JAMES McKEE is a well-known and prosperous farmer of Chartiers township. His father, John McKee, was a son of Samuel McKee, the latter being a native of Ireland, who emigrated to America in about 1786, settling in Washington county, Penn., on the farm where he died.
John McKee was born in 1803 in Washington county, Penn., and on arriving at man's estate married Miss Nancy McNary, a native of Chartiers township, this county. The young couple first settled in Canton township, this county, and a few years afterward moved to the home farm, where Mr. McKee is yet living at the age of eighty-nine years. Five children were born to them, four of whom died in infancy. The mother died in 1844, on the farm in Canton township, and John McKee was afterward married to Leviah Irwin, daughter of John Irwin, an early pioneer of Washington county, and to this union were born three children, wiz.: John T. (living in Mt Pleasant township, this county), Elizabeth N. and Mary M. (both residing at home). This wife died in 1886.
James McKee, son of John and Nancy McKee, was born in 1836, in Canton township, being the youngest of his father's family. He was educated in the common schools of Chartiers township, and also attended a term or two in Mt. Pleasant township, this county. He has always followed farming and stock raising, making a specialty of good Shorthorn cattle. The farm consists of 100 acres of highly-cultivated land. James McKee is an active member of the Democratic party, and served as township supervisor for six years, also filing the positions of auditor and inspector. He and his sisters are members of the United Presbyterian Church, of which the father is also a member.
Text taken from page 1233 of:
Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893).
Transcribed January 1997 by Bobbi Steele of Indianapolis, IN as part of the Beers Project.
Published January 1997 on the Washington County, PA USGenWeb pages at http://www.chartiers.com/.
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