I notice from the McKee message board that you are very knowledgeable on the early McKees of western Pennsylvania. My connection is remote. Jane McKee (1811-1849) m. 1829 to William Mayne (1798-1869), both buried at Center Church (Presbyterian) Shenango Township, modern Lawrence County, PA. Jane's father was a JAMES McKEE (1771-1839) who married a Rachel Whan (a rare Scotch-Irish surname)and resided and died in what was Shenango Township of early Beaver County, PA. This JAMES McKEE bought his land from the estate of a JOHN BEARD in 1812. Beard had bought the land from Hugh McClelland in 1798. McClelland was an original grantee with a patent from 1787. The obituary of my JAMES McKEE (1771-1839) appeared in the Western Argus (the local paper in Beaver, PA) at his death. I mention the other people because these may have been related people. One source (dubious) tells me JAMES McKEE (1771-1839) was a son of a JOHN McKEE (1749-1834) with a grave stone at Oak Grove Cemetery in Freedom, PA (near the CONWAY yard of the NS (former PRR) railroad. This JOHN McKEE (1749-1834) purportedly was a brother of ALEXANDER McKEE (c. 1738-1799) who ran trading post at McKEE's ROCKS before the Revolutionary War. That would be on the south side of the Ohio river. JOHN McKEE (1749-1834) is said to resided in the Crows Run Valley near modern Freedom, PA on the north side of the Ohio river -- but nearby. ALEXANDER McKEE (c 1738-1799) was married to an Indian. ALEXANDER McKEE (c 1738-1799) went to Detroit (joined the British) at the beginning of the Revolution abandoning his holdings at McKEE's ROCKS. ALEXANDER McKEE (c. 1738-1799) had a very successful career in Canada. JOHN McKEE (1749-1834) remained in Pennsylvania and is said to have served in the Continental army (or related militia). Because my data prior to JAMES McKEE (1771-1839) is uncertain, I thought I'd contact you. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
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