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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the History of Dade County and Her People by A. J. Young and published in 1917 by The Pioneer Historical Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details in a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

FELIX H. McGEE. One of the most prominent and best-known native sons of Dade County is Felix McGee, whose name heads this review. He was born in Dade County on the Nancy A. McGee farm, just east of where he now resides. He was born July 23rd, 1861, the son of Abner H. and Nancy Adaline (Hoyle) McGee. The father was a native of North Carolina, born December 30th, 1820, and died in Greene County March 23rd, 1863, while a prisoner of war at Springfield. His wife, Nancy A., was a native of Tennessee, born November 28th, 1829, and died in Dade County October 17th, 1897. The grandfather of Felix McGee was Daniel McGee, and was among the very early settlers of Dade County, as also was Uncle Peter Hoyle, his maternal grandfather, and of whom more mention is made elsewhere. Felix McGee was the youngest of eight children, as follows: Mary, born February 12th, 1850, married Frank Ragsdale, and is now deceased; Cordelia, born March 17th, 1851, is now Mrs. Cleve Cantrell of Frisco, Tex.; Sarah, born November 17th, 1852, is now Mrs. Thad Lawrence of Portland, Ore.; Alice, born April 24th, 1854, is Mrs. Pete Clardy of McKinney, Tex.; Hoyle, born April 5th, 1858, married Adaline Hurst, and they live in Lockwood, Dade County; Daniel, born in 1857, and David, born, in 1860, both dying in infancy. Felix McGee now lives in the heart of what is now known as the McGee Diggins, a prosperous zinc mining camp. His father and Ruben Cantrell had built a line fence of rock, little thinking that they were building out of fine zinc ore, known now as gray silicate. Ore was first discovered on this place in 1775, the earliest date that zinc ore was known to exist in the county. Gray Silicate lay on top of the ground, and was found to exist in large pockets all over this section. The old stone fence built years before was sold, and brought a tidy sum to Mrs. McGee, and the property has since been mined and has netted a large sum. Many mines are being worked now, and the place is a hustling mining camp, the ore being hauled to Everton and Greenfield, where permanent markets are to be found. Mr. McGee is now the owner of 204 acres, all of which is mining land, and he has 10 acres under mining lease, which is producing in a satisfactory manner.

Mr. McGee was married November 25th, 1885, to Ella F. Wheeler, who was born May 8th, 1868, a daughter of Isaac and Martha (Brown) Wheeler, natives of Tennessee and Kentucky, respectively. The father is now deceased, while the wife is living in Dade County on the old home place, which is located directly on the Polk and Dade county line. To Mr. and Mrs. McGee have been born three fine children, as follows: Claude, born September 16th, 1886, married Miss Grace Prater; Leslie, born May 12th, 1890, and Jerlie, born January 15th, 1892, all living at home, and the two sons are engaged in farming and mining on the home place. Mr. McGee and his wife are members of the Baptist church, and he is a member of the W. O. W. while he and his sons are all members of the I. O. O. F. at Dadeville. Mr. McGee is a Democrat in politics, and, while not desiring office of any kind, he is interested in the affairs of the county, and can always be counted upon to give of his means and time to any worthy enterprise that is for the good of the county and its people. A broad minded and courteous gentleman, he stands in the front rank of our best citizenship, and his name is above reproach in every way. Always honorable in all his dealings, he has earned for himself a reputation second to none, and he and his family are a credit to our county.

This family biography is one of 236 biographies included in the History of Dade County and Her People published by The Pioneer Historical Company in 1917.  For the complete description, click here: Dade County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

To view additional Dade County, Missouri biographies: Dade County Missouri Genealogy


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