This file is posted in five parts. This is part one, and the parts are
â€¢Keith_a.html, this part, pages 70-82 in original Castlio book.
â€¢Keith_b.html, pages 82-99
â€¢Keith_c.html, pages 99-114
â€¢Keith_d.html, pages 114-139
â€¢Keith_e.html, pages 140-157 (end)
Catti, Keiths, Keightley, Keighley, Keithley.
I regret having no definite information of the European homeland of our immigrant ancestors, and also not being able to trace a close connection between the original name and the English variant as used by us. A name passed from one race to another, would of necessity undergo alterations in the course of several centuries. The name is unquestionably English, having passed through many variants.
From the College of Arms, London, England, we have the following extract from a work on the origin of names "This family derive their descent from the Chatti, or Catti, now Hesse, a tribe of Germans, who dwelt in what is now called Hesse-Cassel, and whose name (which may have been taken from the animal sacred to Freya) is preserved in Katzenfort, Katzenburgh, etc., Germany.
About B. C. 100, a part of this tribe descended the Rhine, and settled in Batavia or Holland, where the name is also maintained in Katwijk aan Zee, Katswoulde, etc.
During the reign of Corbred the second, King of Scotland, circa A. D. 76, a part of these Catti emigrated to Britain, some of whom, called Fordun, "Catti Meliboci," were driven to the northern parts of Scotland and landed in that part called Kateness, or Caithness; i.e. Catti's promontory. The Celtic name for that district is "Catt taobh," Catti's side; and the inhabitants are styled "Cattich." Caithness is also called "gall taobh," "Stranger's side, way, or shore."
The first of the tribe named by the Senachies is Gilli Chattan Noir, chief of the Catti, temp. King Alpine (A.D. 831-834), from whom descend the Kethi, Keychts, Keths, or Keiths; and also the MacPhersons, Sutherlands, etc., known under the general name of Chattan Clan. The ancient title (Celtic) of the Earls of Sutherland is "Morfhear chat," Lord Cat; literally Greatman Cat.
Robert Keth, chief of the tribe, was, it is said, created Hereditary Grand Marshal of Scotland by King Malcolm II A. D. 1010. . . From him descended the Hervens de Keth . . about 1161 to 1178 . . . His descendant, Sir William Keith . . . was created Earl Marischal in 1458."
The Visitations mention two families, one Thomas Keightley of Hartford, in 1669. Also a family by name of Keightley living in London in the 17th century.
From Bradsley's Surnames: "Keighley, a well known city in West Riding, or Yorkshire, England, locally pronounced Keithley." Many variants are to be seen in the epitaphs of the Parish church, among them, Keithley. English friends say there are many Keithley families in Yorkshire, England.
No descendant of the five brothers who came from Penna. to Kentucky, with whom I have communicated, know where these ancestors were born. If born in America it seems some family would have the fact recorded. Some of the descendants claim the Old Set or immigrants were German, others unhesitatingly claim to be Hollanders. My mother, Cordelia Keithley Castlio, said she was of Dutch, Holland, descent. I am satisfied that she knew. Most of the Missouri families say they are of Dutch descent. So we are led to believe that the European ancestor of the five brothers, possibly two or more centuries ago immigrated from England to Holland, and later the five brothers came to America. That the brothers spoke English, and German is generally understood. The one or the other may have been learned from association, for after coming to America some of them called themselves "Pennsylvania Dutch," others, "Maryland Dutch." "The name is on record on the eastern shore of Maryland before and during the Revolutionary time. Later several families moved to Western Maryland." The name is not on record in the Land Commissioner's Office of Md. nor is it on record in the War or Pension Dept. of Washington, D. C. Nor could it be found in Penna. or N. C. archives, Revolutionary soldier lists, tax, census, wills, deeds, assessments, or land grants. Genealogists of Mass. or Conn. do not know the name. Va. and Tenn. records have been searched and no record of an abiding place of the Keithley brothers found until they reached Bourbon County, Kentucky. However, tradition is strong that they were in Penna. and also in N. Car. So, we are led to conclude that they were of the many who after the American Revolution, left Penna. and trecking[sic] down the Shenandoah Valley, tarried along the way. The third generation recalled hearing their parents speak of their parents being in North Carolina. Some of these pioneers settled in Va., others in the Carolinas, and others still, among them the Keithley brothers, went further west into Kentucky. Griffin S. Keithley, of Midvale, Idaho, wrote me in 1922: "I have often heard my father (Samuel, son of Jacob Sr.) speak of grandfather and his brothers coming from Pennsylvania to Kentucky, when father was three years old. Grandfather Jacob dropped the e from his name after coming to Ky., uncle Daniel retained it." According to this statement the brothers came into Ky. in 1792.
The characteristics of the descendants of these Keithley brothers, so far as I have been able to get in touch with them, leads one to consider that these men were of the highest type of pioneers of "The Old South West." Industrious and thrifty, inspired with the home building instinct and attracted by the lure of cheap land and a longing for a more promising country than the war ridden territory east of the Alleghenys, they at the close of the War of Independence, sought new fields of enterprise.
They were possibly a year or more making the journey from Pa. to Ky. Prior to 1792 Jacob and John had both been married for several years. And possibly, as was customary, in the autumn time after the harvests were garnered they packed their belongings into wagons and onto beasts of burden and headed southwestward. Men, women, and children in the company, plodding slowly but purposefully, taking into consideration as a possible home, the country through which they passed.
The Keithley brothers pushing farther into "The Valley of the Gathering of Many Waters" reached the delightful Kentucky climate. Here some of the Old Set were content to live and die. Others still restlessly went north, others south and still others, especially the descendants of some of the five brothers, crossed the "Father of Waters" into Upper Louisiana, while it was under Spanish rule, for some came as early as 1790.
Others came into the "Territory of Louisiana" during the first decade of the 19th century. Now their descendants are scattered from the most northern states to the Gulf and as far west as the Pacific coast and even into the Islands of the Pacific Ocean -- Farmers.
The Keithleys may have been English for centuries but their fondness for the soil leads one to conclude that they have a strong Teutonic strain of blood. From the very earliest glimpses of the Teutonic race we find them to be a people who love to live apart, shunning the settlements, and cities, each jealously guarding his chosen acreage beside a woodland, a plain or spring. For in the earliest times with the Teutons to be a land owner was to be a free man and to be able to exercise his full rights in his community he must have possession of his holdings.
The love for the soil is also inherited from the English, who are descended from the German race, and whose basis of society was the freeman -- land holder. This recognition of land ownership carried with it the title of "Gentleman," even among those of English descent in America before the American Revolution.
Of record in Paris, Bourbon Co. Ky., is a deed from Jacob Keithley and his wife Barbara, of Fayette Co. Ky. to Joseph Keithley of Fayette Co. Ky. for 75 acres of land in Bourbon Co. Ky., Sept. 1802. Also, is recorded an inventory of Joseph Keithley made Jan 23, 1823. Rebecca and John B. Keathley administrators. These records were seen in 1922.
The five Keithley brothers, Jacob, Sr., John Sr. (1750-1835), Joseph Sr., Daniel Sr., and Samuel, Sr., came from Penna. and settled in Bourbon Co., Ky. in 1792.
The JACOB KEITHLEY, SR. Family
Jacob Keithley was born about 1748 and married Barbara Roland (Roland is French) about 1777, presumably in Penna. They came from Penna. into Kentucky in the year 1792 and settled first in Bourbon County, Ky., then moved to Warren County Ky. Bowling Green is now the county seat. There they lived and passed away at the ripe old age of ninety years. They lived on a farm and also kept an Inn. Their son, Samuel, administered their estate. Their children, names and dates of birth, are copied from the Bible of Samuel Keithley, their son:
â€¢ Abraham Keithley was born February 20, 1778.
â€¢ Mary M (Polly) Keithley was born September 26, 1780.
â€¢ Jacob Jr. Keithley was born August 2, 1781.
â€¢ John Keithley was born December 19, 1783.
â€¢ Elizabeth Keithley was born Dec. 16, 1784.
â€¢ Joseph Keithley was born March 30, 1786
â€¢ Samuel Keithley was born March 31, 1789.
â€¢ Roland Keithley was born May, 1791
â€¢ Patsey Keithley was born 1792.
â€¢ William Keithley was born Feb. 16, 1793
â€¢ Levi Keithley was born May 15, 1794.
â€¢ Cathrine Keithley was born August 13, 1795 (Kate)
â€¢ Daniel Keithley was born Dec. 22, 1796.
â€¢ Absalom Keithley was born May 22, 1799.
â€¢ Obadiah Keithley was born Dec. 12, 1803.
â€¢ Sally, Tabitha and Isaac Keithley, of whom we have no birth record. The three, we think, died in infancy. All who lived to maturity, except John, Cathrine, Patsey and possibly Jacob Jr. came to Missouri and settled, and there spent their remaining years. At one time it was thought there were as many as one thousand by the name of Keithley west of the Mississippi River and not one of whom had ever been indicted. Surely a record of which to be proud.
According to Griffin S. Keithley the eight older children were born before their parents came into Kentucky.
â€¢ I. ABRAHAM KEITHLEY was born Feb. 20, 1778, and was the first son of the family to emigrate to Mo. He married Tennie Roland in Ky. and settled in Mo. in 1806. He was killed by an Indian in 1813. According to good authority, he was at the time living in Fort Femme Osage, St. Charles Co. Mo., Lt. Col. Daniel Boone, Commandant. In the evening Mr. Keithley, as usual, put a bell on one horse and turned them all out to graze. The next morning he heard the bell, and went without the Fort and as he approached them, an Indian shot him from behind a tree. Two children were born to this union:
â€¢ (1) Levi the older who took care of his mother after his father's death and later emigrated to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and
â€¢ (2) Abraham Jr., who married Luretta McDermott, the daughter of Frank and Ruth (Castlio) McDermott. "Black Abe" we Rebels called him, "For he was unqualifiedly for the Union and the Stars and Stripes, and all his family were like him. Nothing wrong in his case except his religion. He was a thorough Universalist, believing that in the future all could be saved, even the most ardent Rebel, if he truly and deeply repented. Their children, l Corridon Keithley married three times. His (3) wife a Miss Grant. His widow and several children are living in Howell Co. Mo. See Honor Roll. 2. Levi Keithley married an older sister of Miss Grant's, several children, some still living. 3. Benjamin F. Keithley, married Miss Richardson and moved to Kansas. 4. John Keithley, moved to Kansas. Has a large family. 5. Abraham Keithley died in Nevada several years ago, leaving a widow, who is living (1923). 6. Ellen Keithley married Jesse Cronch. They have one son and two daughters. Mrs. Nancy East and Mrs. Pines Chambers. Their son, Cloggett Cronch, has quite a large family of girls and boys, mostly living in St. Louis. 7. Sarah Jane Keithley, deceased, married Henry Hiler and they raised a number of first class citizens, most of whom are living in Lincoln Co. Mo. 8. Alice Keithley married Wiley Howell. "There were two children. They were bright promising boys, disease came upon them. They traveled much to regain health, but were taken early to the home where disease never comes." 9 Elizabeth Keithley married Enock Coose, a Union soldier. She is now his widow. This data of Abraham Jr's descendants was sent me by Rev. J. B. Allen, 1923.
â€¢ II. MARY M. (Polly) KEITHLEY was born Sept. 26, 1780, and died March 15, 1855 in Missouri. She married Isaac Hostetter in Ky. in 1796, and was the first of the family to come to Mo. [FHD Note: We have the marriage bond for Isaac "Hofstetter" and Polly "Ceathley" from 1796. It is signed in the classic German script by the fathers, "Jacob Kicheli" and "Isac Hochstetter." Thanks to Kevin Daniel for supplying me with a scanned copy of the marriage bond.] From a newspaper account, supplied by her daughter, Mrs. Anna Waters, we have substantially the following, interesting account of old time pioneer ingenuity, hardihood and courage. Isaac Hostetter and two of his neighbors found on the bank of the Licking River in Ky., a large sycamore which they cut down and made from it a bateau, or canoe, sixty feet long and launched it on the Licking River. They put their three families and their effects into the canoe and floated down to the Ohio River and on down the Ohio to the Mississippi River, then paddled up the Mississippi until they reached the Missouri River and on to the city of St. Charles, Mo. All landed safely in the fall of 1798. Their children, from the Hostetter family Bible: 1 Elizabeth born in Ky. in 1797, married Daniel Smith and died in Mo in 1827. 2. John born in 1799, in now St. Charles District of Mo., married Deneven, and died in 1871. 3. Polly born 1801, died Oct. 27, 1872, married Realing. 4. Sarah born Jan. 8, 1804, died Jan. 25, 1859, married Lewellen. 5. Annie born Nov. 28, 1805, died Feb. 13, 1905. She married (1) Jacob Roland, who was killed by lightning. She married (2) Rev. George Waters. New London Paper, Feb. 14, 1905: "Mrs. Anna Waters, who was more than 99 years of age, died at her home six miles south of here Feb. 13. She was born in St. Charles Co. Mo. Nov. 5, 1805, and was known to be the oldest native Missourian. She was probably the oldest member of the Christian Church. She drew a pension by special Act of Congress for service rendered by her second husband in the war of 1812." Her children; Squires, Elizabeth, James, Isaac, Samuel, Mrs. Ely and two or three others. 6. Patsy born in 1807, married Killebrew. 7. Enoch born Jan. 6, 1810, died Dec. 5, 1897. 8 Ammon born Feb. 2, 1812, died Nov. 6, 1875. 9 Eliza born April 17, 1814, died May 25, 1894. 10 Isaac born 1816, died 1823. 11 Eunice born July 17, married Fields, died Oct. 31, 1896. 12. Enos born March 16, 1821, died Feb. 1901. 13 Gabriel born April 4, 1824.
â€¢ III. JACOB KEITHLEY JR. Was born Aug. 2, 1781. Have no further record.
â€¢ IV. JOHN KEITHLEY was born Dec. 19, 1783. He married Mary Claypole in Bourbon Co. Ky., in 1799 or 1801. From Paris, Ky., marriage record seen in 1921. He never emigrated to Mo. but came twice on visits. "He was short and heavy set, weighing two hundred pounds. In Ky. he has a fine farm fenced with cedar posts and palings." No record of his children.
â€¢ V. ELIZABETH KEITHLEY was born Dec. 16, 1784. She married Joseph Roland in Ky. They came to Mo with her brother, Roland Keithley, in 1816 and settled near the Mississippi River in St. Charles District. Great Aunt Elizabeth, though blind, was competent to attend to all her domestic duties, and was a beautiful seamstress. Great Uncle Roland had a wooden leg. "They raised a family of five children in comfort." Their names: (1) Jacob, who married Annie Hostetter, 2 Isracam, 3 Ira, 4 Elie, and 5 Mrs. Wm. Gilbert.
