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Descendants of the Fearless Fifty-Nine, Collin McKinney

“Descendants of the Fearless Fifty-Nine”


Collin McKinney’s family came from Hunderton Co, New Jersey. His father was Daniel and his mother was Mercy Blachley McKinney. He was one of 10 children. As was with most people of the times they moved to Kentucky while making their way across the country. While in Kentucky, Collin was a member of the 6th Regiment of the Kentucky Militia. Collin was married twice, first to Amy Moore and second to Betsy Leek. He was a father to ten children. In the 1820’s, the family joined the Wavell Colony led by Arthur Wavell and headed for Texas. In Dec.1824 Collin and other members of the family received a league of land in what was known as Red River County. Collin’s sibling Rebecca married William Akin while in Kentucky and they also made the trip to Texas, Rebecca was my 3rd great grandmother.

Photo of Ann Green.