The Gee House
(This page was last updated
Alvin Gee (now deceased) wrote: Edward
Walker grew up living in Safe Retreat
and he had a photo of his mother sitting
on the porch; the sketch (above) shows
the house as he remembered it.
Submitted by June Banks Evans 8 Aug 2003
|Gee house [demolished], end of route #638, Mecklenburg County, known
as "Safe Retreat", razed ca 1980. At the time of the 1850 census,
it was the home of schoolmaster Jesse Q. Gee and his family. [1850 census
Mecklenburg County, #348] A plat was drawn in 1918 showing the estate
division; "Safe Retreat" is noted on tract #7. [MPB 3:59; MDB
"In 1864 I went to school in the old Providence Methodist Episcopal Church. My teacher was Mr. James Northington, who lived at Forksville. The next year I went to school near Forksville to Virginius Q. Gee at the house of his father J. Q. Gee. In 1866 and 1867 I went to school to Mr. Jesse Q. Gee at his house, Safe Retreat, and this was the last of my going to school, except for the four or five months in 1874 when I went to Maj. W. C. Drake in Oakville, North Carolina, for a review of studies in order to teach."
[The Journals of William Emmanuel Bugg 1848-1935, transcribed/compiled
June Banks Evans: Bryn Ffyliaid Publications, page 7]
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