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 1787 - 1883

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  • Birth  13 Jul 1787  Hackers Creek, Harrison, County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  30 May 1883  Roane County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I4111  WV Route 87 Family Tree
    Last Modified  31 Jul 2010 07:48:46 
    Father  Jesse David Hughes, b. 1750, South Branch Potomac River, Hardy, VA, USA  
    Mother  Grace Tanner, b. 1753, Hackers Valley, VA, USA  
    Family ID  F587  Group Sheet
    Family  Uriah Gandee, Sr, b. 2 Sep 1782, Philadelphia, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA  
    Married  30 Jul 1804  Wood County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
      Sandy Spradling
      November 28, 1999
      GANDEE: Of Gandeeville, first settlers. Uriah Gandee, first of the name in this country between
      the Kanawhas, was born in the Monongahela Valley, among its earliest settlers. We have no
      information at hand as to his ancestors, except those of that family name are found among the
      Indian fighters and def~nders of those settlements. Uriah married “Massie” (Mercy), daughter of
      Jesse and Grace (Tanner) Hughes, of the first settlers of the valley. This, the Jesse Hughes of the
      wonderous fame as a scout, guide and single-handed slayer of Indians; hero of all historians of
      Border Warfare and Frontier settlements. See “de Hass” Withers Border Warfare, “McKnight,”
      and especially “Border Settlers of North Western Virginia,” by L. V. McWhorter, who makes
      half his title “The Life of Jesse Hughes.” Uriah and Massie (Hughes) Gandee, his wife, came to
      the upper Pocatalico and made their home near the watershed between the Kan­awhas, about the
      year 1823. They had left the Monongahela Valley some ten years before coming to this safe and
      satisfactory home. They first settled on the western side of the great Ohio River, on what has
      been long known as Old Town Flats, at that place their eldest child, William, afterward known
      as Captain William Gandee, was born in the year 1813. So it is observed that he was a boy of
      thirteen when they arrived at this place, now Gandeeville. Grace, Massie’s mother, came here
      after the death of Jesse Hughes, which occurred near Ravens- wood, in the autumn of 1829,’
      says McWhorter’s, and lived with Uriah and Massie Gandee until her death. There is much
      speculation by historians whether Massie or her sister, Martha, was that daughter of Jesse
      Hughes which was captured by the Indians at her home on Hackers Creek on the
      Monongahela—1787— and carried away and kept in the Indian camps on Sandusky Plains,
      where she was surrendered to Jesse Hughes, her father, after the treaty of Fort Harmer, January
      9, 1789. The time of Martha’s capture is a notable one in all histories because it was at the time
      of the massacre of the families of the Wests, Edmund, Sr., and Edmund, Jr., as told by Withers,
      was on December 5, 1787. McWhorter is positive in his statements, and adds to what Withers
      tells, the further information that Martha was the eldest child of Jesse Hughes, and “she was then
      fourteen years old. When captured she was returning home from the house of John Hacker,”
      about four miles up the creek, “where she had gone to get a pup.” McWhorter makes the further
      positive statement that she “was a prisoner two years and nine months.” And “Hughes
      recognizes her as soon as he caught sight of her in the Indian country.” The tradition in the
      Gandee family here is confirmatory of all McWhorter tells, and that of th~ other historians as
      well, except that McWhorter’s dates and time are the correct ones. Jacob Gandee, grandson of
      Massie, now living near Gandeeville, adds that the fire­side story in the family, which he had
      heard so often, was that Martha was captured and carried away as told in Histories, and no
      word was heard of her for the two and more years ensuing. It was believed she was dead, for
      the Indians had killed other maidens and children and spared none on that foray. That during
      Martha’s unknown existence another daughter was born to Jesse and Grace, his wife, and they
      named this child Martha as a return of her that was gone; that when the first Martha was restored
      to them, there were exclamations, “It is the mercy of God!” So the younger Martha was
      rechristened “Mercy,” which, under the old Virginia manner of speech in which the “r” was
      suppressed and the “e” sounded as “e” in they, the name “Massie” and hence was always so,
      pronounced. This spelling is that given by McWhorter and others. Martha married Jacob
      Bonnett, 1792. See family name, “Bonnett.” Other children of Jesse Hughes, brothers and sisters
      of Massie Gandee, our pioneer mother, are: Nancy Agnes, married George W. Hanshaw, long a
      resident near mouth of Straight Fork, three miles out from Ravenswood. Rachel, married
      William Cottrell and lived on Hackers Creek many years and after the death of William, came
      and settled on upper Spring Creek, about six miles from Spencer. Sudna, married Elijah Runner
      and they lived near Sandyville, Jackson County, many years. Elizabeth, married James Stanley
      and lived on Mud Run, of Sandy Creek, in Jackson County. Lourania, married Uriah Sayre, lived
      in Meiggs County, Ohio, on the west bank of the Ohio. Thomas lived on the Ohio, not far below
      Ravenswood, and there died. William, married a Miss Staats, lived a lengthy life on Mill
      Creek, below Ripley, in Jackson County. Jesse, Jr., married Susana Mock, in the year ThOu. To
      Uriah and Massie (Hughes) Gandee, first settlers of Gandeeville, part of Pocataiico, were born
      the following named sons and daughters: Jesse, who married a Miss Mary “Dority,” May 3,
      1829, Rev. Barnabas Cook officiating clergyman. Sarah, married Charles Droddy, whose name
      see. William, afterward “Captain William and Squire.” Lucinda, married Abram Raines.
      Cynthia, wife of Henry Runnion, of Lick Fork. Harriet, or Hattie, wife of Mac D. Ferrell. James
      S. Gandee. He was twice married; first wife being Margaret LeForce, the second wife being
      Rachel, daughter of Thomas Fields, ofLower Flat Fork. He afterwards, later in life, moved to
      Jackson County and died not long ago at Ripley. They reared some children whose names I do
      not have. Except the daughter, Mahala J., who mar­ried Noah F. Pence, January 6, 1881. See
      Pence. William Gandee, third son of Uriah and Massie, was born in the year 1813, at Old Town
      Flats, Meigs County, Ohio. Married a Miss Margaret Casto, of the Jackson County Castos. They
      succeeded to the ancestral home lands or part of them. William was for twenty-five years a
      prominent citizen here, taking part in all public affairs; became one of the Justices of the Peace
      of the county, took part in formation and organization of Roane County, sitting as one member of
      the first County Court. On outbreak of the Civil War was pro-Union as against secession;
      became a captain of Home Guards, and led his men in defense of and keeping of legal authority
      in the county during the five years of that awful turmoil, and so behaved as to hold the
      friend­ship and respect of even returned Confederates until the time of his death several years
      after ending of that conflict. He was elected and served in the sessions of the State Legislature,
      1871, as Delegate for Roane County. To Captain William Gandee and his wife, Margaret
      (Casto), were born and reared three sons and three daughters. Their names in order of their
      respective births, are: William, Jr.; Cynthia, who married Henry Patrick; Frederick; George W.,
      who was twice married, first to a Miss Green, next to Sarah Shouldis, of Poca; Martha, who
      married Thomas Marks, of Walton District; Jemima, wife of Samuel Lee, JE, and Jacob; and
      Sarah, wife of George W. Damewood. Jacob Gandee, son of William, still on the old home
      lands, and th~ one who gave me the main facts of the Gandee family, married Josephine
      Snodgrass in 1872. She was the daughter of Isaac Snodgrass, early settler of Big Lick. To Jacob
      and Josephine (Snodgrass) Gandee have been born fourteen, of whom nine have grown up and
      become citizens of this county. Frederick Gandee, son of William and Margaret (Casto) Gandee,
      was born here, July 31, 1842; married Carolina Canterbury, daughter of Zadoc and Marcenia
      (Snow) Canterbury, February 2, 1864, in Walton District. Caroline was born in Monroe County,
      Virginia, September 25, 1843. Frederick was a “Union sympathiser” during the “War of the
      Secessions,” and he says in his biography, dictated to Hardestrys, 1882, “I was in the seven
      days’ battle at Spencer.” He means the series of shootings and surrendered in 1862, by Colonel
      Rathbone to General Albert G. Jenkins, given in this book in the chapter “History of the City of
      Spencer.~~ Frederick served in the regularly enlisted ranks of the Union army, 1861 to 1864,
      was in the battles of Charleston, Cloyd Mountain, New River Bridge, Lexington, Carter’s Farm,
      Winchester, Hall Town, Martinsville, Berryville, Opequon and Fisher’s Hill, as a member of
      Company B 9th West Virginia Infantry. After the wai’ he was elected and served two terms as a
      Justice of the Peace of Walton District; was a Delegate for the County of Roane in the 18th
      Session—1887—of the West Virginia Legislature. To Frederick and Caroline (Canterbury)
      Gandee, his wife, were born the following children: Martha M., 1866; Henry D., 1868, died in
      youth; Lewis W., 1869; Sarah M., 1871; John D., 1873; Mary J., 1876; Jemima A., 1877; Alice
      M., 1880, and Zadoc William, May 20, 1882.
      History of Roane County, West Virginia, 1774-1927 William H. Bishop, Esq. p 527-529

