The one you researched may not have been the Alexander McKey I'm looking for -
but I'm still convinced that Delaware County had more than it's share of
interesting tales to be told. There's one interesting bit I'm sure I'll never
know the story behind - both loyalist McKee and my brothers Cook were
apparently Brits, and in what would become this county well before the
Revolution. One would assume they knew one another. Another name that's come up
in an old handwritten family document was a McKnight, but I don't know if he
was also Brit.
Kaye in Texas
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 06:26:42 -0500
From: Florence <hkemp(a)insight.rr.com>
Subject: McKee - Alexander - William (King James' Rebellion?)
Dear NYDELAWA and especially K, Powell --
I've been happily working on McKee's in Delaware County since last
April and have had some exciting finds.
My great grandfather was Edward McKee, found on the web site in the
Gilchrist Memorial Church Baptism Record, along with his brother James
Harvey McKee. Amazingly enough, they both left something which is
still around today.
James Harvey McKee (b.1840) wrote Back in War Times, A Civil War Record
of the 144th Volunteer Infantry of Delaware County, New York.
Published in 1903, it was reprinted in 1994 and was available as
recently as a few months ago when I got my copy.
Edward McKee (b.1843) was a Presbyterian minister with a bent for
educating people, as we knew in the family before my research. We knew
he had headed an academy in Marissa, Illinois, and were amazed to find
that the schoolhouse built while he was there is still standing.
Renovated in 1976, it's on the Historical Register and is used as the
local genealogical/historical museum for the town of Marissa! There is
a lovely group of genealogists there who sent wonderful material on the
family. I plan to prepare it all in a better form for the web site,
with pictures. Of course I keep wanting to get that one more piece of
information that will complete the never-ending story, before I write
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