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Robert Thomas McKee

Birthdate:
Birthplace: near Georgetown, Scott, Kentucky
Death: Died in Lyons, Greene, Indiana
Cause of death: arterio sclerosis & congestion
Place of Burial: Dog Island (Mt. Zion) Cemetery, Washington twp, Greene, Indiana
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Howe McKee and Lucinda McKee
Husband of Margaret Jane McIndoo; Martha Ann Mckee and Elizabeth Burdsall
Father of Lucinda McKee; Cora McKee; George T McKee; John H. McKee; Thomas McKee and 8 others
Brother of Eliza Ann McKee; James William McKee; John Todd Mckee; Albert Branham McKee; Alexander Campbell "Eck" Mckee and 3 others

Managed by: Judith "Judi" Elaine (McKee) Burns
Last Updated:

About Robert Thomas McKee

The next 34 years seemed to be filled with tragedy: the war; a brother, brother-in-law was lost during the Civil War amd he lalso lost two wives, ten children, and his parents to death.

Robert Thomas Mckee b. 30 Aug. 1834 Georgetown, Scott, Kentucky d. 5 Oct. 1913 Lyons, Greene, Indiana [Bk. R-16 pg. 20] buried 6 Oct 1913 Dog Island/Mt. Zion Cemetery Washington twp., Greene co., In. His death certificate filed with the State of Indiana No. 208 found amongest Civl War Pension papers gives his full name; that he was married wife being Martha Ann McKee and his parents as Joseph and Lucinda (Todd) McKee. Cause of death was arterioslerosis and congestion of brain. His death was recorded as follows:

Bloomfield News Volume XXXVI, Number 47, Page 3, Column 3 Thursday October 9, 1913 DEATH’S HARVEST. - Last Sunday morning, R. T. MCKEE, a respected citizen and pioneer farmer of Washington Township, died at his home in Lyons, aged seventy-nine years. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Ward MCBRIDE, of Summerville. Interment in the Dog Island Cemetery. The deceased had resided near Lyons for forty years. He was a Republican and was a county commissioner when the present courthouse was built. He was a progressive man, with a broad mind and a host of friends ...

The next 34 years[from 1854] seemed to be filled with tragedy: the war. a brother, brother-in-law he lost two wives, ten children, and his parents to death.

The following was found in the Biographical Memoirs of Greene County Ind. With Reminiscences of Pioneer Days (1908) B. F. Bowen Indianapolis, Ind. Vol. III pgs. 1158-62: ROBERT THOMAS MCKEE – It is with a feeling of satisfaction that the writer essays the task of touching upon the details of such a record as has been that of the honored subject whose life now comes under this review, for as a result of virtuous living his example has been for good and his influence up lifting.

