Grizel McKee Milford

 

Descendants of Grissel McKee

Generation No. 1

        1.  Grissel27 McKee  (Adam26, Archibald25, Archibald24, Thomas23, James22, Robert21 McKie, Thomas20, Andrew19, John18 McGhie, Alexander17, Alexander16 MacKay, Gilbert15 MacKie, Malcom14 MacKay, Gilbert13 M’Kie, Neill12, John11, Iye10, Martin9 MacKay, Iye Hugh8 MacEthj, Hugh7, Malcolm6 MacEth, Hugh or Angus5, Aoidh4 Heth, Malcolm3 III, Duncan2 I, Crinan of1 Dunkeld) was born Bef. 1774 in Abbeville County, South Carolina, and died June 26, 1857 in Abbeville County, South Carolina.  She married William Milford August 12, 1802 in Anderson County, South Carolina.  He was born May 15, 1751, and died November 08, 1810 in Anderson, South Carolina.

 

Notes for Grissel McKee:

From Wayne Adams

The name Grissel was encountered for McKees in County Down, Ireland and was fairly common in Scotland, particularly in Perth County

No indications that Grissel ever married. She was age 26-45 on the 1800 census and presumably was the second female over 45 in her mother’s household on the 1820 census

 

Children listed in [age] order as they appear on Adam’s will.

The name Grissel was encountered for McKees in County Down, Ireland and

was fairly common in Scotland, particularly in Perth County [see IGI]

No indications that Grissel ever married. She was age 26-45 on the 1800C

& presumably was the 2nd female over 45 in her mother’s household on 1820C.

Strong possibility that Grissel was named after the Grizel Dixon who arrived

with Jean, Michael & their father, John DIXON/DICKSON.

 

MARRIAGE: Information about her marriage from email posted by Robert Daniel Cunningham (via J oanne Westmoreland)  She was William’s 2nd wife and they named a daughter “Jane Dixon Milford ” after her mother

 

..Children listed in [age] order as they appear on Adam’s will.

..The name Grissel/ Grizel/ Grizella was encountered for McKees in County Down, Ireland and

was fairly common in Scotland, particularly in Perth County [see IGI]

..Grissel was age 26-45 on the 1800C & presumably was the 2nd female over 45 in her mother’s

household on 1820C. (She was a widow at that time).

..Strong possibility that Grissel was named after the Grizel Dixon who arrived with Jean, Michael &

their father, John DIXON/DICKSON.

..On 11/20/1785 Grisal was a witness on Adam & Jean’s sale of land inherited from Archibald

(N5-565).  By using her rather than Michael as the witness I assume (rightly or wrongly) that  he

was still underage and she wasn’t.  Everything I know of supports her being slightly older than

Michael

The 8/30/1855 application for a pension as the widow of William Milford (see “marriage” for

my leads to this nugget) is contained on Reel 0971722 contains pages from her family bible and

ties an absolute knot linking Grizella and her brother John to Jean/Jane Dixon McKee.  This was

the source of the specific dates we found on the web but it also contains another nugget.  On 4/

24/1856 JOHN McKEE of NESHOBA COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI made an affidavit that he was

present at her wedding to William Milford, putting to rest any remaining speculation that “our

John” was the SC John McKee of Franklin Co, MO

MARRIAGE:My first lead to her marriage was an email posted by Robert Daniel Cunningham

(via Joanne Westmoreland)  Grisselhe was William’s 2nd wife and they named a daughter “Jane

Dixon Milford” after her mother.  Per researching cousin Carolyn Canida, Grizella applied for a

pension after the death of William Milford giving her maiden name as McKee, her dob and

marriage info.

children. From that plus the fact that she rather than Michael served as witness when Adam sold

his inherited land, it is pobably safe to assume that she was the oldest child.