â€¢ VI. JOSEPH KEITHLEY was born March 30, 1786, and died in Pike Co. Mo. in 1852. He ran away from his Kentucky home when a boy and worked his way through the wilderness. He married Elizabeth Burkett of St. Charles Co. Mo. By industry and frugality he accumulated enough money to buy from the government land for each of his children. He lived in Pike Co. and was the smallest of the brothers, weighing only one hundred fifty pounds." Their children: 1. William, who lived to middle age and never married. 2. Joseph, who married Matilda May, two children and lived near Spencerburg, Mo. 3. Lila mar. Mr. Nevel and lived near Spencerburg, Mo. 4. Cathrine was an old maid. 5. Elizabeth married John Beshears, four children, and live at Spencerburg, Mo. 6. Matilda, "I can't remember if she married." 7. Malissa married John Jacks. One son, John W. Jacks, who died in Montgomery City. 8. Pettus married Doshia Alman. One daughter who died quite young, and three boys 1. James Basil, who married Belle Snow and they had five children: Mary Ann, Forest, Ruth, Timothy, and Lula, who died when a small child. James B. is a farmer, living Middleton, Mo. 2. John Thomas, a farmer, lives in Colo. and married Wanda Artz. Their six children: Leslie, living in Calif. Dasie, who married Paul A. Thomas, Asst. cashier in the First National Bank of Montgomery City, Mo., Willie, a farmer at Middleton, married Mae Taylor, Marie married Floyd Butler, a farmer at Marling. Wiva and Alice. 3. Timothy, a bachelor and a wanderer. Has been over most of the world. 9. Eli Keithley was a farmer and lived near Frankford, Mo. He married Nannie Alman. They had three sons and six daughters, namely; Joseph, John and Rachael, all died unmarried, when grown. 1 Martha, the eldest, married Wm. Smith, a farmer. They had one son, John Thomas who married Masie Turley and have two children, living in Frankford. Martha and husband have passed away. 2. Austin Keithley, a farmer, married Maggie Bumgarten. A daughter, Fannie, died young. A son Austin, Jr. married a young lady of Frankford and they have a small son and daughter. Austin is one of the most prosperous farmers of Frankford. 3. Mary Keithley married Daniel Boone Ford. Six girls and two boys: 1. Willa Alma married Jas. Fisher. They had three boys and a girl who died when a young lady. The boys and mother live in California. 2. Luara married Asa Turley, who died about five years ago (1918). Two sons 1 Edward married and has one son. 2. Earnest, married and has one daughter. All live in Frankford, Mo. 3. Ida married Tom Weldy, a farmer. Two sons who died young, and two daughters, Lena and Alsa. All live in St. Louis. 4 Mannie married Elwood Thomas. One son died aged seventeen. Three girls, Maude who Married John Knighon and lives in Ky. Kate and Ruth live in St. Louis with their father. 4 Nannie died about 1903. 5. Ella married Joseph Keith, a farmer of Frankford. Has two sons, Harry and Elmer. All now live in St. Louis. 6. Emma married Robert Keith, a farmer of Frankford. One son, Remley. All live in Sacramento, Calif. 7 Ray married and lives in Kansas City, Mo. No children. 8 Roy, married and has five sons and one daughter. Lives in Davenport, Iowa. 4. Carrie Keithley married Jonathan Smith, a farmer, and lived near Frankford. She and husband have passed away. Four children. 5. Drucilla Keithley lives in California. 6 Fannie Elizabeth Keithley was born October 11, 1849. She married C. C. Gooch, a farmer of Middleton, Mo., on September 1, 1870. Twin sons, born July 27, 1871. Elbert Clinton died at the age of thirteen months. Robert Lincoln married Maude M. Jones of Middleton, Dec. 29, 1895. They have three sons and three daughters; Dasie Opal born September 11, 1897, Robert Emil born December 22, 1898. Edward Jones born February 10, 1901. Frances Maude born June 15, 1904. Jean Kenneth born Sept 11, 1908, and Gloria Ann born July 4, 1914. Robert Gooch owns a hardware store in Mexico, Mo. Mr. and Mrs. Gooch have retired from the farm and live in Mexico.
â€¢ VII. SAMUEL KEITHLEY was born March 31, 1789, and came with his parents from Pennsylvania to Kentucky in the year 1792. Lived first in Bourbon Co. then in Warren Co., Kentucky. From Kentucky in 1808 he rode a pony to the "Territory of Louisiana" and settled in, now, St. Charles Co. Mo., arriving with only ten dollars in his pocket. March 14, 1811, he married Polly Burkett, daughter of Peter Burkett of St. Charles Co. She was born Dec. 25, 1795, in Virginia, and died Oct. 20, 1835, in St. Charles Co. Mo. Samuel seemingly did not prosper the first three or four years he was in Mo, for it was said that when he married, an ax was all of his worldly possessions. Their first home was made of logs, a puncheon floor on part of it only. He afterwards became a wealthy man. He became known as "Uncle Sam" and for his neighborly deeds and for helping the poor. On one occasion during the Civil War, the Union men came into the neighborhood and took horses from some of the farmers, telling them that "Uncle Sam" would pay them. Some of the more ignorant were much chagrined upon presenting their claims to grandfather and discovering their misunderstanding.
Much injustice has been done the slave holders by northern sympathizers. They never stop to realize that corporal punishment was more often resorted to then than in later times, nor that the man or woman who mistreated their slaves was invariably those whose sons left home before they were grown and whose daughters married to get away from under their parent's roof. The kind of master the slave had depended upon the character of the slave holder, as the following incident will show. Grandfather sent a Negro boy to the field to plow. Later he went out to see how the plowing was progressing and found the boy asleep in the fence corner. Quietly cutting a small brush, grandfather stood by brushing off the flies until the boy awakened; I do not feel equal to describing the boy's state of mind when he realized the situation. No other punishment was given.
One time grandfather went from home on business and on the return trip late in the afternoon he became ill and decided to be asked to be allowed to spend the night in the home of a stranger. Being refused this hospitality he continued his way home, but, "then and there" made up his mind never to turn a stranger from his door without giving food and shelter if required. He had a room comfortably fitted up in one of the out dwellings for the use of strangers. In the years that passed this room was used by many wayfarers, who were thus ministered to in their need.
"Uncle Sam" was not easily deceived. One winter his corn was going from his crib faster than his daily feedings justified. He bought a steel trap and the morning he was setting it a man who lived near was there and was very anxious the trap should be placed in a certain crack between the logs of which the crib was made. Grandfather was suspicious of this man, but put the trap as was suggested. Later he moved it to another place within the crib. The next morning he went to the crib and as he expected found the man whom he suspected with his hand caught in the trap. Without a word grandfather turned him loose. No more corn was missing that winter.
Including slaves, at one time there were about sixteen boys on Uncle Sam's farm. Some mischief was perpetrated by one or more of them that exasperated him to an unusual degree. He went into the yard and called, his voice had wonderful volume, was far reaching in its carrying qualities and very pleasant in tone, Mother said, "His laugh could be heard a quarter of a mile, so jovial and pleasant to hear." In trooped the boys from the fields, clearings, rail-splitting and shops, or from whatever the occupation in which they were engaged. Without a word Grandfather motioned them into line. When all were lined up he swiped at their legs with a long hoop-pole. Those who were nimble enough, jumped out of line, mostly Negroes, those who were too stubborn or conscientious stood still and received the lick, mostly white boys. Two or three swipes and it became too funny for Grandfather's dignity and the punishment was given up.
"Samuel Keithley was born March 1, 1789, settled in St. Charles Co. Mo. in 1808 and bought a large tract of land and became the richest of the brothers. He was married three times. His second wife owned a large number of slaves and other property, and in time he had one of the finest and best improved farms in the country. He lived in a large brick dwelling and had Negro quarters and out buildings. When I visited him in 1849 he was sixty years of age and lived like a Patriarch surrounded by children and dependents, and was highly respected and revered by all, while his venerable appearance commanded obedience, Yet he appeared unassuming and genial in his way and conversation. I was told that he was a consistent member of the Methodist church and was fond of going to camp meetings and was liberal in his gifts for its support. Like his brothers in appearance, some what fleshy, weighing two hundred pounds. His descendants are scattered from Missouri to California. After serving his country well as one of the pioneers of Missouri and supporting it with numerous progeny, Uncle Samuel like a shock of corn coming into its season passed away at the ripe old age of eighty and one-half years to that "Undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns." From J. C. Keithley's Family History.
"KEITHLEY: Samuel Keithley, Sr., the subject of this brief sketch, was a man of noted qualities. Few men of St. Charles Co. were more extensively known or more favorably known than he. His name was a synonym of honesty and integrity. There was also a rich vein of spiciness in his conversation that made his company more than agreeable. And as the honored head of an unusually large family, he presided with such gentle firmness and impartial justice as made his home a "sweet home." By industry and economy he accumulated a very large estate, most of which he distributed among his many children some time before his death. On his eightieth birthday he gave a banquet, invited his posterity and kindred, and his pastor preached to the assembled multitude. Then and there it was ascertained that his posterity, living and dead, was one hundred and fifty, about one half of whom were present. He was one of the old Settlers of this county, coming here in 1808 from Kentucky. He served his country as a real soldier in the War of 1812, and settled permanently in 1815 on his place in St. Charles Co. Mo., where ever after he lived and where he died October 7, 1870.
His Christian life and character merit special notice. He joined the Methodist church in 1842-43 and never found fault with its doctrines, complained at its service nor tired in his devotion to its interests. For long years he was a faithful steward of Mount Zion Church (near now, O'Fallon, Mo,) as his success in collecting quarterage clearly proved. He never regarded his pastor as a pauper nor his duties as charity but as a steward of the church felt in duty bound to see to it that those who are faithful gospel ministers should live of the gospel, and should not suffer through his neglect.
He bid fair to live to a great old age, but paralysis made dreadful havoc of that once strong body and mind; its attack greatly damaged his sight and hearing and speech, and the once strong man was made to bow and tho ancient became a child, and so he quietly passed away to his Father in Heaven on the 7th day of October, 1870. We shall meet him again. His funeral was preached before interment to an immense concourse, from I Cor. 15:55, 56, 57, "O death where is thy sting." etc. and his body was deposited in the grave with Masonic Honors." By Rev. R. J. Loving, Flint Hill, Mo., April 22, 1871.
Census of his family taken on March 31, 1869, the anniversary of his 80 birthday:
Number of children living . . . . . . 14 dead 6 total 20
Number of grandchildren living . . . 83 dead 29 total 112
Number of Gr. grandchildren living . 26 dead 8 total 34
Number of sons & daughter-in-laws . . 27 dead 7 total 34
Note -- the material corresponds to the first half of the computer file jackeit2.html, Part 2 of the Descendants of Jacob Keithley.
â€¢ VII. SAMUEL KEITHLEY married (1) POLLY BURKETT. Their children all born on homestead, near now, Cottleville, in Now, St. Charles Co. Mo.
â€¢ Simon Keithley was born March 12, 1812
â€¢ Obadiah Keithley was born January 24, 1814.
â€¢ Neri Keithley was born February 26, 1816.
â€¢ Mahala Keithley was born October 13, 1817.
â€¢ Samuel Jr. Keithley was born July 27, 1819.
â€¢ Lucinda Keithley was born January 27, 1821.
â€¢ Julian Keithley was born October 18, 1822.
â€¢ Murvin Keithley was born January 22, 1825.
â€¢ Elizabeth Keithley was born June 8, 1827.
â€¢ John W. Keithley was born April 28, 1829.
â€¢ Cordelia Keithley was born, February 1, 1831.
â€¢ Julius Keithley was born November 15, 1832.
â€¢ Mary Keithley was born November 15 1834.
SAMUEL KEITHLEY married (2) Mrs. Polly (Gilbert) Stone. Their children:
â€¢ George S. Keithley was born October 13, 1837, died October 1, 1866.
â€¢ Thomas J. Keithley was born September 7, died February 3, 1842.
SAMUEL KEITHLEY married (3) Mrs. Nancy (Sanders) Pullium. Their children:
â€¢ Daniel S. Keithley was born September 24, 1843, died about 1900, in Midvale, Idaho.
â€¢ Griffin S. Keithley was born August 6, 1846.
â€¢ Lucy C. Keithley was born February 12, 1850.
1. Simon Keithley was born March 12, 1812, in the "Territory of Louisiana" and died Nov. 8, 1854. He married Eleanor Ann Robertson, April 16, 1834. Their children: 1 Amanda F., born April 10, 1835, married Mr. Burkelo. Children: Norman, Annie, Lonnie, Amanda, and others. 2 Mary K., was born March 14, 1837. 3 Eleanor Ann, born March 11, 1839, Married (1) Mr. King. Married (2) Will Ferrell. She passed away years ago leaving two daughters, and a son who married Fannie Hensel, of St. Charles Co. Mo. All live in Florida. 4. Robert Samuel, "Bud" born March 30, 1841. He married Evaline Howell, daughter of Benjamin Howell Jr. of St. Charles Co. Mo. August 22, 1865. Their children: 1 Ida Bell, born in St. Charles Co. July 27, 1866, died 1889, leaving two children, Keithley Bailey and Vera Haase, of Donaldson, Arkansas. 2 Chiles Lester Keithley, M. D. was born August 23, 1873, in St. Charles Co. He married Clemmie Irene McClintock. One child was born to them. At the age of nine he fell through the ice and was drowned. They live at Milo, Mo. Dr. Keithley has grandfather's watch, passed on to him by Uncle Obe's daughter, Bell. He writes, "I have it in Bank deposit box, not pawned yet," 5. Joseph Fielding Keithley was born May 27, 1843, in St. Charles Co. Mo., and died Dec. 31, 1900 in Pike Co. See Honor Roll. Nov. 7, 1867, he married Maria Spencer, the Rev. Watson officiating. They lived near St. Charles for four years, three years in Lincoln Co. and after that live on a farm near Ashley, Pike Co. There they reared and educated eleven children in the public school and in Watson Seminary at Ashley. Their children: 1 Estelle Neville, born October 5, 1868, died Nov. 1, 1902, having failed in health after several years of teaching. 2 Robert Leslie born February 19, 1870. Finished his education in Chillicothe Normal and taught for several years. Aug. 26, 1886, he married Miss Maggie Henderson. Four children: Carroll, John Ralph, Mae Blanche and Nelson. He was engaged in farming until a year ago (1922) then went to Los Angeles to reside permanently. They have invested in oil fields there. 3. Herbert Glyndon born October 26, 1871, grew up a farmer, later studied for the ministry at the Theological College at Nashville, Tenn. He was compelled to give up his studies on account of his eyes. He is now doing office work for a large nursery Co. September 1911 he married Maude Caldwell of Kentucky, and they have a little girl of seven years. 4 Eleanor (Nell) [Amanda Ellen] born March 17, 1874, taught until her marriage to Post Master Beal of Eolia, Mo., September 1, 1901. One daughter was born, Mary Kathrine Beal, January 19, 1903. Nell passed away at that time. Kathrine's grandmother raised her. She was educated in Los Angeles grade school and graduated from Vandalia, Mo. high school in 1921. She and her grandmother returned to Los Angeles and Kathrine is taking Journalism in the University of California. 5. Maude born April 1, 1876, graduated from Watson Seminary, taught school in Mo., then sought her fortune in the West. She graduated from the State of Normal of Calif. and has been teaching in Los Angeles for the past ten years. Her mother and Kathrine live with her. 6 Ralph born May 20, 1878, went to Denver when eighteen years of age. He was married to Miss Norma Benton, June 1904. His interests are in the oil business the past few years. He thinks Denver the only city on the map. He was engaged in the wholesale business in previous years. 7 Norma born June 28, 1881, was after school days, cashier for a dry goods company for two years. Then went to California where she met and married W. S. Sterrett. They were married in Los Angeles January 29, 1913. By profession Mr. Sterrett is a Veterinarian, though at present he is foreman in the Clay Mine Tempering Department at Walsh Plant, Candalia, Mo. One child, Morra Nelle, born February 15, 1917. 8 Joe Rayburn born May 2, 1884, received his B. S. degree at the University of Missouri in 1908. Later specializing in dairying and while in the U. of Mo. wrote a treatise on buttermilk that is filed in the University Reference Department. He was for several years in Washington D. C. at head quarters doing extensive work in dairying. For the past four years (1923) he has been supervisor of the Dairy Dept. in the University of Minnesota. While in Washington D. C. he met Miss Edwina Jarvis of Lynn, Mass. who was attending finishing school in D. C. They were married Aug. 26, 1914 and for the succeeding five years were in Fargo, N. Dakota where Joe was teaching. There two little girls were born to them: Virginia and Eleanor. The mother passed away when the last baby came. 9 Clarence De Aubry was born March 2, 1886. He is an engineer now in the West, progressing nicely with his chosen work. He married Lillian Turner in 1917 and resides in Baker, Calif. 10 Everard Spencer was born December 8, 1886. He has specialized in Forestry, attending the University of Missouri and finishing in the University of Michigan. He is now (1923) Supervisor of the National Forestry Reserve of Colorado, with head quarters at Colorado Springs. He married Maude Maddox, September 1914. They have a boy age five. 11 De Witte Talmage was born January 16, 1891. He was with the Armour Packing Co when he responded to the call of the World War. Spent 17 months in the service. Is with the Armour Co. again. See Honor Roll. This data was sent by Morna (Keithley) Sterrett, of Vandalia, Mo. 6 George W. Keithley was born September 3, 1845, and married Mary Frances Smith. Five of their children are living in 1922: Mary who married Mr. Blankenship. Bessie lives in Mass. Dorst lives in Sibley, Mich. Ada married J Isert and lives at Salisburg, Mo. Harry Sidney, born Sept. 20, 1881 married Leora May Mette, on Nov. 12, 1908. Their children: Vineil John born April 23, 1910. Woodrow Elbert born Nov. 6, 1912, and Joel Wesley born Sept 14, 1916. Living in St. Charles Co. Mo. 7 M. Wilford Keithley was born Dec. 4, 1847, and married Izora Long. Many children and moved to California years ago. 8 Charlotta Z. Keithley, born Dec. 14, 1849. 9 Oran O. Keithley, born May 30, 1852. 10. Simon, born Dec. 15, 1854.
