Most of the information in this book is about Jonathan Agee of Smith County, Tennessee, and his descendants. His ancestors will only be dealt with briefly.
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Most of the information in this book is about Jonathan Agee of Smith County, Tennessee and his descendants. His ancestors will only be dealt with briefly. His immigrant ancestor was Mathieu Isaac Age who came from France and settled in Virginia soon after 1710. He married Cecilia Ann Godwin in 1714 in Virginia. She was born in France. They had four children. The oldest of these was Anthony Matthew Agee. Anthony first married Nancy Jane Binion. They had five children. After her death he married Christian Worley. They had six children. The fifth of these was Daniel B. Agee who married Jane Shoemaker. Their first child was Jonathan Agee who was born on 30 December 1788.
In the 1850 census Jonathan gave his place of birth as Tennessee. This was eight years before Tennessee became a state. Jonathan likely meant that he was born in an area that later became a part of Tennessee. At that time the area was still a part of North Carolina. His family was in this area before 1787. In December 1787 Anthony and Daniel Agee signed a petition to create the State of Franklin in an area that later became Tennessee. In 1790 Anthony received a land grant from North Carolina for 548 acres in Sullivan County. In 1795 Anthony sold part of his land. The witnesses were two of his sons. William and Isaac Agee. In 1798 he sold more land. In 1792 Daniel Agee bought 100 acres of land in Sullivan County. In 1802 he sold the land. Other Agees mentioned in the early Sullivan County land records are James and Michael. James was another son of Anthony. Michael was the son of William.
The first Agees came to Smith County, Tennessee by or soon after 1800. I have found one report that Daniel Agee attended a public sale in Smith County in 1801 but I have not seen the record for this. On 5 July, 1807 Anthony Agee of Smith County bought land from Henry Maggart of Sullivan County. In November 1808 he sold the land back to Henry Maggart. On 8 July 1817 Daniel sold land to Elias Gwaltney. I have not found a record of his purchase of the land. On January 1 1817 he sold land to Hardy Jones. I have not found a record of his purchase of this land. On November 12 1821 Elias Gwaltney sold land to Jonathan Agee. In the 1820 census Jonathan Agee is the only Agee listed in Smith County, Tennessee. Daniel and Anthony sold their land in 1817 and left Smith County. According to postings on GenForum, they moved to Alabama. On 3 February 1818 Daniel bought land in Madison County, Alabama. The Anthony Agee who is in Smith County in 1807 does not appear to be the one one mentioned in the Sullivan County records but the second son of Daniel who moved on to Alabama with Daniel.
More information on all lines of Mahieu Isaac Agee's descendants may be found in The Agee Register by Louis N. Agee and Agee Lineages, Descendants of Mathieu Agee by Constance J. Christopherson Barnum. Agee Lineages was published as a CD in 2008.
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Register Report of Mathieu Isaac Agee, 1,