married March 18, 1886.
William Robert McDuffie and Lizzie Kay
Mabbett were married Dec. 8, 1909.
Katherine Elizabeth McDuffie and Dr.
Andrew Lee Wynn were married in Liberty County, Georgia, Nov. 2, 1892.
Mary Ann McDuffie and Samuel Hudson
Williams were married at Florala, Alabama, Dec. 10, 1902.
Margaret Jane McDuffie and Frederick
Jacob Hughes were married at Florala, Alabama, June 22, 1904.
William Robert McDuffie Jr. and Nannie
Fleming Harrison were married at Florala, Alabama, March 1, 1908.
Lillian Pearl McDuffie and John James
McLean were married at Florala, Alabama, Nov. 9, 1904.
Malcolm James McDuffie and Rowena Johnson
were married in Meridian, Mississippi, August, 1917.
Margaret Jean Hughes and Adam Monroe Byrd
were married at Meridian, Mississippi, Oct. 21, 1930, in the First
John Alexander Hughes and Dorothy Ethel
Simpson were married Dec. 22, 1946, in the Methodist Church at
Harperville, Mississippi, Rev. Ernest Dean Simpson, father of the bride,
Philip David Hughes and Pauline Prince
were married Saturday, Feb. 22, 1947, at the home of her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. D.C. Prince, at Stonewall, Mississippi, Rev. E.C. Hendricks
Katherine Lee Wynn and David Carlisle
McLeod were married at Florala, Alabama, Oct. 5, 1916.
Andrew Malcolm Wynn and Julia Swann
Riddle were married Dec. 25, 1926.
James Kenneth McLean and Nilah Pavre
Mackie were married at Biloxi, Mississippi, at the house of her parents,
June 6, 1931.
Donald John McLean and Vesta Winters were
married Nov. 2, 1938, at Meridian, Mississippi.
David William McLean and Eleanor Virginia
Myers were married Saturday, Oct. 26, 1946, in the Episcopal Church at
Samuel Hudson Williams Jr. and Sara
Rumbley were married in the Presbyterian Church at Monroeville, Alabama,
Nov. 17, 1942.
James Robert McDuffie and Charlotte Ruth
Straub were married at Houston, Texas, August 7, 1938. She was born at
Fort Smith, Arkansas, Sept. 2, 1919.
Frederick Alexander McDuffie and Lula Mae
Moore were married at Kountz, Texas, July 31, 1941. She was born in
Abbeyville, Louisiana, Nov. 2, 1920.
Dorothy Elizabeth Wynn and Charles Oscar
Looke Jr. were married at Birmingham, Alabama, Oct. 15, 1941.
Graham McLeod and Dorothy Louise Brown
were married January 9, 1948.
Rebekah McDuffie and William D. Clarke Jr.
were married July 7, 1942 at Sarasota, Florida.
Mary Johnson was born December 14, 1822.
James Robert McDuffie was born June 16, 1823.
William Robert McDuffie was born September 24, 1851.
George John McDuffie was born December 30, 1853.
Mary Catharine McDuffie was born May 6, 1855.
Frank Addison McDuffie was born September 22, 1856.
James Henry McDuffie was born December 12, 1859.
Archibald Daniel McDuffie was born April 28, 1862.
Elizabeth Ann McDuffie was born February 25, 1864.
Mary Johnson McDuffie died October 4,
1898, Liberty County, Georgia.
James Robert McDuffie died October 24, 1902, Liberty County, Georgia.
George Johnson McDuffie died May 19, 1854.
Mary Catharine McDuffie died August 24, 1855, aged 3 months, 17 days.
Archibald Daniel McDuffie died August 10, 1862, aged 3 months, 13 days.
Frank Addison McDuffie died December 5, 1862, aged 6 years, 2 months, 13
William Robert McDuffie died October 26, 1925, at Fort Meade, Florida.
James Henry McDuffie died November 16, 1935, at Columbus, Georgia.
Mary Ann McDuffie, daughter of William
Robert and Margaret Jane McDuffie was born February 7, 1873. Baptized
May 3, 1873, by the Rev. J.P. McPherson.
Catharine Elizabeth McDuffie was born November 12, 1874. Baptized
December 24, 1874, by the Rev.
Margaret Jane McDuffie was born May 10, 1877. Baptized by the Rev. J.P.
William Robert McDuffie Jr. was born November 5, 1879. Baptized December
28, 1879, by the Rev. George M. Gibbs.
Margaret Jane McDonald (mother of above children) was born February 1,
Lillian Pearl McDuffie was born January 23, 1884.
Malcolm James McDuffie was born February 13, 1886.
Catharine McDonald (mother of above children) was born December 18,
Edna Lois McDuffie was born November 15, 1910.
Rebekah Louisa McDuffie was born November 2, 1914.
Lizzie May Mabbett (mother of the above children) was born May 18, 1874.
Margaret Jane, wife of William Robert
McDuffie, died November 21, 1880, aged 29 years, 9 months, 21 days.
Buried in the Gee Cemetery near Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Catharine, wife of William Robert McDuffie, died June 24, 1905.
Elizabeth Mayson, wife of William Robert McDuffie, died November 9,
1937, at Tampa, Florida. Buried
at Florala, Alabama.
Katherine Elizabeth, wife of Dr. A.L. Wynn, died December 28, 1925.
Buried at Florala, Alabama.
Edna Lois McDuffie died July 31, 1912. Buried at Florala, Alabama.
William Robert McDuffie Jr. died January 9, 1949. Buried at Greenlawn
Cemetery , Port Arthur, Texas.
Samuel Hudson Williams Sr. died at Florala, Alabama, April 30, 1932.
John James McLean died in Biloxi, Mississippi, October 24, 1929. Buried
at Meridian, Mississippi.
Samuel Hudson Williams Jr. was born at
Meridian, Mississippi, April 3, 1917.
Samuel Hudson Williams III was born near Monroeville, Alabama, March 30,
1944, while his father was
in England, during World War II.
John Rumbley Williams was born near Monroeville, Alabama, October 18,
Katherine Lee Wynn was born December 12, 1893 in Liberty County,
Andrew Malcolm Wynn was born June 18, 1896 in Liberty County, Georgia.
Dorothy Elizabeth Wynn was born December 4, 1908 in Florala, Alabama.
David Carlisle McLeod Jr. was born July 8, 1919.
William Wynn McLeod was born October 24, 1921.
Graham McLean McLeod was born August 9, 1923.
Katherine Elizabeth Wynn was born December 5, 1927.
Andrew Malcolm Wynn Jr. was born September 10, 1929.
Sidney Riddle Wynn was born February 16, 1933.
Frederick William Hughes was born near Livingston, Alabama, April 29,
Margaret Jean Hughes was born near Livingston, Alabama, January 31,
John Alexander Hughes was born at Meridian, Mississippi, May 14, 1911.
Philip David Hughes was born at Electric Mills, Mississippi, December
Margaret Jean Byrd was born at Meridian, Mississippi, July 20, 1933.
