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David McKee

Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: Down, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Death: October 11, 1795 (85)
McKeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Immediate Family:

Son of John Mckie, Jr. and Ester Mckie
Husband of Margaret McKee
Father of Jane McKee; James Mckee; Elisabeth Mckee; Mary Mckee; John Mckee and 4 others
Brother of John Mckie, Sr.; Margaret Mckie; William / Andrew Mackey / Mckie, (1696-1768); Elizabeth Mckie; Janet Mckie, (c1701-) and 6 others
Half brother of Elizabeth Mackie

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About David McKee

his parentage amd siblings has also been found as:

John MCKIE (John MCKIE7, Robert MCKIE6, James MCKIE5, (James) MCKIE4, Alexander MCKIE LORD3, Patrick MCKIE2, Patrick MCKIE1) was born ABT 1660/1665 in Larg, Minnigaff, Kirkcudbright, Scotland, and died in Calmore, Kilcronaghan, Loughinsholin, Derry. He married Ester HAWTHORN. She was born <1672> in . Children of John MCKIE and Ester HAWTHORN are

  • :11 i John MCKIE was christened 11 Nov 1694 in Larg, Minnigaff, Kirkcudbright, Scotland, died 1765 in Coleraine, Londonderry, N Ire. He married Jane MACKEY. She was born <1708> in , and died AFT 1766 in Religious Census, Derryloran, Cookstown, N Ire. She was buried 1775 in Will, Coleraine, Londonderry, N Ire.
  • 12ii. Janet MCKIE was christened 29 Dec 1695 in Minnigaff, Larg, Kirkcudbright, Scotland.
  • 13 iii.William MCKIE was born in Minnigaff, Kirkcudbright, , Scotland, was christened 5 Jan 1696 in Minnigaff, Kirkcudbright, , Scotland, and died 1768 in Prob New London, Chester, PA.
  • 14 iv Margaret MCKIE was christened 5 Jan 1696 in Minnigaff, Larg, Kirkcudbright, Scotland.
  • 15 v.Elizabeth MCKIE was christened 7 Nov 1700 in Girthon, Kirkcudbright, , Scotland.
  • 16 vi Janet MCKIE was christened 9 Feb 1701 in Girthon, Kirkcudbright, , Scotland.
  • 17 vii Anna MCKIE was christened 12 Feb 1702 in Girthon, Kirkcudbright, , Scotland.
  • 18 viii.Jean MCKIE was christened 24 Jan 1704 in Girthon, Kirkcudbright, , Scotland.
  • 19 ix Antony MCKIE was christened 5 Apr 1705 in Girthon, Kirkcudbright, , Scotland.
  • 20 x.Patrick MCKIE was christened 18 Jul 1706 in Girthon, Kirkcudbright, , Scotland.
  • 21 xi Nicolas MCKIE was christened 25 Mar 1708 in Girthon, Kirkcudbright, , Scotland.
  • 22 xii. David MCKEE was born 1710 in Girthon, Kirkcudbright, , Scotland, was christened 7 Jun 1711 in Girthon, Kirkcudbright, , Scotland, and died 11 Oct 1795 in Mckeesport, Alleghany, PA. He married Margaret in Of Lurgan Twp, Franklin, PA.

1756 - David McKee settled in a blockhouse at the confluence of the Youghiogheny and Monongahela rivers. His son, John, became the founder of McKeesport

He removed from Scotland to County Donegal, in the north of Ireland, in the early part of th e eighteenth century. Persecution followed him thither, and about the middle of the century, with several brothers, he migrated to America, where they settled near Philadelphia. In 1755, at age 45, David and his family--the first non-Indian settlers in the area--crossed the Allegheny Mountains and settl ed at the junction of the Monongahela and Youghiogheny rivers with the permission of Queen Alliquippa, ruler of a band of Seneca Indians in the area. In 1769 the colonial government confirmed to him the exclusive right of ferriage over the two rivers.

  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 that it was his understanding David McKee possessed a title of nobility but never employed or displayed it. From the bery 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). 
    It will be seen that the names of 5 children are the same. While one list contents an Elizabeth that is not on the other, the other contains Margaret and James not the first. Certainly, there is nothing conclusive or even persuasive about this, but it is interesting. Very probably, earlier researchers have already traced these families, else later ones will. 
   It is said that David McKee presented himself at the Proprietors Land Office on its opening day, April 3, 1769, and made an application to acquire 306 acres at the juncture of the Monongahela and Youghiogheny Rivers. This was the colonial land office that was opened to sell lands acquired by treaty at the close of the Pontiac's war. He received warrant No. 1103. Two days later his sons Thomas and Robert also filed applications, Thomas for 253 acres adjoining his father David McKees parcel on the south, and Robert for 285 acres adjoining his fathers property on the east. 
   It is stated that this land was bought from the Proprietors but other accounts say the purchase was made from the Delaware Queen Alliquippa. 

will of David McKee of McKeesport, 2/13/1793:- :

