Name: William MCKLVEEN
Given Name: William
Birth: 28 Jan 1817 in Donegal Twp.,Westm'd Co,PA
Death: 28 Feb 1907 in Ligonier Twp.,Westm'd Co,PA
Burial: Brant Cem.,Rt 711 & LR64071,S. of Ligonier
NOTES & SOURCES:
Change Date: 24 Jul 1999 at 01:00:00
1. William & Catherine (Kneisele/Nicely) McKlveen lived near the
old Brant Church & cemetery in Ligonier Twp. They married 6 April 1841.
Catherine was a daughter of Adam Nicely (died 1837) & Esther (Hester) Shirey.
2." St. James Luth. Church, Ligonier, Westmoreland County,
1817-1923", by Paul Miller Ruff:
"Part I - The Brant Church Lutheran & Reformed, 1817-1851".
"Part II - Parish Records 1852-1942".
Baptisms for several of their children are found here. Also some
3. Census records, Ligioner Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA --
1850 - William McLvaine 34; Catherine 29; Hester 9; John 3;
Cyrus 11 months.
1860 - William McIlveen 43, farmer; Catherine 39; Hester 17;
John 13; Cyrus 11; Maria 7; Alexander 3.
1870 - William McKlveen 53, farmer; Catherine 48, John 22, Cyrus 19,
Maria 17, Alexander 15, William 8. Also Catherine Nicely 5.
1880 - ED 96, p. 42 - William McElvane 60, farmer; Catherine 56, William 19.
Also Catherine Nicely 15, neice, and William Horrell 7, nephew.
[Cyrus McKveen family is on one side, & Anthony Nicely on the other.]
1900 - ED 110 - William McKlveen 83, Jan. 1817; Catherine 79, June 1821.
[son Alexander McKlveen 44, Hester 44, & 2 children are next]
4. Ligonier Twp. maps for 1857, 1867 & 1876 show the William & Catherine
McKlveen farm location. On the USGS topo map, Stahlstown Quadrangle, the land
& house would have been between Barron Road on the south, Two Mile Run Road on
the east, and Zion Church Road on the west. Rt. 711 is not far away to the east.
5. The original warrant, survey & patent to the land on which the McKlveen
Farm (about 100 acres) was located was to Christopher Herr, 362 acres, 44 perches,
called "Freedom". Herr sold 247 acres of the Freedom tract to Frederick Ambrose
on 28 May 1798 (DB 4:132-133), who then sold it to his son George Ambrose in
1815. George Ambrose moved to North Huntingdon Twp. in 1841, and must have
sold this land when he left. Wife of George Ambrose was Margaret Nicely, sister
of Adam Nicely (father of Catherine). Did George Ambrose sell a portion of
this Freedom tract to William & Catherine McKlveen? They married in 1841.
If this is true, the deed for the sale has not yet been located.
6. Another possiblity for the farm -- William & Catherine (Nicely) McKlveen
after their marriage in 1841 may have settled on land then owned by the estate
of Catherine's father, Adam Nicely, who had died in 1837. The Will of Adam
Nicely provided that a tract of 114 acres be divided among his 4 sons
(Anthony, Philip, William & Henry) all of whom were then minors. William
McKlveen became guardian for these four young Nicely brothers of his wife
Catherine, and when they came of age, each sold their one-fourth interest in
this 114 tract to William & Catherine. Anthony sold in 1848, Philip in 1851,
William in 1857 and Henry in 1858. Is this the way in which the property
known as the "William McKlveen Farm" came into his possession? As
mentioned above, no early deeds exist (or have been located) to show ownership
of the "McKlveen Farm" of about 100 acres being sold to William McKlveen.
The four deeds from the Nicely brothers are summarized below --
[See notes under Adam Nicely for more info.]
DB 30: 513-514 - Anthony Nicely & wife to William McIlwain - 4 July 1848 -
"between Anthony Nicely, Junior, of Ligonier township...and Elizabeth his wife
of the one part and William McIlwain of the same place the other part...for four
hundred dollars...a certain plantation situate in Ligonier township aforesaid
adjoining lands of Jacob Deeds, Shannon Roberts, Samuel Slater and others
containing one hundred and fourteen acres...it being the same tract of land which
Adam Nicely late of said township, deceased did by his last will and testament
give and bequeath unto his four sons vis. Anthony, Phillip, William and Henry
to be divided equally among them, and the said Anthony, one of the said Devisees
and Elizabeth his wife hath by these presents sold their undivided one fourth
interest in the said tract of land to the said William McIlwain and to his heirs..."
