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[-?-] McKee, of Virginia & Kentucky

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Ireland
Death: (Date and location unknown)
Immediate Family:

Husband of --- McKee
Father of Robert McKee; William McKee; John McKee; David McKee; Margaret [-?-] McKee and 1 other

Managed by: Judith "Judi" Elaine (McKee) Burns
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About [-?-] McKee's of Ireland, Rockbridge county Virginia & later Kentucky

This for now will be the connecting profile to the Ireland/Scotland clan - by what is stated there is to much controversy to list his parentage thus he has been left NAMELESS as there is NO documentation of who the father is of the 3 McKee men who went to Virginia was - its only been stated that they were 'brothers" and there is claim that he is brother of David McKee of McKeesport ,

See several different versions of parentage and his children as listed below.

Robt., John WM. & Jas. McKee of Rockbridge co., Va,

Of a large number of bros. who came from County Down, Ireland to what is now Lancaster co., Pa., at an early date, four of these bros. are known to have been early settlers in the valley of Va. and were sd. to have been devout Presbyterians.:

  • 1 Rbt. McKee
  • 2 Jno. McKee
  • 3 WM. McKee, settled in what is now Augusta co., where he established a home and reared a family (Reg. of Ky., 1921 pg. 91)
  • 4 Jame McKee state he came to the Valley with his bro. William in 1754...

NOTE: some descendants are carried out

The MacKeys (Variously Spelled and Allied Families by Beatrice MacKey Doughtie pg. 261-268

Legend

The Mckee book states one place there was 10-11 brothers - - yet another on write later on - " In 1737 when a large migration of Scotch-Irish Presbyterians to Pennsylvania and the Valley of Virginia took place, five brothers McKee came with that colony.

  • 1 ) Two of them. John and Robert, settled on a portion of Burden's grant, on Carr's Creek, in what is now Rockbridge County, about eight miles north-west of Lexington.
  • 2) The other three brothers settled in and near Lancaster, Pa.,
  • remained at that place until 1760, when William, one of the brothers, removed to Augusta County, Va., from which place his family
  • removed in 1788 to Kentucky and settled in Mason and Montgomery Counties. The other two brothers removed about the same period * (1788), from Lancaster to Pittsburgh and Wheeling respectively...."

it is also stated that they could of been a brother to David McKee of Mckeesport, Pennsylvania

Another Legend of the McKees

Ten or eleven brothers named Mckee came from Ireland to America in 1738, and settled near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Three of these-Robert, William and John -- came to Augusta County, but at what date is uncertain, Their descendants state that it was about 1760, but the records of the county show that John McKee purchased a tract of land in the forks of the James River on August 16, 1752 ,

Yet Another Legend of the McKees


Compiled by Philip I. McKee

There were supposed to have been a family of McKees living in Belfast, Ireland, in the shipbuilding business. There were ten sons and a daughter, along with the mother and father.

The boys all wanted to go to America and the father and mother, up in years, and having some competence for their support, agreed to let them go providing they built ther own ship, which they did.

They landed in Chesapeake Bay near Philadelphia and remained there for a while.

Then three broke away from the others and went down into Virginia.

The others settled in Pennsylvania. The McKee at McKeesport was David and he no doubt knew enough about ship building to build a ferry, which he did.

Two brothers in Virginia, William and Samuel were both in the Revolutionary war and both married the same woman, as the brother took over as brother's widow ".

This legend is included because it is interesting, but the present author doubts the veracity of several of its elements. It is the first time the shipbuilding aspect has come to my attention be it true or false, Certainly, David of Mckeespost did not come over with the McKees of Virginia, or the early Pennsylvania McKees

pg. 52 The Book of McKees by Raymond W. McKee, 1959, Dublin, Hodges Figgis & CO. LTD.

Lumping Together


People are lumping all the early McKee men into families without documentation - thus many of these men appear in several different families - and and some appear in one generation and then in a generation later or maybe 2 geneations later the IGI and Ancestry.com files on the early mckees are a total diaster area

This person was is listed also as as : Robert AFN:164H-PL8 & Agnes AFN: 164H-PMG their children are listed as:

  • 8 brothers,
  • Robert,
  • John &
  • William

and also as John AFNP3MM-FQ & Mary Stewart AFN: 1DVV-26P their children are listed as: * David,

  • Thomas,
  • Edward,
  • Nivin,
  • Samuel.
  • Andrew,
  • John,
  • John,
  • James,
  • William
  • Elizabeth,
  • Jane,
  • Robert and

John. This AFN lists multiple parents for people with in this file and goes around and around.

