Tedd - It's been a long time since you posted your message about Joseph McKee and Sidney Owens so I don't know if you're still looking.However, the mention of Sidney's name, as well as those of their children, got my attention.
I am a ggggg granddaughter of Joseph and Sidney McKee.Our family's info on these two is sketchy and I'm always trying to learn more.Family oral history has it that Joseph was born in Ireland (perhaps around 1749) and was orphaned at age 12.We don't know when he came to the US - must have been as a child.He was bound out to a potter after his parents' death and learned that trade.He may have married Sidney in 1774 in Clark Co, KY.He fought in the Revolutionary War according to a letter written in 1926 by a great-granddaugther.I have a transcription of his will, which was written March 23, 1824 in Clark Co., KY and probated in the same county in May 1824.In it he mentions his children, Hannah Scobee, John McKee, Joshua McKee, Polly Clark, and Nancy Dean.The failure to mention Sally must mean that she was already dead.He did mention a granddaughter, Polly Skinner, who I bet was Sally's daughter.My own line comes through John, whom I have as born April 10, 1778 (rather than 1779), Clark Co., KY, died Sept. 15, 1838, Vincennes, Indiana.
I received quite a lot of information from another McKee descendant (through Joseph and Sidney's daughter Hannah).Much of it seems to agree with what I know, but one big difference was that her family has Sidney's maiden nameas "Duncan."This descendant provided me with a letter written by Ellis Dean, a son-in-law of Joseph and Sidney (married their daughter Nancy, based on the will).This letter said Sidney's father was Joshua Duncan, who came to the US from England when he was a young man.The same letter confirmed that Joseph came from Ireland.Ellis Dean is mentioned my copy of Joseph's will as one of the executors.
I would really enjoy communicating with you on what you know about Joseph and Sidney, and I'd be happy to share what I have with you.Drop me a line if you're still in the "genealogy business" and we'll see what we can figure out - especially about the Duncan vs Owens debate.Charis Geisinger.