Signed Anthony Nicely, Elizabeth Nicely. Witnesses: Robert Louther, David
Johnson. Recorded 17 Nov. 1848.
[Also on the previous deed page, DB 30: 513 - Release - Anthony Nicely to
Wm. McIlwain - 24 June 1848. Release of Guardianship now that Anthony is
21, and acknowledges receipt of $461.82, his share of the rents from real estate
of his late father, Adam Nicely.]
DB 40:419-420 - Philip Nicely, Ligonier Twp., to William McIlvain, Ligonier
Twp. - 2 May 1851 - for $400, 114 acres in Ligonier Twp. adjacent to Jacob Deeds,
Shannon Roberts, Samuel Stater & others, the same tract which Adam Nicely, late
of Ligonier Twp., deceased, willed to his four sons, Anthony, Philip, William &
Henry, to be equally divided among them. Philip Nicely's 1/4 share now sold to
William McIlwain. Recorded 12 May 1857.
DB 40:420-421 - William Nicely of Ligonier Twp. to William McIlwain of Ligonier
Twp. - 28 Feb. 1857 - for $550, 114 acres in Ligonier Twp. [same as above two deeds],
William Nicely's 1/4 share now sold to William McIlwain. Recorded 12 May 1857.
DB 42:229 - Henry Nicely & Elizabeth of Cook Twp. to William McIlwain of
Ligonier Twp. - 14 Aug. 1858 - for $600, 110 acres in Ligonier Twp., adj. Ephraim
Kimell, Anthony Nicely, Thomson Roberts heirs, Jacob Deeds & Samuel Slaughter
[Slater]. Land of Adam Nicely, late of Ligonier Twp. by Will to his four sons...Henry
Nicely now sells his interest to William McIlwain. Recorded 6 Sept 1858.
7. Some other Deeds for land owned by William McKlveen --
DB 72:422-424 - William Armor to William McElveen - 1 Apr. 1872.
"...Between William Armor of Ligonier township...and Susan his wife...and
William McIlveen of the same place...for five thousand dollars...tract of land
situate in Ligonier township...beginning at a post on the North Bank of the
Turnpike road...by land of Henry Kimmel...by estate of Joseph Moorhead,
Esq., deceased...by land of Jacob Fry...Jacob Bunger...to a stone in the middle
of the Turnpike road...to place of beginning containing 130 acres, more or less.
Part of a larger tract of land sold by Joseph Moorhead (Junior) and Maria Jane
his wife to William Armor by deed dated 6th day of April 1869...[DB 65:190]"
Signed William Armor & Susan (her mark) Armor. Witnesses: Robert Louther,
A.M. Louther. Recorded May 21st 1872.
DB 125:346-347 - Benjamin Deeds [& wife Sarah] of Ligonier Twp. to William
McKlveen - 29 May 1876. For $200, 7 acres, 40 perches, by lands of Benjamin
Deeds of which this was a part, by lands of Jacob Roberts, by other lands of said
Willliam McKlveen. It being part of land sold to Benjamin Deeds by Jacob Deeds
on 5 Nov. 1867 (DB 74:102-103). Witnesses: John G. Albright, Charles Smith.
Recorded 28 Feb. 1884.
DB 233:41 - Henry Kimmel [& wife Susan] to William McKlveen - 31 Mar. 1894.
