TIME LINE FOR MCKEES & RELATED FAMILIES
IN EARLY LANCASTER CO, PENNSYLVANIA - PART ONE
as extracted from archive land records
1665 Alexander McKee Sr ; birth in Ireland, possibly one of four brothers, including a Hugh McKee. This Alexander McKee died in 1740 at age 75 in Donegal Twp. Lancaster County. Reported to have been married to Elizabeth Gordon in Ireland. Father of Thomas McKee, senior. Believed that Alexander Sr. fought at Battle of Boyne and received land grant in Co Antrim, Ireland which was sold to finance family immigration to America.
1695 Thomas McKee, son of Alexander Sr and “Indian Trader”. Believed born in Ireland, Possible married in Ireland to Mary xxxx and had son Alexander McKee who in later life may had a son Thomas and other children. This senior Thomas died in PA about 1771-1772.
1713 Believed to be arrival of first Scot-Irish in Derry-Paxtang. Major movement of Scot-Irish out of Ulster Ireland began in 1717-1718.
1716 Initial Presbyterian settlement along Chiques Ck later named Donegal Twp. The settlement later spread over five townships.
1718 Alexander McKee Sr. family approximate arrival in America. Possibly spent first days in “Irishtown” New Castle Co near Wilmington Delaware as New Castle was major point of entry at time. Family appear to have quickly moved to Paxtang Twp. on eastside of Susquehanna R. or beyond to region that became Upper Lancaster County, PA
1720 Alexander McKee, Col. Believed to be son of Thomas McKee and his first wife and he was born in Ireland. This Alexander McKee later relocated to western PA became prominent in Indian affairs in the Ohio Valley. He was a loyal Tory during Revolutionary War and died in 1799 on River Thames, Ontario CA
1720 A James McKee born in 1720 possibly at McKees Half Falls, Lancaster County, Believed son of Thomas McKee of Paxton Twp. He (1) possible earlier mar? (2) Elizabeth Verner, three children including Rachel Mckee (1740- 1798). His Will signed in Jul 1777 and James died in May1782 possibly in McKee’s Rocks (Chartiers Twp) Cumberland (now Allegheny) County.
1722 Organization of original township of Donegal from West Conestoga, Lancaster Co, PA. Donegal being the name of the county in N. Ireland from which Scots-Irish Presbyterians came and settled along Chi-Ques Ck in 1716.
1725 Hugh McKee Possible birth of son to Thomas McKee.& Shawnee Indian wife Margaret- Tecumsapah-xxx Opessa who was bca 1699. This Hugh believed to have moved to Juniata Valley near Allegheny mountains in Cumberland Co. He or son married Mary Nesbit. Had son James McKee bca 1750-1810 This Hugh died about 1795.
1726 Alexander McKee Sr residing possibly between Chiques Ck and Pequae Ck in Upper End of Donegal Twp., Lancaster Co PA at time that Mitchell and Allison Families already there. Alexander Lowery came in 1729. Several members of this family were Indian fur traders.
1726 Alexander McKee Possible birth of son to Thomas McKee family, This Axex. died in 1796. More study is needed to clarify younger Alexander McKee status.
1729 On May 10 th 1729 the PA Assembly passed "An act for the erecting the upper part of the Province of Pennsylvania lying towards the Susquehanna, Conestogoe, Donnegal, etc., into a County," to be called Lancastet. This action was prompted by a petition of about 120 Scotch - Irish settlers in Donegal for separate political district. There are several Allison names on the petition, no McKee names.
1730 The Chambers family operated a grain? mill at mouth of Fishing Ck east side of Susquehanna R., Daulphin Co. This location became the later site of Ft. Hunter. The Chambers were encouraged by Penns to move west of river about 1736.
1732 Thomas McKee - 380 ac plus road allowance for warrant issued 12 May 1732 for part of Penn’s Tract situated on eastside of Susquehanna R. and across Paxton Ck Susquehanna Twp ( Paxton Twp) Lancaster County. Adjacent to Widow Armstrong, James Potts, John Chambers, Thomas Forster. Part of equal split of 1000 ac surveyed on 12 May ,
1733 Nancy McKee - A daughter born to a Thomas McKee and Shawnee Indian wife Tecumsapah-xxx Opessa (bca 1699). This daughter Nancy reported to have married twice and died in 1765. Other possible children named to Thomas are Catherine by his Irish wife Mary. This Catherine mar William Graydon. James, b 1755 mar Eliz. Verner. This James died in Pittsburg PA on June 10, 1834.
