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Re: James & Jane McKee, Bangor, N.Ireland
Posted by: Marjorie Munroe (ID *****8380) Date: October 11, 2004 at 19:08:32
In Reply to: Re: James & Jane McKee, Bangor, N.Ireland by Christopher Peake of 5279

I do have some now! I just got back last week from a month in Ireland. I got to see the places my ancestors lived. I still have to have several rolls of film developed. We also had a family reunion in Bangor! It was fantastic.

Here is what I have so far:
James William McKee

Born to: John McKee
Siblings:?(How many is not known - It is said that he had a sister called Margaret McKee and she married a man with the surname Beattie. She had a couple of sons, one called Tommy and one was nicknamed Count Beattie)
Born: about 1864
Birthplace: Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland
Relocated to: No relocations
Description: 5'10", average frame, brown hair, blue eyes
Education: Grade School, Bangor
Employed: Brick Layer and labourer,
Service: No military service
Health: Lung Cancer
Died: 1919
Buried: Bangor Abbey, Northern Ireland. (Small painted headstone about two feet square and in the ground) Original a shield in the ground but it is now gone. It was what was painted)
Church: Church of Ireland, Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland
Protestant denomination

Last known address: 13 & 13a Springfield Road, Bangor, County Down,
Northern Ireland

Married to: Jane Ellen McGowan
Married on: 1890's
Born to: McGowan
Siblings: Brother (the brother’s son & his family moved to Orillia, Ontario, Canada)
Jane had a sister who married a man with the surname Chambers (Chinq - (Nickname) Chambers was a cousin of Bill, Wesley and the twins) That is why Marshall’s middle name is Chambers.
Born: about 1869
Birthplace: Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland (Primacy, was were the family thought she was born, but the ship’s record states Holywood.)
Relocated to: Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland
Description: 5'7", average frame, light brown hair, blue eyes.
Education: Grade School, Bangor
Employed: Wife and mother, St. Comgall’s Parish church committee member and volunteer
Service: No military service
Health: Stroke, heart problems, heart attack, psoriasis.
Died: 1934
Buried: Bangor Abbey, Northern Ireland. (Wesley is with buried with them too)

Church: Church of Ireland, Bangor, County Down, N. Ireland, Protestant denomination
St. Comgalls Parish Church, in Bangor, Hamilton Road

Parents of:       Bill, Wesley, George & Marshall

It is said that John McKee was a Milesman.
(Milesman/Lengthsman - railway worker who had a length of railway track to keep in good order.) The railroad probably came to Bangor in the 1860's as the railroad station was opened in 1865. According to the book, “Bangor, Historic photographs of the County Down town 1870-1914", By Ian Wilson.

They travelled April 8th 1913, to the USA on the ship California. I believe the family went to retrieve their eldest son Bill McKee who travelled there on the ship Columbia on October 21,1912. Bill age is listed as 16 years old. He was being sent to his Uncle’s in Pennsylvania.
Within the California ship’s records are the families ages recorded. James’ ages stated as 49 years and Jane’s as 44, Wesley was 11 years old and the twins were 6 years. Interesting note is that the ship California was later torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine off the Irish coast in 1917. The ship was built by D. & W. Henderson & Company, Glasgow, Scotland, 1907. It was 8,662 gross tons; 485 (bp) feet long; 58 feet wide, with steam triple expansion engines, twin screw. It’s service speed 17 knots. It held 1,214 passengers (232 first class, 248 second class, 734 third class). Built for the Anchor Line, British flag, In 1907 it was then named California. Its run was the Glasgow to New York service. It was transferred to the Cunard Line, British flag in 1909.


So are you from a McKee line, research your McKees???
You didn't have much to say in your reply.
Marjorie


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