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Will of Hugh McKee

Hugh McKee is Ritchey’s fifth great-grandfather.  He lived at McKee’s Half Falls, Pennsylvania.  He was a liasion between George Washington and the Shawnee Nation. 

Hugh was the son of Captain Thomas McKee and possibly one of the daughters of an Indian chief.  Hugh married Mary Nesbitt.  Nine children are listed in the will below.  Ritchey descends from son James McKee.

In the name of God Amen. I, Hugh McKee, of Peters Township, Franklin County, and State of Pennsylvania, Being weak in body but of sound memory, Do this Eighteenth day of November in the year one Thousand seven Hundred and ninety four, make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner following Viz. It is my will and desire that my just debts and Funeral charges be paid out of my estate by my Executors hereafter named. And first I will and Bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary and her heirs the sum of one Hundred and Twenty pounds, and likewise a bed and Furniture and a Horse and Saddle. Also I give to my Daughter Martha and her heirs Fifty Pounds. Also I give to my Daughter Ann and her heirs Sixty pounds. Also I give to my son James and his heirs one Hundred pounds. Also I give to my son Andrew and his heirs one Hundred pounds. Also I give to my Daughter Mary and her heirs one french crown. Also I give to my Daughter Isabel and her Heirs Fifty pounds. Likewise I give unto my daughter Elizabeth and her heirs Fifty pounds and a Horse and Saddle with a bed and furniture. And I also give to Mary Wilson and her heirs five pounds or a saddle. And likewise it is my will and desire that my executor to sell and dispose of that plantation or Tract of Land on which I now live (if possible it can be done to good advantage) in the course of the first year after my decease. But if no convenient opportunity offers they may postpone the sale until the course of the second year after my decease but no longer and also it is my will and desire (if the sale be accommodated the first year) that my Executor do out of my real estate pay the Legacies above mentioned to all and every one of my heirs respectively in four equal payments the first payment to be made agreeable to the above mentioned accommodation of the sale of the Land, Viz if the land be sold the first year. The first payment is to be made one year after my decease the second two years after my decease the third three years, and the fourth and last payment four years after my decease. But and if the Land be not sold until the second year, the first payment is not to be made until two years after my decease, the second payment three years as above specified, etc. And I do will and bequeath unto my son Thomas his heirs & assigns the one half of my Real Estate with all my personal property after my just debts and the Legacies above mentioned are paid. Likewise I do will and Bequeath unto my son William and his heirs the other half of my Real Estate after my just debts and the above mentioned Legacies are paid, to be paid to him in the following manner. After the first mentioned yearly payments are made to the above mentioned Legacies Viz, the one half of the Surplus or Remaining cash accruing yearly from the sale of the Land to be paid to him (my son William or his heirs) yearly by my Executors. And lastly I do Nominate ordain and appoint my son Thomas and my son-in-law George Dickey to be the sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament

to see that the same be duly Executed according to the intent thereof. In witness whereof I the said Hugh McKee have to this my last Will and Testament set my Hand and Seal, the day and year above written.

Hugh McKee Mary (x) McKee

Signed sealed and acknowledged by the said Hugh McKee as his Last Will and testament in presence of us Alex Glendining, Walter McKinnie, Adam Rusk

On the 22nd day of May 1795 Alexander Glendining, Walter McKinnie and Adam Rusk, the witnesses to the foregoing writing appeared before me the subscriber register for the probate of wills and letters for Franklin County, and on their solemn oaths, desposeth and saith that they were personally present & saw and heard Hugh McKee, aforesaid now deceased, write his name unto and seal and publish the foregoing writing as and for his last will & Testament, and that at the time of the doing thereof he, the said Hugh McKee, was of sound mind & memory according to the best of their knowledge & belief, And that also their names signed thereto is of their own hands writing done at the same time. Alex Glendining Walter McKinnie Adam Rusk sworn and subscribed before Edward Crawford register a true copy taken from the original remaining in the register’s office at Chambersburg Edward Crawford register. Both executors sworn to file inventory on or before first July and settle in one year or when legally required 22 May 1795

The Baker Family of Steuben County, Indiana

The mention of Loudoun County, Virginia, caught my eye – I don’t know that any Bakers are related to my Captain John Linton, but it is possible this may be of interest to you!

from The History of Steuben County, Indiana

Christopher Baker was born in Loudoun County, Va., April 18, 1836, a son of Samuel and Sarah Baker. He remained with his parents, coming with them to Steuben County, in 1850, till twenty-one years of age and then commenced improving the land he now owns and occupies on section 25, Otsego Township. His farm contains 115 acres, and he also owns forty acres on section 35.  He was married Aug. 28, 1859, to Rosamond A. Walkins, a native of the State of New York, born Jan. 13, 1839, a daughter of one of Richland Township’s early settlers. To them were born three children, but one of whom is living—Adelia. Samuel M. died in his third year, and Frank J. in infancy. Mrs. Baker died Feb. 13, 1876. May 24, 1877, Mr. Baker married Amy Fox, who was born in Morrow County, Ohio, April 5, 1849, a daughter of George and Emeline Fox, natives of New Jersey, who settled in Richland Township in 1852. Mr. and Mrs. Baker have had two children; but one is living—Leora E. The eldest, Leno C, died aged four months. In politics Mr. Baker is a Republican. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and among the most prominent citizens of the county.

