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Joseph Bartlett Mckee

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Freedom, Owen, Indiana
Death: June 19, 1914 (67)
Searcy, White, Arkansas
Place of Burial: Searcy, White, Arkansas
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Howe McKee and Lucinda Bartlett
Husband of Margaret Estella (Maggie) McKee
Father of Carl Edward Mckee; Josephine "Josie' Lucinda Mckee; Lidda Eliza Mckee; Bertram (Berdsall Burdsal Bertie Bert) R Mckee; Claude M Mckee and 3 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 Joseph Bartlett Mckee

In an article written in 1967 on Great Aunt Maggie (Mc Kee) Jeffers [his niece] and her husband it said two carpenters built them a barn and that in 1967 it was 53 years old that meant it would of been built c. 1914.  My father spoke of those two carpenters as being his Great Uncles Joseph Bartlett and David Henry Mc Kee

Land Records Owen County, In. Joseph B. McKee from Joseph H. McKee warranty $450 Lots 173 & 174 Freedom dtd. 20 Dec. 1872 rec. 29 Jan. 1873 Bk. 31 pg. 83 (fully copied in his father's section)

Deed Rec. 32 pg. 69-70 Joseph B. McKee to Jacob L. McKee received for record April 10' 1874 at 1 P.M. This indentured witnesseth that we Joseph B. McKee and Margaret E. McKee husband and wife of Owen co Indiana Convey and Warrant to Jacob L. McKee of Owen county Indiana for the sum of four hundred $400 dollars the following Real Estate in Freedom Owen county Indiana to wit: Lot one hundred and seventy three (173) and one fourth of Lot one hundred and seventy four off of the South Side of last mentioned Lot with all the priveleges thereunto belonging. In witness whereof the said Joseph B. McKee and Margaret E. McKee husband and wife have hereunto set there hands and seals, this 22 day of December 1873 /s/ Joseph B. McKee

  State of Indiana, Owen county } ss:
	Before me Joseph H. McKee a Notary Public personally came Joseph B. McKee and Margaret E. McKee his wife and acknowledged the execution of the annexed deed

In witness where of I have hereunto set my hand and official this 22 day of December 1873 /s/J. H. McKee, Notary Public I hereby certify that the deed of which the above is a true copy was duly recorded on the 18" day of April 1874 at 9 a.m. /s/ Emanuel Fulk, R.O.C.

His death certificate  of states that  he was  widowed when he died - I am assuming who ever gave the information had no knowledge of his marital status - - tho at this point  I am still not dure of what it was - Margaret was very much alive when he died - - it is possible they were divorced.  as recently found   the family in the 1900 census in Indianapolis -   and lists Magaret as  'Maggie '  abd  that she was widow  widowed  yet joseph was still very much alive the 1910 lists her as married and then the 1920  again listed her was a widow -

for years all there was - was the marriage date written on a piece of paper that listed all his siblings their birth date, spouse, marriage date


  • 1880 = joseph & margaret were together on census in brown county indiana
  • 1890 = no census
  • 1891 - a daughter was born
  • 1900 = he was not found as yet
  • 1900 = she was on Indianapolis census as a widow
  • 1904/8 he was in the Indiana Soldiers home in Marion Indiana
  • 1910 = he was not found as yet
  • 1900 = she was on Indianapolis census as a widow
  • 1914 = he died Searcy ar. listed as widowed
  • 1920 = she is in Indianapolis widowed.

Through the pension papers and affidavits I found out he was a rover!

  • winter of 1872 Elletsville, Monroe, Indiana
  • 1877-82 Brown county, Indiana Cleona and Ramelton
  • 1885-7 Monroe county, Indiana Bloomington
  • 1888 Bloomington, Monroe, Indiana
  • 1890-1 Rector, Clay, Arkansas possibly Greene county Arkansas
  • 1898-9 Bedford, Lawrence, Indiana
  • Oct. 1899 Logansport, Cass, Indiana
  • 1901 Mitchell, Lawrence, Indiana
  • Oct.-Dec. 1902 South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana
  • 1903 Spencer, Owen, Indiana Gable,Monroe, Indiana;
  • 1904 10 dec 1904 to 18 Apr 1907 Baden, Orange, Indiana Marion , Indiana Soldiers Home Indianapolis,Monroe, Indiana
  • 1905 Princeton, Gibson, Indiana Hume, Edgar, Illinois
  • 1907 Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana
  • 1909 Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana
  • 1911 Searcy, White, Arkansas Princeton, Gibson, Indiana
  • 1912 Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana Lyons, Greene, Indiana
  • 1913 Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana
  • 1914 Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana possibly Lyons, Greene, Indiana
  • 1914 Searcy, White, Arkansas


