A Closer Look at the Land Records Within the ONS Website

Land records can provide valuable information for connecting individuals and family groups. There are several sorts, including land patents, land deeds and land warrants. Michelle Goodrum explains quite well the difference in her blog post Land Records for Genealogists: Deeds, Patents and Grants. What’s the Difference? for The In-Depth Genealogist.

All of these sorts of land records are represented in some form or fashion within the McKemie One Name Study. Some listings are simply indices which would dictate further digging to get the actual record. However, there are a few instances of scanned documents shared on the site, as well.

What can you learn from land records? You can learn the names of individuals and establish relationships between known individuals. It is not uncommon for wives, children and grandchildren to be named and identified as such. You can also connect family groups by understanding the actual locations of the properties detailed in the record. The FamilySearch wiki is an amazing resource for learning more.

In looking at old Scottish land records, we find the Register of Sasines (pronounced say-zin, like raisin). There are several mentions listed in the Land Records Department of McKemies associated with land transactions between 1605-1694. Some of these would predate the family group linked to Francis Makemie of Presbyterian fame. He is said to have been born to Scottish parents, though, and so some conjecture is fair and might eventually lead to concrete evidence.

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Mr. & Mrs. W. J. McKemie Interview Part 1 & 2 – July 8, 1981

Link to MCKONS: Mr. & Mrs. W. J. McKemie Interview Part 1 – July 8, 1981

by Edward Akin, published by B. B. Comer Library and located at the Alabama Mosaic website.
8 June 1994
[BIO 101]

Part One (Audio File)

Mr. & Mrs. W. J. McKemie Interview Part 1 – July 8, 1981

Part Two (Audio File)

Mr. & Mrs. W. J. McKemie Interview Part 2 – July 8, 1981


Mr. & Mrs. W. J. McKemie Interview Part 1 & 2 – July 8, 1981

Akin, Edward. “Mr. & Mrs. W. J. McKemie Interview Part 1 – July 8, 1981.” Alabama Mosaic. July 8, 1981. Accessed December 4, 2015. http://digital.archives.alabama.gov/cdm/ref/collection/sylacauga/id/151.

Biography of John C. McKemy, 1835-unk

Added to the McKemie One Name Study Biography section today:

From: A History and Biographical Cyclopaedia of Butler County Ohio, With Illustrations and Sketches of its Representative Men and Pioneers; Cincinnati Ohio. Western Biographical Publishing Company, 1882.
Pages 361 – 366.

John C. McKEMY, late judge of the common pleas court in Darke County, but now a resident of Hamilton, was born May 5, 1835, in Lexington, Virginia. His father and mother, William and Elizabeth (KIRKPATRICK) McKEMY, were both natives of Virginia, and descendants of the earliest settlers of that State. Both are now dead, the former having died April 8, 1882, aged seventy-nine. Farming was their life vocation, and they resided in their native State until death. W. D. McKEMY, a brother of John C., who was educated by the latter, after serving in the rebel army throughout the Rebellion, and for a long time a prisoner, being captured at the battle of the Wilderness, is now judge of probate at Dayton, and a lawyer of excellent ability.

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The Life and Infamy of Robert “Little Reddy” McKimie

     Several years ago, I found an old-timey Wild West paperback featuring the exploits of Robert “Little Reddy” McKimie.Cover of Bridwell book I didn’t have the book, and at the time, Googling was a dead end. (Yes, really, there was such a time when Googling led to diddly squat!) More recently, I was trying to decide what to do as an inaugural post for the blog, something that would set the tone and yet not be all “well, here I am”. Once I decided to begin as I meant to go on, deciding to explore the shenanigans of Little Reddy was a no-brainer.

Robert is mentioned in a number of books featuring tails of the “Wild West” of Texas and Ohio. He gained a rather solid reputation, both as a kind and generous man and as a notorious killer, depending on who you asked.

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