The Alexanders of Mecklenburg are my husband's line, so I have some few
early published records I can share.
Will assume that you already have copy of Ambrose McKee's will which names
the seven children you list. The only other McKee indexed in MECKLENBURG
COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA ABSTRACTS OF EARLY WILLS 1763-1790 (1749-1790) -
Brent H Holcomb 1980 - is a Margaret McKee (p50) who may be the wife of one
of the sons of your Ambrose, or the wife of the son (also named William) of
one Alexander McKee, whose will was probated April 1898 in Mecklenburg
"Mecklenburg County, Will of Niell Morrison, being in good health; to wife
Annabella Morrison the negro wench Rose; to my eldest daughter Hannah Starr,
one cow to the value of lb. 3 s 10 in the year 1772; the emainder to be
equally divided among my seven children, viz Margaret McKee and Jane,
William, Ann, Alexander, Amelia & James; Margaret McKee who hath received a
great part already . . . wife, extx. 10 Jan 1781
Wit: Saml Downs, Thos Downs, Jurat Proved September 1784
Will Book B, p 64 C. R. 065.801.22"
Alexander McKee's will names sons John, Alexander, William and Thomas,
grandsons Alexander Hodge, son of John Hodge, and Alexander Guyer. He also
names daughters: Sarah, wife of William Hall, Katy, wife of John Hodge,
Mary, wife of John Guyer, Kilsey, Elizabeth, and Ruth.
Neither Ambrose is indexed in Herman Ferguson's 1993 Volume of Mecklenburg
wills and tax lists, but will pass along what is given re the heirs of
William McKee (probably the son of Alexander instead of Ambrose - in case
they connect later on).
Will Book G, page 111
WILLIAM MCKEE - 22 Sep 1832; probate not filed with will.
(Fairly certain this is the husband of the above Margaret Morrison McKee)
To grandson William McKee, son of John, the negro Dick
To granddaughter Nancy McKee, daughter of the said John, a bed and furniture
To granddaughter Margaret C. McKee, negro Fanny on the condition that she
pay half of the value to her sister Susannah when Margaret reaches age 21,
and until that time Prudence McKee, mother of Margaret and Susannah, shall
have the use of the said Fanny except that she is not to be hired out;
To granddaughter Margaret McKee, daughter of James, the negro Esther who is
for the use and benefit of the parents of the said Margaret until she
reaches 21, and I also give Margaret a looking glass
To grandson William McKee, son of James, 144 acres adjoining Eliza McKee
To granddaughter Margaret McKee, daughter of Morrison, $100 to be paid to
her one year after my demise
To grandson William McKee, son of Morrison, the residue of the plantation on
which I live . . . except a half interest in the cotton gin and screw,
thresher, attached running works, and horses for which I give a half
interest to Purdence McKee and her family, and the other half I give to the
said William McKee, his mother Eliza McKee, and her family;
Also to William negroes Hannah and her child Susan on condition that William
pay $250 within a year of my demise to my exrs as well as $100 to each of
his sisters, Ruthe, Polly, and Amelia, when they respectively reach 21. He
is also to pay $10 to the negro Hannah yearly for five years after my daeth,
and he is also to care for the elderly women Frances and Flora and allow
them to continue to live in their house on the plantation for their
To grandson Elias McKee, son of Morrison, 226 acres including his mother's
dower at her death, lying adjoining the wagon road where his mother now
lives, on condition that the said Elias pays to each of his sisters Ruthe,
Polly, and Amelia, $25 each as they respectively reach 21;
To granddaughter Ruthe McKee, daughter of Morrison, the negro Harriet, bed
To Polly McKee, daughter of Morrison, the negro Nancy, a large looking glass
and a bureau;
To Isabella McKee, daughter of John, my chest of drawers;
Negros Jim and Prince may choose who is to buy them (more details here on
how much and amounts to be paid directly to Jim and Prince)
Plantation on which Charles W. Querry lives to be sold and proceeds divided
equally among Missionary, Bible, Tract, and Sunday School Societies of the
Methodist Episcopal Church in the USA
To each daughter (in-law?), Eliza and Prudence, a cow and calf.
To nephew Richard Brown, the negro Billy, the blind mare, the high poster
bed and furniture with checked cutrains, the china his aunt brought with her
to my house (at our marriage?), the books of his father and his aunt, and
such other books of mine in which I order his name to be written. I also
give him the cows known to be his on my place. Remainder of my books
divided into three portinos and one lot given to each of the families of
John, James, and Morrison McKee.
Farming utensils divided into four lots and distributed to grandsons as
One lot each to William and his brother, Franklin McKee, and one lot each to
William and his brother Elias McKee;
To friend William Warwich my saddle, a cow and calf, and Clarks Commentaries
on the New Testament in two volumes.
Executors - James McKee, Dr. David R. Dunlap and James H. Morrison
Witnesses - William and James Rea
CODICIL of 24 Sep 1832
Confirm previous gifts to the negro women Frances, Flora and Hannah of the
flock of geese on my plantation, also all yarn and carded wool on hand
previously given to Hannah and Flora with two cows and calves. It is my
will that the whole of my family remain on my plantation until the present
crop is harvested and if Richard Brown remains as manager until the present
crop is gathered and the fall planting completed, he is to hve half of the
present crop and a fourth of the net profits of the blacksmith shop;
moreover, he is to be supported out of my estate until the present crop is
gathered. Eliza and Prudence McKee are not to be charged anything for their
smithing with me this year.
