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Re: Kerr's Creek - A Different Version
Posted by: linda mckee (ID *****5772) Date: March 26, 2011 at 04:03:49
In Reply to: Re: Kerr's Creek - A Different Version by Joanne Kartak of 5279

Hello Joanne,

Happy to have you add those documented events about your Gilmore Family to the post. Have you seen any of those documented events about the McKee of the same time and place? I haven't searched in some time but it is near impossible to document any of the events of McKee at Rockbrige for that time period and what there is does not work with posted family histories.

The following cut and paste:

The McKee family is so extensive and confusing that it is necessary to give some background information to help one understand. The following is taken from Perrin's Kentucky History, fifth edition, and from notes of the McKee researcher, James O. McKee.

"The McKee family is of Scotch-Irish linage and one of the early and prominent pioneer families of the valley of Virginia, Western Pennsylvania, and Kentucky and its representatives are scattered throughout the Union. Passing from Scotland to Ireland during the civil wars of the period of William and Mary, strongly espousing the cause of Protestant Irish, and assisting in settling affairs in that country, they remained and settled in North of Ireland. In 1737, when a large migration of Scotch-Irish Presbyterians emigrated to Pennsylvania and the valley of Virginia took place, at least five and maybe ten or eleven McKee brothers came with the colony. Two of them, John and Robert, settled on a portion of Burden's grant, on Carr's (Keer's) Creek, in what is now Rockbridge County, about eight miles northwest of Lexington. Three brothers settled in and near Lancaster, Pa. remaining at that place until 1760, when William and James moved to Augusta County, Va. from whence William's family moved in 1788 to Kentucky, and settled in Mason and Montgomery Counties."

Col. William McKee (son of pioneer Robert) married Miriam McKee, daughter of Virginia Pioneer John Mckee. These first cousins married and raised fourteen children...many of them saying in Kentucky.

.......end of cut and paste.........

(Which reminds me and before I forget, I tried the links on your post and neither one will open for me.)

The interesting (to me) part of all the Rockbridge folklore is that none of those McKee folks are recorded as having gone on down to the Carolinas. Every other surname in the vicinity ended up with at least some of those sons going to the (later Mecklenburg) Rowan, Anson, Iredell and points south in the period of the 1750 French and Indian problems and on thru the second half of the eighteenth century, yet none are documented as having done so.

The one McKee, Alexander McKee of Orange Co NC and later, Maury Co TN, who is said to be of Rockbridge and his wife, Mary Bean, are not documented online nor is the thread of the lineage cohesive that is found online. There has been no YDNA tests on this line that I have heard of. Nor has there been YDNA test results claimed for any of the Rockbridge McKee that I know of.

We are about to have a squall line thru my part of north central Arkansas just now so I am going to go ahead and post this. Thanks again for your post, Linda

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