   Robert T. Mckee is a native of Scott county, Kentucky, where he was born August 30, 1834, the son of Joseph H. and Lucinda (Bartlett) McKee, the grandfather of the former having been a native of Scotland, who settled in Kentucky, where Robert McKee, the grandfather of the subject was born and spent his life. There were five children in Grandfather McKee’s family, the subject’s father being the fourth in the order of birth. Grandmother McKee was a Todd before her marriage, of the same family tree as the wife of Abraham Lincoln. The father of the subject spent his early life in Kentucky where he was born in 1805. He came to Indiana in 1839, settling in Owen county. He was a millwright, having spent seven years as an apprentice, and following this trade all his life, being considered now one of the best mechanics in the state. He worked for seventy-five cents a day and furnished his own tools. He raised nine children, eight of whom were boys. He was an active member of the church of Christ, as was also his wife. The former was an elder at the time of his death in 1875. He had been a justice of the peace for twenty years and was regarded as a man without a blemish on his character. His wife was a woman of the best type and possessed more than ordinary industry, having manufactured the cloth from wool and flax for the clothing of her entire family for many years. She was born in 1811 and died in 1876.
   Robert T. McKee, the subject, had but little schooling. He was compelled to assist in supporting the family, working with his father until he was twenty years old, when he was married to Margaret McIndoo,  to which union were born, all now deceased. His wife died November 28, 1870. Two years later the subject married Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson (nee Birdsell). One child, who is no deceased, was born to this union. This wife lived until December 13, 1874. In Jul. 1875 Mr. McKee married his third and last wife, who was Mrs. Martha Waggoner. Four children were born to this union, the second dying in infancy. Rhoda, the first child is the wife of Walter G. Burcham; James G. is married and has one child; Maggie D. is the wife of Samuel Jeffers, All of these children are active Christians.
   Mr. McKee commenced life without means and had a hard struggle to get a start and care for a family, but his industry and persistency, coupled with sound judgement and honesty of purpose, soon began to bring tangible results, as such principles always will when properly applied, and the subject was able to begin farming on a large scale after following the life of a mechanic for a few years, He farmed for six years and was becoming well established when he heard his country’s call for loyal citizens to assist in saving the Union, and, with no regrets, Mr. McKee severed home ties, left his plow and shouldered a musket, enlisting in 1861 in Company B. Thirty-First Indiana Volunteer Infantry subsequently taking part in the engagements of this regiment at the front, having fought at Shiloh, Cornith, Chickamauga and manyothers of minor importance. He was twice wounded, once severely, in the battle of Chickamauga, where he was captured and held for twelve days when he was paroled and sent to the hospital, later returning to his command, with which he remained until September 13, 1864. He never missed a roll call without permission, was never arrested or placed in the guard house during his service. Six of Mr. McKee’s brothers were also gallant soldiers in the Union Army and the husband of his sister, Orin J. Tally, was the first member of the regiment lost, he dying at Henderson, Kentucky. James W., our subject’s oldest brother, was captured and thrown in prison at Andersonville, where he was kept for one year, being so reduced by starvation that he died in Goldsborough, North Carolina. His brother, Alexander C. was also in Andersonville prison for a year. Albert B. McKee the subject’s brother, was wounded in the arm, which caused it to remain stiff.
   Robert T. McKee has been prosperous since the war, now owning three hundred and sixty acres of as good land as is to be found in Greene county all under high state of improvement. Nineteen acres of this is within the corporate limits of Lyons, on which the subject has a comfortable residence in which he lives. This land is all in the hands of his family, being managed and worked by them. However,  Mr. McKee superintends the work as much as possible, for his ability as an agriculturist is perhaps unequaled by any man in the county, despite his advanced age.
   The subject has had a remarkable record in that he never swore an oath in his life,  never attended a dance or party and never played a game of cards or gambled in may way. He is grateful for this fact now in his old age and also thankful that he has been prosperous enough that his last years will not be spent in want. He joined the church  of Christ when nineteen years old and has been an active worker ever since in this church. Politically he is a Republican and always stands for clean politics and he is admired for his honest, clean and sober private and business life.

Act of May 11, 1912

Declaration for Pension

State of Indiana, County of Greene ss:

on this 18 day of May A. D. one thousand nine hundred and twelve personally appeared before me a notary public within and for the county and state aforesaid Robert T. McKee who being duly swornaccording to law, declares that he is 77 years of age and a resident of Lyons, county of Greene, state of Indiana and that he is the indentical person who was enrolled at Terre Haute vigo county Indiana under the name of Robert T. McKee on the 5th day of September 18681 as a private in company B 31st Regiment Indiana volunteers Infantry discharged as 1st sergant in the service of the United States in the Civil War and was honorably dischraged at Chattanooga, Tn. on the 15th day of September, 1864. That he also served ---. That he was not employed in the military or naval service of the United States than as stated above. That his personal description at enlistment was as follows: Height 5 feet 7 1/4 inches; Act of May 11, 1912

