McKinney Family

Matt McKinney

William M. (Matt) (1890-1964) and Felicia (Flissie) McCarty (1893-1963) McKinney lived on the south end of Burke on the street behind the railroad track. According to Tom McKinney, Matt grew up near Lufkin and met Flissie when working on a job at Burke. In 1920 Matt and Flissie lived near Lufkin, but by 1930 they had settled at Burke where they lived the rest of their lives. Matt worked as a carpenter bilding houses.

William and Felicia had the following children:

Tom Benjamin and Louise McKinney lived north of Matt and Flissie on the same street. They had one daughter Suzanne. Owen and Marie Lewis lived on a farm on U. S. 59 in northern Polk County where Owen raised cattle.

Thomas Wright McKinney

Matt was a son of Thomas Wright and Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Berry McKinney. They had the following children:

James McKinney, Jr.

Tom was a son of James McKinney, Jr. and Rhoda Brookshire. Rhoda was a daughter of Manny Brookshire, patriarch of the Lufkin family that founded the Brookshire Brothers grocery chain.


  1. 1910 Census, Angelina County, Texas, Precinct 1, Page 31, Dwelling 302 (Thomas W. McKinney)
  2. 1920 Census, Angelina County, Texas, Precinct 1, Page 27, Dwelling 281, (Matt McKinney)
  3. 1930 Census, Angelina County, Texas, Precinct 4, Page 7, Dwelling 78 (William M. McKinney)
  4. The Berry/Baker Connection
  5. Personal Recollections, Tom Benjamin McKinney