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Emma Rosetta Davis was daughter of L. J. (Cug) and Mary Alice (Allie) Miller Davis. She lived most of her life in
or near the Texas Hill Country: Bandera, Uvalde, Campwood. After she married Frank McKinney, she lived near
Del Rio where Frank worked on a ranch in the late 1920s. The next 20 years she worked with Frank on the Dunbar
Ranch NW of Bracketteville, TX. They retired and bought a home in Campwood, Texas.

Emma Rosetta Davis married first James Petty
then second John Frank McKinney

Emma R. Davis
      Aunt Emma McKinney was my Grandmother's sister. Emma Rosetta Davis was born June 15, 1884 in Southwestern Bandera County, near Vanderpool, Texas probably on the Thompson Ranch.
      Emma married James Newton Petty in 1905 by W. J. O'Brien, JP of prec. #4, Bandera Co., TX. Filed 1-31-1905 by Sam O'Bryant, Co. Clerk.
      James died about 1917 leaving Emma with a 10 year old son. James Petty is buried in Vanderpool Cemetery north of Utopia, Texas with several other Pettys.
       Emma died May 25, 1964 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas at the home of her son Frances Petty. Emma was daughter of L. J. (Cug) and Mary Alice (Allie) Miller Davis.
Aunt Emma Davis Petty McKinney
      Emma is buried at Hillcrest Cemetery in Uvalde with her second husband: John Franklin McKinney born September 26, 1891 in Live Oak County Texas. Frank died July 15, 1960 in Uvalde County Texas. Frank and Emma had no children.
      Frank always worked on a ranch mostly with sheep and goats. In the late 1920s, he worked near Del Rio. Later he went to work on the Dunbar Ranch north of Bracketteville in Kinney County Texas. Frank was a hard worker, kind and I never heard him say a cuss word. Mr. Dunbar was a nice man to work for and he furnished Frank and Emma with a good house. Emma took care of several milk cows and a bunch of chickens. She sold eggs and butter on Saturdays in Uvalde. Emma cooked on a large wood stove. Supper time, everyone went out to wash up. Just out the kitchen door, there was a leanto attached to the house. It was covered with grape vines. There was a bench and wash pan. Frank and Emma lived without electricity and running water for many years. Hunters came every fall and liked Frank so much, they had gas lights installed in the old ranch house. Emma had a radio that was powered by a battery connected to a wind charger. A windcharger was a little windmill thing attached to the edge of the roof just outside the window where the radio sat. They used the radio sparingly to save battery power. Frank stayed on the Dunbar until he retired. He and Emma bought a little house in Campwood. They lived there for several years.
      Uncle Frank had been married before. I found a marriage record in Bandera County TX: John Franklin McKinney to Hallie May O'Bryant 4-16-1911. (I will email, if someone would like a copy.) We knew Frank had a son and I found birth record in Bandera County for: Crockett M. McKinney born 9-4-1914 to Frank McKinney and Hallie Humphreys. Frank's obit states his son as: Cecil C.McKinney of Leveland Texas. Now... we wonder... was Hallie married before Frank? Hallie May O'Bryant or Hallie Humphreys? Were there 2 sons?

1900 census Bandera Co. Texas: Emma R. Davis b.1884 is with her parents and siblings.
1910 census: Emma R. Davis is not found. James Petty not found.
1920 census Uvalde County Texas: records have Emma Rosetta Davis Petty and her son Francis living on Collins Street in Sabinal, Texas. Her occupation is listed as cook. She went to work, doing what she knew best, to support herself and young son after her husband passed away.

Emma Rosetta Davis Petty McKinney


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This is the family line as far as I can find.
Descendants of John Bell (Beal?) McKinney

Generation No. 1
1. JOHN BELL MCKINNEY b.abt 1845,in Miss.
Married date ____,
1st Julia V. ___ , born abt 1847 in TX / died after 1880 probably in TX.

This is last record of wife JULIA V listed with 3 children: 1880 Precinct 2, Goliad, Texas: John B. McKinney 34, 1846, Miss, KY, TN, head, Farmer/wife Julia V. McKinney 33, TX , GA, SC/ son Ralph B. McKinney 8, TX, Miss, TX/dau Annie Bell McKinney 6 / son Runie May McKinney 3/

Married date ___ ,
2nd MATTIE PETTY. She was born Abt. 1869. Died ______. Place ______ .(I need to find her parents)

Child of JOHN B. MCKINNEY and MATTIE PETTY is:
2. i. JOHN FRANKLIN (FRANK) MCKINNEY, b. September 26, 1891, poss Live Oak County, Texas He died in Uvalde Memorial Hospital 7 pm Friday, July 15, 1960.

Generation No. 2
2. JOHN FRANKLIN (FRANK) MCKINNEY (JOHN BELL MCKINNEY) was born September 26, 1891 in poss Live Oak Co TX, and died July 15, 1960 in Uvalde Mem. Hosp. 7 pm Fri, Burial: Hillcrest Cem, Uvalde, Uvalde Co, TX.
He married (1) HALLIE MAY O' BRYANT (HUMPHREYS) April 16, 1911 in Bandera Co TX.
He married (2) EMMA ROSETTA DAVIS May 27, 1920 in poss Sabinal, Uvalde Co., TX, daughter of CUG DAVIS and ALLIE MILLER. She was born June 15, 1884 in poss Bandera Co., TX, and died May 25, 1964 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, Burial: Hillcrest Cem, Uvalde, Uvalde Co, TX.
Notes for JOHN FRANKLIN (FRANK) MCKINNEY: Frank's obit was in Uvalde Leader news.
"Frank walked with a bad limp. Seemed something was wrong with one of his hips. Story was... Frank was standing behind a big truck while loading sheep to take to market. Somehow the truck rolled back over him. In all the years that I knew him, I don't remember hearing him complain. In this world there are some people that travel through and don't leave 'footprints'. Frank McKinney left large 'bootprints'. His life and actions will be remembered a long time." S.R.C.

