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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

George Washington, Jr., Biography

IMG_2637George Washington, Jr., 1843-1905.  Evergreen Cemetery, Campbell County, Kentucky

from Kentucky – A History of the State, by Perrin, 1887

Campbell County, Kentucky

George Washington, one of the leading lawyers of Newport, Kentucky, was born December 25, 1843, in Newport, Campbell County.  He is a son of George Washington, a native of Jefferson County, Virginia, who was born in 1817, and whose father was Samuel Washington, the son of Thornton.  The latter was a son of Samuel Washington, who was a brother of General George Washington.  The mother of our subject was Martha Doxon, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Nolan) Doxon.  John Doxon was of Irish ancestry, and his wife of an old and distinguished Virginian family.  Martha, mother of the subject of this sketch, was born in 1823, and died in 1876; they were members of the Episcopal Church.  George Washington, the father of our subject, was a steamboat captain for many years.  He died in 1859.  George Washington, the subject of this sketch, was educated at Newport and at Cincinnati, Ohio.  he read law with General Albert Pike, and after being admitted to the bar began practice at Memphis, Tennessee, in 1866.  He moved from there to Knoxville, Tennessee, where he lived eleven years, taking a high place at the bar.  In 1881 he returned to Newport, Kentucky, and formed a partnership with Col. R. W. Nelson, which lasted five years, and since which time he has practiced by himself.  He served in the Confederate army twelve months, being discharged for injuries received in the service.  He was city attorney of Knoxville while there, and was also chairman of the Tennessee Gubernatorial Convention in 1880.  In 1867 he married Miss Jennie T. Ramsey, daughter of Dr. Frank A. Ramsey, who was a brother of the celebrated Southern historian, Dr. J. G. M. Ramsey.  Her mother was Ann M. (Breck) Ramsey, a relative of the Todd family, of which family Mrs. Abraham Lincoln was also a member.  Seven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Washington, viz.:  Ramsey W., Anna Lee, Alfred, William, Bettie, Bushrod and John.  Mr. Washington is a member of the I.O.O.F. and of the Masonic fraternity.  In religion he is an Episcopalian.


The Kyle Family of Washington County

from Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky by O. W. Baylor

The Kyle Family

The early records of Washington County are pregnant with entries relating to this family.  They concern, chiefly, the Rev. Thomas Kyle.

Rev. Thomas Kyle, a native of Pennsylvania, was born in 1757.  He was a soldier in the Revolution and it is said that he once sat with George Washington in the Masonic lodge.  As a soldier he was wounded by a sabre in the hands of a British officer and he carried a scar on his head as a token of the war in which he had participated.

After studying medicine with Dr. Benjamin Rush of Philadelphia, Thomas Kyle emigrated to Kentucky and settled in Washington County in 1790, and here he commingled the practice of medicine with preaching, for he was a minister of the Methodist Church as well as a physician.

We surmise that in Pennsylvania the Rev. Kyle and the Rev. Jesse Head were associated.  Kyle came to Washington County in 1790, and it may have been through his acquaintanceship with Head in their native state that the man who was later to marry Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, was influenced by his friend already in Washington County, Kentucky, to come on about the year 1793.  Both men were Methodists and both were active as pioneer preachers of that faith in Kentucky.

After a sojourn of 8 years in Washington County, Thomas Kyle moved to Mercer County where he died June 26, 1846.  His children were John, Andrew G., Matthew, Jane and Rebecca.  Andrew G. was born in Washington County in 1796 and at the age of two years removed with his parents to the County of Mercer.  He married Jane, daughter of John Glover, of Mercer County, and had two sons, Thomas A. and John G.  The latter became a prominent lawyer and was an ardent supporter of General Grant in the Presidential races of 1868 and 1872.