2 Obadiah Keithley was born Jan. 24, 1814 in the "Territory of Missouri." He died in Carroll Co. Mo. July 22, 1906. At the age of twenty he was deputized by his father as tax collector of St. Charles Co. Mo. and rode from house to house collecting tax money, then carried it to Jefferson City in saddle bags. He told his children that he sometimes went a half mile or so to a neighbor's to get fire, as matches were unknown in his youth. Another chore was to spend many a day watching around the corn field with his gun, keeping the squirrels from eating the corn. Later he settled down to farming as his chosen work. He married (1) Hermacinta Scott, who was related to General Scott. They were married April 28, 1836, in St. Charles Co. She died Feb. 21, 1860 in Carroll Co. Their children: Marehand Keithley, born June 7, 1837, died April 25, 1898. He married Hannah Eliz. Brothers. Seven children of whom I have no record. He was public surveyor of Fannin Co. Texas for fourteen years. 2 Neri Keithley born July 15, 1839, died April 12, 1911. He married Lou Simms and four children were born to them: One son, Clay lives near Winita, Okla., R. F. D. No 1. 3 Felix Scott Keithley, born Dec. 2, 1841, died April 9, 1917. He was a truck farmer, unmarried. 4 George W. Keithley, born Feb. 7, 1844, died July 14, 1900. He married Josephine Brown, Aug. 10, 1873, at Montevallo, Mo. He was a carpenter and farmer. See Honor Roll. 5 Calvin Harrison Keithley born March 21, 1846, died Sept. 23, 1876. in California. He was educated for a lawyer in Lexington, Ky. Taught school in Mo. and went to California in 1864. There he taught and married Nannie Finley who never married after his death. One daughter grew up and married but I do not know her name. (Clara Calvina Keithley [Tarwater]) A cousin Endora (McClenny) Wallace wrote: "He was a most lovable man and mother mourned him as for a child and we all carried his memory as someone sacred." See Honor Roll. 6 Ann Elizabeth Keithley born Feb. 19, 1847, died July 30, 1920. She married Jas. A. Robertson. They farmed and later were in the Hotel business. Twelve children of whom I have no record 7 Mary Ellen Keithley born Aug 15, 1851, died May 16, 1883. She married Theodore Dichr, A merchant of Montevalle, Mo. on Sept 10, 1873. No children 8 Marion Obadiah Keithley, born Feb. 19, 1854, died July 19, 1859. 9 Hermancintha Keithley born Sept. 18, 1856. She finished her education at Lindenwood College, St. Charles Mo. She married John B. Pierce. Three children, farmers and all living in 1923. 10 Marion Dudley Keithley born Jan. 22, 1860, died Feb. 11, 1861. 2 Obadiah Keithley married (2) Eliza Stone Howell, daughter of Sally (Pearl) Howell. Eliza was born in Nelson Co. Ky June 16, 1825. and came with her parents overland in a covered wagon to Monroe Co Mo when nine years of age. They were married in Vernon Co, Mo Oct. 18, 1860. She died Feb. 28, 1901 in Carrollton, Mo. Their two eldest children died in infancy. A daughter Eliza Belle Keithley born Dec. 5, 1864 was married to Jefferson Davis McQuire Feb. 27, 1901. He is a farmer. No children. Educated in the public school.
3. Neri Keithley was born Feb. 26, 1816, in the "Territory of Missouri." He died in infancy.
4 Mahala Keithley was born Oct. 13, 1817 in the "Territory of Missouri" and died April 12, 1896 in Howell, Mo. She married (1) Peter G. Audrain, who was born in Jefferson Co. Ky. Jan. 20, 1809, and died March 31, 1847, in St. Charles Co. Mo. He was the son of James II and Mary Audrain. Peter had a brother Thomas who was among the 49ers going to California. The Audrains were from France. Their children: 1 Francis Manarre Audrain born July 2, 1836, married Ann Elizabeth Zumwalt. Their children : 1 Lewis who married Lucy Bierbaum of St. Charles Co. Mo, two boys, Elbert Parker, who volunteered in the World War. See Honor Roll, And Francis Wendell. They live in the State of California. 2 Benjamin M. who married Constance Watson, daughter of Rev. Samuel McCluer Watson and wife Annie (Ruffner) Watson. Rev. Watson attended Westminster College and has been a Presbyterian minister for many years. Mrs. Watson attended Marshall College, Huntington, W. Vir. and taught before her marriage. Benjamin M's Children: Annie Elizabeth, 18 years of age, graduated from St. Louis high school June 17, 1924, and expects to attend Harris Teachers' College and make teaching her profession. Samuel Harold, age 16, Beatrice Marguerite, age 15, and Benjamin Manarre, age 13. The three youngsters have not chosen their life work. They live in St. Louis. Mr. Audrain is a Postman. 3 Lelalia Audrain married Ira II Greaser. They live in the West and have: Allene Elizabeth, Martha Dorris and Howard Audrain. 4 Ella C. Audrain, married James D. Pettman of St. Charles Co. They live in California and have: Benjamin B. who married Florence Dyer, one son, Benjamin Boyd. Launa Pitman married Levi Hubble and has one girl. Lura and David, the two youngest. 5 Auiana Audrain married Riley Hughes and they live in the West. Children: Riley Leon, Esther Ellen, and Genevieve. 2 Pierre Manar Audrain was born July 18, 1838, called "Bud" married Mary Dryden. Six children: Eugenia, who died young. Leslie, Cathrine, Cora, Manarre and Effie. No further record. 3 Mary Medora Audrain was born July 18, 1841, died July 16, 1871. She married Pizarro B. Howell. One boy, Eltin, who married Mrs. Musetta (Moore) Lee. One child, Pizarro, died years ago. 4 Samuel Keithley Audrain was born Sept 20, 1845 and died in Texas. He married Lucy McCormick of St. Charles, Mo. the daughter of Isaac and Jane (Darst) McCormick. Three children and their mother live in Oklahoma. See Honor Roll.
5 "My mother Aulana Frances Audrain, was born Sept. 18, 1847. She was the youngest of her family. She grew to womanhood in the vicinity of Howell Prairie, taught school near, now, Defiance, before her marriage, March 13, 1867, to Dr. John Lared Martin, who was born Feb. 15, 1834, at Sweetwater, Tenn. Father was the youngest child of Lared and Letitia Martin. He was a graduate of the Missouri Medical College, St. Louis, 1860 class. He practiced his profession thru the Civil War. At the close of which he located at Matson, St Charles Co. Mo., making his home with Abe Matson until his marriage to mother. They were married at the home of grandmother Castilio, who was then the wife of Dr. Newton Castilio, of Howell Prairie. My parents lived in this neighborhood for a number of years, where father practiced. During 1881 they bought property in Hamburg and built a home, where they lived until my mother's death, Feb. 15, 1895. Father remained at the home place until 1908."
"My mother was a devoted member of the M. E. Church, South. She became a member May 3, 1885, and was a faithful worker and attended services regularly each Sunday, taking her children with her. She was generally the first to greet the janitor -- even though we had to drive 2 1/4 miles, and those days we had no automobiles. Those hot, sultry, dusty drives in the summer, when I had to work so hard to learn the right angle at which to hold my little pink parasol uncle Mitchell had given me, while I was seated upon the front seat of that old spring wagon, as well as the cold wintry drive when buried in straw with hot bricks to our feet and comforters wrapped around us, with wagon bed on tho old sled -- each of those drives were making lasting impressions on our young minds and such that I shall always remember and reverence the memory of my mother with her faithful devotion to her religious life. Another sacrifice we were compelled to make for those Sunday morning journeys -- on that day we always had steamed light bread for breakfast, as mother hurried breakfast and did not take the time to make biscuits. This was something we children hated to be deprived of. The last seven years of mother's life was spent in lonely hours of suffering, being a victim of paralysis. Another great trial for her during those years was the loss of two of her children, Mahala Elizabeth born July 17, 1872, passed away Sept. 17, 1891, and Waldo Audrain, born Jan. 4, 1877, passed away Nov. 27, 1894. The eldest son, John Melvin, born Feb. 11, 1868, died Dec. 10, 1896. All are buried at the Iman Cemetery, one mile north of Hamburg, Mo. My father remained at the old home, practicing medicine until compelled by old age to give up his work. After selling the place he spent most of his time at my home in Kansas City, Kansas where he died on the morning of May 17, 1922. His body was taken to St. Charles Co. Mo. and placed beside the members of his family in the Iman Cemetery -- as he had longed for it to be, being too much of a southerner to want to be buried in Kansas." The other children, Robert Dalgo Martin, born May 26, 1869, attended a Telegraph School in St. Louis, graduated and for a number of years worked on the Wabash R. R. "Ill health caused him to give up the work. He now lives in St. Louis, Mo." James Martin, born Oct. 15, 1878. As a boy he longed to go West, "To be a cow boy," out in Arizona where Uncle Calvin Castilio lived at that time. When 15 years of age he went and remained a couple of years, came home on a visit and was so homesick to return to Arizona he made life miserable for the entire family. He would plead and beg for a R. R. ticket to Lordsburg, N. M. I well remember we could not ask him to carry in a bucket of water without his constant demand, "I'll do it for the price of a ticket to Lordsburg." He went and lived in Duncan, Arizona. December 31, 1902 he married Mary Martin, daughter of Alec and Ellen Martin. Their four children: John Lared, born Jan. 18, 1904. Ellen Eulana born Sept. 7, 1905. Verna born Nov. 18, 1908, and Ruth born Dec. 29, 1910. "They moved to Clifton, Arizona, when Vernon was appointed State Cattle Inspector, which office he held for a number of years. His eldest, Johnnie, is a "chip off the old block, like his father" he is fond of the great out-of-doors. He quit high school in his Junior year in order to remain on his father's ranch and help in the 'round up' and be a cattleman." Ella Eulana (1905) is attending the Teachers' Normal at Temple, Arizona. She plans to be a teacher. She finished the Clifton High School in 1922 and worked during the Summer as a Deputy County Recorder -- long enough to know it was not as interesting to her as teaching. "Verna Martin is a Sophomore in the Clifton High School (1924) and finds life so full of joy, she has no definite plans." Ruth Martin is a freshman in H. S. She is a typical southerner. Is known for her horse back riding stunts -- Bronco or burro, it is all the same. She is also known for her Methodism. When quite young her way of introducing her playmates was, "This is Mary Jones. She is a Baptist. I'm a Methodist. What are you?" When told the denomination she always remarked, "You know, father thinks the Methodist the best because there are more of them."
Virgie Aulana Martin (1883) married Walter Decker Humphrey, Jr., son of Walter Decker and Sally Humphrey of Moweagua, Ill., Nov. 29, 1903 at Montgomery City, Mo., Mr Humphrey being a steam shovel engineer, employed by the Bucyrus Steam Shovel Co. erecting and operating steam shovels until accepted by the customer. This being work that calls for him to be on the road most of the time. The territory covered the West for some time, up into Alaska -- later the Southern Territory into old Mexico, as well as the Southeastern states. "In 1905 we were sent to Kansas City, Kansas, in the extreme northwestern part of the city. Little did I dream it was here within two blocks of where I was to live in the years to come and see six children of my own grow up, go to school and stage their own little battles." Their children: 1. Bonita Aulana, born Nov. 29, 1905. She will graduate from H. S. in 1924. She is an extremely quiet, reserved person. She loves music -- her talents are bound up in Dramatic Art. She is exceedingly ambitious, having employment on Saturdays during school term and during vacation. Her aim is to be a teacher of Dramatic Art. At present she is studying with the Kansas City Conservatory and plans to enter the Emerson School of Expression of Boston, Mass., where she hopes to gain a degree. She is a member of the Wesley M. E. Church. 2. Edna Glad born Jan. 27, 1910, is a member of the Christian Church. She is a sophomore in the Kansas City High School. She prides herself on being born in Paragould, Ark. She is a member of the Sophomore basket ball team and is known for athletics. Plans to be a Physical Training teacher. Her ability at school was proven in the Central Jr. High, in a class of 36 out of 1050 pupils by doing three year's work in two years, having finished in the 1922-23 class. 3 Glora Jean born Dec. 29, 1911, in Kansas City, Kansas. She is a Freshman in the Central Jr. High. She is also in the accelerated class and if her grades continue to be as good as the past months, will do the three years' work in two. When in the grade school she never made a grade lower than 90 and has never been known to exert herself, yet she says she will not exert herself for a College Course. Requirements for a husband: "A true American and a good paying job, with first proposal he will be accepted." "She had developed a peculiar aversion for the name Jean. Prefers Jane, signing all school papers as Glora Jane. She is an artist worthy of mention. When ten years of age she entered a contest with 8122 Upper Grade children of Kansas City school for the drawing of "The Triple Torch" Pageant, given April 28, 1922. Her Program Covers and Posters were broadcast throughout the state and favorable comments given on each. Art critics from Kansas City Mo., and Kansas were the judges that gave her the honor. She prefers a visit to an art display to attending a play or athletic game. 4 Walter Vernon is attending grade school. His ambition is to be an aviator. He is a venturesome little chap, yet can be depended upon. He has been the messenger for the teachers of his school, to and from the bank. Recently while sliding on the marble floor of a bank he fell and cut a deep gash on his forehead. When the doctor told him he would have a scar over his right eye, he replied, "That is one more thing added to make a good aviator." 5 Waldo Decker is in the kindergarten at Park School. He is very particular about his appearance and especially about table manners, corrects the other members of the family. He has been known to say grace at his desk when school luncheon was being served. Is a regular attendant at Sunday School and deplores the fact that his age prevents his attending week day religious school. "He is the cake eater of the Family." 6 Donald Martin is a husky "Roly Poly" baby for his three years. His mother has hopes of his being a physician, as he has many traits like his grandfather Martin. "I have found nothing he is afraid of except a darkened moving picture show. He will not remain in one, even tho he will go out in the darkest night. This may be a virtue that will have a good influence upon his life in later years." Virginia Aulana (Martin) Humphrey says: "Unfortunately I was one of the little girls like Topsy -- having lost my mother when young and relatives looked upon me as one who must be endured. I've only to say of myself, I am trying to devote my entire time to these six blessings the Lord has given me. I am a strong believer. Too many parents look upon their children as a burden and push them out instead of living close to them and for them. My slogan has been: "Live close to the child for a happy and better home." I have found this the essential need in the many homes my work in the Mother's Club has taken me." She is a member of the Wesley Methodist Church. A member of the Parent Teachers Federation of the Senior High and Central High Schools. She has served two years as Vice-Pres. of the Mother's Club in the Frances Willard School in Kansas City, Kansas, and is now serving her second term as President of the Park School Mother's Club, with a membership of 450. Has taken interest in the City elections for a number of years, "Working for the candidate whose moral upright character is considered, more than the party at stake." 4 Mahala (Keithley) Audrain, married (2) See Dr. J. N. Castilio record.