1734 Thomas McKee acquired a Penn. License to settle on 200 ac, along west shores of Susquehanna River at Conodoguinet Ck across from Paxtang later Harrisburg about location of later Harris Ferry.
1735 Alexander Mckee Sr of Donegal Twp, Lancaster County. Will signed May 27,1735, proven on May 26, 1740. All his estate to Thomas McKee, Executor.
1736 Thomas McKee - 200 ac surveyed for warrant issued on 2 Jun 1736 for land along Conedoguinet Ck and Stony Ridge in West Pennsborough Twp, Cumberland County on west side of Susquehanna R.
1736 Thomas McKee Issued a land warrant for 200 ac, Surveyed 2 Jun 1736.
1738 Many believed that ten or eleven McKee brothers came as group from Ireland and most relocated to VA. Some brothers lingered in PA but followed to VA. There are very few records of Ulster people landings in PA as they were subjects of the English King and not restricted in relocating to America.
1738 Alexander McKee of Chester Co. Witnessed a will in Nottingham Twp.
1740 Alexander McKee, Sr. Was father of Thomas McKee, as will proven on May 26,1740 in Donegal Twp, left entire estate to sonThomas. Will bk A, Vol 1, pg 45. This Alexander McKee, Sr. bca 1665 in Ireland and married ca 1680. Possibly had six children.
1740 James McKee Jr son of James and Elizabeth McKee born possibly in Cumberland Co PA. This James Jr. died in 1810.
1741 Robert McKee - 230 ac plus road allowance surveyed for warrant issued on 12 Feb, 1741 but Patented on 13 Feb,1741 by R. McKee for land on Manor road and waters of White Clay Ck in New London Twp, Chester County for James Shaw adjacent to James Lowgan, Thomas Finney, Ffogg’s Manor, Sam Steel.
1741 The Lancaster Court of Quarter Sessions authorized the formation of Antrim Township in later Franklin Co. Antrim on the border of the Mason Dixon Line with Maryland.
1742 Thomas McKee licensed as Indian Trader on Big Island of Susquehanna at mouth of Juniata River on east side of Susquehanna R. Thomas came after John Harris, also an Indian Trader, who was based at same location in 1733.
1742 Thomas McKee noted as being in Shamokin area below the branching of the Susquehanna River. May have been retained by Shawee Indians while on an Ohio valley trading journey.
1743 James McKee - 200 ac adjusted to 267 ac plus road allowance surveyed for warrant issued on 1 Aug 1743 for land at Conewago Ck, (London)Derry Twp, Lancaster (Dauphin ) County. Other land owners include Joseph Cander, James
Hall, James Clark,
1743 Thomas McKee loans £300, as trading grub stake?, to Simon Girty, Sr. Indian Trader who settled on East side of Susquehanna Rv. Possibly on 30 ac. T. McKee later took property for debts owed to him by Girty.
1743 Simon Girty on Lack Twp Tax Role and had warrant for 200 ac to graze horses & sheep.
1744 A Thomas McKee rumored as murdered of a by Indians in the Juaniata Valley?
1744 Thomas McKee licensed as Indian Trader likely by Lancaster Co?
1744 Thomas McKee, and two companions left from Paxton town to investigate the murder of John Armstrong Indian Trader Big Island , Halderman’s
1744 Thomas McKee possibly moved from west side of Susquehanna 200 ac back to father Alex’s McKee’s Trading Post at Mahantango Ck on Susquehanna Rr.
1746 James McKee of Derry Twp, listed as Tax Assessor
1747 Thomas McKee again licensed as Indian Trader. Thomas underwrote several other traders going up river and to the west .
1747 Thomas McKee appointed Captain in Association of West End Lancaster County on Susquehanna.
1748 John Powell of Paxton Twp, Lancaster County Will signed Nov. 23, 1748, recorded Nov. 29, 1748 in Lancaster Co Bk J, Vol 1., Pg 162
1748 Captain Thomas McKee of Militia visited by Bishop Cammerhoffs party on their trek to Shamokin. This McKee then living about three miles above Mahantango Creek with wife who, “speaks but little English”. Before departing, McKee requests his child be baptized on Cammerhoff return trip. Cammerhoff not clear as to which side of Susquehanna was location of McKee’s place.
