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Posted by: Cathy Farrell (ID *****9307) Date: June 19, 2008 at 17:57:00
In Reply to: Re: McKEE web site by linda mckee of 5279


Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Fayette County, Pennsylvania editorially managed by John M. Gresham assisted in the compilation by Samuel T. Wiley, A Citizen of the County Compiled and Published by John M. Gresham & Co. Chicago: 1889

JOHN McKEE Sr was born in Ireland and came to American when a young man. He soon enlisted in the Continental army, and served for four years. He married Mary Seabird of Bucks county, Penna, and they had the following children: Anna McKee, born April 16, 1790; John McKee, born October 17, 1792; Thomas McKee, born January 22, 1796; Henry McKee, born May 11, 1798; Hugh McKee, born April 18, 1800; Catherine McKee, born January 29, 1802; Francis McKee, born September 19, 1806; Mary McKee, born January 17, 1807; Margaret McKee, born January 5, 1810; Jesse McKee, born January 6, 1812; and Ephraim McKee, born January 4, 1815. He removed from Bucks county to Northampton county, thence to Williamsport, Lycoming county, and then to Washington township, Fayette county, where he settled in 1809 and lived till his death. Of his family John McKee died in Washington township; Francis McKee at present resides in Washington township; Hugh McKee and Henry McKee living in Washington county, Penna; Thomas McKee removed to Wayne county, Ohio, where he reared a large family. Francis McKee married Miss Joanna, daughter of Joseph Allen and Anna Thompson Allen, and they reared five children: Annette McKee married John Harah of Uniontown; Josephine McKee married S S Jack of Decatur, Illinois; Joseph A McKee, Mary McKee and Celia McKee. Joseph A McKee was born December 4, 1839, attended the common schools of the township, and the school at Washington, Penna. He was married December 20, 1877, to Susan Church, daughter of Samuel Church and Margaret Kuhns Church of Greensburgh, Penna. He was a descendant of the Church family which came over to this country in early colonial days. The ancestor was Captain Church, who was founder of the family in this country. The Kuhns family came from Northumberland county, Penna, to Westmoreland county. From this marriage were five children: two of whom are living; infant dead; Fred McKee, nine years old; Anna McKee, died an infant; Bettie McKee, two and a half years old; Sallie McKee, died an infant. Joseph A McKee has held numerous township and borough offices, is now burgess of Fayette City, and justice of peace of the township. He is a member of the Royal Arcanum, owns 400 acres of land in Washington township, and an elegant home on the higher grounds at Fayette City. He has lived the principal part of his life in Fayette City. He is a leading democrat of his township.

ROBERT McKEE was born in Ireland September 18, 1848, where he was educated. He came to Canada in 1869 and followed farming. In June 1872 he came to Fayette county, and is now engaged as a laborer with the Dunbar Furnace Company, Dunbar. He was married October 1, 1874, to Miss Margaret J Beers, a daughter of James Beers, a native of Butler county, Penna. They have the following children: George E McKee, Thomas W McKee, Robert C McKee, Jane F McKee and James B McKee. Mr McKee is a member of the Presbyterian church, of I O O F, and K of P. His father, George McKee, was a native of Ireland, and resided there all his life. He died at the age of one hundred and two years. He was a farmer and married Jane McKee, and they had eleven children: Ann McKee, Lettie McKee, Mary McKee, Thomas McKee, Jane McKee, Elizabeth McKee, George McKee, Richard McKee, Catherine McKee, Robert McKee, the subject of this sketch, and Andrew McKee. Thomas McKee, grandfather of Robert McKee, was a native of Ireland. Mr McKee is intelligent, well-informed, and of industrious habits and frugal disposition.

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