McKee Family Genealogy Forum
Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; personal and genealogical. Madison, Wis. : Northwestern Historical Association, 1904: Volume 1
pg. 321 (There is also a picture of him in this book.)
“JOSEPH H. McKEE, physician and surgeon of Carnegie, is one of an old and honored family. His great-grandfather, JOHN McKEE, fought all during the Revolutionary war, and was personally acquainted with Lafayette. On the occasion of Lafayette’s visit to America, in 1824, MR. McKEE went to Brownsville, Pa., to see him and brought home a silk handkerchief which the famous Frenchman gave him. JOHN McKEE was also a soldier in the War of 1812. His son, HENRY, an early settler, had a son, FINLEY, father of the subject of this sketch. FINDLEY McKEE was a school teacher by profession, teaching school in the winter and farming during the summer months. He was one of the pioneer teachers of Pennsylvania, was notes for his success as a teacher, and rendered a great service to his State at a time when learning was not plentiful. He married ELIZA A. HARPER, whose ancestors came to Pennsylvania at an early day from Scotland. FINLEY McKEE was born in 1828, and died in 1895. His wife died four years later, at the age of sixty-seven. Of the nine children born to MR. and MRS. FINLEY McKEE, DANIEL, a State normal graduate, is a Methodist minister at Columbia, Pa.; ANNA married C. BLAIR, a farmer in Fayette county; HENRY died at the age of fourteen; JOSEPH H. is the subject of this sketch; CLEMENT L., a graduate of Washington and Jefferson college, is pastor of the Second Presbyterian church at Wellsville, Ohio; WILLIAM F., a graduate of Ada college, Ohio, is a Presbyterian minister at Turtle Creek, Pa.; MARGERY H., who graduated from the California State normal school and taught school for several years, is married to JAMES P. HAGEN and lives on a farm in Fayette county; MARY E. is teaching school in Perryopolis, Pa., and JOEL S., a graduate of Ada college, taught school several years and is now a bank clerk in Connellsville, Pa. JOSEPH H. McKEE was born in Fayette county, Pa., Feb. 26, 1862. After attending the public schools he became a student at the Southwestern State normal school, graduating in 1884, and later a (pg. 322) member of the class of 1891 of the Western Pennsylvania medical college, of Pittsburg. He earned his way through college by teaching school, and studied medicine in the office of Dr. Ellis Phillips, of New Haven, Pa. Immediately after completing his preparation for a medical career, DR. McKEE began to practice medicine at Woodville, Allegheny county, and six years later moved to Carnegie, where, since 1898, he has devoted his time to a steadily increasing practice. He holds the position of medical examiner for several societies and for the Prudential life insurance company. He is a member of the Carnegie board of health and belongs to several secret orders, among them the National Union, Order of Scottish Clans and Protected Home Circle, and is a past president of the latter organizations. He is also a member of the Presbyterian church, of which he has for several years been a ruling elder. MR. McKEE was married, in 1893, to MISS LOTTIE L. KELLER, of Woodville, daughter of D. P. KELLER, an officer in the Allegheny county workhouse, and granddaughter of DAVID NELSON LEA, a member of the Clarke expedition and one of the first settlers of western Pennsylvania. DR. McKEE and wife have had two children. JOSEPH H. is living, but WILBUR F. died when three months old.”
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