Grace Jerkins wrote that she read somewhere that this unknown McKee was killed in the battle of Londonderry Gates; but considering the date of the battle and the time the brothers came, it was more likely to have been the father, grandfather or great-grandfather.

It has been said that there were up to 10 McKee brothers (his sons) who migrated to America - 2 went from Pa. to Va and their descendants into Ky. and then In. the others stayed in Pa. and descendants migrated across Oh. and into In. BUT nothing that I have seen really solidly documents this and that there were that many brothers coming to America.

Parentage & children controversey

4 Versions of WIlliam McKee and Merriam Brown family basically the same adding and omitting information and changing the parentage around - :

WILLIAM McKee was born in ,County Down, Ireland, and died in County Down, Ireland. He married MARIAM BROWN. She was born in County Down, Ireland, and died in County Down, Ireland.

  • 1. JOHN MCKEE b. 1707 ,County Down, Ireland d. 2 Mar. 1792, Kerr's Creek, Rockbridge, Virginia. ; m 1st 29 Jan 1774 JANE LOGAN; m 2nd ROSANNAH CUNNINGHAM
  • 2.ROBERT MCKEE b. 1692 ,County Down, Ireland; d. 11 Jun 1776 Rockbridge co., Va. [June 11, 1774, Kerr's Creek, Botetourt, Virginia]; m. Ireland AGNES [-?-] her maiden name is given as CUNNINGHAM; He is said to be of Londonderry, Ireland
  • 3. WILLIAM MCKEE b. 1700 County Down, Ireland d. 1775 ,Augusta County, Va m. abt 1725 MARY [-?] another gives as ELIZABETH [-?-} & ELIZABETH TODD
* ?3a DAVID MCKEE of McKeesport, Pa. , b. Abt. 1710, ,County Down, Ireland; d. October 11, 1795, McKeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.; m. MARGARET [-?-]; bef 16 Oct 1795 
  • ?3b SAMUEL MCKEE

another version of this family is as follows:

1. WILLIAM MCKEE b. abt 1668 county Down, Ireland [Scotland], d.county Down,Ireland. m. MARIAM BROWN. She b.abt 1670 county Down, Ireland d. county Down,Ireland. Children are:

  • 2 ROBERT MCKEE b. 1692 county Down, Ireland d.11 Jun 1774 Kerr's Creek, Botetourt Va.; m. AGNES [-?-] bef 1732 county Down,Ireland b.2 Feb 1707 county Down, Ireland, d. 29 Jan 1780 Kerr's Creek, Rockbridge, Virginia/ 11 Jun 1774, Kerr's Creek, Botetourt, Virginia. - of Londonberry, Ireland
  • 3 WILLIAM MCKEE b. abt 1700 county Down, Ireland, d. abt 1790 Augusta co., Va.; m. ELISABETH [-?-]
  • 4 John MCKEE b. 1707 county Down, Ireland d. 2 Mar 1792 Kerr's Creek, Rockbridge, Va.; m. JANE LOGAN 29 Jan 1744 Lancaster co.,Pa,. He married Rosannah CUNNINGHAM 12 Dec 1765 Kerr's Creek, Rockbridge, Va.
  • 5 DAVID MCKEE b.abt 1710 county Down, Ireland d. 11 Oct. 1795 McKeesport, Allegheny, Pa.; MARGARET [-?-]
  • 6 MARGARET MCKEE b. 1724 Ireland d. 1789 Kerr's Creek, Rockbridge, Va.; m 1st 1740 Lancaster co., Pa. ROBERT b. abt 1720 county Down Ireland d. aft 25 Mar. 2786 Kerr’s Creeke, Rockbridge, Va.Farmer, Private Revolutionary s/o William and Alice [-?-] Hamilton; m 2nd 27 Nov 1787 JAMES GARDNER
  • 6a JAMES MCKEE b. Northern Ireland; d. abt 1757 Augusta co., Va.
  • 6b THOMAS MCKEE , b. Bef. 1710; d. 1769, McKee's Trading Post (now Dalmatia), Pa. Set up an indian trading post by 1742 at present-day Dalmatia, PA, across from present-day Mc Kee's Half Falls (named after him, where "Fort McKee" stood) on the Susquehanna river, upstream from Harrisburg, PA. Extremely well known in the a rea. Friendly Shawnee Chief Kishacoquillas died at his trading post in July or August 1754. During the Treaty held at East on in July 1757 he acted "Interpreter for the Crown." In 1759 he attended conferences wit h the Indians at Pittsburg and at Fort Stanwix, and again at Fort Pit in 1760.
     Dewey S. Herrold, "Thomas McKee: Indian Trader and Pioneer," The     Northumberland County Historical Society, V. XV, 1 Oct 1946.

