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Site of Wilmeth-McKinney Homestead

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McKinney, TX, USA

Latitude & Longitude: 33° 13' 39.654516", -96° 36' 40.196124"
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    Joseph Brice (J.B.) Wilmeth (b. 1807) and Nancy Ferguson (b. 1807) were married in Tennessee in 1826. They settled here on 320 acres of virgin prairie in 1846. They began to farm their land and soon built a grand two-story family home at this site. Elder J.B. Wilmeth, along with pioneer settler Collin McKinney, established Collin county's First Christian Church at Liberty in 1846. J.B. organized McKinney's First Christian Church in 1848, and early worship services were held in his home. Between 1848 and 1887 the Wilmeth home also was the site of a free school taught by J.B. and his children. J.B. served on the commission that selected the Collin county seat and later served as district clerk and county judge. In 1850 the Wilmeth's daughter, Martha, married Daniel L. McKinney, grandson of Collin McKinney. Following the deaths of J.B. and Nancy in 1892, Martha and Daniel lived in the Wilmeth home until Daniel's death in 1906. The homestead was next occupied by Martha and Daniel's son, John Brice, and his wife, Annie (Magers), until their deaths in 1968. Materials from the original Wilmeth home were used to build a new house here in 1941. The property continues to be recognized as an important site in early Collin county history. (1994)

This page last updated: 7/15/2008

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