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John McKee Sr.

Birth
Death
2 Mar 1792 (aged 84–85)
Rockbridge County, Virginia, USA
Burial
Rockbridge County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID
38021135 View Source

John McKee was born in about "1707." He married first to Jane Logan on 29 Jan 1744 (Bible belonging to John T. McKee's grandfather, in possession of kin, Mr. Oklela Beverlin Dunlap in August 1890). Some say it was in Lancaster County, PA.* Sadly, Jane who was with child, was scalped by the Indians during the first Kerr's Creek raid. It left him with many children to raise. After her passing, he married Rosannah Cunningham on 12 Dec 1765.

I have seen references to his christening on 13 Jun 1706 in Drumbo, (south of Belfast) County Down, Northern Ireland but have yet to see any documentation. Familysearch's database of Ireland's Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881, lists a John McKee, christened on 5 Feb 1703 and on 13 Jun 1706 in "Presbyterian, Drumbo, Down, Ireland," son of John McKee, Sr., plus on 3 Feb 1703, at same, son of David McKee. Drumbo Presbyterian Church Baptisms 1699-1723 and Marriages 1706-1721, transcribed by David Stewart and later copied by Zara K. Mettam, 1967. The source is Ireland ODM (Ordinance Data Management), on LDS film #823750. How to prove a connection to this family? Requested documentation many times and nothing received.

In 1738 about "10 or 11 McKee brothers came from Ireland to America," settling in Lancaster and Pittsburgh, PA plus Wheeling, WV. The ones that settled in Lancaster, moved to VA in about 1760. Robert and John settled in Rockbridge Co., near Lexington. Brother William settled in Augusta or Botetourt Co., VA, later moving to Montgomery Co., KY, but he died in VA. Robert's son Col. Wm McKee married John's daughter Miriam. If there were McKee sisters that came to America, there's no record of them. (The McKees of VA and KY, George W. McKee, KY, died 1891), p 102 & 104).

Annals of Augusta County, Virginia, from 1726 to 1871, Chapter 7, page 211 by Joseph A. Waddell, "III. John McKee, the youngest of the three brothers who came to the Valley, lived on Kerr's creek, now Rockbridge. His wife was Jane Logan, and was killed by Indians, as heretofore related. He married a second time, as appears from a deed executed March 14, 1774, by "John McKee and Rosanna, his wife, of Kerr's creek, Augusta county." conveying two hundred and eighty-one acres of land, part in Augusta and part in Botetourt, Rockbridge not having been formed at that time. He died March 2, 1792, aged eighty-four (born abt 1708). Several of his eight children went to Kentucky, others remaining in Virginia. His descendants are numerous."

"The Rev. Samuel Brown, in his account of the murder of Jane Logan McKee, says: "She besought her husband to leave her to her fate, and make his own escape, if possible. This he refused to do; when she appealed to him for the sake of their children to leave her. If he stayed, being unarmed, they would both be killed; but if he escaped, their young children would still have a protector. Can we conceive of a more trying condition for a husband?" This source gives two more versions of the incident, see her site herein.

They had McKee children:
Mary, 11 Jun 1746, below
Miriam Miram, 27 Sep 1747 (Col. Wm McKee) KY, below
William, 18 Feb 1750 - 28 Jul 1752 in Cumberland Co., PA
James Logan, 14 Mar 1752, below
Robert, 4 Mar 1754 - 1847 (in KY abt 1790)
John, Jr, 17 Dec 1756 - 24 May 1761 (Kerrs Creek, VA), below
William, 28 Feb 1759 - 1835 (Kerrs Creek, VA), below
David, 25 Dec 1760 - 20 Aug 1825 (Nicholasville, KY)

Following Jane's death (Shawnee Indian raid) in 1763, he married Rosannah Cunningham on 12 Dec 1765 in Rockbridge Co., VA. They had a son
John, Jr. 27 Oct 1771 - 1 Dec 1815, below
Junior married Susannah Simonds on 14 Jun 1798 and they had no children. Wife Susannah died 20 May 1815.

John (Senior) is believed to be the son of either:
1) William McKee and Mary "Miriam" Brown.
2) Robert M'Kie Mother: Jean Caughy. Not documented but noted for further research.

John McKee or McKay owned land in both Augusta Co. and Rockbridge Co., VA. Many are in Lyman Chalkley's volumes 1 to 3. He also appraised and witnessed many docs in Augusta Co. (check out Rockbridge Co. records). He's in a few docs with his "brother" William.

