McKEE ANNEX

 

John Harlen McKee Pedigree

(Start at generation 1, below.)

 

Special thanks to Sandra Alice (Degnan) Seaman (Para. 4.C.1.k.(2.(a.(1)(a) of the Alexander Patterson Biles page) for her extensive research and documentation, which was used in compiling the information in this annex:

 

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Last Change: 21 March 2016

 

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Origin of the surname “McKee:”

 

 

Generation

 

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4   Leonard McKee

 

1.  Biographical notes:

 

Born in New York State.  One of the first settlers of Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

 

2.  Wife: Sarah Sally Wilkerson

 

Born 23 July 1804 (doesn’t seem likely, given the birth date of her son, John) at Montgomery County, Kentucky.  Died 21 July 1883.  Married 18 October 1822

 

3.  Children:

 

a. Leonard McKee, Jr.

 

b. John McKee: See generation 3, below.

 

3   John McKee

 

1.  Biographical notes:

 

Born 24 March 1806 in Yates County, New York State.  Died 11 April 1896 at Ulster/Towanda, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

 

1850 US Census: John, age 44, was heading a farming household in Bradford County, Pennsylvania.  The household also included his wife, Martha (age 41); son, Bradford (age 21), a farmer; son, Sterne (age 19), a farmer; son, George (age 16), a farmer; daughter, Mary (age 13); daughter, Emma A. (age 10); son, Read (age 7); son, Ward (age 5); son, Jay (age 4 ˝); and brother, Leonard McKee (age 36), a farmer.

 

2.  Wife: Martha Holcombe/Holcomb

 

Born 11 January 1809, daughter of Alpheus Holcombe.  Died 26 November 1877 at Ulster, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.  Married John on 23 August 1827.

 

3.  Children: (order uncertain)

 

a. Bradford McKee: Born 17 June 1829.  Died 8 December 1914.  Married Cynthia Stone.

 

b. Sterne McKee: See generation 2, below.

 

c. George W. McKee: Born 7/17 August 1834 at LeRoy, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.  Died 25 June 1903/2; interred Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.  Was employed as a farmer and assessor.  Married Lydia A. Kendall (b. 5/2 Feb 1842 at Canton, Bradford Co., PA, d. about 1920), daughter ot Seneca (b. 8 Jul 1806 at Rutland, VT, d. 24 Jul 1875) and Sally (Andrus) Kendall (b. 29 Apr 1806 at Cornwall Twp, Addison Co., VT), and had the following daughter:

 

(1. Jessie B. McKee: Born 1862 in Pennsylvania.  Died 1912; interred Beach Flats Cemetery, Canton Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.  Married Will H. Ward (b. 1856 in Bradford Co., PA, m. after 1880, d. 1930; interred Beach Flats Cemetery).

 

d. Mary Ann McKee: Born about 1837 in Pennsylvania.  Married J. W. Bonney and had the following children:

 

(1. Floyd B. Bonney: Born about 1860.  Interred Bradford County Memorial Park.  Married Anna Montgomery and had the following son:

 

(a. Raymond Bonney: Born 15 June 1899.  Died 7 October 1977.  Married Bertha (?) and had the following son:

 

(1) Leo G. Bonney: Born 17 October 1914 at Towanda, New York.

 

(2. Vernon O. Bonney: Born about 1865.

 

(3. Emma May Bonney: Born about 1878.

 

(4. Merton M. Bonney: Married Rosetta (?) and had the following daughter:

 

(a. Hilda Bonney: Born 7 December 1896 in Franklin Township, Pennsylania.

 

e. Emma A. McKee:

 

Born about 1840 in Pennsylvania and raised at Franklin Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.  Married Orrin/Orin M. Bonney (more info) (b. 22 Apr 1838 at Eaton, Madison Co., N.Y., d. 20 Jan 1934), son of Orrin (b. Eaton, N.Y.) and Irene (Warren) Bonney (b. Eaton, N.Y.), on 24 December 1859 at Franklin Township, Pennsylvania.  Of interest, Orrin Bonney, Sr., who always lived on the Bonney homestead at Eaton, New York, was the son of Levi Bonney, who was raised in New England and was one of the 1st settlers of Eaton.  Levi Bonney, one of the 1st abolitionists at Eaton, had 7 sons and 5 daughters.  His son, Orrin, Sr., had 5 sons and 1 daughter, the 4th being Orrin, Jr.

 

Orrin Bonney, Jr. was raised and educated at Eaton, New York and started his farming career there.  He and Emma resided at Eaton for about 4 years (until 1863), when they moved to Emma’s homeland in Franklin Township, Pennsylvania where they worked 2 farms.  The family moved briefly to Barclay, Pennsylvania, where Orrin left his family in 1864 to serve in the Union Army during the Civil War (Company B, 207th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment).  After Orrin’s discharge from the Army in 1865 they moved again – to Beach Flats, Canton Township, Pennsylvania, where he was a farmer.  In 1877 Orrin and his family moved back to Franklin Township, Pennsylvania where he operated a 100-acre dairy farm and also raised live stock and grain.

