Posted By:Robert J. Stevens
Subject:McKee-Russell in Cabarrus County, Late 1700s-Early 1800s
Post Date:August 12, 2004 at 04:49:59
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Forum:Cabarrus County, NC Genealogy Forum
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I'm mainly interested in the McKees. There was a Sarah McKee (1777-1853), born in Cabarrus County, supposedly a daughter of William McKee of there. Sarah married William Russell ca. 1798-1799 who died almost immediately and she had a posthumous son, William James Russell, b.1799. Sarah then married, soon after, as his second wife, Capt. John Alexander of the Fairview Community of Greenville County, SC. John Alexander(1755-1830) had moved to Fairview from Spartanburg County, SC. Sarah's son, William James Russell, studied medicine in the Fairforest area of Spartanburg County, then moved to Gwinnett County, GA, in 1820. John and Sarah (McKee) Russell Alexander also moved to Gwinnett County, GA, in 1820.

Sometime shortly before 1829, Jane N. Means of the Fairforest area married a Mr. McKee and they had Sarah McKee, b. 1829, and Moses W. McKee, b. 1831. Both Mr. McKee and Jane N. (Means) McKee were dead by 1839 when their two children, Sarah and Moses, became the wards of their uncle, James K. Means, in Spartanburg County.

I have been unable to discover the first name of the Mr. McKee who married Jane N. Means, but he was somehow of the family of Sarah (McKee) Russell Alexander because I have proof that Sarah McKee, b. 1829, was a cousin of Dr. William James Russell's children through his mother.

I suspect that Sarah and Moses McKee's father may have been a brother or nephew of Sarah (McKee) Russell Alexander. Does anyone know if her father, William McKee, left a will in Cabarrus County which might name his sons, or grandsons? Further, in the 1794-95 period of the Fairforest Presbyterian Church a John and James McKee were briefly recorded in the minutes as members of that church. I have no idea who they were. There was also a Daniel McKee who was often recorded in deeds and documents in Spartanburg and Union Counties during that time, apparently wealthy.

Any help will be greatly appreciated. I have spent years in trying to place this "Mr. McKee" who married Jane N. Means. I am of no kinship to any of the above, instead a historical writer.

Bob Stevens