Fleet Magee Cemetery

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Fleet Magee Cemetery

Space Page written by Allan Harl Thomas, June, 2021

Fleet Magee Cemetery
Fleet Magee Cemetery

Amite County held jurisdiction over the area of the Fleet Magee Cemetery from Feb 1809 until Dec 1810, at which time Marion County was formed; Marion County held jurisdiction over the area from Dec 1811 until Dec 1815, at the time Pike County was created. The area remained under Pike County jurisdiction until the formation of Walthall County in 1914

Find A Grave -Fleet Magee Cemetery Located at Section 4, Township 1, Range 12. Go east on Highway 48 to road 1/2 mile west of Dexter. Turn left and go north one mile. Turn right and stop at first house on left. The cemetery is across the road under trees about 100 yards. On the property of Mrs. Woodrow Magee[1] circa 1972

The old home place is no longer there.

"The best way to tell someone how to find the cemetery is to locate the property from the maps in the article and find the huge tree in the picture on slide 16. It is obvious that a house was originally next to the tree, but the house is gone. Go directly across Fordsville Road, into the woods, and explore toward the right until you see the above-ground graves." [2]circa 2018

Of Historical Interest

Waterhole Settlement

It is more than likely that General Coffee passed in the immediate vicinity of the Fleet Magee Cemetery on his march to the Battle of New Orleans.

"On September 20, 1814, an order is entered: The volunteer horsemen will rendezvous at Fayettesville on the 28th and will march the earliest possible to Fort St. Stephens. On October 4, 1814, in a letter to General Jackson. General Coffee says: "I shall take up the line of march, cross the Tennessee River at the upper end of the shoal by Levi Colbert 's, James Brown, Richlands' and to Fort St. Stephens." On November 1, 1814, he was at Fort Mimms, just above Mobile, then went to Pensacola, returning to Fort Mimms November 14, then took Old Trails due west, camping at Corson's Ferry, November. 18, and at Liberty, near Amite City, December 5, 1814, and at Sandy Creek, near Baton Rouge, on December 13, 1814, whence the famous march to New Orleans."[3]

Waterhole, Marion County, Mississippi

"The Fordsville road that ran from Fordville to the Magee Settlement was an "old trail" Many of the earliest settlers and most prominent settlers blazed and built this road"[4]

"The major post road from Fort Stoddard to New Orleans came to Ford’s Fort, intersecting with other post roads going west to Pinckneyville and Natchez, southwest to Baton Rouge, and south to Lake Pontchartrain and New Orleans. One of the first post offices in the territory was established at the house on 26 December 1812, and Ford served as postmaster until his death. The post office was originally known as Ford’s and before 1826 came to be called Fordsville."[5]

Jacob Magee and Mary Scott

Jacob Magee married Mary Scott, daughter of Nehemiah Scott about 1775, and they settled on the west side of Great Coharie Creek in Duplin County (Sampson County 1784 onward) near to his father and brothers. They also lived near to her father Nehemiah Scott

We have evidence that Jacob Magee performed at least one militia tour during the war. North Carolina Revolutionary Army Accounts Book W-1, 24 shows that Jacob was issued a warrant for £13.14.6. This has been interpreted by some as evidence that Jacob Magee furnished supplies to American forces, however, the repetition of the sum £13.14.6, sandwiched between the names of Capt David Dodd and Capt David Jones proves, in fact, that the men on this page were being paid for their services as Duplin County militiamen. [6] See Also FamilySearch

...the first record we have for Jacob in Mississippi is on the 1810 Mississippi Territorial Census, in which he was enumerated in Amite County. Other Magees enumerated “nearby” were his sons Henry and Daniel, his brothers Phillip and John, and his nephew Willis Magee. When Marion County was formed off of Amite County. His first mention in Marion County records was the recording of his brand in Marion County on 9 June 1812 [7]

His property was located in Northwest Quarter of Section Four, Township One, Range Twelve East of the Washington Land District in Mississippi, which is immediately north of the present-day community of Dexter, Walthall County. This is demonstrated by a case of ejectment argued before the Mississippi High Court of Errors and Appeals (i.e., Mississippi Supreme Court), by which Jackey Magee, Jacob’s son, brought suit against the heirs of Fleet Magee, another of Jacob’s sons. Testimony given in the case indicated that “the father, and mother, and the first wife of Jackey Magee, are buried in the land in controversy” (William Smedes, "Cases Argued and Decided in the Supreme Court of Mississippi," vol 37, 138-54).[8][9]

Jacob served as a private in the 13th Regiment of Mississippi Militia, War of 1812 [10]

Jacob Magee died before 27 May 1816, when (his sons) Daniel and Fleet Magee were appointed administrators on his estate (Williams, 4). His widow Mary survived him by roughly sixteen years. She died before 23 July 1832 in Marion County, at which time (her son) Fleet Magee was appointed administrator on her estate (Williams, 39). Cases Argued and Decided in the Supreme Court of Mississippi ...: Volume 37 Mississippi. Supreme Court Jan 1860 E.W. Stephens Publishing Company[11][12]

The route passing the Waterhole Community originates at St. Stephens (General Land Office) in the Mississippi Territory. It is designated as "Mail Route". After leaving Greene County Courthouse the road drops south and runs along the border of Spanish Florida and Greene and Marion County. The road treks NNW to John Ford's or Fordsville (a post office was established called Fordsville) on the Pearl River hence to Waterhole then on to Liberty. The route leads on to Natchez.

