Posted By:Betty Jo Moss
Subject:McKee Family in Pulaski County Kentucky
Post Date:November 15, 2009 at 16:54:00
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In the 1870 census for Somerset Pulaski Co KY Family #337 shows Alfred McKee age 37 born NC, Mary age 34 born TN, Elizabeth age 10 born TN, John, age 5 born KY, Sarah age 1 born KY. In the 1880 Pulaski Co KY census Family #150 lists Alfred McKee age 47 born NC parents VA NC, Mary J wife age 40 TN parents blank, John R, age 15 KY NC TN, and 4 younger children. Family #153 in 1880 show John W Hood, age 24, Betsy J age 20 and two young children. Alfred and Mary McKee are my great great grandparents. John is my great grandfather, his son Harry my grandfather. Harry died from flu in 1918, leaving an infant daughter, my mother Anna Lee McKee, b. Apr 20 1918, d Apr 2 2005.

Pulaski Co KY bordered TN prior to McCreary CO KY becoming a county in 1912. I have located a report of the Campbell Co TN 1850 census showing Alfred as age 19 in the Arthur and Rosannah McKee family, 17th Subdivision. In the same subdivision was the family of Foster and Elizabeth Hill with Dau Mary, age 13.

Some research we have by our aunt for our mother shows the parents of Harry's father John were Joseph Alfred McKee born 1832 in NC or TN and Mary Jane Hill born 1837 in TN. The ages and children's names fit and she may have taken some info from Pulaski Co KY census. She has some info on birth years and dates. The census ages for Alfred don't always agree. Also we have Joseph Alfred McKee and Campbell Co TN has only Alfred. Based on the 1850 Campbell TN census Alfred was born in NC in 1832 and next younger brother Robert was 4 yrs younger born abt 1836 in TN, so their residence possibly changed between 1830 and 1840 from NC to TN.

So Alfred McKee and Mary Jane Hill were in neighboring families in 1850, in 1860 they were listed in Campbell Co TN District 13, page 502 Alfred McKee and Mary McKee and infant daughter Elizabeth J. This was Coal Creek TN. In 1870 they are listed in Pulaski Co KY Elizabeth is age 10. Elizabeth married John W. Wood and is listed as family #153 in 1880 (I have some dates (mmddyy) and others just year.

Alfred died in Pulaski Co KY Dec 1897. Mary Jane died Feb 7 1914 Pulaski Co. Their son John died in Pulaski Co Apr 23 1945. Alfred and Mary's several children lived and died in Pulaski Co. Of John's children (9), 5 of the 6 sons died young, the 3 daughters moved away. Harry left only our mother, Anna, who had 5 children, 9 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. Growing up we didn't know much about the McKee family.

My goal is to track down my McKee ancestry. My sister tells me there is a book in the Pulaski Co KY historical library about 3 McKee brothers who imigrated from Ireland during the Potato Famine. I am stuck on Alfred's parents in NC, Arthur and Rosannah. With the help of the great postings here on the McKee forum, I am interested in the migration by wagon train in 1752 into what is now Iredell Co NC and the settlement of the 4th Creek Congregation. There was a Widow McKee and a Jno. McKee listed in the 1773 map. I am interested in any connection.

Thank you to anyone who has information to share.