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Mckees of Virginia, Kentucky & Indiana

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  • NN McKee (1681 - d.)
  • James Mckee (deceased)
  • John Telford Mckee (1783 - 1857)
    McKee Cemetery Also called Big Springs Cemetery. Located off Rt 60 on Rt 631 on Clarence Tardy's farm. Tombstones were recorded by Bob Driver, Mrs. Margaret Seebert, listings provided by Rev. Wray Sher...
  • Col. Samuel Mckee, (USA) (1832 - 1862)
    Civil War at Stone River and Battle of Shiloh near or around Murfeesboro, Tn.; Res. Keokuk, Lee, Ia. Centre College Alumni, Published 1890. Garrard Co, 1853 graduate. Garrarad Co, 1853 graduate. Samu...

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Scope of Project is To build a single, validated and documented shared family tree the goals being:

  • 1) to create on Geni an accurate representation of the genealogical information
  • 2) to clean up duplicates and ensure quality of the involved profiles
  • 3) to sort out the lines and connect the different lines
  • 4) RULE - All profiles marked PUBLIC - with me as the controling manager ARE NOT TO BE CHANGED TO PRIVATE under any circumstances. UNLESS YOU ARE THE Living profile person and ASK for control of your profile - I have choosen to leave any profile I feel to be LIVIING blank of all data - birth, marriage etc. = only those of DECEASED status will contain data IF known

McKee is a Northern Irish and Scottish name. Mc stands for 'son of.' Kee is an anglicized form of a Gaelic personal name meaning 'fire.' Originally, it was the name of a pagan god.

My Manuscript

I have a hugh manuscript that I have been working on for years on this line from Virginia down to today - it includes Civil war Pension file papers for the sons of James M. and Joseph Howe Mckee's sons of Owen county Indiana who served in the civil war. it also contains my great grandfather (Robert Thomas McKee) Civil War Diary. it contains biographies found in county histories and much more.

The manuscript contains information from the '*' books it contains wills, deeds obtiuaries, county history biographies as i find them.

There is even and "Unconnected Section of 12 or more lines.


The Blood ancestors GEDCOM which gives me the spouses and descendants generated from the profile of McKee's of Ireland, Rockbridge county Virginia & later Kentucky -

A new one is needed to de done as soon as I complete the verifying of this line again as of this date 28 Jul 2014 working on it

Books I Have in PDF on my computer



3 HISTORY THE HOUSE AND CLAN MACKAY, For connection and elucidation, Besides account of many other Scottish families, A variety of more particularly of those relating to the Northern Division of Scotland during the most critical and interesting periods; with a Genealogical table of the clan. by Robert MacKay, writer, Thruso, Edinburgh

4 The Mackeys and Allied Families (Variously spelled) by Beatrice MacKey Doughtie (Bowen press, Decatur, Ga., 1957 1002 pgs.)

5 The Mackeys and Allied Families (Variously spelled) by Beatrice MacKey Doughtie Errta Sheet #2, Including supplelmnetal data, 1973

6 JOHN MASON DYER FAMILY of Union County, Kentucky Ancestors and Decendants Researched and Compiled by JANE DYER ARNOLD (Mrs. J. P.) 338 West Cedar Street Franklin, Kentucky 42134 - 1972 (fully in Geni)

7 A HISTORY OF THE DESCENDANTS OP DAVID McKEE, OF ANAHILT, With a General Sketch of the Early McKees by Prof. JAMES Y. McKEE. PHILADELPHIA : JOSEPH D. McKEE. 1892. (fully in Geni)

8 The book of Mackay (1906 Edinburgh : N. Macleod ) Agnus Mackay

Books on the Virginia & Kentucky line

1) The McKee’s of Virginia and Kentucky by George Wilson McKee (Pittsburgh, J. B. Richards, 1891, 196 pgs.) George W. McKee can be found online

It is sad to say that the only Mckee's delt with in detail are those of noteablity and those who served in the military - there are some elaborate biographical sketches in the book - I have tried to place all information into the manuscript

2) McKee Record, Compilied by Adelaid Jenness (J.H. Jordan, printer, Dana, Il., 1910; 114 pgs.) Mary Adelaide McKee

this deals with mainly the desencands of Samuel Mckee - tho not fully documented and alot of it was 'just Names' it gave a good outline of descendants of which by to do research - but also one must remember back in 1910 data was not as freely accessable as it is today.

