James Magee

ID # 4725, (1835-1869)
BirthJames Magee was born on 17 January 1835 at West Gwillimbury Twp., Home District. 
MarriageHe married Abenia Catherine Jones, daughter of Jesse Jones and Harriet Egan, on 25 December 1860 at Wellington County.
MS248 reel 17 Vol. 79, page 56
Wellington County Marriage Register

A marriage solemnized by W. M. Luke (William McAdam Luke) a minister of the Wesleyan Methodist Church for the year ending 31st day of December, 1860.

James Magee, 26, born Canada, residing Wallace. Parents Rich'd and Anne Hill.
Aenia (so spelled) Jones, age unreadable, born Canada, residing Peel. Parents Jesse Jones and Harriet Egan.
Witness Jas. A. Fisher, Peel.
On Dec. 25th, 1860.

Rev. Luke's story is quite dramatic. He had a promising start with the Wesleyan Methodist Church. Some years after the Magee-Jones wedding he was at a charge where he was accused of adultry. He left the church and went to Alabama as a teacher for a school for black people. In 1870, he and a half dozen memembers of the school were arrested and then dragged out of the jail by a Ku Klux Klan mob and hung.

DeathHe died on 13 May 1869 at Drayton, Maryborough Twp., Wellington Co., at age 34. 
BurialHe was buried at Drayton Methodist Cemetery, Peel Twp., Wellington Co.. 
NoteFor the following, see page 206 of volume 4 of Obituaries From Ontario's Christian Guardian, 1861-1870, Rev. Donald A. McKenzie, Global Heritage Press, 2011.

The obituary for James Magee tells us that he was born on Jan. 17, 1834 in West Gwillimbury and moved with his parents in 1849 to Peel Township in what became Wellington County. His marriage to 'Abina' C. Jones is mentioned. His family's moves are discussed, but it is told that he suffered an injury at his sawmill, which was either in or near Drayton, on April 23, 1869. He is said to have died of his injuries on May 13, 1869, and that he was survived by his wife and 3 children. This originally appearrf in the Sept. 29, 1869 issue of the Christian Guardian.

(We use the spelling 'Abenia' of his wife's name which is as it appears on her gravestone in Mountview Cemetery, Galt.)

According to a transcription done by the Wellington County branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, James is buried in Drayton Methodist Cemetery in Peel Township, Wellington County. The transcription confirms James' death as being on the 13th of May, 1869, and shows his age as 34 years, 3 months, and 27 days. This calculates his date of birth as 16 January, 1835, but we take the date of birth from his obituary.

Drayton sits on the township line between Maryborough and Peel Townships. The obituary has James' in Peel Township in earlier days, but McGill University's Canadian County Atlas Digital Project shows the village of Drayton to be entirely in Maryborough. So far as the Magee residence of 1869 is concerned, or the location of the sawmill, either Peel or Maryborough may be correct. The Drayton Methodist Cemetery is described in the OGS transcription as being in Peel Township.

James died two months before death registrations were required. 

Child of James Magee and Abenia Catherine Jones

Last Edited9 May 2017