Mackey Family of Knox Co KY

Elias Mackey of Scotland

Elias Mackey was born in 1741 in Ulster Co NY. Reportedly, he owned and sailed merchant vessels between Liverpool and New York City. Elias is believed to have traded his vessels for property in New York City, which he later sold to purchase property in Washington Co VA. In about 1775 probably in Washington Co VA, Elias married Louise Wall b. c. 1755 in Scotland.

An early record for Elias is his Revolutionary War service. Elias was a volunteer in Lt. Robert McFarland's Company during the Revolution, which supported units from Washington and Montgomery Counties, Virginia.

Before 1787 Elias Mackey and family became part of a larger migration to the newly opened lands of Greene Co NC (now TN) on the south side of the Nolichucky River at the junction of Lick Creek. A Thomas McKee was a signatory to the 1787 petition requesting establishment of what has come to be known as the "Lost State of Franklin" in what is now eastern Tennessee. Did Elias migrate to the vicinity of an unknown brother or cousin?

12/1787 Petition of the Inhabitants of the Western Country, December 1787:
Alexr. Potter; Gordon Potter; Nuness Potter; Rows Potter; Thomas McKee; John Woolsey

By 1804 Elias picked up the family again, migrating in the company of the Potter and Wilkinson families to Knox Co KY, settling in a bend of the Cumberland River which was later known as "Mackey Bend."

Elias and Louise are buried in the Mackey family cemetery located off Mackey Cemetery Road near Permon in Knox County, Kentucky

A Genealogy of the Quick Family in America, p. 41:
ELIAS MACKEY (D41) Baptized Feb 13 1742/43, as the 'son of Alex. Maucke & Rymerick Kwik.
Wit: Simon Freer and Catherine (Van) Bunschoten. Reformed Dutch Church, Poughkeepsie NY.
Washington Co VA Surveyors Records (1781-1797), p. 42:
Jonathan Dean, Jr., assignee of Thomas Woolsey ... 241 acres ... commissioners Certificate ... on the waters of the middle and south forks of Holstein River ... Beginning corner with Thomas Woolsey, Sr. land ... corner with Jonathan Dean ... on Sampson Coles land ... corner with Richard Higgins line ... corner to George Woolsey ... with George Woolsey then with Joseph Cole & Jonathan Dean ... 28 May 1782 - Thomas Woolsey, assignee of Mathias Wall, assignee of Elias McCoy [Mackey] ... 300 acres ... on the waters of the Middle Fork of Holstein, the east side 124 acres of which was conveyed for Elias McCoy [Mackey], 11 Jan 1774, includes improvements, by actual settlement made in 1774 ... 30 Aug 1781. Assigned to Jonathan Dean
DAR Record #631005 dated 12 Oct 1978:
1776 Elias Mackey was a volunteer in Lt. Robert McFarland's Company during the Revolution, which supported units from Washington and Montgomery Counties, Virginia.
Washington County, VA Survey records abstracts 1781-1797 Part 3, p. 220:
Richard Brindle, assignee of Elias McKey, assignee of Thomas Potter, assignee of Elias McCay...200 ac...joining Arthur Bowens lines, 144 ac surveyed for Thomas Potter on June 10, 1774, includes improvements, actual settlement made in 1772...August 28, 1781 - Assigned to William Colley by purchase on October 25, 1782. Signed: Richard Brindle.
Elias Mackey had a land grant in Greene Co., NC (now TN)  in 1787 along with William Wilson and Thomas Wilkinson. This land is located on the south [north] side of the Nolachucky River at the junction of Lick Creek (vic. Creek Store TN).
Matthew McKey, Thomas Potter Sr., Thomas Wilkerson, who had land on Flat Creek [Permon, Knox Co KY].
Males  Born
After
# Mackee  Females Born
After
# Mackee
45+   1 Elias 45+   1 Louise
25-44 1765 0   25-44 1765 0  
16-25 1785 1 Alexander 16-25 1785 1 Clarissa
10-15 1795 1 Thomas Elias 10-15 1795 0  
to-10 1800 0   to-10 1800 0  
1817, July 11 - Elias W. Mackey deeded land on the Cumberland River [vic Permon KY] "in consideration of the love and affection that the said Elias W. McKey hath towards the aforesaid Alexander McKey."

    Children

    1. Benjamin Mackey

1850 Federal Census: Missouri, Dallas County
LN  HN  FN   Last     First      AGE SEX  Occup.  POB
=============================================================
31  197 199  Mackey   Benjamin   74  M    farmer  Virginia
32  197 199           Mary       67  F            Virginia
33  197 199           Mary A.    34  F            Kentucky
34  197 199  Denton   James      18  M    farmer  Tennessee
    2. William Mackey

    3. John W. Mackey

Cpt. Ambrose Arthur's Company of Infantry, 13th Regt. Vol. Mtt., commanded by Col. William Dudley. Taken prisoner by the Indians at the Battle of Dudley's Defeat May 5, 1813, which occurred on the Rapids of the Maumee near Toledo OH. Held prisoner for a short time in Canada, and was ransomed for $200.00 by a trader named John Rino. He was sent to Fort Sandwich, and later to Fort Malden, where he was discharged.
    4. Mathias Wall Mackey
Knox Co KY Marriages:
McKee, Matthias Wall and Betty Potter May 14, 1807 E Foley
Cpt. Ambrose Arthur's Company of Infantry, 13th Regt. Vol. Mtt., commanded by Col. William Dudley. Killed at the Battle of Dudley's Defeat May 5, 1813, which occurred on the Rapids of the Maumee near Toledo OH.

Children with Elizabeth Potter

a. Gilbert Mackey
Note: This family migrated in 1891 up the Oregon Trail to Colorado and Oregon.

Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 17631900:
MACKEY, GILBERT
; YOAKUM, NANCY 07/12/1830 MONTGOMERY

Greene Co MO Marriages, p. 246:
Melton Chaffin married Martha Elizabeth Wilkerson on 5 October 1852; witnesses Gilbert Mackey, Zachariah Wilkerson, and Joseph Chaffin.

b. Elizabeth Mackey

Greene Co MO Marriages:
Mackey, Elizabeth Applegate, Joseph 10/1/1833 by Andrew Taylor, JP
    5. Ruth Mackey

    6. Clarissa "Rissie" Mackey

    7. Alexander Mackey
Knox County, Kentucky: Marriages:
Alexander Mckey-married-Sally Golden-February 14, 1811
by; E. Foley, present; Stephen Golden, father

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