    >1. Sarah H Gandee, b. 24 Jan 1807, Meigs County, Ohio, USA
     2. Jesse Gandee, b. 1811, Virginia, USA
    >3. William Gandee, b. Feb 1813, Old Town Flats, Meigs, Ohio, USA
    >4. George W Gandee, b. 1815, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA
     5. Cynthia Gandee, b. 1816, Virginia, USA
     6. Grace Gandee, b. 1819, Ohio, USA
     7. Harriet Gandee, b. 1820, Virginia, USA
     8. Samuel Saul Gandee, b. 24 Feb 1824
     9. Susannah Gandee, b. 1826, West Virginia, USA
     10. Martha Gandee, b. 1828
     11. David Gandee, b. 1831, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA
     12. Mary Gandee, b. 1832
     13. James Stanley Gandee, b. 27 Jul 1832, Gandeeville, Roane, West Virginia, USA
    Last Modified  31 Jul 2010 10:27:25 
    Family ID  F1453  Group Sheet
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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 13 Jul 1787 - Hackers Creek, Harrison, County, West Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Jul 1804 - Wood County, West Virginia, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Anna Herbertson has birth of Mercyn "Massie" 1786 from Ancestor Char ts of Roane Co., WV 1995. Another place has birth as 1778. Someone el se has birth as and death as 1779-1883. There is more on this family Ance stor Charts II. I found at birthdate of Massie as 1768 JUST TAKE YOUR PICK .

      There is more on this family in the Pioneers in Jackson Co. WV by Jo hn A. House 1906


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