John Alexander Hughes Jr. was born at Natchez, Mississippi, August 5,
James Robert McDuffie Jr. was born at Port Arthur Texas, October 17,
Philip Lawrence McDuffie was born at Houston, Texas, November 29, 1943.
Michael Arlen McDuffie was born July 19, 1945, at Port Arthur, Texas,
while his father was on Guam, in the Pacific.
Dianne McDuffie was born July 20, 1947, at Port Arthur, Texas.
James Robert McDuffie Sr. was born September 24, 1912.
Frederick Alexander McDuffie was born October 30, 1916, at Talledega
William Nathan McDuffie was born November 25, 1942, at Port Arthur,
David McDuffie was born May 24, 1949, at Port Arthur, Texas.
Richard McDuffie was born October 19, 1951, at Port Arthur, Texas.
Robert Myers McLean was born May 22, 1949, at Laurel, Mississippi.
James Kenneth McLean was born at Florala, Alabama, December 29, 1905.
Donald John McLean was born at Florala, Alabama, April 2, 1909.
David William McLean was born at Meridian, Mississippi, January 7, 1917.
Douglas Elliot McLean was born at Meridian, Mississippi, March 2, 1920.
Nilah Catharine McLean was born at Meridian, Mississippi, February 26,
Ann Winters McLean was born at Meridian, Mississippi, April 18, 1945.
CHILDREN OF DR. J.H. MCDUFFIE SR.
Annie Laurie McDuffie was born November
Love Alexander McDuffie was born June 3, 1885.
James Henry McDuffie Jr. was born January 27, 1888.
Lewis Robert McDuffie was born September 9, 1891.
David Page McDuffie was born August 16, 189_.
William Archibald McDuffie was born _________ 1897.
Annie Laurie McDuffie and Henry Stokes Munroe, M.D. were married
December 27, 1906.
Margaret Worth Munroe was born_______.
Henry Stokes Munroe Jr. was born________.
Sarah Page Munroe was born_________.
Colin Alexander Munroe was born_________.
Annie Laurie Munroe was born__________.
Love Alexander McDuffie and Wheeler Tolbert were married December 27,
Wheeler Howard Tolbert Jr. was born November 17, 1911.
James McDuffie Tolbert was born March 23, 1914.
Jack Page Tolbert was born May 24, 1916.
William Archibald Tolbert was born July 18, 1919.
Stokes Munroe Tolbert was born September 4, 1923.
Edward Allen Tolbert was born February 18, 1927.
James Henry McDuffie Jr. and Lucille Carolyn Peabody were married at
Columbus, Georgia, December 25, 1917.
James Henry McDuffie III was born April 30, 1920.
Lucille Peacock McDuffie was born September 18, 1922.
Sarah Lowe McDuffie was born February 26, 1925.
Mary Johnson McDuffie was born August 25, 1926.
Lewis Robert McDuffie and Katherine Douglas Neill were married November
Katherine Neill McDuffie was born September 2, 1924.
David Page McDuffie and Elizabeth Yancey were married ____ 1920.
David Page McDuffie Jr. was born October 28, 1921.
Wheeler Howard Tolbert Jr. and Doris Irene Matthews were married
Saturday, August 31, 1946, at Weslaco, Texas.
Sarah Helen Page McDuffie died October
26, 1926, at Columbus, Georgia.
William Archibald McDuffie died October 3, 1918, at Annapolis, Maryland,
while attending the U.S. Naval Academy.
David Page McDuffie Sr. died June 13, 1930, at Pulaski, Tennessee.
Edward Allen Tolbert died June 18, 1927, aged 4 months.
James Henry McDuffie Sr., M.D. , died November 16, 1935.
FAMILY OF ELIZABETH ANN MCDUFFIE and HARRY GUSTON
Harry Guston Williams Sr. was born in
Warren County, North Carolina, July 2, 1864. Died November 2, 1937, at
Harry Guston Williams Jr. was born in Liberty County, Georgia, February
21, 1887. Died April 2, 1907.
James Lyle Williams was born June 14, 1890.
Lillian Lacy Williams was born September 27, 1893.
Mary Fairfax Williams was born August 29, 1895.
Susan Elizabeth Williams was born October 5, 1897.
Helen Reid Williams was born September 14, 1899.
Ruth Williams was born October 22, 1902. Died October 29, 1902.
James Lyle Williams and Mary McDuffie were married in Macon, Georgia.
James Lyle Williams Jr. was born May 9, 1918.
Mary Fairfax Williams and C.F. Hendry were married in Macon, Georgia,
August ____, 1918.
Mary Williams Hendry was born September 18, 1928.
Susan Elizabeth Williams and Walter W. Meeks were married at Ludowici,
Georgia, December 27, 1919.
Walter Watson Meeks Jr. was born December 25, 1930.
Lillian Lacy Williams and Pettway Burwell were married at Ludowici,
Georgia, November 15, 1923.
Helen Reid Williams and Thomas Auld Coxon were married at Ludowici,
Georgia, May 14, 1927.
Mary Fairfax Williams Hendry and Starr Owen were married ---.
The disappointment of the brave Scotchmen
who fought in the battle of Culloden was so great that many of them
decided to emigrate to America. Among them was one John McDuffie, who in
1749 settled in Cumberland County, North Carolina, near Cross Creek (now
Fayetteville). He was the father of several sons, one of whom was
Archibald, who fought in the American Army during the Revolution, and
became one of the wealthiest planters in the country. Archibald also was
the father of several sons, the youngest of whom was named for him, and
lived from 1796 to 1873. This Archibald McDuffie married Rebecca Gee.
Rebecca Gee was a descendant of the Gee
family emigrating from the village of Gee in Cheshire, a county of
Central-Western England to America early in our country's history. Sir
William Gee was a member of the Second Virginia Company in 1620. In 1679
two brothers, sons of Thomas Gee of Boston, went to Virginia; one of
these, Charles Gee, was the ancestor of the succeeding generations of
the Gee family in Virginia. He had four sons, James, Charles, Henry, and
Robert. His grandson, James Gee (father of Charles Gee, mother Mary
Chappell), of Prince George County, Virginia, removed to Fayetteville,
North Carolina about 1766, and in 1770 married Mary Walker, who was at
Wilmington, and left an orphan at the age of four (1755-1842). Their
children were: Charles, Mary, John Walker, Ann, Henry, Isabella,
Rebecca, William, James Robert, and David.
Beginning at this point, (for the sake of
clarity), this record will be written in the first person by a
great-granddaughter of Archibald McDuffie and Rebecca Gee, Margaret Jane
McDuffie Hughes (Mrs. Frederick J. Hughes) in the month of May 1949. She
wishes to acknowledge assistance given through the years by her uncle,
Dr. J.H. McDuffie, her aunt, Mrs. H.G. Williams, and her sister, Mrs.
