Title: Annals of southwestern Pennsylvania, by Lewis Clark Walkinshaw ... Vol. 2.
Author: Walkinshaw, Lewis Clark.
“The present great city of McKeesport got a later start, but its founders maintained an important plantation there until they founded the town on Feb. 5, 1795, as shown by their first public announcement in the Pittsburgh “Gazette.”The family of DAVID McKEE is credited with being the pioneer here, and for whom the town was (pg 260) named when it was laid out, more than twenty-five years after the McKEE family settled there...
“DAVID McKEE and his wife, MARGARET, and his five sons, ROBERT, JAMES, THOMAS, DAVID and JOHN, and their daughters, MARY and MARGARET, must have arrive during the year 1768.DAVID McKEE’S activities at the future McKeesport are also recorded in part on the court records.The Virginia court records for Augusta County show the appointment of viewers on February 21, 1775, for a road beginning at the mouth of the Youghiogheny River at McKEE’S Ferry, SAMUEL SINCLAIR was a neighbor of DAVID McKEE, across in the fork of (pg. 262) the Youghiogheny, and the Augusta court took this action on February 24, 1775: “On motion of SAMUEL SINCLAIR, who lives at the forks of the rivers Monongahela and Youghagano, leave is granted him to keep a ferry over each of the rivers, and that he keeps boats.”The court minutes show this action on May 16, 1775: “On the motion of DAVID McKEE for leave to keep a ferry over the Monongahela and Youghagano, which motion being opposed, on hearing the parties it is considered that the ferry is unnecessary; it is therefore ordered that the said motion be rejected.”
One of the sons of DAVID McKEE, THOMAS, died early; SAMUEL SINCLAIR, JR. married ELIZABETH McKEE, daughter of ROBERT McKEE; JAMES PEEBLES married MARY, daughter of THOMAS McKEE, deceased, and purchased the interests of his family, and later secured a title to the land.With JAMES McKEE living at the present city of Duquesne, and ROBERT, DAVID and JOHN McKEE, on the lowlands in central McKeesport, this family was destined to lay the foundations of this outstanding municipality.JOHN McKEE, was indicated by history of his real estate operation, was the active founder of McKeesport, and this story will be detailed elsewhere."