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The ancestors of the Magee family lived among the Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. Their name is derived from the Gaelic name Aodh, meaning Hugh, and the word mac, meaning son of.

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The surname Magee was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat from early times. The family name Magee first appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Magee has appeared as MacGee, MacGhie, MacGhee, Magee and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Magee research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1331, and 1426 are included under the topic Early Magee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Magee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Magee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 287 words (20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Magee Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Magee, who landed in Virginia in 1642
  • Edmond Magee, who arrived in Maryland in 1674

Magee Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Danl Magee, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Margtt Magee, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Daniel Magee, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • Eleanor Magee, who arrived in Boston in 1763
  • James Magee, who was also in Boston in 1768
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Magee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Magee, who landed in America in 1802
  • Bgt Magee, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Bridget Magee, aged 28, landed in New York, NY in 1805
  • Charles Magee, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Hugh Magee, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
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Magee Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Robert Magee, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • William Magee, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Henry Magee, his wife, and his son John, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1783
  • Mr. Henry Magee U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Magee Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • George Magee, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Michael Magee, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Peter Magee, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Mary Magee, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Patrick Magee, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
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Magee Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Magee, aged 29, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk"
  • Elizabeth Magee, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk"
  • Anne Magee, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • Christian Magee, aged 25, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • William Magee, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
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Magee Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Magee landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
  • John Magee arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Edward Magee, aged 26, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • Maggie Magee, aged 20, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • Edward Magee, aged 10 weeks, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
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  • William Anderson Magee (1873-1938), American politician, Mayor of Pittsburgh (19091914) and (1922-1926)
  • Benjamin Rush "Rusty" Magee (1955-2003), American comedian, actor and composer/lyricist for theatre, television, film and commercials
  • John Wesley Magee (1923-1991), American NFL football guard for the Philadelphia Eagles
  • John W. Magee (b. 1859), American second class fireman serving in the United States Navy, recipient of the Medal of Honor for bravery for his actions aboard the sinking U.S.S. Tallapoosa
  • Captain Christopher Lyman Magee (1917-1995), United States Marine Corps fighter ace aviator with the famous "Black Sheep" squadron, VMF-214, recipient of the Navy Cross
  • Major-General James Carre Magee (1883-1975), American Surgeon-General of the Army (1939-1943)
  • Sylvester Magee (1841-1971), American who is thought to have been the last living slave in America
  • Kevin Magee (1959-2003), American basketball player
  • David Magee (b. 1962), American Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated screenwriter for Finding Neverland
  • Alan Eugene Magee (1919-2003), American airman who survived a 22,000-foot fall from his damaged B-17 Flying Fortress, recipient of the Air Medal and Purple Heart
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  • Hill Family Cousins of Early Central Texas by Yates Michael Hill.
  • In Search of Kilth and Kin: the History of a Southern Black Family by Barnetta McGhee White.
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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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