Archibald McDuffie (1796-1873) and
Rebecca Gee were married, and had the following children: Martha
(1818-1898), David Gee (1821-1890), James Robert (1824-1902),
Mary (1825-1897), and William Charles (1829-1899). James Robert was my
Martha was never married. I remember her
as a spare old lady, who made delicious rolls, and had a sweet
disposition, so sweet that she was never known to speak ill of anyone.
Once when others were condemning a certain man, she merely said, "well,
he seems to have good health". We knew her as "Auntie". On her
tombstone, my grandfather had placed this inscription: "Blessed are the
pure in heart".
Mary married Robert Register (1824-1880),
and had four children: Martha, whom we knew as Cousin Mattie; Bettie,
graduate of Peace Institute, Raleigh, N.C., and to whom I went to school
when so small that she held me on her lap half the time. These sisters
never married, and after leaving Keyser lived in Sanford, N.C., to a
ripe old age. My nephew, Samuel Williams, saw them in Sanford when he
was in training at Fort Bragg in 1943. Robert did not marry, and died
many years before his sisters. Frank, who became a physician, and a
member of the N.C. State Board Of Health, probably still living. Mary,
the mother of these children, we knew as "Aunt Mary", who was plump and
jolly, kept the Post Office at Keyser for many years, perhaps as long as
she lived. She was bright, and quick at repartee. A story goes that when
she was a child, she reproved after a church service for looking around
during prayer by Miss Katie McPherson, she asked, "Miss Katie, what were
you doing when you saw me'? This is an age when children were supposed
to be seen and not heard! My grandfather was devoted to his sisters, and
after moving to Georgia, often went back to visit them.
David Gee, second child and first son of
Archibald and Rebecca McDuffie, married Mary McQueen in 1853
(1830-1902), whom we knew as "Aunt Mary Dave". They had one son, John
McDuffie. David Gee McDuffie was a notable figure. A graduate of the
University of North Carolina, he was an efficient engineer, and is said
to have been a mathematical prodigy, and thought he made the discovery
of the natural cause of the variations of the magnetic needle of the
compass. This theory, as he had it written down, was published twenty
years after his death in a booklet which also contained a personal
tribute and sketch of his life by Major Q.A. Guthrie, a prominent lawyer
of Durham, N.C.
third child and second son, married Mary Johnson November 13,
1850, as recorded in their family Bible. They had seven children:
William Robert, George Johnson, Mary Catharine, Frank Addison, James
Henry, Archibald Daniel, and Elizabeth Ann. Three of these died in
infancy, a fourth lived only to the age of six. Those surviving were
William Robert (my father), James Henry (Dr. J.H. McDuffie), and
Elizabeth Ann (Mrs H.G. Williams). My grandfather was a deacon in the
Presbyterian church, and might have been an elder but for his efficiency
as a deacon. Also he was a successful business man, engaging in
merchandising, lumber and naval stores in partnership with my father,
the firm name being J.R. McDuffie & Son. In 1888 the naval store
business was moved to Liberty County, Georgia, shipping the products to
Savannah. He died October 24, 1902. I have only pleasant memories of my
grandfather, but he was a rather dignified person with whom one did not
usually take liberties; however, I remember when we were quite young
seeing my two older sisters braiding his chin whiskers, tying them with
red ribbons, and he appeared to be enjoying it.
My grandmother was the daughter of Daniel
and Ann McDougald Johnson, one of five children. Her mother died when
she was two years old, and she had a stepmother who was unkind to her.
Her father was married three times, as her mother was his second wife.
The first was a Miss McNeill, who was the mother of Rev. Angus Johnson,
who became a prominent Presbyterian minister, serving churches in
Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, and Texas. He died literally in the
service at Avalon, Texas, lacking only a few months of being one hundred
years old. Her own brother, Peter, also studied for the ministry, but
had to give it up on account of failing eyesight. He married a Miss
Morrison of Charlotte, N.C. (probably a close relative of Stonewall
Jackson's wife), and their son became a Presbyterian minister, Rev.
Josephus Johnson, D.D., for thirty years pastor of the First church of
Victoria, Texas. A first cousin, Rev. Daniel Johnson (doubtless named
for his father) was first honor man of his class when he graduated from
Princeton in 1838. He taught at Princeton for two or three years, and
married a Miss Gulich of New Jersey. Returning to North Carolina, he
both preached and taught. At the time of his death in 1868, he was
president of Floral College, which had been founded by a relative, Rev.
William Johnson. He left an eight year old daughter, who was given to
his old friend, Rev. J. Leighton Wilson. Daniel Johnson, my
grandmother's father, married a third time, to Miss McBryde. There was
only one child of this marriage, Duncan James, who was the father of
James McNeill Johnson, whom I remember seeing when I was a child. He was
a personality, with a bright mind and an unlimited ambition. He studied
pharmacy by mail, and had a drug store at Aberdeen, N.C. He also studied
law, and he and his son were law partners. He was an author and poet,
and visited Scotland more than once, looking up relatives. He died
December 25, 1930, at the age of 71. His sister Alice was also notable
as a pharmacist and physician, also self-educated. She was employed in
the drug store of my brother-in-law, Dr. A.L. Wynn, about 1894, and she
was practicing medicine. The last we knew of her, she was employed as a
psychiatrist by a Philadelphia court. My aunt, Mrs. H.G. Williams,
visited the grave of her grandfather in 1933. He was buried in the
cemetery of Phillipi church, Robeson County, N.C., in 1851, at the age
Mary Johnson McDuffie, wife of James
Robert McDuffie, was born December 14, 1822, and died October 4, 1898,
Tuesday, at noon, preceding her husband in death by almost exactly four
years. They are both buried in the cemetery of the Presbyterian church
at Walthourville, Georgia. My grandmother was a forceful character,
always ready for an emergency with a steady nerve. When my sister,
Katie, at a tender age, got her finger caught in the sausage grinder,
almost completely severing the first joint, she calmly sewed it back
together with a needle and white silk thread. It was a good job! Her
son, James, after he became a physician and surgeon, said that his
mother could have been one of the finest surgeons in the country. My two
older sisters and I spent a school term with her and my grandfather when
we were living at Sand Hills (later Pinehurst), and I remember sleeping
in a trundle bed. When her husband decided to go to the "backwoods of
Georgia" to engage in the naval stores business, it must have been hard
for her to give up her home, her friends, and her church. But the
Christian Observer followed her, and she died repeating the Twenty-Third
Psalm..... Among the many Presbyterian ministers in the Johnson family,
I want to mention Rev. Chalmers Johnson, son of Rev. Angus Johnson, my
grandmother's brother. Unlike his father, his lifetime was short, dying
at the age of 29, at Concord, N.C.
My grandmother said that she probably
loved my father (whom she called Willie) best of all her children
because he was her baby so many times, several of those following him
having died in infancy. On the fly leaf of the family Bible she wrote,
"William Robert McDuffie could spell Holy Bible when he was 3 years and
9 months old". My father married at the age of twenty, and soon after
went into business with his father. Both of them loved to hunt, game
such as deer, foxes and wild turkeys being abundant. (I have heard that
father would take the son up in the saddle with him when he was only
three years old). Venison and wild turkey were often on the table......