John "McKay's" lots are on the Borden Tract map: 21 May 1747 for 390 acres and 1768 for 150 acres.
=http://image.lva.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=187&last=&g_p=PA&collection=LO Grant  Author Tedford, John. grantee. Title Land grant 5 January 1780. Summary Location: Rockbridge County. Description: 60 acres on the waters of Buffaloe Creek adjoining the lines of John McKee. Source: Land Office Grants A, 1779-1780 (v.1 & 2 p.1-685), p. 187 (Reel 42). Subject - Tedford, John. grantee. McKee, John. The document is hard to read but says John Tedford afs_ David Logan who afs_ of John McKee a certain tract of land containing 60 acres, by survey bearing date the twenty __ day of 1772. ….waters of Buffalo Creek a branch of James River and joining lines of the said McKee's land. It was signed by Gov. Thos Jefferson. Note: David Logan is likely Jane Logan McKee's (Mrs. John McKee) father.

(NOT our man here, but instead John Mackey's. See the 30 Mar 1899 issue of the Rockbridge County News.
Page 267, 21 May 1747. Benj. Bordin, &c., to John McKAY (sold in testator's lifetime); 390 acres, £19 current money Virginia, part of 92,100; north side Mill Creek; corner to Baptist McNabb. Witnessed and acknowledged as above (Jno. Bramham, Jr.; Thos. Gordon, John Finley. Acknowledged, 21st May, 1747). Lyman Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 3, 260. "McKay" is listed on the map.)

16 Aug 1752 "John McKEE purchased a tract of land in the forks of the James River" per Geo Wilson McKee's The McKees of VA and KY and Jos Waddell's Annals of Augusta Co., VA.

Page 376.--19th August, 1754. John Kerr, yeoman, and Margaret (her mark) to John McKee, yeoman (signed Carr), £200, 280 acres conveyed to John Carr by Borden, 8th July, 1743, part of 92,100 acres, on Tees Creek. Teste: Samuel Norwood, James Goodfellow, Wm. Woods. Delivered to James Lockart, 17th May, 1757. Lyman Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 3, p. 328. Note: "Tees Creek" was originally in Augusta County, VA and later called Kerr's Creek, which became Rockbridge County.

20 Nov 1754 (321) John and James McKee relieved of levy this year, NOT being inhabitants of this Co. (Augusta Co.) on 10th June last., Chalkley's Chronicles, Vol. 1, p 65.

25 Nov 1762, Jno McKEE and Jas Logan are both witnesses to the will of Jos McCord. Hugh Cunningham guardian of children. Details in excerpt. Chalkley's Chronicles, Vol 3, p 76.

(NOT our man here, but instead John Mackey's.
Page 510.--14th May, 1763. John Macky, farmer, to James McClung, Sr., £120, 390 acres on Mill Creek of James River, cor. Baptist McNabb. Proved by witnesses. Delivered to John McClung, May, 1773. Lyman Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 3, p 388.)

Page 118.--19th August, 1765. Samuel Todd and Jane to William and
John McKEE, £170, 400 on head of North Branch of Buffalo Creek, Borden's line. Teste: Benj. Hawkins, Joseph Robinson, Alex. Evans. Delivered: Wm. McKEE, September, 1775. Lyman Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 3, p 428.

1764, Botetourt County Deed Book 14, page 464, 17 May, 1768, Patrick Denny and Elizabeth of Forks of James River, to John McKEE, of said Forks, 44 pounds, at head of Kerr's Creek in the abovesaid Forks of James, branch of Kerr's Creek called Cunningham's Creek, 80 acres. Test: John Gilmer, Robert McElhenny, David Tate. Delivered: John McKee, 1773. (this one is not in Chalkley's book)

Page 414.--12th May, 1768. Same to John McKEE, £15, 150 acres, part
of 92,100; corner Jonathan Cunningham. Delivered: John McKEE, April, 1773. Lyman Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 3, p 469.

Page 464.--17th May, 1768. Patrick ( ) Denny and Elizabeth ( ) of Forks of James River, to John McKEE, of said Forks, £44, at head of Kerr's Creek in the abovesaid Forks of James, branch of Kerr's Creek called Cunningham's Creek, 80 acres. Teste: John Gilmer, Robert McElhenny, David Tate ( ). Delivered: John McKEE, April, 1773. Lyman Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 3, p 471.

Page 223.--20th March, 1770. Hugh Cunningham and Sarah ( ) of Forks of James River in Botetourt County to John McKEE, of Kerr's Creek, £300, tract whereon Jonathan Cunningham, deceased, son of Hugh, formerly dwelt, 281 acres on Kerr's Creek, formerly called Teaze's Creek, partly in Botetourt and part in Augusta. Teste: Hugh Weir, Nathan Peoples, William McKEE. Delivered: John McKee, April, 1773. Lyman Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 3, p 495. (Land by the Big Spring, and after the Indian massacres.)

