Charles P. McKee

submitted by Mary Ann Hetrick

Portrait And Biographical Record Of Auglaize, Logan And Shelby Counties, Ohio
Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens - Chicago: Chapman Bros. 1892
Pgs. 136 - 137

CHARLES P. MCKEE is the fortunate proprietor of the best oil farm in Auglaize County, situated on section 16, St. Mary's Township, with whose interests his own have been closely interwoven for many years, as it has been his home from early childhood, and he has aided in its advancement materially, educationally, socially and religiously. He is a farmer of sound principles, and advanced views in regard to agriculture, and he is an exemplary, public-spirited citizen, whom it gives us pleasure to represent in this biographical work.

A native of Ohio, Charles McKee was born in Athens County, September 17, 1833, but the month following his birth his parents removed to St. Mary's, therefore the most of his life has been passed in this county. His father, Thomas McKee was a native of Pennsylvania but came to Ohio when very young with his parents, which were early settlers of this State. His father was John McKee, who was of Irish birth. Thomas McKee was a farmer in Athens County until his removed to this county in October 1833. He resided in St. Mary's two years, and then purchased land a half-mile south of town, which he developed into a substantially improved farm. He was a prominent and well known as a pioneer and a farmer, and was held in high regard by the entire community. For many years he was an Elder in the Presbyterian Church and actively aided in the advancement of religious interests in this section. He departed this life in 1874, in his seventy-forth year. His first wife, mother of our subject, was Annie Reynolds, who died in 1839. They had seven children, of whom three are living. His second wife was Sarah Amerstrong, a daughter of one of the first settlers of this section. She died in 1879. Five children were born of that marriage, of whom three are living.

In his boyhood days, Charles McKee attended school in a log schoolhouse, and in that humble institution of learning laid the foundations of a sound education, that was completed in the excellent Union School at St. Mary's. He had a bright mind and scholarly tastes, which led him to adopt the profession of a teacher, at which he was very successfully engaged some twenty terms, his experience in school teaching being confined principally to two districts, except during one winter, when he taught elsewhere. In the summer seasons, he devoted his time to farming, reaming an inmate of the parental home until nearly thirty years old that he might assist his father. He began farming for himself during the war, and has lived on the farm he now occupies in St. Mary's Township for nearly twenty years. He first bought eighty acres of land, to which he has added by subsequent purchase until he has a good-sized farm of two hundred and twenty acres, which is in fine condition, and is amply supplied with modern improvements, and everything about the place bears evidence of careful and judicious management. Oil was discovered here in December 1891, and now there are fifteen flowing wells and one gas well. The farm was leased for oil purposes after the important discovery, and has been developed by others who have sub-leased it.

Mr. McKee and Miss Jane Smith were united in marriage in 1864, and theirs is a congenial union, as he is a model husband, always thoughtful of her welfare, is generous and considerate with her, and does not forget the important part she has played in the making of their home, while she is in every sense a true wife, who sympathizes and contributes greatly to his comfort and wellbeing by her wise and firm guidance of household matters. Mrs. McKee was born near St. Mary's, and is a daughter of Aaron Smith, and early settler of the county, who is still living here at a venerable age. Mr. and Mrs. McKee have had six children, namely: William, who is finely educated, and has taught school several terms; Edward; Ada J. deceased; Charles P., Jr.; Eliza and Jennie. The McKees are prominent and well known in church and social circles, their integrity in all things and their pleasant personal attributes marking them greatly esteemed as members of the Presbyterian Church, and attracting to them many friends.

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