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John McKee

Also Known As: "James"
Birthdate: (44)
Birthplace: County Down, Ulster, Ireland
Death: between August 9, 1779 and March 8, 1780 (40-49)
Kerr's Creek, Rockbridge County, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Lexington, Rockbridge County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert McKee and Agnes McKee
Husband of Esther Davidson McKee
Father of Nancy Agnes Gay; John McKee, US Congress; Malinda McKee; William Houston Mckee and ROBERT Mckee
Brother of Col. William McKee

Managed by: Judith "Judi" Elaine (McKee) Burns
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About John McKee

In AFN Is listed as James AFN: 15V6-WZT m. Esther "Nannie" Houston AFN:15V6=X0P

another has listed as a son (see unconnected section):

ALEXANDER MCKEE b. abt. 1750 in Ireland d. 1830 Maury Co., Tenn. He m.1st MARY MCKEE. She was b. Jun 11, 1746. He m 2nd MARY BEAN 1770 Hillsborough, Orange, N.C. She was b. abt. 1754. Children are:

  • ii. JOHN MCKEE, b. Abt. 1771, Orange Co., N.C.
  • iii. JESSE MCKEE, b. 1773.
  • iv. MARY MCKEE, b. 1775.
  • v. WILLIAM MCKEE, b. 1777.
  • vi. JACOB MCKEE, b. 1779.
  • vii. ALEXANDER MCKEE, b. 1781.
  • viii. SARAH W. MCKEE, b. 1783.
  • ix. THOMAS MERVIN MCKEE, b. 1785.
  • x. NANCY MCKEE, b. 1787.
  • xi. CATHERINE MCKEE, b. Oct 19, 1787.
  • xii. ELIZABETH MCKEE, b. 1793.
  • xiii. ROBERT MCKEE, b. 1797.
  • xiv SAMUEL MCKEE, b. abt. 1801, Sumner Co., Tenn.


1. 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,

2 George Wilson McKee, McKees of Virginia and Kentucky, the, Pittsburgh, J. B. Richards, 1891, pg. 106



John McKee had four children, viz.: John, Robert, William and Nancy.

William now lives in Laurel Countv, near Loudon, Ky. Robert died at Point Pleasant, Va., on the Ohio, never was married, and left no children.

John never was married, but left a number of Indian children. He was Indian agent for a number of years for the Chicasaw and Choctaw tribes of Indians, and also United States Senator from Alabama, He died there.

Shortly after he left Congress, Nancy his sister, married a man by the name of John Gay, and they moved to Indiana and left a large family.


1. Wills. "Will of John McKee, Forks of James River, Rockbridge county, Va., 1779 Will dtd 9 Aug. 1779 and probated 8 Mar. 1780 Will Bk. 1 pg. 80 Rockbridge co., Va.

In the Name of God I John McKee of Buffaloe in the forks of James River and County of Rockbridge being weak of Body, but of perfect mind and Memory. And calling to mind the Mortality of my Body and that it is appointed for all men once to Die so make and Ordain this my last will & testament that is to say principally and first of all I Recommend my soul into the Hands of Almighty God that Gave it and my body to the Earth to be buried in a Decent and Christain Manner at the Discretion of my Executors nothing Doubting but that I shall Receive the same again at the General Resurrection by the Mighty power of God. And as touching such wordly good wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give and Bequeath in manner and form following (Viz). Imprimis

I will and devise that all my Just Debts and funeral charges be paid by my Executors.

Item. I Give and Bequeath to my well beloved wife Esther the Gray Horse & her saddle and briddle also one cow, her bed & Bed cloathes and all the furniture (?) belonging to the Dresse (Doylen?).

Item I give and bequeath one cow to each of my four children immediately after my decease to be named by my executors.

Item I will and devise that my sd. beloved wife Esther & Dear children have the possession and use of all the plantation whereon I now live and also the possession and use of my Negro Wench Lat. & the remaining time of serivce of James Stuart together with the horse not herein before named and utensils necessary for working the same.

During my well beloved wifes widowhood, or until my oldest son Robert arrive at the age of twenty-one years (if he lives) or the time he would have arrived at that age if the case should be otherwise for the common support of my sd. family, and the cattle herein before named and when any or those two events happen

I will and authorize my executors to sell my sd. plantation and Negro wench with her increase (if any) and all other my personal estate and to convey sd. plantation in fee simple to the purchaser, and the money arising from such sale to be equally divided between my sd. beloved wife Esther and my four dear children (Viz) Robert McKee, John McKee, WIlliam McKee and Agnes McKee

and [if] it should please God to remove any or either of them by death before they are of age the decaseds part shall be equally divided between sd. beloved wife and the surviving children, and if at any time before the periods above mentioned it shall appear to my Executors most for the benefit of the family, they may sell & convey the sd. Plantation Negro wench &c. and divide the same as afore provided by beloved wife Esther give her consent to such sale.

Item. I will and devise that all my personal estate besides what is herein before mentioned be sold as soon as may be after my decease and all the money arising from such sale together with my___ ___ ___ ___. Discharging all mu just debts & funeral expenses to be equally divided between my said bearly beloved wife Esther and dear children.

And I do hereby revoke and disannul all other and former wills, legacies or bequeathments by me willed or bequeathed allowing this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my seal this Ninth day of August One thousand seven hundred & Seventy Nine.

Signed & Sealed in the presence of up. I do hereby Constitute and appoint my brother William McKee and brother-in-law John Houston whole & sole executors of this my last will and testament. 

The above clause was wrtoe and acknowledged as a part of the will before signing in the presence of us. Hugh Galbraith, James Stuart, Sarah (Her mark) Hill, Margaret (Her mark) Houston. At a court contained and held for Rockbridge county March 8th 1780.

This last will and testament of John McKee deceased was presented in Court by the Executors therein named and proved by the oaths of Sarah Hill and Margaret Houston subscribing witnessess which is ordered to be recorded, and on the motion of the said executors who made oath according to law certificate is granted them for obtaining probate thereof in due for giving security; whereupon they together with John McKee and John Letcher their Securities entered into and acknowledged

Bond in the Penalty of Fifteen thousand pounds with condition according to law. Test Andw. Reid, Clk."

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John McKee's Timeline

County Down, Ulster, Ireland
Age 32
Kerr's Creek Rockbridge county, Virginia.
Age 32
September 10, 1771
Age 36
Kerr's Creek, Botetourt, Va.
Age 38
August 9, 1779
Age 44
Kerr's Creek, Rockbridge County, Virginia, United States
Kerr's Creek, Botetourt, Virginia
Lexington, Rockbridge County, Virginia, United States