I have been poking around in this neck of the woods for several years now, trying to find roots for my ancestor, George W. McKee, b. 1823, Cabell Co.
The Robert McKee you mentioned in your post has been one of my primary suspects, as he was in the right place at the right time, and George named his first son Robert Eldridge McKee. If you have any leads on him, I would appreciate hearing from you.
Meanwhile, according to "The McKees of VA and KY" by George Wilson McKee, 1890, Col. Wm. McKee was born 1732 and died 17 Oct. 1816 in Jessamine Co., KY. He was one of the Rockbridge Co., VA McKees. He married his cousin Miriam McKee and they had 13 children. If you do not have access to this book, let me know and I will look up info for you.
Col. Wm. McKee was a member of the State Legislature of VA for 20 years, as Representative from Rockbridge Co. When not in the legislature, he served as Capt. of a VA militia on the western frontier. He was commanding officer at the Battle of Point Pleasant, as his superior officer was too ill to serve. As you know, he rose to the occasion and was a hero for saving Fort Randolph and opening the Ohio Valley for settlement. Also, Wm. McKee was a delegate at the Constitutional Convention and voted to adopt the Constitution.
Good luck on gathering your info. I find it very interesting. If you can give me any clues on your Robert McKee from Mason Co., I will be grateful.
Doris McKee Brown
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