5 Samuel Keithley Jr. was born July 27, 1819, died Aug. 19, 1883. He married Nancy F. Darst, who died June 11, 1875. She was the daughter of David H. Darst, who was born in Ky. Nov. 26, 1795, died in Mo. Nov. 15, 1869, and wife Mary (Thompson) Darst (1800-1864). Nancy F. was born in Darst Bottom, St. Charles Co. Mo. They lived on their farm on Dog Prairie. They being industrious and thrifty left property to each of their children. He married (2) Mary E. Curtis, July 27, 1880. No children. Children by first wife, all born on homestead on Dog Prairie: 1 Ora A. Keithley, born March 3, 1849, is a graduate of the Law School of the University of Missouri and has ever since made his home in O'Fallon St. Charles Co. Mo. where he has practiced his profession.Picture of Ora Keithley posted by Carol Collins. Nov. 14, 1896, he married Hortense B. Castilio. She was born April 14, 1859, and passed away Sept. 10, 1897. Her body was laid to rest in Mount Zion Cemetery, near O'Fallon. See Castilio record. One daughter was born to this union, Hortense Castilio Keithley, born Sept 9, 1897, in O'Fallon. Hortense C. graduated from the O'Fallon High School and finished the Collegiate Course of Ward Belmont, at Nashville, Tenn., and has a B. A. degree from Wellesley College, Mass., graduating in 1920. Aug. 10, 1921 she married William A. Spence. The wedding took place at her cousin's at Berkeley, Calif. Mr. Spence was born in Hopkinton, Iowa, Sept. 12, 1891. He attended Lenox College, Hopkinton. He is a cattleman and dealer in sheep. Their ranch of 25,000 acres is located about fifteen miles out from Deming, New Mexico. The house, though adobe, is modern. A son, Clarence Keithley Spence, was born March 12, 1923. 2 Emory Keithley, born July 5, 1850 married Emma Doughty, of St. Charles Co. Mo. They farmed in Mo. a few years, then went to Oklahoma, where Emory passed away, Aug. 25, 1904. Mrs. Keithley and her four children returned to Mo. and she now lives on her farm. Her son Orland passed away Mar. 1925. Her home is the old John Stewart place, a stone house, improved by the installation of water in the house, on the Old Howell Ferry Rd. Their daughter, Beulah, married Percy Stewart, son of C. Ferney and Jennie (Morris) Stewart. One daughter, Ruth Holman, born May 2, 1922. They live in St. Louis. Leora Keithley married Robert Fulkerson, who was for years agent at the M. K. and T. station, Hamburg, Mo. Nellie Keithley married Morris Muschany, son of Urbin and Maggie (Morris) Muschany. Morris is a merchant at Howell. A son, Donal Keith, born 1916. 3 John T. Keithley born Oct. 3, 1851, married Elizabeth Dowell. They live on a farm R. F. D. from Troy, Mo. Five children: Ida, married Mr. Brummell. Leora, married Mr. Harding. Georga, married Mr. Clark. Henry and Earle. No response to my request for further information. 4 Henry Clay Keithley born Jan 24, 1854, married Sarah E. Pratt, daughter of Judge B.C.T. Pratt and wife Helen. Sadie died Sept. 4, 1883, and left a daughter, Floy E. born July 28, 1883. She married John H. Brandes, a merchant of Troy, Mo., on Nov. 6, 1906. One child has been born, Helen M. on Dec. 7, 1907. H. C. Keithley is a carpenter and manager of a lumber yard at Moscow Mills, Lincoln Co. Mo. 5 George Alvin Keithley born May 3, 1856, is a ranchman near Midvale, Idaho. 6 Mary L. Keithley born May 11, 1858, married M. A. Massio. She passed away Oct. 6, 1893, leaving two children, Paul and Pearl. 7 Newton C. Keithley born Nov. 1, 1859. Oct. 31, 1883 he married Anna V. Dryden, who was born Sept 12, 1861. She is the daughter of John L. and Fannie B. Dryden. Newton is a farmer living near Steelville, Crawford Co. Mo. Their children: 1 Ardena M. born July 9, 1884 married Harold Hopkins, Oct. 28, 1911. Six children: Willis born May 7, 1912. Marjorie born Dec. 25, 1913. Bennie born March 19, 1916. Frances born April 24, 1918. Levi born July 28, 1920, and Warren G. born Feb. 21, 1922. 2 Homer D. born Dec. 25, 1885, married Capitola Meyers June 2, 1914. He is a street car conductor in Chicago, Ill. 3 Addie F. born Jan. 17, 1891, married M. O. Albany, Aug. 2, 1922. 4 Kenneth Castilio born Sept. 8, 1902, is at present (1922) occupied as drayman and transfer, in Steelville, Mo. Married. 5 Bennie E. born Sept. 5, 1904, died Dec. 6, 1915.
8 Rosetta R. Keithley born Dec. 18, 1861, married J. L. Cockrell, a farmer, R. F. D. out from Troy Mo. He [FHD Note: "He" appears to refer to a son, Harry E. Cockrell] married Olivia Moore Oct. 5, 1908. She passed away Dec. 25, 1914, leaving a daughter, Eleanor Eliza, born Nov. 10, 1910. Harry E. married (2) Georgia Willis of Kansas. Two children: John Floyd Willis, born 1917, and Harriet Louise Willis, born 1920. This family are Methodists. 2 Louisa Ethel born Sept. 15, 1883, married J. A. Shields, April 3, 1905. A farmer of Lincoln Co. Children: Aaron Cockrell born March 22, 1906, and Lillian Elizabeth Cockrell born Sept. 14, 1907. A Baptist family. 3 Mary Edith born April 24, 1885, married J. P. Groshong, Nov. 7, 1906. and lives in Warren Co. Mo. Two children: Nancy Lois, born Dec. 2, 1907, and Genevieve Cockrell born Sept. 14, 1915. Methodist. 4 Wm. Howard born May 2, 1887, married Lottie Elston, Sept. 9, 1908. A Lincoln Co. farmer. Children: Jessie May born Feb. 17, 1910, and Wm. Elston born May 3, 1918. Baptist. 5 Floyd Magruder born Jan. 2, 1889, married Mamie Aydelott, Oct. 14, 1915. He is a merchant in Troy, Mo. No children. 6 Nancy Cordelia born March 31, 1890, married P. K. Hunn of St. Charles Co Mo. Jan. 27, 1914. No children.
9 Samuel S. Keithley born Feb. 21, 1864. He was for many years a very efficient employee of the Adams Express Company in St. Louis. He died June 15, 1910. 10 Wm. B. born May 26, 1867, died in infancy. 11 Murvin D. Keithley born Aug. 4, 1866, married Mrs. Julia (McCormick) Hays, and lives on their farm in Darst Bottom. No children. 12 Edgar E. Keithley born May 6, 1871 married Lillie Dearing. He was a telegraph operator when a young man. Now living on a ranch near Reyburn, Idaho.
6 Lucinda Keithley was born Jan. 27, 1821. She married Rev. Robert McClenny, one of six sons and several daughters of Macagah McClenny, who died in St. Charles Co. Mo. Jan. 10, 1852 [FHD Note: this date applies to Lucinda's father in law]. She went to Calif. in 1853. I have heard mother say she could vividly recall the scene as she started from home, "Lucinda waving her bonnet and calling back, 'Fare you well, Fare you well.'" Although aunt Lucinda lived to a ripe old age, she never returned to Missouri for a visit. She was a pioneer of California and her path was not strewn with roses, for the life of a pioneer is one of hardship, self-sacrifice and toil. She battled bravely with ups and downs through many long years. Rev. McClenny died at the age of 77. A grand daughter, Lulu A. Shelton is classed among the prominent educators of the Pacific coast. She is a teacher in the Oakland schools and State chairman of the Parent Teachers Association Of California, (1922) and was sent as a delegate, by the teachers of Oakland, to the National Educational Association Meeting at Boston, in the summer of 1922. She wrote Nov. 1922, Grandma McClenny died Jan. 17, 1913. She was certainly a great pioneer. In 1848 Grandpa McClenny was building a bridge across the Femme Osage creek in Mo. Their family lived in a log cabin. Wild turkey were most plentiful. Sometimes grandma would have six at one time. She roasted the turkeys by hanging them before the open fireplace.
Grandpa McClenny came to California in 1850. Grandma lived on her farm two years then moved to her father's far the last winter she was in Mo. She planned to start West in the fall but was persuaded to wait until the spring of 1853. Grandpa Keithley went to St. Louis to make arrangements for his daughter Lucinda and her family to make the trip to California by boat, but was told of the scourge of yellow fever at Panama and the difficulty to secure passage from Panama to San Francisco, hence, supplies were purchased for the wagon trip across the plains. Grandma's outfit consisted of six yoke of oxen, one horse and a good covered wagon and sufficient food for six months. The wagon was arranged so grandma and her four red headed girls could all sleep in it. Ben Orick and Mr. McClay were the captains of the train, of thirty families and some 300 head of cattle. As these men had made the trip another time they were able to plan a good trip. They traveled by boat from St. Charles to St. Joseph and there crossed the Missouri river and were then in the Indian country. However, their train was not molested by the Indians. When the train stopped near Fort Laramie expecting to rest and feed their cattle for some days, the Indians were attracted by the four red headed girls. They tried to buy one of them, offering beads, buffalo robes, ponies, etc. The Indians returned many times to the camp, each time requesting the girls to remove their bonnets. Then the Indians would talk about which one of tho red headed girls they wanted. Bon Orick decided to move the train onward for fear the Indians might give trouble. After traveling six months, the end of the journey was reached. Grandpa McClenny met the train out on the Humbolt River, in what is now Nevada. He had some canned fruit, the first mother ever saw. On Saturday, October 2, at 9 P. M. 1853, the McClenny family arrived at their home near Sacramento. On Monday Oct. 4, grandma went to town and bought goods for clothes. I can imagine the excitement during the first week, getting the dresses ready to wear to church. The following Sunday the family went to church in Sacramento and grandma And her oldest daughter, Lizzie, put their letters in the Methodist Church South, on that day. My grandmother must have been of a cheerful disposition. I have no recollection of seeing her other than cheerful. Like many pioneers, the restless adventurous, appealed to both grandma and grandpa. My mother, Hattie Shelton, is the only one alive who crossed the Plains." When in the East as a delegate Lulu was given through a friend the great privilege of being received by ex-president Wilson and wife. "To me the peak of an eventful trip." "When I insisted on returning by the southern route in August many friends thought I would die of heat. I told them that my mother had crossed the plains behind an ox team and I though her daughter ought to be able to stand the luxury of a Pullman."
Lulu Shelton, 564 61st. St. Oakland, Calif. Their children who lived to maturity: Lizzie McClenny Davies, the eldest, died 1905 in Calif. Their children: 1 Jasper, living in Eureka, Humboldt Co., Calif. Married and has three children: Alec, a graduate of West Point. A second son and Annette, who married and her husband lost his life on the third day of their honeymoon trip, in a boat accident. 2 Florence married Mr. Clanton, is a widow with one son. 3 Lily, married Mr. Cummings, has two daughters, Florence and Helen, both married. 4 Hattie, married Haskel, has two children: "Beth, a very beautiful and lovable young lady and makes many friends," and Hugh Haskel. 5 Logan, married but no further record. 6 Zella, not married in 1923. 2 Wm. McClenny was killed in a road accident years ago. He had two children, Robert and Ethel. 3 Hattie McClenny married Mr. Shelton, living in 1923, and raised four children, James, John, Mollie and Lulu, whose letter is reproduced above. 4 Bertie McClenny married Laycock. She was always an invalid, died in 1919. Four children: Emma, a widow with three or four children. Vivian, married. Robert and Nellie unmarried in 1923. 5 Annie McClenny married (1) Mr. Lake. Children: Georgia, Olive and Fannie. She married (2) George Pinkham, one daughter, Beulah, married and died in 1914 leaving two or three little boys. Annie was aunt Lucinda's 3rd daughter and crossed the plains in 1853. She died 1886. 6 Endora McClenny, born in 1860. She married (1) Mr. Hixson in Lakeport, Calif. He was a merchant there. Endora was a music teacher. Their children: 1 Bernice, born in Lakeport, Calif. in 1886. Her first husband lived only three years. No children. She married (2) Adolph Shenk. "Not only prosperous but a loving tender husband, fine in every way, so Bernice is a fortunate girl and they are happy. They have two little girls, Joyce, aged eleven and Janet, nine years, now in a select girls' school in Los Angeles. Joyce plays beautifully having inherited musical talent on her Shenk side, some of whom are salaried singers." 2 Wilbanks Hixson has a wife, two boys and three girls. He is six feet, two inches. "I like that, I have always liked large men." He has been with the Earl Fruit Company for years. His home is in Dinuba, Calif. 3 Wayne Hixson is a surveyor, so goes here and there. Has been much of the time in Mexico. He was in the World War. "Came home rather ill, but is now strong and husky." See Honor Roll. 4 Merrel Hixson born in Texas. Is six feet two inches tall. He has a wife and two little girls, Margaret and Anna Lou, both very beautiful and very happy. Merrell was in the World War. He has written and published a history of his company from start to finish. Neither of my boys received a scratch, though Merrel was slightly gassed." He lives in Los Angeles. See Honor Roll. This data was sent by Mrs. Eudora (McClenny-Hixson) Wallace. She married Mr. W. J. Wallace Oct. 1922 and lives in Calistoga, Calif.
7 Julian Keithley was born Oct. 18, 1822, and died in 1888, in Lincoln Co. Mo. She married (1) Mr. Jones. Five children: Sammy, Mary, and Joe died in infancy. Murvin married Margaret Meeker and went to Calif. "We have not heard from him for twenty years." Flora married Neil Brown and a few years later passed away when her first child was born. Mrs. Julia Jones married (2) Wm Thos. Shelton. Three children died in infancy. Those living are: 1 Ellen, a widow living in Hawk Point, Mo. She married John Hunter, a farmer, who died July 1, 1909. Eight children: 1 Sheridan, a merchant, living in Dallas, Texas. Three children, the two oldest are in high school. 2 John Warren a farmer, married Rose Henry, two children, Jerome, age 17, and Iris, age 10. 3 Ola, born Aug. 13, 1882, married a farmer, Lou Sonner, and is living in Arkansas. Four children. 4 Julius, a farmer, near Troy, Mo., married Nuna Upson. Two children are living: Melva, 11 years of age, and Julius Dee, 5 years of age. 5 Buell, a brakeman on the C. & A.R.R. lives at Slater Mo. He married Ollie Upson and they have two children. 6 Dora married Albert Link, a printer, and is living in Kirksville, Mo., two small children. 7 Ariel married Christine Holmes. He is traveling for an oil company, and they have one child . 2 Wm. T. Shelton Jr. is a farmer living near Troy, Mo. He married (1) Josephine Hunter, who lived about four years and dying left one child, Addie, who married Chesley Giles, a hardware merchant of Durango, Colorado., two children Ina Belle, age 15 and attends high school, and Marguerite, age nine. Wm. T. Shelton Jr. married (2) Mrs. Lyda Nichols. Two children: 1 Sidney, a farmer near Troy, Mo., married Ethel Bufka, and they have two small sons. 2 Lyda Lucetta married Jimmy Hogan of Slater, a brakeman of the C. & A. R. R. 3 Polly Shelton married John Boyse, a farmer near Troy, Mo., on Nov. 2, 1881. They have living three children: Sidney Stirman died at age of five. 1 Otha Ellen B., a teacher, married Wm. Quigley, a farmer near Troy, Dec. 30, 1903. They have one daughter, Polly Irene, born Sept. 16, 1906, now in the high school (1922). 2 John Edgar B. lives in Mexico, Mo. He is cashier at the Hoxey Hotel at that place. He married Ina Nichols, Aug. 27, 1909, and they have two girls: Otha Murrell and Marjorie Chatman. 3 Murvin Emerson B. is a farmer near Troy. He married Mildred Thornhill, one little girl, Audrey, age 17 months (1922). 4 Robert Henry Shelton, is a farmer living near Alton, Kansas. He married Lucetta Hunter. Six children, all married by 1922 except Arlie, the youngest. Namely: Freddie, Howard Clinger, Eugene, Dona, Jewell and Arlie. Howard Clinger was born about 1896. June 1921 he married Anna Shotts, a daughter, Marvel Marguerite, was born Feb., 1922. He is a farmer near Alton, Kansas. See Honor Roll.
8 "Murvin Keithley was born Jan 22, 1825, on the farm settled by his father. There he grew to manhood. His education was very meager, reading and writing, Roosevelt spelling and mental arithmetic. In 1848 he bought a farm from his father and with negro, Jarrett, a very capable man, he began clearing and preparing logs for a house which was a story and one half structure of one room above and a large living room and an ell back, consisting of one story dining room and a kitchen. He has entertained me many times telling how good his dinners were, that he ate with Jerrett, beside the brush and log fire with the ground covered with snow and his dinner had to be thawed over the coals before he could eat. Nov. 21, 1849, he married Mary Thompson Darst, daughter of David H. and wife Mary (Thompson) Darst of Darst Bottom, St. Charles Co. Mo. and came to live in this splendid new house, where they began eating their dinners on a table made by sawing the stump end off a huge tree and nailing short legs around on it, wasn't that fine? Here Mr. E. M. Marvin dined with them, afterwards he became a bishop in the Southern Methodist Church, but at that time he was only a poor itinerant preacher." The above was taken substantially from a letter written by Rosetta Bramblet. Picture of Mary Tomson Darst Keithley.
Murvin Keithley was a prosperous farmer and left property to each of his children at his death, Aug. 7, 1899. He lived in the neighborhood of the Mount Zion Church that was near, now, O'Fallon, Mo. He was for many years a faithful member of the Methodist Church South. His wife, Mary passed away March 23, 1865. Their children, all born on homestead in St. Charles Co. Mo. 1 Julius Hickman Keithley, born Sept. 11, 1850, died in 1917. He married Jennie Elizabeth Wainwright, April 20, 1876. She died Dec. 5, 1884. Their home was in Cincinnati, Ohio, and their children are: 1 Edna, who for years was a most skillful worker in an advertising company in Cincinnati. June 1918, she married Charles Ramp, no children. 2 Cora Evans born Aug. 12, 1878. She was a nurse. June 22, 1915, she married Curtis W. Randleman, who was born July 2, 1877. He is District Manager of the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Co. and a ranchman. Their home is in Weiser, Idaho. Three children: Lelia Josephine born Aug. 16, 1916. Curtis Stanley born Sept 5, 1917, and Frank Richard born May 25, 1920. 3Lelia Keithley, whose occupation was that of bookkeeper, married Orville Roy Ackley, born in St. Charles Co, Mo the son of George and wife Mary (Hall) Ackley. They were married in St. Louis May 10, 1904, and lived there one year, then moved to Caldwell, Idaho, where they lived until 1921. Spent a year in Portland, Oregon, then moved to New Meadows, Idaho, where they now live. Mr. Ackley has been a merchant for thirteen years and is now in the Ackley Mercantile Co, General Merchandise. Their children: Helen Wainwright born in St. Louis, April 28, 1905. George Hall born in Caldwell, Idaho, Nov. 28, 1907. Both children are in the second year of High School in 1922. 4 Emma Keithley, the youngest, was married in 1907 to Benjamin Holmes. They live in Cincinnati. No children.
