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Re: Samuel McKee, Augusta Co VA >Fayette Co KY, d 1813
Posted by: David R. Hoffman (ID *****5086) Date: January 22, 2005 at 09:39:41
In Reply to: Re: Samuel McKee, Augusta Co VA >Fayette Co KY, d 1813 by William Patterson of 846

Bill

There's more I don't know about Samuel McKee's son James than I do know. I think he may have been born 1765 because James appears on the 1783 tithables list in Augusta County; William McKee appears first, which makes me think he was the eldest son.

I have no record of when James McKee married, nor of his wife's surname.

William, James, and David McKee (a third son in this family) bought adjoining parcels of land, about 200 acres each, in Harrison County, KY, on the same day in August 1800. James apparently did not live there but remained in Fayette County, as he was on the 1810, 1820 and 1830 censuses for Fayette County and on the tax rolls there trough 1825. Deeds by which he sold his Harrison County land give his wife's name as Dorcas. I don't find him on the Fayette County tax rolls after 1825 (he sold his last Harrison County land in 1822; in those days you paid taxes where you lived, not where you owned property).

Curiously, a James McKee shows up in the Fayette County, TENNESSEE, census in 1840. He purchased land there in 1835. He wrote his will in that county in 1839, and died there in 1848. In the will he names his wife Dorcas and several children. At the 1850 census, Dorcas was head of household. She was born in Virginia, and the children were born in Kentucky. Is this coincidence? I've not been able to make a positive link between these Fayette County Kentucky McKees and Fayette County Tennessee McKees.

If you can tie in to this family, maybe we can solve a problem.

David


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