3) The McKees of Virginia and Kentucky A. Patricia McKees Bauer (Author), George Wilson McKee (Author) Paperback: 176 pages Publisher: Heritage Books (February 1994)

List of Books Containing McKee History

NOTE: the books by Raymond McKee & Beatrice MacKey Doughtie contain the Kentucky & Virginia lines also and also many unconnected lines of McKees

  • 1) A History of the Descendants of David McKee , by James Y. McKee (Pennsylvania, 1872) can be found on line
  • 2) American Genealogy of the Allied Families of McKee, McClintock, Mills, Stip, and Stewart. Compiled by James Robert McKee (Los Angles, Ca. 1900)10)
  • 3) McKee and Allied Families (American Historical Co., New York, 1949, 141 pg.)
  • 4) The Book of McKee by Raymond W. McKee (Hodges, Figgis & Co. Ltd.; Dublin, Ireland, 1959 559 pgs.)

Have on disk in PDF Format

  • 5) The Mackeys and Allied Families (Variously spelled) by Beatrice MacKey Doughtie (Bowen press, Decatur, Ga., 1957 1002 pgs.)

I have in PDF form along with a supplement to it done in 1973 of 178 pgs.

  • 6) Wallace-Bruce and Closely Related Families by James Wallace Mohn (Northfield, Mn.; 1930 389 pgs.)
  • 7) Faces Westward Vol. 1 by Jennie Starks McKee (Edwards Bros.; Ann Arbor, Mi.; 15 19 pgs.
  • 8) Our Pioneer Ancestors by Emma Riggs and Henry Earl Riggs (Ann Arbor, Mi.; Edwards Bros., 1941)
  • 9) Sketch of the McKee Families of Butler co., Pa. By James O. McKee (Butler co., Pa., 1924)
  • 10) Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine, Vol. 12 No. 1 1930 The Early History of McKeesport by Walter L. Riggs
  • 11) The Descendants of Samuel Edward and Martha Emmart (1968) Emil M. Sunley
  • 12) The Garvin genealogy: Descendants of Henry and Sarah McKee Garvin of Ireland and Pennsylvania [Unknown Binding] Richard M Cochran (Author) Publisher: R.M. Cochran (1983)
  • 13) James Madison McKee family [Unknown Binding] Wilbyrn Andrew McKee (Author) Unknown Binding: 11 pages Publisher: W.A. McKee (1975)
  • 14) Our Irish Origins: Mckee Family History [Paperback] A. Tate (Author) Publisher: Craig Printing
  • 16) Wallace-Bruce and closely related families : Barefoots, Taylors, Wilsons, McKees, Douglasses, Liddells, Hendersons, Notestines, and others : history and genealogy [Paperback] James Wallace (Author 389p. 1930.
  • 16) Genealogy of Chadwick, King, and allied families: McKee, Callahan, Hughs/Hughes, Mock, Roberts, Langston [Unknown Binding] Darline Chadwick Smith (Author) Publisher: D.C. Smith; 1st edition (1982)
  • 17) Mary Ann's relatives: McKee, Tucker, White, Armstrong, McKeever, Godlove, Brenner, Steward, Ray, Kern, a preliminary study of the above and related ... from censuses, newspapers, and family records [Unknown Binding] Kay F Sellers (Author) Publisher: K.F. Sellers; 1st edition (1998)
  • 18) The genealogy, the family history and a number of personal histories of Patrick Graham, 1747-1844, Elizabeth McKee Graham and their descendants [Unknown Binding] Claire A Anderson (Author) Publisher: the Author (1968)
  • 19) The book of Mackay (1906 Edinburgh : N. Macleod ) Agnus Mackay


The Mckee book states one place there was 10-11 brothers - - yet another on write later on - " In 1737 when a large migration of Scotch-Irish Presbyterians to Pennsylvania and the Valley of Virginia took place, five brothers McKee came with that colony.

  • 1 ) Two of them. John and Robert, settled on a portion of Burden's grant, on Carr's Creek, in what is now Rockbridge County, about eight miles north-west of Lexington.
  • 2) The other three brothers settled in and near Lancaster, Pa.,
  • remained at that place until 1760, when William, one of the brothers, removed to Augusta County, Va., from which place his family
  • removed in 1788 to Kentucky and settled in Mason and Montgomery Counties. The other two brothers removed about the same period * (1788), from Lancaster to Pittsburgh and Wheeling respectively...."

it is also stated that they could of been a brother to David McKee of Mckeesport, Pennsylvania

Another Legend of the McKees

Ten or eleven brothers named Mckee came from Ireland to America in 1738, and settled near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Three of these-Robert, William and John -- came to Augusta County, but at what date is uncertain, Their descendants state that it was about 1760, but the records of the county show that John McKee purchased a tract of land in the forks of the James River on August 16, 1752 ,

Yet Another Legend of the McKees

Compiled by Philip I. McKee

There were supposed to have been a family of McKees living in Belfast, Ireland, in the shipbuilding business. There were ten sons and a daughter, along with the mother and father.

The boys all wanted to go to America and the father and mother, up in years, and having some competence for their support, agreed to let them go providing they built ther own ship, which they did.

They landed in Chesapeake Bay near Philadelphia and remained there for a while.