Jacob Baker, son of Samuel and Sarah Baker, was born in Wayne County, Ohio, Dec. 12, 1837, and when thirteen years of age, in 1850, came to Steuben County, Ind., with his parents, they locating in Otsego Township.  He remained with his parents till manhood, receiving a good common-school education.  He was reared a farmer, an avocation he has followed successfully for himself since attaining his majority.  After his marriage he settled on the farm he now owns on section 24, Otsego Township, where he has 120 acres of choice land, all well improved, with a fine residence and good farm buildings.  He has always taken an interest in the public affairs of the county, and has assisted both by his means and time in furthering all enterprises of benefit to the community.  He was married Oct. 23, 1859, to Lydia Aldrich, a native of De Kalb County, born Oct. 19, 1843, daughter of David and Mary Aldrich.  To them have been born three children.  The first two died in infancy; Phebe Elizabeth was born Jan. 14, 1864.  Mr. and Mrs. Baker are active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  In politics he cast his first and last vote for the Republican principles.

John S. Baker was born in Loudoun County, Va., Jan. 27, 1831, and came to Steuben County with his parents in 1850.  His education was received in the common schools.  He has made agriculture the work of his life, and in the winters of 1854 and 1855 taught school, the first term at Richland Center and the last at No. 6, this township.  He was married March 4, 1855, to Selinda E. Keyes, a native of Knox County, Ohio, born May 1, 1837, daughter of Tolman and Mary Keyes.  Three children were born to them—Samuel E. died in infancy; Sarah E., wife of G. W. Goudy; William H. died in infancy.  Mrs. Baker died June 11, 1863.  Dec. 20, 1863, Mr. Baker married Catherine B. Sanxter, a native of England, born March 3, 1846, daughter of Christopher and Rebecca Sanxter.  To them have been born three children – Charles E., Mary P. and Cora R.  Mr. and Mrs. Baker are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and for the past twenty years he has been an official member; for the past eight years Recording Steward. In politics Mr. Baker is a prominent member of the Democratic Party in Steuben County and has several times been the party’s candidate for township and county offices.  He has twice been a candidate for County Commissioner.  Mr. and Mrs. Baker are among the most respected and influential citizens of Steuben County.

 Nathaniel Baker son of Samuel and Sarah Baker, was born in Wayne County, Ohio, Sept. 18, 1842, and was eight years of age when his parents moved to Steuben County.  He remained with his parents till twenty-six years of age, working on the farm and attending in his youth the public schools, completing his education at the Orland Academy.  When twenty years of age he decided to enter the ministry and from that time he studied to prepare himself for his work.  When twenty-seven years of age he entered the Northern Indiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church and gave his time wholly to the work of the ministry till 1882.  In this time he traveled over 24,000 miles, driving one horse over 18,000 miles.  He averaged over three lectures and sermons a week, or about 2,000 in all.  His health failing in 1882 he gave up the active work of the ministry and has since then devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits. Reared a farmer, he is conversant with all the details of country life and is making a success of the vocation.  He resides on section 24, Otsego Township, where he owns eighty acres of choice land, mostly under cultivation.  He is a good citizen, taking an active interest in all enterprises of public benefit.  In politics he votes the Republican ticket at National elections and the Prohibition ticket at local elections.  He was married Nov. 8, 1881, to Elma Armstrong, who was born in Wyandotte County, Ohio, May 28, 1858, daughter of W. K. and Martha C. Armstrong, now of Tipton County, Ind. To them has been born one child—Ernest Clyde.

Samuel Baker and his family settled in this township in the spring of 1850.  He had considerable means and bought 640 acres of land which soon began to yield bountiful harvests as a reward for the labor bestowed upon it.  Some years prior to his death he gave to John, Jacob, Nathaniel, Samuel, Jr., Thomas and Elizabeth each eighty acres and to Christopher seventy-five acres, still retaining a home for himself.  He was born in Franklin County, Pa., June 19, 1801.  His parents, John and Sarah (Stoner) Baker, were natives of the same State but in 1820 moved to Loudoun County, Va., where he was married Nov. 5, 1829, to Sarah Shriver, who was born in that county March 1, 1802.  All that a wife should be she was the rest of his life to him.  A willing toiler in converting the wilderness to a state of productiveness; a helper in all good work; kind and indulgent as a parent, carefully training her children and fitting them for the duties of life, she has her reward in the love and esteem now extended to her by children and friends and the consciousness of having spent her life in usefulness and doing what she could to make her husband’s home a happy one.  In 1836 Mr. Baker, in company with his parents moved to Wayne County, Ohio, where his father died in 1847 and his mother in 1854.  He remained in Wayne County till his removal to this township.  Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Baker—John W., Elizabeth, Sarah, Christopher, Jacob, Thomas, Margaret, Nathaniel, Samuel, Jr., and Daniel.  Sarah, Margaret and Daniel are deceased.  Of the others all save Elizabeth, who lives on the homestead with her mother, are married and comfortably situated.  Samuel Baker passed to the better life April 11, 1884, and his funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. C. Ambrose.  His death cast a gloom over the entire community and the large attendance at his funeral showed the esteem and confidence m which he was held.  He was for over half a century a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in all things was a faithful servant of his heavenly Master.