Witnesses - Same as above.
The will of PRUDENCE MCKEE (Will Book H, page 108) dated December 27, 1842,
probated January 1843 gives:
To son F. A. McKee, a horse, 10 shoats, two plows, bed and bedding and
support from my land with his sisters while they remain unmarried;
To daughter Isabella, two beds and bedding, half cupboard and kitchen
furniture and small square table;
To daughter Susan, two beds and bedding, half cupboard and kitchen
furniture, bookcase and bureau;
To Isabella and Susan jointly, negro Flora;
Provisions for one year provided to the three children, 10 head of cattle
and chairs to be left in my house;
After marriage of daughters, land to be equally divided between them and the
interest in said land by my son to cease at that time;
To married daughters Nancy and Caroline, only $5 each as they have already
received a full portion. . .
Executors - William G. Stitt and J. E. Sample
Witnesses - S. B. Watson, Jurat, and Samuel W. Orr, Jurat
The will of SUSAN R. MCKEE (Will Book H, page 189) dated July 25, 1844,
probated October 1844, gives:
To brother Alexander F. McKee, a bureau, bookcase and $150 (to be paid as
To sister Margaret Caroline Sample $275 in cash;
To sister Isabelle Amelia McKee, interest in the negroes belonging to my
father's estate, $250 in cash, bed and furniture;
To niece Elizabeth Ann Stitt, daughter of William T. Stitt, $50 in cash.
Remainder divided equally between brother Alexander and sisters Margaret and
Executor - John E. Stitt
Witnesses - H. R. Young and C. H. Johnston
The will of ISABELLA A. MCKEE (Will Book I, page 43) dated March 22, 1846,
probated April 1846, gives:
To brother, Alexander F. McKee, the negro Hannah, bed and furniture, $100
To sister, Margaret C. Sample, negro Sarah, two beds and furniture, a stand
of curtains, stand of drawers, my cupboard and its furniture including my
silver spoons, and a walnut table;
To half-brother, William S. McKee, $100;
To niece Elizabeth Ann Stitt, dau of William J. Stitt, my side saddle and
$150, and any money remaining after paying my debts, funeral expenses and
the above legacies, to sister Margaret.
Executor - John B. Peoples
Witness - John E. Stitt and William N. McKee
The will of ELIZA (X) MCKEE ( Will Book J, page 36) dated July 12, 1856,
probated January 1857 gives:
To eldest son William N. McKee, negro Calvin;
To youngest son Elias A. McKee, negro Andy;
Remainder of estate divided among my two said sons and three daughters (only
two named) - the share of my daughter Ruth S. Crowell to remain in the hands
of son William, whom I appoint as her trustee, and be paid her as needed;
Executors - sons William and Elias
Witnesses - John M. Matthews, Jurat, and William M. Matthews, Jurat
One Isaac W. Herron is named in the will of his father, John W. Herron
(Meck. Will Book I, page 45) dated July 23, 1845, probated April 1846:
To wife E. W. Herron, land on which my house is situated being the old
Herron place, and at the death divided equally between
Daughters K. L. W. and H. C. Herron
Balance of land, being the Freeman place divided equally between two sons L.
L. W. and Isaac W. Herron.
The only mention of Joseph Beaty in this Ferguson volume gives him as a
son-in-law of William Davies, whose will was probated in 1800, and not
likely the same Joseph.
Another Ferguson record collection entitled Genealogical Deed Abstracts
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina - Books 10-14 (Herman W. Ferguson 1990)
gives the following references to Ambrose McKee:
Deed Book 11, page 252 - June 22, 1781. Samuel Bigam to James McKee, for 80
lbs lawful NC money, 83 acres and 93 perches on Steel Creek adjoining
Ambrose McKee and William Porter; said land is part of 200 acres granted to
Bigam April 25, 1767 by Gov. William Tryon.
Deed Book 11, page 262 - July 11, 1783. Ambrose McKee to Alexander Robison,
for 500 lbs lawful NC money, 164 acres on Steel Creek adjoining John Bigham,
James McKee, William Bigham, and Carter.
Witnesses William Patterson and David Robison; proved in July 1783 court by
oath of William Patterson
Deed Book 11, page 301 - July 11, 1783. Richard and David Robison to
Ambrose McKee, for 500 lbs lawful NC money, 200 acres on the east side of
Catawba River between John Davis and Andrew Cathey.
Witnesses Andrew Cathey and William Patterson; proved in July 1780 court by
oath of William Patterson
Deed Book 13, page 84 - April 24, 1787. Samuel Knox to William Blackwood,
for 200 lbs current NC money, 200 acres on Hecle Creek adjoining Edward
Williams, John Bigam, Ambrose McKee and Richard Robertson.
Witnesses Ezekiel Polk and James Fraser; acknowledged in April 1787 court by
Information above generated from google search words "ambrose mckee" on a message by Linda Murray to PK Murphy.