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Elizabeth (c1767-1838), Andrew McKee’s Unbelievable Widow – 52 Ancestors #373


Elizabeth was Andrew McKee’s spouse, however who was she? What will we find out about her?

I can let you know one factor after researching the small print of her life and fleshing out as a lot as doable – that lady was made from absolute grit! I might love to sit down down for a couple of days and discuss to her about her life and what was happening round her. I do know, I simply know that there’s an untold story right here. I can odor it, however I can’t discover it.

Amazingly, we didn’t even know Elizabeth’s title till her husband died.

Every part we find out about Elizabeth’s adolescence, we all know by Andrew and her youngsters.

On condition that Elizabeth’s youngest little one was born in both 1810 or shortly thereafter, and if we estimate that she was 43 years outdated on the time, we are able to moderately set up her beginning about 1767. After all, she might have been anyplace from 40-45, so born between 1765-1770.

Primarily based on this, it is sensible that Elizabeth would have been marrying about 1788. She would have been about 21 years outdated.

Why 1788?

Andrew McKee, her husband, had land surveyed on October 5, 1789. Now this might imply a few issues.

Andrew might have already been residing on this property, leasing, and determined that, certainly, he did wish to buy the patent possibility, have it surveyed, and settle right here completely.

He did, in reality, settle there completely. The house he introduced his bride residence to is the one residence they ever had. The one one both of them lived in.

Actually, it nonetheless stands – as superb as that sounds. How cool is that this?!!

The house is listed as having been inbuilt 1765, so, it’s doable that Andrew didn’t simply acquire a hill with a forest that needed to be cleared, however land with a house. Sure, the encompassing land was most likely principally uncleared. I’m not satisfied that this home was inbuilt 1765, however it’s definitely the house the place Andrew and Elizabeth lived. There’s no query about that.

It’s unlikely that Andrew, as a single man, bought this land. It’s doable in fact.

Marriage information for Washington County do exist, however they appear to be solely partially full, and there may be nothing for this timeframe for Andrew and Elizabeth.

The place Was Andrew Earlier than 1789?

That’s a very good query.

The early Washington County information, together with the tax lists starting in 1782 don’t present any McKee males, apart from one Elias Mackey in 1784. He lives 9 homes from John Kelly, who grew to become Andrew McKee’s neighbor in 1789 when his land was surveyed. John Kelly is within the county as early as 1782 and presumably earlier, together with the Robinsons and many Edmistons (Edmondson) – households that may be Andrew’s neighbors his total grownup life.

In 1785 and 1786, there aren’t any McKee or Mackey males within the county.

Andrew McKee apparently wasn’t in Washington County previous to 1787 when he first seems on the tax record. Both that or he was too younger to be taxed, or on another person’s record. On the 1787 tax record, he’s 21 or over, however he has no property in any respect, not even a horse. His beginning 12 months was 1766 or earlier.

If he was residing with another person in 1787, he was taxed on his personal and never on their record.

Sadly, the 1787 tax record is recorded in letter order, not tax or home order. Andrew McKee is listed because the particular person chargeable and the white male above 21 – no blacks, no horses, no cattle, no stud horses – nothing else.

Andrew needed to come from someplace. Did he include different McKee males?

The 1788 property and land tax record is, sadly, in alpha order, however exhibits a number of folks of curiosity.

  • Could 21 – John Mackey 1 – – – 3
  • July 26 – Samuel Mackey 1
  • Sept 10 – Alexander Mecke (I imagine that is Meek or Meeks from later lists) 1 – 1 2
  • Sept 19 – Andrew McKee 1
  • October 5 – Thomas McKee 1

These final two are undoubtedly McKee, however apparently, Thomas moved on. They weren’t visited on the identical day, and even shut, so they might be completely disconnected.

All these males have one tithable, which suggests they’re residing in their very own households and solely have one white male, age 21 or over, no horses (besides John) and no blacks.

Thomas’s title was undoubtedly McKee, however he’s by no means discovered once more.

Andrew could have arrived by himself on the frontier. If these different males in 1788 had been household, they moved on. Elias did serve within the Revolutionary Struggle from Washington and Montgomery Counties, however he moved on too. Andrew named none of his boys any of those names besides Alexander, and that’s the title I’m pretty sure is definitely Meek or Meeks.


In 1787 and 1788, Andrew was most likely calling on Elizabeth, possibly choosing wildflowers alongside the way in which, Queen Anne’s Lace and Daisies maybe, and tying them right into a bouquet, making an attempt to win her coronary heart.

Possibly Elizabeth is the explanation why Andrew didn’t transfer on with these different McKee males.

On condition that he didn’t have a horse on the 1787 tax record, we all know Andrew was strolling or, if fortunate, possibly using a mule. Possibly 1787 is after they married, which is why he’s on the tax record.

Possibly Andrew proposed as quickly as he might afford a horse. Or possibly his father-in-law-to-be took pity on younger Andrew and offered him an outdated nag actual low-cost!

Ahhh, younger love.

If Andrew and Elizabeth had been married in 1788, or thereabouts, then they might have been married within the Ebbing Springs Church that not exists. It wasn’t situated too distant. Actually, folks in a Fb group for Washington County, VA say they will bear in mind strolling from the land that John Kelly owned, throughout Value’s Bridge spanning the Holston River to the cemetery the place the outdated church was once. After all, again when Andrew lived there, no bridges existed, and the river would have both been waded, forded on horseback, or in a wagon when (if) the water was low sufficient.

After all, it’s additionally doable that Andrew married Elizabeth elsewhere, they usually got here along with her household.

Andrew’s not on the land or private tax record in 1789, however then his district might be lacking.

On August 18, 1790, Andrew McKee had 1 tax levy, himself, and one horse/mare, no blacks or any stud horses or anything.

At the very least he’s been capable of save up sufficient for a horse.

On condition that Elizabeth most likely would have been too younger to marry earlier than 1787, it’s probably that Andrew married a neighborhood gal and settled down close to her mother and father. Possibly even beside her mother and father.

Hmmm, who’re the neighbors?


Andrew’s instant neighbors, whose land borders his, are:

  • John Kelley (Kelly)’s land was surveyed in 1782
  • Samuel Kithcart had his land surveyed in 1782
  • Jacob Halfacre whose land was surveyed in 1783 and purchased the Dozer survey
  • James Thompson’s 2600 aces was surveyed in 1746 and a few additionally in 1794

Close to neighbors embody

  • John Starnes who settled in 1774
  • Aaron Lewis whose land was surveyed in 1785
  • John Kirk who settled in 1772, however whose land wasn’t surveyed till 1783
  • David Craig whose land wasn’t surveyed till 1801
  • Nathaniel McClure settled in 1770 and his land was surveyed in 1785
  • Henry Oakwood settled in 1773 and his land was surveyed in 1784
  • Jonathan Cunningham settled in 1775 by George Hice and had lis land surveyed in 1782
  • Abraham Lefever settled in 1774 and had his land surveyed in 1785, additionally one other hint surveyed in 1784
  • Adam Morrow settled n 773 and had his land surveyed in 1784
  • Joseph Cole settled in 1771 and had his land surveyed in 1782
  • Philip Grever settled in 1773 and had his land surveyed in 1782
  • John Bowles settled in 1773 and had his land surveyed in 1784
  • Thomas Edmundson had two tracts of land surveyed in 1783
  • Jonathan Cortney has his land surveyed in 1798
  • Patrick Watson’s land was surveyed in 1783
  • James Robinson’s land was surveyed in 1783
  • David and Samuel Robinson had land surveyed in 1785 and David in 1796

Jeffrey La Favre mapped these early land grants, right here, and found that there’s n marker within the David Robinson 1796 survey that refers to a nook with Andrew McKee. I’ve drawn that with a inexperienced arrow. (It’s additionally value noting that time may be very near the outdated McKee cemetery.)

The issue is that Andrew McKee’s land is proven in yellow, on the prime. What provides?

We all know from Andrew’s 1805 will that he had “two plantations,” adjoined.

Jeffrey additionally found that Samuel Kithcart offered 192 acres to Andrew McKee in 1791.

Samuel Killhart [Kithcart] sells to Andrew W. Kee [McKee] 192 acres on the Center and South Forks of the Holston River. Washington Co., VA File of Deeds 1, p. 226. David Robinson’s 100-acre tract surveyed 27 June 1796, lists Andrew McKee as proprietor of adjoining land, which on the map beneath is Samuel Kithcart’s 191 acre tract. Truly, on account of issues in becoming the tracts on the map, Robinson’s tract doesn’t adjoin Kithcart’s tract, though the survey descriptions point out that they do adjoin.

Now we all know that Andrew McKee purchased Kithcart’s land. Was that an arm’s size transaction, or had Andrew married Kithcart’s daughter?

The land transaction was for 105 kilos and lay between the center and south fork of the Holston. The unique survey referenced James Dozer and Zachariah Wolsey, whose land Andrew McKee patented initially. It mentions John Kelley’s line together with Thomas Edmondson and Adam Morrow.

The deed was confirmed in court docket on August 16, 1791, the place Elizabeth Kincart, his spouse, relinquished her proper of dower. Sadly, the title Elizabeth is quite common, so we are able to’t actually draw any inferences from that.

The next deed registered within the deed guide was one other sale transaction from Samuel Kithcart to Samuel Eakin, additionally for 110 kilos of Virginia cash, so certainly it does sound like Kithcart was promoting out and leaving.

I used to be so hoping that Kithcart had offered his land to Andrew at a low worth, a lower cost than regular, which could have urged that Andrew was his son-in-law, however no such luck.

Or possibly, Elizabeth was John Kelly’s daughter?

After all, possibly neither, however it’s a must to be shut sufficient to court docket a gal earlier than you’ll be able to ask her father for her hand in marriage after which suggest to her.

Did Samuel Kithcart, who had been settled there since a minimum of 1782, promote out and transfer on a decade later? The place did he go, and extra importantly, maybe, did he go away a will?

The Starting of the Household

We all know that Andrew and Elizabeth’s youngsters began arriving not lengthy after their presumed marriage about 1788.

For instance, we all know that son James McKee was born on January 12 of 1791, however he could not have been their first little one. Actually, I’m pretty sure that he wasn’t.