When J.R. McDuffie & Son decided to remove their naval stores operation
to Georgia, they sold the Sand Hills property, surrounded by 10,000
acres of "round pine" to Mr. Frank Page, uncle to Aunt Sallie (Uncle
Jimmie's wife). Mr. Page was the father of Walter Hines Page, afterwards
ambassador to Great Britain. Near the spot where our turpentine still
was located, the famous winter resort Pinehurst sprang up. When we lived
there, it was quite primitive. We may have had a well later, but at
first I can remember that water had to brought from a spring at the
bottom of the hill; perhaps this was the drinking water only. Mag, the
colored girl who came to us there, and who cooked for us for many years
thereafter, could carry three buckets of water at one time - two in her
hands, one on her head. Another recollection is that of taking a walk,
and seeing a deserted two-story house, whereupon one of my companions
remarked that "rawhead and bloody bones" lived there - and shivers ran
up and down my spine! We had guineas there, and it was fun to hunt for
their eggs in brush piles on the hillside..... After that we lived in a
house "on the hill" at Keyser. Of that time, I particularly remember the
young colored girl named Mary Jane, who was nursemaid to my younger
brother and sister. She could tell marvelous "tales", one of which I can
recall to this day, "Uncle Jack and the Cows". She was a bright child,
and we were not surprised to hear later that she had gone to a college
for negroes in Concord, N.C........ Christmas was the most exciting time
of the year, and Santa Claus the most interesting figure, mysterious but
real. He brought sweets and fruits that may have been scarce the rest of
the year, but were abundant in the Santa Claus stocking, and once I
remember that the stocking was deemed too small, a pillow case being
substituted. Those wax dolls were the last word in dolls! I guess there
were not many fireworks in those days; anyway my father would pack
shells with powder only, and fire both barrels of his shotgun before day
Christmas morning. It was a most impressive sight! An unusual and
memorable occasion was a trip by train to Raleigh for the express
purpose of seeing Barnum's circus.
James Henry McDuffie (Uncle Jimmie) was
tall, slender and handsome, always a favorite with us children. He used
to call me "Granny Bunch" - no doubt my curly head often looked the
part, but I enjoyed the teasing. I remember his wedding (Dec. 8, 1882),
at least the reception and dinner at the home of his parents in Keyser,
when he married Sarah Helen Page. After his marriage he decided to study
medicine, and my father helped put him through medical school. At first
he "read medicine" with Dr. James A. Sexton in Raleigh. From there he
went to medical department of the University of Maryland at Baltimore,
graduating in March 1887, president of his class. For a short while he
practiced in his home town, Keyser (now Adder), going from there to
Anniston, Alabama. In July, 1892 he went to Columbus, Georgia, where he
lived until his death, November 16, 1935, having given more than forty
years of devoted service to the people of Columbus. He was widely known
not only for his skill but for his warm friendliness and kindness to
people of all walks of life, and was called "the beloved physician". He
was an elder in the First Presbyterian Church, and was president of the
Rotary Club. He occupied a particular place of strength and influence in
civic affairs generally. He was a fine marksman, bringing down not only
live birds, but many clay pigeons in trap shooting circles. Among his
varied accomplishments was that of fine penmanship, which seems to have
been a family trait, as my father and aunt also excelled in chirography.
My father could write more words, each one perfectly legible, on a post
card than anyone I have ever known. My aunt at the age of eight-five
(February 25, 1949) still "writes a beautiful hand".
Elizabeth Ann McDuffie was a graduate of
Peace Institute, Raleigh, N.C., and married Harry Guston Williams (born
July 2, 1864, in Warren County, N.C.) at Keyser, March 18, 1886. They
went immediately to Liberty County, Georgia (now Long County), where
Uncle Harry took part in the naval stores operation, making up for his
ignorance of the business by his youthful enthusiasm. We children
thought him a lot of fun. I remember that he once took "us three
sisters" to Savannah, and out to Tybee Island, where we first saw the
Atlantic ocean, and for the first time enjoyed the delights of surf
bathing...... Six children were born to this union, two boys, four
girls. Hallie, or Harry, Jr. died at the age of twenty, a fine young
man, with good mine. I taught in the home when he was a little fellow,
and at the age of eleven he recited the Shorter catechism to me. The
youngest, Ruth, died at the age of one week. The others are living, all
good citizens. Two I wish to mention especially. Mary (then Mrs. Hendry)
was a reporter for the Savannah News, and one time president of the
Pilot Club. Now Mrs. Star Wen, she lives in Allentown, Long County,
Georgia. Her daughter, Mary Williams, is an honor student at the Woman's
State College at Valdosta, she is said to be a beautiful girl......
Helen, four years younger than Mary, has made a name for herself in
Georgia politics. In 1933, at the age of 34, she was elected
representative from Long County, and was know as "the Lady from Long".
Her ability was soon recognized, and she was soon placed on many
important committees, as chairman of some. Later she was elected to the
upper house, and last of all was named one of three members of the
Pardon Board. Her name, by the way, is Helen Williams Coxon...... I
began to write about my aunt (Aunt Lizzie), and digressed into a
discussion of her husband and children. She deserves more than that
brief mention. Through the years, she has been beloved and admired by
the whole family. In the death of her firstborn, she suffered great
sorrow, which for a time threatened to make her lose interest in life,
but she snapped out of this depression, and became an inspiration to her
daughters, who have followed her example of true womanhood, with culture
and refinement. At this writing, her mind is "as bright as a dollar",
and her penmanship as beautiful as in her youth.
We moved to the "backwoods" of Liberty
County, Georgia, about fourteen miles west of what was then Johnston
Station (now Ludowici) in October, 1886, my father having preceded us by
several months. He had gone by rail, but set wagons, etc., through the
country. With the wagons, went several favorite hound dogs, and thereby
hangs a tale which I have never known to be surpassed in animal history.
One Sunday morning when we returned from Sunday School (accompanied by
our grandfather), we were surprised to find Lad, one of the dogs that
had gone to Georgia, lying at the door, his feet swollen, and in a state
of utter exhaustion. Upon writing to my father, we learned that he had
not seen the dog since the Sunday before he appeared back at Keyser, and
supposed that an alligator had bitten him, the turpentine place being
near the Altamaha River. In one week that homesick dog traveled a
distance of at least 500 miles. One of the negroes who had planned to
follow my father was heard to remark that if a dog couldn't stand that
country, he did not think he could.
In the backwoods of Georgia, our
postoffice was "Beard's Creek", but there were no churches or schools
for us. On Sundays we studied the catechism, and read Bible stories and
the Christian Observer, the latter being a particular delight. Of
course, at that time the stories and the little letters "to Dear Mr.
