From History of Franklin County Indiana published 1915.
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Clifford B McKee
The history of any family who has lived in this part of the country for sixty years or more and whose descendants are still living here must be very interesting. It is necessary, of course, to brave many dangers and trials, and in doing so one makes history. The early pioneers did not come to this part of the country without fully realizing all the dangers that lay before them, and in doing so they undertook incidental risks willingly and with such self-sacrifice that a noble example was set for all of those who were to follow. Part of the early pioneers who started west stopped in Pennsylvania and later came to Ohio, while others ventured into Indiana. It was to those who came farther westward that the greater honor is due, because they were far removed from the outskirts of civilization and penetrated into an unknown wilderness full of hostile Indians and wild beasts. Among the descendants of those who came to Indiana in the early days of its settlement is Clifford McKee of this county.
Clifford B. McKee was born in Dearborn County, Indiana, June 7, 1884. His father was Frank McKee, who was born in Whitewater township, this county, and his mother, Ellen (Goble) McKee, was born in Canada. The other children of Mr. and Mrs. Frank McKee were Frederick, Robert, Edna, Clara, Hazel, Merritt and Mabel, who were twins, and Ellis. Of these Frederick married Viola Cook and lives in Whitewater township, this county. They have one daughter, Marjorie. Robert married Aurelia Gibson and has one daughter, Bernice. They live in Whitewater township.
Frank McKee, the father of Clifford, was born in Whitewater township March 23, 1857. His father was John McKee, who came from Butler county, Ohio, and was born October 11, 1833. Frank McKee early moved to Dearborn county, where he rented a farm and lived there for twenty five years, moving to this county where he acquired one hundred and sixty five acres, which he devoted to general farming. He remained active in his vocation until late in life and about three years ago retired from active farming and rents his farm. He is a member of the United Brethren church and his fraternal affiliations are with the order of Odd Fellows.
John McKee, grandfather of Clifford McKee, was born in Butler county, Ohio, October 11, 1833. He enlisted in the Civil War and was commissioned as corporal of the Sixty-ninth Ohio Cavalry, and while in the service he contracted smallpox. In his day he achieved a reputation throughout the countryside as a famous woodchopper. In 1855 John McKee was married to Rebecca Whitehead, the daughter of John and Hettie (Brandenburg) Whitehead. Her father was engaged in the distillery business. To them were born eleven children, as follow: Sarah Ann, Frank, Elizabeth (deceased) , George, John, Hettie (deceased), William (deceased), Alice, Benjamin, Margaret and one who died in infancy. Sarah Ann married Jesse Thomas and lives in Meadville, Pennsylvania. George married Pearl Kaufmann and resides at Daleville, Indiana. John married Jennie Kaufmann and lives at Daleville, Indiana. Alice married Jacob Hahn and resides in Butler County Ohio. Benjamin married Leora Brown and lives near Dublin, Indiana.
The great-grandfather of Clifford McKee was George Riley McKee who came to this township at a very early age, and where he continued to reside most of his life. He was married to Hettie Meisner. He died in December, 1898, five years after the death of his wife, which occurred in 1893. Their children were as follows: Sarah, Jane, John, William, Lucinda, Anthony, Phoebe, Ellen and Thomas J. Of these Anthony Phoebe and Thomas J. are living. Anthony lives at Shandon, Ohio; Phoebe lives at St. Charles, Ohio; and Thomas J. lives at Hamilton, Ohio.
Mrs. Frank McKee, the mother of Clifford B. McKee, before her marriage to Frank McKee, which took place on February 20, 1881, was Ellen Goble, the daughter of Iden Goble. She was born in the province of Toronto, close to London, Canada, August 11 1861. Her father, Iden Goble, was born in Kent, England, December 21, 1821, and died March 21, 1903. The father of Iden Goble was Samuel Goble who was born in England and married Fanny Ellis. They followed the occupation of farmers in England. To Iden Goble and wife were born twelve children: Francis, Samuel, George, David, Fannie, Louisa, Ida, Ellen, Dora, Adelia, Lillie and Emma.
Iden Goble left his native land and came to America when nineteen years of age. He and his brother, Gideon, immigrated to Canada, where he took up land. In 1846 he was married to Harriet Keeler, the daughter of Court and Miriat (Looker) Keeler. Iden Goble later settled in Dearborn county, where he purchased fifty acres of land. He was a very active member of the Methodist church. He died in this county, survived by his widow who is still living in Dearborn county, residing with her daughter.
Clifford B. McKee was educated in the common schools of Dearborn county and after leaving school remained on his fathersí farm and followed that occupation until young manhood. He was married November 26, 1908, to Opha Conrey. She was the daughter of William X. Conrey. The Conreys originally came from Ohio. The grandfather of William X. Conrey, Jonathan Conrey, came from Ohio where he lived most of his life. He moved to Indiana accompanied by his son, Jacob, and other members of the family. Jacob Conrey, his son, attended school in this state and followed the occupation of farmer. He was but four years of age when he accompanied his father here and went to work at a very early age, helping to clear the land. He remained on his fathers` farm until his marriage to Margaret Jacobs. Jacob Conrey bought one hundred and sixteen acres which he owned before his death which occurred twenty-seven years ago. At that time he was sixty-two years of age. The children of Jacob Conrey and his wife were Lottie, Olive, Phoebe, Laura, Kitty, Louise, William X., Delia and Ford. Of these Olive, Kitty, Delia and Ford are dead. Lottie married Silas Sering and lives in California. Phoebe remains single, living in Michigan. Laura married John Faucett and lives at Milton, Indiana. Louise married William Fox and also lives in Michigan. William X. Conrey , father of Mrs. McKee, was married to Amanda Schiltz, November 12 1887. She was the daughter of J.P. and Elizabeth (Stonebreaker) Schiltz. The children of J.P. Schiltz and wife were John, Amanda, Eliza and Maria. William X. Conrey settled in Whitewater township, in this county, in 1887 and purchased one hundred and sixteen acres which he devoted to general farming. His children were Opha, Helen, Hazel and Hugh. Hazel and Hugh live at home. Helen married James Bias and lives in Liberty, Indiana. They have one son, Paul. Hazel lives on the same farm with her parents and is married to Curtis Conrey and has one daughter, Roberta. William X. Conrey is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and in which he is greatly interested. He is a member of the Methodist church and has served as county superintendent of Sunday schools. He is highly esteemed by all who know him.
Clifford McKee is engaged in general farming, at this time having charge of three hundred and ten acres in Whitewater township. To Mr. and Mrs. McKee have been born two children, Mildred and Forest. Mr. and Mrs. McKee are energetic members in the Methodist church. Mrs. McKee is very active socially and Mr. McKee takes a prominent part in the affairs of the community and they are very highly regarded by a countywide circle of friends.
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