How I want the 1790 census existed. Though, James McKee, on his Struggle of 1812 bounty land requisition, says he was drafted and that on April 23rd, 1852, he was 59 years outdated, which locations his beginning in 1793, not 1791.

His tombstone gives his beginning, by subtraction, as December 22, 1790, as does the Washington County, VA demise register. The guide, Excessive on a Windy Hill gives the placement of James’s grave because the McKee Cemetery. This could have been on the land he owned, initially owned by his father, and should very nicely be the place Andrew, Elizabeth, and his siblings are buried as nicely.

I wrote in regards to the McKee Cemetery, right here, together with the placement.

Daughter Sally McKee was most likely their firstborn little one, possibly in 1788 or 1789. She married Robert Larimer in December of 1810.

Now would most likely be a very good time to say that I compiled a big spreadsheet involving each file for Andrew’s youngsters that I might discover that may even trace at their age. I’ve used the varied columns to hone in on the most certainly beginning years I’ll be publishing the details about their youngsters in beginning order. The spreadsheet consists of:

  • Andrew’s 1805 will – record of his youngsters
  • 1810 census
  • Marriage date
  • Andrew’s 1814 property sale purchasers
  • Tax record look date
  • Guardianship date
  • 1820 census
  • 1830 census
  • Elizabeth’s property purchasers
  • Margaret’s property purchasers
  • Partner’s estates
  • 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870 census
  • Loss of life info
  • Their youngsters’s beginning info
  • Navy information
  • Different assets

James was most likely the oldest son based mostly on the order of youngsters listed in Andrew’s will and in addition based mostly on the truth that he served because the guardian for his minor siblings after his father’s demise.

Primarily based on this, we are able to presume that Elizabeth most likely had Sally 18 months to 2 years sooner than James, so July of 1789, simply earlier than Andrew’s land was surveyed. Since we didn’t discover Andrew on the tax record that 12 months, was he on his father-in-law’s tax record, or did I miss the itemizing or was his web page lacking? If their little one was born in July of 1789, then we’d say they had been married in the summertime of 1788.

That is sensible, particularly since we first discover Andrew on the 1787 tax record.

Kids Sally and James would have been baptized within the outdated Ebbing Springs church just some miles away from residence.

We don’t have all of the tax lists, however by 1790, in accordance with that 12 months’s tax record, Andrew had obtained a horse. Thank goodness!

On Could 21 of 1791, Andrew had 5 horses, and 4 in 1792.

Their household stored rising, 12 months by 12 months.

I think their son William McKee was born about 1792 or 1793, particularly if James truly was born in January of 1791, which I think is correct. That date comes from his Struggle of 1812 pension utility.

William McKee, Service provider of Abingdon

I’m going to take a minute right here to dispel some misinformation. We all know, based mostly on Andrew McKee’s will that William was born earlier than March 24, 1805, however we don’t know when, precisely. We additionally know that William is listed because the second son within the will, which implies that William might NOT have been born earlier than 1791. If Elizabeth and Andrew had been married about 1788, William wouldn’t have been older than 16, on the oldest, when his father wrote his will in 1805.

There’s a William McKee and Firm who’s granted a service provider’s license in Abingdon, 8 or 9 miles away, in 1803, two years earlier than Andrew wrote his will.

It’s nearly not possible that this William, who would have been a minimum of 21 AND had the cash for stock, is Andrew’s son, William.

Due to the identical title, however with out thorough analysis, it has been assumed (there’s that phrase) through the years that William of Abingdon is William, Andrew’s son. Plus, William of Abingdon has a grave marker, so he’s simple to seek out. Nonetheless, discover that considered one of his youngsters, Julia Ann, died in New York in 1826 at age 13. New York???

Because it seems, William McKee of Abingdon married one Phebe Ogden of New York.

He has ties to New York and a house in Richmond. William is a rich service provider with a retailer that carries silks and upscale objects. He additionally owns a tanyard, and in all of his enterprise dealings, not one particular person is a well-recognized particular person or surname related to Andrew McKee’s group within the northern a part of the county. I can’t assist however marvel, although, if Y DNA had been concerned if these two strains descend from the identical line again abroad. William McKee can be a Presbyterian based mostly on the placement of his grave marker, within the Sinking Spring Cemetery.

William McKee’s will was probated on Could 27, 1833, and dated October 29, 1832. William estimated that his property was value 1 / 4 million {dollars}, again then, and talked about his nephew, Thomas Wallace.

He lists a number of underage youngsters, together with son William Carlton McKee who he suggests be positioned in a dry items retailer in NY after his training. Additionally, youngsters Mary Elizabeth McKee, Adeline Taylor McKee, Sarah Ann Helms McKee, and Henry Ogden McKee. Elias Ogden is the executor. The youngsters’s guardian is William Fulton out of Lynchburg, and William mentions Richmond, VA. His lengthy property settlement will be seen right here.

The New York Night Publish reported his demise and referred to him as “of this metropolis.”

Moreover, the 1803 service provider date implies that if William was 21 at the moment, he would have been born in 1782 or earlier than, which implies that Elizabeth, if she had been his mom, must have been born in 1764 to have a toddler as late as 1810. This isn’t not possible, however we’ve got a whole group of inconceivable issues that may all have needed to happen in collection.

The William McKee, service provider, in Abingdon, is NOT the son of Andrew and Elizabeth.

Elizabeth’s Son, William

I don’t know what occurred to Andrew and Elizabeth’s son William, however maybe tax lists and different information may also help us kind by what may need occurred to William, and when. Because it stands, we solely know that he was alive in 1805 and appears to be in 1810.

Ebbing Springs Church

One thing else occurred in 1792 that may have reverberated by the neighborhood. I’m guessing that opinions had been break up about this moderately dramatic change.

Andrew and Elizabeth would have been attending church on the Ebbing Springs Presbyterian Church. That alone tells us that Andrew and Elizabeth had been most likely Scots-Irish. We all know that Andrew was, however we don’t find out about Elizabeth. On condition that these had been the one church buildings within the area, and the vast majority of the settlers had been Scots-Irish, I’d say it’s a very good wager.

For some purpose, in 1792, the congregation deserted the Ebbing Springs web site and moved to Glade Springs, about three miles away. With out figuring out why the transfer was made, it’s exhausting to gauge how church members may need felt. If Elizabeth was a neighborhood gal, which I think she was, then she probably had members of the family buried within the graveyard beside the Ebbing Springs church.

This 1950 aerial view of the remnants of the buildings the place the unique Ebbing Springs Church and cemetery had been situated, circled in crimson, displaying the proximity to what I imagine is the Ebbing Spring, itself, on the crimson arrows. The Holston River is the darkish meandering line.

Right here’s the identical location on Google Maps right now.

Andrew and Elizabeth lived on the star within the higher proper. Andrew owned about 250 acres to the west of Friendship Street, between the Holston and the highway, and John Kelly owned many of the relaxation south to Kelly Chapel Street.

Ebbing Springs Church was about two miles because the crow flies, and possibly 5 because the wagon traveled.

The unique Ebbing Springs Church was established on Capt. James Thompson’s land again when Fort Kilmachronan existed, earlier than Washington County was even established in 1776 from Fincastle County.

You’ll be able to view photographs of among the unique gravestones, right here.

Charlie Barnette posted a whole public album of Ebbing Springs photographs within the Historic Society of Washington County, VA Fb group, right here. The unique James Thompson survey will be seen, right here with the Ebbing Springs land within the very decrease left nook, the place you’ll be able to see dotted strains displaying the outdated wagon highway that ran alongside the river to the church.

Ebbing Spring itself, which might have offered water for Elizabeth and the opposite churchgoers, in addition to the baptismal font, will be seen, right here.

These stones mark all that’s left of the chimney of these log cabins that had been nonetheless standing within the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, with a remembrance stone positioned by Glade Springs marking the cemetery, within the distance close to the river on the best.

After all, a brand new cemetery was begun at Glade Springs Church, about 3 miles additional away. It’s unclear what occurred to the outdated Ebbing Springs Church, however the gravestones had been pushed into the river someday within the 1900s, apart from one. The present proprietor has fenced the cemetery space to forestall additional desecration, and the Glade Springs Church erected a monument within the subject, seen within the distance at proper within the above photograph.

One native particular person says they grew up on the outdated John Kelly land, they usually bear in mind strolling from Value’s Bridge as much as the outdated cemetery after they had been a child.

We do know that John Kelly, who died in 1834, stipulated in his will that he was to be buried by his spouse within the Ebbing Springs cemetery, so it was nonetheless in use a minimum of sometimes then.

The brand new church, Glade Springs, was one other 3-ish miles distant.

Did Andrew and Elizabeth make that 7-mile journey, a method, each Sunday? In some way, I doubt this. Particularly not with younger or new child youngsters, and Elizabeth was both pregnant or had a younger child for greater than 20 years of her life.

Was one other little one born, and misplaced, about 1793 or 1794, or possibly each? Have been these infants buried right here?

The McKee Homestead

Andrew McKee was a farmer, and a distiller based mostly on the nonetheless offered in his property sale. Whereas nobody was rich within the nation, he additionally wasn’t poor. Their residence was not a small 8×10 or 10×12 one-room log cabin, and Andrew owned multiple horse.

On April 16th, Andrew had 4 horses on the 1793 tax record, sufficient for a workforce to tug a wagon and even two. In 1794 and 1796, he had 7 horses and possibly 3 had been colts. The 1795 record was illegible.

A 3rd son, Edward McKee, was born about 1795. He married Mary Hand in 1818.

Elizabeth spent her days cooking on this hearth the place the household gathered ’spherical the fireplace on chilly winter days.

Soup or beans would have been simmered within the kettle on the pothook nearly on a regular basis within the days earlier than refrigeration.

Elizabeth would have stirred these embers 1000’s of occasions in her life. Andrew would have chopped and break up wooden to be introduced inside to maintain the fireplace burning, and carried ashes out within the ash bucket.

Elizabeth needed to be cautious to maintain the youngsters away from the fireplace, in fact.

The following little one, Andrew McKee, named after her husband, arrived about 1797, making me marvel if James and William had been named after his and her fathers, respectively.

That made 4 boys and one woman.