Declaration for Pension

State of Indiana, County of Greene ss:

on this 18 day of May A. D. one thousand nine hundred and twelve personally appeared before me a notary public within and for the county and state aforesaid Robert T. McKee who being duly swornaccording to law, declares that he is 77 years of age and a resident of Lyons, county of Greene, state of Indiana and that he is the indentical person who was enrolled at Terre Haute vigo county Indiana under the name of Robert T. McKee on the 5th day of September 18681 as a private in company B 31st Regiment Indiana volunteers Infantry discharged as 1st sergant in the service of the United States in the Civil War and was honorably dischraged at Chattanooga, Tn. on the 15th day of September, 1864. That he also served ---. That he was not employed in the military or naval service of the United States than as stated above. That his personal description at enlistment was as follows: Height 5 feet 7 1/4 inches;

R. T. Mckee, proprietor of "Buck Creek Valley Farm," was In town accompanied by his better half, Wednesday - - Bloomfield News October 13, 1893

Beet Raising ini Greene County. Last spring Robert McKee, one of the progressive farmers of Washington township, Greene county, utilized the ground of an old fence row by planting the seeds of sugar beets and without any cultivation or attention until time to harvest the crop which proved very satisfactory and evinced the fact that beets can be grown with a profit to our farmers of Greene county. He sent a small number of beets to Purdue University Agricultural EXperimental Station of Indiana, at Lafayette, to be analyzed, and the following analysis of the same was returned to him: "Report of analysis of sample of sugar beet from R. H. McKee, of Lyons, Ind., received Oct. 22, 1897. Variety, Klien Wanzlebener. Average weight of beets in ounces, gross 13.1; net 10.5 per cent, of sugar in juice 12.7; coefficient of purity 85.5; beets rather small; purity good." Thus this analysis demonstrates fully that our farmers can raise beets with profit, as Mr. Huston says that the sugar in juice that will average 10 per cent, is profitable to the grower. Mr. McKee is now considering the advisability of cultivating a few acres of the - - Bloomfield News November 12, 1897

Preparations are now in progress for the removal of the house on the corner of Broad and Wine streets, lately bought by Thomas McKee from George Dye. Mr. McKee will then erect on the site, a fine brick business house. - - Bloomfield News March 17, 1905

The erection of the McKee store building and Masonic hall will necessitate the removal of the telephone wires at that point and a peaceable arrangement will not be easily made - - Bloomfield News May 19, 1905

Two small hoys, Herman Stein and Loren Waggoner, while at play, fell into the celler of the building being erected by R. T. McKee and the Masonic lodge, last Saturday afternoon, each sustaining a broken arm, both bones in the lower part of the arm of Herman Stein being broken, but one bone in Loren Waggoner's arm was broken. The wonder is that more accidents have not occurred there. - - Bloomfield News June 16, 1905

R. T. McKee, one of Washington township's pioneer farmer citizens, was here last Saturday and called. - - Bloomfield News October 23, 1908 RECORD:

1. Civil War Pension Papers, Certif. #133,211, National Archives Textual Reference Branch (NNR1), National Archives and Records Administrat, 7th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC. 20408. NOTE: 1st Sergt Co. B. 31st In. Vol. Inf. entered as Corporal and then was promoted.

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, 2758 N. St. Rd. 17, Rochester, In. 46975-8734.

3. 1860 United States Census, Indiana, Owen County, Franklin Twp, pg. ___ 850/831. "Robert 25, Ky.; Margaret J. 27, In.; Lucinda 2, Ky.; and George 11/12, In."

4. 1870 United States Census, Indiana, Owen County, Franklin Twp.. Pg. ___ 102/102. "Thomas 35, Ky.; Margaret 27, In.; Lucinda 12, In.; Serna 6, In.; and Sarah 1, In."

5. 1880 United States Census, Indiana, Micro Film #T9-280 & 281 Roll # ___ Greene county, Washington Twp. 4 Jun 1880, Pag. "McKee, R. T., 45, In. Farmer Martha 30, In. Sarah 11 , In. Step-dau [sic dau] ; W.D [sic V. D.]. 14 In Step -son [sic Dye]; Mark 7 In. Step son [sic Dye]; Rhoda 4, In."