"...between Henry Kimmel and Susan his wife of the Borough of Ligonier.. and
William McKlveen Jr. [his son William ?] of the township of Ligonier...in
consideration of the sum of Two Thousand and One Hundred Dollars...
tract of land in Ligonier township bounded on the west by lands of Denny heirs
and Wm. McKlveen Sr., on the south by lands of Samuel Noel, Albert Breniser
and Albert Fry, on the east by lands of William Stouffer, on the north by lands of
Noah M. Clifford and Davis Menoher, and containing One Hundred Acres more
or less and One Hundred Twenty-nine Perches...being the same tract of land which
Nathaniel Kirkwood and Ruth his wife by deed dated 26 June 1812 conveyed to
Thomas Wilson, and John Hill executor of the estate of said Thomas Wilson dec'd.
by deed dated 15 April 1848 conveyed the same to present grantor...The graveyard
now situated on said farm to remain and to be reserved as a graveyard and not to
be sold or in anyway whatsoever destroyed, reserving to present grantor the right to
bury or inter any members of their family and to be there interred themselves. Also
a small lot of land bounded by lands of Noah M. Clifford, the above named tract
and lands of Davis Menoher containing four acres more or less, being a portion of a
larger tract of land formerly owned by John McConaughly, now by George Thomas
... Signed Henry Kimmel, Susan Kimmel. Witnesses: I.M. Graham (Justice of the
Peace) & John E. [?] McKlveen. Recorded April 20, 1894.
[William McKlveen, Jr., son of William & Catherine McKlveen, would have been
about 33 years old, if this land was in his name. If so, it must have been purchased
on his behalf by his father. William Jr. is mostly a mystery -- I have not located any
information on his death, but he is not mentioned in his father's Will, written in 1901.
He apparently died unmarried, as no heirs of Wm. Jr. are in the Will. If he died not
long after this farm was purchased, his brother John E. McKlveen may have moved
there, as there is mention of a "Kirkwood Farm" going to John in the Will of Wm.
McKlveen, Sr. -- see note 7.]
8. In the settling of the estate of John McKlveen, who died intestate on 13 May 1856,
the Orphans Court ruled in 1861 on a peititon (8 PN 441) for sale of the McKlveen
property for final distribution to heirs. The Administrators offered at public sale two
tracts of land in Donegal Twp. on 11 Nov. 1861, with both being purchased by William
McKlveen. William later resold these tracts. The largest of the tracts was 170 acres,
sold by William McKlveen 4 Apr. 1864 to John Barkley (DB 50:439). This was the
land on which his father, John McKlveen, died. The land was in the Barkley family
for many years, passing to children & grandchildren of John Barkley.
9. Will Book 15:134 - Will of William McKlveen, Sr. Died 28 Feb 1907, Ligonier Twp.
Wife Catherine, $1000. Children - John (to get the "Kirkwood farm", where John
was then living); Alexander (to get the home farm); Meriah (wife of I.M. Graham,
to get the house & lots in Ligonier where she lives); Grandchildren (children of his
deceased son Cyrus) - David H., Mary, Mintie, Nettie McKlveen to get $1000 each;
Grandchildren (children of his deceased daughter Hester McDowell) - Lizzie &
William McDowell, to get $500 each. Any remaining funds to be divided between
his sons John and Alexander.
Alexander McKlveen, Exec. Witnesses: J. B. Deeds, S. J. Slater.
Will written 13 March 1901, proved 13 Mar. 1907.
10. Obituary published in "The Ligonier Echo" - issue of 28 Aug. 1901
for Catherine McKlveen - Catherine McKlveen, wife of William Sr. of Ligonier.
Died 27 Aug. 1901 of heart failure, b. 10 June 1821. Married 6 April 1841.
Member of the Lutheran Church. [Catherine died about 5 months after William
had written his Will.]
11. Item in the Ligonier Echo, issue of Nov. 7, 1906 --
"Wm. McKlveen, the oldest vote in Ligonier township who is now in his 90th
year, was down to vote yesterday and came to town for a short time."
12. Obituary for William McKlveen, "Ligonier Echo", issue of 6 Mar 1907 -
William McKlveen, age 90, d. 28 Feb. 1907. Born 28 Jan 1817. Buried Brant
Cem., Ligonier Twp., with wife Catherine Nicely, dau. of Adam Nicely. His
grandfather was Henry McKlveen, native of Ireland. Father was John, b. Ireland,
come to America late 1700's to Donegal, and married Isabell Scott -- children
Henry, William Sr., John Thonmas, Alex, Mary, Isabella, Sarah, Eliza. Alex died
in Civil War.