Life was buzzing alongside fairly properly within the McKee homestead nearby of the Center Fork of the Holston River.

Andrew and Elizabeth had been again to their 4 horses in 1797 and 1798, which suggests they could have been breeding horses and promoting the colts.

A brand new child joined the family each 18 months or so. It will have been a aid when the oldest little one might start to assist watch the youthful ones.

The 1799 tax record confirmed Andrew’s land break up into two entries, one for 150 acres which is the unique plat the place the three horses had been listed, and a second entry for 192 acres for the second “plantation,” as he known as it. Plantation didn’t imply what it meant additional south. Neither Andrew nor his youngsters enslaved others.

Mary McKee joined the household in 1799, in accordance with her demise file on December 17, 1855, when she died of consumption at age 56. She married John Larimer in January of 1820 and lived the longest of the youngsters who stayed in Washington County, and the second longest of all of Elizabeth’s youngsters.

Ann McKee, my ancestor, was most likely born between 1799 and 1801, however no later than 1804, based mostly on a number of census information. Contemplating the dates on all of them, the most certainly beginning 12 months was 1800. She married Charles Converse in February of 1823. For some purpose, when her sisters had been being assigned guardians in 1822, she was not, which lends credibility to the 1800 beginning date.

Sadly, we don’t have the 1800 census both, however the tax record exhibits Andrew with 4 horses in 1800, 6 in 1801, and seven once more in 1802.

By 1800, his oldest sons, James and William, would have been possibly 8 and 10, sufficiently old to journey horses and positively to assist on the barn and within the fields.

Daughter Charity McKee was born someday between 1801 and March of 1805. Charity was a minor in June of 1818 when a guardian was appointed. She married William Griever in Could of 1823.

Daughter Jane McKee was born after 1801 and possibly in 1802 or 1803 based mostly on the truth that she was a minor in January of 1822 and married about 1823.

Elizabeth McKee, named in her father’s will, additionally known as Eliza in different information, was born most likely in 1803 or 1804, however earlier than March 1805 when Andrew wrote his will. She was a minor in January of 1822 and married Eleazer Rouse in January of 1823

Within the spring of 1803 and 1804, Andrew had 8 horses.

One thing Occurred in March of 1805

One thing unhealthy occurred in March of 1805 – so extreme that no matter it was prompted Andrew McKee to put in writing his will at about 40 years of age. We don’t know what, however he was clearly both very ailing or badly injured. Elizabeth should have been terrified. She was both pregnant, or had a babe in arms, and possibly each.

Story of her life. Her oldest little one, Sally, was most likely 15 or 16, so a minimum of capable of assist reliably in the home and with meals preparation. Her subsequent 4 older youngsters had been boys and will assist in the barn and a minimum of have a tendency the inventory.

It’s due to Andrew’s will that we uncover Elizabeth’s title, and he refers to their youngsters and names them, first the boys, then the women, in what seems to be beginning order.

Andrew pulled by, survived, and was nicely sufficient to father a minimum of three further youngsters.

On April 5, 1805, Andrew had 10 horses on the tax record, so throughout his sickness, somebody needed to take care of the horses and his different livestock. To not point out, March and April are plowing time, on the point of plant. Who helped him?

Tax Lists

On condition that I used to be already studying greater than 3000 unindexed tax file pages, one after the other, spanning practically 60 years (sure, you learn that proper), I used to be additionally keeping track of William McKee in Abingdon, simply in case there can be one thing to tie him to Andrew. Typically you discover superb and sudden tidbits.

Usually, William in Abingdon had one horse, or none, however paid a hefty tax for one and generally two shops, plus ultimately, a tanyard.

In 1806, Andrew had 8 horses, then 7 in 1807. 1808 is lacking.

Tithables Inform Tales

In 1809, Andrew is taxed with two tithables for the primary time, plus 9 horses. This complicates issues a bit. To start with, we don’t know if white male tithables are taxed at age 16 or 21 that 12 months. Primarily based on what I do know of different years in Virginia information, and Washington County later, white males 16 and over are taxed as a result of they may work productively. This extra tithe can be James which might put his beginning 12 months at 1793. Nonetheless, do not forget that 1808 was lacking. If he had been on that tax record, that places his beginning 12 months at 1792, which is a minimum of extra in keeping with different information.

The following 12 months, in 1810, Andrew had two tithables and 5 horses.

Lastly, a Census – 1810

Between 1805 and the primary extant census, in 1810, Elizabeth had two extra ladies and a boy not listed in Andrew’s will.

Primarily based on the truth that that they had 10 youngsters in 1805, and 13 in 1810, we are able to infer that Elizabeth had a toddler each 19 months or so from 1788 by 1804. That’s nearly precisely how usually one would count on if each little one lived, which might have been very uncommon.

If a toddler died at beginning, the mom had one other child a couple of 12 months later, so we’ve got no means of figuring out if Elizabeth misplaced a toddler or two – however we do know that almost all of her youngsters lived.

Daughter Rebecca McKee was born someday between 1805 and 1809, most likely about 1808, based mostly on what little we find out about her youngsters.

One other daughter, Margaret McKee, solely found this previous week, was born after March of 1805 and earlier than the 1810 census. Extra on her moderately superb story in a couple of minutes!

A male little one was born after Andrew’s 1805 will and the 1810 census. That might be Alexander McKee, however I’m not satisfied. I feel he was born later, and the kid within the 1810 census died.

However earlier than we talk about that, let’s take a look at what else occurred in 1810.

Sally McKee and Robert Larimer

On December sixth, just some weeks earlier than Christmas in 1810, Elizabeth’s first little one, Sally, married Robert Larimer. Sally’s first little one and Elizabeth’s final little one had been the identical age. Actually, it’s doable that Elizabeth’s final little one was youthful than Sally’s first little one. They might not be the primary mother-daughter pair giving beginning on the similar time.

Sally McKee and Robert Larimer had many youngsters earlier than Sally’s demise someday after 1840. Robert married Rachel Debusk in July of 1847. Rachel was 18 years youthful than his oldest little one with Sally.

  • Rebecca Larimer 1811-1841
  • Andrew J. Larimer 1812-1849
  • William Larimer 1814-1879
  • John Larimer 1815/1818-1859
  • Mary Jane Larimer c 1817-1855
  • Feminine born 1810-1820 (1840 census)
  • James Larimer 1819-1890
  • Robert Eakins Larimer 1822-1882
  • Andrew Edmondson Larimer c 1824-1908
  • Isaac Larimer 1828-1856 (was residing with James McKee, his uncle, in 1850)
  • Samuel M. Larimer 1831-1875
  • Emmett B. Larimer 1832-1877

It seems that Sally and Robert misplaced a minimum of three youngsters, the daughter born between 1810 and 1820, one in 1826 and one other in 1830.

William’s Loss of life

In 1811, Andrew McKee has three tithables, plus 4 horses which suggests the second son has turned 16. Primarily based on this, second son William’s beginning 12 months can be 1795. Nonetheless, this doesn’t add up for William’s beginning 12 months – however is sort of precisely Edward’s beginning 12 months of 1795.

Given this, I feel that William most likely died in both 1810 after the census, or early 1811 earlier than the tax record.

Is that 1810 Male Baby Alexander?

The final little one was Alexander, most likely after the 1810 census. He by no means married, and because of him mentioning his sisters and their youngsters in his 1839 will, we all know that Rebecca existed.

Nonetheless, there’s one thing attention-grabbing about Alexander. We all know that Elizabeth and Andrew have a boy within the 1810 census, and in addition a boy underneath 10 within the 1820 census. It’s possible that these are two completely different boys. To be Alexander, the boy on the census must have been born in 1810 earlier than the census, as a result of in 1820, he’s within the under-10 class, and in 1830, within the 15-19 group, which might imply he was born 1811-1815. After all, we all know that census ages will be fluid. So, I’d say Alexander was born about 1811, however this additionally implies that Elizabeth misplaced one other little one – the boy on the 1810 census.

If Elizabeth was 21 when she married in 1788, she would have been 43 in 1810. After all, she might have been a few years youthful when she married.

All I can consider is how bone-tired that lady would have been.

Possibly after Alexander’s beginning, Elizabeth thought maybe she would have a couple of years of relative peace and quiet, that means no new infants arriving. Properly, she was improper in regards to the peace and quiet half. She had no concept what was up forward.

In 1812 and 1813, Andrew nonetheless has three tithables, that means himself, James, and Edward, with 6 and 5 horses, respectively.

The tax record exhibits that there’s one carriage, to not be confused with a wagon, in all the county, plus two “using chairs.”

Return From the Struggle of 1812

In 1813, James McKee, Elizabeth’s eldest son, then about 21 years outdated, would march away to struggle.

He enlisted to serve within the Struggle of 1812 in August of 1813, served at Fort Norfolk, Virginia, and was discharged on March 10, 1814.

He was allowed 24 days for journey residence, 480 miles to Washington County, VA from Fort Norfolk, which suggests about 20 miles a day, hopefully on a horse and never on foot. Nonetheless, I’d wager he was strolling, as a result of horses had been costly commodities and my ancestors who served in that struggle all walked, together with Nicholas Speaks who additionally served from Washington County. Actually, that connection could also be how James McKee’s sister, Ann, met her future husband, Nicholas Converse’s son, Charles, however I digress.

James, in accordance with his enlistment, had darkish hair and blue eyes.

James would have arrived residence within the first week of April. He would possibly, simply would possibly, have been in time.

Andrew Dies

Andrew McKee’s will was probated on June 21, 1814. Andrew would have died someday within the 90 days prior.

Andrew’s demise was most likely sudden, and possibly a shock, on condition that he by no means up to date his will.

If Elizabeth turned 43 or so when her final little one was born in 1810, in 1814, she would have been roughly 47. Maybe as younger as 45 or as outdated as 50. Andrew was about the identical age, possibly barely older.

Regardless, she had a 3 or four-year-old little one and stair-step youngsters, with a minimum of 11 youngsters nonetheless at residence.

Andrew’s will was probated in court docket on June 21, 1814, with each Samuel Kelly and John Kelly Jr. serving as executors, simply as that they had been instructed again in 1805. The boys who had signed as witnesses to Andrew’s 1805 will had been Andrew Edmiston, John Todd, and Andrew E. Kelly. The Kelly males had been all sons of John Kelly Sr., Andrew’s unique neighbor.

