Name: John Lapsley McKee 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Title: Rev., D. D.
Birth: 16 FEB 1827 in Garrard Co., Kentucky
Death: MAY 1902 in Boyle Co., Kentucky
Census: 16 AUG 1850 District No. 2, Boyle Co., Kentucky, Dwelling No. 355
Census: 1 JUN 1860 The town of Columbia 1st Division, Adair Co., Kentucky, Page No. 2, Post Office Columbia Adair County, Ky, Dwelling No. 7
Census: 27 JUL 1870 Rollington Precinct, Oldham Co., Kentucky, Page No. 12, Post Office Pewee Valley, Dwelling No. 82
Census: 15 JUN 1880 Danville, Boyle Co., Kentucky, Page 30, Supervisor's Dist. No. 3, Enumeration Dist. No. 13, Dwelling No. 207 Harrodsburg Street
Census: BET 15 AND 16 JUN 1900 Danville City, Boyle Co., Kentucky, Supervisor's District No. 8, Enumeration District No. 15, Ward of City Fourth, Sheet No. 17 A, Dwelling No. 322 Harrodsburg Avenue
Occupation: 16 AUG 1850 Teacher
Occupation: 1 JUN 1860 Clergyman
Occupation: 27 JUL 1870 Presbyterian Minister
Occupation: 15 JUN 1880 Minister
Occupation: BET 15 AND 16 JUN 1900 Minister of Pres. Ch.
Burial: Bellevue Cemetery, Danville, Boyle Co., Kentucky
From Kentucky -- The 1850 Boyle Co., Kentucky census shows John's occupation as teacher.
Vice-President of Centre College, Danville, Kentucky.
A popular Presbyterian minister (Northern Church) of Louisville, and later still a professor in the Theological School at Danville, Kentucky.
The 1860 federal census for Adair Co., Kentucky shows Julia Barfield, age 3, born in Memphis, Tennessee living in his dwelling. It also shows his father and mother-in-law, Lee & Jane Speake in his dwelling. Also, it shows the value of his real estate owned as $3,000 and his personal estate as $800.
The 1870 federal census for Oldham Co., Kentucky shows the value of his real estate owned as $10,000 and the value of his personal estate as $2,000. It also shows the following persons living in the adjacent dwelling:
Lemuel Speak, age 13, born in Maryland
Jane H. Speak, age 73, Keeping House, born in Kentucky (his wife, Sarah's, mother)
Willie B. Mormine (unsure of last name), age 38, female, Dress Maker, born in Kentucky
Sarah McKee, age 30, Seamstress, born in Kentucky
See Rollington Precinct, Oldham Co., Kentucky, Page No. 12, Post Office Pewee Valley, Dwelling No. 83.
The 1880 federal census for Boyle Co., Kentucky also shows Sarah F. McKee, age 41, sister-in-law, born in Kentucky in this dwelling -- see Danville, Boyle Co., Kentucky, Page 30, Supervisor's Dist. No. 3, Enumeration Dist. No. 13, Dwelling No. 207.
The 1900 federal census for Boyle Co., Kentucky shows his sister-in-law, Sarah F. McKee, born Feburary 1837, living in his dwelling.
Paper adopted by Transylvania Presbytery on death of Rev. Jno. Lapsley McKee, D. D.
John Lapsley McKee, son of James and Mary Lapsley McKee, was born in Garrard county, Ky. Feb. 16, 1827, and spent the greater part of his life in and for his native State.
The mental culture for which Dr. McKee was so long noted began in the Wilder High School, which for several years was maintained near the present site of Hiattville, Ky., by Prof. Wm. Wilder. At an early age he entered Centre College, graduating in 1849.
Those who remember Dr. McKee as a boy speak of him as reckless and worldly minded. But in the year 1852, under the preaching of Dr. Nathan L. Rice, in the town of Lancaster, he fell under conviction of sin, accepted Christ as his Savior and henceforth devoted himself wholly unto the Master's service. Persuaded that he was called to preach he made thorough an[d] conscientious preparation: studying Theology first at Princeton (one year), an[d] then at Danville (two years), finishing his course in 1854.