Converse" were of most interest to us. I wrote one of those letters when
I was nine. I am sure Aunt Kate had a lot to do with it, for the only
sentence I remember is, "I have a little baby brother, who is pretty as
a flower". The Youth's Companion was a great source of entertainment,
and it's weekly appearance was hailed with delight; also the Chatterbox,
which (as well as I recall) was an annual publication. I still remember
one of the stories in this book; it was called "Sal, the Slopper", a
tale of the London slums, and Sal was the counterpart of Dickens' Feagan
in Oliver Twist. She did terrible things to little girls. Our library
consisted principally of the complete works of Charles Dickens and Sir
Walter Scott. I read practically every one of them. At the age of ten I
was reading "Old Curiosity Shop", and was greatly impressed with the old
grandfather's explanation of his gambling, "Tis all for thee, Nell, all
for thee". Also that doctor order a chicken wing for little Nell.
There was as much, or perhaps more game
in Georgia as there had been in North Carolina, so again we often had on
our bill of fare venison, wild turkey, squirrels, etc. My brother Will
(we called him "Bud" then) killed a deer when he was only eleven. There
were also a lot of fish from the Altamaha river. I recall particularly
the large catfish..... For schooling, we had a governess, the first
being a lovely young woman, Miss Carolyn Bishop, who was with us only a
few months, and that while we were living at the turpentine place
(called, I think, the Sandford place). I cannot now recall the name of
the town from which she came, but I remember visiting her once several
years later, after she had married a Mr. Bush. Although we were located
some distance from the river, the water would reach us in the "spring
freshet time", and we could ride down the road in a boat.
After several months, perhaps less than a
year, we moved to the "Harrington place", a farm about a mile nearer the
Johnston Station, where we lived until some time in 1893. Particular
remembrances are the very large watermelons grown there, the two large
capejessamine bushes by the front gate, and the fire that destroyed the
dining room and kitchen, connected with the residence by a wooden
walkway above the ground two or three feet, and where the pump that
supplied us with water was located. This happened at night, long after
all were sleeping except my father, who had stayed up to write a
business letter, and saw the blaze in time to save the house. The letter
was in reference to the sale of a large tract of virgin timber, which
later brought us $50,000.00, a large amount of money in those days. Here
we had as governess an excellent lady from Savannah, Miss Dora Peade,
who was with us for several years during the school months.
About the time that Miss Dora came my
sister Mary Ann decided that she wanted to be called "Mamie", because
she said we ran her two names together, making then sound like "Moran".
(accent on "ran"). The day Miss Dora arrived, I was not quite ready to
see company, and while dressing needed some assistance. I did not want
to embarrass my sister by calling her Mary Ann, but it was hard to say "Mamie",
which I finally managed to do. Some time later, and I think under the
influence of my Scotch reading, I thought that "Jean" was a much
prettier name than "Janie", and succeeded in having a number of friends
and relatives call me that. I am "Aunt Jean" to practically all of my
nephews and nieces.
Miss Dora taught us music (piano) and
everything. In the fall of 1889 my two older sisters went away to
school. The Charlotte Female Institute at Charlotte, N.C., (now Queens
College), was the school selected and they went there two years. In
September, 1891, they changed to Agnes Scott Institute at Decatur,
Georgia (now Agnes Scott College), and I went with them. At that time
Agnes Scott had what was known as the Preparatory Department, and that
was were I was entered. We were known as "the three McDuffie sisters".
After the first year, I went alone, and was there two and a half years
altogether. The dormitory, classrooms, etc., were all housed in what is
still known as "the main building". We were personally acquainted with
Col. George W. Scott, who endowed the school, naming it for his mother.
He gave me his photograph, which he autographed in the following manner:
"To my young friend, Miss Margaret J. McDuffie, George W. Scott". I
still have it..... In November, 1892 I went home to attend the wedding
of my sister, Katie to Dr. Andrew Lee Wynn, who had come from North
Carolina to practice medicine at Johnston Station. He was an old friend
of Uncle Harry's, who was responsible for his coming to Georgia, and we
were glad to have him, as a good doctor was needed there. However, we
did not suspect that he would become a member of our family. He was born
in Warren County, N.C., October 1862, and was graduated from the
University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill, and from the medical
department of the University of Maryland at Baltimore. He now lives with
his daughter, Mrs. D.C. McLeod, in Birmingham, Alabama. For many years
he ministered to our family, always faithful, kind, and efficient.... I
remember the lovely chrysanthemums that had been grown by Uncle Harry,
and carefully kept from the frost until the wedding date, November 2,
Having made what in those days was
considered a lot of money by a sale of virgin timber, my father
satisfied a lifetime ambition to live in Florida. He bought two orange
groves, one with a two-story house on West Crooked lake, about a mile
from the town of Eustis, in Lake County. My two younger brothers and one
sister and I attended the Eustis Seminary, taught by Prof. Marsh and his
wife, both very fine people. We walked over a mile every morning, about
half the distance in sand around the east end of the lake. Mrs. Marsh
taught the lower grades, Prof. Marsh taught the high school subjects.
I liked him very much, and regret that I
had only one year under his instruction. A letter form him afterwards
said that he would reserve a chair for me in the senior class of 1896.
He was not only a teacher, but was fully capable of occupying the pulpit
of the Presbyterian church, which he did on occasion. His son, Fred
Marsh, became a minister. A classmate of mine there was Clarence Ferran,
who in later life became was pastor of the Park Lake Presbyterian church
of Orlando until his death in 1943. I never knew him after the school
days in Eustis. His daughter, Betty, married John Chester Frist, of
Meridian, Mississippi, a Presbyterian minister whom she knew as a high
school student in Meridian. Another classmate at the Eustis Seminary was
Gould Norton, who lived directly across the lake from us, and was a
special friend of mine.
We went to Florida in October, 1894.
Shortly afterwards Uncle John McDonald joined our household, and he and
my father had fun hunting foxes, which were numerous in the country
round about, playing havoc with the chicken population. One morning when
it was barely daylight, we heard a horseman ride up, and the voice of
our neighbor across the lake (Mr. Patterson), crying, "Yippee! want to
catch a fox?". That brought out our hunters and our fourteen hounds (I
believe one was a bird dog). Needless to say, that fox did not eat any
more chickens. In less than a year 75 fox skins adorned the barn
door!...... I sometimes tell people that I lived in Florida ten months,
and never saw an orange blossom, which was literally true - and a sad
story it is! Just before Christmas in 1894, there came a freeze that
destroyed all of the oranges and grapefruit. The grove on which we lived
had just come into bearing; the other was twenty years old, and we had
not sold the fruit on either. Naturally, everyone thought that this was
a calamity, and had no idea that a worse misfortune could befall us.
Warm weather followed, and sap rose in the trees. All seemed well. On
February 7th, there came another freeze, infinitely worse than the
first, for the trees were killed to the ground, and had to be sawed off,
and rebudded. In August, 1895, we returned to Georgia, leaving a
caretaker to look after the groves. Paying the caretaker and the taxes
appeared to be a losing proposition, and a few years later the groves
were sold for a song as well as I can remember about $500.00. The
original price was $14,000.00.
