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David McKee, who was born in Scotland in 1715, came to the American colonies with his family to escape religious persecution both in Scotland and in Ireland. The McKee family came to America in search of a “church without a bishop and a state without a king.”

John McKee, son of David, was actually credited with the founding of this village in the new world which lay at the confluence of the Youghiogheny and Monongahela rivers. Although the family did some farming, and made some barrels of rum on the side, their actual living was made from operating a ferry on the two rivers, and carrying travelers back and forth over the river banks. Eventually the McKee family bought a good bit of land between the rivers, and the land became known as McKee’s Port (and later, simply as McKeesport.)


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