Marriage Notes for FRANK MCKINNEY and HALLIE HUMPHREYS: Have copy of Marriage: O G Malthuger, Minister. W R Fletcher, Co Clerk of Bandera.
Child of FRANK MCKINNEY and HALLIE HUMPHREYS is:
i. CROCKETT M MCKINNEY, b. September 04, 1914, Bandera Co., TX.
Notes for CROCKETT M MCKINNEY: Found birth record in Bandera Co TX, lists parents: "Frank McKinney & Hallie Humphreys". Name is not same as on Frank's obit: "Cecil C Mckinney of Leveland TX".
Rosie said "Frank's son, Cecil had 2 girls and 1 son. The son died in Korean War. One girl's name was Frankie".
(It would be nice if a descendant of Frank McKinney could give us more info on Frank McKinney's family.)

1949 West Texas cattle roundup


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Census records from ancestry.com:
1830 Monroe, Miss John Mckenney

1840 De Soto, Mississippi: John Mckinney

1840 Monroe, Miss: Madison McKinney fam and John McKinney fam.

1840 Panola, Miss: John McKinney

1840 ________ John O. McKinney fam and Jonah M. McKinney fam.

1850 Southern Division, Tishomingo, Mississippi: William C. McKinney 59, abt 1791, VA?, real estate $3000/ Harriet A, 45, abt 1805 TN/ William W. , 23, TN / Mary E., 17 / Mildred 15 / George W., 16, Miss / James M, 14, Miss / Daniel W, 10, Miss / John B, 7 / John B, 5, abt 1845, Miss / Sarah, 2 / Nepolian B, 2.

1860 Looxahoma , De Soto, Miss: Wm H Cannon 30, TN, farmer, real estate $1600, personal $800 /wife M J Cannon 25, Miss / Harriet Mckinney 20, abt 1840 TN, real estate $1600 /John B Mckinney 14, abt 1846, Miss /Wm L Mckinney 20, Miss /M M Cannon 4, Miss /Jas P Mckinney 27, TN, farmer /Sarah G Mckinney 20, TN. (This sounds like William Cannon married M J and took her McKinney family in.)
1870 Goliad, Texas: John McKinney 24, (1846) Miss, stock raiser, value personal estate $300/ wife Julia, 24, TX/ Mary McCollock? 34, Ala / Calvin Williams 11, TX / Andrew Williams 9, TX.

1880 Precinct 2, Goliad, Texas: John B. McKinney 34, 1846, Miss, KY, TN, head, Farmer/wife Julia V. McKinney 33, TX , GA, SC/ son Ralph B. McKinney 8, TX, Miss, TX/dau Annie Bell McKinney 6 / son Runie May McKinney 3/ nephew Calvin Williams 21, TX, GA, Ala / nephew Andrew Williams 19, TX, GA, Ala.

John B. McKinney probably middle name is Bell or Beal.

John Franklin Mckinney b. Sept. 26, 1891 in Live Oak Co.

1900 Commissioner Precinct 4, Crockett, Texas: John McKenney 54, Oct. 1845, Miss, KY, TN, horse boarder / wife Mattie McKenney 30, Aug 1869,TX, Ark, Ark, had 4 children / 3 living / Nora McKenney 14, June 1885 TX, Miss, Ark/ Madlin McKenney 12, Oct 1889 TX, Miss, Ark / Frank McKenney 8, Sept 1891, TX, Miss, Ark.
1910 Justice Precinct 4, Bandera, Texas: John B McKlemurry 64, abt 1846 TN, TN, TN, head, farmer / Mattie McKlemurry 41, TX, ARK, ARK / son John F McKlemurry 18, abt 1892, TX, TN, TN, farm laborer.

on same page Robert Thompson, 34, TX, Ark, TN, Head / wife ?_rntha E, 34, abt 1876, TX, TN, Ark, / son Len 13,TX, TX, TX / dau Perl, 10 / son Robert J. 8, / dau Ruby 5 / son William, 2/ father in law Joshua Petty, 79, abt 1831, TN, US, TN, widower.

1920 Justice Precinct 4, Val Verde, Texas: H. Y. L. Bridge, 40, TX Miss, TX, head, farm owner/ wife Liza Bridge 32 / hired man Archie Jenkins 31 /wife Lena Jenkins 31 /hired man Robert A Leffel 23 / hired man Frank Mc Kinney [Frank Mckinney] 28, abt 1892 , TX, TX, TX, Single, White, Male , Able to read: Yes / Able to Write: Yes. Image: 257.

1930 Precinct 6, Uvalde, Texas : (John)Frank Mckinney , 36, abt 1894, TX, TX, TX, occ: foreman, stock farm, Head, Race: White/ male/ wife Emma (Davis) Mckinney 45 , abt 1885, TX, TX, TX, occ: none. (They must have moved to Dunbar Ranch after 1930.)

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