Posted on 01/26/2014

Photo taken on June 1, 1900

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Bird Gee

Bird Gee
In 2012, the story of Bird Gee came to an Oklahoma City blogger, with the moniker, 'Doug Dawg,' from Bird's great nephew, Roland Miller. Miller asked for help in finding more information about his relative. Here is what they found:

An October 2, 1907, article in the Oklahoman said that he was "understood to be the wealthiest negro in Oklahoma City." Other articles reflected that he owned considerable amounts of land in the county, operated real estate sales and rental business smack in the middle of downtown among the town's wealthiest white folk, and lived around NW 13th and McKinley, a white part of town.

At some point in time, he owned around 320 acres in Pottatawomie Township, 80 acres in Cass Township, 80 acres in Crutcho Township, and owned properties in Maywood Addition, west of Western and North of Reno, and a large chunk of lots and blocks around NW 13-14th & McKinley. Four plats in Oklahoma County bear his name (Gee & Jones Addition in Crutcho Township; Gee's Addition west of N Western; Bird Gee's Amended Plat also west of N Western; and Gee & Weesner replat of a part of Dittmers Heights, above mentioned). A street in Crutcho Township still bears his name, "Gee Lane Road."

Gee was also an undertaker, a notary public, and owned a bail bond business.

What I've personally been able to find out via an online search through the 1900 census, is that he was born May 1844 in Missouri, his wife was Nancy G Gee, and at the time they had been married thirteen years. It indicates that they had six children with only three surviving into adulthood. At the time of the 1900 census, their nine year old granddaughter (Sarah Dawson), was living with them. They also had two boarders, Howard W Curtis (white male, single, age 34), and Robinson Williambery (white male, single, age 29).

If interested take the time to click on the link below to see the blogger, along with Gee's great nephew. And read more about Bird Gee, his lawsuit, and his need to vacate the city due to Jim Crow laws. dougdawg.blogspot.com/2012/07/in-search-of-bird-gee.html