I am trying to find the parents of James M. Mckeel bn. Aug. 15, 1802 Beaufort, NC. From what I've discovered so far he was orphaned , while quite young and raised by his grandfather "old James" McKeel. Old James died 1823/24 and left everything to his grandson James M. McKeel. James M. is listed in the Beaufort Co. "Widow's & Orphan's Book" but I can't find the original documents that this book is based on. Has anyone come across this book in their research? It looks like James M. was an only child & perhaps his father was also???
I have information on James M.'s family for those who may need it:
James M. McKeel bn. Aug. 15, 1802 Beaufort Co., Nc, Dd. Aug.23, 1879, Graves, Ky.
First wife:Mary Dorcus Walker July 18, 1800 - Oct. 23, 1846 Snow Creek, Maury Co., TN.
Their children: (7)
Thomas W. bn. Jan. 11, 1830 md. Hebernia L. Doyle
James Lawrence bn. Mar. 27, 1831 md. (1) Mary Elizabeth Sparkman; (2) Hulda Jane Nix.
William Hyman bn. April 2, 1833 md. Louisa D. Harder (Have Civil War records)
John Newton (My GG Grandfather) bn. May 5,1834 md. Caroline Margaret Boyce.
Francis William bn. May 28, 1838 md. Mary Jane Horner.
Lewis Clark bn. Jan. 21, 1842 md. Isabel Simpson
Martha P. bn. Nov. 2, 1843 md. James Tite Daniel
James M. & his second wife Edna S. Craigg (Galloway) had 6 children:
Greenville Holt bn. Dec. 14, 1847 md. Malissa Lunn
Lucretia Ellen bn. Jan. 1, 1850 md. James Peters
Pleasant W. bn. Dec. 25, 1852 Emma Leech
George Washington bn. Jan. 15, 1854 md. Mary Francis Craig
Anderson Enoch bn. Aug. 26, 1856 (Twin died young)
Andrew C. bn. Aug. 26, 1856 (twin)
James M. & his third wife Sarah Ann Pruett (Jenkins) had no children together.
Any help on James M.'s birth parents would be appteciated. Thank You!