2 Cordelia Rosetta Keithley, born Oct. 18, 1853. She married Landrum Bramblet. They lived on their farm near O'Fallon, Mo. and were prosperous. Their children: Arthur Lindsay, born 1873, died 1874. Julius Wilburn, born 1875, married Mary Sitz and live in Wichita, Kansas, where he is manager of The Marmon Automobile Company. Children: Wilburn Sitz and Dudley Landrum. Picture of J. Wilburn Bramblett
3 Nora Bernetta [FHD Note: Bramblet, daughter of Cordelia and Landrum] born 1878, was a music teacher in Beasley's Preparatory School at Columbia, Mo. There she married Nelson Orlando Hopkins, who was for a number of years Superintendent of the schools of Omulga, Okla. He passed away in 1924. Their children: Nelson Orlando Jr., Frank, Ralph, Hughes and Mary. 4 Carrie Ellen was born in 1880. She taught for a few years, then married C. M. Long, who is now Field Manager of the Holstein Ass. Dixon, Ill. Their children: Howard, Vivian, and Marian. 5 Elsie Maude, born 1882 and died 1919 in O'Fallon. She married Dr. Harvey Barker, a dentist. He passed away several years ago. One child, Janice. Mrs. Barker was Postmistress in O'Fallon at the time of her death. Rosetta has charge of Janice. 6 Calvin Thornton, born 1884. He married (1) Claude Samuels, and their children are: Elizabeth and Calvin Thornton Jr. He married (2) Alice Olson. He is manager of the Southeastern office of the Larabee Mills Corporation, Atlanta, Georgia. (1922). 7 Agnes Leona, born in 1889. She was a nurse until she married Jean Thomas, an Electric Engineer. One son, Thomas, Jr. 8 Lucille Fern, born 1898. She was a teacher. She married Robert Norton, a farmer. One child, Marjorie Adair.
3 Willoughby Keithley was born Aug. 30, 1855. He married Mary C. Gill and farmed in Mo. and South Dakota, and is now living in O'Fallon, Mo. Their children: 1 Oroha Lilian, born Sept. 11, 1879. She married Horace Burr, a Forest Ranger, and their home is in Cascade, Idaho. Their children: Willoughby, who aspires to become a doctor, Ralph who loves nature, is a close observer and expects to follow his father's occupation, and Stewart, "The best student and we hope he will make good use of his ability." 2 Susie, born March 13, 1881, is keeping house for her father in O'Fallon. 3 Edward Murvin, born Sept. 16, [1883?] is a machinist in the R. R. shops at Sedalia, Mo. He married Frances Cline. Their children: Mildred, Nadine, Horace, Ruth, Orpha and Nellie. 4 Jesse Ellen born Feb. 2, 1885, married W. B. Rothe of St. Charles Co. Their children: Lucy Glen and Arthur William. Their home is in Marion, Ill. 5 Mary Crystal born Sept. 14, 1886, died April 16, 1898. 6 Roy Campbell born Aug. 26, 1888, died July 1, 1921. He was a clerk in a store. He married Carol Kelly of Emmett, Idaho. Children: Lois Maxine and Dean Elvin. 7 Mattie Pearl born April 24, 1891 is a successful rural teacher of St. Charles Co. Mo. 8 Lizzie Emma born May 5, 1893 passed away May 10, 1893. 9 Lt. Luther Earle Keithley born Sept. 21, 1894, married Mattie Anders, of El Paso, Texas. One child, Luther Jr. See Honor Roll.
4 Elizabeth Keithley was born June 26, 1862. Sept 28, 1881 she married W. S. Ford, a farmer near Frankford, Mo., Pike Co. Said to have been a case of "Love at first sight." They were in Miller, S. Dakota, for a number of years and their children, except the eldest and youngest, were born in S. Dakota. Children: 1 Sarah Cordelia born Aug. 17, 1882, near Ladonia, Mo and was killed by the kick of a mule, Aug. 21, 1884 in S. D. 2 Benjamin Eagleton born July 10, 1884, received schooling in Miller, S. D., Frankford, Mo., and Columbia, Mo. October 11, 1911 he married Mary Anne Temple, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Temple of Kansas City, Mo. Two children: Benjamin Temple, May 2, 1919 and Frederick Roscoe, born April 14, 1920. Mr. B. E. Ford is manager of the American Lumber Co, Ponca City, Okla. 3 Roscoe born Sept. 14, 1886, schooling in S. D. and Frankford, Mo. He was accidently shot in the hip while hunting and died Jan. 2, 1905. 4 Murvin Thomas born Dec. 29, 1888, received schooling in S. D. and Frankford. He is now a farmer, near Miller, S. D. See Honor Roll. 5 Charles Victor born July 4, 1891, received schooling in Frankford, Chillicothe and Kirksville, Mo. He is now (1922) Superintendent of the Vandalia, Mo. schools. He married Reba Lewis, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Earnest Lewis, of Vandalia, Mo. Married Aug. 25, 1918. Children, Willard Lewis born June 7, 1919 and Mary Elizabeth born May 24, 1922. 6 Mary Viola born July 14, 1893, educated in Frankford, Mo. Taught five years, then married H. G. Bohn of Spokane Bridge, Wash. Mr. Bohn is a farmer. 7 Bessie, born May 5, 1895, educated at Frankford, Kirksville, and graduated at Greeley, Colo., June 1922. She has taught seven terms. Is teaching in the New Franklin school this winter, 1922. 8 Elsie Lillian, born Sept. 21, 1901. Educated in Frankford, Mo., and Greeley, Colo. Is teaching Home Economics, in Brandon, Colo. 9 Pauline Keithley, born May 30, 1904. Graduated from Frankford High June, 1922, and is taking Art and Science at the University of Missouri, 1922.
5 Enoch M. Keithley born Jan. 31, 1852, and 6 David Edgar Keithley born Sept. 20, 1858, died in infancy.
8 Murvin Keithley married (2) Jermima Hopkins of Darst Bottom, June 15, 1866. She was born Feb. 24, 1833, and died March 8, 1867. A daughter, Lucy, who died March 20, 1867, and a twin brother, Luther, were born to them on March 3, 1867. Luther went west to Salt Lake City in 1902 and was employed in the office of the Oregon Short Line Ry. Co. until 1912. Then he went to Cassio Co., Idaho, and took up a homestead and lived there until 1917. He then bought an irrigated ranch in Minidoks Co. Idaho, on what is known as the Minodoka Project. Rupert, Idaho, R. F. D. No. 1 Not married in 1924.
8 Murvin Keithley married (3) Minerva Hemingway, Jan. 21, 1870. She was a teacher from Mass. and at the time of their courtship was governess in the home of Othaniel C. Castilio, and a merry time his many children gave this sweet, dignified gentlewoman. One son, Eugenia Murvin, born Aug. 12, 1871. Era has for years lived in Cincinnati, Ohio. Aunt Minerva passed away April 12, 1879. 8 Murvin Keithley married (3) Fannie M. Rogers, Sept. 2, 1880. She passed away March 7, 1919. No children.
9 Elizabeth Keithley was born June 8, 1827, and passed away years ago. Mother often said, "Betsey was handsome." She married Ora Cottle, a farmer of St. Charles Co. Mr. Cottle spent the last three or four years of his life in the home of his son, Warren, in St. Louis, where he died Dec. 31, 1912, aged 94 years and 6 months. Eight children:
â€¢ 1 Henry Filmore died in infancy.
â€¢ 2 Samuel Warren Cottle, the oldest son, was born Oct. 3, 1846, on a farm near Cottlesville, St. Charles Co. Mo. He went to the public school near his home and later attended school at Jacksonville, Ill. He married Miss Alice Virginia Stephenson daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James N. Stephenson of St. Louis Mo., on March 20, 1872. He farmed several years, then in 1882 bought out the Grange Store in O'Fallon, where he conducted a general mercantile business for about nine years. He was Postmaster in O'Fallon during the Cleveland administration. He removed to St. Louis in 1892, where he engaged in the Cooperage business for a number of years. Alice V. (Stephenson) Cottle passed away at their home in St. Louis, April 3, 1913. She was educated in a business school and was a bookkeeper before her marriage and attended to the bookkeeping while they were in the mercantile business, as well as attending to her domestic duties. She was a very quiet reserved woman, of gentle, kindly manners. In the fall of 1915 Warren married Annie Costello of St. Louis, who survived him, for he passed away June 5, 1921, and was buried in the Mount Zion Cemetery, near O'Fallon. Warren and Alice's children: 1 Grace Effie Cottle born in St. Louis Feb. 16, 1874, attended school at O'Fallon these years, then Wood Lawn Seminary, near O'Fallon, for six years, graduated June 4, 1891. She attended Kirksville Normal a few months the following year. Taught in Clay Co. Ark., for four years. She was united in marriage to Harry Lee Adams, in St. Louis Oct. 5, 1898. Mr. Adams is the son of Mrs. Ocie Adams, of Knobel, Ark. He is a watchmaker and jeweler. Their home is in Elvins, Mo. Three children: 1 Crestus Cottle, born at Knobel, Ark, Aug. 20, 1899. He was educated principally in the public school of Elvins. He is now a railway mail clerk in St. Louis. see Honor Roll. He married Miss Juda Dunn of Glover Mo., Oct. 12, 1920. Two children: Clifton Elwood born July 7, 1921, and Grace Doris born Feb. 13, 1923. 2 Alma Grace born in Elvins, Aug. 1, 1904. She has attended school in Elvins until 1920, when she entered high school at Flat River, taking Teachers Training Course and graduating May, 1922. She has taught, and now in (1923) is a student at Flat River Junior College. She is much interested in church work, being a member of the M. E. South church of Elvins. She is Superintendent of the Recreation Dept. of the Epworth League and a favorite among the young people of her set. 3 Caldwell Stephenson, born at Irondale, Mo., July 26, 1909. "He is a student of Elvins school." "Is greatly interested in hunting and fishing -- more so than his studies. He has a strong determination -- never does anything by halves, does it right or not at all." 2 Henry Warren Cottle, born Sept. 1, 1876. 3 Walter Briton Cottle, born Jan. 6, 1879. Both were killed on Nov. 7, 1891, by a fast passenger train at O'Fallon. 4 Willie Truston Cottle, born Dec. 4, 1881, in St. Charles Co. Mo. Was educated at O'Fallon and St. Louis. He married Miss Lida Glover, in St Louis, Feb. 5, 1908. He lives in St. Louis and is engaged in the Cooperage business which his father left. 5 Bessie Lee Cottle born January 17, 1884, lives in St. Louis. 6 Nelly Gray Cottle, born April 10, 1886, attended school at O'Fallon and St. Louis. She married Wm. E. Fleshman at Edwardsville, Ill., July 30, 1903. Resides in St. Louis. One son, Recil, born June 8, 1904. 7 Alice Virginia Cottle, born Jan. 8, 1889, died in St. Louis Feb. 1, 1896. 8 Lulu Guthrie Cottle, born Dec. 30, 1890, was educated in St. Louis. She married Thom. Jefferson Blakley, June 2, 1909, at Oklahoma City. She now lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Children: Thomas Guthrie, born July 1, 1910, at Guthrie, Okla. Virginia Belle, born Nov. 4, 1918. Martin Wayne born May 29, 1920. Maxine June born June 16, 1922. The last three were born in Fort Wayne, Ind. 9 Barnard Hastings Cottle, born Oct. 24, 1893, in St. Louis, was educated in St. Louis. He holds a responsible position with the Southern Wheel Co. in St. Louis. He married Miss Evelyn Davis of St. Louis, Aug. 23, 1921. One son, Ownes B., born Nov. 23 1923. 10 Richard Loyd Cottle born Feb. 6, 1899, in St. Louis, and was educated there. See Honor Roll.
â€¢ 3 Mary Salome Cottle married (1) Taylor Spencer of Eugene, Oregon. Children: Jennie, May and Byron Cottle. She married (2) Tyree B. Carthrae of Saline Co. Mo. Children: Dotia Elizabeth, Addie Belle, Jay St. John and Bettie Brown.
â€¢ 4 Orlana Thomas Cottle married John Miller. Children: Elton, Marvin, John Jr. and Eugene.
â€¢ 5 Hermie Cynthia Cottle married Wm. R. Gilliland. Children: Leslie, Leo, Ethel and Albert.
â€¢ 6 King Cottle married Hulda Tyler of St. Charles Co. Mo. Children: George, Elmer, and Nelly died young. Living are: Leora, Addie, Ora, Hulda, Alba, Milton and Edith. King passed away several years ago. His wife and children are living in Peach Orchard, Ark.
â€¢ 7 Addie Belle Cottle married C. W. White. Children: Chastain Wesley Jr. and Pauline.
â€¢ 8 Lizzie Gray Cottle married Andrew J. Blatner. Children: Hugh C. & Hallie Marie.
10 John W. Keithley, M. D. was born April 28, 1829. He was a graduate of the St. Louis Medical College. He moved to Vernon Co. years ago, living on a farm and practicing medicine until his death March 21, 1890. He married Lutitia Jane Pullium, daughter of Nancy (Sanders-Pullium) Keithley. She died in Vernon Co. Oct. 1896. Six children: 1 Mathew born Nov. 10, 1858, died 1913. 2 Bascome O. born Dec. 14, 1859, married Sarah P. Hatfield, Jan. 24, 1883. Children: W. E., M. B., T. E., and A. N. -- this is as Bascome sent me the record, initials only -- Farmers in Vernon Co. Mo. 3 Iola married D. W. Ramsey, dead. 4 William married Leutre Neff. 5 Samuel Lee died age four. 6 John P. lives at Sapulpa, Okla., No. 1 Box 92, R. F. D.
11 Cordelia Keithley was born Feb. 1, 1831. May 12, 1852 she married Othaniel C. Castlio of Howell Prairie, St. Charles Co. Mo. They lived on a farm. Mr. Castlio was a prosperous farmer and stockman. See Castlio record. [FHD Note: The above-mentioned are the parents of Mary Iantha Castlio who authored this account!]
12 Julius Keithley was born Nov. 22, 1832. Nov. 1864 he married Mary Eppler Lurton, daughter of Rebecca Scott (Keen) Lurton, born in Knoxville, Ky., in 1809. Mrs. Keithley died in Oregon, Dec. 15, 1875. Four children born in Mo: 1 Emmet Sterling, born Nov. 27, 1865, is now a stock grower and farmer at Ono, Shasta Co. Calif. He married Mrs. Sarah Schofield, "a fine woman" a Californian. No children. Sterling was educated in Heppner, Oregon. 2 Leora Keen was born Dec. 12, 1867. Educated in Heppner. Nov. 4, 1884 she married, at Heppner, Oregon, Jas. Hutton Wyland, a stock grower and farmer, who was educated in Portland, Oregon. He passed away Sept. 22, 1919. Four children: Earnest Keithley, born Nov. 14, 1885, educated at Hardman. A stock grower and farmer. June 19, 1910 he married Ora N. Devin. Two children: Ellis Julius, born July 13, 1911 and Edna Mary, born Oct. 14, 1915. "Of my son I can say he is honorable and just and has a fine wife and a fine boy and girl." 2 Mary Eppler, born at Hardman, Oregon, June 12, 1893, married June 22, 1910 at Hardman, Will J. Giese. One son, James Joe, born May 8, 1912. 3 Naomi Rebecca, born at Hardman, Feb. 26, 1900, married Archie L. Saling, Sept. 27, 1920, at Walla Walla, Wash. No children. Present address, John Day, Oregon. 4 James Stewart, born Dec. 4, 1888, was drowned in the Heppner flood, June 14, 1903. 3 Celsus Lurton, born Sept. 28, 1870. He is a National Forest Ranger. Home in Walla Walla. He married Mrs. Ann Gilliam Stewart, May, 1905. No children. 4 Julius Amandaville died in infancy. March 1884, Julius Keithley married (2) Mrs. Amanda Wyland, who was drowned in the Heppner flood. Julius Keithley died Oct. 30, 1911.