6. 1900 United States Census, Indiana, Micro film #T623-374 Greene Co, Washington Twp. pg. 267 236/232. "McKee, Thomas Aug. 1834, Ky. landlord; Martha A. Aug 1848, In. 8 children 4 alive; Rhoda E Jul 1876, In. James G. Jun 1880, In. and Maggie D. Oct 1882."

7. 1910 United States Census, Indiana Microfilm #T624 Roll #352 Vol. 41 (1-215) Greene County, Washington Twp, Lyons, N. "McKee, R.T., 75, Ky. Retired farmer and Martha 60, In.8 children 4 alive."

8. Biographical Memiors of Greene County Indiana, 3 Vols. (1908 B.F. Bowen & Co., Indianapolis, Ind.), Vol. 3 Pg. 1158-62. "Robert Thomas McKee - - It is with a feeling of stisfaction that the writer essays the task of touching upon the details of such a record as has been that of the honored subject whose life now comes under this review, for as a result of virtuous living his example has been for good and his influence uplifting... Robert T. McKee is a native of county county, Kentucky, where he was born August 30 1834 the son of Joseph H. and Lucinda (Bartlett) Mckee. He joined the church.when he was married to Margart McIndoo, to which union six children were born, all now deceased. His wife died November 28, 1870. Two years later the subject married Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson (nee Birdsell). One child who is now deceased was born to this union. This wife lived until December 13, 1874. In. July 1875 Mr McKee married his third and last wife who was Mrs. Martha Waggoner. Four children were born to this union, the second dying in infancy. Rhoda the first child is the wife of Walter G. Brucham; James G. is married and has one child; Maggie D. is the wife of Samuel Jeffers. All of these children are active christians. Mr. Mckee commenced life without means and had a hard struggle to get a start and care for a family, but his industry and persistency coupled with sound judgement and honesty of ppurpose, soon began to bring tangible results as such pricincples always will when properly applied, and the subject was able to begin farming on a large scale after following the life of a mechanic for a few years.. He farmed for six years and was becoming well established when he heard his country's call for loyal citizens to assist in saving the union and with no regrets, Mr. McKee severed home ties, left his plow and shouldered a musket enlisting in 1861 Company B Thirty-first Indiana Volunteer Infantry, subsequently taking part in the engagements of this regiment at the from, having fought at Shiloh, Cornith, Chickamanga and many others of minor importance. He was twice wounded, once severly, in the battle of Chickamanga, where he was captured and held for twelve days when he was paroled and sent to the hospital later returning to his command, with which he remained until September 13, 1864. He never missed a roll call without permission, was never arrested or placed in the guard house during his service....Robert T. McKee has been prosperous since the war now owning three hundred and sixty acres of good land as is to be found in Greene county all under a high state of improvement. Nineteen acres of this is within the corporate limits of Lyons, on which the subject has a comfortable residence in which he lives.. This land is all in the hands of his family, being managed and worked by them. However Mr. McKee superintends the work as much as possible for his ability as an agriculturist is perhaps unequaled by any man in the county despite his advance age. The subject has had a remarkable record in that he never swore an oath in his life, never attended a dance or party and never played a game of cards or gambled in any way. He is grateful for this fact now in his old age and also thankful that he had been prosperous enough that his last years will not be spent in want. He joined the church of christ when nineteen years old and has been an active worker ever since in this church. Politically he is a Republican and always stands for clean politics and he is admired for his honest, clean and sober private and business life.."

