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John Powell Key

J.P. Key
Full Name: John Powell "Jack" Key
Birth date: 1830
Death date: May 30, 1898

Terms of Service

  • House, 19th Legislature
    1/13/1885 - 1/11/1887
  • House, 17th (4) Legislature
    1/11/1881 - 1/9/1883
  • House, 15th (1) (2) (3) (5) (6) Legislature
    4/18/1876 - 1/14/1879
(1) JONESBORO, TX. Jonesboro, first known as Jones Mill, is on the Hamilton-Coryell county line. The Jones Mill post office was established in 1871 and the name of the community was changed to Jonesboro in 1877. Handbook of Texas Online .
(2) Coryelle County. House Journal .
(3) Jones Mill, Coryell County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(4) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas 1881.
(5) Key elected as a democrat. Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878 1876.
(6) Coryell County. Texas House of Representatives: A Pictorial Roster 1846-1992 1992.

Biographical Notes and Resources


  • Photograph. J.P. Key, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J.P. Key, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  • Photograph. J.P. Key, State Preservation Board

Other Resources

  • Confederate States Army, Private, Coryell City Company, 2nd Frontier District, Major G.B. Erath commanding, Texas State Troops, enlisted 5/15/1864 in Coryell County, Texas, U.S., Muster Roll Index Cards, 1838-1900. Ancestry.com .
  • Census of 1870 - Jack P. Key, Justice Precinct 3, Leonville post office, Coryell County, age 39, born circa 1831 in Arkansas, farmer, living in household with Martha A.
    Census of 1880 - John P. Key, Coryell County, age 49, born circa 1831 in Arkansas, farmer, spouse Martha A. FamilySearch . 1880 1870
  • Jack P. Key, burial in Midlothian Cemetery, Midlothian, Ellis County. Find a Grave .
  • Biographical sketch, J.P. Key, p. 34. Born 1830 in Smith County, Arkansas. Personnel of the Texas State Government for 1885, 19th Legislature 1885.
  • Genealogist's query concerning John Powell Key: birth date about 1831; birthplace Arkansas; died in 1898 in Midlothian, Texas; married Martha Ann Gaines Coats Key in Gatesville, Texas in 1864. RootsWeb.com Internet genealogical service .
  • Genealogist's query concerning William Thatcher Baker includes report of Jack Key's death on 5/30/1898. RootsWeb.com Internet genealogical service .
  • Biographical sketch, p. 136. Age 45 in 1876; native of Arkansas. "Resides near Jones Mill post office, in Coryell county." Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878 1876.
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