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Elias Mackey
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Birth: 1741
Marlboro
Ulster County
New York, USA
Death: 1817
Knox County
Kentucky, USA

This cemetery is know as Mackey Cemetery on Mackey Bend after Mackey Bend in the Cumberland River.

One flat stone reading "Pvt. Elias Mackey, Lt, (Robert) McFarland's Virginia Milita 1780 Revolutionary War".
Upright modern headstone reads "Born in Scotland 1741".

Note, My research suggests Ulster County, New York is most likely birth place for Elias Mackey, based on close connections to the Baptist Rev. Thomas, William and Zephaniah Woolsey families of Marlbourgh, Ulster County, New York and Hubbs families of Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY. These families were neighbors and early settlers of Washington County, Virginia and Greene County, Tennessee.

Source; page 41; "A Genealogy of the Quick Family in America" (Arthur C. Quick):
"ELIAS MACKEY (D41) Baptized Feb 13 1742/43, as the 'son of Alex. Maucke & Rymerick Kwik.' Wit: Simon Freer and Catherine (Van) Bunschoten. Reformed Dutch Church, Poughkeepsie NY.
Note, Our Elias named one of his sons Alexander, most likely after his father.
"Alexander Mackey and Jurien (Dutch for George) Quick were enrolled as members of the Foot Company of the Military of the Precinct of the Highlands" (E. M. Ruttenber's "Newburgh," p. 273, and DHNY 4:237).

Alexander Mackey was a freeholder listed as a taxpayer in the Precinct of the Highlands, Ulster County, N. Y., 1724-25-26-29.
Source; "The history of the town of Marlborough, Ulster County, New York" by C. M. Woolsey, J.B. Lyon Company, printers, 1908 - Marlborough (N.Y.)
Page 96, :On the 29th day of May, 1775 the Provincial Congress directed the committee holding the pledge to return the same by the 15th of July, ''with the names of signers and those who refused to sign," and in accordance with this resolution Benjamin Carpenter, chairman, and Abijah Perkins, clerk, made return of the names to the New York committee or the Provincial Congress on the 11th day of July. The signers of the Pledge or Articles of Association are as follows, (starting with the 4th name on the Patriot list)
Jurian Mackey, Gilbonrl Cotton, Jacob Wood, John Woolsey
(Further down) William and Richard Woolsey, Alex Mackey,JR. Alex SR. Mackey and Zephaniah Woolsey.

Note, The names Alex SR Mackey and Zephaniah Woolsey are next to each other suggesting they may have lived next door or perhaps even in the same household. Woolsey family members appear to have made several trips between Virginia and New York and served as a Rev. War. Sgt, New Marlborough, Ulster Co., NY. 1775. It is unlikely they made any of these trips alone but recruited family and neighbors to join them in Virginia.

Note, Jurian also known as "Urien" Mackey (a likely brother of Elias Mackey), b. 1723 Newburg, Orange County, New York, married September 22, 1749 Catrina Pressler, born 1728, Ulster County, NY, daughter of Anthony Presler, born Hochstadt, Rhineland-Pfalz, Germany ca. 1705 and Neeltje Quick.
Note; The parents of Jurian Mackey are Alexander SR Mackey, born 1699, Kingston, Ulster, New York and Rymerick Quick, born ca. 1702, Kingston, Ulster, New York. Jurian and Catherine name one of their sons Elias, born 1754 and listed as Elias Mackie the 1790 New Marlborough, Ulster County, NY census.
Note, Zephaniah Woolsey is the father of Rebecca Woolsey, born in Marlborgh, Ulster County, NY, married to Rev War Patriot John Hubbs 1763, Hanging Rock, South Carolina-1844, Grainger (now Union County, Tennessee) and the direct ancestor of many of our Hubbs and Terrell families here in Knox/Whitley County, Kentucky.

Family lore suggests Elias was a Scottish sea captain with his own ships that sailed between Liverpool and New York City. The same family tradition, "Alexander" Mackey (born ca. 1699, Kingston, Ulster County, NY, was likely the father of our Elias) was born in the North of Ireland to a family of Scotch origin who had removed to Ireland engaged in the ship building and seafaring professions."
No documentation can be found to prove our Elias Mackey family ever owned any ship building company in New York, England, Scotland or Ireland during his lifetime. There may however be some grain of truth to it as the Hudson River in New York was part of Dutch and English trade routes as well as the main means of early transportation. Alex Mackeys land was directly on the Hudson River and it seems likely that he would have owned some type of water craft.
It has also been suggested Elias may have been born in Virginia. John Salling, John Lewis and John Mackey (born about 1703, Scotland or Ulster, Ireland) were the earliest settlers in current Rockbridge County, Virginia followed in 1747 by Archibald Alexander. No documents have been found yet to support Elias is related to this John Mackey or that Elias was in Virginia before about 1770. Elias Mackey is not one of the sons listed in the will of John Mackey. There is mention of John Mackey having a younger brother Richard, also in Rockbridge County but no mention that Richard ever had any children.
Yet another John Mackey born 1726 in Ireland can be found in Lancaster County, South Carolina.

