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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Papers

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the John W. McKee Family Papers, 1874-1939



Descriptive Summary

Creator: McKee, John Wallace, 1811-1897McKee, Myra Catherine "Kate" Herndon, 1822-1900
Creator: McKee family
Title: McKee, John W. Family Papers
Dates: 1874-1939
Abstract: 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.
Accession No.: 2011-305
Extent: 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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

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Scope and Contents

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.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
McKee, John Wallace, 1811-1897 -- Archives.
McKee, Myra Catherine "Kate" Herndon, 1822-1900 -- Archives.
McKee family -- Archives.
Subjects
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas
Immigrants -- Texas
Places
Lincoln County (Mo.)
McLennan County (Tex.)
Texas -- Emigration and immigration

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John W. McKee Family Papers, 1874-1939, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Ryder Kouba, October 2011.

This collection contains unprocessed materials.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

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