Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Ball and McKee Records

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Ball and McKee Records
Creator: Ball and McKee.
Inclusive dates: 1835, 1908, and undated
Extent: 3 cubic feet (in 3 boxes)
Abstract:
Law firm records include legal records of estates, divorces, chancery cases, and debt collection, correspondence, and numerous land records. McKee family records are also included.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

no Acc#

Access Restrictions:

Ball and McKee Records are open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Ball and McKee Records, Folder #, Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

The collection is in alphabetical order.


History

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.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes many types of legal records, including: Estates, Divorces, Chancery Cases, and debt collection papers. Correspondence is from clients, lawyers, legal firms, banks, and various land offices. Some of the larger case files include those of the Bank of Lansingburgh (New York) and the Indian Mill Creek Salt Company (Grand Rapids, Mich.). Numerous land records include: State Tax Deeds, Indentures, Mortgages, Bounty Lands for Veterans and their widows, Deeds, Plat Maps, and Receipts for land. The firm had many clients in Michigan and New York (State).

McKee family records include family correspondence, 1840s-1874, undated; legal cases, and Aaron McKee’s (father of James McKee) inheritance case, 1856-1864. Also included is the 1862 license for Ball and McKee and a letter of protest over the removal of the soldiers’ memorial in Grand Rapids, 1908.

