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McKee, A. G. C. -Wilbur Lawrence McKee was born at Sackets Harbor, N. Y., July 7, 1846. He was educated in the public schools and by occupation is a machinist. David McKee, his father, in 1840 established a foundiry business, he erected a a new building in 1843, and formed a copartnership under the firm name of McKee & Hammond, which was continued until 1859. They manufactured the first mowing machines in northern New York. Wilbur was taken in as a copartner in 1870, under the firm name of David McKee & Son,which has continued until this date, 1897. December 16, 1874. he married Arabella G. Coventry, formerly of Utica, N. Y., and they have one living daughter, Julia Graham McKee. David McKee was born in Whitestown, N. Y., September 22, 1813; he was educated in Utica, and came to Sackets Harbor in 1831. He learned several trades, but his final choice was machinist. September 1, 1845, he married Mary Ann Lawrence of Clinton county, N. Y. and they had three children: Wilbur Lawrence (as above), Mary H. and Frank E. Mrs. McKee died in May, 1876. David in his political choice is a thorough Republican. Mrs. Wilbur L. McKee's father, George Coventry, was born near Geneva, N, Y., in 1792. He was well educated and married Julia Graham of Deerfield, N. Y., and four of their children grew to maturity: Elizabeth, Sarah M., George and Arabella G. Mrs. McKee's grandfather, Dr. Coventry, was a distinguished physician in Utica.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898