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Title: History of Beaver County, Pennsylvania: including its early settlement; its erection into a separate county; its subsequent growth and development; sketches of its boroughs, villages and townships ... biographies of many of its representative citizens; statistics, etc
Authors: Richard, J. Fraise (Jacob Fraise), 1844-, Henry, Thomas.
Publication Info: Philadelphia: A. Warner, 1888
WILLIAM E. McKEE, farmer, P. O. Woodlawn, was born in Birmingham, now Pittsburgh (South Side), May 5, 1835.His grandfather, JAMES McKEE, a native of Ireland, settled in Cumberland County, Pa., and finally moved to Pittsburgh, where he died.His son, JOHN McKEE, father of WILLIAM E., was born in Cumberland County, Aug. 19, 1798, and was reared in Pittsburgh.He was a prominent man in his day, was well known throughout the country, and was Justice of the Peace for 25 years; also served as borough treasurer and poorhouse director of Allegheny County.He died July 11, 1863.His wife was CHARLOTTE, daughter of HENRY WENDT, one of the first glass manufacturers of Pittsburgh.She was born in Pittsburgh (South Side) Sept. 11, 1808, and died Jan. 5, 1870.JOHN McKEE was class leader in the Methodist church for many years.Politically he was a Whig and afterward a Republican.His brothers, JAMES, SAMUEL and THOMAS, were prominent glass manufacturers in Pittsburgh.
WILLIAM E. McKEE, our subject, had two brothers, JOHN and HENRY, and one sister, SARAH, who lived to maturity.JOHN is a member of the Board of Health of Pittsburgh.WILLIAM E. was educated in Pittsburgh, and learned the trade of glass-cutting; enlisted Aug. 5, 1861, in Company B, 62d Regiment, P. V., and served until November, 1862.He participated in the battles of Hanover Court House, Gaines’ Mill, Antietam and South Mountain, and at Gaines’ Mill he received a wound, on account of which he was discharged.After the war he came to Moon Township, where he has a farm of 100 acres. (pg. 870)He was married in Pittsburgh, to MARY, daughter of GEORGE and CATHARINE (ROTH) HAAS, and they have five children living: THOMAS, SARAH, JOHN, WILLIAM and CHARLES.