This document holds many emotions when you really ponder on it. John McKee kept it because he wanted to be an American, and he wanted proof that he was. He followed through with the process until the very end, even though he could not read or write. As his great granddaughter I honor his decision to leave Ireland. He obviously felt a strong urge to do so as he crossed the Atlantic for eleven long days on that steamer. I honor his decision but I do feel a strong connection to the land he came from and can hardly imagine how difficult his decision was.