My name is Woody Lee (Jack), McGehee.
This website is dedicated to the McGehee family which begins with James McGehee, (born about 1780 in what is now Tennessee), who married Jane Patterson (born in 1782, in what is now Tennessee) in Hawkins County Tennessee in October of 1803 and the family collateral lines formed over the last 200 plus years.
Chapters 1, 2, and 3 are the story of James and Jane.
Following that, you have the page called "Children of James and Jane, which takes you through a short history of the lives of each of their children.
Following that, the website follows the life of John McGehee, so of James and Jane and his wife Sarah B Williams McGehee. John and Sarah McGehee are my great great grandparents.
We are alive today because of those who have gone before us. Often we forget those who have trodden the dusty roads of history. We relegate them to the pages of old books and forgotten overgrown graveyards. In this, we do them a disservice.
Upon birth, they began a singular course that took them to where they last breathed, and we went from there. Many great people are so quickly forgotten. However, with only a glance, we can see the footprints they left behind us.
It is disgraceful for us to forget the strength with which they faced the saddest of sorrows and the most violent of opponents. Whether on fields of battle, or the fields they plowed, they persevered and made a life for themselves, and ultimately for us. They felt the joy of life and the pain of sorrow, laughed at humor, and some dreamed dreams of greatness. They felt the joy of love as they looked into the eyes of a spouse or that indescribable feeling upon hearing the first cry of a child from an open cabin doorway. They made mistakes and learned from those, hopefully teaching us not to make those same mistakes. The lessons they taught often outlived their memories. Their actions run deeper than chopping trees to build homes, plowing fields to raise food, defending themselves and their families against attacks from all manner of foes.
Whether we have inherited their appearance, their belongings, their shortcomings, talents, or behaviors, in some form, they continue in us. For this reason, I attempt to discover and record who they were. I want to remember because these people deserve the honor of remembrance. Who they were, good or bad, righteous or evil, they deserve nothing less. We, humans, are no more or no less than what we leave behind us. Our actions among family and community are the best and most comprehensive testimony of our life on the earth.
To begin following the story of James and Jane Patterson McGehee, start by clicking on "CHAPTER 1".
If you are looking for information about the children of James and Jane or other pages within this website choose the "menu" option at the top of this page. Thanks for visiting our site!