Elias settled in Washington County, Virginia as early as 1770, likely in the company of Reverend Thomas Woolsey of Bedford, Long Island, New York then Marlborough, Ulster County, New York.
About 1773, Elias married Louise Wall, daughter of Mathias Wall. He was a volunteer in Lt. Robert McFarland's Company during the Revolution, which supported units from Washington and Montgomery Counties, Virginia. After the Revolutionary War, Elias Mackey settled in Greene County, North Carolina/Tennessee, on the south side of the Nolichucky River at the junction of Lick Creek, where he lived until he removed to Knox County, Kentucky, in 1807. His sons, William Mackey, John Mackey, and Mathias Mackey, served in the War of 1812. Mathias, was killed during that war in the Battle of Dudley's Defeat, PVT Capt. Arthur’s Co., Dudley’s Regt., Ky. Militia. Sons William and John went to Bount County, Alabama but later returned to McMinn County, Tennessee.
Son Thomas went to Texas as part of the Robinson Settlement. He reportedly died about 1837 in or near Hill County, Texas.

1779 - Elias Mackey was a private in the infantry of Lt. Robert McFarland's Company, of Washington and Montgomery Co., VA. He is an accepted ancestor for the Daughters of the American Revolution. DAR #631005
[DAR records dated 12 Oct 1978]

After the war he moves his family to Greene County, North Carolina which was later annexed into Greene County, State of Tennessee, where he lived on the South side of the Nolachucky River near the junction of Lick Creek. Page 220 - William Colley...152 ac...Commissioners Certificate...granted to Richard Brindle, assigned to Colley...on a branch of the Middle fork of Holston River...Beginning corner to Andrew Smothers land...with John Ekys and Andrew Smothers...to John McMurrays land...November 25, 1782 - Richard Brindle, assignee of Elias McKey, assignee of Thomas Potter, assignee of Elias McCay...200 ac...joining Arthur Bowens lines, 144 ac surveyed for Thomas Potter on June 10, 1774, includes improvements, actual settlement made in 1772...August 28, 1781 - Assigned to William Colley by purchase on October 25, 1782. Signed: Richard Brindle
[Washington County, Virginia Survey records abstracts 1781-1797 Part 3 of 5 (pages 201-300)
1782- Elias Mackey shows up on the land tax list for Washington Co., Virginia for the first battalion in the County of Washington 1782.
1798 Greene County, Tennessee, Taxable Returns of Captain Reese Gullock's Company where we find John Hughes, Elias and Benjamin Mackey listed near each other, also Zephaniah Woolsey and Giles Parman.
1805 Greene County TN tax list, Elias is not on it but a John Macky that may be his son or brother is listed.
July 28, 1807, Elias Mackey appears in the Knox County, Kentucky tax list.
1810 US Census, Knox Co., KY, Elias Mackey (shown with wife and 1 male 10-15 ; 1 male 16-25 , and 1 female 16-25.
1817, July 11 - In the DAR application of Louise Wall Miller uses the land transfer to help establish his death date whereby Elias W. Mackey deeded land on the Cumberland River "in consideration of the love and affection that the said Elias W. McKey hath towards the aforesaid Alexander Mckey. Elias apparently died later in 1817. It is believed that Thomas may not have been 21 at the time of the transfer or that he didn't live in Knox County, Kentucky at that time. [Lewis, Mackey manuscript 8/18/04, p. 10]

Known children of Elias Mackey and Louise Wall Mackey is as follows:

1. Benjamin Mackey born 1776
2. William Mackey born 1779
3. Ruth Mackey, born before 1782
4. Sarah Mackey, born 1782, married 1797 to Aaron Hughes in Greene County, Tennessee.
5. Mathias Wall Mackey, born 1784
6. John Mackey, born 1785
7. Clarissa "Rissie" Mackey, born 1788
8. Alexander Mackey, born 2-14-1794
9. Thomas Mackey, born 1795
 
 
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 Parents:
  Alexander Mackey (1699 - 1792)
  Rymerick Quick Mackey (1701 - 1745)
 
 Spouse:
  Louise Wall Mackey (1755 - 1831)
 
 Children:
  Alexander Mackey (1774 - 1842)*
  Benjamin McKey (1776 - 1856)*
  William H. Mackey (1779 - 1858)*
 
 Siblings:
  Jurian Mackey (1725 - 1803)*
  Elias Mackey (1741 - 1817)
  John Mackey (1745 - 1818)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mackey Cemetery
Mackey Bend
Knox County
Kentucky, USA
 
Created by: Wes Hart
Record added: Aug 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40924502
Elias Mackey
Added by: Wes Hart
 
 
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This is my 4th great-grandfather. My mom is Shirley Ann Logan-Thompson, her father was Cager Logan and his mother was Josephine Lucy Mackey.
- Pamela K. Thompson-Williams
 Added: Sep. 25, 2016
Elias and Louise were my 4 times great grandparents.. Interesting to see the flowers.. I too grew up in Tulsa,and still live there
- Kathy & Jerry Strickland
 Added: Aug. 27, 2015
Elias Mackey is my 5th g-grandfather. My line runs through his son, Benjamin Mackey. My grandfather and father were both born outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma in the Sperry area. My grandfather's maternal grandmother was Sarah Sears.
- Carl Cullison
 Added: Mar. 23, 2015
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