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An Alexander McKee at Donegal, Lancaster Co PA early 1700s
Posted by: linda mckee (ID *****5772) Date: July 18, 2008 at 09:12:55
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From the LONG Family turned up on a GOOGLE search

This being part of Buchanan surname research of Donegal Township in Lancaster Co PA and bringing the name from County Donegal in ireland to PA and stating that LANCASTER CO PA was settled beginning in 1716 and possibly even in the seventeeth century. Many names are listed below and ALEXANDER MCKEE is given having been there in 1726:

The foregoing covers all of the political divisions of the original Donegal township.
There is no doubt as to the origin of the ffame given to the pioneer town- ship division; very many of the Ulsterites who settled in Lancaster county were from County Donegal, in Ireland. The influence of the Scotch-Irish is also seen in the naming of Derry, after Londonderry. Derry was one of the township divisions decided upon when Lancaster county was organized, but when Dauphin county was organized Derry township could no longer be claimed by Lancaster. Rapho can also be traced without reasonable doubt, for the town of Rapho is the ecclesiastical centre of County Donegal. "The Roman Catholic bishop of Raphoe is practically Bishop of Donegal; and the Episcopal Bishop of Raphoe has jurisdiction in Derry." The derivative of Mount Joy, however, is not so easily determined. Dr. Dubbs suggested, though not seriously, a French origin, "Mont-Joie" being an ancient battle-cry of the Franks. There is not much evidence to support such a suggestion, even though the first white settlers in the Donegals were the French-Canadian Indian traders. Mount joy may safely be associated with dramatic incidents of British history; either the breaking of the boom by the vessel "Mountjoy" and the consequent raising of the siege of Londonderry; or the breaking of the power of the Catholics in the North of Ireland by Lord Mountjoy in Queen Elizabeth's last years, making possible King James the First's plan to colonize Ulster with Protestants from Scotland and England. Conoy township, on the other hand, though seemingly an Irish name, is said to have been derived "from a tribe of Indians that formerly inhabited the region."
early Settlers in the Donegal Region-The Indian traders were in the Donegal country many years before the first of the regular settlers came; some were in the region in the seventeenth century. The first permanent settlers in what may be termed the Donegal region located along the Chiques creek, beginning in 1716, and spreading eventually over most of the five town- ships now represented in the original Donegal. The list is not complete, but it at least establishes the time of settlement of some of the principal Scotch-Irish families of the "Upper. End" of the county. Robert Middleton is shown as settling in 1716; John and George Stewart in 1717; Peter Allen, Robert and William Buchanan, William Bryan, Thomas Bayley, Henry Bealey, Andrew, James and John Galbraith, John Gardner, James Mitchell, Samuel Smith, John Sterret, Robert, Thomas, William and John Wilkins in 1718; Patrick Campbell, James Cunningham, Joseph Cloud, James Couch, Daniel Clark, Widow Dunning, John and Thomas Mitchell, Ephraim Moore, James Smith, and Joseph Work in 1720; John Taylor in 1721; Robert, James and John Allison, Gordon Howard, Thomas Howard, Alexander Hutchison, William Maybee, Richard McFarland, Robert Monday, John Maris, James Kyle, and Hugh White, in 1722; John Miller in 1723; Thomas Black, William Beach, John Black, Robert Brown, John Davison, John Doaks, Christian Gardner, John Walker and Michael Wood, in 1724; Jeremiah Bringham, Mat- thias Blazer, James Brownlow, Abraham Inless, Hugh Scott, in 1725; Rev. James Anderson, Joseph Baston, James Harris, Alexander McKee, George Mayfort, in 1726; Lazarus, James, John, Daniel and Alexander Lowrey, in 1729; James Buey, James Cook, Peter Hairston, James Hutchison, John Kelley, William and Alexander Mitchell, Thomas and John Scott, in 1730. The Galbraith family was one of the most prominent. They located on land near Donegal Church.

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