Looking for Correct Robert McKee, Near Decatur, IL

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I have been hitting my head for years on a brick wall for my wife's grandfather, Robert McKee. His son Victor (Her Dad) was born in 1938, and Robert died in 1942. My wife distinctly remembers seeing pictures of him in a World War II Army uniform, so I suspect he was Killed in Action during the war, but that's not the brick wall. Unfortunately, all of that is based on Family Recollections and could be faulty

I can find nothing to verify Roberts birth, parents, or anything. Robert and Victor's mother Marjorie were not married when Victor was born. Marjorie has marriage certificates on her other husbands, but none for McKee. I am 97% sure Victor was born out of wedlock to a 20/22 year old Robert and a 17 year old Marjorie.

So Robert: My wife's mother (Who has now passed) has said Robert was born in Mattoon, Illinois. Marjorie was born (and died) in Decatur, IL, only about 45 miles away from each other.

I have found a Robert R. McKee on the 1920 and 1930 Census as the son of a Gardner McKee in Charleston, IL, only 11 miles from Mattoon, Roberts alleged birthplace. He is the right age, born in 1916 instead of 1918.

I want so badly for this to be the same Robert McKee, but I am just not 100% certain and I don't want to add him as THE Robert McKee without being sure. A birth certificate for Victor would help a bit, but I can't find that either.

Can someone with a fresh set of eyes look at Robert McKee-4051 and let me know if I am on the right track or totally derailing? I have added the 1920 and 1930 source info in the Bio so that they are easy to find.

Thank you to any and all who attempt this for me.

Chuck Auld-121
WikiTree profile: Robert McKee
in Genealogy Help by Chuck Auld G2G6 Mach 1 (11.1k points)

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Did you see this? 

"North Carolina Deaths, 1931-1994," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FPPV-65W : 18 July 2017), Robert G. Mckee, 25 Nov 1942; citing Fort Bragg, Cumberland, North Carolina, fn 2379 cn 320, State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh; FHL microfilm 1,943,221.

by Christina Jobe G2G6 Mach 1 (10.0k points)
selected by Chuck Auld
OMG That is the EXACT one I am looking at right now.

My Brother-In-Law says that a few years ago, they found a News Clipping that said that Robert Gardner McGee and Marjorie Jones applied for a Marriage License.

This IS my guy!  Gardner is the name of his Father.



"United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8Y5-VR6 : 5 December 2014), Robert G Mc Kee, enlisted 20 Mar 1942, Chicago, Illinois, United States; citing "Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946," database, The National Archives: Access to Archival Databases (AAD) (http://aad.archives.gov : National Archives and Records Administration, 2002); NARA NAID 1263923, National Archives at College Park, Maryland.


Sorry, A little excited to finally bust through this wall...
I wish there was a like button :)

Also, William McKee (1810-1873) is as far back as the McKee line goes on here, so far: McKee-1881
His cause of death is unreal - died because of abscessed teeth!
Makes you want to go to the dentist!

Ok, not really...
Chuck, I’m excited seeing your excitement!

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