The following is a cut and paste of an earlier message I did on this forum and I think it may be your Charles.
March 22, 2011
Ok, will try this again. The following from the Alameda Co CA forum:
Data researched by Volunteer Juday Artley
An Ambrose Edward Mckee b. 10 June 1889, Joplin, MO on June 2, 1917 was living at 6309 1/2 Moneta Ave., Los Angeles, LA Co.
Occupation=insurance agent for National Life insurance Co. of USA, San Francisco.
Claimed an exemption to WW I service because of dependent wife. Source: World War I Drft Registration Cards 1917-18, Ancestry.
In 1920 Ambrose and family was living in Oakland, Alameda Co., CA.
Ambrose E. Mckee, b. MO, 30, insurance salesman.
Eva L., [Eva is what appears on Census], b. ID, 25.
Harshall F. McKee, broth, b. KS, 19, insurance salesman.
An Ambrose Edward Mckee was born 3 Feb 1929, Alameda Co. Mother's Maiden Name=Mccord. Source: California Birth Index 1905-95.
You found the family on the 1930 Census in Oakland.
An Ambrose Edward Mckee
Born=10 June 1889, Joplin, MO
Residence=2302 SE 47th Ave., Portland, OR
Occupation=worked for Pacific Mutual Life Ins. Co., Los Angeles, Place of Occupation=Railroad Dept. 523W Sixth St., L. A.
Nearest Relative=Mrs. A. E. Mckee, same address as Ambrose's. Source: U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards 1942.
An Ambrose McKee, Sr. b. 10 June 1889, Last Residence Portland, Multnomah Co., OR died Dec 1972. His soc. sec. # was assigned in Oregon before 1951. Source: Social Security Death Index.
An Ambrose Edw Mckee, Sr., 83, b. June 1889 died 7 Dec. 1972, Multnomah Co., OR per death cert #72-19322. Spouse-Olive. Source: Oregon Death Index 1903-98.
An Edward A. McKee b. 3 Feb. 1929, Last Residence=Portland, Multnomah Co. died 19 Nov 1999. His soc. sec. # was assigned in Oregon before 1951. Source: Social Security Death Index.
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FROM THE BOOK OF MCKEE:
On page 86: The author quotes a letter dtd April 1 1954 that says it is from a Harriet Hooper of Castle Rock WA whose father was John Henry McKee w/brothers Joel, James, Frank, Edward. Says "Ed used to work the mines at Joplin MO".
On pg 107: A letter from a D C McKee pres /general mgr of Empire Dist Electric Co, Joplin dtd 7-29-1954 says his father was Harry Butler McKee of Charlottesville Illinois.
On page213: The author, Raymond W. McKee, says his father was Charles Edward McKee 12-14-1872//2-18-1924....................
On page217: (also, page 218) He is saying he is descended from Wm McKee and Cassander Frakes McKee thru
Henry McKee 1821-1880 married Harriet Matheny Jan 22 1843 who died 8-31-1844
and Henry then married Mary Moore March 10 1849
and their youngest child, Charles Edward McKee was the father of the author.
The author goes on to say "Harriet McKee (Finch), the author's well beloved aunt, died at Joplin MO in 1927.
He also says his father is buried in Joplin.
Those are the Joplin listed in the Index. When you find your grandfather's copy I would love to hear the connection. I have looked for my Ambrose and your Ambrose to have a connection and fail to find any info at Joplin. It may be there is kinship before they came to America.
Do you have any male McKee that would do the YDNA Test for you at Family Tree DNA?
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David, If this is not your line, let me know and I will look again.It seems close but may not be the same.