Frank: Thank you for responding to my query...... Several things for you. WE know that the Bean/Bain, Knox ,Hodges, Lytle families are connected , how close, we're are not sure to our McKee's........ My Grandfather Ambrose Jr, Steele Creek, Mecklenberg, NC, married Sarah Bean/Bain whose father is Thomas Bean...( the Bean children changed their last name to Bain)We believe that the McKee's and Bean's may have come to NC at the same time from PA/MD....... My line of McKee's is Andrew N.McKee,Ambrose McKee Jr, Ambrose McKee Sr, John Mckee, and possibly Alexander McKee Jr, early 1700's in Pa/ Cecil Co. Md. John b. early 1700's Cecil Co.
? Md.,Ambrose Sr. b.abt 1725 in Md? or Va. Ambrose Jr, b. in Mecklenberg in 1745 or so, and Andrew in Rutherford , TN.early 1800's. I don't have my tree in front of me right this minute to be accurate...... will have to look them up......WE also think that there is a connection to the Knox's because so many are named Knox as in middle names , and the name has come down through the descendents as in my grandfather and father's names .... as well as the Polk name.... just haven't found the link as well as the Lytles....... WE believe that they all were either neighbors or traveled together.......When Ambrose McKee Sr, died in late 1700's in Mecklenberg, his sons and daughters married and migrated out...... Ambrose Jr, his brothers John, Thomas ,William went to Rutherford Co, Tennessee in about 1802..... I haven't been able to find Thomas at all.Think maybe he went on to Ohio..The three sisters married, one married Isaac
Herron....the query you posted of the marriage of John Mckee to Agnes Ramsey in 1797 in Mecklenberg Co. NC ,is Ambrose's eldest brother John McKee... I have all this documented.........The other reference you have made to Alexander McKee in Mecklenberg Co, N.C. He is not one of our McKee's...... I believe that he is the son of Robert "the emigre" and came from Rowan Co. NC. He also had about 10-12 children......he and most of his children moved to TN. some to SC.What is comfusing is that many of his children's names are also identical to some of our McKee's.....I agree that it is very confusing......Some of my McKee's did move to MS from Hardeman with the Herron's.
John McKee's children did move to Hardeman from Rutherford and there is alot of our McKee's there also.. one of Ambrose Jr's sons moved on to MO. from Rutherford Co. TN. in the 1830's near Joplin , is Andrew N.McKee.... he is welled documented in the area.... He was the Indian agent of the Five Tribes there and owned a major trading post that served a large area....... There is also another connection of our McKee's and that is to the Thomas Neely Jr family , Steele Creek,Mecklenberg Co, NC. It is a mystery to us...... In Ambrose McKee Sr's will he comments to " beloved cousin's John and Samuel Neely" and Thomas Neely is a witness..........Ambrose Sr McKee is somehow related to the Neely's either through Thomas Neely Jr or to Hannah Sterr/Starr his wife.......through Ambrose Sr's mother (is unknown) or his father John McKee....... we have looked and looked......it would certainly help to be able to find more of the McKee ancestors of Ambrose if we could identify the relationship betweent the two families..... I have sent queries to Neely's but no one has any clue to it.......
I hope that this will help you some in distinquishing these famlies......... Marcia Kalapus
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