and yet another gives him as:

William McKee (James MacKey1 ) was born 1668 in Strathnaver, Scotland, and died in Kerrs Creek, Rockbridge, Virginia, USA. He married Mariam BROWN 1690 in Ulster, Scotland. She was born 1670 in Down, Ireland, and died in Down, Ireland. Children of William McKee and Mariam BROWN are:

  • 1 i. Robert McKee was born 1692 in Down, Ireland, and died 11 JUN 1774 in Kerrs Creek, Rockbridge, Virginia, USA.
  • 2 ii. William McKee was born 1700 in Down, Ireland, and died 1790 in Augusta, Virginia, USA.
  • 3 iii. John McKee was born 1707 in Atrium, Northern Ireland, and died 2 MAR 1792 in Kerrs Creek, Rockbridge, Virginia, USA.
  • 4 iv. Margaret McKee was born 1724 in Ireland, and died 1789 in Kerrs Creek, Rockbridge, Virginia, USA.
  • 5 v James McKee was born in Atrium, Northern Ireland, and died 1757 in Augusta, Virginia, USA.
  • 6 vi. David McKee was born 1715 in Down, Ireland, and died 11 OCT 1795 in Mckeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA. He married Margaret Patterson. She was born in Ireland.

and yet another gives him as bing a son of William's brother ALEXANDER MCKEE d. May 1740 in Donegal Township, Lancaster, Pa. as the father of the family listed above. An account of him is in: John H. Carter, "Alexander McKee: Our Most Noted Tory," The Northumberland County Historical Society, V. XXII, 1 Nov 1958.with 3 or the same sons as is listed with William as listed below

2. Alexander McKee (James MacKey1) was born 1665 in Strathnaver, Scotland, and died 1740 in McKees Fort, McKees Halffalls, Junitia, PA. He married Elizabeth Gordon 1683 in Antrim, Antrim , N.Ireland. She was born 1665 in Antrim, Antrim, N. Ireland, and died in Ireland.Children of Alexander McKee and Elizabeth Gordon are:

  • 6 i. Thomas McKee was born 1695-1710 in Antrim, Antrim, Ireland / Northern Ireland, and died 1769 in McKees Fort, McKees Halffalls, Juniata, PA./ McKee's Trading Post (now Dalmatia), Pa
  • 7 ii. Robert McKee was born 1692 in Ireland, and died in Virginia. (see under Wm. & Miriam Brown ;isted below) Set up an indian trading post by 1742 at present-day Dalmatia, PA, across from present-day Mc Kee's Half Falls (named after him, where "Fort McKee" stood) on the Susquehanna river, upstream from Harrisburg, PA. Extremely well known in the a rea. Friendly Shawnee Chief Kishacoquillas died at his trading post in July or August 1754. During the Treaty held at East on in July 1757 he acted as "Interpreter for the Crown." In 1759 he attended conferences wit h the Indians at Pittsburg and at Fort Stanwix, and again at Fort Pit in 1760.
  • 8 iii. William McKee was born 1700 in Ireland, and died in Virginia. . (see under Wm. & Miriam Brown listed below)
  • 9 iv. John McKee was born 1707 in Ireland, and died in Virginia. (see under Wm. & Miriam Brown listed below)
As shown above it  is unknown  if it was  'sons'  or  father & sons  who  came to America  - 

one source states that ? amount of brothers migrated to America.