Three Kelly males are concerned, two as executors with no bond required. That’s precisely what one would count on to see of shut members of the family or very shut pals. I think the reply to who was serving to Andrew McKee again in 1805 was John Kelly and possibly his sons, who had been considerably older than Andrew’s youngsters.

Andrew Jr.

The 1814 tax record confirms an approximate beginning 12 months for Andrew Jr.

Sadly, the 1814 tax record just isn’t dated. Dates vary from February by late April. Andrew McKee remains to be listed with 2 tithes. He can be gone, though the farm would nonetheless be in his title. James wouldn’t be listed both as a result of he was within the navy, so these two tithes can be Edward and Andrew, which locations Andrew’s beginning 12 months about 1798, which is about proper.

Andrew’s Will

Like with each widow in that point, the phrases of Andrew’s will dictated the remainder of Elizabeth’s life, until she selected to remarry, in fact.

Andrew left his two plantations to the 4 boys who had been residing in 1805.

Elizabeth can keep within the “dwelling home” as long as she doesn’t remarry. She has the best to one-third of the cash from the sale of Andrew’s private property. After all, every thing is Andrew’s private property apart from Elizabeth’s garments.

Elizabeth can hold as many youngsters along with her as she needs, however the executors are to bind out the remainder of them to be taught a commerce. Typically, that solely means males until the youngsters are actually ravenous.

The executors are to hire out the plantations to offer revenue and assist for Elizabeth and the youngsters.

The stability of his cash, apart from Elizabeth’s third, is to go to his six daughters, plus the sons are to pay the daughters $200.

After all, by the point Andrew died, considered one of his unique sons had died, and he had a brand new one – a minimum of one. He additionally had eight daughters as a substitute of six.

Life is What Occurs When You’re Making Different Plans

Elizabeth’s life got here unraveled at that time. Thank God her son James was again residence, as a result of she actually, actually wanted his assistance on the 2 plantations.

I’m truly very shocked that Elizabeth didn’t remarry. That was definitely the customized of the time, particularly for widows with younger youngsters. Of her 13 youngsters, 11 had been nonetheless at residence, and Alexander was 3 or 4.

Elizabeth’s older sons had been adults. In 1814, James was 23, William was gone in fact, Edward was about 19, and Edward was about 17.

My guess, and that’s what it’s at this level, however it’s logical, is that everybody stayed put within the homeplace, and James merely took over the day by day chores and operating the farm.

Actually, that’s what the 1815 tax record tells us.

Elizabeth has 2 tithes (Edward and Andrew), 3 horses, 5 cows, and 1 chest of drawers. Extra private property is being taxed that 12 months.

James McKee additionally has 1 tithable, 3 horses, and 5 cows.

By comparability, William McKee, the service provider in Abingdon has 12 rush backside chairs, 1 facet board, 2 trying glasses, 4 plates, 5 minimize goblets, 3 tumblers, 1 bowl and several other different issues. Sure, he’s doing VERY nicely. He has a brand new enterprise accomplice and is paying for two shops.

Andrew’s Property Sale

The tough half for Elizabeth was going to be the property sale. Every part needed to be offered. How was James, or any of the sons, alleged to farm with out Andrew’s farm instruments?

But the property sale needed to happen.

Apart from Elizabeth, James purchased essentially the most, together with a saddle and bridle, a bull, a heifer, 2 steers, a black mare, and a grindstone.

Andrew, who was 18 or so by the point the sale happened, purchased a saddle and bridle too, together with some farming gear, a black horse, and a sorrel colt. He was clearly planning to farm.

That left Elizabeth. Poor Elizabeth.

She would have had the best to one-third of the proceeds of the sale, together with the cash she spent, herself.

I’m hoping they allowed her to only run a “credit score,” and subtracted the cash for what she needed from the whole. I can’t even think about having to buy my very own objects from my “husband’s” property.

To take care of herself and all of her youngsters, she bought:

  • 1 bedstead, mattress and furnishings
  • 1 small and 1 massive bedstead and mattress
  • 1 mattress
  • 1 chest of drawers
  • 2 spinning wheels
  • 1 desk
  • 6 outdated chairs
  • cabinet and furnishings
  • 1 counting reel
  • 3 outdated keggs
  • 1 bag
  • 2 baskets
  • 2 strains
  • 1 loom
  • 1 hackle
  • 2 pair playing cards
  • Flat iron
  • 1 massive kettle
  • 2 churns
  • 1 small pot
  • 1 pot
  • 1 oven
  • 1 pail and washtub
  • 2 pot racks
  • 4 cows
  • 1 gray mare
  • 6 sheep

It’s evident that the cows had been for milk, as evidenced by the churns to make butter. The sheep would have been for wool, as evidenced by the spinning wheel to spin the wool into strands which will be carded and woven on the loom.

I used to be curious in regards to the hackle which is a sort of comb used to scrub wool and flax earlier than spinning.

The counting reel is used to wrap yarn earlier than producing shanks of yarn.

The playing cards had been to card and comb the wool.

Elizabeth was very clearly a weaver. You’ll be able to watch a video of a girl reenact weaving from this timeframe, right here and right here. Discover the basket held on the loom. Girls used baskets and baggage for every thing from gathering produce from the backyard and eggs from the chickens to holding wool.

As we speak, the bed room within the McKee residence retains the spinning wheel, most likely the place Elizabeth’s sat all these years in the past. The one distinction would have been a candle as a substitute of a lamp, and no fan, in fact. I ponder if the loom was right here too, or possibly in entrance of the second fireside.

Elizabeth spent a complete $85.56 shopping for her property again. Every part else was offered, together with pots, ovens, skillets, and kettles. Some went to her youngsters, James and Andrew McKee. Her son-in-law, Robert Larimer, spelled Larrymore, purchased 17 geese and 4 sheep. I wager her daughter, Sally, was a weaver too.

John Larimer, who was not but her son-in-law, purchased Andrew’s nonetheless, the one costliest merchandise on the sale. I assume the nonetheless left the household, then ultimately married again in a couple of years later!

The whole sale introduced $671.69, which suggests Elizabeth was entitled to $223.90. She purchased $85.56 value of products, so she would have been due $138.34.

The ultimate sale doc was filed with the court docket on February 20, 1816. The sale had taken place the earlier August.

James McKee and Sally Roe

In response to James McKee’s widow, Sarah (Sally) Roe’s pension utility, she states that they had been married by the Baptist preacher on January 4, 1816. James was clearly shopping for gear at his father’s property sale with the intention of marrying and beginning a household.

James and Sarah would have:

  • Nancy McKee 1817-1875
  • Mary Ann McKee 1820-1897
  • Andrew J. McKee 1822-1862
  • John R. McKee 1826-1863
  • Eliza J. McKee 1827-1911
  • Rebecca McKee 1830-1907
  • Madison McKee 1831-1855
  • William B. McKee 1832-1902 who died in Smyth Co., VA
  • Margaret L. McKee 1835-1875
  • Sarah J. McKee 1838-1915, who died in California
  • Joanna McKee 1841-1898, who died in Exeter, California
  • James A. McKee 1842-1918, who died in Parsons, Kansas

It seems to be like they might have misplaced youngsters born in 1819, presumably the boy within the 1820 census, 1824, possibly 1829, possibly 1834, 1837, and possibly 1839. Elizabeth would have been alive for all of those deaths besides the final one.

Elizabeth lived beside James till her demise, so she would have been shut to those youngsters.

Andrew McKee and Nancy Roe

Simply two months later, on March 17, 1816, Andrew McKee married Nancy Roe, presumably Sally’s sister. They’d two youngsters, in 1817 and 1819, earlier than Nancy died between 1820 and 1822.

Spreading Wings

Thankfully, Elizabeth’s youngsters had begun to marry – however sadly, in fact, it was the eldest who had been the ablest to assist.

1816 appears to be the 12 months that a number of youngsters unfold their wings and set out on their very own. After all, the boys had their father’s property and the cash from the sale. They settled on the identical land as Elizabeth, or close by. James probably took the neighboring plantation. Possibly the opposite boys constructed homes on among the land, creating their very own little “McKee Village.”

The 1816 tax record exhibits:

  • James McKee 1 – 3 – 54 cents
  • Edward McKee 1 – 1 – 16 or 18 cents
  • Elizabeth McKee 0 – 2 horses – 30 or 36 cents
  • Andrew McKee 1 – 2 – 36 cents

It’s attention-grabbing to match the quantity of taxes with the quantity varied objects introduced at Andrew’s sale. A wheel was 30 cents, which I’m presuming is a spinning wheel. An oven was 50 cents. A pot rack was 30 cents, and a small pot was 25 cents.

For William of Abingdon, the price of one service provider license for his mercantile retailer in Abingdon was $20.

In 1817, Elizabeth has no tithes, so no males 16 and over, 2 horses, and paid 30 cents tax. James, Edward, and Andrew McKee had one tithe every and 4, 1, and a pair of horses, respectively.

What Occurred in 1818?

One thing is happening in 1818. I ponder if Elizabeth, by then 51 or so with 8 youngsters at residence, grew to become ailing. She’s lacking on the tax record. She would solely be listed for her private property, a minimum of till Alexander reached age 16, however she’s absent completely, that means she had no horses both. All 3 of her grownup sons are listed with 8 horses between them.

On June 16, 1818 — John Clark was named guardian of Charity McKee, orphan of Andrew McKee, deceased.

Charity was most likely the oldest little one at residence who was not of age, however she wasn’t the oldest at residence. Ann and Mary had been each nonetheless residing at residence. Moreover, her 5 youthful siblings didn’t have a guardian appointed.

That is unusual.

Edward McKee and Mary Hand

On December 20, 1818, Edward McKee married Mary Hand. They’d a toddler in 1819 who died earlier than 1830, then a toddler in 1820 and 1822.

  • Andrew G. McKee was born in 1824 and died in 1883 in Texas.
  • One other little one was born in 1826
  • William McKee was born in 1828. In 1847, Andrew McKee was named guardian of William McKee, orphan of Edward. James McKee was the surety.
  • One other little one was born in 1829.

