Received of John Logan County treasurer of Public Building One Dollar My charge for putting steps to lower end of Courthouse this 14th December 1822
This receipt is something that I hope gets a McAfee descendant excited. I think it is always neat to see the handwriting of your ancestor and to learn more about the kind of work that they did.
Robert McAfee was born May 30, 1777 and died May 5, 1848 in Gwinnett County, GA, having removed from Rutherford Co., NC. He was married to Mary Miller(1784-1872), daughter of Colonel John Miller, son of David Miller, who gave the famous “Blessing” in Kings’s Mountain and It’s Heros, and Mary (Kerr) Miller. Mary Miller’s mother was Susannah Twitty, daughter to William Twitty who was killed by Indians while on an expedition with Daniel Boone, Henderson, and Felix Walker. Felix Walker was a witness at the marriage of John Miller and Susannah Twitty on May 15, 1783.
Robert and Mary (Miller) McAfee had eight children. When the older sons went to Georgia, Robert went to see them settled, and organized Mt. Carmel Methodist Church near Pickneyville, Gwinnett County. The children of Robert McAfee and Mary were: John Miller McAfee (the physician, legislator, military BG officer in reserves), James Taliaferro McAfee (the legislative senator of GA/AL), Susan Mira McAfee married Jackson Gregory, William Madison McAfee (GA), Tillman G. McAfee (not to be confused with the Tillman McAfee in Abner McAfee’s line), Lemuel Alston McAfee (went to Texas), Alfred Burton McAfee (In Rutherford/Lincoln counties, the Burton Family and McAfee family were close friends); went to Texas. [source]
Robert’s steps to the court house is not the only building project credited to Robert McAfee. Mrs. Imogene McAfee Buder’s genealogical work tells that he “gifted” Jackson Gregory and wife Susannah McAfee (his daughter) a bridge known as the McAfee bridge and its operation. Robert McAfee had petitioned the GA legislature to build a wooden covered toll bridge across the Chattahoochee River. He owned property on both sides of the Chattahoochee River. Robert McAfee built a two story dwelling at the bridge where his only daughter and her husband lived for some time and they ran the operation of the toll bridge. The church which Gregory served was not far from the Chattahoochee River area and the McAfee Bridge. The bridge was burned in the Civil War by General Garrard’s troops. The bridge which was rebuilt and is today known as the Holcomb Bridge and carries a high volume of daily Atlanta traffic. [source]
Here is a newspaper ad when Robert was selling his estate in Rutherford County so that he could move to Georgia:
“Look at this and make up your minds quickly. The subscriber having purchased land in the State of Georgia, and being determined to remove in December next, offers for sale or lease, on accommodating terms, his Plantation, containing 1000 acres of good land; about 200 acres are cleared, and in good farming condition; of which, 93 are bottom, not inferior to any in the State. On the premises is, an excellent two story brick dwelling House, a Mill, an extensive Apple Orchard of select fruit, and other conveniences for the accommodation of the purchaser; situated on Main Broad River, five miles South of Rutherfordton. Also, his house and lot, in Town and a Farm adjacent to it, containing 200 acres, or more; about 30 of which is under cultivation, and is very productive, strong upland. Persons who are desirous of buying, by making application, may obtain good bargains. ROBERT McAFEE, Rutherfordton, Oct. 15, 1831.” [North Carolina Spectator and Western Advertiser (1830-1835), Rutherford Co., NC Abstracts”, 1982, by Helen Mason LU and Gwen NEWMAN. (p. 82)]
He was elected to serve in the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1831. He served one term before moving to GA. The McAfee family had their hands in the gold mining industry in Rutherford County, NC and this was a factor in their move to GA. You might recall my previous blog post about the Hamilton family and their gold mining interest and eventual move to GA.
The McAfees’ and Hamiltons’ held investments in gold mining within the same Dahlonega, GA area, and John Miller McAfee, M.D., who came from Rutherford, NC to the Dahlonega area, weighed the gold for the Bank at Dahlonega in addition to his medical practice and legislative endeavors. [source]
Please leave a comment below if you have additional information about Robert McAfee that you would like to share.
About the Logan Project: I possess a box of 170 documents passed down 6 generations in the Logan family that originate from John Logan (1775-1841) of Rutherford County, NC. These documents are mainly receipts that show the various business and legal dealings of many different families from Rutherford County, NC. I will be posting these documents on this blog in chronological order. The scanned images of these documents are the copyright of Jonathan Medford. Do not redistribute these documents for the purpose of commercial gain without his expressed written permission.