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Info needed on MCKEE from PA>VA>NC mid-1700s
Posted by: linda mckee (ID *****5772) Date: July 17, 2008 at 04:20:25
  of 1702

Any help appreciated - we've gone thru many available online records but just can't make tthese connections yet:

Have you ever wondered where our early ROBERT MCKEE came from? In the Foote manuscript he is mentioned as having the oldest legible monument at Sugar Creek in Mecklenburg Co NC and was certainly a "PIONEER" and was as old as any of the McKee yet dealt with on the east coast of what became America. Do you think perhaps our McKee might have come in thru the coast of the Carolinas or up thru Cape Fear? Did you ever look at that in depth? The SLOAN connection with McKee goes way back as does the POTTS. I have been trying to find Robert McKee the "pioneers" burial date and location at VA - the brother Robert who is said as one of the 3 brothers going to VA - on all the boards and have had no luck. You recall once we were studying the Robert and Margaret / Mary from the Lancaster Co PA area and I would say he as likely went to NC as VA - perhaps passing thru VA (Augusta) and moving on the NC. Let me know what you think - maybe you've seen where he is dead and buried in VA.

From the FOOTE manuscript / book online at University of North Carolina:
The first head-stone, a little distance from the gate, on the right, is inscribed,--"MRS. JEMIMA ALEXANDER SHARPE; born Jan. 9th, 1727: died Sept. 1st, 1797: a widdow 38 years." An elder sister of the secretary of the convention, one of the earliest emigrants to this country, she used to say, that in the early days of her residence here, her nearest neighbor northward was eight miles, and southward and eastward, fifteen; that the coming of a neighbor was a matter of rejoicing; and that her heart was sustained in her solitude by the Doctrines of the Gospel and the Creed of her Church.

In the southwest corner is an inscription to--JANE WALLIS, who died July 31st, 1792, in the eightieth year of her age,--the honored mother of the Rev. Mr. Wallis, minister of Providence, some fifteen miles south of this place,--the able defender of Christianity against infidelity spreading over the country at the close of the Revolution, like a flood. His grave is with his people.

Near the middle of the yard is the stone inscribed to the memory of DAVID ROBINSON, who died October 12th, 1808, aged eighty-two,--an emigrant, and the father of the late Dr. Robinson, who served the congregation of Poplar Tent about forty years, and ended his course in December, 1843. It was at a spring on this man's land, and near his house, that the congregation of Sugar Creek and Hopewell used to meet and spend days of fasting and prayer together, during the troublesome times of the early stages of the French Revolution. From the peculiar formation of the ravine around the spring, the pious people were willing to believe that it was a place designed of God for his people to meet and seek his face.

The oldest monument, but not the monument of the oldest grave, is a small stone thus inscribed.

Here Lys the
Body of ROBERT
McKEE, who deceased
October the 19th, 1775,
Aged 73 years.

Around lie many that were distinguished in the Revolution, without a stone to their graves, and not one with an epitaph that should tell the fact of that honorable distinction. Perhaps the omission may have arisen from the circumstance honorable to the country, that, with few exceptions, the whole neighborhood were noted for privations and suffering, and brave exploits in a cause sacred in their eyes........."


Did I call your attention to page 344 of Rockbridge History? Among the initial conveyances of the Borden Tract, thus an early purchaser in 1753 is Alexander Craighead. In 1765 (twelve years later) Craighead, then in Mecklenburg Co NC, gave his power of attorney to Archibald Alexander to sell that 533 acre parcel. This would suggest that Craighead had already moved permanently from VA.

It also appears that Archibald Alexander was actively dealing in Augusta Co VA land. This Archibald Alexander acquied 987 acres well before 1747 in the Borden TRact. He sold three parts in 1747 including 250 ac to Samuel Cummins of Chester Co PA. He doubled his purchase and retained 273 acres at no cost.

Another early buyer and seller of Borden land was Francis Beaty who acquired 265 ac in 1751 and resold in 1768 (seventeen years later), for triple his purchase price. By 1768 this Beaty was well established in Mecklinburg as a deputy (tax?) collector.

The above does demonstrate that people were moving from VA to NC early in 176x.


From genforum msg 9528 on RAY Family board (link follows to paste if needed)
This is an older msg of mine but read the paragraph that begins with: """""""In 1766........"""""" It mentions another location in VA - that being Cub Creek. Part of this earlier Foote manuscript speaks of Craighead bringing his flock from the Cow Pasture in VA also - there is no doubt some McKee are part of those two groups from VA area you are looking at which came to the the NC and SC border region we study.

Thanks for any information to help in our ongoing search. Linda McKee

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