 

Orrin and Emma (McKee) Bonney raised the following children:

 

(1. Carl Galusha Bonney: Born 23 November 1863.  Married Mercy Gamble (b. 23 Sep 186_) on 23 October 1886 and had the following children:

 

(a. Emma Bonney: (more info) Born 13 June 1888 at Franklin Township, Pennsylvania.  Died Monday, 2 November 1992, age 104, at the Bradford County Manor, Bradford County, Pennsylvania; interred Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens, Pennsylvania.  Married (1st) Elmer Morley.  Married (2nd) Edson Scott.

 

(b. Irene Bonney: Born 1890.  Married Stoddard Louis Driggs (b. 30 Mar 1886).

 

(2. Nellie Bonney. (Adopted)  Married Charles Fairbanks.

 

f. Reed McKee: Born about 1843 in Pennsylvania.  Employed as a carpenter and builder.  Married Mary E. Bowman and had the following children:

 

(1. Jennie McKee: (photos) Was crippled with a degenerative muscle disease – perhaps muscular dystrophy.

 

(2. Adeshia McKee: (photos) Married (?) Bastian.

 

(3. Frank Paul McKee: Born 19 June 1892 in Canton Township, Pennsylvania.

 

g. Ward McKee: Born about 1845 in Pennsylvania.  Died 1916; interred Frieden’s Cemetery, Liberty Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.  Married Elizabeth, C. (?) (b. 1847) and had the following daughter:

 

(1. Hannah E. McKee: Married G. H. Brant and had the following son:

 

(a. Charles H. Brant: Resided in Pennsylvania.  Employed as a blacksmith.

 

h. Jay McKee: Born about 1846/9 in Pennsylvania.  Employed as a carpenter/builder.  Died 1900 at Canton, Pennsylvania.

 

2   Sterne McKee (photos)

 

1.  Biographical notes:

 

Born 18 December 1831.  Died 24 December 1887 in Pennsylvania; interred Franklin Center Cemetery, Franklin Township, Pennsylvania.  Was employed as a grocer.  At the time of the 1860 US Census Sterne was living in his parents’ household at Franklin, Pennsylvania.  Was a Sergeant in Company B of the 207th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Civil War and lost an arm to wounds.  Joined the First Christian Church of Franklin on 26 November 1859, and on 31 December 1859 was elected Trustee.  However, on 19 February 1881 the Church resolved: “That the name of Sterne McKee be dropped from the records of this church by his request he having made ship wreck of the faith and is now an avowed infidel.”

 

1870 US Census: Sterne Mckee, age 38 (b. PA) and employed as a grocer, was heading a household in Franklin Township (Franklindale PO), Bradford County, Pennsylvania.  His real estate was valued at $3,000 and his personal property was valued at $2,500.  The household also included his wife, Wiliminia, Mckee, age 36 (b. PA); daughter, Ella Mckee, age 14 (b. PA) and in school; son, Merton Mckee, age 8 (b. PA); daughter, Bessie McKee, age 2 months (b. PA); and brother, Reed Mckee, age 27 (b. PA) and employed as a grocer.

 

1880 US Census: Sterne McKee, age 48 (b. PA; father b. NY; mother b. PA) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household at LeRoy, Franklin Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.  The household also included his wife, Wilmina McKee, age 46 (b. PA; parents b. PA); daughter, Mattie McKee, age 8 (b. PA); son, Mertin McKee, age 19 (b. PA) and employed working on the farm; daughter-in-law, Rosa McKee, age 20 (b. PA; parents b. PA) and employed doing house work; son, John M. McKee, age 5 (b. PA) and Niece, Dell Morse, age 17 (b. PA), and employed doing house work.

 

2.  Wife: Wilmina/Wilminia/Wilhamenia/Wilamenia Allen (photos)

 

Born 1 December 1831 at West Franklin, Pennsylvania, daughter of David and Elizabeth “Betsy” (Smiley) Allen.  Died 15 February 1897 in Pennsylvania.  Joined the First Christian Church of Franklin on 6 October 1860.  Like her husband, Sterne McKee, Wilmena’s membership was subsequently dropped by the church.

 

3.  Children:

 

a. Ella McKee: (photos) Born 1856.  Died 1930.  Married Joseph L. Roof (b. 11 Feb 1847 in Franklin Twp), son of James and Emeline (Lantz) Roof, on 24 March 1874 at Franklindale, Franklin Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

 

Joseph attended the State Normal School at Mansfield, Pennsylvania for one term as well as the Susquehanna Collegiate Institute at Towanda for one term.  He was employed as a farmer in Franklin Township, Pennsylvania.