She married William Milford on 12 Aug 1802.  She was his second wife. Their

daughter Jane Dixon Milford was born 27 Aug 1804 in Anderson Co, SC.  I am uncertain why on

Adan’s will married surnames were not shown for Margaret or Grizell but were for Jean (Lindsey)

Following the death of her husband on 8 Nov 1810 in Anderson County, Grizella filed for a

pension.  William McKay was among the signers of her application.. A typewritten manuscript of ”

The Milford Family” (Carolyn got extract from Joe Standaert) states

“The pension records of Grizella Milford, widow of William Milford, Revolutionary War veteran,

show that he was born May 11, 1751, married Aug 12, 1802 and died Nov 8, 1810″

The manuscript contained a group sheet showing William Milford, born in Ireland, died

in Anderson County, born May 11, 1751, Died Nov 8, 1810, Married Aug 12, 1802 to Grizella

McKee, Born Aug 15, 1768; then lists 8 children: Catherine, Margaret, a son, Robert, Matthew, a

daughter, a daughter, Jane Dixon Milford”

Joe mentioned an email exchange turning up another group sheet showing William’s

first marriage to Molly Sample with date of 31 Jan 70

..When Thomas Lindsey died (will dated 5/25/1820 probated12?/1821) his widow’s name

was Grizel.  Noting that Adam’s Grizzel was widowed in 1810 and her sister married a Lindsey I

considered the possibility that she remarried but this speculation is put to rest by finding her listed

as a Millford on her tombstone.  In any event Thomas & Grizel Lindsey had 3 children — Joseph,

Grizel & Polly  and there is a strong possibility she was one of the other Dixon/McKee family

members named after Grizzel #1.  Quite possibly Grizzel was the second female over age 45

listed in her mother’s household on the 1820 census…

From her widows pension application the manuscript data is confirmed and it contains her

affidavit “That she was before marriage Grizella McKee and married William Milford on the

twelfth day of August 1802..that she was married by Hugh Wardlaw, a Justice of Peace”  The

single entry on the family bible marriages page shows “William Milford and Grizzalla McKee was

married August 12th 1802”.  She signed by mark so evidently had somebody else make the birth,

marriage & death bible entries. Affidavits by the oldest daughter from William Milford’s first

marriage and by his brother add to details she provided about the Milfords.and an affidavit by

Grizella’s brother JOHN McKEE of Neshoba Co, MS also attests to the wedding.

DEATH:        Linda Bullard of Whitmire Memorial Library found “Grizzelih Millford d.26

June 1857” in Volume 1 of Wayne Bratcher’s Abbeville County Cemeteries (covers worn out but

still a great resource).  She is buried in Bowie Family Cemetery.  “Also buried there is Jane D

(Dixon) Bowie d June 9 1864 age 59y 4m and 13 days”  From this we can conclude that Grizzel’s

daughter married a Bowie.  Also it puts to rest speculation that Giizzel could have remarried to a

Lindsey and gives us a good clue to locate the families on the 1850 census

Grizzella (McKee) Milford was awarded a widows pension  of $50.83 per year to commence

on the 3d February 1853.  In March 1857 she filed a claim for bounty land.on William’s record.

That material contains substantially the same information as her pension application.  Due to her

age and physical condition she was unable to go to the courthouse.  I did not find the disposition

of the bountyland claim but of course she died in June of that year

(Where they lived) “That her said husband was from the same section of Country with

Captains Herd, Calhoun & Freeman & lived near the families of Sauple & Moore near Swandy

Ferry on Saluda River in this district”.  On the 1800 census he was enumerated in Pendleton

District but all pension files were in Abbeville District.

..Grissel/Grizella McKee was born 8/15/1768, the oldest daughter of Adam and Jean (Dixon) McKee.

Grizella married William Milford  s/o Robert & Margaret Mitchell Milfordon 12 Aug 1802.(his 2nd wife) and

their daughter Jane Dixon Milford was born 8/27/  1804 in Anderson Co, SC

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..The name Grissel/ Grizel/ Grizella was encountered for McKees in County Down, Ireland and was fairly

common in Scotland, particularly in Perth County [see IGI] but more likely was given to her after Grizel

Dixon, believed to have been her mother’s sister.  There were no prospective matches on the Ireland IGI

for GRIZELL or JANE/JEAN DICKSON although both names appeared in Downpatrick (Jane born to

John & Ann 23 Dec 1776; Grizell born to William & Jane 17 Aug 1790).  Of course this is too recent to be

the ones who came to America in 1762.  It is noteworthy that in all of Ireland, the IGI contained only one

GRIZELL McKEE and one GRIZELL DICKSON and both were born in County Down. The IGI search was

not exhaustive but just concentrated on names of SC counterparts.

 

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..Grizzilla McKee Milford family bible records

births:      Jane McKee was born may ye 11, 1748

William Milford was born may ye 15, 1751

Grizzalla Milford was born august ye 15, 1768

(births of 4 children by William’s 1st marriage)

Jane Dixon Milford was born august ye 27, 1804

marriage:  William Milford and grizzalla McKee was married August 12th, 1802

deaths:    William Milford died November 8th, 1810

..Strong possibility that Grissel was named after the Grizel Dixon who arrived with Jean, Michael & their

father, John DIXON/DICKSON.

