m. 26 May 1782
Facts and Events
John T. McKee was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
John Telford McKee is the son of James Logan McKee, Ensign (14 Mar 1752 - 14 Aug 1832) and Jane "Jennet" Telford (19 Oct 1754 - 30 Apr 1800). He was born on Kerrs Creek where his parents settled, coming from Pennsylvania. He married Agnes Hanna (1779 - 1847) and they had 4 known children:
His gravestone at McKee/Big Spring Cemeter in Rockbridge Co., VA says: In Memory of John T. McKee Who died Apr 30 1857 aged "74 yrs." See Find A Grave Memorial# 21837057 for a photo of his gravestone taken in 1999 on Findagrave.com.
http://www.historybroker.com/items/506b1d.htm; 10-07; Letter is for sale for $45.00. 1834 LETTER GREEN COUNTY OH TO JOHN T MCKEE ROCKBRIDGE VA Interesting old 1834 STAMPLESS COVER & handwritten letter written by Thomas Harper from Green County, Ohio to Mr. John T. McKee of Rockbridge County, Virginia. The letter is 2-pages written in ink on unlined paper 6 x 8”. Most of the letter concerns a DEBT OWED to John McKee that Harper is trying to collect from a Mr. Carter in Ohio. He finally takes a horse in trade for part of the debt (after rejecting a BLIND horse). It is interesting to see how this virtually uncollectible debt was worked out by Harper as intermediary between the two parties. A transcription of the letter follows:
“Green County Ohio March 8th, 1834 My Dear Sir, I embrace the present opportunity of addressing a few lines to you in order to let you know that we are all in the land of the living and, by the good hand of our God upon us, enjoying a good degree of health. Hoping that you and yours are enjoying the self same blessing.
I have also to inform you that I have seen Mr. Carter. Gave him your letter as an introduction to our business. He acknowledges the accounts to be just and a willingness to pay if he has the means. I thought myself that the chance was but slim as he owes considerable here and there. Has a good deal come against him from Rockbridge. He has put all his property into the hands of his son-in-law.
Aft first, when I proposed taking a horse from him, he said he had but one of his own and it was blind. The second time I went, they agreed to let me have the little gray at forty-five dollars. They said they had been offered that in cash of her. High, but concluded that it was better to take her at that than to run the risk of losing all.
I have since attended a sale there and bought some few things on your account to the amount of two dollars and 25 cents. Making in all $47 25 cents when I got the mare. I had no way to keep her myself. I got Robert Irvin to keep her on as good terms as I could get it done here. The calculation then was that he would go to VA about the middle of last month. He has kept her since the first day of January. He is to get her shod and take her in to you, and he can give you some account of the prospect.
For the rest, they are going to move away this Spring some 80 or 100 miles from here, but intend coming back at harvest to cut their grain, and they have promised to dig me a well then. If they do it, will about cover the debt.
You will please remember me to the Good Lady and family and all who may think worthwhile to ask for me. I add no more, but remain your friend and well wisher Thomas Harper To Mr. John T. Mckee ”
This is probably the John T. McKee who lived on Kerr’s creek and was an elder in the Old Monmouth Presbyterian Church.
This old letter has a few stains and some tears and rough areas around the edges (see scan—especially bottom of letter) but is otherwise all intact and in good condition on old paper of fine rag content.
On the 1850 Rockbridge Co., VA Census, 53rd District, dwelling #494, family #496: I found farmer John T. McKee, age 67, with $8,000. in real estate, born in Virginia. He was living with his daughter Mary S. Laird, 35 and her family. John C. Laird, 36, male, farmer, $1800, born VA; Mary S. Laird, 35, female, born VA; John H. Laird, 14, male, born VA, attending school; Samuel Laird, 10, male, born VA, attending school; Henry R. Laird, 8, male, born VA, attending school; Agness I. Laird, 6, female, born VA, attending school; Alexander F. Laird, 4, male, born VA; Mary E. Laird, 4/12, female, born VA; Sarah Entsminger, 20, female, born VA
Old Monmouth and Its Times By J. D. Morrison No. XIII; Rockbridge County News, late 1896 and early 1897, this series of articles appeared in this newspaper over a thirteen week stretch; 10-07: http://www.rootsweb.com/~varockbr/rkchurch.htm: "John Welsh and John T. McKee, two of the leading elders, had grown old and lived rather remote from the church." The church is current day New Monmouth Presbyterian Church in Lexington, VA.