"Julius Keithley was born in St. Charles Co. Missouri, Nov. 22, 1832, died at Heppner, Oregon, October 30, 1911, age 78 years, 11 months and 8 days. Mr. Keithley lived in the state of his nativity until 1874, when he removed from thence to Heppner, Oregon, in which city and vicinity he lived until his demise, being a resident of Oregon 37 years . . . On Dec. 15, 1875, one year after coming to Heppner, Mrs. Mary Keithley was called of God to her Heavenly home. Mr. Keithley after a lapse of nine years, March, 1884, was united in marriage with Mrs. Amanda Wyland, whom the death angel in the horror of the great Heppner flood claimed from his side June 14, 1903. Mr. Keithley was converted to God when about 21 years of age, thru the instrumentality of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, under Bishop E. M. Marvin. Upon coming to Heppner he cast his lot with the Methodist Episcopal Church, was one of its founders and a member of its first Board of Trustees, an office he held until God called him. He was unflinching, untiring, faithful and true, and an inspiration to those around him. He was a man who took decided and keen interests in public matters, always looking to the betterment of the community. His sterling character led to his appointment by the governor to be County Judge of Morrow county for the remainder of the term of office, made vacant by the death of Judge Mitchell, in 1891, thus becoming the second County Judge of the county. He was elected to this office in 1892, and remained in it until 1896, filling the office with marked ability. Prior to this time and before the county had been divided, he had been assessor of Umatilla County and also served as a Justice of the Peace. His was an active and rugged life. He was frank, open hearted and candid, given to self denial and a desire to help others. He know sorrow and "was acquainted with grief." The awful horror of a home overwhelmed and loved ones perishing, himself clinging to a portion of wreckage, carried with the torrent afar down the valley, praying, and his rescue from the violence of the elements by Divine Providence, left an impression upon him never forgotten. He died peacefully and happily and expressed in his last hours his faith in God and his willingness to pass through the valley of the Shadow of Death. His funeral was conducted at the M. E. Church by Rev. Mr. Seldon, assisted by Rev. Warren, and interment was made in the Masonic Cemetery, the last rites being performed by his Masonic brethren." Excerpts from a letter written by Leora Wyland, Nov. 1922: "We left Mo. when I was six. I have a faint memory of riding on a train, never undressing or going to bed, then going on the big Pond, from San Francisco to Portland, then on steamboat, and on stage over wonderful mountains to the Dalles, Oregon. We lived there four months, then we traveled 150 miles in a covered wagon and arrived at our home, a little creek ranch on Willow Creek, 10 miles from Heppner, our Post Office. There was a blacksmith shop, a store and a post office together, a hotel and three or four houses and a school house. We arrived just before Christmas on this little home place. It was covered with snow and the creek was frozen over and it was a beautiful sight to us children -- that was the winter of 1874-75. In the spring my oldest brother and I walked three miles to school, three months in the spring and three months in the fall. Often going to and coming from school we would meet bands of Indians with great herds of horses, in the spring going to the mountains, in the fall going back to the Columbia River where they wintered. We went to Sunday School from early spring till winter, some of the neighbors coming seven or eight miles. We rarely had a minister to preach and when we did every one wanted to entertain him, no matter to what denomination he belonged. Had prayer meetings at the neighbors' homes when the weather would permit.
"At the time of the Heppner flood father and wife, my youngest son and a friend were in the house when the storm struck the house and tore it to pieces. My father stepped onto a piece of the roof of his own house and pulled me and his friend onto the roof piece and was trying to get his wife on, when a great wave rolled over them and they all went down. When father came up he stepped on this same piece of the roof and went down through the center of this body of water for three miles, when it floated to the bank and he was able to step onto the ground. The others were drowned." Data sent by Leora Wyland.
13 Mary Keithley was born Nov. 15. 1834. She married Mr. Inskip, before 1861. They lived on the old John Boyd farm, St. Charles Co. Just before the Civil War they went to Virginia. At that time they had one daughter, Alice May, who died on the way and was buried in an unknown grave. During the civil war they were quarantined in Culpepper Court House. They returned to Mo. after the war and their five children were born in St. Charles Co. Then they moved to Johnson Co. and spent their remaining years there living at, or near, Kingsville. Children: Susie, a teacher. Harvey and Lee. Samuel, the "Apple" of aunt Mary's eye. A boy who was considerate of his mother. He was employed by a Ry Co. last heard of. The youngest, Marner. Aunt Mary passed away years ago. No response to my letters, though they were not returned.
14 Griffin Stith Keithley was born Aug. 6, 1846. He married Tabitha Margaret Keithley, who was born Feb. 22, 1845, near Wentzville, St. Charles Co. Mo., and died in Midvale, Idaho, Dec. 15, 1912. She was the daughter of Daniel Keithley Jr. and his wife, Miss Hostetter of Mo. Daniel Jr. was the son of Daniel Keithley Sr. of Ky. From the Weiser Semi-Weekly Signal, Idaho, Dec. 14, 1922, the following:
"In July of 1876 Griffin Keithley arrived and settled on the old Keithley place, forming the basis of what is known as the Keithley creek settlement." "I left Missouri in 1876 and came to Middle Valley" which was nothing but a wilderness at that time. The nearest railroad was at Kelton, Utah, and the nearest town Boise. The Reed family and six bachelors were all the people in Middle Valley at the time I landed. Mr. Durdam kept the first Post Office at the mouth of the Canyon. John McRoberts was the second postmaster and lived at the present site of Midvale. The Indian war broke out the following year and all the people of the upper country built a fort at Salubria. There were several depredations committed by the Indians but no general outbreak against the settlers. My family was all taken to the fort but I remained at home and did the chores in the face of all the dangers and protests of my neighbors. The Indians would come through in great numbers during the hunting and fishing season. There was plenty of game, such as deer, bear, etc. When the salmon ran in the Snake River the Indians would catch them and dry them for winter use along with crickets and comas.
"There was no town of Weiser, just a sage brush desert. Not even a building of any sort. I, being a carpenter, built the first drug store in Weiser, for Dr. Sater in the '79. For several years I was the only Doctor closer than Boise and had to make all calls by horseback, sometimes riding for a day and night at a time. On different occasions where the patient died, I made the coffin and preached the funeral. In marketing our produce we would make trips to Boise and Baker City one or twice a year. A 25 cent piece was our smallest change for a number of years. No matter how small the article, 25 cents was the price. We would drive our hogs on foot to Boise and Baker City, sometimes taking more than a week to make the trip." By. G. S. Keithley. Griffin's and Margaret's children: 1 Frank Howard born July 14, 1868. An unmarried ranchman, Midvale, Idaho. 2 Lucy Floyd born April 14, 1870, married Thomas Mackey a ranchman, Feb. 5, 1890, three children. 3 Florence Milton born Jan. 7, 1872. married Charles Lydston, a ranchman, Oct. 8, 1892, six children. 4 Walter Griffin born Sept. 10, 1873, married Jane Garland, Dec. 9, 1894. He is a druggist, six children. Lives in Midvale, Idaho. 5 Samuel Allen born March 11, 1875, married Emma Evans Dec. 25, 1900. He is a ranchman, seven children. 7 Joel Levi born Feb. 25, 1877, married Genevera Mackey, Jan. 1, 1902. He is a hardware merchant, six children. 8 Arthur Winefret born Dec. 12, 1881, married Hattie Evans, March 22, 1905. A ranchman, one child. 9 James McCrea born Feb. 11, 1884, married Montia Parker, Jan. 16, 1916. A ranchman, one boy. 10 Chloe Bianca born Dec. 26, 1885. Not married in 1922. 11 Rose Maggie born Oct. 4, 1879 married Curtis Randleman, a ranchman of near Midvale, Idaho. She died July 6, 1914, loading four children. She married Dec. 7, 1902. Mr. Randleman married (2) Cora Keithley, daughter of Hickman Keithley.
15 Lucy C. Keithley. Her daughter, Clara wrote me July 29, 1923, the following: "To begin with, Mama was born Feb. 12, 1850, in St. Charles Co. Mo. After grandfather's death she and grandmother continued to live at the old home until her marriage on Dec. 26, 1871 to Harvey M. Bramblet, of Ralls Co. Mo. On Nov. 16, 1872, a daughter, Eulah Lee, was born to them. In Oct. 1874, after disposing of the old Keithley homestead in St. Charles Co. Mo., papa and family, accompanied by grandmother and her orphan grand daughter, Glenn Pulliam, moved to Ralls Co. and settled on a farm one and one half miles south of New London, the county seat of Ralls Co. Sept. 8, 1875, another daughter, Clara Martin, was born. On Aug. 7, 1878, a son Walter Keithley, was born. On Aug. 18, 1880, another daughter, Josephine, was born. Josephine died on Dec. 3, 1883, a sweet little brown eyed girl. The only one of us who had Mama's dark eyes and hair. The oldest daughter, Eulah, was married Nov. 17, 1897 to Mr. John M. Stambaugh, of Frankford, Mo. To them was born a son, on July 22, 1901, which died immediately and Eulah died on Aug. 21, following. 1 Clara, was married on Nov. 30, 1904, to Arthur W. Guttery, of Center, Mo. On Oct. 5, 1912, we lost an infant daughter. Walter was married on Sept. 12, 1911, to Miss Jessie M. Henwood of Hannibal, Mo. To them was born three children: Mary Cathrine, April 30, 1913, Curtis Henwood, Aug. 12, 1914, and Warren Knight, Aug. 30, 1918, who passed away Dec. 4, 1919. Papa and Mama continued to live on the farm where they first settled in Ralls, until her death, Dec. 27, 1902. Papa sold the farm in 1909, moving into New London, where he resided until he went to make his home with Walter in Center, Mo. He passed away April 7, 1919. Mother was converted and united with the M. E. Church South, in St. Charles Co. Old Mount Zion I suspect, but after her removal to Ralls, there being no Methodist Church there, she united with the Cumberland Presbyterian in the country. Here Papa and we girls were converted and united. After the erection in New London of an M. E. South church, All of the family, except Walter, united there, he having waited a few years later. Mama was a deeply religious woman -- one of few words and very sincere. She was not inclined to approach strangers readily and make friends but was ever true to those who knew her and was never too tired or busy to go and minister to those who needed a friend. Papa too, tho converted later in life, was an untiring church worker, being for a number of years S. S. Supt. also a teacher and always led the singing. This gift he transmitted to us, his children. Eulah played the church organ at her home church as long as she lived, and it is my great pleasure to be pianist and leader of music when at home and health permits. I taught in the public schools for nine years, until failing health caused me to give up. Walter is a banker, having been cashier of several responsible institutions in this state, until he was also obliged to forego his beloved work on account of his failing health. (Don't think we are invalids, but neither of us is as stout as Mama and Papa were). He is at present located in Kirksville, Mo. where his wife has taken a higher course in Teachers Training work and where they hope to educate their son and daughter. By the way, his wife was a teacher of about eight years standing. Our home is in New London, Mo. I too am fond of ancestry, am only sorry I did not know grandfather and grandmother Keithley. One thing more I intended to tell you was that after grandmother's death Mama raised and educated her niece, Glenn Pullium. She lived with us as one of we children until her marriage, on Dec. 26, 1883, to H. W. Bramlet, my father's brother, and she mourned for Mama as her very own Mother." Very sincerely yours, Clara B. Gittery, New London, Mo.
Mrs. Nancy (Saunders-Pullium) Keithley, the third wife of Samuel Keithley, was born in Campbell Co. Va. Dec. 9, 1810, and died in Ralls Co. Mo. Dec. 7, 1876. She came to Missouri in 1841 and married S. Keithley in 1842. She was the daughter of Daniel and Martha Saunders. Rev. H. P. Bond wrote of her in 1876 this: "During both her marriages her home was a home for preachers. Towards the close of her earthly Pilgrimage, she was in a great measure deprived of the power of speech by paralysis. In heaven the faltering tongue will be enabled to repeat the story of redeeming love and sing the songs of Moses and the Lamb through endless ages."
Henry Holman Sr. of Kent, Co. Md. is as far as we have been able to trace to date. His daughter Rosetta Holman was born Jan. 13, 1763, and died in Callaway Co. Mo. Nov. 13, 1848. She married David Darst Jan. 12, 1784, in Lincoln Co. Kentucky. David Darst was born in Shenandoah Co. Virginia, Dec. 17, 1757, and died in Mo. Dec. 2, 1826. He came to Ky. in 1784, thence to Mo. in 1798 and settled in what has since been known as Darst Bottom in St. Charles Co. Mo. Their son, David H. Darst, born Nov. 26, 1795, in Ky. died in Mo. Nov. 15, 1869. He married Mary Thompson (1800-1864). Their children: Violet, Rosetta, Margaret R., Elizabeth, Nancy E. who married Samuel Keithley (1813-1883), Harriet (1828-1904) who married Willis Bryan Hays, Mary T. born Jan 22, who married Murvin Keithley (1825-1899), David A., Lorena, who married Mr. Sherry, Henry, Martha, born Feb. 9, 1839, and married Frederick Mathews, William, Julia and Jane, who married Isaac McCormick. Write Serena Hays for Revolutionary Service.
â€¢ VIII ROLAND KEITHLEY was born in May of 1791. He married twice. He came to the "Territory of Missouri" in 1816 and remained in now St. Charles Co. two years, then moved to now Pike Co. Mo. Later he made a permanent home in a beautiful valley in Ralls Co. There he married Miss Hhohony [sic]. Children: (1) James, (2) Mrs. Mosley, and (3) Mrs. St. Clair. J. C. K. wrote of him: "When I visited him in 1846 he looked like a typical Keithley, short, heavy set, broad and weighing 200 lbs. He was noted for his silence; for he scarcely ever spoke unless asked a question and then gave a short laconic answer. A friend told this anecdote: He called to see him and stayed all night. Uncle Roland gave him a chair and said nothing more until bed time. He then asked him to take off his overcoat. He was benevolent, for he took care of his father-in-law in his old age and provided for his comfort. He lived and died in the same house that he built at his first settlement, a long log house boarded with plank but not painted.
â€¢ IX PATSEY KEITHLEY was born in the year 1792, presumably in Bourbon Co. Ky. as the Bible record gave no day or month it is possible she was born soon after their arrival in Ky. or on the way and the date forgotten. She married Mr. Dithmeyer and settled in Ill.
â€¢ X WILLIAM KEITHLEY was born in Warren Co. Ky. Feb. 16, 1793. He came to the "Territory of Missouri" in 1812. In 1818 he married Charlotta Castlio, in now, St. Charles, Co. Mo. She was the daughter of John Castlio and wife Eleanor Harrison-Lowe Castlio. She was born about 1797 in Tenn. on a farm on which the city of Nashville has since been built. Came to the "Territory of Louisiana" in 1806 with her parents. Their children: (1) Pauline, married Mr. Sharp. (2) Elizabeth married Mr. Wray of St. Louis. (3) Adeline married Mr. Ward. (4) Ruth married Mr. Savage of Wentzville, Mo. (5) John C., (6) Lucy, (7) Frank M. and (8) Samuel. X William Keithley married (2) Mrs. Duncan, a daughter of James Loyd. He died after 1877 in the home of his daughter, (3) Mrs. Ward, in Texas. He passed away while asleep.
"WILLIAM KEITHLEY served as a ranger during the entire Indian War. He joined the rangers under Nathan Boone, son of Lt. Col. Daniel Boone, and served with them one year, then joined Capt. Jas. Callaway's Company. He was one of the party of rangers that was sent with Lt. Campbell in 1814 to the relief of the garrison that was at Prairie Du Chien, and was wounded in the engagement that took place above Rock River. He was under Lt. Riggs at the time, but was with Campbell's men when the attacks were made. They reached the river on the twelfth of June and the next day they met a party of Indians who pretended to be friendly and proposed a treaty. These Indians were under Black Hawk himself and who tells a different story from the rangers and entirely in his own favor. While the treaty was progressing the Indians proposed a footrace between one of their crack runners and a white soldier, the latter to be selected by his companions. The white soldiers desiring to manifest as friendly a spirit as the red man accepted the challenge, and the wager consisted of blankets and moccasins, which were hoisted on a pole near the race ground. The soldier selected for their champion was a little man named Peter Harpool, who was so small that the Indians laughed at him and thought they would have an easy conquest; but when the race came off he beat their champion badly. They were greatly sur- prised at the result and gathered around Harpool, looked and pointed at him in astonish- ment and jabbered and made signs among themselves to indicate their state of feelings.