Processing Note: Personal materials of John Ball were apparently removed when this collection first came to the Clarke and became the John Ball Family Papers.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Ball and McKee.
    • Real property--Michigan.
    • Public lands--Michigan.
    • Land titles--Registration and transfer--Michigan.
    • Lawyers--Michigan--Kent County.
    • Lawyers--Michigan--Grand Rapids.
    • Public land sales--Michigan--Gratiot County.
    • Grand Rapids (Mich.)--History.
    • Kent County (Mich.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Ball and McKee Records. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Allegan County vs. John Ball, 1880-1883
    Box   1 F   2
    Buckus E. vs. Ch. Colmback, Kent County Circuit Court, 1858
    Box   1 F   3
    Bailey and C. Bambing and Exchange office, Lansing, Correspondence, 1862
    Box   1 F   4
    Bailey, Grand Rapids, 1859-1895
    Box   1 F   5
    Bank of Lansingburgh (New York) vs. Evans, 1858-1868
    Box   1 F   6
    Bank of Lansingburgh (New York) vs. Evans, Abel Smith, Squirer, 1859-1862
    Box   1 F   7
    Bank of Lansingburgh (New York) vs. Fox and Foster, 1857-1862
    Box   1 F   8
    Bank of Lansingburgh (New York) vs. Leonard, Bank President (See also Leonard in Box 2), 1859-1862
    Box   1 F   9
    Bank of Lansingburgh (New York) vs. Taylor, 1858-1865
    Box   1 F   10
    Bank of Lansingburgh (New York) vs. (Bank) Pres., vs. S White, 1860, undated
    Box   1 F   11
    Bank of Lansingburgh (New York) vs. Welsh (See also Welsh in Box 3), 1861
    Box   1 F   12
    Bank of Lansingburgh (New York) vs. Welsh (See also Welsh in Box 3), 1865-1867
    Box   1 F   13
    Bank of Lansingburgh (New York) vs. Wood, Fox, Foster, et al., 1840-1865
    Box   1 F   14
    Barron vs. Brooks and others, 1851-1859
    Box   1 F   15
    Belknap, Kent County, 1856-1862
    Box   1 F   16
    Blaisdell vs. Wood and Fly, 1850-1876
    Box   1 F   17
    Bostwick, William, 1859-1863
    Box   1 F   18
    Bowes vs. Roberts, Michigan City, 1859-1865
    Box   1 F   19
    Carlton, Lewis M., Draft on London (Eng.) Bank, 1861-1865
    Box   1 F   20
    Carrol vs. Cuming, Cuming vs. Stewart, Belknap vs. Stewert, George R. Willis, W. Charleton, 1862-1863
    Box   1 F   21
    Carroll, T. F. (attorney), Correspondence, 1896-1897
    Box   1 F   22
    Clarkson, David, Estate Settlement, Grand Rapids, 1862-1872
    Box   1 F   23
    Clarkson, Rhoda, Estate, undated
    Box   1 F   24
    Clarkston, Robert, Grand Rapids, 1871-1873
    Box   1 F   25
    Clidesdale, James, 1848-1888
    Box   1 F   26
    Congden, New York, 1867-1872
    Box   1 F   27
    Duncan, Turner, Flaningan, Papers, 1862-1863
    Box   1 F   28
    Duncan and Sherman, New York, 1873-1875
    Box   1 F   29
    E. Baxter (law firm), Correspondence, 1855-1873
    Box   1 F   30
    E. R. Baker, Gen. Insur. Agency, Chicago, Correspondence on Mortgage of Grand Rapids Property, 1875
    Box   1 F   31
    Fenan vs. Brooks, Mortgage Lawsuit, 1855-1869
    Box   1 F   32
    Friant vs. Bartlett, 1869-1870
    Box   1 F   33
    Frothingham, 1850-1852
    Box   1 F   34
    Gilbert, Removal of Soldiers’ Memorial, Grand Rapids, 1908
    Box   1 F   35
    Gilbert and Company, Grand Haven, 1841-1891
    Box   1 F   36
    Grand Haven Fire, 1866-1868
    Box   1 F   37
    Griffith vs. Cannon, Parber vs. Hemington, Revaar vs. Rice, 1853-1872
    Box   1 F   38
    Hall, Freed, Correspondence, 1855-1883
    Box   1 F   39
    Hines, M. H, Correspondence, 1858, 1862
    Box   1 F   40
    Hubbard, B., Correspondence, 1855, 1862
    Box   1 F   41
    Indentures, Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, and Newaygo counties (folder 1 of 2), 1854-1877
    Box   1 F   42
    Indentures, Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, and Newaygo counties (folder 2 of 2), 1854-1877
    Box   1 F   43
    Indian Mill Creek Salt Company, Records, 1852-1860
    Box   1 F   44
    Indian Mill Creek Salt Company, Records, 1861
    Box   1 F   45
    Indian Mill Creek Salt Company, Records, 1862
    Box   2 F   1
    Ionia Land Office, Acknowledgements, Receipts, Business Correspondence from Frederick Hall, 1853-1855
    Box   2 F   2
    Kent and Ottawa counties, Tax Sales, 6 booklets, 1851-1854
    Box   2 F   3