Again we lived at Johnston Station, but
moved about a year later to Quitman, in the southwestern part of the
state, on a farm just outside the city limits. Personally, I was not in
Quitman any length of time, as at first I was teaching in my aunt's
family, later attending Stanley's Business College in Thomasville. Will
attended this school at the same time. I took a position in an office at
Pelham, Georgia (near Thomasville), stenographer for a Mr. Hand, a very
nice man. In the meantime, the family had moved to Florala, Alabama, and
my father again engaged in the naval stores business, the firm name
being Florala Naval Stores Company. I spent several months in that
office under the supervision of Mr. W.C. McLauchlin, who had taught my
father when a boy in North Carolina. He and his good wife were
especially nice to me. I lived with them for a while, as the family at
that time lived at Laurel Hill, a small town south of Florala. Then the
winter of 1901-1902 I taught in a Presbyterian school at Blackshear,
Georgia. In June 1902, I went back to Florala to accept a position in
the office of a new lumber company, the Jackson Lumber Company, and
there on September 8th I met my fate, Frederick J. Hughes, who had come
from Arkansas to be Superintendent. After the mill town of Lockhart,
about a mile distant, was built, the office was moved there, and I was
secretary to the manager, W.S. Harlan, until the spring of 1904, when I
resigned to prepare for my wedding. On April 1st of that year, Fred had
become manager of the Sumter Lumber Company, near Livingston, Alabama.
In June, he returned to marry me, on the 22nd of the month. Ours was the
first wedding in the Presbyterian church, at that time located on Lake
Jackson. The wedding ceremony was at high noon, the reception and
luncheon at the home of Dr. and Mrs. A.L. Wynn. A Central of Georgia
train bore us away. We lived at Sumter until April 1911, when we went to
live in Meridian, Mississippi, for a few months while the new plant at
Electric Mills was being built. We lived at Electric Mills until
September 14, 1921, when we moved to Meridian, 1319 23rd Avenue. On July
1st, 1928, we went to the Lamar Hotel in Meridian, where we stayed until
June 15, 1937, on which date we moved to "the farm", five miles north of
Meridian on Highway 80. On January 6, 1942, we gave up the farm, and
began sojourning in Florida, except when we spent January and February
1943 in Mexico, most of the time in Monterey. In the spring of 1943 we
bought the town of Electric Mills in partnership with Mr. E.A. Temple,
and spent four summers there in the Alexander house. Having disposed of
all of our holdings there, we have since been living in Florida both
summer and winter.________________________________
Having inadvertently omitted special
reference to a member of my grandfather's family, I wish to correct that
omission now. I refer to his brother, William Charles (1829-1899), who
also was a beloved physician. I believe he officiated at the birth of
every one of us. My oldest sister tells me that she read for him the
night I was born (she was 4 years and 3 months old), and she remembers
that Grandma came into the room to ask Uncle Will if she should put
flannel on the baby. She does not remember his reply, but I trust it was
"no". I cannot bear it even now, and do not like to think what it might
have done to my baby skin - and in the month of May, too ! Dr. W.C.
McDuffie was one of the most distinguished physicians in the state, the
recipient of many honors, one being the presidency of the North Carolina
Medical Association. He told a story well, and was much in demand as an
after dinner speaker. I remember his bald head, with its fringe of white
hair, and something that intrigued me - his watch charm, a cube of some
kind of stone that resembled crystal. He married Kate Todd, and they had
five children. I remember the two daughters, Alice and Bert. Alice was
an unusually beautiful girl, a belle of Fayetteville society. She
married Nash Bunting. I spent a day in their home the summer of 1912,
when the children and I were vacationing at Wrightsville Beach.
I realize that I could be a member of the
D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution), as Archibald McDuffie,
son of John McDuffie, who emigrated from Scotland, was my
great-great-grandfather, and fought in the Revolutionary War.
Also James Gee, my
great-great-grandfather, fought in the Revolution. He was one of General
Marion's men in South Carolina, and organized a company of which was he
was elected captain. He was a signer of the Liberty Point Declaration of
Independence, June 20, 1775, before they had received news of the famous
Mechlenburg Declaration. On the spot in Fayetteville where his historic
meeting was held, there has been erected a bronze tablet to commemorate
the heroic action of the thirty-nine signers. (A friend of mine just
returned from Fayetteville, bringing me a list of these 39 names, James
Gee among them). His wife, Mary Walker Gee (my great-great-grandmother)
was noted for her courage, tact, and resourcefulness. One story told of
her is that of saving the lives of several patriots by "wining and
dining" Tory officers, enabling the patriots to escape. No doubt she
served her country as truly as did her soldier husband. Both are buried
in the old Gee cemetery near Fayetteville, the same in which my mother
lies..... When I was a child, I remember being told that my great
grandmother was one-thirty-second Irish, the inference being that the
rest of me was Scotch. The Encyclopedia Brittanica tells of a Rev.
George Walker, who was born of English parents in the County of Tyrone,
Ireland. His son married an Irish girl, and these two were the ancestors
of Mary Walker Gee. This sounds like I might be a little English too.
Henry Gee, my great-uncle, moved to South
Carolina, then to Florida. Before leaving South Carolina, he married a
Miss Forrester, who died, leaving one child, a son. He then married his
wife's sister, and to this union were born a large number of children,
seven being boys, all active in the Confederate Army, one of them
(Bolivar H.) being a Lieutenant Colonel. It was probably his son by his
first wife, Dr. John Henry Gee, who had the most colorful career of the
Florida Gee family. He was appointed surgeon of the Florida troops in
the Seminole War. Later he went to live in Alabama, and when the Mexican
War broke out, he was appointed surgeon of the First Alabama Regiment.
He returned to Florida, and lived at Quincy. He was military aide to
Gov. Perry, and distinguished himself in battles of the Civil War. In
September, 1864. he was appointed to the command of the Salisbury (N.C.)
military prison, where more than 10,000 Union prisoners were placed in
his custody. After the close of the war, he was arrested and confined in
the old Capitol prison at Washington for many months. Finally in a trial
before a commission of Union army officers, he was acquitted on every
charge. Dr. Gee was also a literary man, author of several plays, songs,
and poems, especially the poem. "The Captive", written while in prison,
and dedicated to his sister.
Undoubtedly, the most famous member of
the McDuffie family was the Hon. George McDuffie, Governor and U.S.
Senator from South Carolina. a statesman and orator. The family
connection is not very clear, but I recall a story told me by Uncle Will
(Dr. W.C. McDuffie) in 1888. I think Uncle Will was capable of
embellishing a story, but it was doubtless basically true. Quote:
"George McDuffie was the son of my grandfather's half brother. He was a
poor boy, living on a farm in Georgia, when John C. Calhoun driving
through the country on a hot summer's day, stopped there to ask for a
drink of water. Seeing a boy holding a calf, while someone else milked
the cow, he asked, 'Bud, will you get me a drink of water?' The response
was, 'I will, if you'll hold my calf'". This amused Calhoun, and gave
him the idea that there was a smart boy. To make a long story short, he
took George home with him, educated him, and gave him a start in life."