..On 11/20/1785 Grisal was a witness on Adam & Jean’s sale of land inherited from Archibald (N5-565).

By using her rather than Michael as the witness I assume (rightly or wrongly) that  he was still underage

and she wasn’t.  Everything I know of supports her being slightly older than Michael

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….Grissel was age 26-45 on the 1800C & presumably was the 2nd female over 45 in her mother’s

household on 1820C. (She was a widow at that time).

Jane McKEE  000000-11002

females over 45 (born <1775)  Jane & possibly Grizell Milford

female 10-16    (born 1803-1810)  Jane Dixon Milford b Jan 1805

female under 10 (b/1810-20)   could this be d/o Jean Lindsay?

..1830 Census, Abbeville District Pg 31

Grissy MILFORD  000000-00001  — living alone/over 45

..1840 Census, Abbeville District Pg 75  — 3 females,no males

Grisella MILFORD    age 60-70 (b/1770-80; actually age 71)

female                        age 20-30 (b/1810-20)

female                        age 10-15 (b/1825-30)

The youngest female could be the daughter of the other female in the household.  Note 1820C also has

a female in the household b/1810-20. This one is too young to be Jane Dixon Milford who was born 8/27/

 

1804 and bible does not reflect any younger daughters but could be a daughter or daughters of Jean

McKee Lindsey staying with Aunt Grizella??

The 8/30/1855 application for a pension as the widow of William Milford (see “marriage” for my leads

to this nugget) is contained on Reel 0971722 contains pages from her family bible and ties an absolute

knot linking Grizella and her brother John to Jean/Jane Dixon McKee.  This was the source of the

specific dates we found on the web but it also contains another nugget.  On 4/24/1856 JOHN McKEE of

NESHOBA COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI made an affidavit that he was present at her wedding to William

Milford, putting to rest any remaining speculation that “our John” was the SC John McKee of Franklin Co,

MO

MARRIAGE:My first lead to her marriage was an email posted by Robert Daniel Cunningham (via

Joanne Westmoreland)  Grisselle was William’s 2nd wife and they named a daughter “Jane Dixon Milford

” after her mother.  Per researching cousin Carolyn Canida, Grizella applied for a pension after the death

of William Milford giving her maiden name as McKee, her dob and marriage info.

children.  I obtained a cd with the pension file.   From that plus the fact that she rather than Michael

served as witness when Adam sold his inherited land, it is pobably safe to assume that she was the

oldest child.

..Grizella married William Milford  s/o Robert & Margaret Mitchell Milfordon 12 Aug 1802.(his 2nd wife)

and their daughter Jane Dixon Milford was born 8/27/  1804 in Anderson Co, SC.  I am uncertain why on

Adan’s will married surnames were not shown for Margaret or Grizell but were for Jean (Lindsey)

Following the death of her husband on 8 Nov 1810 in Anderson County, Grizella filed for a pension.

William McKay was among the signers of her application.. A typewritten manuscript of “The Milford

Family” (Carolyn got extract from Joe Standaert and I have a digital copy of the pension file on cd) states

“The pension records of Grizella Milford, widow of William Milford, Revolutionary War veteran, show that

he was born May 11, 1751, married Aug 12, 1802 and died Nov 8, 1810″     The manuscript

contained a group sheet showing William Milford, born in Ireland, died in Anderson County, born May 11,

1751, Died Nov 8, 1810, Married Aug 12, 1802 to Grizella McKee, Born Aug 15, 1768; then lists 8

children: Catherine, Margaret, a son, Robert, Matthew, a daughter, a daughter, Jane Dixon Milford”

Joe mentioned an email exchange turning up another group sheet showing William’s first

marriage to Molly Sample with date of 31 Jan 70

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..When Thomas Lindsey died (will dated 5/25/1820 probated12?/1821) his widow’s name was Grizel.

Noting that Adam’s Grizzel was widowed in 1810 and her sister married a Lindsey I considered the

possibility that she remarried but this speculation is put to rest by finding her listed as a Millford on her

tombstone.  In any event Thomas & Grizel Lindsey had 3 children — Joseph, Grizel & Polly  and there is

a strong possibility she was one of the other Dixon/McKee family members named after Grizzel #1.