Sadly, Edward McKee’s stock was dated October 27, 1831. His spouse was pregnant at his demise. He was solely 35 or 36 years outdated

  • Alexander B. McKee was born in 1832 and died in 1833.

In 1819, James, Edward, Andrew, and Elizabeth are nonetheless listed on the tax record. Elizabeth has no tithes, in fact. James has 4 horses and is taxed 72 cents, and everybody else has one horse every and is taxed 18 cents. I ponder if Elizabeth’s horse is for using or for plowing, or each.

Every part is similar in 1820 besides Edward and Elizabeth now have 2 horses every

Apparently, the neighbor, John Kelly is on an inventory of individuals to whom licenses had been issued for retailers, hawkers and peddlers, bizarre keepers, and keepers of homes of personal leisure. I can’t assist however marvel what John was as much as. My guess, based mostly on an account guide a era or so later, is that he began a rustic retailer that catered to farm households.

Mary McKee and John Larimer

On January 20, 1820, Mary McKee married John Larimer. Sure, the identical John Larimer who bought a number of objects a couple of years earlier at her father’s property sale, together with his nonetheless. His first spouse had died, and Mary grew to become a stepmother to 2 youngsters solely barely youthful than her.

Mary and John had:

  • Jessee Larimer born in 1821
  • Andrew Larimer 1822-1895
  • William G. Larimer 1823-1896
  • Alexander W. Larimer 1827
  • Eliza Larimer 1829
  • Ann Larimer 1831
  • Nancy Larimer 1833
  • Edward F. Larimer 1835
  • Jeremiah Fulton Larimer 1836-1919
  • Catherine Larimer 1837

Seems to be like they misplaced one child in 1825. Elizabeth would have helped her daughter with that grief.

1820 Census

The 1820 census is attention-grabbing. Sadly, it’s in alphabetical order, not in home order.

We discover:

  • Andrew and Edward McKee, each with younger households. Each are ages 16-25, each with a spouse the identical age, 1 son and 1 daughter, every, underneath 10. Each are engaged in manufacturing of some kind.
  • James McKee with a household of 5, together with 1 male 26-44, 2 females underneath 10, 2 females 16-25, considered one of whom could have been his sister.
  • Elizabeth McKee with a household of 6, 1 feminine over 45, 2 females 16-25, 2 females 10-15, 1 male underneath 10.

Additionally, in 1820 Andrew McKee offered his share of his father’s property to his brother, James.

Someday between the census in 1820 and December of 1822, Andrew McKee’s spouse, Nancy Roe, died. After all, we’ll by no means know why. After her demise, I count on her mom and Elizabeth would each have been making an attempt to assist Andrew with two infants.

I ponder if that is what prompted Andrew to promote his land to James.

Nov. 11, 1820 – Andrew McKee to James McKee 8-289 – Andrews McKee Jr. of Washington Co. for $75 to James McKee “my proper and title of all claims in my father’s property.”

I don’t know the place Andrew was residing, or possibly he was nonetheless residing in the identical place, however working for his brother. Possibly he left for some time. He definitely couldn’t nurse or elevate a child and a toddler and farm by himself.

On the 1821 tax record, we discover Elizabeth with 2 horses and colts, James with the identical, and Edward with 1 horse, however no Andrew.

Guardian Drama

In 1822 we discover Edward McKee with 1 horse, James with 5 horses, and once more, no Andrew. Elizabeth is lacking this 12 months too.

The occasions in January 1822 would possibly present a clue about Elizabeth.

On January 15, 1822, James McKee was named guardian of Jane and Eliza McKee, orphans of Andrew McKee, deceased, Bond: $250. Surety: John Clark.

Is that this Andrew who died in 1814, or his son, Andrew? Did son Andrew die too? Because it seems, no, he didn’t. These are Elizabeth’s daughters, however it’s definitely unclear from this file.

In 1822, Elizabeth would have been about 55. Was she ailing or unable to offer for her youngsters? In that case, then why had been guardians appointed for simply the older minor youngsters left at residence? But, there have been three different minor youngsters at residence, the youngest three, with no guardian appointed.

I positive want to know what was happening, and why.

Andrew McKee and Rachel Fisher

On December 19, 1822, Andrew McKee married Rachel Fisher. They’d youngsters in 1823, 1824, 1825, 1826, 1828, and 1830. In 1847, Andrew was appointed guardian for his brother Edward’s son. I can’t discover Andrew or Rachel after that.

The 1823 tax record exhibits that Andrew is again once more with 1 tithe and no horse, however the tax record should be incomplete as a result of neither James nor Elizabeth are listed.

I’m so glad Andrew appears to be doing higher and beginning over once more. Elizabeth should have heaved an enormous sigh of aid.

1822 and 1823 had been clearly a time of pleasure and weddings!

Eliza McKee and Eleazer Rouse

Eliza McKee, Elizabeth’s namesake, married Eleazer Rouse on January 23, 1823. She reportedly died after 1870 in Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana, however I can’t discover her on the census. She and Eleazer migrated after his father, John Rouse, died in 1831. In 1835, Eleazer obtained a land grant in Indiana.

They’d youngsters:

  • Frank Rouse 1823-1823
  • Male Rouse 1824-1940
  • Eunice Rouse 1825-1825
  • Andrew J. Rouse 1826-1826
  • Mary Ann Rouse 1829-1860 died in Bartholomew County, Indiana
  • Feminine Rouse 1830-1840

  • John Rouse 1830-1883 was an invalid by 1877 in accordance with his Civil Struggle pension index card and died in Bartholomew County, Indiana. I can’t assist however marvel if his eye situation is congenital or a results of an damage, and if he was allowed to serve with the situation.
  • William Rouse 1833-1886, born and died in Bartholomew County, Indiana
  • Sarah Rouse 1834-1861, born and died in Bartholomew County, Indiana

Eliza buried a minimum of three youngsters in Washington County earlier than leaving for Indiana.

Eliza would have been Elizabeth’s second little one to go away, taking along with her 3 or 4 of Elizabeth’s grandchildren that she would by no means see once more.

Elizabeth’s tears should have watered their hair as she hugged and kissed them goodbye one final time – committing their faces to reminiscence endlessly. Would they bear in mind her?

Ann McKee and Charles Converse

On February 27, 1823, Ann McKee married Charles Converse, son of Nicholas Converse who would discovered the Speaks Methodist Church in Lee County, Virginia. Ann and Charles joined him there shortly after their wedding ceremony. Up to now, none of Elizabeth’s youngsters had left, apart from James who went to struggle. However he returned.

It should have been crushing for Elizabeth to observe the wagon draw back along with her daughter, headed for Lee County. I ponder how she felt about her daughter marrying a Methodist who transformed from being a Presbyterian.

After all, 114 miles right now would have been per week in a wagon then, a method, or maybe extra, relying on the climate and terrain.

Elizabeth knew she would by no means see her daughter once more, or any of Ann’s youngsters. How her coronary heart should have ached.

Anne’s father-in-law, Nicholas Speaks, the Methodist minister, constructed this tiny cabin the place he raised his household. Charles and Ann most likely lived in a really related cabin on the identical land. It makes the McKee home look enormous by comparability.

Ann had six identified youngsters, however there should have been extra, particularly in 1830, 1834, 1836, 1838, and 1840.

  • Sarah Jane Converse 1824-1888, married Andrew Callahan
  • Nicholas Converse 1825-1869, married Rachel Callahan
  • Andrew McKee Converse 1826-1900, died in Grant County, Kentucky
  • Rebecca M. Converse was born in 1827, married James Painter and died after 1867 in Kentucky
  • Charity Converse 1829-after 1880, married Adam Harvey Johnson
  • Elizabeth Ann Speaks 1832-1907, married Samuel Claxton and died in Hancock County, Tennessee

Ann’s final identified little one, Elizabeth Speaks, named for her grandmother, was born in 1832, in Lawrence County, Indiana, of all locations. This household didn’t keep in Indiana, however returned to Lee County, Virginia earlier than 1840. I can’t assist however marvel why they reverse-migrated.

We’re lucky that photos exist of two of Elizabeth’s grandchildren who had been residing within the time of the Civil Struggle when cameras started for use, however just for very particular events. That is Elizabeth Ann Speaks who married Samuel Claxton, a Union soldier from Tennessee who died as the results of that Struggle.

Each Ann McKee and Charles Speaks died someday between 1840 and 1850. At the very least Elizabeth by no means needed to obtain THAT letter, however she most likely did obtain letters telling her that a minimum of three of Ann’s youngsters, in a row, had perished previous to 1840. Or possibly Ann spared her mom these messages and easily mentioned nothing.

Not solely did Elizabeth by no means see her daughter once more, however Ann didn’t see her mom both. That should have been extremely tough.

Charity McKee and William Griever

The third 1823 marriage (and 4th McKee wedding ceremony in 6 months) happened on Could 22, 1823, when Charity McKee married William Griever.

They’d a minimum of 5 youngsters.

  • Mary Ann Griever born in 1824
  • Male little one born about 1825
  • John Griever born about 1826
  • Charles Griever born about 1827
  • Feminine little one born about 1830

Charity had died someday earlier than February 1837 when William remarried to Mary Correctly. Between 1838 and 1840, this household relocated to Lee County, Virginia.

In 1824 Elizabeth is on the tax record with 2 horses. Andrew has 1 tithe and no horses. How is he residing with out a horse? James has 2 horses, and Edward has 1.

In 1825, Elizabeth nonetheless has 2 horses, James has 3, and Edward has 2. Un oh – Andrew is lacking once more.

Jane McKee and Richard Jones

Jane McKee married Richard Jones someday after 1822 when she was assigned a guardian and earlier than 1825, based mostly on the 1830 census. She died earlier than her brother, Alexander, whose will talked about her youngsters. She and Richard had 5 youngsters.

Richard Jones was useless by October 28, 1837, when his property was offered, and he was famous as deceased. Jane was gone earlier than March of 1839.

  • Andrew McKee Jones 1824/26-1911
  • John Jones 1826/28-1864
  • Elizabeth M. Jones 1830-1905
  • Sarah Ann Jones 1836
  • Fanny R. Jones c 1838-1861

Jane misplaced a minimum of three youngsters, in 1828, 1832, and 1834. I ponder if all these McKee youngsters are buried within the McKee Cemetery.

