WATERFORD -- James J. McKee died on Jan. 3, 1894, at Auburn, Ala., where he was engaged in teaching, after an illness of about two weeks. His age was 28 years and 7 months. The remains were brought here and interred in the Waterford Cemetery on last Thursday. Rev. Barnett, of Bellville, preached on the occasion at the Presbyterian church in this place. It will be remembered that J.J. McKee and Miss Baker, of Woodbury, were married about five months ago by Rev. Barnett and that they started the same day for Auburn, Ala., where they have both been engaged in teaching ever since. This worthy couple seemed to have an unusually brilliant prospect for the future; but O how sadly have their plans been blighted! Mr. McKee was a splendid young man, a fine scholar, and a fine musician. He was preparing for the ministry of the Gospel in the Presbyterian church, of which he was a worthy member. He will be sadly missed by his family, by his many friends, and by the church. I understand that it was the request of Mr. McKee that his brother William take church of the school at Auburn and complete the unexpired time of his engagement.
Source: BELLVILLE INDEPENDENT (Bellville, Richland Co., Ohio): 18 January 1894, Vol. 6, No. 36