The Texas NavyReceipt for payment for John Milton Shreve, auctioneer, December 20, 1835

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Thomas F. McKinney (1801-1873)

Thomas F. McKinney, a Kentucky-born trader, had ranged all over Spanish territory before establishing a trading post in Nacogdoches in 1824. In 1834, he and Samuel May Williams formed McKinney and Williams, a firm on the Brazos that shipped cotton to the United States.

The fierce-tempered McKinney was committed to the Texas Revolution. He was owner of two of the early privateers of Texas, the San Felipe and the William Robbins. Eventually he and Williams extended almost $100,000 to the Texan cause, most of which was never repaid.

Wreck of the San Felipe, 1835

Wreck of Schr San Felipe

              To JM Shreve  Do [Ditto]

  To Cash paid 3 Surveyors at Matagorda
for surveys of Do Schooner @ 10$ e —         $30.00
Cash paid for halling [hauling] cotton from
do to point of shipment —                              16.50



              Recd pay of _____ [?] McKinny & Williams
December 20th 1835

  John Mitton Shreve
Auctioner [sic]

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Receipt for payment for John Milton Shreve, auctioneer. McKinney, Williams, and Company Papers, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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