On March 13, 1826, Elizabeth has three horses, Edward has 1, and James has 3.

On March 1, 1827, Elizabeth has 2 horses, James has 4, Edward has 1, and Andrew has none.

Alexander McKee Turns 16

In 1828, one male tithe seems on Elizabeth’s tax record. That will be Alexander. If he’s 16, that places his beginning in 1812. These years appear to be a 12 months odd, so possibly that is the tax for the prior 12 months. That will put his beginning in 1811, which makes good sense. That does, nevertheless, recommend that the male underneath 10 in 1810 just isn’t Alexander and subsequently died earlier than 1820.

Rebecca McKee and William Jamison

Rebecca McKee married William Jamison someday round 1829 or 1830 following his spouse’s demise. He had 4 youngsters from his first marriage. Rebecca and William had two identified youngsters:

  • William Hardy Jamison 1833-1887
  • Sarah (Sallie) Jamison 1835-1837/1842

William Jamison’s property was probated November 27, 1837. Rebecca attended her mom’s property sale in 1838, however was gone by the point that Alexander wrote his will in March of 1839

The 1829 tax record exhibits tithes and horses

  • Andrew McKee 1 – – –
  • James McKee 1 – – 5
  • Elizabeth McKee 1 – – 3
  • Edward McKee 2 – – 2

The 1830 Census

The 1830 census exhibits us that Elizabeth is 50-59, so born between 1771 and 1780. I think she is older than that.

She has three youngsters residing along with her. I’ve linked the names with the ages of the folks they should be.

  • Rebecca is 20-29, so born 1801-1810
  • Margaret is 20-29, so born 1801-1810. It’s this file that confirms that the Margaret we uncover a couple of years later matches into this household on this location.
  • Alexander is 15-19, so born 1811-1815.

In 1830, the tax synthetic his rounds on March 25th:

  • James McKee 1 – – 5 40 cents
  • Elizabeth McKee 1 – – 3 24 cents
  • Edward McKee 2 – – 2 16 cents
  • Andrew McKee 1 – – – no tax

Andrew by no means appears to do in addition to Elizabeth’s different youngsters.

Edward McKee Dies

1831 was a grief-filled 12 months for Elizabeth. Whereas shedding a younger little one is tough, shedding an grownup little one is devastating. When a younger little one passes, the mum or dad loses the probabilities and hope. Loses their sweetness and the imaginative and prescient of their life. However when an grownup little one passes, a mum or dad loses the whole thing of their life.

On this case, Elizabeth additionally needed to watch Edward’s pregnant spouse, Polly, and youngsters endure. Polly had given beginning to 4 youngsters, as recorded within the 1830 census, however solely two of these youngsters lived to maturity. Polly’s grieving wasn’t over.

Edward clearly didn’t count on to die. He was solely 35 or 36 years outdated and had 4 youngsters underneath the age of seven. Issues appeared to be going nicely. Polly was pregnant for child quantity 5 who can be arriving someday the following 12 months.

There was no will, not even a deathbed nuncupative, or oral, will. He didn’t even have time for that. Simply Edward McKee’s property stock, dated October 27, 1831, submitted by Polly. That tells us that Edward died within the 90 days prior, most likely in the summertime of 1831. Maybe Elizabeth helped Polly make the record of their family items to undergo the court docket.

Primarily based on Edward’s stock, he had been a shoemaker and in addition owned carpentry instruments.

He most likely lived on the land the place Elizabeth lived, or the property subsequent door. There have been two farms, and Andrew had left the farms to the boys. Andrew (Jr.) had already offered his portion to his brother James. Somebody needed to be working the farm the place Elizabeth lived.

Polly gave beginning to the kid someday in 1832, and that child died the next 12 months, becoming a member of Edward on the opposite facet.

Edward is current on the 1831 tax record.

  • Andrew McKee 1 – – – – –
  • Edward McKee 2 – 3
  • Elizabeth McKee 1 – 3
  • James McKee 1 – 5

The 1832 tax record displays Edward’s demise.

  • February 8 – Mrs. Polly McKee – – 1
  • March 12 – Mrs. Elizabeth McKee 1 – 2
  • James McKee 1 – 4
  • April 14 – Andrew McKee 1 – – –

Alexander Comes of Age

The 1833 tax record exhibits some modifications.

  • James McKee 1 – 3
  • Alexander McKee 1 – 1
  • Mary McKee – – 2

Polly remains to be there underneath the title of Mary, synonymous with Polly, and he or she has two horses.

Nonetheless, Elizabeth is absent, and now Alexander has taken her place on the tax record. This tells me that he has come of age, 21 years, so born about 1812 or possibly as early as 1811, and he takes over the farm the place Elizabeth lives. He’s not a tithe on his mom’s tax record, however in cost as an grownup. The farm might be his, and so is the accompanying tax invoice!

Elizabeth is now 67 years outdated and is probably going very grateful for this shift.

She most likely has her fingers full making an attempt to assist Edward’s spouse, Polly, along with her infants and making an attempt to handle that farm. I think that James helps too, as is Alexander and Polly’s household, though her mother and father are aged and cross away inside a 12 months or so. I can’t assist however marvel if one other wave of dysentery or flux is being handed amongst household, pals, and neighbors there on the Center Fork of the Holston River. Loss of life information from a couple of years later present this sample.

On November 12 of 1833, Mary “Polly” Hand McKee remarried to Robert Sherwood, which was most likely a aid for everybody.

They had been residing in Washington County in 1840, however I don’t discover both of them in 1850. In 1847, Andrew McKee was named guardian of William McKee, orphan of Edward. James McKee was the surety. This is likely to be a tragic clue as to what occurred to Polly and Robert.

Elizabeth’s oldest grandchild, Andrew J. Larimer, married Isabella McClure on October 26, 1833, in Smyth County, Virginia. The following era is starting. This should have been a joyful day!

I ponder if Elizabeth sat down at her loom and wove her first grandchild to marry a particular wool comforter. I wager she did!

In 1834 Alexander had one horse, and James had 4. They’d the identical quantity as 1835, and the tax man visited someday aside, February 24 and 25.

In 1836, each had been visited on February 17th, and by this time, Alexander had 2 horses.

After all, the tax record is barely a really broad brushstroke of what was truly occurring throughout the household. Elizabeth had many grandchildren. A number of had been born every year, and sadly, a number of most likely died as nicely. We are going to by no means know all of their names. Maybe Elizabeth spent lots of time serving to her daughters and daughters-in-law.

The modifications that occurred in 1837 aren’t proven by the tax record. On March 1st, 1837, James and Alexander had the identical variety of horses because the 12 months earlier than.

That was earlier than all Hell broke free within the McKee household.

The 1830s Have been Brutal

One thing was occurring within the center and late 1830s. Or possibly it was simply the grim reaper carrying his employees of Dysentery, Consumption, and Bloody Flux, raging throughout the countryside once more.

Elizabeth’s daughter, Charity had died someday after 1830 and earlier than March of 1837 when William Griever remarried. My greatest wager can be that they misplaced all the youngsters born within the 1830s, then lastly Charity herself in 1835 or 1836.

James McKee misplaced a toddler in 1837.

Jane McKee’s husband, Richard Jones, died, together with his property being offered on October 28, 1837. Jane was pregnant on the time and had a child in 1838, however Jane herself was gone earlier than Could of 1839, and the newborn too, quickly thereafter.

The property of Rebecca McKee’s husband, William Jamison, was probated on November 27, 1837.

Elizabeth McKee and Margaret McKee each died within the 90 days earlier than their estates had been filed on February 26, 1838, so someday through the winter.

Rebecca McKee Jamison died someday between her mom’s property sale in March of 1838 and her brother’s demise in Could of 1839.

Alexander McKee, a younger man about 27 or 28, wrote his will on Could 20, 1839 and possibly died shortly thereafter. It was probated on July 22, 1839.

Nonetheless, there was another person who died in late 1837 or early 1838 that we didn’t find out about earlier than.

One other Baby for Elizabeth

The truth that Elizabeth McKee by no means remarried served us in good stead, as a result of it meant she owned her personal private property, and her property was registered with the court docket. Possibly she swore she’d by no means need to buy her personal property again once more.

I can solely want she had a will, however she didn’t.

Cousin Carol discovered and despatched me the hyperlink to Elizabeth’s property administration, however that’s not the one factor I discovered. After all, to seek out Elizabeth’s entry, I needed to learn all the web page, starting on the prime.

February 26, 1838

On movement of James McKee who took the oath of an administrator…bond $500 with Robert Larrimor his safety because the legislation directs. Granted to manage the property of Margaret McKee decd, in due type.

After all, James McKee is Elizabeth’s son, and Robert Larimore is her son-in-law.

Ordered that Andrew E. Kelly, Samuel Kelly, Alexander M. Robinson, and James Allen or any 3 of them sworn earlier than a justice…to view and appraise all the non-public property of Margaret Mckee decd.



Who’s Margaret McKee?

No, no, I’m looking for Elizabeth.

There’s Elizabeth, following Margaret.

For a minute, I assumed that both that they had incorrectly written Elizabeth as Margaret, or Elizabeth’s title was truly Margaret, however then I spotted that there have been truly two practically an identical entries, scribed the identical day, by the clerk, one after the opposite.

Who was Margaret McKee? I needed to know. This query despatched me into an insane rabbit gap – actually for days. Okay, possibly a few weeks. However after I emerged into the sunshine of day, I knew who Margaret was, AND, far, way more about this household. That’s the data I’ve compiled, right here, to put in writing Elizabeth’s story.

What else can we uncover about Margaret?

And why would her property have been entered simply forward of Elizabeth’s?

What the heck was happening?

March 3, 1838 – Margaret’s property was inventoried, appraised, and filed on April 28th in court docket.

Additionally, on March 3rd, her property was offered.

The proceeds had been filed on April 23rd in court docket.

