HENRY MCGEE JR 1772 in INDIAN TERRITORY GA 1818 in COON CREEK ON HYTOWER RIVER, INDIAN RESERVATION GA. Henry McGee was assassinated by one Bill Reed, a quarter blood Cherokee, the trouble growing out of a silver mine which he owned and operated in connection with Dick Rowe and other Cherokee Indians, near the mouth of Coon Creek on Hitower river, now Barstow (sic) County, Georgia between the years A.D, 1812 and A.D, 1820.
(This is reprinted from The Hardin County Historical Quarterly from 1986)
Silver Mine Henry (McGee)
In 1896 a group of Henry McGee’s ancestors tried to get themselves declared Indian based on facts about his life and there was sworn testimony even by an elderly few who knew him. The trial effort failed, but remaining generations are blessed (or cursed, as the case may be) with what was said about long dead Henry McGee. Here is the most pertinent page from the trial;
The United States Court for the Northern District of the Indian Territory - (Georgia)
William M. McGee, et. al.
The Cherokee Nation
Mary B. Hawkins, William M. McGee, Josiah W. McGee, Solon H. McGee, Nancy E. Ward, and Jesse J. McGee of lawful age being duly sworn, each for himself says, that they are respectively Grandsons and Granddaughters of Henry McGee and Mary McGee deceased, and sons and daughter of James G. McGee and Sallie McGee deceased, and further it is through their Grandfather Henry McGee that affiants claim their Indian blood, he being Cherokee Indian as affiants have always been advised by Grandparents, Parent and all who knew them, and traditions of the family corroborate such knowledge, that Henry McGee had but one sister to affiants knowledge named Judy Sellers. The maiden name of Mary McGee affiants Great Grandmother was Ottertail and related as we understand to the Vanns, all of whom, except our Great Grandmother, were members of the Cherokee band of Indians in the old Nation of Georgia.