Biographical Profile: Pvt. Alexander Mills McKee, Company G, 100th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, "The Roundheads"

(Contributed by Donna Miller, great great granddaughter of Pvt. McKee

Post-war image of McKee


Alex was born in County Down, Ireland on Mar. 10, 1844, to Alexander and Mary Mills McKee.  He came to America with his parents and at least three siblings about 1851.  His mother and a baby died during the passage and were buried at sea.  After arriving in Mercer Co., the children were given out to other families, most likely relatives since there were numerous McKee families there at the time, until the father was able to take care of them. 
At age 18, Alex enlisted in the Roundheads for a term of 3 years.  He was discharged Dec. 12, 1862 at a convalescent camp near Alexandria, VA.
He was naturalized on Oct. 10, 1863.  In 1865 he married Anne Bestwick of Mercer Co.  They had a family of eight children, six of whom reached adulthood.  Alex was a farmer while living in Mercer Co.  He also traveled further west, living for a time on a horse ranch in southern MO, before coming back to PA to farm with his son-in-law Edmund Day. 
Alex spent his later years in Madison, WI living with a daughter and son-in-law and had just returned to Mercer for a visit with family when he died of a heart attack on Mar. 20, 1929.  He is buried in Presbyterian Cemetery in Jackson Center, PA.

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