Purchaser Merchandise Quantity
Granville C. Parks 1 dun cow 11.00
William Allen 1 black cow 10.675
James C. Kelly 1 brindle heifer 5.00
Nickerson Snead 1 dun calf 4.00
Samuel Snodgrass 2 sows 4 pigs 4.60
James McKee 1 mattress and furnishings 20.25
Adams Helnick 1 saddle 12.00
Samuel Parmer 1 bridle 1.00
James McKee 1 set plates .77
Lucy Franklin 1 set plates .60
Lewis Smith Set cups and saucers .40
Lewis Smith Set cheny cups and saucers 1.00
Rachel Grieves 3 glasses and 1 pitcher .60
Lewis Smith 1 sugar bowl .40
Rachel Grieves 1 lot of ware 1.17
Andrew Kelly 4 bowls .40
John Ensly Pitcher 70 cents, trying glass 1.55 2.25
Rachel Grieves 1 baker and lid 1.20
Susan Calihan 1 tin bucket .57
James McKee 1 desk .35
Andrew Edmondson 1 iron shovel .55
Thomas Lilley 1 wood bowl .50
Nelly Winn 1 lot crocks .47
John Kelly 2 chairs .40
James Lilly 1 rone mare 35.00
William Griever 7 geese 1.75
Lewis Smith 1 sheet .55
Andrew Larimore 1 set knives and forks 1.25

Elizabeth’s son and son-in-law each bought objects. I’ve bolded members of the family making purchases, together with objects in Margaret’s and Elizabeth’s estates that match objects bought by Elizabeth at Andrew’s property, again in 1814, all these years in the past.

I discover that Margaret has consuming utensils, however no cooking objects, like pots and kettles. I’d wager that these had been all Elizabeth’s.

Folks apparently paid Margaret’s property throughout 1838, 1839 and 1840.

Only a month earlier, Elizabeth’s personal property had been appraised and offered. You’ll discover lots of the similar purchasers.

Elizabeth’s Property

On the movement of Robert Larriser (Larimer) who took the oath as administrator…bond of $500 with James McKee granted him to manage the property of Elizabeth Mckee decd.

The identical two members of the family as administrator and bond, simply the roles are reversed.

Ordered that Andrew E. Kelly, Samuel Kelly, Alexander M. Robinson and James Allen or any 3 of them sworn earlier than a justice…to view and appraise all the non-public property of Elizabeth McKee decd.

Merchandise Appraised $ Purchaser Buy $
Lot of chairs (5) 1.25 James Houston 1.50
2 pots 1.00
Oven and griddle .25 Arthur Speer (oven) .45
Desk 1.00 Miss Franklin .55
1 dresser 1.00 James Lilley .55
2 pales .375 Andrew Larrimer .69
lot of outdated lumber 1.00 John Robinson .40
1 case (chest?) of drawers 6.00 Robert Larimer 6.90
2 baggage .25 Thomas Palmer 1.05
1 loom 4.00 Robert Larimer 3.30
1 reel .50 William Griever 1.00
 Hackle 1.00 Rebecca Jamison 1.25
1 lot of books .25 Sinder .50
Vinegar bag .50 Claiborne? Kelly .70
2 cans or canes .30
2 playing cards and wool shears N Snead .125
Smoothing iron Andrew Edmondson .50
1 pot trammeble or trammelle? .50 Claiborne Kelly .50
1 pewter dish Miss Griever .375
1 lot of outdated ware James Robinson .31
1 lot of outdated ware Miss Winn .12
2 small wheels 1.25 Andrew Edmondson .5625
1 massive wheel .25 Leven Quillen .55
1 churn .25
1 lot of hogs 6.00
1 lot of sheep 2.50 Susan Callihan 5 heard sheep 3.75
1 mattress and furnishings 12.00 Miss Farnsworth 15.25
Lot of corn 20 cents per bushel Thomas McGee 45 cents bushel 16.615
Lot of oats 20 cents per bushel Moses Robinson 21.5 per bushel 5.3675
Lot of wheat 62.5 cents per bushel Robert Larrimer 93…5 per bushel 4.625
1 black cow 9.00 N Snead 8.50
1 lot of crocks .875 Sincler or Linder 1.45
1 lot of flax .50
1 crock of fats .30 William Griever .75
1 lot of bacon 6.25 cents per certain Daniel Troxel – 8 cents per pound 7.38
1 sifter .375 Claiborne Kelly .695
1 set plates .375 Lewis Smith .32
4 plates Lewis Smith .24
1 mattress and furnishings 7.00 Miss Franklin 10.125
1 mattress and furnishings 3.00 Mitchell Robinson 3.125
1 lot of outdated lumber 12.5 Robert Sherwood 1.00
2 fats hogs 10.00 Samuel Snodgrass (lot of hogs) 10.55
1 fats scorching N. Sneed 5.60
1 fats hog John Tucker? 5.05
1 sow 1.00
1 lot teacups and saucers Arthur Speer .1625
1 lot knives and spoons James Surber .3
1 lot cabinet ware Arthur Speer .35
1 pot James Kelly .60
1 baker Robert Larimer Can’t learn
2 pot hooks Miss Franklin .21
1 pot William Griever .135
1 kettle James Kelly .70
1 kettle James McKee 1.86
1 sheet Miss Griever .50
1 sheet Seavis? Smith .40
1 lot wheat Alfred Surber 10.57
2 reeds or reels William Griever .125
1 espresso mill Robert Larimer .0675

Robert Larrimer admin.

Signed by Andrew C. Kelly, Alexander Robinson and Samuel Kelly

Stock and appraisement of property of Elizabeth McKee decd returned to court docket and ordered to be recorded on March 27, 1838.

A number of of Elizabeth’s youngsters and their spouses bought objects. After all, two of her daughters, Ann and Eliza had moved on. Ann was in Lee County, Virginia, and Eliza was residing in Indiana.

William Griever bought. Elizabeth’s daughter, Charity, had already died, however William was clearly nonetheless on good phrases with the household. Did he carry his daughter, Mary Ann, born in 1824, so would have been 14 years outdated? Is that the Miss Griever who bought a sheet and a pewter dish of her grandmothers? Be nonetheless my coronary heart.

Elizabeth should have been beaming! From the opposite facet, in fact.

I observed that Elizabeth had bought six chairs from Andrew’s property, which had been now 5. Or possibly a type of chairs was in Margaret’s property.

Lots of the objects from Andrew’s property had been bought by members of the family, most likely partially for sentimental causes.

Rebecca McKee Jamison had not too long ago been widowed, however was nonetheless residing and bought a hackle which tells me she, like her mom, was a weaver. She, too, can be gone earlier than March of 1839.

A settlement of the property of Elizabeth McKee deceased was returned to court docket by the commissioner and ordered to be recorded on Could 27, 1839.

October 28, 1839

In Elizabeth’s settlement, payments had been paid to a number of folks together with one to a “woman for nursing the decd when in her final sickness – $1.25.” I absolutely hope that woman didn’t catch no matter it was that was killing McKee members of the family.

Alexander McKee’s Loss of life

The McKee household’s hell wasn’t over but.

The tax collector gave me the primary trace. Apparently, Alexander wasn’t farming anymore, and I’d wager that James had taken over.

In 1839, on March the second, James McKee has 5 horses, however Alexander isn’t listed.

Elizabeth’s directors filed on Could 27, 1839 with the court docket that they had been able to settle her property, however her son, Alexander, had made his will per week earlier signaling that one thing was very improper.

Did the household marvel when this string of demise was ever going to finish? No matter was claiming this household was brutal.

Alexander McKee’s will was written Could 20, 1839, and probated on July 22, 1839 on the subsequent court docket session.

He stipulated that:

  1. Perishable a part of property to be offered instantly
  2. Land to James McKee which fell to me by heirship to him and his heirs endlessly and $30
  3. Sister Ann Speaks and her youngsters $30
  4. Sister Jinny Jones youngsters $10
  5. Sister Rebecca Jamison youngsters $10
  6. James McKee executor

Witness Andrew Patterson, Robert Sherwood, James Allen

Probated July 22, 1839, James McKee exec with John Clark Sr. his safety

This signifies that each sisters Rebecca and Jinny have handed away. Robert Sherwood is Edward McKee’s widow, Mary Hand McKee’s second husband.

Alexander’s stock was taken on September 14, 1839 and submitted to court docket January 27, 1840. It’s value noting that he has no furnishings or kitchen objects.

On condition that he lived together with his mom, between his stock, that of Elizabeth and Margaret, I’d wager we’re seeing all the contents of that residence.

I absolutely marvel about these three books. Books give us a lot perception into the reader.

Given the proximity of their deaths, that they lived collectively, and that two of the three had been comparatively younger, I can’t assist however marvel about consumption. We additionally know that Elizabeth didn’t die rapidly as a result of somebody was paid to take care of her throughout her final sickness. Consumption can be what took James McKee and his sister, Mary, in 1855.

Widow For twenty-four Years

Elizabeth was nearly widowed in 1805 however was truly widowed 9 years later, in 1814, leaving her to take care of a passel of stair-step youngsters.

She most likely buried Andrew beside or close to to their youngsters who had already died, and people who would quickly, maybe within the McKee Cemetery.

For a girl whose title we nearly didn’t know, she led an extremely eventful life. For starters, she lived on the frontier – and survived – for 70 years, plus or minus a 12 months or two.

She was born close to the top of the French and Indian Struggle and earlier than the Revolutionary Struggle. She would have been about ten years outdated, or so, on the outset of the Revolutionary Struggle, and possibly lived in both Pennsylvania or Virginia. Her father and brothers could have been troopers.

I do not know who her mother and father had been, however I’ve eradicated quite a lot of prospects. She and Andrew appear to be notably near the John Kelly household, their close to neighbors, however John Kelly had a will and Elizabeth just isn’t there.

What I can let you know is that Elizabeth was European, based mostly on her base mitochondrial DNA haplogroup J. I’d like to have a direct descendant by all females who’s keen to take a mitochondrial DNA take a look at. The tester will be male within the present era however should descend from Elizabeth by all females to hold her mitochondrial DNA. If that is you, I’m providing a no-cost scholarship, so please attain out.

Elizabeth would have moved westward along with her household into the newly fashioned Washington County, Virginia, nonetheless uncut, uncleared woodland, most likely after the ultimate battle of the Revolutionary Struggle. Low cost land known as alternative beckoned.

