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According to a book in the Memphis, TN library called the Beaufort County Widows and Orphans James M. McKeel was born August 15, 1802 in Beaufort Co., NC It did not give his parents names or why he was orphaned. Later I found him mentioned in about 4 land sales as in statements like to the _____ tree that Old James and Young James cut down last summer. At that time I thought they were talking about father & son. Then a few years later I found an annotated will from either 1823/24. In it the older James leaves James M. (his grandson) all of his possessions. Now I'm wondering what could have happened to both of his parents to make him an orphan. And I'm also wondering what old James' son was named. I get the feeling that the son and daughter-in-law must have been living with old James when they died. Therefore, he raised young James. I'm presuming if old James had a wife or other children they would have been mentioned somewhere in the will. Right???
Here is what I have on Young James:
James M. McKeel
Bn; Aug. 15, 1802, Beaufort Co., NC
Dd: Aug. 23, 1879 Farmington, Graves Co., KY
Md: Oct. 12, 1828 Beaufort Co., NC
Mary Dorcas (Dorcus) Walker
Bn. July 18, 1800 NC
Dd: Oct. 23, 1846 Snow Creek, Maury Co., TN
My line comes from their fourth son John Newton McKeel, to his first daughter Mary Edna Dorcas McKeel. She married her second husband John Hobson Russell and they were my maternal Grandfather's parents.He was Robert M. Russell (he shortened his middle name from McKeel to Meek in later years). Please, if your father has any information on James M. tell him I know a lot of TN McKeel cousin's who want to know who was James M. parents and what happened to them.