Biographical Profile: Pvts George Magee and Corp. John A. Magee, Company E, Pennsylvania Volunteers, 100th Regiment
Transcribed by Tami McConahy, 2nd great-grandniece of Corp. Thomas John Martin, Co. F. from "History of Lawrence County, Aaron Hazen, 1908.
The Magee Family by Robert Ashley Stevenson
George Magee (b. July 11, 1840, d. 1862). Farmer, Plaingrove Twp.; member Co. E, 100th Reg't. Penna. Vol.; wounded in the Battle of Bull Run, 28th Aug., 1862; hospitalized in Virginia; taken to Carver Hospital, Washington, D.C.; recovered from wound but died in hospital, Sept. 6, 1862; buried at Soldier's Home, Washington, D.C.; later reinterred at U.P. Cemetery, Plaingrove, Pa.
John A. Magee (b. April 22, 1843, d. Dec. 31, 1932) m. Dec. 5, 1864, Anna Josephine Carbis (b. 1848, d. 1894) of Wilkinsburg, Penna. The original Magee history published in 1926 was due in great part of the remarkable memory and energy of John A. Magee.
"John A. Magee was born on the old homestead in Slippery Rock Twp., Lawrence County, (then Beaver County), and moved to Plaingrove twp., with his father. He attended the Martin Gantz School in New Castle, Penna.; when the Civil War broke out he enlisted in the service of his country, which service he gave for four long years. He served in Co. E. 100th Reg't. Penna. Vol.; was wounded in the foot at Cold Harbor. After the close of the war he returned to his father's home and farm, taught school for a number of years, and married Anna J. Carbis of East Liberty and they together continued to farm the old farm. They had seven children, five of whom grew to maturity. His children were all educated.
Uncle John obeyed the command to "Honor thy Father and Mother" as was shown by his staying at the old home and caring for his aged parents, his father being blind for many years before his death, and his mother living to the ripe old age of 92. He bought the old farm after his mother's death in 1905, which, together with farms he had previously bought, constituted a farm of 200 acres, which still operates (1926) although 82 years old. He still does all kinds of arduous farm work and says that is what keeps him young. He has always been active in church work being a pillar in the Plaingrove U.P. Church, having served in all offices of the church except pastor and organist. Fraternally he is an active member of the Grove City I.O.O.F. He served as health officer for fourteen years, having held the office of Justice of the Peace for 16 years. Besides the many duties on the farm and elsewhere, he finds time to represent his insurance company and has written policies on nearly all the buildings in Plaingrove Twp, as well as in adjoining townships, and has never had a policy returned." - written by his nephew and collaborator in the writing of the original history - J. Audley Boak (1873-1960).
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