George Riley McKee was my ggg-grandfather. He was the son of James McKee, Jr. and Sarah Guest McKee. He was born January 25, 1811 and died December 11/12, 1898. James McKee, Sr., James Jr., Sarah and an extended family came to the Hamilton County, Ohio area in 1796. James Sr. died in 1804, James Jr. in 1814. The family owned land east of Cincinnati for a while, then sold it and moved to the Hamilton/Butler Co. area of Ohio. James Jr.'s property was in Butler County.
James Jr. and Sarah had the following children to the best of my knowledge:
William R., Mary, James III, Miriam, Anthony Wayne, John, Josinah, Phoebe and George Riley
The oldest daughter and her husband, Joseph B. Agnew, are generally credited with the founding of the WhiteWater Shaker Village in the Crosby Township section of Hamilton Co., in 1824.
Quite a few of her siblings and their families were in residence there for a few years. About 1832, all of them had moved on except Joseph B. Agnew (divorced), Sarah, and some of the grandchildren. George Riley being only 3 when his father died, must have spent some of his teen years there.
A lot of George's siblings moved on to other points in Ohio, and especially northern Indiana. He and Hettie, however, remained in the Morgan Twsp. area of Butler Co., going to live at a later time with my g-grandfather in the Braysville area of Dearborn Co., Indiana. Hope this helps. Ellen
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