Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Silas D. McKeen Papers

Finding aid created by
KYle Garver, Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Silas D. McKeen Papers,
Creator: McKeen, Silas D.
Inclusive dates: 1832-1878, and undated
Extent: .25 cubic ft. (in 1 box)
This collection contains biographical materials, correspondence, legal papers, personal correspondence, and receipts.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 1298

Access Restrictions:

Silas D. McKeen Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Silas D. McKeen Papers # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


The collection is organized alphabetically.



In 1843 Isaac McKeen (died 1848) opened the first law office in Almont, Michigan. His brother, Silas D. McKeen, came to Lapeer County, Michigan, from New Hampshire in 1846 and joined Isaac in his practice. Silas served as a Representative from Lapeer County in 1837 and was elected to the Circuit Court Commission of Lapeer in 1853. Silas was the first clerk of Bristol Township, which after the spring of 1848 was called Almont. He was also recommended for as a notary public in 1849. “He had ability and would have risen to wealth and high station except for his habits.” Silas died prior to 1887. (This information is from Pioneer families and history of Lapeer County, Michigan and Michigan biographies.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes Biographical Materials (copies), Correspondence, 1843-1877, undated, Legal Papers, 1832-1878, and Receipts, 1834 and 1872. The Correspondence includes letters from Michigan legislator Sanford M. Green. There is also a letter from Dr. F. M. Weller, who illegally operated on a girl, causing her death.

Most of the materials are in a very bad physical state, stained by dirt, water, acid, mold stains, and scotch tape. Some of the collection materials are almost illegible.

Subject Terms

    • McKeen, Silas D.
    • McKeen, Isaac.
    • Weller, F.M.
    • Greenford, Sanford M. (Sanford Moon), 1807-1901.
    • Lawyers--Michigan--Lapeer County.
    • Physicians--Michigan.
    • Almont (Mich.)--History.
    • Lapeer County (Mich.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Silas D. McKeen Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Materials (copies), undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Correspondence from Dr. F. M. Weller concerning slander of his practice, 1853
    Box   1 F   3
    Legal Papers, 1832-1878
    Box   1 F   4
    Personal Correspondence, 1843-1877, undated
    Box   1 F   5
    Receipts, 1834-1872