Posted By:Philip Jackson
Subject:James Mckee Hardin Co. Ky 1780
Post Date:January 07, 2011 at 15:05:59
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I'm trying to track down a James McKee (I know, there's a lot of them). Here's the info I have:

James came to Kentucky during the Revolutionary War and settled in what later became Hardin County.

He had at least 2 sons - Thomas, b. 1780, Hardin County, KY, d. 1833, Schuyler County, Illinois, and William (my direct ancestor) b. 1782, Hardin County, Kentucky, d. 1851, Rushville, Schuyler, Illinois. William married Cassandra Frakes, Sep 26, 1804, Hardin County.

James moved to Crawford County, Indiana and spent the rest of his life there. I know that William moved to Crawford County, Indiana, about 1806 so I'm assuming his father, James, went there at the same time.

William moved with wife and 10 children to Schuyler County, Illinois in 1826 with the help of his son-in-law, Joe Tullis. Brother Thomas was already living there at this time.

I've found some very confusing and convoluted info in various published family trees regarding James McKee of Hardin County, KY. I'm aware that there could be more than one and that the names James, Thomas, and William are the most common names in most McKee family trees.

I've found James McKees married to Agnes Dickson (most common), to Nancy McGuire, to Agnes and Nancy sometimes with Agnes 1st, other times Nancy 1st, sometimes both at the same time, and with the same descendants from both Nancy and Agnes.

One tree has the surname suddenly changing from Hugh McKee to James Meenach and all descendants of James having the surname Meenach. Many others have James listed as James Harvey (Meenach) McKee with desendants keeping the surname McKee and using Meenach as a middle name.

All of these trees show James descended from Thomas McKee/Tecumsapah and Hugh McKee/Mary Nesbit.

Anybody know what's going on here? Have errors been made that have been blindly copied over and over again?

If anybody can shed some light on James McKee who arrived Kentucky about 1780 and died in Crawford County, Indiana probably before his son William moved to Illinois in 1826, it would be greatly appreciated.