The route west of John Ford's became known as Fordville Road. It ran from Fordsville to Magee's Settlement near Tylertown. [13]

Magee vs Magee

"Cases Argued and Decided in the Supreme Court of Mississippi," vol 37, 138-54

1855 this suit mentions several times that this 9 ½ acres that is in question contained a “grave yard” and in John “Jackie” Jackson’s deposition his parents, Jacob and Mary Magee, and first wife, Clarissa Magee Magee 1798–1837 are buried there. In Luke Conerly’s deposition he states that when he moved to the Waterholes Community in 1821 was in the quarter section adjacent to the quarter section in question.[14][15] [16]

Waterholes Community

“As early as 1810 we have pioneers making their homes in this primeval forest near the headquarters of the beautiful stream known as Ten-Mile creek on the head water’s of the Pushepatapa, in the vicinity of the Waterholes Church.” “ Some of the names identified with this settlement are: The three Lewis brothers: Quennie, Lemuel, and Martin, Hosea Davis, Steve Regan, a Mr. January, Mr. Bass, Dr. Luke Conerly, Dr. Newton Cowart, Joel Bullock, and Henry and Fleet Magee, brothers who settled in the community and had slaves at an early date as did all the others, they having plantations and engaged principally in agriculture. Others moving to the section later. The Magee’s, Henry and Fleet as well as other Magee’s came to Marion County prior to 1812 for we find their names listed in George H. Nixon’s 13th Regiment from Marion County during the was of 1812.” [17]

Mr.Quinea Lewis always filling one or two subordinate offices and Mrs. Martha Lewis being a wise counselor and gifted in prayer. They moved west of Pearl River, in the same county, and, in conjunction with Owen and Luke Conerly and their devoted and talented wives, built up the celebrated Water Hole Church and Camp Ground.[18]

John Magee Jr. and Bethany Cordellia Scott Magee

Since he was coming of age and buying land during the Revolution, a question naturally arises with respect to his activities during the Revolution. Indeed, John Magee appears to have performed at least one militia tour during the war. According to North Carolina Revolutionary Army Accounts vol W-1, p 23, he was paid £13.14.6 for his services. His brother Jacob appears immediately below John on this page, being paid the same amount. Indeed, the repetition of the sum £13.14.6 on this page, with the names of militia officers interspersed, shows that these individuals were paid for militia duty, and not for the furnishing of supplies. Revolutionary War pay voucher #541, NC State Archives Roll #S.115.110 also shows that John Magee was paid £8.14.0 “for his services in the militia.” John was a private in the13th Regiment of Mississippi Militia[19][20] See also FamilySearch The first indication of him in the records is the Oct 1779 bond for his marriage to his cousin Ann Magee

The second wife of John Magee was Bethany Scott, the daughter of Nehemiah Scott, and the sister of Mary Scott, wife of Jacob Magee. Bethany was named as daughter of Nehemiah Scott in a 1797 deed of gift, per Sampson County NC Deed Book 10, 374. .[21] See also FamilySearch

By 1808, John Magee was living in (old) Washington County, Mississippi Territory, where he was enumerated in the Territorial Census of that year (in Jean Strickland and Patricia Edwards, “Residents of the Southeastern Mississippi Territory,” Book 1, 32). In 1810, he was enumerated in the Mississippi Territorial Census in Amite County, in close proximity to his brothers Jacob and Phillip. The rapid sequence of the county splits and formations during this time period might lead to the impression that John Magee was moving around quite a bit shortly after his arrival in Mississippi Territory. However, it is important to stress that, in fact, he settled on the creek that would soon bear his name, Magee’s Creek, probably immediately upon or after his arrival in Mississippi Territory.[22]


Find A Grave list the following (70%) as being interred in the Fleet Magee Cemetery

Two Revolutionary War veterans and four 13th Regiment, (Nixon’s) Mississippi Militia, War of 1812 veterans are buried here.