Quite possibly Grizzel was the second female over age 45 listed in her mother’s household on the 1820

census…

From her widows pension application the manuscript data is confirmed and it contains her affidavit ”

That she was before marriage Grizella McKee and married William Milford on the twelfth day of August

1802..that she was married by Hugh Wardlaw, a Justice of Peace”  The single entry on the family bible

marriages page shows “William Milford and Grizzalla McKee was married August 12th 1802”.  She

signed by mark so evidently had somebody else make the birth, marriage & death bible entries. Affidavits

by the oldest daughter from William Milford’s first marriage and by his brother add to details she provided

about the Milfords.and an affidavit by Grizella’s brother JOHN McKEE of Neshoba Co, MS also attests to

the wedding

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DEATH:        Linda Bullard of Whitmire Memorial Library found “Grizzelih Millford d.26 June 1857” in

Volume 1 of Wayne Bratcher’s Abbeville County Cemeteries (covers worn out but still a great resource).

She is buried in Bowie Family Cemetery.  “Also buried there is Jane D (Dixon) Bowie d June 9 1864 age

59y 4m and 13 days”  From this we can conclude that Grizzel’s daughter married a Bowie.  Also it puts to

rest speculation that Giizzel could have remarried to a Lindsey and gives us a good clue to locate the

 

families on the 1850 census

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Grizzella (McKee) Milford was awarded a widows pension  of $50.83 per year to commence on the 3d

February 1853.  In March 1857 she filed a claim for bounty land.on William’s record.  That material

contains substantially the same information as her pension application.  Due to her age and physical

condition she was unable to go to the courthouse.  I did not find the disposition of the bountyland claim

but of course she died in June of that year

(Where they lived) “That her said husband was from the same section of Country with Captains Herd,

Calhoun & Freeman & lived near the families of Sauple & Moore near Swandy Ferry on Saluda River in

this district”.  On the 1800 census he was enumerated in Pendleton District but all pension files were in

Abbeville District.

 

 

1840 Census Abbeville District page 75

Grisella Milford

no males

1 female 10-15

1 female 20 -30

1 female 60-70

1843 she is also there

 

1830 CENSUS Abbeville District page 31

Grissy Milford 000000–00001

 

1820 census could be living with her mother, page 29

Jane McKee 000000–11002

 

 

More About Grissel McKee:

Burial: June 1857, Bowie Family Cemetery, Abbeville County, South Carolina

 

Notes for William Milford:

From Wayne Adams

 

8/30/1855 widows claim describes his service”William Milford or Millford who was a private in

the war of the Revolution..during the war her said husband lived in what was then ninety six and

now is part of Abbeville District..entered the militia..under Capt Armstrong Herd(?) in the Stons(?)

expedition..in 1779..under the command of Gen Andrew Williamson & Col Richard Richardson

and was for the term of three months..that the next year (1780) he again joined the militia of this

state in the cavalry..(not all copied but served nine months, then “out on foot some four months”;

then more service)

..Family record pages submitted in support of his claim show “William Milford was born May 16,

1751″ ..”William Milford and Grizzalla McKee was married August 12th 1802” and “William

Milford died November 8, 1810”.  Affidavits by his oldest daughter and other relatives provide

additional information.

 

SIBLINGS — There are indications that William Milford had brothers named Thomas, John & Henry; also

a half brother named Joseph (different mother).

 

 

More About William Milford:

Burial: November 1810

Child of Grissel McKee and William Milford is:

+      2                 i.    Jane Dixon28 Milford, born January 27, 1805; died June 09, 1864.

 

 

Generation No. 2

        2.  Jane Dixon28 Milford (Grissel27 McKee, Adam26, Archibald25, Archibald24, Thomas23, James22, Robert21 McKie, Thomas20, Andrew19, John18 McGhie, Alexander17, Alexander16 MacKay, Gilbert15 MacKie, Malcom14 MacKay, Gilbert13 M’Kie, Neill12, John11, Iye10, Martin9 MacKay, Iye Hugh8 MacEthj, Hugh7, Malcolm6 MacEth, Hugh or Angus5, Aoidh4 Heth, Malcolm3 III, Duncan2 I, Crinan of1 Dunkeld) was born January 27, 1805, and died June 09, 1864.  She married Richard Price Bowie, son of Rhody Bowie and Ann Price.  He was born 1786, and died February 23, 1855.

