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Eliza Jane McKee


Father Date of Birth Mother Date of Birth
Henry McKee aug 13 1810 Charlotte Hunter 1817

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Person Events

Event Type Date Place Description
Birth 1842-06-17 Tandragee, Armagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Marriage 1866-02-14 Rosemont, Dufferin, Ontario, Canada
Death of spouse Henry White /(Sr.)/ ABT 1881
Death 1932-03-01 Shelburne, Dufferin, Ontario, Canada


Came to Canada in 1845 (3 yrs old.)
6 weeks on sailing ship to Montreal.


The History of Shelburne Pg. 161
The Senior Henry White's wife, Eliza Jane McKee, was the daughter of Henry and Charlotte McKee. She was born on June 17th 1842, in the town ofTanderagee, County Armagh, Ireland. She, with her parents and a six- week-old brother, George, set out on a two month journey to the new world in 1845, arriving in the township of Mulmur by ox cart when their new home, lot 16, concession 1, was covered with dense bush, and felling trees, and laying corduroy road along much of the way. Eventually the little family reached their destination, one hundred acre farm for which they paid the sun of $I.00 per acre.

The exact route followed by the McKee's on the last leg of their long odyssey is of course, not known. Quite possibly it was the same route followed through the bush from the terminus of the Caledon 6th line.(Where the future village of Mono Mills would arise), by the Lewis Homing party 15 years before in 1830. Their trek was through the township of Mono, chop-down trees; bridge steams, up hill and down
dale to Mono Centre, Stanton and Whitfield. At that time the villages of Mono Mills and Appleville, (Orangeville) were just coming into
existence, henry stated many years later that his nearest source of supplies for his new home was then the village of Brampton, to which
he made several journey's on foot, carrying his load all the way home on his back - a distance of 55 miles.

Eliza Jane lived to the ripe old age of 90 years, passed away in
1932. Her young brother George, who arrived in the Township of Mulmur at the age of 4 months, died in Mulmur on February 13th, 1928, at the age of 83.

Shelburne Free Press and Economist, Date: 10 Mar 1932,
Page: 8,
Type: Obituary

Shelburne Free Press & Economist, March 10, 1932 - Page 8 -

MRS ELIZA WHITE: A very highly respected pioneer resident of Shelburne, Eliza Jane McKee, widow of the late Henry White, passed away at her residence, First Avenue, on Tuesday, March 1, 1932, aged 90 years. Deceased was the daughter of the late Henry and Charlotte Hunter McKee, pioneer settlers of Mulmur Township. She was born on June 17th, 1842, in Tandragee, County Armagh, Ireland. On her third birthday she was on board a ship on the Atlantic Ocean, en route to Canada, with her parents, a sister (Mary) and a three-weeks old brother (George). Landing at Montreal the family came by train to Toronto (probably 1845???), and from Toronto to Mulmur by ox-cart. In Mulmur, Mr. McKee purchased a 100 acre farm, lot 13, Con 1, for $100. Mulmur was then virgin forest and the family supplies had to be purchased at Brampton, forty miles away, a shopping trip taking two days. Until the deceased was seventeen years of age there was no school teacher in Mulmur township and when a teacher did appear on the scene school was held in the different homes and adults as well as children took instruction. In 1866 the marriage of Eliza McKee and the late Henry White took place. Their home was at Maple Valley. Here they lived the life of the pioneers, cooking at the open fireplace, burning tallow candles, and traveling over the forest trails and primitive roads on horseback. They moved to Shelburne in the seventies (1870), about the time the Toronto, Grey and Bruce narrow gauge railway was built. Mr. White engaged in the harness and shoe business until the time of his death. Of the family of nine children, five survive, all of whom were present when their loved mother died: Harry and Robert White, Shelburne; Mrs. Ernest Rosevear (Minnie), St. Louis, Missouri; Mrs. Newman Craig (Maggie) of Lone Rock, Sask., and Miss Annie, at home. There are sixteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren. The funeral took place to Shelburne Cemetery, Thursday afternoon, March 3rd, private service at the late residence, at 2 O'clock, being followed by a largely attended public service at St. Paul's Anglican Church at 2:30 conducted by the rector Rev R. P. D. Hurford, whose reference to the life of a pioneer mother were exceedingly appropriate. The pallbearers were six grandsons: Gordon and Harry White, Niagara Falls, NY, V. White of Toronto, C. R., Arthur and Fred White of Shelburne. Many friends from a distance were among those who attended the funeral.



Eliza Jane McKee

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