The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 31, July 1927 - April, 1928

Gommitee on Texan Declaration of Independence

On February 13, 1792, McKinney was married to Miss Annie
Moore. Two of four children, Ashley and Polly grew to man
and womanhood, and their descendants now live in Texas and
neighboring states. Mrs. McKinney died May 6, 1804. On April
14, 1805, McKinney was married to Miss Betsy Coleman. To
them were born six children. McKinney continued his residence
along the frontier until 1824, when he removed from Elkton to
near the present site of Texarkana, September 15, 1824. While
in this section of the state, McKinney made the acquaintance of
Ben Milam, in later years famous for leading the Texans into San
Antonio. A letter from McKinney's son, William C. McKinney,
describes the beginning of the acquaintance:
Collin County, Texas,
April 26, 1874.
Col. John Henry Brown,93
In the year 1826 Col. Benjamin R. Milam came to my father's
house on the south side of Red River. He was accompanied by
Early Stanley Williams, John Martin, and Jefferson Milam (who
was to be his surveyor) . . . had . . . the right to col-
onize our section of the country . . . I was then about thirteen
years of age, saw much of Milan, and became greatly attached to
him.
He was often back at my father's house in what became Bowie
County.
Respectfully,
William C. McKinney.94
In 1831 he moved to Hickman's Prairie on Red River in Mil-
ler County, Arkansas, which is now Bowie County, Texas."9 That
McKinney had proceeded to get within the boundaries of the Mex-
ican State of Texas, for which purpose he had immigrated, is
shown by the sworn statement on a headright certificate, applied
for on February 2, 1838, when he proved "his continued residence
in said Republic from the 4th of December, 1824, until the present
D"One of the editors of The Galveston Civilian during the fifties, etc.
Dear Sir:
"4John Henry Brown, History of Texas, 1685-1892 (S.t. Louis, 1893), I,
147-149.
"0From an authorized -sketch: "Descendants of Collin McKinney Or-
ganize an Association to Erect a Memorial to Him at Van Alstyne,
Texas," Van Alstyne Leader, November 7, 1923.

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