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Martin Francis Magee
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Birth: Dec. 2, 1838
Panola County
Mississippi, USA
Death: May 21, 1903
Williamson County
Texas, USA

Martin Francis Magee was born 02 Dec 1838 in Yalobusha County, Mississippi, son of James and Edna (Dawson) Magee. He died 21 May 1903 in Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas and was buried in the Magee Cemetery.

Martin was married twice with his first marriage on August 2, 1857 to Sarah A. Porter in Panola County, Mississippi. She was born 29 Oct 1842 in Mississippi, daughter of Jesse A. Porter. She died 24 March 1871 in Williamson County, Texas, and was buried in the Magee Cemetery. Their children were:

1. Anna, born Dec 1858 in Panola Co., MS, died 1936 in Williamson Co., TX.
2. John Wesley, born Mar 1861 in Panola Co., MS.
3. Alice, born about 1864 in MS.
4. Williams Francis, born 14 Sep 1865 in Panola Co., MS, died 13 Dec 19149 in Williamson Co., TX.
5. Lucy Frances, born 09 Feb 1869 in Georgetown, Williamson Co., TX, died 01 Sep 1960 in TX.

In the 1870 U. Census, Martin Magee was listed as a 33 year old farmer with $2,000 worth of real estate and $565 worth of personal property living with his 27 year old wife Sarah and their five children: Anna, age 11; Wesley, age 9; Alice, age 7; William, age 5; & 1 year old Lucy Magee. All were born in Mississippi except Lucy who was born in Texas.

His second marriage was to Sarah Dana McDaniel on 14 Oct 1880 in Williamson County, Texas. She was born 12 Nov 1860 in Alabama, daughter of David McDaniels and Eliza (Bryan) McDaniels. She died 01 Nov. 1929 in Williamson County, Texas and was buried in the Magee Cemetery. Their children, all born in Williamson County, were:

6. Birdie M., born 14 Aug 1881.
7. Sallie, born 25 Jun 1883, died 26 Nov 1890
8. Ethel, born 22 Nov 1886, died 30 Oct 1889
9. Minnie Elizabeth, born 17 Jul 1888, died 2 Feb 1956.

Sallie and Ethel are buried in the Magee Cemetery.

* * * *

The Shooting of Martin F. Magee
Terrible Tragedy Near Rockdale
Mr. Magee Is Now At The House Of His Son
In Georgetown Under Treatment.

A terrible tragedy was enacted tow miles south of Rockdale yesterday morning at 7 o'clock, as a result of it Mr. martin F. Magee lies wounded at the residence of his son, Mr. W.F. Magee, a prominent merchant of this city, one man and one woman dead at Rockdale and a baby girl injured by a lick on the head.

Mr. Magee and wife, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Burris, Mrs. Delia Cook and Mrs. Robbins of Jonah, left home Wednesday morning arriving near Rockdale that night to gather some dewberries. They were invited to camp in the yard of J.L. Cagle who had a farm rented. About 7 o'clock as the party were just sitting down to breakfast, they heard shooting and a woman and child screaming in the house nearby. Mr. Magee ran to the home just in time to see Mrs. Hamil dying and the two-year old baby girl fall out of the door with a gash on her head. He then met Cagle whom he had talked to the night before, with a smoking Colt 41 six shooter in his hand, aimed at Mr. Hamil. Mr. Magee called to him to stop and just as he fired the shot knocked his pistol up, the ball going over Hamil's head and his life was saved. Mr. Magee called Cagle to stop firing as he - Magee - was his friend. With this he turned on Mr. Magee at short range and deliberately shot him in the left shoulder, the ball entering just under the collar bone, ranging downward penetrating the body, coming out under the shoulder blade. Just then Mr. Hamil returned from the house with a double barreled shot gun and fired at Cagle, the load hitting him full in the face. He fell firing two more shots while dying, making six fired in all. Hamil jumped on a horse bareback and ran to neighbors and sent for doctors, returning to the awful scene of the tragedy where his wife lay cold in death. Four physicians were eon the scene in lees than an hour.

Mrs. Magee and Mrs. Cook heroically held the blood in the wound saving much strength for the wounded man. Mrs. Robbins hurried to Rockdale to summon relatives. Mr. W.F. Magee received the message just in time to catch the 9:40 train yesterday morning as did Dr. D.M. Cooke, of Granger, who got a buggy and drove to Taylor just as the train arrived at the station. Together they went to Rockdale arriving at 12:05 as the physicians were bringing Mr. Magee to town accompanied by his wife; they brought him to Georgetown, arriving at ?:25. Where he was conveyed to his son's residence. All that loved ones and physicians can do is being done for Mr. Magee. He is about 62 years of age and has a host of friends throughout Williamson county who will be glad to hear the wound is not necessarily fatal and he has full faith and confidence in his speedy recovery.

