ALEXANDER McKEE and the Ohio Country Frontier 1754-1799" by Larry L. Nelson The Kent State University Press Kent, Ohio, and London (Sorry I forgot to get the copyright date.)
Book found Carnegie Library of Munhall (right next to Homestead), Pa. Reference book R977.01 Nel
Chapter Two From the Susquehanna to the Ohio, 1735-1763
When he was a young man, ALEXANDER McKEE was a fully participating and fully accepted member of Ohio Country Indian society.The central-Ohio Shawnees regarded him completely as one of their own.He spoke their language, followed their customs, and observed their rituals.They were his family.In peace they were business partners; in war they were allies.He looked after their well-being and they his.At his death in 1799, McKEE was a fully participating and fully accepted member of Upper Canada's landed gentry.The governing aristocracy regarded him completely as one of their own...
McKEE was born about 1735 in the Pennsylvania backwoods of the Susquehanna Valley.His father, THOMAS McKEE (born c. 1695), was the first of three generations of McKEES active in Indian affairs along the northern frontier.THOMAS arrived in America with his father, ALEXANDER (died 1740), from County Antrim, Ireland, after 1707.ALEXANDER, a veteran of the Battle of the Boyne, began to farm along the Pennsylvania frontier in Lancaster County soon after he arrived.THOMAS established himself in the western Indian trade while in his thirties or early forties.Licensed as a trader by Pennsylvania in 1744 and 1747, he already had erected a post along the Susquehanna River near present-day Dalmatia, in 1740.By 1742 he had established a second site, McKEE'S Post, near present-day Dauphin and was trading at Big Island, at the mouth of the Juniata River, on the south branch of the Susquehanna.
In 1747 and 1748, McKEE organized a small company of rangers to protect the western region of Lancaster County during King George's War.In 1755, after the outbreak of the French and Indian War, he raised a second company of volunteers and commanded a small garrison, McKEE'S Fort, at Hunters Mill...In 1763 McKEE accepted an appointment to the post of Justice of the Peace and presided over cases held in Northampton, Berks, and Lancaster Counties.He died at his home at McKEE'S Falls in 1769.
Less is known of ALEXANDER'S mother.It is certain that THOMAS married a woman who lived with a mixed band of Shawnees, Delawares, and Iroquois on the Susquehanna River, near present-day Lock Haven.In January 1743, McKEE attended a council at the village, located opposite his storehouse on Big Island...a white woman who had been captured as an infant in North Carolina and later adopted by the tribe approached McKEE with a warning.Some of the warriors, she claimed, planned to kill the trader as he left the village the following day.Leaving his goods behind, McKEE and the woman escaped that evening, traveling three days and three nights to avoid capture.Later, this woman became his wife...continued on next post"