A Guide to the John W. McKee Family Papers, 1874-1939
The youngest child of David McKee and Jane Wallace, John Wallace McKee was born in Harrison County, Kentucky in 1811. McKee married Eliza McMurtry in 1836 and then moved to Lincoln County, Missouri, where they had three children. McMurtry died in 1846; eight months later McKee married Myra Catherine “Kate” Herndon, with whom he had eleven children, three of whom died in infancy. Following the Civil War, the economic fortunes of the family suffered; two sons (Loyd Henry McKee and John Wallace McKee II) and a daughter (Margaret Emma Cornforth) moved to Iowa Park, Texas in 1874, their parents followed in 1876. There, the sons farmed while their father operated a broom factory in McLennan County
Composed of correspondence, tax receipts, a diary, a scholarly article, a CD and a family tree, the John W. McKee Family Papers, 1874-1939, chronicle the familial affairs of the McKee family over 65 years. Letters are from John Wallace McKee and his wife to their children in Texas, along with the other relatives. Topics include family news and discussion of the parents’ intention to move south. The diary was kept by Kate McKee and documents their journey to Texas; it was published as an article in the Missouri Historical Review. A compact disc contains genealogical notes written by David R. Hoffman on the history of the McKee family. Hoffman also created the family tree, which documents the family’s genealogy from the late 18th century to 1997.
This collection is open for research use.
John W. McKee Family Papers, 1874-1939, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Ryder Kouba, October 2011.
This collection contains unprocessed materials.
Detailed Description of the Papers