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Need Ancestors of Delila ( Caldwell ) McKinney
Posted by: Erbie (ID *****8480) Date: March 26, 2008 at 08:50:01
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Thanks in advance for any info about Delila ( Caldwell)McKinney,

Non Resident
The State of Alabama---Limestone
In chancery at Athens sixteenth district Western Chancery Division
John J. Turrentine, as the administrator
with the will annexed, of John Mckinney,deceased
John Mckinney , et als.
In this cause it is made to appear to the Register, by the affidavid
of the complanant that the defendants ,Polly Wilkerson, William McKinney of Missouri,
William McKinney of Arkansas, Samuel McKinney, George Mckinney, Bettie McKinney,
John Mckinney,of Arkansas, Reuben McKinney, Sarah A. Meeks, William Meeks,
( Reubens ) Emanuel Sutherland, Pulcherry Fulton , Daniel Fulton )
William McKinney of Texas , Sallie McKinney, Thomas Mckinney, Frank Mckinney,
Mat McKinney, Mary Berry, Coleman Le??y, Coleman Mckinney, William Legg,
Edward Legg, Harrison Legg, H.W. McKinney, Sarah A. Martin, Thomas Martin,
Nancy M. Morrison, G.D Morrison, Edward Mckinney, Martha McKinney,
William P. Berry. James F Berry, Nancy D. Berry, Susan A.Jones , Champ Jones,
Josephine Sims, William Sims, and Andrew J.Berry, and further that in the belief
of said affiant, The defendants are all over the age of twenty one years
except Nancy D. Berry, who is twenty years of age.
It is therefore entered by the Register that publication be made in the Alabama Courier.
A newspaper published in Athens, Alabama, once a week, for 4 consecutive weeks
requiring them, the said defendants. to plead answer or demur to the bill of complaint
in cause by the 18th day of July , 1885 , Done this 16th Day of June , 1885
R Davis Register

One hundred years Old. Delila ( Caldwell )McKinney

It is not generally known, but it is nevertheless true that Mrs. Delila (Caldwell) McKinney, of our county , is one hundred years old. Mrs. M. lives with her baby, Jolly Squire Jack McKinney, of Gilbertsboro, who is fifty four. She was born in East Tenn., and while quite young removed with her mother's family to a point on Ragsdale creek, Giles county, Tenn., Her husband, James McKinney, was a lifelong resident of this county and died at the advanced age of ninety two years. When they settled the place upon which she now lives it was in the woods and their trials in the new settlement form quite a romance. She and her husband were burned out by soldiers because they had trespassed on the Indian Reservation. The soldiers came at one time while the first crop of corn was in good roasting ear state and every stalk was cut and burned. The last time they came, Mr. McKinney was sick in bed, and when the officer told her that he had orders to burn the house, she plead with him to such good effect that he took a skillet placed it in the corner of the room made a fire in it and left, but that fire did not last long. The old lady's mind is good, and she relates with much satisfaction numerous incidents occurring in the early days of the settlement, among others that a bear was caught in a cage near their house, and another that when she was quite a child living on Ragsdale creek her mother sent her out to drive up the cows and in so doing she was chased by two bears and had to leave for home in a hurry. She is the mother of nine children six of whom are living, the youngest being now as stated above fifty four years old. The old lady is quite lively, her hearing is somewhat defective, but you can readily make her understand. She is very much devoted to her young grandchildren and they to her, and the squire and wife have to be very careful how they correct them in her presence or they will feel the weight of her staff. She goes wherever she pleases, visits the neighbors who live near her, and smokes all the time, nearly, winds up her old family clock several times a day. She does not use spectacles, and says if she had a good gentle nag she could ride anywhere. Although living in fifteen miles of this place, she has never visited it but once and that was since the war. Her mind acts slowly but her memory, especially of long ago matters, is remarkably good. She has always been active, energetic, and thoroughly domestic and as long as she kept house, made a capital housekeeper. The Squire and his excellent wife give her the best attention, and humor her every fancy and she thinks there is no one like the Squires wife.

JANUARY 6, 1881
Pg. 3E

James McKinney 1777-1865 and wife Delia ( Caldwell) McKinney, had at least nine children as shown in his probate in Limestone County, Alabama. James Tobe McKinney, July 23, 1821 - January 3, 1879, buried in Berry Cemetery in Angelina County, Texas with his wife Rhoda Ann Brookshire was a son of the above. Roland McKinney 1824 - 1878, also a son of James and Delia, married Martha Blythe Brookshire and they were living in Angelina County, Texas in the 1860 Census with their children.
Nancy Ann McKinney, August 26, 1829 - September 7, 1882, married Andrew Berry. Nancy is a daughter of James and Delia McKinney and is buried in the Berry Cemetery in Angelina County, Texas.
Rhoda Ann Brookshire, Martha Ann Brookshire and Jessie Wright Brookshire are children of Mannering and Sarah Shelton Brookshire. Mannering is a son of James and Martha Wright Brookshire. Both Mannering and Sarah are buried in a lost cemetery in Angelina County, Texas.
Several descendants of the Berry,Brookshire and McKinney families live in the city of Lufkin and Angelina County, Texas.