9. Greene County Indiana - Wills, Bk. 4 Pg. 437-46. " Last Will and Testament of Robert Thomas McKee - Know all these present that I Robert Thomas McKee of Lyons, Greene county, Indiana, do no here make this my last will and testament. FIRST: - I desire and will that all of my just debts including my last doctor bill and funeral expenses be paid in full, except mortgaged which is here in after provided for, out of my personal estate provided there is not enough personal property to discharge said debts there in that event, it is my will that my heirs except my wife who shall not be required to pay any, shall pay the balance of said debts each on paying his or her equal share. SECOND: - I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Martha Ann McKee all the residue of my personal estate, consisting of notes, cash, accounts, and household and kitchen furnitiure that is left after the above named debts are paid. THIRD:- I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Martha Ann McKee the following described real estate consisting of 52.84 acres more or less described as follows, towit - a part of section 4-6-6 19.25 acres and a part of the southwest quarter of the Northwest quarter of section 16-6-6 the part excepted in this quarter is 6.41 acres herein after given to Maggie D. Jeffers the above bequests of real estate to my wife are made so long as she remains my widow or if she does remarry during her natural life. In the event that she re-marry or at her death the 33.59 acres in section 16-6-6 I will to my son James G. McKee or his bodies issue. In the above events I will and bequeath to Virgil D. Waggoner, my step-son, Rohda E. Burcham and Maggie D. Jeffers my daughters and Oscar T. West my grandson equal share of the land bequeathed to my wife in section 4-6-6 19.25. FOURTH:- I will and bequeath to my beloved daughter Rhoda E. Burcham in the North half of the southeast quarter of section 16-6-6 containing 80 acres more or less of her bodies issue. FIFTH:- I will and bequeath to my beloved son James G. McKee or his bodies issue the northeast quarter of the northeast quarter, the northwest quarter of the northwest quarter also the north half of the southeast quarter of the northwest quarter all in section 16-6-6 100 acres more or less. SIXTH: - I will and bequeath to my beloved daughter Maggie D. Jeffers or her bodies issue the southwest quarter of the northwest quarter also the south half of the northwest quarter of the northwest quarter also the north half of the northwest quarter of the southeast quarter also 6.41 acres described as follows: commencing at the southwest corner of the southwest quarter of the northeast quarter of section 16-6-6 thence east 564 feet thence north 86 3/4 degrees west up said open ditch 561 1/2 feet, to the half section line thence south 600 1/2 feet to the pace of beginning all of the above land being in section 16-6-6 and containing 86.41 acres more or less. SEVENTH: I will and bequeath to my beloved grandson Oscar T. West or his bodies issue and no others, the northwest quarter of the northwest quarter of section 16 township six (6) north of range six (6) west containing forty acres more or less. EIGHTH: The plat of the land in section 16 Twp. six (6) north of range six (6) west conveyed by this will and attached to this will is a part of the will for the purpose of better locating the land of heirs herein benefited and for their help in dividing the same. NINTH: - I hereby appoint my son James G. McKee as executor of this my last will and testament he is to serve without bond and without charge except necessary court expense. In Testimony I here unto set my hand and seal this 9th day of November 1912 - Robert Thomas McKee."

10. Atlas of Greene County Indiana, 1879. "Washington Twp.. T6NR6W Section 16 420 Acres R. T. McKee & Section 28 13 1/2 acres R. T. McKee."

11. Ancestral File (TM). Ancestral File submission four generation pedigree chart and group sheets AF863-001030 MCKEE letter dated 23 Jun. 1986 Judith Elaine McKee 419 S. Main Culver, Ind. 46511.

DEATH:

12. Indiana Death Certificates, Certif #208, Indiana State Board of Health, Vital Records, 2 N. meridan St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46204. "State Board of Health Division of Vital Statistics Indianapolis, Indiana....County of Green, township of Washington Town of Lyons; Robert Thomas McKee; year 1913; Male, white, Married; died Oct. 5, 1913; wife: Martha Ann McKee; born: August 30, 1834; age: 79 years 1 month 6 days; farmer; born Georgetown, Ky.; Father: Joseph McKee; mother Lucinda Todd; buried Mt. Zion Oct. 6, 1913; Informant James G. McKee." NOTE: Was within civil war papers.

13. Indiana Works Progress Adminstration, Greene County Indiana - Index to Death Records 1893 - 1920 (1939), pg 112. "Robert T. McKee, M, W, 79, Oct. 5, 1913, Lyons; Bk. R-16 pg.. 20."