Then three broke away from the others and went down into Virginia.

The others settled in Pennsylvania. The McKee at McKeesport was David and he no doubt knew enough about ship building to build a ferry, which he did.

Two brothers in Virginia, William and Samuel were both in the Revolutionary war and both married the same woman, as the brother took over as brother's widow ".

This legend is included because it is interesting, but the present author doubts the veracity of several of its elements. It is the first time the shipbuilding aspect has come to my attention be it true or false, Certainly, David of Mckeespost did not come over with the McKees of Virginia, or the early Pennsylvania McKees

pg. 52 The Book of McKees by Raymond W. McKee, 1959, Dublin, Hodges Figgis & CO. LTD.


With a General Sketch of the Early McKee’s Prof. JAMES Y. McKee. PHILADELPHIA: JOSEPH D. McKee. 1892. this book states that:

The first real knowledge we have of the McKees dates from over two hundred years ago, when four brothers bearing that name left Scotland for bonnie England.

There they soon joined the army of William, Prince of Orange, and shortly - afterwards, in 1690, we find them, with the rest of the army, in the northern part of Ireland.

We have been unable to learn the Christian names of these four brothers.

All we know of one is that he returned with William's army to England. where we lose all trace of him.

Three were induced to remain in Ireland by grants of land for services rendered....

This books seems to think that  a   McKee brother with his sons came to America and are the progenitors of the  Virgiania and Kentucky McKee's 

One married and settled in County Antrim; but even tradition has no further information for us concerning either himself or his descendants although from actual knowledge in our possession concerning the other two brothers and their descendants, it seems almost a certainty that he and his family emigrated during the exodus from Ulster to America, about 1735, and were the progenitors of the McKees in Kentucky and Virginia, whose history has been written by George Wilson McKee, Major of Ordnance, U. S. A. ....

Of the aforesaid book George Wilson McKee, McKees of Virginia and Kentucky, the, Pittsburgh, J. B. Richards, 1891. the ancestry is found stated :

"In about 1738, ten or eleven brothers McKee emigrated to America, his summary of Mckee orgins was:

1)They were of Irish, Celtic origin and the main body of them went into Scotland in the 12th Century to assist William the Lion in driving the Danish pirates from Caithness and the north generally

2) Few if them probably joined William of Normandy in the 11th century when the latter, preparatory to his descent upon the Sussex coast of England invited to his standard professional soldiers, free-lances, adventures and cut throats from all parts of Europe

3) Tradition says of them that from the earliest down of the reformation they have been Protestants. Early in the 16th century, owing to the Civil feuds of Scotland, their native land for centuries, they emigrated back to Ireland - - thence after a brief sojourn to France. There they remained until the massacre of the Huguenots, on St. Bartholomew’s Day, August 24, 152. Being firm adherents of the Protestant faith, they experienced the utmost fury of the enemies of their religion on that day. But few were left to tell the tale of horror. Those few fled to the North of Ireland. And there again, in 1641, under the reign of Charles the first, the most famous of the Stuarts, and in 1688, under James the second most pusillanimous, they again experienced the fury of persecution on account of their religion. It is said that some of those, who escaped the massacre on St. Bartholomew’s, day fled into Holland and marched into Ireland later, with the forces of William, Prince of Orange. In about 1738, ten or eleven brothers McKee emigrated to America.

4) In 1738 when a large migration of Scotch-Irish Presbyterians to Pennsylvania and the valley of Virginia took place, some brothers McKee, variously estimated from five, ten or eleven sons of one who had borne a part in the defense 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 Va., (about (1757) and settled on a portion of Borden’s grant, on Kerr’s Creek in what is now Rockbridge county, about 8 miles north-west of Lexington. In 1760 William, another of the brothers, also removed to Augusta County, Va

Other McKee Brothers

Zillah Mellott Garland told of hearing of 3 brothers that came from Ireland. James McKee settled at McKee's Gap [ Buck Valley Fulton County Pa around 1793 ], another in Maryland and a third, David, near Pittsburgh, Pa.and is likely the founder of McKeesport according to the Western Pa. Historical Magazine Vol. 13 Jan. 1930 #1 PP3-19

Descendants of Patrick Sr McKie and Janet MacDonall

Some are connecting the Virginias McKee's to this ancestry but with the documenation missing and what has been presented in the Mckee genealogies I have never been fully comfortably with connecting the Virginia and Pennsylvania McKee's to this lineage as yet I feel there is alot of work to be done on it and missing information:

Patrick Sr McKie , b. abt. 1500/bef 1515 in Cumloden Scotland deceased in Minnigaff Kirkcudbright Scotland. He married abt. 1520 in Scotland, Janet MacDonall , b. bef. 1515/1520 in Garthland Scotland; deceased in Scotland, daughter of Uchtred MacDowall [born Abt. 1500 in Garthland]

I have a PDF file to show discrepencies etc. and where they have been connecting the Mckee's of Pennsylvania, Virginia to this - - as far as I can ascertain there is no documentation for what has been presented and is presented on and the many family trees that are floating around out there.

