McKee Family Genealogy Forum
Walkinshaw, Lewis Clark. Title: Annals of southwestern Pennsylvania, by Lewis Clark Walkinshaw ... Vol. 2. New York : Lewis historical publishing company, inc., [c1939]:
"The present great city of McKeesport got a later start, but its founders maintained an important plantation there until they founded the town on February 5, 1795, as shown by their first public announcements in the Pittsburgh "Gazette." The family of DAVID McKEE is credited with being the pioneer here, and for whom the town was (pg. 260) named when it was laid out more than than 25 years after the McKee family settled there...It was proved by several witnesses, that the said JAMES McKEE first settled himself on the land, and began to build a cabin about Christmas, 1768, which was finished in 1769, after the office opened, and originally held it by what he falsely called an improvement, which he had continued by himself or his tenants up to his present period, and that at the time of commencing the ejectment he had a good business house, barn, stables, some meadow ground, and above sixty acres of land cleared on the farm, that his father had sent to Philadelphia applications for several tracts of land for his sons, and amongst others, one for the tract in question, to be entered in the office, which had miscarried, but that under an impression that the locations had been sent by mistake to a wrong surveyor, the survey had been actually made for the said JAMES McKEE, his son, and JOHN McKEE his brother had paid for the surveying fees...(pg. 261) DAVID and his wife MARGARET,and his five sons ROBERT, JAMES, THOMAS, DAVID, and JOHN, and their daughters, MARY and MARGARET, must have arrived during the year 1768...(pg. 262) One of the sons of DAVID McKEE, THOMAS, died early; SAMUEL SINCLAIR, JR. married ELIZABETH McKEE, daughter of ROBERT McKEE; JAMES PEEBLES married MARY, daughter of THOMAS McKEE, deceased, and purchased the interests of his family, and later secured a title to the land. With JAMES McKEE living at the site of the present city of Duquesne, and ROBERT, DAVID, and JOHN McKEE, on the lowlands in central McKeesport, this family was destined to lay the foundations of this outstanding muncipality...
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