History of the Descendants of David McKee of Anahilt With a General Sketch of the Early McKee’s Prof. JAMES Y. McKee. PHILADELPHIA: JOSEPH D. McKee. 1892

vs. the statement found in the va. & Ky McKee genealogy

George Wilson McKee, McKees of Virginia and Kentucky, the, Pittsburgh, J. B. Richards, 1891.

"In about 1738, ten or eleven brothers McKee emigrated to America. 

4th. In 1738 when a large migration of Scotch-Irish Presbyterians to Pennsylvania and the valley of Virginia took place, some brothers MeKee, variously estimated from five to ten or eleven sons of one who had borne a part in the defence of Derry, arrived in America and first settled near Lancaster, Pa. There they separated some settling near Wheeling, W. Va., and Pittsburgh, Pa., and some going to the far West. Two of the brothers, John and Robert, went almost directly to Virginia, (about 1757) and settled on a portion of Borden's grant, on Kerr's Creek, in what is now Rockbridge county, about eight miles north-west of Lexington. In 1760, William, another of the brothers, also removed to Augusta county, Va.

An account of the descendants of these pioneers, Robert, John and William, may be found in the statements from several sources which follow."

David McKee of Mckeesport, pa.

More about the McKees of McKeesport, PA. (FROM THE BOOK OF MCKEE, Raymond Walter McKee) This sept of the clan, according to the traditions of the family, emigrated from Scotland in the days when John Graham of Claverhouse, who was Viscount Dundee, commanded the forces of King James, and in his frenetic fury persecuted the Scot Covenanters so relentlessly that some of the families were almost decimated. This would be sometime close to 1689, and it should be recalled that King William's forces prevailed over those of King James in 1690, at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland. David McKee, the McKeesport branch's emigrant, was born in Scotland in 1710 and died in 1795. One account says he fled to Ireland after the Jacobite Rebellion, sometime after 1715, and probably with his parents; that he came to America circa 1750 and settled near Philadelphia. A McKeesport Attorney, Walter Riggs, who authored a volume concerning the early history of McKeesport, wrote to (RWM) me that it was his understanding David McKee possessed a title of nobility but never employed or displayed it. From the very sketchy Family Tree I have been able to prepare for this Sept, it will be seen that David McKees immediate family seems to have been constituted thus- David McKee and wife Margaret; children John, Thomas, Robert, David, Elizabeth, Mary

In Walkinshaw's Annals of Pennsylvania, vol 2, pages 261, 262 a record of an immigrating family is included as shown below. The article states that this family arrived in 1768, however, rather than the earlier date asssigned for the McKeesport family of 1750. However, the almost identical names of the children seems a curious coincidence, if they indeed are different families:- David McKee, wife Margaret- Children John McKee and two daughters; Thomas McKee (born in Ireland in 1749), Robert McKee, David McKee Jr (no Elizabeth shown) Mary McKee, Margaret McKee (not on other list), James McKee (not on other list).

RECORD:

1. William E. Railey, History of Woodruff County, Kentucky (1938; Reprint Baltimore, Md., 1979), Pg. 229-30. "In 1738 a number of Sctoch-Irish Presbyterians left their native Ireland because the atmosphere, so to speak, was a little conductive to health, comfort, and saftey as it is in the unhappy land today, so they crossed the ocean and settled in Pennsylvania, where they found greater freedom, and an entirely different environment that was better suited to their several inclinations. - - Among there several families were a number of brothers by the name of McKee, variously estimated at from five to ten in number. They settled near Lancaster, Pa., but two of them Robert and John removed, to Rockbridge co., Va. in 1757, and settled near Lexington. In 1760 another brother, William, moved down into Augusta co., Va. where he established a home and reared a family. These brothers were all devout Presbyterians and regarded by thier neighbors as gentlemen without question and well to do citizens, and the three above named brothers were the progenitors of all the Kentucky McKee's of whom I have knowledge."