Page 148.--15th March, 1774. John McKee and Rosanna ( ), of Kerr's Creek, to James McKee, their son, on Kerr's Creek, part in Augusta and part in Botetourt, corner plantation whereon said John McKee now lives. Lyman Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 3, p 537.

There are many differing versions, many based on folklore passed down in the families, some shared with Rev. Saml Brown, but somewhat similar and some different, including the dates and people. After Chief Cornstalk's Shawnee Indians attacked the people and burned the homes of Dougherty, Cunningham, Gilmore and Hamilton, "one savage, however pushed on the the house of John McKee, who had sent his 6 children to the house of a friend on Timber Ridge, intending soon to follow with his wife. When the alarm reached him, he and his wife fled down the creek about a mile to a thicket, followed by the savage. Seeing they would be overtaken, Mrs. McKee implored her husband to leave her to her fate and make his escape. This he refused to do. She appealed to him again and again to leave her for the sake of her children. If he remained, being unarmed, both would be slain, but, if he escaped, their young children would still have a protector. He yielded to her entreaties, and they parted, to meet no more on earth. After running a short distance, he saw the tomahawk descend on his wife's head. The Indian, without halting, followed McKee, but was unable to find him in the bush, and, with a loud whoop, gave up the search. At night, McKee returned to the spot where he had left his wife' and found her dead." History of Augusta Co. VA, by J. Lewis Peyton, 1953, p 140.

=Works Progress Admin. of VA, Historical Inventory #ROC419 by Jas W McClung, The Old Home of John C. Laird, photo from 1937. Home was "built by John McKee in 1820" (son maybe), later owned by J.C. Laird. The original land owner of Borden grant was John McKee. Home passed to John McKee's son William McKee. A list of the owners through 1937 is given in #4. A 2 story log building. #6 mentions the Indian attacks and fortification in the basement for protection from the Indians. Located 7 miles west of Lexington on Rt. #60. Report http://lvaimage.lib.va.us/VHI/html/24/0285.html Report Home Page 
Photograph http://lvaimage.lib.va.us/VHI/P/24/0244.jpg Photograph 
Suspect John Calvin Laird (D 1866) and married to Mary Susan McKee (D 1858) is the same man (both on FaG).

=I found the W.P.A. Historical Inventory Survey on John McKee's home online at the Library of Virginia. It says: It is in "Rockbridge County, VA, five miles north of Lexington. Leave Lexington on Route No. 60, thence west 5.5 miles; thence east on Route No. 631, one half of a mile, and this house is on the north side of this highway, adjoining. The first house about 1750; 2nd house about 1875."

"The John McKee Home, now owned by the Patterson family is in a beautiful location, very near the river. The house a two story structure is rectangular in shape. The building is a combination of brick and frame, the original portion being constructed of brick and the large frame addition having been added at a later period. The house has a gabled roof, which is covered with metal roofing. The original front porch to the brick part, is now used as a side entrance. This porch has large, square columns with fancy tops and the entrance door is a large, single door, without transom or side lights." There is more detail of this home on this site. It also says: "The first owner of record in Rockbridge county, was James McKee, who purchased it from Benjamin Borden, prior to 1778, when Rockbridge County was founded, and he built the first home sometime between 1740-1750." (Note: this James (?) is on the Borden Tract map in 1758 with 310 acres and in 1766 with 301 acres, a distance away.)

"James McKee willed it to William and John McKee, will probated on August 4, 1778, Will Book 1, page 19. It remained under this ownership until June 20,1859, when S. McD. Reid was appointed as a Special Commissioner, in Cause: "Davidson vs McKee" to see and convey same, which he did, and S. M. McKee became the owner, Deed Book HH, page 153. At the death of S. M. McKee, it passed by inheritance to John T. McKee. John T. McKee deeded it to E. M. Lackey on January 29, 1898, Deed Book, 127, page 324. E. M. Lackey deeded it to Hugh E. Wash on April 5, 1928, Deed Book 128, page 42, and he is the present owner in 1936."

"It is a known fact that this house, both original and subsequent, was constructed with a protection in the basement as a means of protection against attack by the Indians, who were plentiful in those early days. It was in this section, only several hundred yards distant, that was the scene of the last Indian massacre, in which many white people were killed. The State Conservation commission has erected a "Marker" at the intersection of this highway, No. 631, with Route No. 60, only a short distance to the west, calling attention to the site at which this massacre took place."

The data in this report was given by Mrs. W. Horace Lackey, a direct descendant of James McKee, Lexington, VA.