Elizabeth married Andrew McKee, a Scots-Irishman, someday round 1788. It’s probably that one or each of them had blue eyes, as a result of their son, James, did, together with darkish hair.

They settled nearby of the Center Fork of the Holston River, the place they stayed till, actually, the wagon took them to the graveyard. Them and their youngsters too. Elizabeth staked her floor, and he or she was NOT giving up. That lady’s tenacity is completely superb.

The neighborhood graveyard was on the Ebbing Springs Church at first, however the household most likely established the now misplaced McKee Cemetery on the southernmost tip of their property throughout her lifetime. We all know son James is buried there, so it stands to purpose that she is simply too. This household alone would have crammed the church cemetery!

Elizabeth cooked and cleaned and bore youngsters, like the opposite pioneer wives. First with Andrew, then alone. However that wasn’t all.

Elizabeth repurchased her personal kitchen utensils, alongside along with her spinning wheel, loom, beds, furnishings, and livestock at Andrew’s property sale in 1814.

She would have farmed and butchered and put greens up on this root cellar, beside the home, for the winter.

The home was raised and designed defensively.

The household lived within the higher stage, most likely for security by way of doable Indian assault in addition to the infamous Holston River floods. The assaults appeared to be principally previously after the Revolutionary Struggle, however the floods had been everpresent.

Elizabeth probably saved objects within the decrease stage, like these crocks the place greens and presumably meats would have been brined and pickled. These three “outdated keggs” she bought at Andrew’s property sale had been most likely saved right here too. She opened this outdated door 1000’s of occasions, bringing greens, wool, and different issues into the decrease stage from outdoors.

We all know that Elizabeth churned butter as a result of she purchased cows and her personal churn at Andrew’s property sale. She would have milked cows at daybreak each morning.

Her additional workspace, though it did flood every so often, was most likely the envy of each lady within the neighborhood. After all, when it flooded, the household needed to transfer rapidly to maintain issues dry. They might have needed to transfer their animals to excessive floor too. Did they get stranded on the second ground by floodwaters every so often? These Holston flood waters rise quickly, and the present is swift and harmful.

After Andrew’s demise, this could all have fallen to Elizabeth to handle.

The home was divided into two sections, with two fireplaces, one at every finish with its personal chimney. The second hearth would most likely have been the world the place her grownup son, Alexander, and presumably her daughter Margaret would have lived too. I an solely think about how tough it was to chop and hew these beams, and raise them into place.

Margaret and Alexander each died about the identical time as Elizabeth – Margaret inside days, and it’s evident from each of their property inventories, plus Elizabeth’s, that her youngsters owned no cooking utensils. The excellent news is that that they had one another. The unhealthy information is that they probably all died of Consumption, right now’s Tuberculosis, or another equally-as-awful illness that they shared throughout the similar family – their lives winking out one after the opposite.

The precise measurement of this residence was most likely a luxurious, though the steps weren’t, particularly as Elizabeth aged.

Elizabeth packed all 13 of her youngsters into 2 or 3 beds that she bought at Andrew’s property sale, as was the customized of the day.

That lady would have labored from sunup to sunset, and previous, 7 days per week, three hundred and sixty five days a 12 months. Church, the place possibly she might go to sleep unnoticed for a couple of minutes, may need been her solely respite.

Or possibly spinning and weaving on her loom offered that as nicely – together with much-needed material for bedding and clothes.

Primarily based on the tax lists, and guardians being appointed for Elizabeth’s youngsters at completely different occasions, it seems that maybe Elizabeth grew to become ailing, or one thing occurred.

As soon as in 1818, when Elizabeth would have been about 51, and once more in 1822.

It baffles me why guardians had been solely appointed for a few of her youngsters, however not all of her minor youngsters.

However, like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, Elizabeth rallied each time. She beat the percentages greater than as soon as, and, it seems, greater than a number of occasions. In some way she managed to not succumb.

But, demise surrounded her. I merely can’t think about what this lady endured, or how she managed to not be damaged when she needed to bury so many individuals she liked – and that’s not counting her mother and father and siblings.

Needless to say the kinfolk listed below are solely the closest folks we find out about. Each single one was an individual she liked dearly. Somebody she missed each day for the remainder of her life.

Elizabeth’s son William died in 1810 or 1811 at 17 or 18, which most likely broke her coronary heart.

She misplaced one other, youthful son, about the identical time, who we see within the 1810 census however whose title we don’t know. I ponder if he died of the identical factor, concurrently William – probably Dysentery or Flux.

Then got here her husband Andrew’s demise in 1814, in fact.

Elizabeth additionally buried her son Andrew’s spouse, Nancy Roe about 1820. Andrew didn’t appear to do nicely after that, a minimum of for a few years.

Then, Elizabeth’s son Edward handed away within the fall of 1831, leaving a pregnant spouse and young children.

Elizabeth’s daughter, Charity, died someday after 1830 and earlier than March of 1837 when William Griever remarried. My greatest wager can be that they misplaced all the youngsters born within the 1830s, then lastly Charity herself in 1835 or 1836.

Elizabeth’s son James McKee misplaced a toddler in 1837.

Jane McKee’s husband, Richard Jones, died, together with his property being offered on October 28, 1837. Jane was pregnant on the time and had a child in 1838, however Jane herself was gone earlier than Could of 1839, and the newborn too quickly thereafter.

The property of Rebecca McKee’s husband, William Jamison, was probated on November 27, 1837.

This string of very shut members of the family who died should have devastated Elizabeth, and I can’t assist however marvel if all the group was infecting one another with Consumption. On condition that Elizabeth’s property was probated in February of 1838, she was probably already sick by the late fall of 1837 when her two sons-in-law died.

After all, her daughter Margaret died inside days of Elizabeth’s personal demise. That might have been the ultimate straw. It’s unclear who died first, however it’s very clear that they died inside days of one another based mostly on their property submitting.

What Elizabeth didn’t know was that two of her daughters died not lengthy after she did. Jane/Jenny Jones was apparently residing when her husband died in late 1837, however gone earlier than Could of 1839.

Rebecca McKee Jamison died someday between her mom’s property sale in March of 1838 and her brother, Alexander’s demise in Could of 1839.

Alexander McKee wrote his will on Could 20, 1839, and possibly died shortly thereafter. It was probated on July 22, 1839.

Wow, I simply have to cease and take a deep breath. I can’t even think about a lot sickness and grief, so shut collectively.


Elizabeth had a plethora of grandchildren, although she buried youngsters and that two of her grownup youngsters by no means married. The folks bolded died earlier than Elizabeth, apart from Margaret, who died at nearly precisely the identical time. The final column indicated grandchildren that we all know perished in Elizabeth’s lifetime.

Baby Delivery-Loss of life Partner Whole Kids Died Earlier than Elizabeth
Sally c1789-1840/1847 Robert Larimer 14 3
James 1791-1855 Sally Roe 17 4
William c1792-1810/1811 by no means 0
Edward c1795-1831 Mary Hand 5 3
Andrew c1797-after 1847 Nancy Roe died c 1820, Rachel Fisher 6? ?
Mary 1799-1855 John Larimer 11 1
Ann c1800- died VA 1840/1850 Charles Converse 11 5
Charity 1801/1805-before 1837 William Griever 5 3
Jane/Jenny c1802/1803-1838/1839 Richard Jones property Nov 1837 8 3
Elizabeth/Eliza Earlier than Mar 1805-died Indiana aft 1870 Eleazer Rouse 10+? 3
Rebecca c1808-1838/1839 William Jamison property Oct 1837 2 1
Margaret 1805/1809-1838 by no means 0
Male 1810-bef 1820 by no means 0
Alexander 1811/1812-1839 by no means 0

Elizabeth welcomed a minimum of 84 grandchildren into the world, though the ultimate arrivals had been probably celebrated from the opposite facet.

Just a few, people who had been born in distant areas, she by no means bought to satisfy and didn’t get to take pleasure in watching them develop and flourish.

Sadly, she buried 26 of these youngsters, or about one every year, many as infants, apart from the youngsters of Ann who moved to Virginia when she married, and Eliza who moved to Indiana after burying some youngsters in Virginia.

Thirty p.c, or nearly one in three youngsters died, which implies that they had been truly luckier than some households, the place half of their youngsters perished. After all, these are solely the youngsters we find out about.

Elizabeth lived lengthy sufficient for her grandchildren to start to marry as nicely, a blessing not afforded to many in that point and place.

Elizabeth and Andrew had been married for about 26 years. That’s an extended marriage. When he slipped away, all of Elizabeth’s youngsters had been nonetheless at residence apart from Sally who married in 1810, and James who had been away at struggle. At the very least Andrew was capable of welcome his first grandchild, or possibly even two, earlier than he handed over.

Amazingly, Elizabeth didn’t remarry. She raised all of these 11 or 12 youngsters remaining at residence by herself. The youngest, Alexander, could not even have remembered his father. He appears to have been born in 1811 or 1812, so at greatest, obscure, fuzzy reminiscences.

Elizabeth functioned from that time on within the stead of a male farmer. She did what wanted to be carried out – sewed crops and tended to livestock along with dealing with the standard ladies’s chores. The rationale most individuals remarried was as a result of elevating a household on the frontier was actually a full-time job for 2 able-bodied folks. I ponder how she did it. Her older youngsters should have helped lots.

Elizabeth was apparently ailing, or injured, twice, and recovered. One thing occurred in 1818 and 1822. She lived for one more 24 years after Andrew’s demise – practically 1 / 4 century. She was widowed nearly so long as she was married.

In the course of Elizabeth’s life, she by no means lived alone. Her final little one “at residence,” Alexander, died slightly over a 12 months after she did, within the spring of 1839.

Margaret, who died when Elizabeth did, would have been her mom’s companion, most likely weaving and spinning and dealing collectively, facet by facet. No matter who died first, Elizabeth clearly knew that Margaret was very ailing and unlikely to outlive. She knew the indicators of demise nicely.

This door would have shut for the final time behind Elizabeth’s youngsters residing in her family when Alexander left on his ultimate journey.

The McKee residence descended to James, who died in 1855, the final of the McKee boys, after which handed to generations of his descendants. Stewards of the McKee homestead and Elizabeth’s unbelievable legacy of tolerating energy.


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