- [S112] Census, 1930.
Name: George Mcmahan
Event Date: 1930
Event Place: District 3, Campbell, Tennessee
Marital Status: Married
Estimated Birth Year: 1902
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Father's Birthplace: Tennessee
Mother's Birthplace: Tennessee
Enumeration District Number: 0012
Family Number: 481
Sheet Number and Letter: 25A
Line Number: 1
NARA Publication: T626, roll 2235
Film Number: 2341969
Digital Folder Number: 4548149
Image Number: 00502
Household Gender Age
George Mcmahan M 28
Spouse Nancy Mcmahan F 26
Child Lucele Mcmahan F 7
Child Nina Mcmahan F 5
Child Ray Mcmahan M 2
Child Clyde Mcmahan M 0
Effie Cain F 19
Lynn Knight M 27
Haskel Dunn M 29
- [S75] Atchley Funeral Home Records, Volume II, 1955-1973, Larry D. Fox, (Smoky Mountain Historical Society), 13 Feb 1965.
McMahan, George McKinley 64 b. 5-11-00 d. 2-13-65 Scenic Dr Sev lumberman f. Gilbert McMahan m. Eliza Manis Shiloh Cem Survivors: widow Nancy King 6 sons Ray Clyde Howard Eugene Charles all of Sev J L US Navy 3 dau Mrs Ray Watson Sr Mrs Levator Smelcer Mrs Lowell Whaley all of Sev 13 gc 1 bro Earl McMahan 2 sis Mrs Manson Bohanan Mrs Robert King.
- [S84] E-Mail, Carroll McMahan [firstname.lastname@example.org], 9 Mar 2012.
George McKinley McMahan (born May 11, 1900) and Nancy Ellen King (born July 3, 1903) married on September 21, 1921. They became parents of nine children: Lucille (born August 1, 1922, married Ray Watson), Nina
( December 11, 1924, married Levator Smelcer), Ray (September 4, 1927- January 2, 1992, married Rosalie Noland and Wynetta Green) , Clyde (March 8, 1930, married Louise Sims), Howard (April 5, 1932, married Pauline Manning), Eugene McMahan (September 3, 1934-September 3, 1966, married Daisy Green and Lela Atchley), Charles (October 3, 1936, married Lillie Justus), Bonnie (October 10, 1939, married Lowell Whaley) and James (J.L.) McMahan (September 24, 1942, married Geri Dockery).
George was a son of Gilbert McMahan and Martha Elizabeth Manis McMahan. His siblings were: Melinda (Bohannon), Nancy (King), Arnold, Henry, Dallas, Earl and Elzora McMahan. Additional siblings from his father’s first marriage to Mary Townsend were: Nannie (Manis), Sarah and John McMahan. He was a grandson of Archibald D. and Rebecca F. McMahan; a great-grandson of David C. and Sara Large McMahan; and a great-great-grandson of Archibald and Elizabeth Byrd McMahan, who homesteaded in Pearl Valley on a land grant.
Nancy’s parents were Joel Brooks King and Rhoda Katherine Greene King. Her siblings included: Laura (Holden), Luraina (Holden Russell), Ida (McCarter), Barbara (Webb), Ada (West), Frankie (Vess), Effie (Manis), Andy, Robert and Redman King. And siblings from her father’s second marriage to Mary Holden were: Cecil (Frisbie), Josie (Dawson), Laness, Riley, Herman and Leroy King.
George operated sawmills and sold timber to Mize Lumber Company. When available woodland was not within a reasonable driving distance of home, he assembled a temporary camp and constructed buildings out of old slabs to use for living quarters. The loggers were accompanied by a cook, often a wife of one of the crew, to prepare hot meals. George insisted on sawmill gravy daily.
After several years raising his growing family in Richardson’s Cove, George began supplementing the income with tenant farming for Cleo Burchfiel in the Fair Garden Community and on Middle Creek Road. In addition to domestic duties, Nancy assisted on the farm. Her older children remember Nancy rocking her babies singing the old Scotch ballad, Barbara Allen and claiming to have memorized the lyrics to every verse.
Subsequently, George acquired acreage south of Shield’s Mountain on Upper Middle Creek Road and built a house. He later sold the place and moved to the John R. Burchfiel Farm and finally resided in various houses in or near Sevierville.
When her children began leaving home, Nancy embarked on a career as a housekeeper at the Mountain View Hotel in Gatlinburg. She never drove a car and traveled daily from Sevierville to Gatlinburg on a Trailways Bus. She boarded the bus dressed in business attire, changed into her uniform upon arriving at work, and changed back into dress clothes for the return trip. Nancy later worked for a number of years at the Twin Islands Motel in Gatlinburg until retirement at the age of 71.
George McMahan was a lumberman all of his life. He always administered business transactions, including payroll, in cash. Due to his misgivings following the Great Depression, he never established another bank account or enrolled in the Social Security System. George was 64 when he died on February 13, 1965. He and Nancy had been married 43 years.
Nancy worked for additional ten years after George died and relished the role of mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She died on February 15, 1981 at the age of 77.
- [S34] In the Shadow of the Smokies, Smoky Mountain Historical Society, (1993), 358.
- [S147] Find a Grave, (Memorial: 26388254).