Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985
Name: Honorable Joseph B McKean
Birth Date: abt 1763
Event Type: Death
Death Date: 6 Sep 1826
Death Place: Whitemarsh, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, USA
Age at Death: 63
Organization Name: St. Thomas Episcopal Church Cemetery
U.S., Newspaper Extractions from the Northeast, 1704-1930
Name: Hon Joseph B M'Kean
Birth Year: abt 1758
Death Date: Abt 1826
Death Place: Cheltenham, Pennsylvania
Age at Death: 68
Newspaper: Columbian Centinel
Publication Date: 9 Sep 1826
Publication Place: Massachusetts, USA
Call Number: 485704
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates Index, 1803-1915
Name: Joseph B McKean
Birth Date: abt 1764
Death Date: 3 Sep 1826
Death Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Age at Death: 62
Burial Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cemetery: First Presby. Burial Ground
FHL Film Number: 1905410
Joseph Borden McKean
Born July 28, 1764, in the Towne of New Castle, Delaware. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1782, and subsequently received his master's degree. Studied law, and was admitted to the Philadelphia bar, September 10, 1785; and the same year to the Chester County bar. The next year he joined the First City Troop, a distinguished military organization, composed of some of the most prominent citizens in Philadelphia. He was elected a member, April 19, 1786; and became an honorary member November 19, 1803. In 1794, Mr. McKean became the first corporal, re-elected in 1796; and 2d lieutenant, August 15, 1803. In 1794, this troop was called out to suppress the Whiskey Insurrection in the western counties of the state. On account of this service, in 1799, Mr. McKean, with about thirty others of the troop, became involved in a quarrel with William Duane, editor of the Aurora, as already related; which eventually became a political issue. The suit, instituted by Duane, hung on for a long time, finally resulting in an acquittal.
On the 10th of May, 1800, Mr. McKean was appointed Attorney General of the State, succeeding Jared Ingersoll, and retained his office until January 1809. He represented his father, and acted in his behalf, in several cases arising out of the Governor's removals from office. In 1817, March 27, Mr. McKean was appointed an Associate Judge of the District Court of the city and county of Philadelphia. He was commissioned Presiding Judge October 1, 1818, appointed again an Associate Judge, March 17, 1821, and re-commissioned Presiding Judge March 21, 1825; which position he held at the time of his death.
Judge McKean resided at his father's house on Third Street, at the corner of Pine Street, which he inherited from him. In 1794, he became a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania; and in 1824, was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society. Judge McKean was married, April 13, 1786, to Hannah Miles, at the First Baptist Church, Philadelphia.
Judge McKean died intestate in Philadelphia, September 3, 1826, and was buried in the graveyard of the First Presbyterian Church; Mrs. McKean died in Philadelphia, March 2, 1845, in her 81st year.