Concord, Person County, North Carolina
|PLANTATION NAME:||BURLEIGH (McGEHEE-PHIFER HOUSE)|
|ORIGINAL OWNER:||Thomas McGehee (1784-1867), Thomas J. McGehee (1820-1853)|
|ASSOCIATED SURNAMES:||McGehee, Phifer|
House, commonly known as "Burleigh", was built in northern Person County,
near the Virginia border, in the early part of the nineteenth century for
Thomas McGehee, Sr. or possibly in the mid-century for his son Thomas
Jeffrey McGehee. The land and house still remain in the hands of descendants
of the builder. Family tradition cites a ca. 1820 date. This may relate to
the smaller house nearby. McGehee inherited the property from his father
Mumford McGehee. The elder McGehee had built up a farm of modest size by way
of two state grants and several purchases. In 1794 McGehee was credited with
the ownership of 700 acres and 10 slaves. The 1805 tax lists show a slight
decline, to 515 acres and 8 slaves. McGehee died in 1815. His will, probated
in 1816 left "the tract of land on which I now live" to his son Thomas.
|SLAVE POPULATION:||In 1850, Thomas
McGehee had 119 Slaves, and Thomas J. McGehee had 31 Slaves.
Slaves of Thomas I. McGehee, d. 1853, Person County. 37 Slaves.
|RESEARCH NOTES:|| Also of
interest, is that famous cabinetmaker, Thomas Day, is noted to have built
portions of the house, including the stairways.
|MISCELLANEOUS:||National Register of Historic Places; Montford McGehee Papers, 1827-1890; Polk, Badger, McGehee Family Papers, 1790-1898; McGehee Cemetery, Estate of Thomas J. McGehee; Burleigh Plantation (NCSU Libraries); Burleigh Plantation|
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