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James Logan McKee
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Birth: Mar. 14, 1752
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 14, 1832

James Logan McKee is the son of John McKee and Jane Logan McKee. He was a soldier in local Indian wars and the Revolutionary War. He married Jane Telford on 6 Jun 1782 (John T McKee bible). Jane died 30 Apr 1800 and 7 years later, he married Nancy Hannah Scott on 26 Mar 1807 in Kerrs Creek, VA. She died 5 Feb 1835.

James' signature appears on his 3 Jun 1782 marriage bond to "Jennet" Tedford. See photo and caption. Rev. Jno Brown married James McKee to his first wife Janet "Talford" on 6 "May" 1782 in Rockbridge Co. (The 18 Dec 1866 Staunton Spectator*).

"James McKee, Rockbridge 5 Jan 1835. Born in PA, 14 Mar 1752, died in Rockbridge, 14 Aug 1832. Drafted from Rockbridge in Summer of 1776, for a tour of 3 months against the Cherokees, serving under Col. Wm Christian. Served a tour of 3 months in Greenbrier when the Shawnees attached Donally's Fort. Third tour in fall of 1777, at Point Pleasant under Col. Jno Dickenson, Capt. Charles Campbell, and Lt. Samuel Davidson. Fourth tour as Ensign, 10 Jan 1781, to 25 Apr 1781, and marched to Portsmouth. Was out 2 weeks the following June for 2 weeks when Tarleton plundered Charlottesville. Drafted 3 months in July and marched to headquarters at Westham near Richmond. Last draft of 2 months in October to march to Yorktown. Total service, 17 months, 29 days. Declaration by Nancy McKee, widow. Left a son, John T." Virginia Militia in the Revolutionary War, J.T. MacAllister, 1913, p 120, Section #125, S16954.

In his pension file: James McKee, born March 14, 1752 in PA, moved in 1754 (sic) with his brother William to Kerr's Creek in Rockbridge County, VA. In 1776, he enlisted in the summer and served 3 month against the Cherokee Indians in Col. Wm Christian's VA regiment. For 3 months in 1776, he served again, substituting for his brother, William, when the Shawnee Indians attacked at Donnelly's Fort. He enlisted again in Sep 1777, serving 3 months in Capt. Chas. Campbells's company. He again enlisted and served Jan. 10, 1781 through 25 Apr 1781, as ensign in Capt. Thos Harrison's company. He served 2 weeks in 1781, and for 3 months from July 1781 in Col. Willis' VA regiment. Soldier James McKee, died 14 Aug 1832 in Rockbridge Co., VA and his widow Nancy died 5 Feb 1835. The pension due their father was allowed his children: John T. McKee and Mary Jane (Mrs. Andrew Bratton), both residents of Rockbridge Co., VA in 1835 (Book of McKees, Raymond W. McKee, 1959, p 131). 1774, not 1754.

According to James Wilson McClung's WPA survey of the "Old home of James McKee" #ROC359, dated 10 Jun 1936, "This homesite was the scene of one of the last Indian massacres in Rockbridge County." It was 1st built "between 1740 - 1750" and added over/onto in 1875, after it was burned, both with extra think walls (or other special undefined) protection from the Indians. A 1936 photo of the home, shows a 2 story, weather boarded, rectangular building (with an L to the North side) with 2 brick/stone chimneys, one on either end, 3 windows up, and the commonly seen Rockbridge I House of the area, with a later porch addition. It was built over the stone foundation basement from the original home, as was the custom. It had/has 4-8" old pine plank flooring, plus pine wainscoting. The very FIRST Benjamin Borden land grant in Rockbridge Co., VA, was sold to James McKee "prior to 1778, when the county was formed from Augusta Co. Homesteaders often cleared the land first and checked it out prior to purchase. On 4 Aug 1778 (WHY, who died?), it was willed to James' sons Wm and John, in WB 1, p 19. It stayed in the McKee family through E(dgar) M(cKee) Lackey ownership in 1898, for about 150 years. "Only several hundred yards distant" that the last massacre occurred, where Jane Logan McKee lost her life. It's located about 5 miles N of Lexington, taking Rt. 60 from Lexington, W 5.5 miles to Rt. 631, 1/2 mile, home is on the north side of highway adjoining. It is facing to the south and to Whistle Creek. A descendent of his, Mrs. W Horace Lackey was an informant for the survey data. The Library of Virginia is asking $100. for rights to display the WPA photo of the home, looking is free. John McKee would have been the first home owner in 1740-50, since his son James was born in 1752 and possibly witnessed the raid, that took his mother away, at age 11. (Confusion here about who owned this home in 1740-1750, when it was Augusta Co.. Was it squatted on? James father John, owned other land that he left in his will to son John. Was this home handled prior to the will or otherwise? Missing a few vital details here to sew it up. Finish John C Laird's home, #ROC419, believed built by John McKee).