    Land Agreement, Mary Wills vs. Wm. Baxter, Grand Rapids, 1874
    Box   2 F   4
    Land Claim in Clinton County, George Fitts vs. Isaac L. Smith, Circuit Court, 1850-1861
    Box   2 F   5
    Land Contracts, 1867, undated
    Box   2 F   6
    Land Contracts, Indentures, etc., Grand Rapids, 1856-1863
    Box   2 F   7
    Land Deeds, Indentures, etc., Martin, 1845-1859
    Box   2 F   8
    Land Grants, 1850-1865
    Box   2 F   9
    Land Grants to Officers and Soldiers, Ionia County, 1856-1858
    Box   2 F   10
    Land Office Records, 1854-1858
    Box   2 F   11
    Land Receipts, Kent County, 1855-1870
    Box   2 F   12
    Leonard, Frederick B., Lansingburgh, Indentures, Mortgages, Correspondence, 1856-1867
    Box   2 F   13
    License, Ball and McKee, 1862
    Box   2 F   14
    Major vs. Geoffrey, Testament Case, 1878
    Box   2 F   15
    McClintock, 1849-1851
    Box   2 F   16
    McKee, Aaron, Inheritance Case (father of James McKee), 1856-1864
    Box   2 F   17
    McKee Family Correspondence, 1855-1870
    Box   2 F   18
    McKee Family Correspondence, 1871-1872
    Box   2 F   19
    McKee Family Correspondence, 1873-1874, undated
    Box   2 F   20
    McKee, James vs. Baker, Ferr, Lace, and Royers, Ottawa County, 1865-1868
    Box   2 F   21
    McKee, James vs. John Jenkins, Ottawa County, 1867-1868
    Box   2 F   22
    McKee, Subpoena- Robert McKee vs. George and Lydia Fitz, Foreclosure Bill, 1858-1862
    Box   2 F   23
    Miscellaneous Cases, Kent County, 1856-1867
    Box   2 F   24
    Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1840s
    Box   2 F   25
    Miscellaneous Correspondence (folder 1 of 2), 1850s
    Box   2 F   26
    Miscellaneous Correspondence (folder 2 of 2), 1850s
    Box   3 F   1
    Miscellaneous Correspondence (folder 1 of 2), 1860s
    Box   3 F   2
    Miscellaneous Correspondence (folder 2 of 2), 1860s
    Box   3 F   3
    Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1870s
    Box   3 F   4
    Miscellaneous Legal Documents, 1850-1904
    Box   3 F   5
    Newell, T. vs. Mason Davis, Newaygo County, 1868
    Box   3 F   6
    Peabody, Grand Rapids, 1854-1866, undated
    Box   3 F   7
    Penny, Joseph, New York, George Kindell, Grand Rapids, 1854-1871
    Box   3 F   8
    Penny, Grand Rapids, 1862-1863
    Box   3 F   9
    Pensions to Widows of Veterans, 1835-1855; Bounty Lands, 1850-1861, 1835-1855; 1850-1861
    Box   3 F   10
    Perkins, Henry, Documents, Receipts, 1865-1875, undated
    Box   3 F   11
    Plat Maps of Kent, Newaygo, and Muskegon counties, some certified in the Land Office, Ionia (Michigan, folder 1 of 2), undated
    Box   3 F   12
    Plat Maps of Kent, Newaygo, and Muskegon counties, some certified in the Land Office, Ionia (Michigan, folder 2 of 2), undated
    Box   3 F   13
    Porter, J. F., Tax Receipts and Quit Claim Deed, 1840-1854
    Box   3 F   14
    Rice, Charles, vs. Mary Emery, Mortgage, Kent County, 1854-1876
    Box   3 F   15
    Rosenburger vs. Thomas, Canada, 1852-1853
    Box   3 F   16
    Sanford vs. John Brooks, 1854-1859
    Box   3 F   17
    Sanford vs. John Brooks (Estate), 1860-1866, undated
    Box   3 F   18
    Sanford vs. Giddings, 1855-1864; Agnes B, Allen Pension, 1853, 1855-1864; 1853
    Box   3 F   19
    Scott vs. Smith, Kent County, 1860
    Box   3 F   20
    Seaquick, George, Correspondence, 1859-1862
    Box   3 F   21
    Smith, Raymond, Mortgages, Cases, Kent County, 1858-1863
    Box   3 F   22
    Smith, Sanford E., Mortgages, 1859-1860
    Box   3 F   23
    State Tax Land Deeds, Kent, Ottawa, Newaygo and Muskegon counties, 1859-1861
    Box   3 F   24
    Stewart, Jesse, Estate Settlement, 1863-1873
    Box   3 F   25
    Stewart, Neil, Lease of Furniture and Property, 1874-1878
    Box   3 F   26
    Storebrunner, B., Grandville, 1843
    Box   3 F   27
    Street Railway Company of Grand Rapids, 1892
    Box   3 F   28
    T. Gilbert and Company, (law firm), Receipts, Grand Rapids, 1861-1890
    Box   3 F   29
    Turner, H. B., Legal Documents, Grand Rapids, 1856-1861
    Box   3 F   30
    Turner, J., Correspondence, Owosso, 1861, 1871
    Box   3 F   31
    U.S. vs. Grand Rapids and Indiana Railway, 1896
    Box   3 F   32
    Walsh, Correspondence (Bank of Lansingburgh), 1862
    Box   3 F   33
    Whitney vs. Vanderwater, Kent County, 1859-1860