1748 A James McKee died in Derry Twp, Lancaster Co. Will in PA Bk I, Vol1, pg 330
1749 Thomas McKee on Taxable list Paxton Twp, Lancaster County PA. McKee and others indicted for neglect in paying taxes. As was Simon Girty and John Potts
1749 McKee’s Trading House referred to by Conrad Weiser in letter.
1750 Scotch- Irish settlers that squatted in valleys along Juniata R. Cumberland County near Maryland were forced out by authorities as no agreement in place with Indian Tribes and border not agreed upon..
1750 A James McKee born possibly son of Hugh McKee and Mary Nesbit. This James died in 1810.
1750 A James McKee born 1750 d 1830 in KY; possibly son of Alexander McKee and grandson of Thomas and Margaret -Tecumsepah Opessa McKee (other sources state that Margaret -Tecumsepah Opessa was daughter of Sewatha-Sarah Opessa McKee and Alexander McKee).
1750 Robert McKee - 50 ac warranted on 1 Mar 1750 by R. McKee and Patented on 16 Jul 1766 by Francis Allison as a parcel of land known as “Concord” in Chester County. In 1766 John reed warranted 200 ac in this same tract.
1750 James McKee - 100 ac adjusted to 89 ac plus road allowance as surveyed for warrant issued on 11 Dec,1750 and Patented on 25 Mar 1788 by William McKee for land in Antrim Twp, Cumberland County. Adjacent to land of Thomas Nesbit.
1750 Robert McKee - 41 ½ ac plus road allowance surveyed for warrant issued on 1 Mar 1750 for land adjacent to R. McKee’s other lands, James Welch, Widow Jane Finney lands in New London Twp Chester County. Parcel acquired 14 Jul 1768 by Rev. Doctor. Francis Allison.
1750 Thomas McKee on 1750-51 list of land taxables for the Narrows of Paxton Twp, Lancaster County
1750 James Reed on 1750-51 list of land taxables for the Narrows of Paxton Twp, Lancaster County.
1751 Moses Potts on taxable list for Derry Twp, Lancaster (Dauphin) County. Believed to have moved with wife Mary McKee Potts and family to Rowan County NC as part of Fourth Ck Settlement, Piedmont Region NC .
1751 Thomas McKee - 100 ac surveyed for warrant issued 30 May,1751 and Patented as 203 ac plus road allowance on 22 Dec 1764 for land below Mahantango Ck mouth down to small run, all on east side of Susquehanna R.
1751 James & Robert McKee - 138 ac,10 ps plus road allowance surveyed for two warrants on March 28, 1751 and May 24, 1757 adjacent to John Hoffer land in Conewago ( Londonderry) Twp, Dauphin County.
1751 James & Robert McKee - 171 ac, 129 ps plus allowance for road for warrants issued 25 Mar 1751 & 24 May 1757 for land situated in Derry Twp Dauphin County. One parcel adjacent to other land of Robert McKee.
1751 Thomas McKee warranted 100 ac parcel along (which?) shores of Susquehanna River Surveyed 30 May 1751.
1751 Thomas McKee on30 May 1751 warranted 203 ac incl 6 ac road allowance in Upper Paxtang Twp, Lancaster Co beginning at Susquehanna R above mouth of Mohontongo Ck Tract surveyed 15 Apl 1755. Wit John Penn, Esq Lt Gov on 26 Dec 1764. recorded 4 Jan 1765 Lancaster Doc. 83.
1751 Thomas McKee on taxable list for Narrows of Paxtang only in year of 1751. This area very close to Powells Creek on east side Susquehanna River. No Powell shown on available Daulphin Tax Lists.
1751 A James McKee warranted 50 ac surveyed 28 Mar 1751.
1751 A James McKee on Taxable List for Antrim Twp as was Wm Allison and Thomas Nesbit. Freemen list included Hugh McKee (a non land owner over 21 years).
