|Birth: ||Apr. 17, 1766|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 9, 1861, USA|
Politician, Land Surveyor and Signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Collin County, Texas is named after him. A pioneer leader of North Texas and signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, Collin McKinney was born in New Jersey, a son of Scottish immigrant parents. In 1780 the family moved to Kentucky and in 1824 McKinney migrated across the Red River and settled near present Texarkana.
In January, 1836, he was elected a delegate to the General Convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos and there served on a committee of five that drafted Texas' Declaration of Independence from Mexico. On March 2, he signed the document. He also served on the committee which prepared the Constitution for the Republic of Texas. Later he served in the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Congress of the Republic. In private life, McKinney was leader in establishing the First Disciples of Christ Church in Texas.
In 1846 he settled near the Grayson-Collin county line; this became his permanent residence. In 1792 he married Amy Moore; they had four children. He and his second wife Betsy Leake (Coleman), by whom he had six children, are both buried in this cemetery.
Collin County and its seat, McKinney, were named in his honor. In 1936 Texas Centennial Commission had his house moved to Finch Park in McKinney.
Parents were Daniel (1739-1809) and Massie (Blatchley) McKinney (1744-1825).
From "Some Descendants of Mordecai McKinney" Edited by Gerald McKinney Petty and Eulah McKinney Ridgeway 1953.
Collin's first wife was Amy Moore, born in Kentucky, died 6 May 1804, married Collin 13 Feb 1793 in Lincoln County, Kentucky.
They had the following children: Jimmy b 1797 died as an infant, Emeline, died as an infant, Ashley and Polly.
He married Betsy Leak Coleman, daughter of Samuel Coleman of Todd County, Kentucky. She was born 1786 died 1862, married either the 8 or 14 of Apr 1805.
They had the following children" William C, Amy, Margaret, Annie, Eliza S and Younger Scott.
Elizabeth "Betsy" Leake Coleman McKinney (1786 - 1862)*
Ashley McKinney (1795 - 1847)*
William Coleman McKinney (1806 - 1885)*
Anna Carolyn McKinney Sloan (1809 - 1834)*
Elizabeth Serene McKinney Milam (1813 - 1904)*
Younger Scott McKinney (1819 - 1907)*
Van Alstyne Cemetery
Created by: Tom Denardo
Record added: Sep 18, 2002
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