J.P. Key

John Powell Key

Full Name: John Powell "Jack" Key
Date of birth: 1830
Date of death: May 30, 1898

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 63 Jan 13, 1885 - Jan 11, 1887 19th   Democrat Jonesboro / Coryell   Coryell, Hamilton
H 68 Jan 11, 1881 - Jan 9, 1883 17th (1)   Democrat Jonesboro / Coryell   Brown, Coleman, Coryell, Hamilton, Runnels
H 68 Apr 18, 1876 - Jan 14, 1879 15th (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)   Democrat Jones Mill / Coryell   Brown, Coleman, Coryell, Hamilton, Runnels

(1) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
(2) Key elected as a democrat. Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878, 1876.
(3) 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.
(4) Coryelle County. House Journal.
(5) Jones Mill, Coryell County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(6) Coryell County. Texas House of Representatives: A Pictorial Roster 1846-1992, 1992.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • 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.

Other Resources

  • (Hon) John Powell "Jack" Key, Texas State Legislator II, born 1830 in Smith County, Arkansas, death date 5/30/1898 in Midlothian, Ellis County, Texas. Residence in Coryell County (1860, 1870, and 1880). Sheffield/Farmer/Burch/Howard Family Tree. Ancestry.com.
  • Census of 1860 - John Key, Plum Creek Beat, Leonville post office, Coryell County, age 27, born circa 1833 in Tennessee, herdsman.
    Census of 1870 - Jack P. Key, 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. 1860 1870 1880
  • Jack P. Key, burial in Midlothian Cemetery, Midlothian, Ellis County. Find a Grave.
  • 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.


  • Photograph. J.P. Key, 19th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. J.P. Key, 17th Legislature, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  • Photograph. J.P. Key, 15th Legislature, State Preservation Board

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Committee Information top

19th R.S. - 1885
Constitutional Amendments  
County Governments and County Finances (Chair) 
Public Land and Land Office  
Stock and Stock Raising  
17th R.S. - 1881
Commerce and Manufactures  
Congressional Districts  
Contingent Expenses  
15th R.S. - 1876
Agriculture and Stock Raising  
Indian Affairs  
Public Debt  

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