At a meeting of Transylvania Presbytery, held at Harrodsburg Oct. 7, 1854, he was licensed as a probationer for the Gospel ministery, and on Oct. 6th, two years later, was ordained evangelist by the same Presbytery in session at Columbia.
In the course of his long and fruitful ministery Dr. McKee served churches at Columbia and Ebenezer, Ky. Keokuk, Iowa; Danville, Lebanon, Harrodsburg and Lancaster, Ky. as Stated supply; was pastor of the Chestnut Street Church Louisville (September, 1859 to December, 1870), and Pewee Valley (January, 1871 to May, 1872), and did a large amount of evangelistic work conducting meetings at the principal points in central and western Kentucky, after going also into the highways and hedges seeking the elect of God.
As a preacher Dr. McKee was clear, logical and forceful, with an undercurrent of touching pathos which often moved his hearers to tears. This with his extreme simplicity of life and Godliness of manner, and a profound love of men, made him a great preacher, a successful evangelist and a popular pastor.
Any sketch of Dr. McKee's life and work which failed to mention his effort to reach the children of his people and lead them into the fold of the Good Shepherd would be greatly defective.
In his love for the little ones he showed the spirit of his Master, and was never more happy than when pointing them to Him. In this work he was eminently successful, and many devout followers of Christ, some preaching His glorious Gospel, yet lived to bless his name and ministery.
As a teacher and educator also, Dr. McKee's was a notable career. Beginning in a country school in Boyle county, he rose steadily and rapidly through high school, preparatory school and college professorship until he became vice-president of Centre College (1872), which position he held for twenty-five years (1897), and was then made vice-president emeritus until his death.
In this position his work as a financial agent was of great value to the church and the cause of Christian education.
It was his indefatigable work and earnest consecration under the direction and co-operation of the Board which carried the institution through the perilous times succeeding the Civil War and saved the college to the church and State.
On April 11, 1850 he was married to Miss Sarah H. Speake, from which union sprang nine children, four of whom, with the mother, still live. These four are Rev. Samuel L., Rev. James Lapsley, Miss Leila S. and Mr. Robert Graham.
Dr. McKee's last work was as Stated Supply of the Lancaster Church, and was fruitful in good works.
The handsome new parsonage, now nearing completion, was of his conception and bears his name, but a more enduring monument he reared to his memory in the affection and love of his people.
From an evangelistic effort, in which he was being aided by his life long friend Rev. Joseph Hopper, he was called home to rest awhile 'till the Master should come to take him to the eternal mansions.
Patiently he waited often in great agony, until May 23rd when the Summons came and John Lapsley McKee, the child of grace, returned to his Father's house.
On Saturday afternoon his tired body was laid to rest under the failing rays of the Spring-time sun to await the eternal Sabbath, which shall be ushered in by the rising in glory of the sun of righteousness, whose rays will bring life and immortality to light to all that wait for his appearing.
C. M. Chumley Chairman Wm. H. Kinnard
Source: Transylvania Presbytery Minutes included along with the 14 Oct. 1902 minutes, Vol. XI, pp. 88-91, provided by Mr. Joe DeSpain
Presbyterian Ministerial Directory 1898
Name: John Lapsley McKee
Birth State: KY
Birth Country: U.S.A.
Birth Date: 1827
Birth City: Garrard County, Kentucky
It was with much sorrow that the friends at this place of Dr. James Lapsley McKee, learned of his death in Danville last Friday. He had been ill but a week and the news of his death was a shock to many who had not heard of his illness. For a number of years he was pastor of the Assembly Presbyterian church here and was greatly beloved, although he never made this place his home. For twenty-five years he was connected with Centre College, having given up his active pastoral work for his educational and evangelistic work. In 1873 Centre College lost about one-third of its endowment fund by the Falls City Tobacco Bank robbery and Dr. McKee raised a subscription of $ 130,000, thus saving the college from collapse. On his retirement from educational work several years ago he was elected Vice President Emeritus of Centre College, now Central University, which title he held at the time of his death. Dr. McKee was a native of Lancaster, Ky., having been born there in 1827. The funeral took place in Danville Saturday afternoon at two o'clock at the Second Presbyterian church, Dr. Ramsey, the pastor, being assisted by Dr. W. C. Roberts, Dr. W. O Goodloe, of North Vernon, Ind. Dr. Rout, of Versailles and Dr. Hubbard, of New York. A number of friends went from this place to attend the funeral. His daughter, Miss Lelia McKee, is president of Western College at Oxford, Ohio.