1752 Thomas McGee (McKee) - 200 ac surveyed for warrant issued on 12 Aug, 1752 and 4 Apl 1760. Patented on 7 Aug 1767 by T. McGee (noted as alias McKee) for 469 1/4 ac land plus road allowance known as “The Fellowship” on eastside of the Susquehanna R. Parcel in a valley over the Blue Hills on both sides of mouth of unnamed short creek (not Mahanango Ck) on River in Lancaster County. (Appears below or near present Dalmatia Pa).
1752 Thomas McKee warranted and patented on 12 Aug 1752, 469 ac and 40 perch known as “The Fellowship” beginning on east side Susquehanna R thence by Ridge of Hills South. Wit. John Penn Lt Gov. On 18 Aug 1767. Recorded 28 Jan 1769 in Lancaster as Doc 83.
1752 Thomas McaKee on Taxable list for Narrows of Paxtang
1753 Thomas McKee licensed as Indian Trader
1754 A James McKee warranted 40 ac surveyed 30 Nov 1754.
1754 A James McKee warrant #179 & 763 for two tract on forks of Octorora Ck in Londonderry Twp, on dividing line between Chester & Lancaster Cos PA Surveyed 11 Dec 1754 but James did not later patent either tract.
1754 Thomas McKee warranted 100 ac. along shores of Susquehanna River Surveyed 2 Sept 1754,
1754 A George McKee born, died in 1834 in Delaware Twp., Northumberland, Co PA
1754 Thomas McKee - 100 ac surveyed for warrant issued 10 Sep, 1754 for land adjacent to Susquehanna R. In Paxtang Twp (Possible survey adjustment).
1754 James McKee 40 ac surveyed for warrant issued 30 Nov,1754 for land with 37ac in Londonderry Twp, Oxford, Chester Co) and 95 1/4 ac in Coderain Twp, Lancaster County, both lying at forks of Octorara Ck (Note: This land appears to be now under a Reservoir in Chester County).
1755 Thomas McKee - 200 ac adjusted to 164 ac plus road allowance as surveyed for warrant issued on 5 Mar,1755 for land on south side Mahantango Ck adjacent to eastside of Susquehanna R. in Cumberland County and below T. McKee’s other land. This parcel Patented on 29 Jun 1775 by Jacob Seigrist. This Seigrist on 28 Feb 1768 Patented land known as “McKee’s Big Island” in Lancaster County.
1755 Thomas McKee - 200 ac adjusted to 292 ac plus road allowance as surveyed for warrant issued on 5 Mar 1755 for land on north side Mahantango Ck adjacent to eastside of Susquehanna R. in Cumberland (Snyder) County and above T. McKee other land. This parcel Patented on 1 Feb 1797 by Thomas McKee.
1755 Robert McKee Jr. - 200 ac adjusted to 216 ac 134 ps as surveyed on for land at Two Springs on Tuscarora Ck, Cumberland County. Adjacent to land of John Gray, Francine West. This parcel also surveyed for Wm West and contested in Court by McKee. Court on 27 Jan 1767 ruled in favor of McKee.
1755 James McKee, Jr? Birth of son to James McKee and Elizabeth Verner McKee.
(bca 1769, d1809). This James died in Pittsburg PA on June 10, 1834. May have had one son Alexander(1796-1867), Thomas (1792-1843) and daughters in Pittsburgh. His father, James, believed son of Thomas McKee “Indian trader”.
1755 Thomas McKee held warrant for 456 ac at mouth of Mahantango Ck and Susquehanna RV on eastside and up to Half-falls on west side of river. Warrant recorded on March 5, 1755.Included McKee’s Path to mouth of Delaware Run near Thompsontown on Juniata R. Delaware Run begins to the North and West of Richfield along the Southern slope of Shade Mountain near the ruins of the Hayes Family Homestead and flows southward in zigzag past Thompsontown and empties into the Juniata River.
1755 Indian raided stockade installation at Shamokin. Scouts included a John Allison possibly involved McKee . At about this time a McKee house burned during raid.
1756 Thomas McKee may have held property near Fort Augusta (Shamokin) called McKee Meadows? This could be place where house was burned by Indians.
1756 Thomas McKee, as local Militia Captain, is ordered on Jan 26th by Province to receive stores and arms at McKee’s Fort for his company.