 

Notes for Jane Dixon Milford:

Linda Bullard of Whitmire Memorial Library found “Grizzelih Millford d.26 June 1857” in Volume 1 of Wayne Bratcher’s Abbeville County Cemeteries). Grizzelih is buried in Bowie Family Cemetery.  “Also buried there is Jane D (Dixon) Bowie d June 9 1864 age 59y 4m and 13 days”  From this we can conclude that Grizzel’s daughter married a Bowie

Ancestral File  shows Richard Price Bowie  married Jane “Dickerson” Milford. It shows at least two from this MD Bowie family going to Abbeville, SC.   Dates soft – it has her dates as abt 1823-1864 – but death date matches.

The AF birthdate for daughter Martha Jane (11/11/1845) if accurate would mean Jane was 41 when her only child was born.  Its a  reasonable matchup but possibility of an intervening generation.  Of course there could be additional children not reflected on the AF.

 

 

More About Jane Dixon Milford:

Burial: June 1864

 

Notes for Richard Price Bowie:

Ancestral File; at least two from this MD Bowie family shown as going to Abbeville, SC.  AF shows

Richard Price Bowie  married Jane “Dickerson” Milford (dates soft – it has her dates as abt 1823-1864).  We just had that she married a Bowie but assuming match.

 

 

More About Richard Price Bowie:

Burial: February 1855

Child of Jane Milford and Richard Bowie is:

3                 i.    Martha Jane29 Bowie, born November 07, 1845 in Abbeville County, South Carolina; died May 23, 1919 in Abbeville County, South Carolina.  She married Augustus Lafayette Bowie in Abbeville County, South Carolina; born February 24, 1846 in Gilgal, Abbeville County, South Carolina; died March 03, 1895 in Hagan School Section, Abbeville County, South Carolina.

 

Notes for Martha Jane Bowie:

From Wayne Adams

 

Augustus and his wife Martha Jane were “double cousins” — 1st cousins on the Bowie side and more distant (2nd/3rd?) cousins through their mothers (McKee connection through Michael’s William; Milford through Grizilla nee McKee’s daughter)

Sources WFT42 and Ancestral File AFN:1VJ7-X8W showing Richard Price Bowie and Jane “Dickerson” Milford had Martha Jane Bowie (11/11/1845- 23 May 1919).  It shows she was buried at Due West. Some dates are soft but most quite solid. Note they named their youngest son “Ernest McKee Bowie”.

 

More About Martha Jane Bowie:

Burial: May 1919, Gilgal Methodist Church, Abbeville County, South Carolina

 

Notes for Augustus Lafayette Bowie:

From Wayne Adams

Augustus Lafayette Bowie was known to his friends as “Fate” Bowie.

 

Augustus and his wife Martha Jane were “double cousins” — 1st cousins on the Bowie side and “first

cousins once removed” through their mothers

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Augustus Lafayette Bowie was known to his friends as “Fate” Bowie. Information on Martha Jane, her

parents & their childen  from WFT42 and from Dean Hester who describes Augustus as “a big handsome,

strong, hard working, hard drinking man.  He was honest and dependable”

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..On the 1880 census his name was shown as “David Bowie”.  The enumeration was a bit garbled

(showing children as heading their own households) but there is no doubt that it referred to him.  He was

in the household just prior to William “McKey” on page 415d, Long Came, Abbeville, SC

David Bowie     34  SC SC SC

Martha               34  SC SC SC

Anna                  19  SC

Brown                  9  SC

Dora                    5  SC

Leland                 3  SC

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In adjacent Anderson County there was a young Augustus Bowie, perhaps named after him

James (age 40) & Clarissa (age 33) Bowie shown as daughter & son-in-law

in the household of Naomi Stewart (age 75)

Bowie children were Hodges (12), Augustus (8), Lilly (6), Lucy (4) and Mary (6 mos)

 

 

 

 

Private  Co. F  Holcombe Legion                             Served with his father

 

Enlisted  Feb 24, 1864 in Savannah, Ga for three years

Prisoner of War  City Point   on April 5, 1865  Captuered at Five Forks on April 1, 1865

Took Oath of Allegiance  June 24, 1865 at Point Lookout, Maryland

Fair complexion, Brown hair, Hazel eyes              5 feet   9 1/2 inches

 

More About Augustus Lafayette Bowie:

Burial: March 1895, Gilgal Methodist Church, Abbeville County, South Carolina

Nickname: Fate

 

 

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