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Posted by: David McCormick (ID *****9411) Date: March 22, 2013 at 20:31:42
In Reply to: My Lineage by Cathy Farrell of 5279

Was I surprised to see your genealogy !!! When I was a youngster (60 years ago) we lived on Coal Valley Road in Jefferson Borough near the McKee farm of Jessie and A. Wray McKee. My family went to Lebanon Church in West Mifflin in those days. My direct e-mail is

I have a McKee connection myself. You may be able to help. I descend from a James McKee (1771-1839) who died in what was then Shenango Township of BEAVER COUNTY - now Shenango Township of Lawrence County (after 1850). The wife of this James McKee was a Rachel Whan - I realize that is an unusual surname. Whan derives from glenwhan in Renfrewshire, Scotland, but my Whan line emigrated from nearby County Down in Ulster to Chester County, Pennsylvania in the 1730s. I'll discuss Whan more later. Let me return to James McKee (1771-1839).

By tradition, James McKee (1771-1839) emigrated from County Down to Pennsylvania "at age 22." i.e. 1793. I am not sure that is credible. I suspect that some ancestor of his (James 1771-1839) emigrated "at age 22" from Down to Pennsylvania. Immigrants were not really as well prepared for frontier life as chidren or grandchildren of immigrants. James McKee shows in the 1800 Census for Beaver County in what became Shenango Township - N. Sewickly Twshp. That area - so far north of the Ohio river - was pretty much frontier - having only opened up to white settlers about 1796.

A sequence (boys then girls in uncertain real sequence) of the children of James McKee and his wife, Rachel is said to be: Samuel (said to be born 1806), James G. McKee m. ______, John A. McKee m. Eliza Chambers, David A. McKee, Hugh McKee married Sarah Chambers, Jane McKee (1811-1849) m. William Mayne, Jr. (1798-1869 or oft spelled Mean) and lastly Margaret McKee.

As you may know, there was a Chambers family farm not far from Jessie and Wray McKee in what is now Jefferson Boro. With two boys in my McKee line marrying girls surnamed Chambers, I thought I'd better run this by you. I am doubtful that my James McKee (1771-1839) was actually an immigrant - more likely the son or grandson or even great grandson. He was literate and actually later in life was an early school teacher (AND farmer) in what was Beaver County. His obit (1839) was in the WESTERN ARGUS of Beaver, PA.

I descend from James' (1771-1839) daughter, Jane (1811-1849) who married William Mayne, Jr. (1798-1869). Some early land records in Beaver County show William's name being spelled "Mean" - no dount a Latin scholar. The dipthong "ea" is pronounced as a long "A." William Mayne, Jr. was the son of William Mayne, Sr. - a purported immigrant from County Down - Ulster. William Mayne, Sr. wa married to a Mary Whan. I suspect she was the sister of Rachel Whan ai The traditonal list of children of William Mayne Sr. is Samuel Mayne (1796-1864) married Catherine Stewart, William Mayne, Jr. (1798-1869) married Jane McKee, Betsy Mayne, Mary ("Polly) Mayne married Peter Book (1801-1880) John Mayne (circa 1807-1862) married Jane Warnock, Margaret Mayne married Jacob Houk, Martha Mayne. I include the names of spouses to the extent it might prove useful. I think the order of the children of the family of William Mayne, Sr. might be the actual order.

The family of William Mayne, Jr. and Jane McKee (1811-1849) was: James M. Mayne (1832-1908) Charles Mayne (1836-1906), Eliza (1839-1841, William A. Mayne ( 1842-1923), David Calvin Mayne (1845-1906), Mary Jane Mayne (1847-1896)and Anna Mayne (1849-1893). The names of spouses would be of less consequence in this generation. So, any Stewarts, or Chambers or Whan or Mayne (Mean) on your McKEE radar. Pleas lest me know. Thanks.

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