A word regarding the unfortunate affair. The details are meager. It seems Hamil was a sub-renter from Cagle, who employed Hamble (sic) and his wife to manage the house. Some disagreement came over the purchase of some bacon. Cagle went to Rockdale on Wednesday and purchased a 41 calibre six-shooter and stated he intended to kill Hamil and everybody else who interfered with him. At breakfast he made his threat good. Hamil was at the breakfast table when Cagle came in and said "What's the matter"? Hambler (sic) replied "Nothing" and Cagle said. "Yes there is and I'm going to kill you." At the same time he drew his pistol and then Mrs. Hambler (sic), faithful, sacrificing woman, rushed between the men just in time to receive the death wound. It is thought the baby was struck on the head with the pistol by Cagle. Dr. D.M. Cooke called at The Commercial office last night and gave the above facts as he learned them during his short stay in Rockdale. The tragedy is an awful one. There is great sympathy expressed everywhere for Mr. Magee and the and the hope that he will be spared to his family and friends. [Mr. Magee died of his wounds eight days later and was buried in the Magee Cemetery on his property. Reported in The Georgetown Commercial, May 15, 1903.].

* * * *

Mr. Magee Passes Away

After suffering intensely for eight long days and nights, Mr. Martin F. Magee, who was wounded in the awful tragedy at Rockdale, died yesterday at 5 o'clock at the residence of his son, Mr. W.F. Magee, where for a week all that physicians and loved ones could do was done for his relief. The last thirty-six hours of his life was a struggle and he succumbed to exhaustion.

He was born in Mississippi in 1836 and moved to Texas in 1867 and settled on the old homestead near Jonah where he lived until the end.

He was married to his first wife, Miss Porter, who died; in 1880 he married Miss Dena McDonald (sic). There are living of the children: Mrs. Anna Bolding of Akes School House; Jno. W. Magee, of Crowell; Mrs. Alice Payne, of Georgetown; W.F. Magee of Georgetown; Mrs. Beard (sic) of Jonah; and Miss Minnie Magee.

A great concourse of mourning friends attended the funeral services conducted at the family graveyard near Jonah by his pastor, Rev. Sam C. Vaughan, yesterday at 2 o'clock. Genuine sorrow was expressed everywhere at the untimely death of this good man - he died while trying to save others. He had been a consistent member of the Methodist church since his boyhood, and lived an earnest, quiet, honorable life, beloved by all who knew him. [May 22, 1903 from the Georgetown Commercial.]

He served through the late war as a Confederate soldier with his eleven brothers. All the children were present at the funeral except Jno. W. who [four lined illegible].

To the sorrowing relatives the deepest sympathy was expressed everywhere. 
 
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 Parents:
  James Magee (1802 - 1864)
  Edna Dawson Magee (1808 - 1902)
 
 Spouses:
  Sallie Dena Magee (1860 - 1929)
  Sarah A Porter Magee (1842 - 1871)*
 
 Children:
  Anna Bell Magee Bolding (1858 - 1936)*
  John Wesley Magee (1861 - 1931)*
  Alice E Payne (1863 - 1940)*
  William Francis Magee (1865 - 1949)*
  Lucy Frances Cooke (1869 - 1960)*
  Sallie Edith Magee (1883 - 1890)*
  Ethal Magee (1886 - 1889)*
  Minnie Elizabeth Magee Baker (1888 - 1956)*
 
 Siblings:
  Patrick Magee (1828 - 1895)**
  Samuel Magee (1829 - 1901)**
  Elbert Magee (1832 - 1916)*
  Calvin Wesley Magee (1835 - 1858)*
  J D Magee (1836 - 1862)*
  Martin Francis Magee (1838 - 1903)
  Riley Magee (1839 - 1873)*
  Marion Magee (1841 - 1909)*
  Joseph A. Magee (1842 - 1910)**
  Martha Ann Magee Smith (1844 - 1924)**
  Lavernia Ann Magee Shinn (1846 - 1904)**
  Robert Magee (1848 - 1890)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Magee Cemetery
Jonah
Williamson County
Texas, USA
Plot: Front row, r to l ( cont'd from back 1 thru 6): no. 8; with Sarah A.
 
Maintained by: Bert Marcom
Originally Created by: AKL
Record added: Jul 09, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20370775
Martin Francis Magee
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Martin Francis Magee
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Martin Francis Magee
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