Early the next morning Lt. Campbell's boat was attacked by a large body of Indians, and a number of men were killed. Harpool being among the first. Mr. Keithley and several others were bathing in the river when the attack was made and he received a severe wound in the hip but escaped to the boat. They fought for an hour when the Indians shot blazing arrows into their boat and set it on fire. Lt. Rector then came alongside and they all dropped down the river to Cap-au-Gris. The men who were bathing when the fight began lost their clothing which was left on the shore and they had to go as far as Cap-au- Gris in the dress that Adam wore."
Mr. Keithley was not with Capt. Callaway when he was killed, but was present when his body was found and buried. This took place late in the afternoon and the party rode to Loutre Island that night. They swam Loutree Slough, which was very high at that time. One ranger, Robert Baldridge, rode a horse that was not accustomed to deep water and began to struggle and sank, carrying his rider with him. Baldridge prayed for help like a good fellow, and finally got safely to shore." The above is from Pioneer Families of Missouri, 1876. In 1846-47 Mr. Keithley made a trip across the Plains with a company to Oregon, where he spent the winter on the Pacific Coast and slept under an evergreen oak. He spent a year on this journey, the trip being made in an ox wagon.
â€¢ XI LEVI KEITHLEY was born May 15, 1794, in Warren Co. Ky. In 1815 he married Fannie White, in Ky. He came to the "Territory of Missouri" in 1817, and settled in the St. Charles District, in now, St. Charles Co. In 1818 he moved to Elk Springs, now Pike Co. which was at that time within the St. Charles Dist. Here he cleared from the wilderness a farm and set out an orchard. "Landing on Spence Creek Nov 1. 1818, he placed his plunder under a tree, and five miles from his nearest neighbor, began a rude structure in which to winter. For as yet not a stick was cut nor a board riven, nor a friendly daub of mortar had been placed to protect the family from the near approach of winter. Trusting in God and his own strength he set to work and soon the reverberating hills sent back the echo of the last lick struck upon a finished cabin, into which he snugly ticked his little effects and wintered as happily, perhaps, as if his mud pointed hut had been a mansion instead."
"The dinner horn was an instrument of summons in the hour of peril at the house; and one day while Levi was in the field he heard the horn blown with unusual violence. Hastening home he found his wife trying to frighten a huge black bear away from the hog pen from which it took a fat porker. Hot pursuit was made with gun and dog. Bruin's fat carcass helped to fill the larder." In 1827 Levi moved to Ralls. Co. and settled permanently on Salt River. "As I remember father fifty years ago (written in 1910) he was rather a short corpulent man; about five feet eight inches in height and weighed about 200 lbs. He had a round smooth shaven face and a bald head, blue eyes, a straight nose and a prominent forehead. His education was limited, having gone to school very little. For men in his day, especially in a new country, lived by the sweat of the brow, for there were few books and newspapers were seldom seen. It was as much as parents could do to teach their children to read, write and cipher. But father was a man of good common sense and encouraged his children in the pursuit of knowledge. Though he had little to give them, he delighted to see them progressing by their own efforts. He liked to see all enjoy themselves and would often join in their merriment and play."
"To his country he was loyal and to his state an exemplary citizen, ready to defend it when foes disturbed its peace. In 1832 he joined Capt. Matson in the Black Hawk war and campaigned on the frontier for some months against the Indians. He brought home a canteen and Indian tomahawk, with which mementoes I often played as a child. For his service he was awarded a land grant by the government. He was a man of marked force and solidity of character and of dauntless energy. He despised all chicanery and sophistry and believed in the old fashioned 'hewd and split road to wealth.' He was always favorable toward religion and in early life contended that as Christ's death was sufficient atonement for all men and therefore all would be saved. But when I was a youth I saw him baptized into the Christian Church by Rev. Waters, after which he was a consistent member until he was past eighty-one when he passed away to that 'undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns.' He died at his residence in Centre township, Ralls, Co. Mo. Oct. 28, 1875.
[FHD Note -- this material partly matches the Autobio. of Jacob Carter Keithley but was re-edited either by Castlio or someone else. Compare this information below with the computer file jackeit.html, Part 3 of Jacob Keithley's Descendants.]
LEVI KEITHLEY married (1) Fannie White, born 1796 in Ky. and died in Mo. Oct. 12, 1835. She was the daughter of Carter White, who lived near Bowling Green, Ky. Their children:
1 Nancy, born in Jan. 16, 1816, in Warren Co. Ky. married Levi Turner in Mo. and moved to Calhoun, Ill. They settled near the Mississippi River and kept a wood yard, selling wood to steamboats for years. "They got wealthy and bought 2000 acres of land and lost most of it before they died." Children: George, Margaret, Levi, Gilbert and Adwin. All are dead in 1910. Only one grand daughter, Mrs. Addington, In Audrain Co. Mo.
2 Martha, born in Warren Co. Ky. In Ralls Co. ,Mo. she married James Alexander. Three children: Fernando S. was county recorder of Ralls, lives in New London. He and wife, Susie J. have eight children. Jacob K. was Justice of the Peace, lives in the northern part of Ralls and they have one child. He is a farmer but is chosen arbiter by parties at variance. And a daughter who died young.
3 Edwin Keithley, born Feb. 21, 1819, near Elk Springs, Pike Co. Mo. "Here in Nov. 1818, his parents placed their household goods under a tree for shelter while Levi built a cabin from the surrounding timber, five miles from the nearest neighbor and seventy-five miles from the nearest mill, at St. Charles. and in the midst of it the child was born and they called his name Edwin. He was the smallest of the Keithleys, weighing only 100 pounds. He astonished every one by his pluck and agility in a scuffle. Always doing his share of the work without complaining and without reward, for father never gave him anything during his life time. Father would often refer to Edwin as an example for the other children." He joined the Baptist church at Old Bethel and afterwards united with the Christian Church. He married Mary Ellen Alexander." She was an exceptional wife, always affable and kind." They commenced their married life in a small log cabin, finally settled near Center. Four sons and four daughters, all except one or two lived near Center in 1910. Namely: James has five children and six grandchildren; Levi has eight children and six grandchildren; Robert L. has two children, and two grandchildren. John T. has four children and three grandchildren. Maggie Crofford has three children and three grand- children. Louise Hulse has six children and five grandchildren. Fannie Waters has five children and no grandchildren. Dellie Briggs has seven children and no grandchildren. "Edwin died at his home in Center, Sept. 5, 1885, a citizen loved and respected by all who knew him . . . and now his form we shall see no more, but God grant the memory of his Christian character shall ever remain a sweet fragrance in the church at Mount Olivet and the Knowledge of his many virtues fill many a heart with noble aspirations to follow him as he followed Christ.
4 Malissa Keithley, born April 14, 1821, near Elk Springs. "She attended subscription school, as there were no public schools in those days." She married Jack Hager, a farmer, who after buying and improving several farms, finally settled, after the Civil War, in Monroe Co. near the town of old Clinton, where they remained to the end of their pilgrimage. He was a Catholic and late in life she joined his church. Nine children, most of whom went to Oregon: Edwin, Robert, James, Levi, Fannie, Melissa and others.
5 Louise Keithley born Aug. 23, 1823, near Elk Springs and attended the subscription school. She married Coleman D. Stone. She was considered the prettiest of the sisters and retained her youthful looks until middle age. They moved to Monroe Co. and spent their remaining years there, where nine of their thirteen children were born. "They were given the advantage of a common school education and all grew up citizens of high character and integrity and all so far as we have heard are Christians. Children: Levi, never married. John has 4 children; George has two children, Sanford has seven children, Thomas never married. Robert has seven daughters. Edwin has seven children, James has two children, Coleman has four children, Cicero has three children, Fannie Arnold has three children, Louise has in 1910 seventy-five descendants.
6 Zerelda Keithley, born Feb. 3, 1826, near Elk Springs, attended subscription school. She joined the Baptist Church, Bethel, when a young girl. Never married. She died at the age of thirty-two.
7 Mary Keithley, born Oct. 2, 1828, in Ralls Co. Mo. About the time she was grown she joined the Bethel Baptist Church. She married Allen Alexander. They lived near Center. Children: James, Dock, Margaret and Louise.
8 Jacob Carter Keithley, born March 4, 1831, in Ralls Co. Mo. He was raised on a farm. Having completed the common school course under Butler Brown, a Mr. Kelsea, Nimrod Waters and Louise Coontz, he worked in a wood yard for six months and saved $50. He used it in 1851, going to a High School for three months, in West Ely, Marion Co. taught by Daniel Emerson, cousin to Ralph Waldo Emerson. He taught first school at Hager's Grove, Shelby Co. Mo for eight months. Jan. 1, 1852, he started to Van Rensselaer Academy at Big Creek, Ralls Co. Here he studied two years. While attending this Academy he joined the Presbyterian Church at Big Creek, "And has never regretted the step." At the close of the term in 1853, the money had given out, "for he had gone wayfaring at his own charges and on his own hook" -- with the exception of $80 the price of a horse received from his father." He commenced to teach again. April, 1857, he again launched his boat on the steam of time and of the unexplored future. Remembering that 'Westward the course of empire takes its way', he directed his bard in that direction, landing at a small town called Rochport, on the Mo. River, took shipping on a steamboat and sailed up to the little town of Miama . . . Without any road he struck a bee line northwest to Petra, a post office on the prairie near where the town of Slater now stands. Here he was employed to teach a three month school. At the end of three months the people built a new school house and employed him for one year. The school was so prosperous that he continued for three years, to July, 1860. But in the mean time he took time to get married. So he dismissed school for one week as there was sixty miles to travel, making a journey of five days altogether." Oct. 27, 1857, her married Miss Jane N. Vawter, daughter of Col Wm. Vawter, of Monroe Co. "The three years soon passed and the fourth would have commenced, but in 1859 my wife's uncle Charles Neave of Cincinnati, Ohio, gave her money enough to assist in buying a home. So we bought in 1859, 160 acres of raw prairie land in Township 50, range 22, section 9, near Salt Springs in the western part of Saline Co. Mo. On this land we settled the first of Sept. 1860, and we have continued here to the present. Here I taught eight months, ending May 1861.
"Now what shall I say more? I am forbidden by the partner of my life to encomium upon herself; but I would be recreant to duty and to my trust to pass by in silence one who has done what she could -- not only for my welfare but for the welfare of her children. She denied herself many comforts for them; spent many hours watching, by day and by night, their outgoings and their incomings; and taught them to shun the evil and to choose the good. She devoted her energies and spent her money for their education and happiness. And in her prayers she has commended them to Him who never sleeps, to Him, who so loved the world that He gave His Son that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life! They can never repay her for the benefits she has conferred upon them. This much I am bound to say and more is due; but let her children say the balance, and give her due credit."
March 4, 1925, Mr. J. C. Keithley reached his ninety-fourth birthday. Still active mentally and physically. Attends to all the chores about the home and writes interesting letters and completed his autobiography for his children. From this autobiography we copy this: Activities and Service: "I have been an elder in the Presbyterian Church, U. S. A. since 1869. A farmer in Saline Co. Missouri, since 1860. A reporter of crop statistics to the U. S. Dept. of Agriculture for 15 years. A reporter to Missouri Department of Agriculture for seven years. Appointed a delegate to the International Farm Congress for four consecutive years. A member of the State Historical Society of Missouri for two years."
Jane Neave (Vawter) Keithley was born Jan. 16, 1837, in Monroe Co. Mo. and died at home near Mt. Leonard, Saline Co. Mo. Sept. 1, 1922. She was the daughter of Col. Wm. Vawter, who was born and raised in Woodford Co. Ky. Her mother was Sarah (Neave) Vawter, sister of Charles and Thomas Neave, who immigrated with their father from England and settled in Louisville, Ky. Her parents came to Monroe Co. as early as 1832. Their children: 1 Irwing Keithley born June 20, 1858, never married, a farmer living on the home place. 2 Herbert R. Keithley born June 2, 1862, died Feb. 1821. He married (1) Isabel Tinker, married (2) Hattie Tinker, children: 1 Herbert Rudolph, married Hilda Gielow. 2 Madeline K. 3 Franklin, married Myrtle Tasker. 4 Edward, married Clara Schultz. 5 Jane Neave Keithley. Living in Michigan City, Ind. 3 Flora Keithley, born Dec 3, 1863, never married, keeps house for her father. 4 Ella R. Keithley, born Aug. 22, 1866, married George Buchanan and lives at El Paso, Texas. Children: 1 Evelyn, married Murry Kyle, one son, Wm. Murry. 2 Percy C. and 3 Frances. 5 George E. Keithley, born Dec. 20, 1868, not married. A Presbyterian minister at Newman, Ill. (1925). 6 Joseph Clarence Keithley, born 1871, died 1875. 7 Stanley Keithley, born 1874, died 1876. 8 Roland Hill Keithley born June 1, 1877 died Oct 24, 1919. He married Mary Tuttle, June 15, 1904, who survives him. Children: Sue and Ralph, living at Denver, Colo.
9 Robert Keithley, son of Levi, born Jan. 23, 1834, died Jan 9, 1848.
â€¢ XI. LEVI KEITHLEY married (2) Helen Bell in 1836. She died in 1841. "She was an exceptionally good woman." the daughter of Joseph Bell, who was born in North Ireland Aug. 17, 1765, and came to America with his parents and settled in Bucks Co. Pa. in 1772. In 1781 he joined an immigrant train and came to Ky. Four children:
10 John Wm. Keithley, born Jan. 3, 1837. He was given a liberal education and taught school. He was county commissioner of Ralls Co. and later Judge of the Probate Court of Ralls. When asked for the principal events of his life he said in part, "As to the principal events of my life, I can give them in a very small space. I have spent the greater part of my life as a teacher . . but my hearing has been so defective for the last three years (1910) that I have had to give up teaching . . .Now that which I feel gives . . satisfaction . . . is the conscious knowledge of having done one's best in whatever calling has befallen one's lot." May 22, 1861 he married Jane McKennie, born Sept. 24, 1842, daughter of Mathew McKennie, native of Va. who came to Ralls Co. in 1837. They lived in Springfield, Mo. in 1910. Their children: Wm. R. born Feb. 27, 1862. Irene B. Hutchison, born Jan. 3, 1864, one child living, Ada, Okla. John M., born April 22, 1865, married with two children. Engineer. Dana B. born March 20, 1867, married and is a stock trader, lives in Washington. C. Edward, born April 16, 1868, married with one child, a farmer in Texas. R. Albert, born Dec. 22, 1869, married with one child, a machinist, George E. born June 29, 1871. Levi A. Born Aug. 16, 1872, married, engineer in Springfield, Mo. Marvin M. born Oct. 10, 1874, married with two children. An engineer of St. Louis. Elizabeth Oakley, born Nov. 14, 1876, married with two children. Rolly T. born June 2, 1879, married with one child, an engineer. Helen J. Ellis born Aug. 29, 1885 married. A son and daughter died in infancy.
11 Joseph Bell Keithley, born May 14, 1838, in Ralls Co. "He was raised on a farm and had a common school education and spent most of his life in farming. During the Civil War he chose the side of the Union. See Honor Roll. Oct. 30, 1866 he married Ann. E. Thomas, daughter of Jack Thomas of Selby Co. Mo. He moved to Monroe City and died there April 2, 1908. From the Monroe City News; "Joseph B. Keithley was a very quiet and unassuming man, yet one who was held in high esteem by all who knew him. A wife and eight children besides other relatives mourn his departure. Funeral service took place from the Catholic Church conducted by Rev. Thomas Mullon, and the remains were laid to rest in the Holy Rosary Cemetery." Their children: Dora B. married Charles L. Coontz Jan. 20, 1885, and they have seven children living. 2 John T. is single living in Wyoming. 3 Mary H. married W. Garnett, Jan. 19, 1893, eight children. 4 Levi A. married Bessie Ogle, Sept. 21, 1904, one child. All were raised in Ralls. Ann E. Keithley died Oct. 1, 1885. Joseph Bell Keithley married (2) Lizzy Price of Cincinnati. To this union was born: Emmet, Ann, and Eula.
12 Frances Ann Keithley, born Dec. 1, 1839, was educated in the common school and married John Little, son Wm. Little from Ky. Living on the Little homestead. They reared three sons and five daughters. 1 Mary, the eldest, single in 1910. 2 Wm. married Josie Donnally. Children: Olive, Walter, Lawrence, Oscar, Helen, Frances, Lois and Vincent. 3 Susie Little married Frazier Coontz. Children: Laura, Leo, Lucy and Frances. 4 Robert Little married Minnie Garnett. Children: Ellen, Fanny, Velma, Annabel, Robert and Claralee. 5 Minnie Little married Robert Kendrick. Children: Paul, Kenneth and Regina. 6 John Little married Blanche Matthews. Children: Geraldine, Douglas and Blanche Don. 7 Bertha Little married Wm Kaiser. 8 Opal Little, the youngest.
