In New York, nearly 2 million acres of land was set aside to compensate New York's soldiers for their efforts in the Revolutionary War, known as the Military Tract. Gee was awarded lot No. 21 in Virgil, bounded on the west by Dryden and on the south by Virgil Creek. John made the trip from Chenango Point, near Binghamton, to his new lot, using marked trees as directional guides with two other men. John and the two men arrived on the lot with little provisions, and began to cut down trees and build a small home with just an axe. The men finished, and John moved in his father, Derozel Gee, a soldier in the French and Indian War, his stepmom, his wife Mary and their 3 children (one son, two daughters), and Mary's brother Samuel Hutchings. The Gee's neighbors were Joseph Chaplin, who lived at the river, about twelve miles by the road, Ebenezer Brown, husband of Joseph Chaplin's cousin, who lived twelve miles west, and John M. Frank, four miles without road.
John had given his step-brother Samuel Hutchings 100 acres upon their arrival in Virgil, and 25 acres were later used to pay off a personal debt. From John Gee's pension records in 1820, we can see that he owned: one cow, 2 yearlings, 2 calves, 6 sheep, 4 hogs, one plow, a chain, an axe, one old hoe, 1 old scythe, 3 pitchforks, 1 old table, 6 old chairs, and et cetera. Five children still lived at the home, and John declared that he had been unable to do any farm work of consequence for the past decade due to a weakness of the back. Futhermore, his 50 year-old wife Mary was of weak constitution.
In 1842, after 46 years of living in the town of Virgil, NY, Mary and John left to go live with one of their grandchildren in North Barton, Tioga County, NY. Mary died in 1849, and 8 years later, John Gee passed away on April 4th, 1857 at the age of 94 years old. Today, John and Mary are laid to rest next to each other in the North Barton Cemetery. In all, fifteen children were born to John Gee and Mary Hutchings, and all but 2 survived past childhood.
By: Jonathan Rodriguez, James LaCarruba, & Thomas Barrett