1. Civil War Pension Papers, Certif. #355,523;393,967, National Archives Textual Reference Branch (NNR1), National Archives and Records Administrat, 7th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC. 20408. "None of these give any data on wife and children. I ordered his whole file out of deperation of not getting what papers I though should be there." NOTE: Served Civil War Co., C 116th Reg. Ills. Vol. Inf and Co. G. 115 Reg. Ind. Vol. Inf.

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.
1880 United States Census,   Hamblen, Brown, Indiana; Roll: 267; Family History Film: 1254267; Page: 288C; Enumeration. 
  • "Name: Joseph Mc Gee
  • Home in 1880: Hamblen, Brown, Indiana
  • Age: 35
  • Estimated birth year: abt 1845
  • Birthplace: Indiana
  • Relation to head-of-household: Self (Head)
  • Spouse's name: Margaret Mc Gee
  • Father's birthplace: Kentucky
  • Mother's birthplace: Kentucky
  • Occupation: Laborer
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Household Members: Name Age
  • Joseph Mc Gee 35
  • Margaret Mc Gee 28
  • Corel Mc Gee 7
  • Josephine Mc Gee 5
  • Eliza Mc Gee 3
  • Bertram Mc Gee 1."
U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938 
  • Name: Joseph B Mckee
  • Birth Year: abt 1846
  • Keyed Birth Location: Owen Co Ind
  • Birth State: Ind
  • Birth County: Owen
  • Admitted Year: 1904
  • Age at Admission: 58
  • State: Indiana
  • County: Grant
  • City: Marion
  • Branch: Marion Branch

pg. 8611 Time and Place of each Enlistment: july 20, 1863, Spencer, Ind.rank. Pvt.

  • co. & Reg:. G 115th ind. inf.
  • Time &place of discharge: feb 24, 1864 pvt. indianpolis 7 mos
  • Cause of discharge: muster out of company
  • kind & Degree of Diability: g.s.W. l leg.; inj. to back
  • when & Where occured: not stated

Time and Place of each Enlistment: Jan 2, 1865, Olney, Ill. rank. Pvt.

  • co. & Reg:. H 55th Ill. Inf
  • Time & place of discharge: Aug./ 14 1865 pvt little Rock Ark. 7 mos.

Cause of discharge: under cir. #30 war dept A _ O ? 1865

where Born - owent co.Ind.

  • age; 58
  • heihgt 5-7
  • complection Dark
  • color of Eyes Blue
  • color fo hair Gray
  • Read & write - yes
  • religion - prost
  • occupation - Laborer
  • Residence Subsequent to discharge - Indianapolis, Ind
  • Mirried/Single - wid [SIC!!!]

Name & Address of Nearest relative: Birtram R. Mc Kee son

Home History

  • Pension Rate $12
  • Date of admission./Re Admission & Transfer - adm. m_ Dec 10/04
  • date of discharge & Transfer april 18, 1908
  • cause of Discharge - at request

general remarks

  • Admission paper -1
  • army discharge - 1
  • certificate of Service - 1
  • pension certificate #355.523."


5. Arkansas State Death Certificacte, #1617. "State of Arkansas State Board of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics Cetrificate of death County; White City: Searcy; J. B. McKee; male; white; widowed; died June 17, 1914; birth unknow; age 68; occupation: stave maker; buried Searcy, Ark."

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Joseph Bartlett Mckee's Timeline

September 19, 1846
Freedom, Owen, Indiana
February 20, 1873
Age 26
Freedom, Owen, Indiana
May 2, 1875
Age 28
Nashville, Brown county Indiana
December 1876
Age 30
January 31, 1879
Age 32
November 14, 1884
Age 38
14 Nov 1883/4 Monroe co., In. [Bk. H-1 pg. 131[
August 14, 1886
Age 39
Monroe co., In. [Bk. H-1 pg. 317, Bk. CH-24 pg. 74];
April 15, 1889
Age 42
Columbus, Ohio.
May 27, 1891
Age 44