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Re: Descendants of Archibald McKee - SC/GA
Posted by: Ross Cameron (ID *****6624) Date: March 15, 2009 at 15:57:20
In Reply to: Descendants of Archibald McKee - SC/GA by Mark McKee of 5279

I have been researching Jasper McKee who was the first husband of my great grandmother's sister, Olly Jane Moore. In his Civil War records and other sources, he states that he was born in January 1841, in Jefferson County, Missouri. In his first wife's testimony regarding the pension application of his second wife, she states that Jasper had an Uncle Benjamin McKee who lived east of Marshfield in Webster Co., Missouri, in the late 1860s or early 1870s. These are the only references to his place of birth and other family members that I have found. The death record book for the time period and place where he died have been missing for years, but I doubt that it would have included his parents' names because his widow claimed not to know any of his family. I have included some information on Jasper McKee and transcriptions of these records below.

I have not been able to find any record of Jasper McKee before the 1860 census when he was living with an unrelated family in Lawrence County, Missouri. I have researched the McKee's of Jefferson County myself some and not found him.

I am contacting you to see if any McKee researchers, particularly those familiar with the Jefferson County McKee's, can determine how Jasper fits into this family as he apparently claims.

I have considered the possibility that he changed either his first name or his last name or that he was born out of wedlock to one of the McKee daughters or maybe even one of the sons. In any case, I would be interested in any assistance that can help to solve this mystery. I have not been researching him for very long so I don't think it has quite reached the category of "brick wall" yet.

Jasper McKee
son of (?) McKee
and (?) (?)
nephew of Benjamin McKee of Webster Co., Missouri in late 1860s or early 1870s
born Jan 1841, Jefferson Co., Missouri
resident 1850, [not found]
resident 1860, with James Joel Cherry, Sr., family, Mount Vernon Twp., Lawrence Co., Missouri
resident 1862-67, east of Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon Twp., Lawrence Co., Missouri
enlisted 22 Jul 1864, Mount Vernon, Lawrence Co., Missouri
as a Private, Co. G, 7th Regiment, Provisional Enrolled Missouri Militia
mustered in 27 Aug 1864, Springfield, Greene Co., Missouri
company designated Nov 1864, as Co. G, 15th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry
mustered out 1 Jul 1865, Springfield, Greene Co., Missouri
arrested ca. 21 Jan 1867, Lawrence Co., Missouri, on a charge of grand larceny for stealing 16 head of
hogs from the property of Barbara Copple on 19 Jan 1867;
placed in Greene Co., Missouri, jail, because Lawrence Co. was building a new jail
escaped 15 Mar 1867, from Greene County jail
left Mar 1867, from Lawrence Co., Missouri, deserting wife and child
resident 1870, [not found]
resident 24 Dec 1879, St. Francisville, Clark Co., Missouri
resident 1880, [not found]
resident 20 Dec 1881, Belfast, Lee Co., Iowa
resident 29 Aug 1883, Macon Co., Illinois
resident 31 Jan 1884, Piatt Co., Illinois
resident 14 Apr 1885, near Cisco, Piatt Co., Illinois
resident 21 Aug 1899, Elkinsville, Brown Co., Indiana
resident 1900, Johnson Twp., Brown Co., Indiana
died 5 May 1902, at home, near Elkinsville, Brown Co., Indiana
bur. 6 May 1902, Elkinsville Cemetery, Elkinsville, Brown Co., Indiana

mar., 1st, 11 May 1862, near Marshfield, Webster Co., Missouri

Olive Jane "Olly" “Jane” Moore
daughter of William “Billy” Moore
and Virginia Jane “Jennie” Colston
born 7 Jan. 1840, [White Co.(?)], Tennessee
resident 1840, with parents, White Co., Tennessee
resident 1850, with parents, Van Buren Co., Tennessee
resident 1860, ? [not with parents]
resident 1870, with parents, Lawrence Co., Missouri
resident 1880, Greene Co., Missouri
resident 1900, Ash Grove, Boone Twp., Greene Co., Missouri
resident 1910, with daughter Bertha (Weaver) Dalton, Rock Prairie Twp., Dade Co., Missouri
died 16 Mar 1913, Ash Grove, Boone Twp., Greene Co., Missouri
bur. 17 Mar 1913, Ash Grove Cemetery, Boone Twp., Greene Co., Missouri
child [McKee - Moore]:
Mary Elizabeth McKee, born 8 Jun 1863, Lawrence Co., Missouri

NOTE: Jasper McKee and Olive Jane Moore McKee were not divorced. When Jasper McKee left after escaping jail, he told his wife that he would send for her when he got where he was going, but he never did. Jane stated that she was told that if a husband left his wife and was gone for five years, that the wife did not need to file for divorce. Samuel Moore wrote Jasper that Jane and their daughter had both died. In the 1880s Jasper learned that they had not died. In 1899, he stated that they had been divorced in Mount Vernon, Lawrence Co., Missouri, but there is no record of it.