Captain John Linton – by Linton Brown


I have tried and tried to ingrain a love of genealogy into my two children.  They visited the Kentucky Historical Society with me when 4 and 6 – coloring books in tow!  As teenagers they didn’t want to have anything to do with it at all!  Now Linton will ask if I want to visit a cemetery when we visit him in Indianapolis, or if we meet for the day in Louisville, and patiently wait until I take my photos.  Kate will guide me to antique stores for old photos and listen to the highs and lows of a genealogy hunt.  But still no true love abides in them – just love for their mom.  I can live with that!  But hope springs eternal that one day they will be able to discuss their ancestors with me just as they would a present day cousin or aunt!

Linton has always loved his name – and being named after the captain!  The other day I came across this story of Captain John Linton written in 1991 – Linton was ten years old.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!  The first paragraph and last two are based on facts.  I will leave it at that!

Captain John Linton was my ancestor.  He was my great-great-great-great-great-grandfather.  I’m named after him.  He was born in Virginia in 1750.  He married Ann Nancy Mason in 1771, and had eleven children.  He lived in Leesburg, Virginia.

John Hancock (who was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence) was a good friend of Captain John Linton, and he named one of his sons John Hancock Linton.

Captain John Linton was a captain under General George Washington in the Revolutionary War.  And this is the story passed down through the years.  One day in the late 1700’s Captain John Linton got a letter from George Washington. It said:  Dear John, We need you to help with the revolution.  Sincerely, George Washington.

After a long ride on his horse, Captain John Linton arrived at the army headquarters.  “You’re just in time!” George Washington said.  “The British are just on the other side of the Potomac River!”

Captain John Linton went into the room with the uniforms.  He put on his blue coat with brass buttons, white pants and black hat.  When he went outside he saw the British coming.  “The British are coming!” he yelled.  Captain John Linton thought he might surprise some of the British if he hid behind a tree close to the river.  “Attack!” a captain of the British yelled.  Captain John Linton turned around and shot the captain, even though he was a mile away.

“Where did that musket ball come from?” one of the British said.  Confusion was everywhere.  Captain John Linton had killed the captain.  Then one of the British came up to him.  They started to fight.  Captain John Linton kicked the British in the stomach and hit him on the head with the barrel of his rifle.  Then he put the British in a cell.  “Maybe that will teach you a lesson,” Captain John Linton said.

He went outside to find another British leader trying to choke a soldier.  Captain John Linton went over and kicked him in the side.  The British leader tumbled over.  He kicked the British in the face.  Then he carried him into the cell.

Later on, what was left of the British were going.  “John Linton,” George Washington said.  “I want to tell you that you are the captain under me for capturing a captain and one of the British.  There are only ten more soldiers to capture, two captains, and the boss.  Do you think you can handle it?”  “Yes, sir!” answered Captain John Linton.  “And I won’t need a boat!”  Captain John Linton went to the river and jumped in.  He swam for one day until he got to the other side.  He started to walk but then he saw the fort.

“Too bad I lost my rifle in the river!”  Captain John Linton said.  Then he came up to a guard.  “Who goes there?” the guard asked.  “None of your beeswax!” Captain John Linton said.  He kicked the guard in the stomach and pushed him down the hill.  When he got back up he noticed the fort door was locked.  He went back a few steps, ran up to the fort, and rammed into the fort door.  SMASH!!  The fort door fell down.  He looked around the fort and saw a two story building.  He picked up a rock and threw it at the window.  It hit the British boss in the head.  “Try that on for size!” Captain John Linton yelled.  Then soldiers came out and started to attack.  When every single soldier was killed Captain John Linton went to the first floor of the building.  There was the first captain.  He shot cannon balls from a cannon at Captain John Linton.  Captain John Linton threw the cannon balls back at the first captain.  Finally the captain was killed.  Then Captain John Linton started to climb the stairs.  The second captain came down the stairs with a battle axe.  He swung it at Captain John Linton, but he ducked and the battle axe got stuck in the wall.  The second captain kept pulling on the battle axe and kept pulling.  The the battle axe came out and hit the second captain.  Captain John Linton went into the room, but he couldn’t find the boss.  Then he heard some shouting.  He turned around and saw the boss.  He was reloading his rifle.  Captain John Linton took his chance and jumped for the boss, but he missed.  Then the boss got him cornered next to the window.  He pointed the rifle right at Captain John Linton.  Then Captain John Linton grabbed the rifle and body slammed the boss right out the window!  Then he searched the room and found a bomb.  He lit it and threw it out the broken window.  Captain John Linton jumped out the other window and into the river.  He swam to the other side to tell George Washington.

