Miriam, the dau of James Jr & Sarah GUESS (GUEST-Gest) McKEE, was born 2 Feb 1794. Her brother William R(andolph?) McKee's birthplace has definitely been estaablished from the War of 1812 records as Conley's Town (Later Connellsville) Bullskin Twp, Westmoreland County (later Fayette) Penn. Family stories have traditionally said that Miriamm's mother was "a Randolph"
Miriam's mother was born in Wales. James McKEE appears to have come from Ireland about 1770. McKees were in Westmoreland Co. by 1772. Miriam was a member of the Whitewater, Hamilton Co. Shaker Colony & all this info is by Margaret McKEE ALLEN, 920 E. Washington, St., McComb, Ill. 61455 in Fall 1985 issue of THE REPORT, of the Ohio Genealogical Society, Mansfield, Ohio., which is very long. Miriam had beautiful auburn hair and rode side-saddle across the fields in an elegant green velvet riding costume. She married (1) in 1812 in Butler Co. Oh to Joseph B AGNEW, son of Wm. & Margaret (Brant) Agnew who were early pioneers in Hamilton Co. area. Within 9 years and by the age of 27 (1813-1822, she had borne 8 children. It is little wonder that in 1823 she was attracted to the Shaker philosophy of celibaacy which would take not only her entire immediate family into the White Water Village, but would also convince all or part of three of her brother's and one sister's families, as well as her mother, to follow her. Additionally, her husbands's Boggett and Agnew kin joined.
Mirian's oldest brother, William R. McKEE, who had married Elizabeth Mills near Cincinnati in 1805, already had ten children by 1823. The History of McDonough Co. Ill. tells of his move to the "Dry Fork of the Whitewataer, where he attached himself to the Quakers" Wm's oldest child b 1806 was only 17 in 1823, & since she did not marry until ca 1830, she and all of 9 bros & sisters must have been in that first group of Whitewater brethren . These ch were Joanna McKEE 1806-1877 md John Corbley III; James P. 1808-1868; Solomon G. 1810-1890; Jeremiah G. 1811-1884; William M 1814-1890.; Jeremiah G. 1811-1884; Wm. M. 1814-1903; Sarah McKEE Nicholas 1815-1899; Daniel A. 1817-1892; Miriam McKEE Sutton 1819-1873; Aaron Powers Sr. 1821-1890; Moses M. 1823-1883.
Miriam divorced Joseph Agnew & went to Ripley Co. Ind. md (2) Sylvester Saltmarch 1839 there & (3) to Providence White of Hamilton Co. Ohio whose first wife was Catherine TUCKER, sister of Henry TUCER. Henry was born 1760 In N.J. Miriam died June 2, 1869 & is buried Ross Cem. near New Point Ind. in Decatur Co.
There is more, but too long.
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