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Thomas Keene and value of sources

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Thomas Keene and value of sources

Posted: 10 Jan 2014 9:52AM GMT
Classification: Query
Virginia Marriages of the Northern Neck of Virginia, 1649-1800
"Keene, Thomas & Thorley, Mary; bef 1638; Thos. Keene was a son of Thos. & Ellizabeth (Gosnold) Keene; he settled first on Kent Island, MD. c. 1638 and later moved to NC, VA: his wife mar. (2) Hen. Reyner & (3) Thos. Broughton; she had at least four children by Thos. Keene: Susanna, Wm, Thos.,& Matthew; (BRMF:277; Jenkins:215-219)" {BRMF = Barnes, Roberts, 1999, British Roots of Maryland Families; Jenkins = Gilreath, Amelia Cleland, 1988. The Jenkins of Northern Neck & Old 96}

Can I rely on this source? If Thomas Keene Jr is really son of Thos. & Elizabeth Gosnold there is a well documented ancestry for Elizabeth Gosnold in England.

BUT:
"Garner-Keene Families of Northern Neck Virginia " by Ruth Ritchie and Sudie Rucker Wood, 1952, pg. 187-193
(On Thomas Keene, Jr)
"He may have been the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Gosnold) Keene of Suffolk, England. That couple did have a son Thomas Keene, named as a grandson in the will of Robert Gosnold of Earleshall, County Suffolk, Esq., 1615. That son also had a cousin, Anthony Gosnold, in Virginia in 1615. But absolute proof that the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Gosnold) Keene is the same person as the Thomas Keene of Kent Island, Maryland has not, to the best of my knowledge, yet been established conclusively.

He lived on Kent Island, Maryland, from probably 1631 until probably 1644. It is possible he was among a group of inhabitants who moved to St. Mary's county, Maryland in 1638, but if so, he returned to Kent Island by 9 Nov 1640. He was probably with a group of islanders led by Col. Clayborne that moved to Northumberland County, Virginia in 1644, but in 1648 he was resident in St. Mary's County, Maryland (just across the Potomac). He resided at Cherry Point, Northumberland County, Virginia by 9 Dec 1650 where he died in 1652.

He was a cooper and possibly merchant by trade, as well as a planter, and directed the making of "pipe staves" while on Kent Island."
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priceca 10 Jan 2014 4:52PM GMT 
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