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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
native intellect and experience, and possessed an enviable per-
McKinney's impersonal attitude in emergencies is shown in his
advocacy of Sam Houston for commander of the Texas army, be-
cause of his belief in his military qualifications, although he op-
posed him on most public matters.102 For one thing he opposed
Houston's plans to citizenize the Cherokee Indians of East
McKinney was an outstanding figure in North Texas. He was
influential in having counties of that section symmetrical in shape;
frequently he contributed legal, financial, and moral assistance
throughout that section. In religion, "he was first a Free Will
Baptist, later becoming a Communicant of the Christian faith."04
This early Texan had the distinction of having been a citizen of
six governments: England, the United States, Mexico, the Pro-
visional Government of Texas, the Republic of Texas, and the
Southern Confederacy. September 8, 1861, he died at his home
in Collin County, and was buried near Van Alstyne. Probably
fifteen per cent, of the population of Van Alstyne community are
related to the McKinney family, directly or indirectly.05 His
descendants have organized a memorial association to erect a
memorial to him at Van Alstyne.
James Gaines, delegate from Sabine, was born in Culpeper
County, Virginia, in 1779.1-" He was the son of Richard Gaines
and Jemina Pendleton, and the grandson of William Henry Gaines,
who had served in the Virginia House of Burgesses, and Isabella
Pendleton.'07 His mother and father were first cousins. He was
a first cousin of General Edmund Pendleton Gaines of the United
'~Mrs. W. C. Bryant, to the author, January 18, 1926.
o2Van Alstyne Leader, November 7, 1923.
"a8Mrs. W. C. Bryant, to the author, January 18, 1926.
"0'Van Alstyne Leader, November 7, 1923.
0oFulmore, The History and Geography of Texas As Told by County
10TZella Armstrong, Compiler, Notable outhern Families (Chattanooga,
1918), I, 86.
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