1756 “McKee’s Store” on route of march of troops in Batteaux boats up the Susquehanna River by Col Wm Clapham after building Ft Halifax at Armstrong Ck on east side of river. Simon Girty lived nearby. It is not clear that McKee’s Store was on east side or west side of Susquehanna at that time.
1756 Capt. McKee’s Fort mentioned in letter dated April 19,1756 from E. Shippen to Gov. Morris and by Col. Clapham on Aug 17th . Called McKee’s plantation from Hunter Mill in a Shippen letter.
1756 Thomas McKee issued a passport to accompanying Indians to meet Colonial officials in Philadelphia. This during time of the “Franch & Indian Wars”.
1756 Robert McKee survey 50 ac Derry TWP on24 May and on Taxable List for west End of Derry. Patened to Hoffers in 1851-52.
1756 James McKee - 40 ac surveyed for warrant issued 26 Mar, 1756 for land in Londonderry Twp, Lancaster County (Chester Co).
1757 Robert McKee - 50 ac surveyed for warrant issued 24 May, 1757 for land in Derry Twp combined with survey for James McKee issued 28 Mar 1751 adjacent to other land on Conewago Ck, owned by Robert McKee, John Hoffer, Joseph Rifes, John Jamison
1757 Robert McKee warranted 50 ac Surveyed in 1757.
1758 Widow McKee and a Robert McKee on Tax list one year only for West Side of Derry. This could be the widow of James McKee and James oldest son Robert if James died well before his will proven in 1762.
1759 Thomas McKee sold land parcel on Upper Paxtang to Josiah Scott.
1760 Thomas McKee acquired 380 without allowance for roads (usually 6%). Land on east side of Susquehanna R. and bounded by Thomas Foster W. Armstrong, John Armstrong and James Potts. Recorded 22 Feb, 1760 Pa Archives
1760 A Thomas McKee, possibly bca 1735, on Aug 26,1760 married Elysa (Alice?) Whiteside in Cumberland Co PA . At that time Cumberland Co, PA extended up to west branch of Susquehanna R. at Shamokin (Fort Augusta).
1762 Alexander McKee - 100 ac adjusted to 268 ac as surveyed for warrant issued 20 Sep 1762 for land at Berrys Bottom not far from Berrys Falls on westside of Susquehanna R. Cumberland County. Adj to land of John Pfoutz, Jacob Beam
1762 Alexander McKee - 100 ac adjusted to 268 ac as surveyed for warrant issued 20 Sep 1762 for land at Berrys Bottom not far from Berrys Falls on westside of Susquehanna R. Cumberland County. Adj to land of John Pfoutz, Jacob Beam.
1762 Robert McKee Jr. - 200 ac adj to 216 ac 24 ps plus road allowance as surveyed.
for warrant issued 2 Jun 1762 for land at Two Springs on the Tuscarora Twp. Cumberland (Miffin) County. Adjacent to land called Biggam’s Place, John Gray, West’s Land.
1762 A James McKee believed died in Derry Twp. NE of Harrisburg, Lancaster Co. Will signed 19 Aug 1757 and Proven by Nov Court of 1762, Lancaster County Will Bk B, Vol.1, Pg 621. (Also PA archives - Will Series 3, Vol 1/., Pg 216/217) Noted wife Margrat (Martha?) and son Robert. Dau Mary? mar Moses Potts and Dau xxx mar Samuel Reed. Executor, James Shaw, Robert McKee and Margrat McKee. Witness Agnes Shaw, James McKee (another relative?). This widow of James likely is the Margaret (Widow)McKee later relocated to Fourth Ck Settlement, Rowan Co. NC.
1762 Thomas McKee, Fayette Twp, Dauphin Co May 13, 1762 posted reward for return of runaway male slave.
1762 Alexander McKee - 100 ac warranted on 20 Sept 1762 for land in Cumberland County. Probably on west side of Susquehanna R.
1763 Alexander McKee- 300 ac surveyed on 27 May 1763 for land on eastside Dunning Ck Juniata R. Valley on west side of Susquehanna R. Cumberland County. An original warrant from Jan 1755. Adjacent to land of Bartrem Galbraithe Claim.
1763 Thomas McKee, Indian trader on tax list of Fermanagh Twp, Cumberland.
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