MCGHEE, JOHN W. (1821 ~ 1900). John W. McGhee, Confederate veteran, was born in Maryland in 1821. With the outbreak of the Civil War, McGhee enlisted in Company K of the 17th Virginia Infantry, accoridng to Confederate records. However, McGhee's headstone states he served in Company K of the 8th Alabama.
In 1871, McGhee, a dentist, migrated to Texas and settled in Dallas. Suffering from the effects of age, he moved to Austin on April 2, 1898, to live in the Confederate Men's Home. After living in Austin for nearly two years, he died on February 22, 1900, and was buried in the Texas State Cemetery.
Upon entering the Home, McGhee listed that he was a widower. His wife's name is not currently known. Upon his death, he wished that a Mrs. Lizzie Ward, of Dallas, be notified. It is possible that Mrs. Ward was a daughter.
Information taken from his headstone and Confederate Home Roster files.