 

Ella and Joseph Roof had the following children:

 

(1. James Raymond Roof: Born 3 October 1875 at Franklindale, Franklin Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.  Died 27 September 1958 at Monroeton, Bradford County, Pennsylvania; interred Christian Church Cemetery in Franklindale.  Was employed in the lumber business.  Married Emma Jane Brown (b. 11 Jan 1877), daughter of William and Euphemia (Hatch) Brown, on 5 June 1900 and had the following children:

 

(a. Thelma Ruth Roof: Born 16 May 1901.  Died 27 November 1991 at Beaverton, Oregon.  Married W. Ira Bull (b. East Lansing, MI).

 

(b. Ninita Roof: Born 30 November 1902.  Died 12 June 1994 at Lisle, Illinois.  Married Richard Stilwell (b. Chicago, IL).

 

(c. Bergen Roof: Born 1 January 1904.  Died 15 May 1995.  Resided at Teaneck, New Jersey and, later, Meadville, Pennsylvania.  Married Mary Hoy of State College, Pennsylvania and had the following children:

 

(1) Bergen James Roof.

 

(2) Mary Jo Roof.

 

(2. Mina Emeline Roof: Born 23 December 1878.  Married U. Grant Crofut of Franklindale, Franklin Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

 

b. Merton Malvern McKee: (photos) Born 1861.  Died 1929.  Married Rosetta "Rose/Rosa" Gilbert, daughter of Nelson and Catherine (?) Gilbert of Franklin Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.  Of interest, Nelson Gilbert's ancestor, Daniel Gilbert was a veteran of the Revolutionary War.

 

1860 US Census: Nelson Gilbert, age 48, was heading a household in Franklin Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.  The household included, among others, Rosetta Gilbert, age 9 months.

 

1870 US Census: Nelson Gilbert, age 58, was heading a household in Franklin Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.  The household also included at least his wife, Catharine Gilbert, age 41, and daughter, Rosetta Gilbert, age 11.

 

Merton and Rosetta (Gilbert) McKee had at least the following children: (order uncertain)

 

(1. Genevieve McKee: Born 2 November 1888.  Died 27 August 1893.

 

(2. Hilda McKee: Married (?) Lantz.

 

(3. Nina McKee: Member of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution).  Died about 1975.  Married (?) Edsall.

 

c. Bessie McKee: Born 18 March 1870 in Bradford County, Pennsylvania.  Died there 24 March 1872; interred Franklin Center Christian Cemetery, Franklindale, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

 

d. Martha "Mattie" F. McKee: (photos) Born 6 September 1866.

 

1900 US Census: Fred Williams, age 31 (b. Apr 1869 in PA; parents b. PA) and employed as a grocery clerk, was heading a household on Wilbur Avenue in Sayre Borough, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.  The household also included his wife of 2 years, Mattie Williams, age 29 (b. Dec 1870 PA; parents b. PA), who had had 1 child, still alive; son, Harold S. Williams, age 3 months (b. Feb 1900 in PA); and servant, Ida Gilbert, age 36 (b. Mar 1864 PA; parents b. PA) and single.

 

1910 US Census: Fred Williams, age 41 (b. PA; parents b. PA) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in Franklin Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.  The household also included his wife of 12 years, Mattie Williams, age 38 (b. PA; parents b. PA), who had had 1 child, still alive; and son, Harold S. Williams, age 10 (b. PA).  His next door neighbor was the household headed by Samuel Williams, age 76 (b. PA; father b. PA; mother b. NY), which also included his wife of 51 years, Julia Williams, age 73 (b. PA; parents b. PA), who had had 3 children, 1 of whom was still alive, and his sister-in-law, Susan Gerould, age 81 (b. PA, parents b. PA) and widowed, who had had no children.

 

Martha McKee married Frederick "Fred" W. Williams (photos), son of Samuel and Julia (?) Williams of Franklin Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, and had the following son:

 

(1. Harold Sterne Williams: (photos) (more info)

 

Born 20 February 1900 at Franklindale, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.  Died Sunday, 7 March 1993, age 93, at Memorial Hospital, Towanda; interred Franklin Center Cemetery, Franklin Township.  Attended school in Powell and completed courses in electrical engineering, business management, and accounting.  On 7 August 1940 started work for the Sylvania Electric Company in Towanda.  Prior to death resided at Monroeton, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.  Employed as manager and partner of Jennings Auto Parts Company and, later, the Meredith Motor Sales, Towanda.  Was also a member of numerous social and civic organizations.

 

Married HettamenaHettie” Wattles (photos) (d. 19 May 1989) of Towanda on 21 December 1929 and had the following daughter:

 

(a. Shirley E. Williams: (photos) Married Philip Giardina (photos) and resided at Corning, New York.

 

Martha F. (McKee) Williams may have married (2nd) (?) Holes.

 

e. John Harlen “Harley” McKee: See generation 1, below.

 

1   John Harlen "Harley" McKee:

 

Born 1874/5.  Died 20 September 1920, age 45 at Union, Broome County, New York.  Married Minnie Biles, paragraph 4.C.1.k.(2.  of the Alexander Patterson Biles page.

 

 

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