Pulcherry ( Crabtree) McKinney, Definintly, of Cherokee Indian Decent, This, Reuben, McK. And His wife Pulcherry ( Crabtree)McKinney, were both on record in Limestone County,Alabama, With James and Deliliah McKinney, Reuben Listed along with their Kids
as an heir to James estate, also found in in court records.
(( Welcome to pass this on to anyone intrested ))

All these in this following list of McKinneys / Meeks, are related to the early Texas
Some lived in Hempstead County, Arkansas, Old Washington, Where, Daniel Mck, His Mother and wife, all died of a sickness in summer of 1825

Reuben,b.1805. and Pulcherry ( Crabtree) McKinney,b.1815
Was, My Dad, Lee Meeks, Grandparents

James, and Delilih Mckinney, of Limestone County, Alabama
Listed as Parents Of, Reuben McKinney b.1805, in Tenn
They were my Dad, Lee Monroe Meeks, g. grandparents, By the way, I am 81 yrs of age,
at this writing,
May account for the big, years gap, as My Dad, b.1894, was next to the youngest of 12 kids, Who were Reuben, and Pulcherry ( Crabtree) McKinney's , Grandkids. By Their Youngest Girl. Sarah Ann (McKinney) Meeks. My Grandmother.

Very well documented, You can find records at, Montgomery County, Arkansas, Also at Limestone County Alabama, to bear this out, Also, My grandparents, William Wesley Meeks, and Sarah Ann (Mckinney ) Meeks, are listed as heirs of James and Deliliah McKinney Estate
court action in Limestone County,Alabama

Reuben and Pulcherry , on record Montgomery Co. as Rasing, their oldest, Daughter, Mary's Kids. As Marys Husband, Issac Southerland, died of a sickness in a Hospital while serving in the Civil War. Field Hospital in KY.
No record of Mary ( McKinney) Southerland after Civil War,

Here is the First generation , in Montgomery County, Arkansas,
Census Records, also books in the Library, at Mt.Ida, Arkansas
Here is a rundown, ( Decendants of these are now living all over the USA.)


Reuben McKinney, and Pulcherry ( Crabtree) McKinney, came to Montgomery County Arkansas. in 1830's ,from Tennessee, VIA, Missouri ,KY,TN, where the Ferryboat crossed the Mississippi River. at least a couple of their Kids was born in Missouri,
Some moved on to Fannin , and Collin Countys in Texas after growing up

Reuben listed in will of ,James, and Delilah McKinney, of Limestone County Alabama, as an heir, with their other Kids, listed as ,b in Tenn. 1805.
William Wesley Meeks, and wife Sarah Ann (Mckinney ) Meeks, can be found in court documents there, as heirs , of James & Deliliah McKinney some kind of court settlement.

By checking early census records, marriage records.etc. Reuben was born 1805, in Tenn., and Pulcherry was born, 1815, in Tenn. the folks said Pulcherry was a Cherokee Girl, also Reuben was of Cherokee blood. The Cherokee features still stand out in the descendants to this day, Family Story, Reuben was an only child of, James Collin McKinney,or one of His Boys, and a Cherokee Girl named Blue Bird, who died shortly after Reuben, was born,1805
Records show, James and Deliliah McKinney of Limestone County Alabama, raised Reuben with their Kids.

Ten of Reuben and Pulcherry's Kids have been identified through census records,and the family, here in Montgomery County,AR,
(1) They Are, Mary, b.1834
(2) Napoleon Bonaparte, b, 1836
(3) Elizabeth, b. 1840
(4) William, b. 1842
(5) Nancy, b.1843
(6) Johnny b. 1845
(7) George b.1847
(8) Reuben, jr. b. 1850
(9) Samuel, b.1853
(10) Sarah Ann, b.1854-- Sarah, was my grandmother, My Dad Lee Meeks, Mom

(1) Mary, married Isaac Southerland, about 1850's
Issac died in a hospital I think in KY, while serving in Civil War, Mary disappeared from records. no trace of Mary found,

(2) Napolien Bonapart McK. ( Uncle Boney ) was killed in a train wreck, near Chattanoogh, Tennesses, on their way home when The Civil War ended, His Brother, William, was with Him, also an Old Doctor from Montgomery County,AR. who stated He attended both Boys, in a document when William applied for a pension from the injury He sustained in the Train wreck. The train wreck was the result of a bridge collapsing,