I also found original owner, John McKee's home, circa 1732, Lib of VA, 1936 WPA survey for "House on Walter L. Kerr's Farm," #AU-188, building about 1732, Augusta Co., 1 1/2 mi S of New Hope on Rt 608, then 1 1/2 mi W on Rt 612.   Wm Beverly to John Kerr 10 Aug 1752, DB54, 464; sold 1761 to Wm Matthews,  & to Jas Agnew 1784; to James Kerr, 1788; to John Kerr 1803; to his heirs to Nathaniel Kerr, 1849, DB 71, 282; estate sale to son Vincent Brown Kerr 1895; to brother Walter L Kerr, in 1904.  1936 photo of house included.  It stayed in the same Kerr family as best as I can tell.

=Lyman Chalkley's Chronicles of a Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 3; page 537: page 148.--15th March, 1774. John McKee and Rosanna ( ), of Kerr's Creek, to James McKee, their son (that's her step-son), on Kerr's Creek, part in Augusta and part in Botetourt, corner plantation whereon said John McKee now lives.

=Will of John McKee, Rockbridge Co., VA p 406-407:
In the name of God, Amen. I, John McKee, of Rockbridge county and State of Virginia, this 26th day of October, in the year of our Lord, 1791, calling to mind the mortality of my body and that it is appointed for all men once to die, do, therefore, make and ordain this my last will and testament.

First of all: I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the almighty power of God. My body I recommend to the dust, to be buried in a Christian and decent manner. And as touching what worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I dispose and bequeath the same in the following manner:
I allow all my just debts and funeral expense to be carefully paid.

I give unto my beloved wife, Rosannah McKee, a sufficient maintenance off my plantation, with a negro wench to assist her, during her natural life, with a horse kept for her use and two cows, with all my kitchen furniture and a bed and furniture.

I give unto my son, John McKee, all the real and personal estate that I possess (excepting the legacies hereafter mentioned) to him and his heirs forever.

I give unto Mary Weir, Miriam McKee, James McKee, Robert McKee, William McKee and David McKee, my daughters and sons, to each of them twenty shillings, to be paid by my executors at the end of one year after my decease. And I do constitute and appoint Rosannah McKee executrix and John Wilson executor of this my last will, and disannul all other will or wills by me heretofore made, and ordain this to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written. John McKee

Signed, Searled, published
& declared to be my last Will
& Testament in the presence of
Samuel Willson
Ann Willson
Recorded April "3" 1792, presented by Rosannah McKee & Jno Willson Executors and proved by witnesses Samuel and Ann Willson.

Did John have any ownership in the home belonging to his son James Logan McKee at Kerr's Creek, that was built between 1740-1750, near the site of 2 Shawnee Indian Massacres? In 1778, this Rockbridge Co. land was reformed from Augusta Co. See son James' bio. Could he have separately distributed it, at an earlier date?

=McKee: Bible records, 1707-1872; "Microfilm of 2 page typescript copied from the Quarterly Bulletin of the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society, donated by Mrs. George Hallgren, Potomac, Maryland. Includes Dunlap, Laird and related families. John McKee was born in 1707. He married Jane Logan in 1744 and Rosannah Cunningham in 1765, and died in 1792. Virginia and Kentucky are the geographical locations cited." On LDS film, HL US/CAN Film 1036714 Item 21.

=The McKees of Virginia and Kentucky, the Bible belonging to John T. McKee's grandfather (in possession of Mr. O. B. (Okelala Beverlin) Dunlap in August 1890 is on LDS film #1036714, item #21. The Holy Bible was published October 27th, 1802 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was printed for Mathew Carey, No. 118, Market Street. This data is typed and it was filmed 1 Mar 1978. It says "John McKee was born in 1707 and married Jane Logan on 29 January 1744. She died 17 July 1763 and he married Rosannah Cunningham on 12 Dec 1765. They had one son, John on 27 Oct 1771 and Rosanna died 19 Jan 1806, aged 78."

He MAY be buried here in an unmarked grave according to renowned Rockbridge Co., VA author and researcher, Angela M. Ruley's who contributed data on McKee Cemetery at the Virginia Tombstone Transcription Project for Rockbridge County at usgwtombstones. "Some of the unmarked graves MAY contain the following: McKee, John b. 1707 and McKee, Jane Logan b. c1744, w/o John."

*Thomas and James McKee were Indian traders in Lancaster Co., PA. James and his heirs remained on his original 1737 warranted land, through 1830. In a Historical Sketch of Old Hanover Church by Rev. Thos. H. Robinson, D.D., with a Notice of the Church at Conewago, by A Boyd Hamilton, Published in 1878 by the Historical Society of Dauphin County, p 52-53 (one small example).

