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
pg. 147-48 "...McKEE had spent much of the post-Revolutionary period creating new links to Upper Canada's landed elite, based on finance and family.
Two loosely knit family groups dominated much of Upper Canada's economic life during the years that followed the Revolution.The first revolved around the Detroit land speculator and fur magnate John Askin.The second, somewhat smaller than the first, consisted of those in the orbit of Jacques Duperron Baby, who, like Askin, had made a fortune trading in land and pelts.McKEE was closely affiliated with both cliques.Askin and Baby were both involved with the region's militia, and each worked closely with McKEE during the crisis of 1790-94.Askin had invested heavily in the lower Maumee Valley fur trade, creating the Miami Company in the late 1780s to exploit the area's rich fur resources, and he was the largest contractor to supply goods and provisions for the Maumee Valley tribes during their conflict with the United States.McKEE watched over Askin's interests in the region and directed Miami Company employees from his post at the Maumee Rapids during the 1790s.Further, McKEE'S son, THOMAS, married ASKIN'S daughter, THERESA, in April 1797.Among those involved with Jacques Baby were William Caldwell and Matthew Elliott, two of McKEE'S closest friends and joint proprietors in his land holdings opposite Bois Blanc Island. McKEE had prospered following the Revolution because he had been able to fashion the same type of personal network of family, business partners, and acquaintances with the Detroit region's aristocracy that he had previously enjoyed with the Ohio Country Indian nations.As economic opportunities disappeared in Ohio and reemerged in Canada, he had wholeheartedly embraced the British and the values they articulated, and he had profited enormously as a result."