William married, Martha Cockburn, March 20 -1867
Nancy married , W.T. Fulton. July-23-1878. Records indicate , Nancy was previously married to a man named, : Hill :

(6) Johnny married , Cisily Meeks, ( sister of Sarah Ann's Husband , William Wesley Meeks)
A Company of Confederate Cavalry, Came to Grandpa Reubens Farm, during the Civil War,
(6) Johnny was in His Teen Years, The Cavalry camped out at Reubens Farm, Butchered one of Reubens Steers, and cooked it in The Old Round bottom wash pot, when they left traveling west, they took Johnny with them, as a Camp Boy, I think Johnny's Bro. Inlaw, Issac Southerland, Mary's Husband, was a member of this Cavalry Company, Unit.
Probably why Johnny went along, They came back to the farm a few months later, repeated the Camp out at Reubens Farm, Then traveled East to KY. gone another few months, Came back through, and this time they let Johnny stay home, Johnny promptly traveled to Little Rock,AR, 90 miles from here, swam the Arkansas River to North Little Rock, where the Union Army had already captured that area, Johnny Joined The Yankee 4'th AR, Cavalry a Bugle Boy, This unit later traveled to, Montgomery, and Garland Countys, searching for ,Bush Whackers, Johnny led a charge down Central Ave, In Hot Springs, ( Also on record ) and captured a bunch of Bush Whacker gangsters,
Later years Johnny and Cisily, had a family here, Johnny turned into an alcoholic, and a renegade, He killed a man at a square dance, who threatened to kill johnny, A realitive of the man that Johnny killed, shot and Killed Johnny some time after that incident, At a Turkey shoot, at, Silver, Arkansas, also many wild stories about My g. Uncle Johnny McK.
Johmmy's eldest son, Coleman McKinney, took care of the family, and My g.Aunt Cisily , Colemans Mom, until she passed away in 1925, buried beside Husband Johnny in the Old McKinney Cemetary, Montgomery County AR.

(8) Reuben, jr. married , Narcisis Cockburn, ( Sister of William's wife Martha Cockburn)
Samuel married, Francis West, on June 6-1882

Sarah Ann, married, William Wesley Meeks, on October 5-1869

Reuben and Pulcherry, along with many of their descendants,, Are Buried in
The McKinney Cemetery
Which is about seven miles from , Mt Ida, Arkansas, off Highway 27. north
On The Old South Fork Road, alongside the South Fork of the Ouachita River,
Where the McKinney Clan once owned over 2.000 acre of farm land.
Most of which is now under water of the , Man made Lake ,Ouachita
Here is a Web, link to the McKinney Cemetery and other history


by, Erbie Meeks. Grandson of William Wes.Meeks and Sarah Ann ( McKinney) Meeks.

Sarah Ann, and William, Meeks had 13 Kids , 10 Girls, 2 Boys, that lived.
The two Boys who live to a ripe old age were
John Wesley Meeks.b.1884, and . Lee Monroe Meeks,b 1894, There was another Boy that died in infancy, William Riley Meeks, this would have been 13 Kids.

The Girls most married into families here, and relatives with all kinds of names,
I will not try to remember and list but I can furnish a list of these,
Herbie ( AKA ) Erbie Lee Meeks, ( Lee , and, Fannie Meeks Oldest Kid -- born 1926, Here in the woods , of Montgomery County, Arkansas. )

Some Double first cousins.,, Here is how the McKinney's, and, Meeks got mixed up

Johnny McKinney married, Cisily Meeks

William Wesly Meeks married, Sarah Ann Mckinney

Johnny,McK. and Sarah Ann Mck. were Bro. and Sis.

William Wes Meeks, and Cisily Meeks, were Bro. and Sis.


Here is a list of , Sarah Ann ( McKinney) Meeks, and William Wesly Meeks
Kids, All born in Arkansas, Montgomery County, also Some of these Kids were born
In, Johnson County, Arkansas, Near Clarksville, at Horse Head Creek.

( these names are not in the order of birth, but )
(Theodoshia Meeks,) was the eldest, married. Gus Pope
( Rellie Meeks ) married (?)
( Lilly Meeks,) Married Tom Standridge
( Nellie Meeks ) married John Mayberry
( Elizabeth Meeks ) Married Wiley Scrimshire
( Mary Jane Meeks ) married, Melton Bates
(Etta Meeks ) married (?)
( Nancy Ann Meeks ) married , J W Taylor
( Haney Meeks ) married Harvey McKelroy
John Wesley Meeks, Married Davie Pope at Purcell, OK, 1930's not related to Gus Pope, John W.raised a family in OK, spent rest of his life in OK
Lee Monroe Meeks married Fannie Ellen ( Greene) Meeks

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