Hi there! I am a McKlveen by birth, though I don't use it these days. I don't know what the protocol is around here, but I'll toss what little I know of that side of my family and maybe someone knows a bit more!
My dad is Richard Bradley McKlveen, Jr - born in PA some 55-ish years ago (56, thereabouts?). He's retired military and now lives in El Paso, Texas.His dad, RBM Sr, was also military - a full bird colonel if I am not mistaken, although I may be - and currently lives in Florida.
My dad's mother, Dorothy Shearer McKlveen, died at a very young age (my dad was only 11, and he was the oldest of the kids), and the ensuing years were difficult ones. If I understand correctly, the children were placed with the state until my grandfather remarried. My dad doesn't talk about his family much at all and we have learned not to ask as it is very difficult for him.In fact, although he was one of (I think) four children, and then there were three (??) step-siblings, I only know one of my aunts/uncles names (Sharon), and have never met or seen a photo of any of them.
Our little "branch" of the McKlveens will almost certainly die out in this generation, alas...
Some years ago, my name appeared in the local paper and I was contacted by a woman here in El Paso who'd done some extensive research on the McKlveens. Unfortunately the information she gave me was lost or destroyed, and I haven't been able to reconstruct it. Is there a "master list" floating around somewhere?
Oh, and just for curiousity... do all y'all get as much grief over the spelling and pronunciation as we always did? I've had people ask me if I was SURE that was how I spelled my name. We pronounce it "MAH-kul-veen" but seems that everyone else wants to say "muh-KEL-veen."