Title: The wilderness trail; or, The ventures and adventures of the Pennsylvania traders on the Allegheny path, with some new annals of the old West, and the records of some strong men and some bad ones, by Charles A. Hanna ... with eighty maps and illustrations. Vol. 2.
Author: Hanna, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1863-1950
“From July 4th to 16th, Croghan and Colonel Hugh Mercer, with Captains William Trent, THOMAS McKEE, and Henry Montour, held a conference at Pittsburgh with some chiefs of the Six Nations, Shawnees, Delawares, and Wyandots...
On the 12th of August, General Monckton, with George Croghan THOMAS McKEE, Thomas Hutchins, and Andrew Montour, held a conference at Fort Pitt with fifteen chiefs and three hundred and sixty-seven warriors of the Six Nations, Shawnees, Delawares, Twightwees, Wyandots, Ottawas, and Pottawattomies.The Council lasted until the 17th...
...Croghan wrote Johnson from Bedford September 4th, reporting the failure of the Quakers at the Lancaster Council to retain control of the trading privilege at Fort Augusta and to obtain from the Six Nations a grant of land to the Delawares on the “Dillaware River”; proposing the appointment of “young [ALEXANDER] McKEE’S father (CAPTAIN THOMAS McKEE) as assistant deputy at Fort Augusta; and recounting a scandalous incident regarding Mr. Pemberton.
...One month later he sent to Johnson, from Fort Pitt, a copy of the Journal kept by ALEXANDER McKEE during his residence among the Shawnees, which gave hints of plotting on the part of the Senecas, Delawares, and Shawnees, intelligence of a belt and hatchet sent to the Indians over the withholding of ammunition by the English; and apprehensions of a general Indian war.On the same day (December 10th), he wrote two letters to Bouquet, who was then in Philadelphia.The first letter announced McKEE’S return from the Shawnees; stated that some Shawnees were on their way to Fort Pitt with their prisoners, and that McKEE expects them all to be delivered up, as he has a better opinion of the Shawnees than of the Delawares; that the Indians confessed to having the belt reported by McKEE; it was from the French officer on the Illinois (Fort Chartres); they say that they had no intention to go to war, but it was time as to defend themselves...
...You should have at least fifty Indians from hence with you, of ye different nations, and such as if of consequence among these nations; with whom I will send you young MR. McKEE, who is a modest young man, and one you can depend on as a good interpreter...
...December 7th a meeting of Indian Traders and merchants who supplied them with goods was held at the Indian Queen Tavern in Lancaster (or Philadelphia).There were present Messrs. David Franks, Jeremiah Warder, Samuel Burge, George Croghan, John Coxe, Abraham Mitchell, William Trent, Robert Callender, Joseph Spear, THOMAS McKEE, Philip Boyle, and Samuel Wharton...
...In letters to Johnson a few weeks later, Croghan mentions his gout, and lameness from a hurt which he received.On the 18th of September, he was still at Lake Otsego, where ALEXANDER McKEE visited him, and brought an account of Indian affairs at Fort Pitt. ..
On May 20, 1772, Johnson wrote the Lieutenant-General again, to say that ALEXANDER McKEE was best qualified to succeed Mr. Croghan in charge of the Indians on the Ohio..
On May 11, 1773, Croghan wrote Thomas Wharton from Fort Pitt...On that occasion I Resigned my appointment [he was succeeded as Indian Agent by ALEXANDER McKEE]...
...On the 8th, St. Clair notified Governor Penn that some of the deputies from the Six Nations had arrived at Pittsburgh, bring a very large belt to Croghan and McKEE, to inform them of the death of Sir William Johnson, and of their intentions to remain at peace with the English and to endeavor to retain the other nations in peace...ESQUIRE MACKAY writes St. Clair from Pittsburgh, September 4th, to tell him that two friendly Delaware Indians had been murdered by some white villains while on their way to Mr. Croghan’s.
In the Haldimand Papers is to be found a “List of Persons Well-disposed to His Majesty’s Government, Living on the Frontiers of Virginia,” which was furnished to the British Government in 1775 by (pg. 80) Lord Dunmore, and had, no doubt, been prepared by Major Connoly.The names on this list were as follows, Croghan’s not being among them:“At Fort Pitt: ALEXANDER McKEE, Deputy Agent of Indian Affairs, [JAMES] McKEE, brother to ALEXANDER, Alexander Ross, a Scotchman [whose estate was later confiscated by the Revolutionary Government], John Campbell [afterwards proved to be a patriot], Captain George Aston [killed by Esquire Smith at Fort Pitt in the summer of 1775], Lieut. William Christy, Lieut. Jacob Bousman...
Colonel Butler’s letter to McKEE ordered him to attend a meeting with the Indians which was to be held at Niagra in May, and asked for information about the proceedings of the Rebels in McKEE’S vicinity.
On June 15, 1778, the Supreme Executive Council of the new State of Pennsylvania met at Lancaster and issued a Proclamation, naming some two hundred persons in the State, who “have severally adhered to and knowingly assisted the enemies of the State, and of the United States of America, by having joined their armies at Philadelphia”; and declaring that under the authority given the Council by the Assembly, for the “attainder of divers traitors if they render not themselves by a certain day,” they “hereby strictly charge” the parties named, that, “not rendering himself as aforesaid and abiding the trial aforesaid, shall, from and after the first day of August, stand and be attainted of High Treason.Among the persons warned by this Proclamation were “George Croghan and ALEXANDER McKEE, formerly Indian Traders, Simon Girty, Indian Interpreter, James Girty, laborer, and Matthew Elliott, Indian Trader, all now or late of the County of Westmoreland.
THOMAS McKEE, licensed in 1744, 1747; a Trader at Big Island, on the South Branch of Susquehanna in 1742; at Allegheny in 1753; served as a captain in the French and Indian War; father of ALEXANDER McKEE, of Fort Pitt.
The adventure which the Trader, THOMAS McKEE, had with the Shawnees at Big Island, in the mouth of the Juniata River, in January, 1743, has already been given at length in the chapter on the Shamokin Traders.McKEE was saved at that time through the good offices of a white woman prisoner among the Shawnees, who warned him of the plot against his life.She was probably the woman he afterwards took as a wife, and the mother of ALEXANDER McKEE, the traitor...”