2. Judith Elaine (McKee) Burns, Descendants and Ancestors of Joseph Howe McKee of Owen County, Indiana (McKee's of Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana, The (Transcript), Judith Elaine (McKee) Burns

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On the founding of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania

If the Delaware King Shingas became persona non grata in colonial McKee's Rocks so did Alexander McKee.  McKee was a valued British Indian agent and guide who worked at Fort Pitt.  Because of his valuable service, the British through Colonel Henry Bouquet, granted McKee 1,375 acres, twice the size of the current Borough.  The grant read: 

"By Colonel Bouqet, Commanding Officer in the Southern District, permission is hereby given to Alexander McKee, assistant agent for Indian Affairs, to occupy and build upon land at the mouth of the Surtee's Creek (Chartiers), on the south side of the Ohio."

McKee built a substantial house 200 yards from the mouth of the creek in the area of River Road. George Washington dined here in 1770 and refers to the house as a "Mansion" with eight rooms. This first venerable structure existed until 1902 when the P&LE, which had used it as an office from 1886, tragically burned it. Interestingly, Washington also refers to "Chartiers Creek" in his diary indicating the name was commonly used by early visitors.

Trouble for McKee came during the Revolutionary War. He was a staunch British supporter and spy and was forced to flee his home in 1778 when soldiers at Fort Pitt were sent out to arrest him.

James McKee assuemd the title to his borther's lands and historians believe that the name, McKee's Rocks, can be attributed to early settlers at the Point referring to this area of the Indian Mound and McKee's mansion as such. His descendants lived in this area for more than 125 years.


-------------------- He is listed as having the same 3 sons as his brother William has - see the profiles below:

2. Alexander McKee (James MacKey1) was born 1665 in Strathnaver, Scotland, and died 1740 in McKees Fort, McKees Halffalls, Junitia, PA. He married Elizabeth Gordon 1683 in Antrim, Antrim , N.Ireland. She was born 1665 in Antrim, Antrim, N. Ireland, and died in Ireland.Children of Alexander McKee and Elizabeth Gordon are:

  • 6 i. Thomas McKee was born 1695 in Antrim, Antrim, Ireland, and died 1769 in McKees Fort, McKees Halffalls, Juniata, PA.
  • 7 ii. Robert McKee was born 1692 in Ireland, and died in Virginia. (see under Wm. & Miriam Brown ;isted below)
  • 8 iii. William McKee was born 1700 in Ireland, and died in Virginia. . (see under Wm. & Miriam Brown listed below)
  • 9 iv. John McKee was born 1707 in Ireland, and died in Virginia. (see under Wm. & Miriam Brown listed below)
.	William McKee (James MacKey1) was born 1668 in Strathnaver, Scotland, and died in Kerrs Creek, Rockbridge, Virginia, USA. He married Mariam BROWN 1690 in Ulster, Scotland. She was born 1670 in Down, Ireland, and died in Down, Ireland. 	Children of William McKee and Mariam BROWN are:	
  • 1 i. Robert McKee was born 1692 in Down, Ireland, and died 11 JUN 1774 in Kerrs Creek, Rockbridge, Virginia, USA.
  • 2 ii. William McKee was born 1700 in Down, Ireland, and died 1790 in Augusta, Virginia, USA.
  • 3 iii. John McKee was born 1707 in Atrium, Northern Ireland, and died 2 MAR 1792 in Kerrs Creek, Rockbridge, Virginia, USA.
  • 4 iv. Margaret McKee was born 1724 in Ireland, and died 1789 in Kerrs Creek, Rockbridge, Virginia, USA.
  • 5 v. James McKee was born in Atrium, Northern Ireland, and died 1757 in Augusta, Virginia, USA.
  • 6 vi. David McKee was born 1715 in Down, Ireland, and died 11 OCT 1795 in Mckeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA. He married Margaret Patterson. She was born in Ireland.