13. "The Chariton Leader", Chariton, Iowa -- Thurs., March 7, 1907. "William
McKlveen died at his home near Ligonier, Penn., last week at the advanced age of
90 years. He was the last surviving uncle of the three McKlveen brothers of this
city, and of the children of the late Hugh Larimer. He was a consistent member of
the Lutheran Church and had been a lifelong Democrat."
[This refers to Dr. John A. McKlveen, Jacob L. McKlveen & Samuel McKlveen,
three sons of Henry McKlveen (1809-1867) & Catherine Lohr, who had been
in Chariton, Iowa since the late 1860's.]
From the Lucas Co., Iowa Genealogy Forum post by Deborah Brownfield-Stanley on
5 Dec. 2004.
14. "Old Westmoreland" Quarterly, Vol. 10, No. 2, 1990, p.6. Photo
of the gravestone of William McKlveen at Brant Cem. (In a biography
of Israel Graham, p. 1-10 of this issue).
15. "Ligonier Valley Cemeteries, Vol. 1" by Iscrupe, 1976. BRANT Cemetery
records, p 4,5,8. McKlveen burials in section/area 32 --
William McKlveen 28 Jan 1817 - 28 Feb 1907.
Catharine McKlveen June 1821 - August 1901. w/o William.
Henry McKlveen d. 24 Oct. 1846, aged 2y 6m 21d.
Harry O. McKlveen d. 22 Sept 1864, aged 2y 2m 15d.
Cyrus McKlveen d. 18 Feb. 1901, aged 51 y 3m 26d, & his wife Catherine M.
d. 21 Oct. 1890, aged 37y & 2m.
Buried in section 29 nearby is Johnston G. McKlveen, 1878-1904, son of
John E. McKlveen & Sarah (Geeting), and grandson of William McKlveen.
16. Biography of Israel O. Graham, husband of Mary (Maria) McKlveen,
p. 312-313 of "History of Westmoreland County", Vol. II, by John W. Jordan, 1906.
"...Mrs. Graham is a daughter of William and Catharine McKlveen, and was
educated in the common schools. Her father, who is still living at the very advanced
age of ninety, is a retired farmer of Ligonier township. He has held a number of
offices, affording the unusual instance of a Democrat elected in a Republican
township. His ancestors emigrated from Ireland and first settled near Baltimore,
Maryland." [This is the only reference to the Henry McKlveen family having lived in
Maryland for a few years before the move to Westmoreland Co. Naturalization of
John McKlveen, father of William, says the immigration from Ireland was about 1800,
and that they came into the port of New Castle, Delaware. See notes under William's
father, John McKlveen.]
Father: John MCKLVEEN (War of 1812) b: ABT 1782/1783 in Ireland
Mother: Isabella SCOTT b: 1787 in Ireland
Catharine NICELY b: 10 Jun 1821 in Ligonier Twp.,Westmoreland Co.,PA
- Hester MCKLVEEN b: 22 Feb 1842 in Ligonier Twp.,Westmoreland Co.,PA c: 9 Jul 1843 in #317,Brant's Lutheran,Ligonier Twp.
- Henry MCKLVEEN b: Mar 1844 in Ligonier Twp.,Westmoreland Co.,PA
- John E. MCKLVEEN b: 18 Jun 1847 in Ligonier Twp.,Westmoreland Co.,PA c: 20 Jul 1851 in #393,Brant's Lutheran,Ligonier Twp.
- Cyrus MCKLVEEN b: 22 Oct 1849 in Ligonier Twp.,Westmoreland Co.,PA c: 20 Jul 1851 in #394,Brant's Lutheran,Ligonier Twp.
- Maria MCKLVEEN b: 31 Mar 1853 in Ligonier Twp.,Westmoreland Co.,PA c: 19 Jul 1856 in #435,Brant's Lutheran,Ligonier Twp.
- Alexander MCKLVEEN b: Oct 1856 in Ligonier Twp.,Westmoreland Co.,PA
- William MCKLVEEN b: 1861 in Ligonier Twp.,Westmoreland Co.,PA
- Henry Oliver MCKLVEEN b: 7 Jul 1862 in Ligonier Twp.,Westmoreland Co.,PA c: 23 May 1863 in #508,St. James Luth.,Ligonier