In the name of GOD Amen, I, David McKee of Allegheny County and State of Pennsylvania Being of sound mind and Memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner of form following, Viz. First, I resign my soul to God and hope for Salvation through the Merits of his Son Jesus Christ and I desire to buried at the discretion of my Executor in hope of a Glorious Resurrection. And as for my temporal Estate I dispose of the same as followeth, Viz: Imprimis, to my loving wife Margaret I bequeath all my right and title and all privileges that I reserved for myself in the Plantation and Ferry. I sold to my son John McKee as is mentioned in an article of agreement made between us the time I sold to him and John my son And also I leave her all my household furniture and Cows and horses I may have at the time of my decease and also the last Fifty pound bond from John McKee bearing date to be paid January 1794 and this to be a her disposing after my decease as she shall think proper and further I bequeath to my oldest son John the sum of ten shillings lawful money of Pennsylvania to be paid him after my decease and to my son Robert McKees children: To David I allow a colt and five pounds besides, And to his brother Robert 5 pounds, and to my son Davids children I allow five pounds to each and they are but four viz, to James, Sarah, John, and David and to my son James I allow ten shillings to be paid him and to Mary my Daughter now Pebbles I allow ten Pounds-and to my Daughter Margaret now Margaret McKee I allow ten shillings as her part-and to all their children as coming from my estate as it is all I can allow my children of theirs. And this after my funeral expenses and all Just debts are fully discharged. And further the true execution of this my last will and Testament I appoint my wife Margaret and my son James McKee the sole and full executors of this my last Will and Testament, And I do hereby revoke and disannul all former Wills and testaments made by me. In witness whereof I set my hand and seal this thirteenth day of February A.D. 1793.

DAVID McKEE (seal) Signed, Sealed, and Delivered in the presence of us, the subscribers the day and year aforesaid. Andrew McCulloch, Thomas Ochether, Isabelah Menaugh.

Isabelah Menaugh one of the witnesses to the within will, Sworn before me the 16th day of October 1795.


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

"In about 1738, ten or eleven brothers Mc- Kee 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."

2. The first one hundred years of McKeesport. An historical and statistical description of the city from its inception until its centennial in 1894 Walter S. Abbott & William E Harrison compliers, 1894, McKeesport, Pa., Press of McKeesport Times pg. Pg. 9-10

The McKees of McKeesport.

ABOUT the beginning of the eighteenth centuryy David McKee. with his family, moved from Scotland to the Protestant settlement in the north of Ireland, settling near Londonderry. But persecution followed the Presbyterians and about the middle of the centuryy he was forced to seek a new home. He came to America in company with several brothers and found in the Province of Pennsylvania what he said he long had sought: "a church without a bishop; a state without a king."

He settled near Philadelphia, but in the year 1755 crossed the Allegheny mountains and under the protection of the once celebrated Queen of the Delawares ( Alliquippa), he settled permanently in the wilderness he found at the confluence of the Monongahela and Youghiogheny rivers. There he built himself a log cabin and became the first white resident of the locality…

He was simply an adventurous white man determined to carve a home out of the wilderness and to force the earth to render him and his family - a living, free from the restraints he found in the, to him. obnoxious land of his birth. He cleared out enough of the dense tangle of swampy- forest to enable him to operate a farm, but did not confine himself strictly to farminug for an indefinite period. He had the Scotch-Irish ideas of thrift about him and he soon established a skiff ferry connecting his place with the opposite sides of the Monongahela and Youghiogheny rivers and in 1769 he obtained a charter for it. That charter is still in force today and a steam-ferry service is maintained under it.

David McKee died on October 11, 1795, aged eighty-five years and his property passed to his three sons, John, David and Robert. David left the settlement, removing across the river and occupying a tract of land in what is now Mifflin township. He was drowned some years afterward while fording the Monongahela river on horseback, at Braddock's upper riffle, opposite the mouth of Crooked Run, where Braddock's army crossed in 1756. Robert located on a tract of land in the neighborhood of Braddock's Field, which was at that time a respectable settlement.

John retained the old homestead which had been deeded to him by his father some years before.

Parentage & children controversey

and he is given as son of and siblings of:

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

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 with 3 or the sames sons as is listed with William as listed below

2. Alexander McKee [ 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)

U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 * Name: David McKee

  • SAR Membership: 90735
  • Birth Date: 1710
  • Birth Place: Scotland
  • Death Date: 10 Nov 1795
  • Death Place: Allegheny, Pennsylvania
  • Spouse: Margaret McKee
  • Children: Mary McKee
  • Source Citation: ; SAR Membership Number: 90735

Pa, Archives Series Ser. Vol. XI p. 404

A David also served in Pa Militia Pg. 447 vol. 4 Ser 5, Pan Archives Westmoreland co. List of Cont. Line.

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David McKee's Timeline

Down, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
June 7, 1711
Age 1
Girthon, Kirkcudbright, , Scotland
Age 30
Age 30
Age 31
before - McKeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.
Age 32
Age 33
Age 35
Philadelphia / McKeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.
Age 35
before/after - McKeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.
Age 36
Dauphin, Pennsylvania