McKee, Thomas J., was born in the town of Newfane, April 22, 1838, a son of Anthony and Elizabeth McKee, who were among the oldest settlers in Newfane. His father was born in Orange county, N. Y., April 21, 1806, and came with his parents, James and Martha McKee, to Niagara county about 1825, locating in Newfane, and buying their land from the Holland Land Company. The country was all a wilderness filled with wolves, deer and bears; they built their rude log cabin and with undaunted courage and energy, hewed a home out of the forest. They were married in 1829 and were the parents of eight children, five of whom are living: Mrs. P. T. Dix; James M., who resides in Northern Michigan; Thomas J., Mrs. D. E. Stout and A. A. McKee, who resides in the town of Wilson; Martha, Andrew J., and Addie are dead. Mr. McKee died in 1896 and his wife in 1874. Thomas J. McKee received his education in Newfane, after which he engaged in farming. He was first married to Elizabeth, daughter of Jacob Brauker of Newfane, who died in 1855. Mrs. McKee died in 1872, and in 1873 he was again married to Lovira Brauker, a sister of his former wife, and they ha re one son, Rodney, born April 15, 1875. Mrs. McKee's people came from Pennsylvania to Niagara county in an early day, locating in Lockport for a time and came from there to Newfane in 1845, settling where the subject now lives. There were six children in the family, three of whom are living, Daniel, John and Mrs. McKee. Jacob was killed at Spottsylvania, and Jacob Brauker Post, G. A. R , at Newfane, is named in his honor.
Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897
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