Gee's Bend was named for Joseph Gee, who settled there, in 1816, with 18 Slaves, establishing a cotton plantation. Upon his death, the plantation and 47 Slaves, passed to his nephews, in 1845, who sold it to a relative, Mark H. Pettway, settling a debt. The Pettway family moved from NC to Gee's Bend, bringing about one hundred Slaves. When Slavery was Abolished many of the Former Slaves continued working for Pettway as Sharecroppers. | photo: Former home of the PETTWAYS, April 1937.