Jane Mckee (deceased)

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Birthplace: of Tullywest, Saintfield, Down, N Ireland
Death: (Date and location unknown)
Managed by: Judith "Judi" Elaine (McKee) Burns
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About Jane Mckee

Copy of booklet from Frank Fox, 229 Belfast Road, Ballynahinch, county Down, No Ireland BT248UP states: "Of Jane, the only daughter of James, of Tullywest, of whom we know anything, we have a relic also--a sampler which she gave to her grandniece Mary McKee McCune, and which is now owned by Miss Eliza McCune, of Woodlawn, Beaver County, Pa. The sampler bears her name and its date thus: 'Jane McKee, her sampler, ended Aprile 1761.' From the date it is probable that Jane was one of the youngest children. She married a Mr. Oliphant, who was a stucco worker in Belfast, where he acquired a comfortable fortune, but had no family. When he gave up work he left the city and occupied a house on the farm of James McKee, his wife's nephew. Both husband and wife seem to have been most lovable in character and disposition, and they thus overcame the prejudice which existed against him as being a Scotchman and as only a hand-worker, while the McKees were farmers. When James built or repaires (?) his house, 'Uncle Oliphant' offers his services as a plasterer and, by the loving exercise of his art, so beautified the house as to make it superior in appearance to any other of its class in that community. The Oliphant cottage also and its surroundings were made so beautiful as to be an Eden, a 'joy forever' in the memory of the McKee children."

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Of Jane, the only daughter of James, of Tullywest, of whom we know anything,

we have a relic also — a sampler which she gave to her grand niece Mary McKee McCline, and which is now owned by Miss Eliza McCune, of Woodlawn, Beaver County, Pa.

The sampler bears her name and its date thus : "Jane McKee, her sampler, ended April, 1761." From the date it is probable that Jane was one of the youngest children.

She married a Mr. Oliphant, who was a stucco worker in Belfast, where he acquired a comfortable fortune, but had no family.

When he gave up work he left the city and occupied a house on the farm of James McKee, his wife's nephew. Both husband and wife seem to have been most lovable in character and disposition, and they thus overcame the prejudice which existed against him as being a Scotchman and as only a hand- worker, while the McKees were farmers. 

When James built or repaired (?) his house, "Uncle Oliphant" offered his services as a plasterer and, by the loving exercise of his art, so beautified the house as to make it superior in appearance to any other of its class in that community. The Oliphant cottage also and its surroundings were made so beautiful as to be an Eden, a "joy forever" in the memory of the McKee children.

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of Tullywest, Saintfield, Down, N Ireland
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