Hi Edward.I have run across this before.My quest is for the documentation.
Two issues are confused in the info circulating on the internet:Which John Kees was "Captain" (who served at Kings Mountain) and which was the Father of Sarah, who married Thomas Barton.
Looking at the dates I have found, one sees that the two John Kees were only 15 years apart - not a "comfortable" spread, followed by Elijah - only 16 years after the second John.Certainly possible, but other ancestors from the same period and area wern't starting families so early.
And, both John Kees were of a "reasonable" age to have been the Captain in the militia at Kings Mountain.
One arrangement is:
John (c1735 - bef 23 Sep 1786) - John (c1750 - 26 June 1806_ -- Elijah (20 Apr 1766 - 1 Nov 1850) -- Sarah (19 Dec 1770 - bef 5 May 1842) -- Thomas (c1774 - ?) -- George (1776 - ?) -- Milly (1778 - 3 June 1850) - Jacob (1760 - 1825)
The modern headstone in the Kees Cemetery on the shores of Lake Hartwell give Captain John Kees the 1735 birth date.If so, was the John born c1750 his son?And, which of the above Kees were children of the older John and which were children of the younger John?
When Thomas Barton was delegated in the early 1800s (I forget the precise date) by the Shole Creek Baptist Church to counsel John Kees about his drinking, was he going to his father-in-law or his brother-in-law?
At this stage, I am searching for any documentation.