(1) Jacob Magee 1760–1816, was the son of Sarah Ann Moore and John Magee He married (2) Mary Scott . Jacob Magee performed at least one militia tour during the war. North Carolina Revolutionary Army Accounts Book W-1, 24 shows that Jacob was issued warrant for £13.14.6. https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/sources/KLBR-C57 In 1813 Jacob served as a private with 13th Regiment (Nixon’s)[23]

(3) John Magee 1755–1828 John was the son of Sarah Ann Moore and John Magee. John Magee married (4) Bethany Scott 1766–1835 in 1783, Duplin County North Carolina. Brother of Jacob John Magee, North Carolina Revolution Army DAR # A073086. John Magee served in the 13th Regiment, Mississippi Militia in the War of 1812[24]

(5) John Jackson Magee 1795–1862 son of Jacob. He married (6) Clarissa Magee Magee1798–1837 John Magee served in the 13th Regiment, Mississippi Militia in the War of 1812[25]

(7) Fleet Magee 1787–1847 son of Jacob He married (8) Mary Rebecca Pigott Magee 1801- after 1850. Fleet Magee served in the 13th Regiment, Mississippi Militia in the War of 1812[26]

(9) Fleet Cooper Magee 1825–1879 son of Fleet He married (10) Areen Schmidt Magee 1826–1900

(11) Daniel Fleet Magee 1856–1883 son of Fleet Cooper

(12)William Luke Magee 1833–1861 son of Fleet (13) Ida Adella Magee 1857–1898 daughter of William Luke

(14) Martha E. Magee Stuart 1827–1854, "Consort of E.C. Stuart" daughter of Fleet (15)[[ Stuart-7464 | Martha E. Stewart] 1854–1854 daughter of Martha

The following two young folks were grandsons of Fleet Cooper Magee

(16)Lucius E. Magee 1871-1871 Son of Edward Edwin Magee and Laura Louise Magee Magee.

(17)Theodore F. Magee 1876-1879 Son of Charles Winston and Sarah Angeline Davis Magee. [27]

Theodore is the last known person to be buried here. That was in 1879.

Present Condition

Adventures In The Magee Cemetery circa 2018

Huge Tree

This tree stands on the old home place of William Luke Magee1868–1927, father of Woodrow Magee. The home place is gone. We can only hope this landmark remains healthy, but it looks as if it's been struck by lightning


Magee histories: the progenitors and descendants of Jacob Magee and Mary Scott, byCreel, Bevin J. , 1975

“The Tombstone Inscriptions of Walthall County Mississippi, William and Irma Lampton​

"Cases Argued and Decided in the Supreme Court of Mississippi," vol 37, 138-54

13th Regiment (Nixon’s) Of Mississippi Militia

Walthall County Maps 1992 http://www.co.walthall.ms.us/uploads/2/4/4/1/24412217/_walthall.pdf



Special gratitude is extended to Andie Fortenberry Criminger for permission to use her photographs, Mr. Bevin Creel for his intensive research of the Joel Magee family, and the late William and Irma Lampton.


  1. Find A Grave: Memorial #93211790
  2. https://fortenberry.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/magee-cemetery.pdf
  3. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:General_Coffee%27s_Route_to_New_Orleans
  4. https://mlc.lib.ms.us/wp-content/uploads/Digitized%20Microfilms%20/Marion%20County.pdf Marion County WPA digital page 217
  5. https://mississippiencyclopedia.org/entries/john-ford-home/
  6. https://www.werelate.org/wiki/Person:Jacob_Magee_%282%29
  7. https://www.werelate.org/wiki/Person:Jacob_Magee_%282%29
  8. "Cases Argued and Decided in the Supreme Court of Mississippi," vol 37, 138-54
  9. https://www.werelate.org/wiki/Person:Jacob_Magee_%282%29
  10. https://accessgenealogy.com/mississippi/13th-regiment-of-mississippi-militia.htm
  11. "Cases Argued and Decided in the Supreme Court of Mississippi," vol 37, 138-54
  12. https://www.werelate.org/wiki/Person:Jacob_Magee_%282%29
  13. https://mlc.lib.ms.us/wp-content/uploads/Digitized%20Microfilms%20/Marion%20County.pdf Marion County WPA page 217]
  14. "Cases Argued and Decided in the Supreme Court of Mississippi," vol 37, 138-54
  15. https://www.werelate.org/wiki/Person:Jacob_Magee_%282%29
  16. https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2486860/memorial-search#srp-top
  17. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Mrs._Celia_Lewis_Foxworth,_interviewed_by_Oizella_Foxworth_Sylverstien;_Waterhole_Settlement
  18. A complete history of Methodism as connected with the Mississippi Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South by Jones, John G. ]
  19. https://accessgenealogy.com/mississippi/13th-regiment-of-mississippi-militia.htm
  20. https://www.werelate.org/wiki/Person:John_Magee_%2816%
  21. https://www.werelate.org/wiki/Person:Jacob_Magee_%282%29
  22. https://www.werelate.org/wiki/Person:Jacob_Magee_%282%29
  23. https://accessgenealogy.com/mississippi/13th-regiment-of-mississippi-militia.htm
  24. https://accessgenealogy.com/mississippi/13th-regiment-of-mississippi-militia.htm
  25. https://accessgenealogy.com/mississippi/13th-regiment-of-mississippi-militia.htm
  26. https://accessgenealogy.com/mississippi/13th-regiment-of-mississippi-militia.htm
  27. Fleet Magee Cemetery Transcription, in Lampton and Lampton, "Tombstone Inscriptions of Walthall County, Mississippi," page 198.



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