Manuscript Vertical Files 

Collection Number: MVF 21-09

Accession Number: 0607-112

Item(s): Copy of a brief family history and genealogical material on the Colwell family of the Hackberry community.

Producer: Mabel Colwell McVay        

Donor: Ruth Colwell Berryhill

Date Received: June 12, 2007 

Literary Rights Statement: 

Permission to publish from the collection must be obtained from the Irving Archives, Irving Public Library.


     The file contains a copy of genealogical and family history information on the Colwell family. The material was compiled by Mabel Colwell McVay in 1988. The Colwell family came to what would become known as the Hackberry community in northwest Dallas County on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River in about 1879. Hackberry was a small, unincorporated, farming and ranching community during the later part of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century. Members of the Colwell family remained in the Hackberry area until they sold the family land to the Las Colinas Corporation in the 1970s. The area that was considered the Hackberry community has now become parts of the cities of Irving, Carrollton, and Coppell.

Note to Researcher:
For additional information on the Hackberry community see MVF 3-06 and MVF 21-10.  MVF 21-13 contains information on the Stanley family who were early settlers in the Hackberry community.