Matthew Henry McKee (son of Mathew McKee and Ann Wilson) was born June 05, 1850 in Etna, PA, Allegheny County, and died 1945 in Hot Springs, NM. He married Adda Elizah Jones on December 25, 1883 in Grand Junction, CO, Mesa County, daughter of John Jones and Sarah Jane Cook.
He was born at Etna, Pennsylvania, June 5, 1850, and is the son of Mathew and Ann (Wilson) McKee, natives of Ireland and of Scotch parentage, who came to America in childhood with their parents and found a home at the place of his nativity, where they grew to maturity and were married.The father was foreman in a nail factory there and died at the age of seventy-seven.The mother died at the same place at the age of eighty-one.She was a relative of James Wilson, of Pennsylvania, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Their family comprised six children, and their son M.H. was the fifth.He remained at home until he was twenty-one and was educated in the district schools.In 1880 he came to Puebo, Colorado, and there was employed in the steel works about five months.He then left to Bonanza, Saguache County, where he remained two years engaged in prospecting.
In 1883, he took up his residence at Grand Junction and during the next two years conducted a barbershop and bath house at that place.In the fall of 1885 he moved to the ranch he now occupies, which comprises three hundred and twenty acres of excellent land and is pleasantly located along Kimball Creek in Plateau Valley.On his ranch, Mr. McKee carries on a flourishing stock industry which he has built up wholly by his own industry and business capacity. He came to this region a poor man owning almost nothing, and now owns his ranch and about three hundred and eighty thrifty and well-conditioned cattle.On his ranch he also has a fine orchard of choice fruit which yields abundantly and for which he finds a ready and profitable market.He is a Republican in politics and takes an active part in campaigns of his party as he does in all phases of the public life of the community...
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