After the war Captain John Linton was given two thousand acres of land in Kentucky.  He came to Kentucky with his children and grandchildren in covered wagons.  They had to sleep in tents until they built their houses.  Captain John Linton died on December 4, 1836, of old age.  He’s buried on his property.

We have a sugar chest that Captain John Linton brought with him from Virginia.  The heroic story of my ancestor was hidden in that sugar chest and was handed down from generation to generation.

The End – Linton Brown

Fielding Lewis Family


Colonel Fielding Lewis, born in Gloucester County, Virginia, July 7, 1725, and died at Fredericksburg, Virginia, January 1782, was the son of Councillor John Lewis III and Frances Fielding.  He was the second surviving son and received his mother’s maiden name for his christian name.  Fielding Lewis’ first marriage was to Catherine Washington, daughter of Major John Washington and Catherine Whiting, on September 01, 1746.  They had three children before her death less than four years later on February 19, 1750.  Son John Lewis was the only child to survive past infancy.

Colonel Lewis did not long remain a widower.  On May 7, 1750 he married Betty Washington, the only sister of George Washington, our first president.  Betty was the daughter of Augustine Washington and his second wife, Mary Ball, born June 20, 1733, in Stafford County, Virginia.  Betty Washington and Catherine Washington were first cousins.  Fielding and Betty Lewis were the parents of eleven children.  The attached document gives information on their births, deaths (if they died young) and godparents.  It must have been written by Fielding Lewis.

  • Fielding Lewis was married to Miss Catherine Washington 1746.
  • Our first son, John Lewis, was born 22nd day of June 1747.  His Uncle John Lewis and Mr. Charles Dick, Godfathers.  Mrs. Mary Washington and Mrs. Lee, Godmothers.
  • Our second, a daughter, named Frances, was born 26th November 1748.  Fielding Lewis and Mr. George Washington, Godfathers.  Miss Hannah Washington and Mrs. Jackson, Godmothers.
  • Our third, a son, Warner, born 27th November 1749.  His Uncle John Lewis and Captain Bayley Seaton, Godfathers.  Mrs. Mildred Seaton, Godmother.  He died 5th December 1749.
  • Mrs. Catherine Lewis died 19th February 1749/50.
  • I was married to Miss Betty Washington the 7th day May 1750.
  • Our first son, Fielding, was born 14th day February 1751.  His Uncle George Washington and Mr. Robert Jackson, Godfathers and his grandmother, Mrs. Mary Washington and Mrs. Frances Thornton, Godmothers.
  • Our second son, Augustine, born 22nd January 1752.  His Uncles Charles Lewis and Charles Washington, Godfathers.  His Aunt Lucy Lewis and Mrs. Mary Taliaferro, Godmothers.  Died when four years old.
  • Our third son, Warner, born 24th June 1755.  His Uncle Charles Washington and Colonel John Thornton, Godfathers.  Mrs. Mildred Thornton and Mrs. Mary Willis, Godmothers.  Died 18 months old.
  • Our fourth son, George, born 14th March 1757.  Mrs. Charles Yates and Mr. Lewis Willis, Godfathers.  Mrs. Mary Dick and his mother, Betty Lewis, Godmothers.
  • Our fifth, a daughter named Mary, born 22nd April 1759.  Mr. Samuel Washington and Mr. Lawrence Washington, Godfathers.  Mrs. Washington and Miss Mary Thornton, Godmothers.  Died 25 December following.
  • Our sixth, a son, Charles, born 3rd October 1760.  Colonel George Washington and Mr. Roger Dixon, Godfathers.  Mrs. Martha Washington and Mrs. Lucy Dixon, Godmothers.
  • Our seventh, a son named Samuel, born the 14th May 1763.  The Reverend Mr. Musgrove Dawson and Mr. Joseph Jones, Esq., Godfathers.  Mrs. Dawson and Mrs. Jones, Godmothers.
  • Our eighth, a daughter named Betty, born the 23rd February 1765.  The Reverend Mr.  Thomas Price and Mr. Warner Washington, Godfathers.  Mrs. Hannah Washington and Miss Frances Lewis, Godmothers.
  • Our ninth, a son named Lawrence, born 4th of April 1767.  Mr. Thomas Washington and Mr. Thomas Thornton, Godfathers.  Mrs. Mary Dick, Godmother.
  • Our tenth, a son named Robert, born 25th June 1769.  Col. George Washington and Mr. Peter Mayes, Godfathers.  Mrs. Mildred Willis and Miss Ann Lewis, Godmothers.
  • Our eleventh, a son named Howell, born the 12th December 1771.  Mr. Joseph Jones and Mr. James Monroe, Godfathers.  Miss Mary and Miss Molly Dick, Godmothers.