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1. Alexander McKee, who fought at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, near Drogheda in East Ireland, was an officer of William, Prince of Orange, according to a genealogical article quoted a few pages hence. There can be little doubt that he and his brothers belonged to the Strathnaver MacKays, because one of them who died in 1706 and was buried at Carncastle in Antrim caused arms containing the three bears’ head of Lord Reay to be carved on his monument. Unfortunately that particular monument has either weathered away or crumbled, for it no longer exists at Carncastle. However, the hiatus is bridged by the act of the Ulster King of Arms, Sir Neville Wilkinson, who confirmed arms in 1912 to a descendant, John Reginald McKee, in Ireland. They were grounded on the arms claimed on the 1706 monument of which either a potograph or a drawing probably existed in 1912. In 1956, the late King of Arms in Ireland, Sir Gerald Wollaston, K.C.B., K.C.V.O., granted arms similarly grounded, and containing the three bears’ heads as their principal charge, to another descendant of one of the four McKee brothers who were Boyne veterans, H. Malcom McKee of Bangor, North Ireland.

A monument bearing the date of 1756 also stodd in the churchyard at Carncastle, bearing the name of a boy Robert McKee and the same Mackay arms. The author discovered a drawing of these arms in the Ulster Journal of Archaeology, Vol VI, No. 1, p. 240, January 1900. They are reproduced in Book of McKee. Thus, we possess sound proof that the four McKee brothers who fought at the Boyne considered themselves part of the Strathnaver and Reay branch of the Clan Mackay, and moreover believed themselves entitled to adopt the clan’s armoral bearings. Lord Reay has been the title borne by the head of this branch of the Mackays since 1628. The proof is already probably as complete as it will ever be that the four McKee brothers were younger sons of that branch.

If Alexander McKee and his son Thomas came to America as early as 1707 which one account indicates, then it is reasonable to suppose that Thomas was the eldest son and fourteen to eighteen years of age at the time. We do find persuasive evidence that they arrived sometime between 1707 and 1734, and we know that Alexander, the Boyne veteran, died in 1740. The 1707 date is suggested from an article in American Biography (1928), The American Historical Society, Inc., Vol 31, p. 181, which is quoted further on in this chapter.

On the other hand, according to information supplied by the Genealogical Section of the State Library of Harrisburgh, Pennsylvania:

Alexander McKee, born about 1665, died 1740. lived in County Antrim, Ireland. Came to America and settled in Donegal, Lancaster County, prior to 1735. His son Thomas McKee was born in Ireland about 1695, and came to America with his father; and with them was Alexander, young son of Thomas. Thomas was a farmer and Indian trader. He died in Harrisburg in 1770 (actually 1769 as his son Alexander was his administrator when he appreared in Orphans Court, Dec 6, 1769) He married first in Ireland with issue. He married next an Indian woman, with issue. (As will appear elsewhere, James McKee was one of the children of this marriage, and since Mrs Fredrick in her American Revolutionary soldiers of Franklin County, Pennsylvania, opined that James McKee was in some way related to Hugh McKee, the latter and the son of the former, James McKee, Junior, having married Nesbitt sisters, it is the authors conclusion that Hugh McKee and James McKee, Sr were probably brothers, and sons of Thomas McKee of McKee’s Half Falls. Their half-brother (Colonel) Alexander McKee may have been from an Irish or Scot mother, one account having him born in Ireland circa 1720, although two other accounts say or imply Alexander was born in America. However, James McKee and Hugh McKee would have been borne by Thomas McKee’s second wife, a Shawnee girl; of course they could have been brothers of Thomas, as Alexander McKee Sr.’s will shows he had other children) Children of his Irish wife: Alexander, born in Ireland about 1720, died 1799. Alexander married an Indian woman with issue. Children by (Thomas McKees) second marriage: Catherine, married Greydon, issue: Elizabeth; Nancy; James born 1755, died 1834; married first an Indian woman, with issue; married second, Elizabeth Verner (1769-1809) with issue”.

In the above mentioned biographical sketch in American Biography - the statement is made that Thomas McKee’s father, who although unnamed in that particular sketch is named in the Eleanor Guthrie Reed papers reposing in the State Library at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as Alexander McKee (a) died after engaging for 35 years in the fur-trading business with his son Thomas McKee ; and, (b) that Thomas McKee thereafter “continued the business at McKees half Falls, in what is now Snyder County Pennsylvania, where he established a trading store. He had his business at this place in 1742, although it is believed that he had established a branch of his father’s business there six years before his death”.

