Organizational History and Biography:
Ball and McKee was a law firm of partners John Ball and James H. McKee. The office was located on Monroe street in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1849-1884. The partners were heavily involved with the sale of land. (This information is from the collection.)
For information on John Ball (1794-1884) see the finding aid of his Family Papers, The Ball Family Papers, which are also housed at the Clarke.
James H. McKee was born in 1823, the son of Aaron McKee, and brother of Charles R., A. G., and R. G. McKee. James was educated in Vermont and Massachusetts, before moving to Michigan in 1849. In Grand Rapids, he became the law partner of John Ball.
McKee married Hannah, with whom he had at least four children: Willie, Henry, Mrs. Laura (Lollie) Langdon, and Montie. Henry earned a B.A. (1872) and a M.A. (1876) from the University of Michigan (UM). He also attended the Homeopathic School of Medicine (1886-1888) at the U of M. James McKee was also the uncle of Jasper Ball. James McKee was alive in 1908. (This information is from the collection.)
James’ diary of his schooling experiences, 1840, is housed at the Bentley Historical Library.