Bio researched and written by LSP, do not recopy.

John McKee was born in about "1707." He married first to Jane Logan on 29 Jan 1744 (Bible belonging to John T. McKee's grandfather, in possession of kin, Mr. Oklela Beverlin Dunlap in August 1890). Some say it was in Lancaster County, PA.* Sadly, Jane who was with child, was scalped by the Indians during the first Kerr's Creek raid. It left him with many children to raise. After her passing, he married Rosannah Cunningham on 12 Dec 1765.

I have seen references to his christening on 13 Jun 1706 in Drumbo, (south of Belfast) County Down, Northern Ireland but have yet to see any documentation. Familysearch's database of Ireland's Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881, lists a John McKee, christened on 5 Feb 1703 and on 13 Jun 1706 in "Presbyterian, Drumbo, Down, Ireland," son of John McKee, Sr., plus on 3 Feb 1703, at same, son of David McKee. Drumbo Presbyterian Church Baptisms 1699-1723 and Marriages 1706-1721, transcribed by David Stewart and later copied by Zara K. Mettam, 1967. The source is Ireland ODM (Ordinance Data Management), on LDS film #823750. How to prove a connection to this family? Requested documentation many times and nothing received.

In 1738 about "10 or 11 McKee brothers came from Ireland to America," settling in Lancaster and Pittsburgh, PA plus Wheeling, WV. The ones that settled in Lancaster, moved to VA in about 1760. Robert and John settled in Rockbridge Co., near Lexington. Brother William settled in Augusta or Botetourt Co., VA, later moving to Montgomery Co., KY, but he died in VA. Robert's son Col. Wm McKee married John's daughter Miriam. If there were McKee sisters that came to America, there's no record of them. (The McKees of VA and KY, George W. McKee, KY, died 1891), p 102 & 104).

Annals of Augusta County, Virginia, from 1726 to 1871, Chapter 7, page 211 by Joseph A. Waddell, "III. John McKee, the youngest of the three brothers who came to the Valley, lived on Kerr's creek, now Rockbridge. His wife was Jane Logan, and was killed by Indians, as heretofore related. He married a second time, as appears from a deed executed March 14, 1774, by "John McKee and Rosanna, his wife, of Kerr's creek, Augusta county." conveying two hundred and eighty-one acres of land, part in Augusta and part in Botetourt, Rockbridge not having been formed at that time. He died March 2, 1792, aged eighty-four (born abt 1708). Several of his eight children went to Kentucky, others remaining in Virginia. His descendants are numerous."

"The Rev. Samuel Brown, in his account of the murder of Jane Logan McKee, says: "She besought her husband to leave her to her fate, and make his own escape, if possible. This he refused to do; when she appealed to him for the sake of their children to leave her. If he stayed, being unarmed, they would both be killed; but if he escaped, their young children would still have a protector. Can we conceive of a more trying condition for a husband?" This source gives two more versions of the incident, see her site herein.

They had McKee children:
Mary, 11 Jun 1746, below
Miriam Miram, 27 Sep 1747 (Col. Wm McKee) KY, below
William, 18 Feb 1750 - 28 Jul 1752 in Cumberland Co., PA
James Logan, 14 Mar 1752, below
Robert, 4 Mar 1754 - 1847 (in KY abt 1790)
John, Jr, 17 Dec 1756 - 24 May 1761 (Kerrs Creek, VA), below
William, 28 Feb 1759 - 1835 (Kerrs Creek, VA), below
David, 25 Dec 1760 - 20 Aug 1825 (Nicholasville, KY)

Following Jane's death (Shawnee Indian raid) in 1763, he married Rosannah Cunningham on 12 Dec 1765 in Rockbridge Co., VA. They had a son
John, Jr. 27 Oct 1771 - 1 Dec 1815, below
Junior married Susannah Simonds on 14 Jun 1798 and they had no children. Wife Susannah died 20 May 1815.

John (Senior) is believed to be the son of either:
1) William McKee and Mary "Miriam" Brown.
2) Robert M'Kie Mother: Jean Caughy. Not documented but noted for further research.

John McKee or McKay owned land in both Augusta Co. and Rockbridge Co., VA. Many are in Lyman Chalkley's volumes 1 to 3. He also appraised and witnessed many docs in Augusta Co. (check out Rockbridge Co. records). He's in a few docs with his "brother" William.