This is what I remember of what Uncle Will told me sixty-one years ago,
and it coincides closely with what historians have written, one of whom
states that George McDuffie was a second cousin of David Gee McDuffie
(brother of Dr. W.C. McDuffie); that he was born in 1790 in Columbia
County, Georgia. (McDuffie County, Georgia was named for him). John C.
Calhoun took him to South Carolina, and sent him to college, where he
graduated first in his class. He studied law, and became a well-known as
an orator, and a member of the legislature. In 1834 he was elected
Governor, later U.S. Senator. In 1829 he married Rebecca Singleton, who
died a year later, leaving a daughter, Mary, who married General Wade
Hampton. At the time of General Hampton's death (1902), I recall reading
an account of it, which stated that his son, McDuffie Hampton, was with
him. When a member of the Round Table Club (literary) in Meridian, I
remember reading one of George McDuffie's orations in a book of
"Southern Orators". Also I have recently heard a radio program called
"Mr. President", a play in which "Senator McDuffie" took part.
In 1931 W.J. Fletcher, a genealogist,
wrote: In Atlanta resides a McDuffie family from Cumberland County,
N.C., and Alabama is now represented in Congress by a member of this
family, John McDuffie. He was afterwards appointed a Federal Judge, and
lives in Mobile. I met him once at the Lamar Hotel in Meridian,
Mississippi. He said he did not doubt that we were related, and called
A noted member of the Johnson family was
Andrew Johnson, seventeenth President of the United States (1865-1869),
born 1808, died 1875. While we have no direct confirmation of the
relationship, it is understood that he was a cousin (perhaps second
cousin) of my grandmother (Mary McDuffie, nee Johnson). Mrs. Paul V.
Moore, of Moore, S.C., a granddaughter of Rev. Angus Johnson (my
grandmother's brother) says that an oil portrait of Andrew Johnson that
hangs in the long parlor of the Andrew Johnson Hotel in Knoxville,
Tennessee, closely resembles her grandfather, dressed in the black
broadcloth that professional men of that time wore, and which she always
saw her grandfather wear. She says the features are much alike - the
same broad forehead, and rather long nose. This hotel towers over all
other buildings in Knoxville. Also there is an Andrew Jackson Highway
there. In 1949 a monument was unveiled on the capitol grounds in
Raleigh, N.C., dedicated to the memory of Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk,
and Andrew Johnson the three presidents from N.C.
REV. Angus McDonald, D.D.
The following should have been included
in the history of the McDonald family, except that the connection is not
clear. The information is taken from a yellow clipping found in the
McDonald family Bible. My sister tells me that she remembers
accompanying Aunt Mary Ann and Uncle John to hear him preach in
Fayetteville, when she was a little girl. She thinks he was a first
cousin to our mother. Unfortunately the date and name of the paper were
not included in the clipping.
Exerpts from clipping: The entire city
was shocked yesterday by the sudden death of the Rev. Dr. Angus
McDonald, pastor of the 1st Presbyterian Church.... His son, Mr.
Archibald McDonald of New York City came Friday, and just before his
death Dr. McDonald was getting ready to take a drive with his son....
Dr. McDonald will be buried at 10:00 A.M. tomorrow from the 1st
Presbyterian church. He will be buried in Hollywood cemetery.... Dr.
McDonald was born in Fayetteville, N.C., 64 years ago. He attended
Bingham School and Davidson College, and received his theological
education at Union Seminary. His first ministerial work was done in
Louisville. He was pastor of the Elizabethtown church foe seven years.
His next charge was at Henderson, Ky., leaving there after seven years
to accept a call to Moore Memorial Church, Nashville, Tennessee, which
pulpit he filled for twelve years. In September 1903, he was called to
the pastorate of the First Presbyterian Church of this city (name of
city not given). In 1879, while at Elizabethtown, he was married to Miss
Jimmie Bunnell; she and their only son, Archibald, survive him... When a
beardless youth he entered the Confederate army, and served until the
close of the war. His extempore oration on General Lee, delivered
January 19, 1908, before the Daughters of the Confederacy, is remembered
as one of the finest and most eloquent tributes to the peerless leader
of the Confederate army that was ever heard in Jackson - perhaps
Jackson, Tennessee. There is still no clue to the date, except that it
ends in the figure nine.
My friend, Mrs. Laura Stephens Johnson
(Mrs. D.L.), returned a few days ago (August, 1949) from a visit to her
old home in Fayetteville, N.C. While there (at my request) she went to
the old Gee Cemetery to see my mother's grave, and her report is
gratifying. While the tombstone is somewhat discolored, the inscription
is still quite legible. She also inspected the bronze tablet which
commemorates the signing of the Liberty Point Declaration Of
Independence, and copied the names of the 39 signers, that of James Gee
Added Information About Children of Love McDuffie
Wheeler Howard Tolbert Jr., born November
17, 1911. Educated at Columbus High and Georgia Tech. In P.O. at
Columbus when he entered the services. Won commission in Transportation
at New Orleans. Later promoted to Captain. Served in Atlantic and
Pacific areas. Married Doris Irene Matthews, of Moultrie, Georgia, whom
he met in Honolulu, while she was in the Red Cross. Married in Weslaco,
Texas, where he is employed in the Post Office.
James McDuffie Tolbert, born March 23,
1914. Graduated Columbus High. Received B.A. and M.A. degrees at Emory
University, Atlanta, Georgia. Phi Beta Kappa at Emory. Taught at Emory
and Battle Ground Academy, Franklin, Tennessee, and the University of
Texas (7 and ½ years), also at Tulane, New Orleans, as supply for three
months. Teaching interrupted by war service. Served in the Intelligence
Corps in Pacific area. In the service 3 years, 3 months. Married Jane
Pink in the Episcopal church in Harlingen, Texas, a graduate of the
University of Texas__________. There are two children: Linda Page
Tolbert______ and Mary Pink Tolbert _____. Live in Austin, Texas, where
he is completing his thesis for a Doctorate.
Jack (John) Page Tolbert, born May 24,
1916. Served as Assistant Regional Director of NYA, headquarters in
Atlanta. (Received B.A. degree at Emory University. Phi Beta Kappa).
Entered the service, and won commission in the Engineers at Port Belvoir,
Va. Served in Pacific area. Edited "Map Talk", Army Publication, in
Manila. Married in Manila to Elinor Pareloff, of New York City, whom he
had known during her Red Cross service in Australia. Married in Santo
Tomas Chapel. Elinor is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, and a
student at the Sorbonno in Paris. They live in New York, have one
daughter, Jennifer, born February 13, 1947. Jack was with the Mutual
Broadcasting Company, writing news scripts for a year, and is now
writing on a series of Industrial Saga under the Rockefeller Foundation.
