The Branch of Joseph Kee (1789-1848), a native of County
Joseph Kee a native of County Tyrone, Ireland, was born there in or about the year 1789. He was a brother of Samuel Kee (1790-1872), both immigrated to Upper Canada in 1834 and settled in the Township of Albion, County of Peel. He came to Canada from the parish of Ardstraw, which is near Newton Stewart, and about five miles from Strabane, and about five miles from Omagh.
Joseph Kee was originally a Presbyterian, but he was converted to the Wesleyan Methodist Church, when he was about sixteen years old, that is about 1805.
He emigrated to Upper Canada in 1834 with his wife Sarah, and eight children, and settled in Toronto Township, in Peel County.
He was very active as an Exhorter and Class Leader in the Wesleyan Methodist Church and died 14th June 1848, aged 59 years at his home in Chinguaousy Township, now Brampton.
The following is an account taken from the “Christian Guardian” of 2nd August 1848, page 166:
“Mr. Joseph Kee, of Chinguacousy. Died on Wednesday, June 14th 1848, at his residence in the Township of Chinguacousy Mr. Joseph Kee, a native of the County Tyrone, Ireland, aged 59 years. He was brought up a member of the Presbyterian Church. The lord wrought powerfully on his mind at an early age so that he was converted to God at he age of sixteen years. He joined the Methodist Church and continued a useful member of the same for more than forty years. Being a member of more than ordinary ability, he acted as an Exhorter and Class Leader almost the whole of that time. He and his family immigrated to this country in year 1835 and settled in the county of Toronto where he was esteemed by all who knew him.... he has left a large family consisting of an affectionate wife, six sons and a daughter......
Sometime after the death of her husband, his widow, Sarah Kee, moved with members of her family to the Township of Wallace, in Perth County. She appears on the 1861 census for Wallace as a widow, born in Ireland, a Wesleyan Methodist.