John "McKay's" lots are on the Borden Tract map: 21 May 1747 for 390 acres and 1768 for 150 acres.
=http://image.lva.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=187&last=&g_p=PA&collection=LO Grant  Author Tedford, John. grantee. Title Land grant 5 January 1780. Summary Location: Rockbridge County. Description: 60 acres on the waters of Buffaloe Creek adjoining the lines of John McKee. Source: Land Office Grants A, 1779-1780 (v.1 & 2 p.1-685), p. 187 (Reel 42). Subject - Tedford, John. grantee. McKee, John. The document is hard to read but says John Tedford afs_ David Logan who afs_ of John McKee a certain tract of land containing 60 acres, by survey bearing date the twenty __ day of 1772. ….waters of Buffalo Creek a branch of James River and joining lines of the said McKee's land. It was signed by Gov. Thos Jefferson. Note: David Logan is likely Jane Logan McKee's (Mrs. John McKee) father.

(NOT our man here, but instead John Mackey's. See the 30 Mar 1899 issue of the Rockbridge County News.
Page 267, 21 May 1747. Benj. Bordin, &c., to John McKAY (sold in testator's lifetime); 390 acres, £19 current money Virginia, part of 92,100; north side Mill Creek; corner to Baptist McNabb. Witnessed and acknowledged as above (Jno. Bramham, Jr.; Thos. Gordon, John Finley. Acknowledged, 21st May, 1747). Lyman Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 3, 260. "McKay" is listed on the map.)

16 Aug 1752 "John McKEE purchased a tract of land in the forks of the James River" per Geo Wilson McKee's The McKees of VA and KY and Jos Waddell's Annals of Augusta Co., VA.

Page 376.--19th August, 1754. John Kerr, yeoman, and Margaret (her mark) to John McKee, yeoman (signed Carr), £200, 280 acres conveyed to John Carr by Borden, 8th July, 1743, part of 92,100 acres, on Tees Creek. Teste: Samuel Norwood, James Goodfellow, Wm. Woods. Delivered to James Lockart, 17th May, 1757. Lyman Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 3, p. 328. Note: "Tees Creek" was originally in Augusta County, VA and later called Kerr's Creek, which became Rockbridge County.

20 Nov 1754 (321) John and James McKee relieved of levy this year, NOT being inhabitants of this Co. (Augusta Co.) on 10th June last., Chalkley's Chronicles, Vol. 1, p 65.

25 Nov 1762, Jno McKEE and Jas Logan are both witnesses to the will of Jos McCord. Hugh Cunningham guardian of children. Details in excerpt. Chalkley's Chronicles, Vol 3, p 76.

(NOT our man here, but instead John Mackey's.
Page 510.--14th May, 1763. John Macky, farmer, to James McClung, Sr., £120, 390 acres on Mill Creek of James River, cor. Baptist McNabb. Proved by witnesses. Delivered to John McClung, May, 1773. Lyman Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 3, p 388.)

Page 118.--19th August, 1765. Samuel Todd and Jane to William and
John McKEE, £170, 400 on head of North Branch of Buffalo Creek, Borden's line. Teste: Benj. Hawkins, Joseph Robinson, Alex. Evans. Delivered: Wm. McKEE, September, 1775. Lyman Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 3, p 428.

1764, Botetourt County Deed Book 14, page 464, 17 May, 1768, Patrick Denny and Elizabeth of Forks of James River, to John McKEE, of said Forks, 44 pounds, at head of Kerr's Creek in the abovesaid Forks of James, branch of Kerr's Creek called Cunningham's Creek, 80 acres. Test: John Gilmer, Robert McElhenny, David Tate. Delivered: John McKee, 1773. (this one is not in Chalkley's book)

Page 414.--12th May, 1768. Same to John McKEE, £15, 150 acres, part
of 92,100; corner Jonathan Cunningham. Delivered: John McKEE, April, 1773. Lyman Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 3, p 469.

Page 464.--17th May, 1768. Patrick ( ) Denny and Elizabeth ( ) of Forks of James River, to John McKEE, of said Forks, £44, at head of Kerr's Creek in the abovesaid Forks of James, branch of Kerr's Creek called Cunningham's Creek, 80 acres. Teste: John Gilmer, Robert McElhenny, David Tate ( ). Delivered: John McKEE, April, 1773. Lyman Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 3, p 471.

Page 223.--20th March, 1770. Hugh Cunningham and Sarah ( ) of Forks of James River in Botetourt County to John McKEE, of Kerr's Creek, £300, tract whereon Jonathan Cunningham, deceased, son of Hugh, formerly dwelt, 281 acres on Kerr's Creek, formerly called Teaze's Creek, partly in Botetourt and part in Augusta. Teste: Hugh Weir, Nathan Peoples, William McKEE. Delivered: John McKee, April, 1773. Lyman Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 3, p 495. (Land by the Big Spring, and after the Indian massacres.)