Prince William County Homes – Hazelwood, Truro and Herndon House

fom  Prince William – The Story of Its People and Its Places

Prince William County, Virginia Homes

Hazelwood, Truro and Herndon House

Hazelwood, set on a broad rise and overlooking a meadow, is a frame house in two sections.  the main part, two-and-a-half-storied, is not as old as a two-story wing that ends at a fine massive chimney with buttresses receding from a 19-foot base.  The thick brickwork is pierced in the center by a small window and partly hollowed out from the interior to form cupboards.  Herndon is a three-room log cabin still standing over the hill.  Hazelwood, Truro, and the Herndon House were all built on Richard Foote’s 7,500-acre portion of the Brent Town Tract, which lay partly in present Prince William and partly in present Fauquier.  Richard Foote (1666-1729), who came to Virginia to represent the interests of his father, settled in the Chotank coommunity.  He divided the Foote portion of the Brent Town Tract among his five children.  Richard III (1704 – ) inherited the estate in Chotank and 2,200 acres of the Brent Town land and also his brother John’s portion of the large tract.  It was a son of this Richard III – Richard Foote IV (1729-1779) – who settled at Truro.  His wife was a great-granddaughter of Lawrence Washington, brother of George Washington’s ancestor, John the immigrant.

The most distinguished of the Footes was the Honorable Henry Stuart Foote (1800-1880), who moved to Alabama and thence to Mississippi, where he was elected to the United States Senate and later defeated Jefferson Davis for the governorship.  Subsequently he served in the Confederate Congress.  He was the author of Texas and Texans, Scylla and Charybdis, and The Bench and Bar of the Southwest.  Unfortunately, however, Henry Stuart Foote was born in Fauquier County and was a grandson of George, the brother of Richard IV.

The following citizens of Prince William are buried in the Hazelwood and Truro graveyard:  Richard Foote IV (c. 1729-1779); Helen Foote (1776-1815); Lucy Foote (1771-1819); Maria Foote ( – 1784); George Colvin (1803-1873); Mary A. Colvin (1813-1880); Charles M. Colvin (1819-1841); John Calhoun Colvin (1845-1921), who “served his country from 1863 to 1865 as a brave Confederate Scout for  General Butler and Wade Hampton, enlisting at the age of 16 years”; and George Marion Colvin (1841-1862), “who lost his life in the confederate Army while in discharge of his duties as 1sst Lt. Prince William Cavalry, 4th Virginia Regiment”.