- John McKeeABT 1706 - 1792
Facts and Events
John McKee was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
John McKee's land (Borden Tract SW, 3 Tracts: 1) 390-acre tract patented in 1747; 2) 150-acre tract patented in 1750; 3) 280-acre tract acquired from John Kerr in 1754; 4) 281-acre tract acquired from Hugh Cunningham and Sarah, (adjoining John McKee's 150-acre tract and the tract acquired from John Kerr) in 1770) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. Note that tracts of James McKee, son of John McKee's half-brother, Willaim McKee, are located nearby, highlighted in blue.
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 267.--21st 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).
- 376, Aug. 19, 1754. - John Kerr to John McKee yeoman 280 acres on Tee's Creek (This was later called Kerr's Creek).
- Page 414.—12th May. 1768. Same (From Borden's Executors) to John McKee, £15, 150 acres, part of 92,100; corner Jonathan Cunningham. Delivered: John McKee, April, 1773.
- 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.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley'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.
- 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. (Note: the James McKee listed was actually a son with John McKee's first wife, Jane Logan, who was killed in the 1st Kerr's Creek Massacre of 1759).
WPA 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" was later owned by John 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. Originally was a 2 story log building. #6 mentions the Indian attacks and fortification in the basement for protection from the Indians.
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
http://image.lva.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=187&last=&g_p=PA&collection=LO Grant; 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 (Vol.1 & 2, p.1-685), p. 187 (Reel 42). Subject - Personal 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 Jane Logan McKee's (Mrs. John McKee) father.
Processioning List of 1760
- "Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
- Vol. 2 - Page 290.--1760: Processioned by _____ ? _____: For Robert Hamilton, for John Collier, for James Davis, for James Moore, for John Hanna, for Henry Kirkham, for Robert Young, for David Wallace, for Robert Erwm, for John McKey, for Hugh Cunningham, for John Gilmer, for Wm. McChime (McCune), for John Beatty, for Francis McCown, for John McCown, for Anne Long, for William Gilmer, for Adam Thompson, for Samuel Kinkead, for John Campbell, for Thomas Piery, for Maj. John Brown, for Robert Young, for James Young, for Samuel Young, for Hugh Young, for Robert Allen, for William Martain, for John Jamison, for Samuel Wallace, for Maurice Ofreel, for Robert Philips, for John Trimble.
Will of John McKee
- 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.
- (signed) John McKee
Records of John McKee in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records: (likely records for this John McKee)
- Page 387.--10th January, 1751. Robert Davison's will, yeoman--Son, John Davison, 13-1/2 pence; daughter, Mary Huston, 13-1/2, pence; wife, Ann. Executrix, Ann. Teste: John Mackey, William Lusk. 29th August, 1751, proved by all witnesses. Ann refuses to execute, and administration granted to John Davison.
- Page 216.--25th November, 1762. Joseph McCord's will, farmer: To wife, Mary; to children, as well unborn, as born; to brother John, executor's wife, Mary and brother Jno. McCord, who are to make Mathew Molar title for the land testator sold him near Moorman's River, in Albemarle; guardian of children, Hugh Cunningham. Teste: Robt. Hamilton, Jno. McKee, James Logan. Proved, 15th February, 1763, by McKee and Logan. Executors qualified with Jno. McKee and Jno. Ramsey. (Mary's Mark ).
- Page 397.--15th May, 1765. James Cunningham's estate appraised, by Jno. McKee, Jno. Gilmore, Robt. Erwin.
Information on John McKee
____ - 5 Mar 1792
CHRISTENING: 13 Jun 1706, Drumbo, Down, Ireland
DEATH: 5 Mar 1792, Kerr's Creek Community, Rockbridge, Virginia
BURIAL: 3 Apr 1792, Will Filed
Father: Robert M'KIE
Mother: Jean CAUGHY
Family 1 : Jane LOGAN
MARRIAGE: ABT 1735, , Rockbridge, Virginia
- John M'KEE
- Robert M'KEE
- +Miriam M'KEE
- William M'KEE
- Mary Wise M'KEE
- David M'KEE
- +James Logan M'KEE
- Family 2 : Rosanna CUNNINGHAM
- MARRIAGE: 27 Dec 1771, , Rockbridge, Virginia
From The McKees of Virginia and Kentucky by George Wilson McKee, he transcribed the Will of John McKee (shown above).
Note.--It must not be inferred from the foregoing will that John McKee cut off all his children except John McKee with "twenty shillings." As they married in his lifetime, he provided for all of them. To some he gave land and to others money and negroes. To ... William McKee, he gave "Highland Bell" plantation, and to James McKee the "Red House Farm"...
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