Jasper McKee
mar. 2nd, 12 Aug 1884, Decatur, Macon Co., Illinois
Dora Ann Batley [formerly Anderson]
daughter of (?) Batley
and Ellen E. (?) [mar. 1875, Clark Co., Missouri, to widower William Howell]
born Jul 1861, Missouri
resident 1870, [not found]
resident 1880, with husband Joseph Anderson, Des Moines Twp., Clark Co., Missouri
resident 1900, Johnson Twp., Brown Co., Indiana
resident 3 Jul 1905, Keokuk, Lee Co., Iowa
resident 1910, Ward 6, Keokuk, Lee Co., Iowa
resident 1920, Ward 6, Keokuk, Lee Co., Iowa
resident 1922, Keokuk, Lee Co., Iowa
resident 1930, Ward 6, Keokuk, Lee Co., Iowa
died 1932, [Keokuk, Lee Co., Iowa(?)]
bur. ?
children [McKee - Batley] [1900 Census, 4 ch., 2 liv.]:
Essie Mae McKee, born 11 Apr/May 1886, Illinois
child 2 McKee, born ca. 1887-1890,
child 3 McKee, born ca. 1889-1891,
Daisy Ellen McKee, born 25 Jun 1892, Illinois

Dora Ann Batley
mar., 1st, 20 Feb 1877, Clark Co., Missouri
Joseph Anderson
son of (?) Anderson
and (?) (?)
born ca. 1851-52, Ohio
resident 1860, ?
resident 1870, ?
resident 1880, Des Moines Twp., Clark Co., Missouri
divorced ?
died ?
bur. ?
children: ?

Dora Ann (Batley) Anderson McKee
mar., 3rd, 10 May 1910
Eli Kenoyer
. . .

Compiled Service Record Cards:
Jasper McKee
Rank In: Private; Rank Out: Private
Co. G, 15 Missouri Cav

Pvt., Co. G, 7th Reg’t, Enrolled Mo. Militia*
Appears on Company Muster-in and Descriptive Roll
of the organization named above, Roll dated
Springfield, Mo., Aug 27, 1864
Where born [County, State] Jefferson, Mo
Age 22 y’rs; occupation Farmer
When enlisted July 22, 1864
Where enlisted Mt. Vernon, Mo.
For what period enlisted 20 months
Eyes hazel; hair light
Complexion fair; height 5 ft. 10-1/2 in.
When mustered in Aug. 27, 1864
Where mustered in Springfield, Mo.
Bounty paid $___ __/100; due $___ __/100
Where credited Ozark Tp., Lawrence Co., 4th Dist., Mo.
Company to which assigned G
Valuation of horse $___ __/100
Valuation of horse equipments, $___ __/100
Remarks: ____________________________
*This organization subsequently became Co. G, 15 Missouri Cav.
Book mark: General Notation Rbn 155 1867.
Black, Copyist

Miscellaneous Card Abstracts.
Jasper McKee
Pvt., Co. G, 15 Reg’t Missouri Cav.
Appears on Company Descriptive Book
of the organization named above.
Age 22 years; height 5 feet 10 1/2 inches
Complexion fair
Eyes hazel; hair light
Where born [County, State] Jefferson, Mo.
Occupation Farmer
When July 22, 1864
Where Mt. Vernon
By whom Capt. Ray; term ___ mos.
Remarks: ____________________________

Statement by his second wife, Dora Batley McKee, in 1905, in her pension application file:

“I do not know of any of soldiers people. I never saw any of them. He was raised in Mo somewhere. I can’t say where. I understand he came from near Alexandria, Clark Co. Mo. about a year before our marriage. He was a laborer at any work he could get. I do not know the names or addresses of any soldiers friends before our marriage. I can’t say who knew him in Mo.”

Statement by his first wife, Olly Jane Moore McKee Weaver (my great grandmother’s sister), in 1905, from Dora’s pension application file:

“I was first married to Jasper McKee in Webster Co., Mo., in time of the War and I have a daughter by said marriage about 39 years old, viz. Mary Elizabeth Housinger wife of Martin Housinger of this place.
No, Jasper McKee was not a soldier at the time of our marriage, but enlisted afterwards.
No, I don’t know the Co. or Regt. His captain was named Ray or Wray.
We lived close to Mt. Vernon, Lawrence Co., Mo., at enlistment. And after the war we continued to reside about 6 miles East of Mt. Vernon, Mo.
Jasper McKee got into trouble, accused of stealing hogs, and he left home and never came back. And I never saw him any more.
When he left home he said he would send for me when he got to where he was going.
He never said where he was going and never wrote back to me.
My cousin, Sam Moore, wrote to McKee that I and my child had died. I don’t know why he wrote that falsehood. Sam Moore did reside near Lawrenceburg, Mo.
Awhile after Jasper McKee left me I heard he was out the other side of Marshfield Mo.
Yes, East of Marshfield, Mo. and I went out there to find him. And on reaching the house of his Uncle named McKee, first name unknown, I was told Jasper had just married a woman with one child, name unknown, and had gone to Illinois. I was told so by some man in the neighborhood who told me he had officiated at the marriage, name not known. I then came back and lived in Lawrence Co., Mo. several years and then came to this county.
Some years after that Jasper McKee wrote to our daughter to send him his army discharge + if he got a pension he would give her half + we sent it. And he sent her a few dollars + they passed letters.
He was then in Illinois. No, I don’t know the place or address. We heard of his death a few months ago by letter from a woman Dora McKee of Illinois who claimed to be his widow. Those letters came to my daughter Mrs. Housinger. I don’t understand that the claimant is the same woman McKee was said to have married out East of Marshfield, Mo.
I don’t know name, date or place of this reputed marriage of Jasper McKee + the woman out East of Marshfield. I don’t know the county of their reputed marriage.
I think this name of my husband’s uncle was Ben McKee, address not known.
Yes, the uncle told me of the marriage of my husband to a woman who had one child.
I don’t know the name of the said woman nor whether she had been previously married.”

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Ross Cameron
Springfield, VA

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