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Below is a family biography included in History of Page County, Iowa published by Iowa Historical Company in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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McKEE, REV. D.; was born in Ireland in the year 1822. His parents emigrated to this country in the year 1825, and settled in Westmoreland county, state of Pennsylvania. They removed to Mercer county, same state, in the spring of the year 1839. He entered Mercer academy in the spring of 1843, and Jefferson college in the fall of 1845. This institution was in the zenith of its power. R. J. Breckinridge, D. D., was president, assisted by a corps of thirteen professors. He graduated in a class of sixty, and was awarded the Greek salutatory. In the fall of the year 1847 he entered the theological seminary, and having completed the four years’ course of study, was licensed to preach the gospel, on the 9th day of April, 1851, and was ordained and installed pastor of the Fourth Reformed Presbyterian congregation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the 5th day of July, 1874. On the 3d day of September, 1856, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary E. Gregg, eldest daughter of Mr. D. Gregg, merchant of the city of Pittsburg. The following are the names of their children: David G., Mary M., Jane E., James M., Martha, Eda E. M., John A. and Anna K. Six are living and two dead. He accepted the call to the Clarinda congregation in the spring of 1861, and began his pastoral labor on the 17th of March, 1861.

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This family biography is one of 558 biographies included in The History of Page County, Iowa published in 1880.  For the complete description, click here: Page County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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