Hi Wendy, It sounds like they might be brothers. Unfortunatly I don't know much more about Jacob except that in the 1880 census his occupation is listed as a miner. My grandfather, who is Jacob's grandson, is still alive but doesn't like to talk about the family since his father, James Harden McKee, who was Jacob's son, abandoned the family when my grandfather was ten years old. It's been a very slow process trying to get any info out of him.I haven't been able to find out anything at all about Jacob's wife's family. I thought I might find some info on her which might lead to more info on him and his family,but no luck so far.If I find out anything I will let you know.