Page 148.--15th March, 1774. John McKee and Rosanna ( ), of Kerr's Creek, to James McKee, their son, on Kerr's Creek, part in Augusta and part in Botetourt, corner plantation whereon said John McKee now lives. Lyman Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 3, p 537.

There are many differing versions, many based on folklore passed down in the families, some shared with Rev. Saml Brown, but somewhat similar and some different, including the dates and people. After Chief Cornstalk's Shawnee Indians attacked the people and burned the homes of Dougherty, Cunningham, Gilmore and Hamilton, "one savage, however pushed on the the house of John McKee, who had sent his 6 children to the house of a friend on Timber Ridge, intending soon to follow with his wife. When the alarm reached him, he and his wife fled down the creek about a mile to a thicket, followed by the savage. Seeing they would be overtaken, Mrs. McKee implored her husband to leave her to her fate and make his escape. This he refused to do. She appealed to him again and again to leave her for the sake of her children. If he remained, being unarmed, both would be slain, but, if he escaped, their young children would still have a protector. He yielded to her entreaties, and they parted, to meet no more on earth. After running a short distance, he saw the tomahawk descend on his wife's head. The Indian, without halting, followed McKee, but was unable to find him in the bush, and, with a loud whoop, gave up the search. At night, McKee returned to the spot where he had left his wife' and found her dead." History of Augusta Co. VA, by J. Lewis Peyton, 1953, p 140.

=Works Progress Admin. of VA, Historical Inventory #ROC419 by Jas W McClung, The Old Home of John C. Laird, photo from 1937. Home was "built by John McKee in 1820" (son maybe), later owned by J.C. Laird. The original land owner of Borden grant was John McKee. Home passed to John McKee's son William McKee. A list of the owners through 1937 is given in #4. A 2 story log building. #6 mentions the Indian attacks and fortification in the basement for protection from the Indians. Located 7 miles west of Lexington on Rt. #60. Report http://lvaimage.lib.va.us/VHI/html/24/0285.html Report Home Page 
Photograph http://lvaimage.lib.va.us/VHI/P/24/0244.jpg Photograph 
Suspect John Calvin Laird (D 1866) and married to Mary Susan McKee (D 1858) is the same man (both on FaG).

=I found the W.P.A. Historical Inventory Survey on John McKee's home online at the Library of Virginia. It says: It is in "Rockbridge County, VA, five miles north of Lexington. Leave Lexington on Route No. 60, thence west 5.5 miles; thence east on Route No. 631, one half of a mile, and this house is on the north side of this highway, adjoining. The first house about 1750; 2nd house about 1875."

"The John McKee Home, now owned by the Patterson family is in a beautiful location, very near the river. The house a two story structure is rectangular in shape. The building is a combination of brick and frame, the original portion being constructed of brick and the large frame addition having been added at a later period. The house has a gabled roof, which is covered with metal roofing. The original front porch to the brick part, is now used as a side entrance. This porch has large, square columns with fancy tops and the entrance door is a large, single door, without transom or side lights." There is more detail of this home on this site. It also says: "The first owner of record in Rockbridge county, was James McKee, who purchased it from Benjamin Borden, prior to 1778, when Rockbridge County was founded, and he built the first home sometime between 1740-1750." (Note: this James (?) is on the Borden Tract map in 1758 with 310 acres and in 1766 with 301 acres, a distance away.)

"James McKee willed it to William and John McKee, will probated on August 4, 1778, Will Book 1, page 19. It remained under this ownership until June 20,1859, when S. McD. Reid was appointed as a Special Commissioner, in Cause: "Davidson vs McKee" to see and convey same, which he did, and S. M. McKee became the owner, Deed Book HH, page 153. At the death of S. M. McKee, it passed by inheritance to John T. McKee. John T. McKee deeded it to E. M. Lackey on January 29, 1898, Deed Book, 127, page 324. E. M. Lackey deeded it to Hugh E. Wash on April 5, 1928, Deed Book 128, page 42, and he is the present owner in 1936."

"It is a known fact that this house, both original and subsequent, was constructed with a protection in the basement as a means of protection against attack by the Indians, who were plentiful in those early days. It was in this section, only several hundred yards distant, that was the scene of the last Indian massacre, in which many white people were killed. The State Conservation commission has erected a "Marker" at the intersection of this highway, No. 631, with Route No. 60, only a short distance to the west, calling attention to the site at which this massacre took place."

The data in this report was given by Mrs. W. Horace Lackey, a direct descendant of James McKee, Lexington, VA.

