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Lydia Todd

Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: Westmoreland, PA, USA
Death: 1812 (87)
Mercer, KY, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Todd, Sr. and Lydia Todd
Wife of James McKee
Mother of Alice (Allie) McQuiddy; Samuel Todd Mckee; Martha Mckee; John McKee; Robert McKee and 2 others
Sister of Samuel Todd; Low Todd; James Todd; Sarah Houston; - - -y /- - -ry Todd and 5 others

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

About Lydia Todd

Lydia Todd was baptized at Abington in 1736, the first child baptized there since 1728. She married James McKee who lived over on Kerr’s Creek to the north of Whistle Creek. She appears to have married him prior to 1753 when their first child Alice McKee was born. In 1758, her father was a witness to a land purchase by James McKee. They remained behind when William Todd moved to Bedford County. Their children were reportedly born between 1753 and 1774, a 21 year period. James McKee died in 1778 in Rockbridge County, VA and Lydia went with her children to Kentucky.

Their children were:

  • (1) Alice b: 1753 md William McQuiddy
  • (2) William,
  • (3) Samuel Todd b 1764, md 1791 Betsey Lowry
  • (4) John, md 1795 Mary Ann Kinkead
  • (5) Robert Todd b 1766, md 1791 Mary Todd, daughter of John Todd
  • (6) Martha,
  • (7) Mary (Polly) b: 1774 md 1795 James McMurtry (son of Capt. John McMurtry).

Lydia Todd (born Lowe)

  • MyHeritage Family Trees
  • Beall in Beall Web Site, managed by Janet Mitchell
  • Birth: Circa 1695 - Ireland
  • Husband: William Todd
  • Children:
  1. Samuel Todd,
  2. Ann Nancy Todd,
  3. Low Todd,
  4. Lydia Mckee (born Todd),
  5. Mary Elizabeth Todd,
  6. James Todd,
  7. Hannah Todd,
  8. Alice Todd,
  9. William

This is the family that we believe is the origin of the story about the three Todd daughters of William Todd marrying a McMurtry, McQuiddy and a McKee. Here we have a slight twist – we have three daughters of Lydia Todd – one marrying a McMurtry, one marrying a McQuiddy and one remaining a McKee. This Todd-McMurtry-McQuiddy-McKee story appears to have gotten laid back on the previous generation by asserting William McQuiddy’s mother was a Todd whereas it was his wife Alice McKee whose mother was a Todd.


1. Mercer County Kentucky Wills, Bk. 4 pg. 262-3.

" In the name of God amen I Lydia McKee being and ____ it is appointed for all mankind once to died do wish to dispose of the wordly goods wherewith God hath blessed me in the following manner (Towit) first I recommend my body to the earth to be buried in a decent christain burial and my soul to God that gave it. SECOND after all my just debts and burial charges are paid. I then give and bequeath to my daugh ter Martha McKee all and every part and species of property that I am owner (towit) my house and kitchen furniture of every description, my live stock of every kind and all the debts that are justly owing me from any person whatever to be for the use and at the disposal of the said Martha McKee and her heirs forever all of the property I give to her the said Martha McKee for and in consideration of her living with me and taking care of me these many years it also is my desire that there be no inventory appraisement nor sale of the above mentioned estate but with consent of the said Martha McKee. I also constitute and appoint the said Martha McKee, John McMurtry of Harrodsburg and my son John McKee to be my executors of this my last will and testament and do hereby disannull all former wills in witness whereof I herewith set my hand and seal this sixth day of June in the year or our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eleven - Lydia McKee Signed and sealed and delivered in the presence of John McKee, John Samuel and Henry Samuel. Accepted for probate, February Court, mercer county, Ky., 1812."

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Lydia Todd's Timeline

Westmoreland, PA, USA
Age 11
Westmoreland, Pennsylvania
Age 29
Culpepper County, Virginia
Age 31
<, Rockbridge, Virginia>
July 3, 1764
Age 39
Kerr’s Creek, Augusta County, Virginia
September 4, 1766
Age 41
Rockbridge, VA, USA
Age 41
<, Augusta, Virginia>
Age 43
<, Rockbridge, Virginia>
Age 49
Mercer, Kentucky
Age 87
Mercer, KY, USA