Alexander McKee is Ritchey’s seventh great-grandfather, originally from Ireland. He emigrated to the colonies, to Pennsylvania, in the early part of the 18th century. Ritchey descends from his son, Thomas McKee, who was prominent in the years before the Revolution.
Will of Alexander McKee
In the name of God, Amen, the twenty-seventh day of May, in the year of our Lord 1735, I, Alexander McKee, of Donegal, in the County of Lancaster, Gentleman, being very sick and weak of body, but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God, therefore calling to mind of the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say, principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul unto the hands of God that gave it and for my body I recommend it to the earth, to be buried in a Christian-like and decent manner at the direction of my Executor, nothing doubting but that at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
Item. I give to my well beloved son, Thomas McKee, whom I likewise constitute, make and ordain, my only and sole executor of this my last will and testament, all my worldly substances by him freely to be possessed and enjoyed by him, his heirs and assigns forever, and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disanull all and every other former testament, wills, legacies and executors by me in any ways before this time named, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said Alexander McKee as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers, viz., John Mitchell, Samuel Chambers, Lazarus Lourey, Thomas McKee
Lancaster County, May the twenty-sixth Anno Domino 1740
Then personally appeared Lazarus Lourey and Thomas McKee, two of the witnesses to the within written will and on their, oath did declare they were present and saw and heard Alexander McKee, the testator within named, sign, execute and pronounce the within will to be his last will and testament and that at the time thereof he was of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, to the best of their knowledge.
Before Sa. Blunston, D. Reg.
Be it remembered that on the 26th day of May Anno Domini 1740 the last will and testament of Alexander McKee, deceased, was proved in due form of law and probate and letter testamentary were granted unto Thomas McKee, having first sworn well and truly to administer the said deceased’s estate and bring an inventory thereof into the Register’s Office in Lancaster County, on or before the 26th day of June next, and also to render account when thereunto lawfully required given under my seal of the said office. Sa. Blunston, Deputy Register