I also found original owner, John McKee's home, circa 1732, Lib of VA, 1936 WPA survey for "House on Walter L. Kerr's Farm," #AU-188, building about 1732, Augusta Co., 1 1/2 mi S of New Hope on Rt 608, then 1 1/2 mi W on Rt 612.   Wm Beverly to John Kerr 10 Aug 1752, DB54, 464; sold 1761 to Wm Matthews,  & to Jas Agnew 1784; to James Kerr, 1788; to John Kerr 1803; to his heirs to Nathaniel Kerr, 1849, DB 71, 282; estate sale to son Vincent Brown Kerr 1895; to brother Walter L Kerr, in 1904.  1936 photo of house included.  It stayed in the same Kerr family as best as I can tell.

=Lyman Chalkley's Chronicles of a Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 3; page 537: page 148.--15th March, 1774. John McKee and Rosanna ( ), of Kerr's Creek, to James McKee, their son (that's her step-son), on Kerr's Creek, part in Augusta and part in Botetourt, corner plantation whereon said John McKee now lives.

=Will of John McKee, Rockbridge Co., VA p 406-407:
In the name of God, Amen. I, John McKee, of Rockbridge county and State of Virginia, this 26th day of October, in the year of our Lord, 1791, calling to mind the mortality of my body and that it is appointed for all men once to die, do, therefore, make and ordain this my last will and testament.

First of all: I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the almighty power of God. My body I recommend to the dust, to be buried in a Christian and decent manner. And as touching what worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I dispose and bequeath the same in the following manner:
I allow all my just debts and funeral expense to be carefully paid.

I give unto my beloved wife, Rosannah McKee, a sufficient maintenance off my plantation, with a negro wench to assist her, during her natural life, with a horse kept for her use and two cows, with all my kitchen furniture and a bed and furniture.

I give unto my son, John McKee, all the real and personal estate that I possess (excepting the legacies hereafter mentioned) to him and his heirs forever.

I give unto Mary Weir, Miriam McKee, James McKee, Robert McKee, William McKee and David McKee, my daughters and sons, to each of them twenty shillings, to be paid by my executors at the end of one year after my decease. And I do constitute and appoint Rosannah McKee executrix and John Wilson executor of this my last will, and disannul all other will or wills by me heretofore made, and ordain this to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written. John McKee

Signed, Searled, published
& declared to be my last Will
& Testament in the presence of
Samuel Willson
Ann Willson
Recorded April "3" 1792, presented by Rosannah McKee & Jno Willson Executors and proved by witnesses Samuel and Ann Willson.

Did John have any ownership in the home belonging to his son James Logan McKee at Kerr's Creek, that was built between 1740-1750, near the site of 2 Shawnee Indian Massacres? In 1778, this Rockbridge Co. land was reformed from Augusta Co. See son James' bio. Could he have separately distributed it, at an earlier date?

=McKee: Bible records, 1707-1872; "Microfilm of 2 page typescript copied from the Quarterly Bulletin of the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society, donated by Mrs. George Hallgren, Potomac, Maryland. Includes Dunlap, Laird and related families. John McKee was born in 1707. He married Jane Logan in 1744 and Rosannah Cunningham in 1765, and died in 1792. Virginia and Kentucky are the geographical locations cited." On LDS film, HL US/CAN Film 1036714 Item 21.

=The McKees of Virginia and Kentucky, the Bible belonging to John T. McKee's grandfather (in possession of Mr. O. B. (Okelala Beverlin) Dunlap in August 1890 is on LDS film #1036714, item #21. The Holy Bible was published October 27th, 1802 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was printed for Mathew Carey, No. 118, Market Street. This data is typed and it was filmed 1 Mar 1978. It says "John McKee was born in 1707 and married Jane Logan on 29 January 1744. She died 17 July 1763 and he married Rosannah Cunningham on 12 Dec 1765. They had one son, John on 27 Oct 1771 and Rosanna died 19 Jan 1806, aged 78."

He MAY be buried here in an unmarked grave according to renowned Rockbridge Co., VA author and researcher, Angela M. Ruley's who contributed data on McKee Cemetery at the Virginia Tombstone Transcription Project for Rockbridge County at usgwtombstones. "Some of the unmarked graves MAY contain the following: McKee, John b. 1707 and McKee, Jane Logan b. c1744, w/o John."

*Thomas and James McKee were Indian traders in Lancaster Co., PA. James and his heirs remained on his original 1737 warranted land, through 1830. In a Historical Sketch of Old Hanover Church by Rev. Thos. H. Robinson, D.D., with a Notice of the Church at Conewago, by A Boyd Hamilton, Published in 1878 by the Historical Society of Dauphin County, p 52-53 (one small example).

Bio researched and written by LSP, do not recopy.


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