JOHN EKEY, one of the early settlers of the upper Ohio valley, was born in Ireland, and came to the United States about the year 1787, settling first in Pennsylvania, whence he removed to Jefferson county in 1798. He was a farmer by occupation and was engaged in the toils of pioneer life in Jefferson county among the first. Previous to leaving Ireland he was married to Mary Simpson, by whom he had ten children, all of whom are now deceased. He died about 1835, and his wife passed away about 1841. One of the sons of the latter was John Ekey, Jr., who was born in Ireland, January 28, 1785, and came to this country with his parents. He was reared in Jefferson county, and there became a farmer and prosperous in his calling. January 21, 1806, he was married to Nancy Riddle, a native of Jefferson county who bore to him nine children, two only of whom survive.
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