Jan 1777 Virginia Gazette (LDS film) ad reads: FIFTY DOLLARS REWARD. STOLEN out of my wagon, 15 miles above Albemarle courthoufe, in the night, between the 16th and 17th of December laft, a large dark bay (or rather black) horse, about 6 years old, 15 hands and an inch high, with a bald face, three white feet, his mane half roached, a fhort fwischtail, with fome few white hairs about the root of it, one fmall faddle fpot, and was fhod round. The thief is fuppofed to be gone towards Pennsylvania or South Carolina, and poffibly may have traded away the horse. Whoever gives fuch intelligence as the said horfe may be got again, to mr. Sampfon Matthews at Staunton, or to the fubfcriber on Carr's creek, Augusta county, fhall have 30 dollars, and the above reward on conviction of the thief. JAMES M'KEE. See photo, do not reproduce.

VASSAR's Master Spreadsheet of Revolutionary War Veterans adds he served as a substitute for his brother William. "Moved with brother William to Rockbridge Co. 1774, settling on Kerr's Creek. Pen(sion) granted 1835 to children that was due to their mother, #S16954."

He is in the D.A.R. Patriot Index, Ancestor #: A077470. Private in Capt Charles Campbell's company.

Note: The John T McKee bible gives his birth date as 14 Mar 1752. It is believed he was born in Pennsylvania, but I have not seen it documented. This would make him actually 80 years and 5 months. I have also seen he died at 80 years and 6 months or Feb 1752.

*The previous entry was for 2 May 1782 and ditto marks follow it for 6 May 1782, making it a possible entry error. The bond is dated 3 Jun 1782 so I believe it is June instead. The spelling of her surname constantly changes.

His wife Jane Telford McKee, their son John Telford McKee, grand daughter Martha Hanna McKee Dunlap, his second wife Nancy Hannah (Mrs Scott), and others are also buried here.

His fallen gravestone says:

In memory of
JAMES L. McKEE
Who died on the 14th
of August 1832
aged 80 years and
_ mo & _ days

FAGAN (name of the stone engraver)

BIO researched and written by LSP 
 
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 Parents:
  John McKee (1707 - 1792)
  Jane Logan McKee (1730 - 1763)
 
 Spouses:
  Nancy Agnes Leech McKee (1771 - 1835)
  Jane Telford McKee (1754 - 1800)*
 
 Children:
  John Telford McKee (1783 - 1857)*
  Mary Jane Telford Bratton (1808 - 1859)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mary McKee Weir (1746 - 1822)*
  Miriam McKee McKee (1747 - 1797)*
  William McKee (1750 - 1752)*
  James Logan McKee (1752 - 1832)
  Robert McKee (1754 - ____)*
  John McKee (1756 - 1761)*
  William McKee (1759 - 1835)*
  John McKee (1771 - 1815)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
McKee Cemetery
Rockbridge County
Virginia, USA
 
Created by: LSP
Record added: Sep 30, 2007
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This memorial day is for you and all those who fought for freedom.God bless
- LSP
 Added: May. 30, 2011
To my 4th great grandfather:Happy 4th of July. Your efforts gave us much valued freedom. God bless.
- LSP
 Added: Jul. 2, 2009
 
 
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