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Re: Hugh Elliott & Grizzell McKee/ Moses Elliott & Isabella Mackey
Posted by: linda mckee (ID *****5772) Date: May 31, 2005 at 01:44:15
In Reply to: Hugh Elliott & Grizzell McKee/ Moses Elliott & Isabella Mackey by Nell Duncan of 707

Yesterday the following turned up on a google search for McKee, just happened to recall same when reading your message on daily search engine just now. Recalled the given name "grisel or grizzell" and thought the following might help you but I have no idea as to the accuracy, etc.



http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/Villa/1442/wga17.html


father: McKee, James(~1750 - <1803)
mother: Telford, Jean(1754 - 1809)
McKee, Grisel Dell (~1782 - ~1810)
b. ABT. 1782 in Virginia
d. ABT. 1810 in Henderson County, Kentucky (Now Union Co.)
father: McKee, James(~1750 - <1803)
mother: Telford, Jean(1754 - 1809)
Descendency chart from The Church of Latter-day Saints Ancestral File ver.4.00, lists the birthday of Grizell D. McKee as born in 1786
The following is from McKee Family History I do not know the name of the book it was copied from.

Grizell Dell (Gracie) McKee Though the marriage bond shows William Dyer's bride's name as Grizel Dell McKee, it is thought by the researcher that probably the clerk misspelled her name as it is known that a close neighbor of the McKees was named Grizella (Mrs. David McCroskie) and more than likely Grizel McKee was really named Grizella, for her. Both used the nickname, Gracie. Grizel Dyer was the daughter of a Revolution soldier, Private James McKee, who was dead in 1803 when his daughter was married. Her mother appears to be Janet Tel(d)ford, daughter of Alexander and Sarah Telford of Rockbridge County, Virginia.

From extensive research and a very, very strong hunch, but no positive proof, the writer believes that James McKee, father of Grizell Dyer, was the fourth child of Virginia Pioneer, John McKee, and his first wife, Jane Logan McKee.

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.

It is not known by the writer how Grizell and her husband, William Dyer, arrived in Kentucky or just when, but it is known from family tradition that their first child, James Dyer. was born near Natural Bridge, Va. Soon afterwards they emigrated to Kentucky and possible stayed a short while with relatives in Central Kentucky before going on with the John Masons by flatboat to Henderson Co. in 1804.

spouse: Dyer, William (1780 - 1835)
- m. 3 MAR 1803 in Agusta County, Virginia
----------child: Dyer, James (1804 - 1854)
----------child: Dyer, John (1808 - 1869)
----------child: Dyer, Elizabeth (~1808 - 1860)
----------child: Dyer, Henderson (~1810 - <1835)


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