This would date the arrival of Alexander McKee and his son Thomas McKee in America circa 1707 (in the year 1707 three McKee brothers landed at Boston from Ireland. The descendants of one of them, Andrew McKee, who settled near Hartford, Connecticut, are detailed in the chapter McKee Septs and their Brief Genealogy herein. What is known of their arrival was written by a decendant Julius C. McKee, as follows:

“ My pedigree, as near as I know it, according to the traditions in our family, four generations back, as I have been informed by my father and Uncle Jason McKee. There were three brothers as my father says; two as Uncle Jason thinks. I think father is correct, as he was 16 or 17 years older and his memory very good. They came to America and landed at Boston.

The youngest, 16 years old, named Andrew McKee, or MacKee as it used to be written, settled in East Hartford, east of old Hartford City, in the state of Connecticut, about five miles from the city, and became a farmer, in 1707. It is supposed that the other brothers settled one in Virginia, the other in Kentucky. Andrew was born in the North of Ireland in 1691. His father was Scotch, a chief among them, my father says: his mother Irish. He live in America 58 years. He died September 24, 1765, aged 74 years, and was interred at Manchaster Center, Connecticut. Andrew had a first wife and a second wife and had children by both. I can only speak of three, Nathaniel and Joseph by first wife, John second wife.”) However, other accounts merely say the came before 1735, but one of them definitely states that Thomas McKee married in Ireland, and by his Irish wife had his first son Alexander, who was said to have been born in Ireland circa 1720. Thus it will be seenthat there is an uncertain gap of from 14 to 27 years between the two suggested dates of their arrival in this country, that is to say between te year 1707 amd say 1734, the latter to meet the condition “before 1735”.

2. Alexander McKee, the younger, who by one account was born in Ireland of an Irish mother, whom Thomas McKee is suppose to have married there, but who by another source of tradition is attributed to a Shawnee Indian mother whom Thomas married in America, rose to be a commanding figure in the frontier country. The following brief sketch of him came in a letter dated January 23, 1957, from Douglas Thurston Kee, Q.C., of Chatham, Ontario, Canada:

“At Blenheim, Ontario, not far from Chatham, there is a memorial cairn known as the McKee Treaty Cairn. This commemorated the signing of a treaty with the Indians at Detroit in 1790 under which this part of the country was open for settlement. The Indian agent at Detroit, which was of course then still in British hands, was Colonel Alexander McKee, wand he was instrumental in arranging the treaty. This Colonel Alexander McKee was a very important man in his day, in this part of the country. For example, in 1788 when the District of Hesse was set up he was named one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas, and in the list of names suggested for first Executive Council for Upper Canada his name appears. He appears to have died in 1799 in Windsor, Canada. He had a son (and probably other children as well), who was Colonel Thomas McKee, who was also very prominent in the early history of this district.

This Colonel Thomas McKee was member of parlimant for Kent in 1796 and for Essex in 1801, they being counties in present Province of Ontario. One of his descendants, W.J. McKee, was long member of parliment for Essex , and the family generally played a very important part in Windsor’s early history for three or four generations. While at the moment I cannot put my finger on my authority, I am fairly certain that the original Colonel Alexander McKee came from Pennsylvania and was probably connected to your (RWM) family.

The first time I am in Toronto with a few minutes to spend, I’ll see if I can find anything out as to these McKees, in case you do not have a record of them. Strangely enough, when Chatham was laid out in 1795, town lots were granted to Colonel McKee and to Lieutenant Thomas McKee, his son, probably a case of land speculation, as they certainly lived in Windsor.”

As we gradually assemble what little is actually known of this extraordinary person Colonel Alexander McKee, we come slowly to realize that he was just what Douglas Thurston Kee described him as being, a very important man of his day. In good fortune and bad he seems to have held stedfast to his persuasions, and having commited no dishonorable acts he deserves our admiration as a thoroughly able and honorable man.

The previous from Book of McKee from Chapter entitled McKees of Rushville, Illinois



            
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[-?-] McKee's of Ireland, Rockbridge county Virginia & later Kentucky's Timeline

1681
1681
Ireland
1692
October 13, 1692
Age 11
Prob, Londonderry Town, Ireland
1700
1700
Age 19
Offaly, Offaly, Ireland
1708
1708
Age 27
Ireland
1710
1710
Age 29
Down, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
1724
1724
Age 43
ireland
????
Northern Ireland
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