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Re: William McKee of Mifflin Twp., d. 1823
Posted by: Paul Gifford (ID *****0642) Date: June 16, 2004 at 17:36:19
In Reply to: William McKee of Mifflin Twp., d. 1823 by Mary Ann Gwin of 5279

It is doubtful that legal proof will ever turn up. All three lived near each other in the early 1780s, as is shown by tax lists. William was there as early as 1775; Gavin by 1776; Robert was also in the militia there. Robert had a son Guion, who served in the War of 1812. He married Elizabeth Miller, daughter of Oliver Miller. Two of Oliver's sons, John and William, went to Fleming County, Kentucky, where Gavin/Guian McKee also settled, and both deposed in Gavin's pension application in the 1820s. Gavin/Guian lived on Peter's Creek when he enlisted in 1776; this was (I think) in what became Mifflin Township. Gavin's eldest son was Robert; his third son was William (1783-1872).

The only other McKee family living in the county at this time (early 1780s) was David McKee's family in what became McKeesport. According to stories in my family (descendants of Gavin), we were related to the McKeesport McKees. There were also McKees further away in Westmoreland County at that time. Other McKees came later to Allegheny County.

Gavin was an apprentice to James Moore in Middleton Twp., Cumberland Co., Pennsylvania, at the time of Moore's death in 1767. It seems likely that the others were similarly apprenticed and may have been orphans as well.

Paul Gifford


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