(Harrodsburg Herald, Harrodsburg, Mercer Co, Ky, Thu May 29, 1902)
Father: James W. McKee b: ABT 1790 in Virginia
Mother: Mary Campbell Lapsley b: 26 FEB 1796 in Kentucky
Sarah Henry Speake b: 12 APR 1830 in Boyle Co., Kentucky
11 APR 1850
in Boyle Co., Kentucky
11 APR 1850
in Boyle County, Kentucky
- William I. McKee b: 1851 in Boyle Co., Kentucky
- John Lapsley McKee b: 1853
- Mary McKee b: FEB 1855 in Boyle Co., Kentucky
- Leila Sarah McKee b: 9 OCT 1857 in Columbia, Adair Co., Kentucky
- Samuel Lee McKee b: ABT OCT 1859 in Adair Co., Kentucky
- Jennie McKee b: 1862
- Robert Graham McKee b: APR 1867 in Kentucky
- James Lapsley McKee b: 14 JAN 1864 in Kentucky
- Julia Faith McKee b: 19 DEC 1872 in Kentucky
- Title: The Woods-McAfee Memorial
Author: Rev. Neander M. Woods, D. D., LL, D.
Publication: Courier-Journal, Job Printing Co., 1905
Note: Higginson Publishing re-print
Page: p. 131
- Title: Boyle County, Kentucky - 1850 Census
- Title: Partial History of the Irvine Family, of Kentucky
Author: Cousin Sarah McKee
Note: A copy of this letter is shown on Abraham Irvine, born April 8, 1766, family sheet.
- Title: Joseph S.Nelson, 7320-156 St., Edmonton, Alberta T5R 1X3 Canada
Note: Telephone number (780) 487-7305
- Title: Marriage Bond - Boyle County, Kentucky
Note: Boyle County, Kentucky Circuit Court, Danville, Kentucky
Media: Official Document
Page: p. 50
- Title: The Irvines and Their Kin
Author: Compiled by L. Boyd
Publication: Chicago, R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company, 1908
Note: A history of the Irvine Family from Scotland, England, and Ireland to America
A history of the Irvine family and their descendants. Also short sketches of their kindred, the Carlisles, McDowells, Johnstons, Maxwells, Gaults, McElroys, etc., from A. D. 373 down to the present time.
Page: p. 173
- Title: A History of the Henry Family From its Beginnings in this Country to the Present Time
Author: John Flournoy Henry
Publication: Press of John P. Morton & Company, Louisville, 1900
Note: Higginson Book Company, 148 Washington St., P.O. Box 778, Salem, Massachusetts 01970
Page: p. 12
- Title: 1880 Census for Boyle Co., Kentucky
- Title: 1860 Census for Adair Co., Kentucky
- Title: 1870 Census for Oldham Co., Kentucky
- Title: 1900 Census for Boyle Co., Kentucky
- Title: Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri, A Compendium of History and Biography for Ready Reference
Author: Edited by Howard L. Conard, Vol. VI
Publication: New York, Louisville, St. Louis: The Southern History Company, Haldeman, Conard &Co., Proprietors. 1901
Note: Harvard College Library, Charles Elliott Perkins Memorial Collection
Page: p. 435
- Title: Find A Grave - Cemetery Records and Online Memorials - John Lapsley McKee
- Title: Missouri State Board of Health, Standard Certificate of Death - Dr. James L. McKee
Media: Official Document
- Title: Missouri State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Certificate of Death - Leila McKee Welsh
Media: Official Document