NOTHING  of these  lines  in Ireland and Scotland is  concrete and yet fully veriified -  it needs alot fo work to determine the correct  descendants - needless to say that the McKee brothers  of Rockbridge county Virginia  are listed   several times  over as is David McKee of McKeesport, Pennsylvania and  in different generations. - it is impossible to cut these out in  MY OPINION because you do not know if there were actual children by that name  for those parents or not  or whether over the years they were just  MANUFACTURED   by people researching in order to connect  the Mckee's of  Virginia & Kentucky and McKeesport  in order to connect to the Scotland & Ireland Mckee ancestry known -  needless ot say it is a mess.

Gedcoms that were passed to me and print outs of these the early Scotland Ireland lines were names only and went around in vicous circles as they had matched together as being one in the following combinfations:

  • son/father
  • nephew/uncle
  • grandfather/grandson
  • son/father= grandfather/grandson
  • grandfather/grandson = nephew/uncle
  • nephew/uncle = son/father

with no dates I done my best to get the lineage back into working order MAYBE

PLEASE feel welcome in the about me section if you can to express concerns, doubts etc. if you are unable to edit profile send me the profile link the infromation as you would like to see in the about me - any documentation and I will gladly place it into the profile(s) Most needed is dates and locations for an approximate time period and location probably locations and births can be filled in as <Dumbarton, Scotland> of person being of a cetrain location can be put in the "Display as" blank Anything is more than welcome to help sort these lines out -

Nothing will be deleted as entered it will be either merged or re-aligned according to documentation found and presented


A full list of unconnected McKee branches will be found here McKee's Unconnected on Geni


--- McKee's of Ireland, Rockbridge county Virginia & later Kentucky-7895 was born 1681 in < Ireland> --- married   --- --- (Mrs. McKee)

They had the following children:

  • John McKee was born 1707 in <Ireland>. He died 2 Mar 1792 in , Rockbridge, Virginia.John married 1st Jane Logan, daughter of David Logan-7905 (MRIN:3922), on 29 Jan 1744. Jane was born 1707 in <Pennsylvania>. She died 17 Jul 1763 in Kerr Creek, Rockbridge, Virginia. John also married 2nd Rosannah Cunningham . Rosannah was born 1765 in <Pennsylvania>.
  • Robert McKee was born 1692 in < Londonderry Town> Ireland. He died 11 Jun 1774/1776 in , Rockbridge, Virginia. Robert married Agnes
    (Mrs Robert McKee) in , , Ireland. Agnes was born 1700 in < Ireland>. She died 29 Jan 1780.
  • William McKee was born 1700 in <Offaly, Offaly, > Ireland. He died 1775 in , , Virginia. William Mary
    (Mrs William McKee) about 1725. Mary was born 1704 in <Northern Ireland>.
  • Margaret [-?- McKee] Birth: 1724 ireland Death: 1798 Kerr's Creek, Rockbridge, Virginia. Wife of Robert Hamilton and James Gardner

and some list David McKee of McKeesport, Pennsylvania married Margaret [-?-] as being of this family


Mackay - or in Gaelic MacAoidha - is a Scottish Highland clan, deriving from mac meaning "son of" and Aoidh, often written in English as "Ive," meaning "fire" and originally the name of a Celtic god. The Mackay clan came originally from trathnaver in Caithness and was said to have had Pictish origins.... more can be found here on this name spelling

Books Transcriped into GENI

The descendants from these books are fully listed on GENI


2 A HISTORY OF THE DESCENDANTS OP DAVID McKEE, OF ANAHILT, With a General Sketch of the Early McKees by Prof. JAMES Y. McKEE. PHILADELPHIA : JOSEPH D. McKEE. 1892. (fully in Geni)

3 The book of Mackay (1906 Edinburgh : N. Macleod ) Agnus Mackay

4 The book of Mackay (1906 Edinburgh : N. Macleod ) Agnus Mackay BY ROBERT MACKAY, WRITER, THURSO. EDINBURGH : PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR, BY ANDREW JACK & co. 233, HIGH STREET. MDCCCXXIX [1829]

and these two books were incorporated into the Virginia and Kentucky McKee Lineage and my personal manuscript:

1 JOHN MASON DYER FAMILY of Union County, Kentucky Ancestors and Decendants Researched and Compiled by JANE DYER ARNOLD (Mrs. J. P.) 338 West Cedar Street Franklin, Kentucky 42134 - 1972 (fully in Geni)

2 McKee Record, Compiled by Adelaid Jenness (J.H. Jordan, printer, Dana, Il., 1910; 114 pgs.) Mary Adelaide McKee