Archibald McDuffie Tolbert (known as
Arch), born July 18, 1919. Educated at Emory University, John Hopkins,
and Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, Texas. Won commission in
the Marines at Quantico, Virginia. Served in the Pacific area. After the
war, entered the Seminary; now president of the student body, will
graduate in June, 1950. Served one summer as Assistant Pastor of the
church in Midland, Texas, and in the capacity in McAllen, Texas, the
next summer. Now the regular pastor of the church in Seguin, Texas,
preaching every Sunday while continuing his studies in Austin. Will be
married August 26th to Billie Lawrence, of Waco, Texas.
Stokes Munroe Tolbert, born September 4,
1923. Educated at Emory and John Hopkins before the war; at Yale and
Harvard since the war. Enlisted in the Navy, became an Ensign; served in
the Atlantic area. During the war he married Jean Wolsted, of Cedar
Falls, Iowa, in the Little Church Around The Corner in NYC _____.
Studied at Yale two years, making Phi Betta Kappa there. Now
specializing at Harvard while completing his course in Economics. Next
year will be an instructor at Harvard. Now at summer school there. Jean
was the daughter of missionaries to India, where she spent fifteen years
of her life. Graduate of a college in Iowa, and specialized in
Family of James Henry McDuffie Jr. and Lucile Caroline
James Henry McDuffie Jr. and Lucile
Caroline Peacock were married December 25, 1917.
Ja mes Henry McDuffie III was born April 30, 1920.
James Henry McDuffie III and Mary Elizabeth Stouffer were married July
James Henry McDuffie IV was born April 19, 1948.
Lucile Peacock McDuffie was born September 18, 1922.
Lucile Peacock McDuffie and William Coleman Sylvan were married November
Caroline Courtnay Sylvan was born December 23, 1946.
Christina Coleman Sylvan was born March 5, 1948.
Sarah Lowe McDuffie was born February 26, 1924.
Sarah Lowe McDuffie and Benjamin Hurt Hardaway III were married November
Sarah Page Hardaway was born March 18, 1947.
Mary Lucile Hardaway was born October 24, 1948.
Mary Johnson McDuffie was born August 25, 1926.
Mary Johnson McDuffie and Lee Rudolph Redmond Jr. were married August
WORLD WAR II RECORDS
Samuel Hudson Williams served in the U.S.
Army about four years, twenty months of the time overseas in the Glider
Artillery of the 101st Airborne Division. At first stationed in England,
he took part in the Invasions of Normandy and Holland; was beseiged at
Bastogne, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, etc. He was awarded the
Bronze Star, five battle stars, and the Presidential Unit Citation.
Frederick William Hughes was inducted
into the service May, 1942 at Camp Shelby, stationed at Brookley Field
(Mobile), became a member of the 27th Air Depot Group, which was ordered
overseas in August 1942 and sailed from San Francisco September 1, 1942.
Arrived Brisbane, Australia, September 24th; arrived Port Moresby, New
Guinea, December 13th. After nearly two years moved to Finschafen, on
the east coast, where he was a member of the office force of the Supply
Department. He left New Guinea by airplane July 4, 1945, spent that
night in Bisk, flew to the Philippines, thence by boat back to New
Guinea to pick up a number of "psycho cases", who had to be guarded all
the way to San Francisco. Discharged at Separation Center, Hattiesburg,
August 7, 1945. In the service three years, three months. He was awarded
the good conduct ribbon, Asiatic Theater ribbon, two battle stars, and
the Presidential Unit Citation. Rank, Sergeant.
John Alexander Hughes was inducted into
the service at Camp Shelby August 23, 1942, with basic training at Key
Field, Meridian, Mississippi. Transferred to Counter Intelligence Corps
March 1943. Trained at Camp Holabird (Baltimore), Camp Richey, and
Atlanta, also Hill Field, Ogden, Utah, where he studied airplane
crashes, and learned riveting. Stationed at Raleigh, N.C., and Dayton,
Ohio. Ordered overseas, he sailed the latter part of March, 1944.
Stationed in England, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany, also
visited (after VE Day) Italy and Holland. Awarded the Certificate of
Merit for service in the Battle of the Bulge, Five battle stars on his
E.T.O ribbon. Returned to Newark, N.J., November 9, 1945. Rank, Staff
Philip David Hughes was inducted into the
U.S. Navy in January, 1942. Stationed first at New Orleans, then at
Corpus Christi, Texas. Served in legal department, specializing in
administrative work with the Shore Patrol. For more than a year he was
in charge of the Kingsville District, with headquarters at Kingsville.
Ordered overseas May, 1945. For six months Security Officer at a naval
base on Okinawa. After VJ Day he was shot at by a Japanese sniper, also
experienced two terrific typhoons. Returned February, 1946. Rank,
Lieutenant, senior grade.
Adam Monroe Byrd was a reserve officer in
private life. In May, 1941 while assistant secretary of state of the
State of Mississippi, he was called into active service, and
commissioned Captain in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. Stationed in
Atlanta, Georgia, and Orlando, Florida until March, 1944, when he
received overseas orders, January, 1946. Rank, Colonel. Colonel Byrd won
the Bronze Star, two battle stars, and a Certificate of Merit.
James Robert McDuffie served with the
U.S. Marines in the South Pacific. Rank, Corporal.
Frederick Alexander McDuffie was an
engineer-gunner on a B-17. Stationed in England, he participated in many
raids over Germany. Rank, S-Sergeant.
Donald John McLean was inducted into the
U.S. Army in Texas, where he was interning in a Houston hospital.
Trained in Texas camps and in a Boston (Mass.) hospital. Commissioned
1st Lieutenant in the Rainbow Division, 42nd Infantry. Battle service
through Germany in Field Hospitals at the front. After VE Day stationed
in Vienna. Length of service 3 and ½ years. A few days vacation in
Switzerland was enjoyed after VE Day. Awarded citation and decoration
for bravery beyond the call of duty. Rank, Captain.
Douglas Elliot McLean was inducted into
the U.S. Army at Camp Shelby. Trained at Denver, Colorado, and at the
Scott Field (Missouri) Radio School. His first service was in Manila,
with six months in Tokyo after VJ Day. Length of service 2 years. Rank,
Sergeant in American Airways Communication System.
David Carlisle McLeod Jr. was Technical
Sergeant in the 979th Ordinance Company. Three years in Italy.
William Wynn McLeod was in the 243rd
Signal Operations Company. Two years in Italy. Rank, Staff Sergeant.
Graham McLean McLeod was in the U.S. Navy
Air Force, pilot, flying over the Pacific (mostly after VJ Day) in
weather observation. Rank, Ensign.
William Dickey Clarke Jr. married Rebekah
McDuffie July 7, 1942, leader of his squadron, pilot of bomber, killed
in European theater August 14, 1943. Rank, 1st Lt.
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