14. Bloomfield News (Weekly Newspaper), Volume XXXVI, Number 47, Page 3, Column 3. NOTE: The Bloomfield New is no longer In existence. "DEATH’S HARVEST. - Last Sunday morning, R. T. MCKEE, a respected citizen and pioneer farmer of Washington Township, died at his home in Lyons, aged seventy-nine years. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Ward MCBRIDE, of Summerville. Interment in the Dog Island Cemetery. The deceased had resided near Lyons for forty years. He was a Republican and was a county commissioner when the present courthouse was built. He was a progressive man, with a broad mind and a host of friends."

15. Bloomfield News (Weekly Newspaper), Volume XXXVI, Number 47, Page 3, Column 3, Volume XXXVI, Number 47, Page 3, Column 3. NOTE: The Bloomfield New is no longer In existence. "DEATH’S HARVEST. - Last Sunday morning, R. T. MCKEE, a respected citizen and pioneer farmer of Washington Township, died at his home in Lyons, aged seventy-nine years. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Ward MCBRIDE, of Summerville. Interment in the Dog Island Cemetery. The deceased had resided near Lyons for forty years. He was a Republican and was a county commissioner when the present courthouse was built. He was a progressive man, with a broad mind and a host of friends."

BURIAL:

16. Cemeteries of Western Greene County, Indiana Vol. I & II (1984/5 Anundsen Publishing Co. Decroah, Ia.), Vol. I Pg. 200. "R. T. McKee 30 Aug 1834 5 Oct. 1913."

MARRIAGE RECORD:

1. Indiana Works Progress Administration, Greene county Indiana - Marriage Record Index 1823/53 to 1920 Vol 1 A - F Vol 2 G - M Vol 3 N - Z (1939), Bk. J pg. 165, Clerk of Greene County Circuit and Superior Court, Greene County Courthouse, 1 W. Main St., P. O. Box. 229, Bloomfield, Indiana 47424. NOTE: Elizabeth (Burdsall ) Thompson b. 5 Apr. 1836 d. 13 Dec 1874 d/o James H. and Margaret (Winn) Burdsall. They had: infant son.

2. Indiana Works Progress Administration, Greene county Indiana - Marriage Record Index 1823/53 to 1920 Vol 1 A - F Vol 2 G - M Vol 3 N - Z (1939), Bk. J pg. 165, Clerk of Greene County Circuit and Superior Court, Greene County Courthouse, 1 W. Main St., P. O. Box. 229, Bloomfield, Indiana 47424. NOTE: Elizabeth (Burdsall ) Thompson b. 5 Apr. 1836 d. 13 Dec 1874 d/o James H. and Margaret (Winn) Burdsall. They had: infant son.

3. Indiana Works Progress Administration, Greene county Indiana - Marriage Record Index 1823/53 to 1920 Vol 1 A - F Vol 2 G - M Vol 3 N - Z (1939), Bk. J Pg. 400, Clerk of Greene County Circuit and Superior Court, Greene County Courthouse, 1 W. Main St., P. O. Box. 229, Bloomfield, Indiana 47424. Note: Martha Ann b. 28 Aug. 1848 d. 15 Apr. 1915 d/o George and Elizabeth (Gastineau) Dye. They had: Rhoda E., Infant; James Garfield and Maggie Dalphia.

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Robert Thomas McKee's Timeline

1834
August 30, 1834
near Georgetown, Scott, Kentucky
1854
October 10, 1854
Age 20
Owen co., In. [Bk. 28 pg. 10]
1855
February 17, 1855
Age 20
Owen, Indiana
1856
1856
Age 21
Owen, Indiana, United States
1857
1857
Age 22
<, Owen, Indiana>
1859
April 13, 1859
Age 24
Owen, Indiana, United States
1861
April 15, 1861
Age 26
Owen, Indiana, United States
1866
September 16, 1866
Age 32
Owen, Indiana, United States
1869
July 5, 1869
Age 34
<, Owen, Indiana>
1872
May 21, 1872
Age 37
Greene co., In. [Bk. J pg. 165]