13 Levi Keithley, born May 8, 1841. At age of 23-4 he went to Calif. Prospered, single. Common school education.
â€¢ XI LEVI KEITHLEY married (3) Drucilla Thompson. No children. He married (4) Mary Couch, daughter of Henry Couch. Children:
14 Benjamin F. born July 14, 1859, educated in the public school. He married Mary Jane Coontz, daughter of Jacob and wife Mary Jane (Asher) Coontz. Children: Belva F., Jacob C. and Emma L. Benjamin is the largest Keithley of the men, weighing 350, lives on part of old homestead in Salt River Bottom.
15 Maggie A. Keithley, born Aug. 27, 1860, educated in public school and married Wm Rosser, son of Silas and wife, Mary Ellen (Shultz) Rosser. They live on the old homestead where fifteen brothers and sisters were reared. Children: Ethel, Elmer B., Orval A., Lester K., and William, and have two grandchildren. 16 Sarah E. Keithley died in infancy.
â€¢ XI. LEVI KEITHLEY married (5) Miss Ailsey Hale, no children.
The descendants of LEVI KEITHLEY in 1910 as far as known were 272. This family data was taken from J. C. Keithley's History of the Keithley Family.
â€¢ XII CATHERINE KEITHLEY was born in Warren Co. Ky. Aug. 13, 1795. She married Peter Graves and lives in Tenn. No further record.
â€¢ XIII DANIEL KEITHLEY was born in Warren Co. Ky. Dec. 22, 1796, and died in St. Charles Co. Mo. Nov. 12, 1860. One record states he came into the "Territory of Missouri" in 1816. He married (1) Miss Owens, before 1821. He married (2) Emma F. Wilmot on Nov. 21, 1842. She was born Nov. 25, 1803, and died at the home of her daughter, Sally, about 1890, in St. Charles Co. Mo. Sarah A. Keithley, "Sally" born June 23, 1844, is the only one of his children that I am positive is Emma's daughter.
After coming to Missouri Daniel was a farmer and an Inn keeper, located on the Salt River road near the present city of O'Fallon, Mo. He was a typical pioneer. A successful farmer, a good veterinarian, reading much on the subject, and an entertaining inn keeper. The Inn is now a comfortable home for the farmer who owns his homestead. Identified with the vocation of tavern keeping in pioneer days are some of the best known and most highly esteemed families in the state's history. His children:
1 John S. and 2 Redford, of whom I have no record.
3 Daniel Keithley Jr. married Virginia Williams. Children: 1 Sidney, who married Kitty Heck, dying he left four children: Ollie and Oswald, see Honor Roll. Virne, who married Dolph Moore and lives in St. Charles. Minnie, of whom I have no record. 2 Manaleus, 3 Carl, 4 Pittman, deceased, 5 Mittie and 6 Samuel, who is a conductor on a railroad in the western part of the state, married and has one child.
4 King Darius Keithley was born Aug. 5, 1830. He married (1) Mattie Williams of Virginia. Three children. One died in infancy. Gandonia (Keithley) How, now living in Warsaw, Ind. has one son, Roy. Alberta Keithley, who is living in Kansas City at present (1923) is a very lovable character. King married (2) children: Lee, John, dead, Shelby, Edward, and Stella, all live in St. Louis.
5 Mary Jane Keithley, born July 16, 1832. married Carty Keithley, son of Absalom. Two children were born to them, Henry and Fannie -- all have passed away.
7 Sarah A., see under Absalom Keithley.
6 Woodford Keithley was born Feb. 27, 1834 on the Salt River Rd, 1 1/2 miles north of O'Fallon, in St. Charles Co. Mo. From a newspaper clipping this: 102 direct descendants survive him. Pioneer Citizens of this County. "The death of Woodford Keithley occurred at his home at O'Fallon Feb. 23, 1917. He was 83 years old, having been one of the pioneer citizens of this county. He leaves in the land of the living 14 children, 41 grand children 43 great grand children and 4 gr. gr. grand children. . . The funeral services of Mr. Woodford Keithley were conducted Sunday afternoon by Rev. Mr. Kline in the presence of a large congregation of friends from all over the country. St. Charles, St. Peters, St. Paul, Dardenne and Cottleville, besides St. Louis and O'Fallon friends were in attendance. Mr. Keithley was born in St. Charles Co. a few miles north of town in 1834, and had he lived a few days longer he would have reached his 83rd birthday. All of his children, except one son, John, who is in Calif. were present. The pall-bearers were his grandsons, Norval and Archie Soutee, Van and Oll Walton, Lel Keithley and Bryan Wildberger. The floral offerings were beautiful, especially the carnations and sweet peas given by the grand children. His remains were interred in Mount Zion Cemetery, where all the members of his family have been laid to rest. He was the last of a large family who were a noble race of people. The Keithleys served their country well by industry and frugality, laying up for their children and setting an example of integrity and sound conviction of truth. And as we lay our friend away we pause to say: `A good man has gone to his reward.'
His daughter Fannie writes lovingly of her parents: "At the age of 19 years he mar- ried Mary Smith, 16 years old, the daughter of Adam and Elizabeth (Hostetter) Smith. They lived in Lincoln Co. Mo. about ten years, but at his father's dying request he bought the old homestead and lived there until within a few years of his death. He sold the old home a few years before his death and made division of his property. He was always a just and good man in all things. Many poor orphan children thank him for a home when they had no other place to go. Never was any one turned from the door that asked for help in any way. All strangers made to feel welcome and if not able to continue their travel, were kept until they were able to go on. He was one of the first veterinarians in the country and was successful. He learned some from his father, but that did not satisfy him so be bought books and made a study of horses. His last years were spent with his children, his wife having died twenty years, previously. She was a noble woman and without her help he could not have done all the kind deeds to the poor." Eleven children were born to them. Four children died in infancy. Those who lived to maturity: 1 Daw Keithley born Dec. 18, 1853, died 1906. 2 Emma K. born 1855. 3 Joseph Keithley, born 1857. 4 John Keithley born 1859. 5 May (Keithley) Walton, born 1863. 6 Fannie (Keithley) Soutee, born 1865. She married Sterling Soutee, a farmer, Nov. 2, 1888, in Butler, Bates Co. Mo. Their home is now near O'Fallon. Four children: Mitchell P. married Annie Shulte, and lives in St. Louis. Norvell J. married Rose Herchier and lives on a farm near St. Paul Mo. See Honor Roll. Archie married Mattie Riley and lives in Los Angeles, Calif. Rose married Frank Tucker and lives in St. Louis. 7 Elizabeth Keithley was born in the old Daniel Keithley Inn, near O'Fallon St. Charles Co. Mo., May 1, 1871. Oct. 15, 1891 she married J. P. Wildberger, who was born in Switzerland, April 4, 1847. Their home is on O'Fallon and six children were born to them: 1 John, who served 15 months in the World War. 2 Bryan served in the World War. He married Maye Holt, of La Plata, Mo., Nov. 15, 1921. See Honor Roll. 3 Florence married Albert R. Cleveland, June 28, 1916. 4 Edith married John Lee Turner of St. Louis, June 22, 1910. 5 Nellie and 6 Robert, the two youngest are at home in 1922.
â€¢ XIV ABSALOM KEITHLEY was born in Warren Co. Ky. May 22, 1799. He came into the "Territory of Missouri" in 1818, and Jan 12, 1819, he married Sinai Castlio, who was the daughter of John Castlio and his wife, Mrs. Eleanor (Harrison) Lowe Castlio. Sinai was born Aug. 2, 1802 on a farm on which the city of Nashville, Tenn. is now located. She came with her parents into the "Territory of Louisiana" in 1806, into now St. Charles Co. Missouri. Great aunt Sinai "Was a very responsible woman. Many tales have been handed down to her descendants in corroboration of the fact. At one time she was known to have stepped in front of a run-away team, bent on destruction, with a load of human freight. With splendid courage she grasped the bridle and saved the day. Her children walked seven miles to Sunday School and rarely missed a session." She was also remarkable for her skillful management of her large family and many slaves. She was a progressive wide awake business woman, believing the most efficient workers could be made by specializing, and her negro slave women were taught to do only that for which they showed special talent. They were trained as weaver, cook, seamstress, according to their adaptability. J. C. K wrote: "All of their children were stout looking and taller than any of the other families (meaning Keithleys). Their mother was tall, but uncle Absalom was medium height and stout, though not fleshy. He had a fine family. A large house sided with shaved weather-boarding. He had a cooper shop where five or six of his sons made barrels, in 1849." Like his brothers, he was industrious and thrifty, having property for his numerous children. All of the boys were six feet in height. Absalom founded the village of now, Gilmore, St. Charles Co. Mo. From the family Bible:
ABSALOM KEITHLEY was born May 22, 1799, died March 29, 1879.
SINAI CASTLIO was born Aug. 2, 1802, died Oct. 6, 1855. They were married Jan. 14, 1819. Their children:
â€¢ William McEwing Keithley was born March 20, 1820, died Aug. 8, 1864.
â€¢ Ursula Keithley was born July 8, 1821, died Sept. 8, 1829.
â€¢ Mary M. Keithley was born Jan. 29, 1823, died Oct. 5, 1851.
â€¢ Hiram Keithley was born Jan. 9, 1824, died 1890.
â€¢ John Milton Keithley was born May 8, 1826, died July 31, 1906.
â€¢ Jacob Keithley was born Sept. 26, 1827, died Jan 25, 1902.
â€¢ Carty Keithley was born April 8, 1829, died April 13, 1855.
â€¢ Abram Keithley was born May 6, 1831, died Nov. 28, 1918.
â€¢ Wiltshira Keithley was born May 18, 1833, died 1912.
â€¢ Franklin Keithley was born Nov. 1, 1834, died July 9, 1863.
â€¢ Harrison Keithley was born Nov. 9, 1837, died Jan. 21, 1904.
â€¢ Sarah J. Keithley was born April 3, 1839, died Aug. 1, 1844.
â€¢ Henry Clay Keithley was born July, 1842, died Aug. 4, 1844.
1 William McEwing Keithley (1820-1864). He served in the Civil War. Came home sick and died of pneumonia within a few days. He married Mrs. Mahala (Lewellen) Glascock, a cousin and widow with two children. One of them, Mr. Joe Glasscock, who is now living (1922) at the age of 84, speaks of having a good step father. Two children were born to this union: A daughter, Clementine, who at the age of twelve was burned, when her clothing caught fire. They were living at Louisiana Mo. at the time. Later they moved to St. Louis and there their little boy, Monroe, was drowned while wading in the river. See Honor Roll.
2 Mary M. Keithley (1823-1851). She married Mr. Smith, a widower with two children. Two children were born to them: Billy Smith, who made his home with Mr. John M. Keithley's family until his death some years ago, and a daughter of whom I have no record except that she married and lived near O'Fallon.
3 Hiram Keithley (1824-1890). He never told a lie. If he did not wish to tell the truth he made no reply. During his first wife's life they lived in Calhoun, Ill. He was a fine financier -- but was rather peculiar in his young days and did not improve in that respect as he grew older. By his first marriage there were two or three sons and a daughter. One son was named Curl. They were of restless dispositions, moving out West and back so often that they spent their inheritance and have been lost to the kin. The daughter, Nevada, was finely educated and a fine musician and quite a favorite with her parents. When she married Mr. Carter and went to live in Kansas, the parents were so lonely, they fitted up a covered wagon and went camping for about two weeks. She married well and was later a great comfort to her father. She had two children and has passed away. Hiram married a second time and his daughter, Flora, and her mother were living in St. Louis. She was a young woman of very pleasing appearance and surroundings. She was clerking, helping herself and mother. Hiram was buried in Hannibal, Mo.
4 John Milton Keithley (1826-1906). He was industrious, thrifty and successful. The owner of a large acreage of farm land on the Mississippi Bottom. He became one of the most well known farmers of St. Charles Co. Mo. He was an ambitious man, of untiring energy and stick-to-itiveness. March 23, 1865 he married Sarah A. Keithley, daughter of Daniel and Emma (Wilmot) Keithley, who was born June 26, 1844. To them were born six children. The youngest, John Milton Keithley, Jr. was born near St. Peters on the homestead, St. Charles Co. Mo. At the age of 14 years his parents moved to O'Fallon where they lived during the rest of their lives. John M. Jr. born Dec. 10, 1877, was baptized Sept. 2, 1879, by Rev. Beagle of the M. E. South Church. He attended the Cool Spring District school, Wood Lawn Seminary, near O'Fallon, the St. Charles Academy and from the Pritchett College of Glasgow he graduated an A. B. June 1899. He also later studied at the University of Missouri and the Chicago University. At his father's death he became heir to their property, assuming management of the large farm and the duties of his father as Director of the Bank of O'Fallon. He met, while at Glasgow, Miss Lalla Almond Woodson. "After ten years of correspondence and courtship" they married, June 22, 1905, at her home in Hobart, Okla. She is the daughter of Senator Woodson, a descendant of John Woodson, an Englishman who came to Va. and whose descendants moved into Kentucky and later generations to Missouri and have been prominent in politics. Her mother was Nellie C. Cockerill, daughter of Henry Clay Cockerill, a former trustee of Pritchett College, and related to Senator Cockerill and family. Lalla Woodson was educated at Glasgow and later studied Art and obtained a music diploma at the University Preparatory school of Tonkawa, Okla. She is a Methodist and has been a zealous worker in the Sunday School. Her mother was for fourteen years President of the Oklahoma Woman's Temperance Union . Children: eight born, four living: Dorothea, born June 21, 1906, and Nellie Cockerill, born Oct. 24, 1907, both finished the O'Fallon High School 1921. They are now (1922) attending the Wesleyan College at Warrenton, Mo. The two younger, Virginia Ruth, born July 10, 1909, and Cordelia Genelle, born Nov. 27, 1911, are attending O'Fallon grade school. This family now (1925) love in Warrenton, Missouri. The above sent by Mrs. J. M. Keithley in 1922.
5 Jacob Keithley (1827-1902) [had a son Jacob who... FHD Note]was born in St. Charles Co. Mo. Dec. 14, 1854. He married (1) Elizabeth Burkelo, who died Dec. 10. 1874. Two children: Milton Lee, died in infancy. Edna, born March 27, 1866 now lives in San Diego, Calif. Her only child, Robert Keithley Sieben, was born Jan. 6, 1900. See Honor Roll. Mrs. Sieben was a teacher, Jacob Keithley married (2) Miss Clara B. Allen, a teacher from Vermont, on Nov. 25, 1879. One son Elroy Allen Keithley, born Aug. 23, 1880. E. A. Keithley finished the O'Fallon grade, attended Wood Lawn Seminary and spent some time at college. After his father's death he continued in his father's business. Furniture Dealer and Undertaker in O'Fallon. He is a man who succeeded in his own country. June 20, 1906 he married Miss Mabel Steed of St. Charles. Two children: Lyman Steed, born Sept. 3, 1907, at present (1923) attending the St. Charles High School. Helen, born Oct. 25, 1914. Mrs. Clara B. Keithley lives with her son, in O'Fallon, Mo.
6 Abram Keithley was born May 6, 1831 in St. Charles Co. Mo and died in Roseville, Placer Co. Calif. In May, 1850 he and his father and three brothers Hiram, John M. and Wiltshira, went to the gold field of the 49'ers. He, only, stayed in Calif, the others returned to Missouri. Feb. 14, 1861 he married Gertrude Carmen Chatterton, of Elizabethton, New Jersey, who went to Calif. in 1854, around the horn. The marriage took place in Sacramento, Co. In 1867 they settled at Roseville, and there two sons, William Ulmer, born April 2, 1867 and James Donald, born July 25, 1869, and Mary Emma, born April 4, 1862, are living unmarried in 1924. Another daughter, Louise Fields, was born in the State of Nevada, June 20, 1864, who on June 22, 1883 married James Madison Denham, in Sacramento City, Calif. He was born in Muscatine, Iowa, Nov. 16, 1862. Their children: 1 Mabel Cordelia, born June 25, 1885, in Sacramento Co. Calif. See Honor Roll. 3 Henry Ulmer, born Oct. 24, 1886, in Tulare Co. Calif. See Honor Roll. 4 Emma Gertrude, born April 17, 1892, in Tulare Co. married Ralph Emmett Howes. in Hamford, Aug. 16, 1911. He was born Sept. 27, 1886 and lives in King Co. Calif. Howes children: Bernice, born May 10, 1912. Gerald Emmett, born Feb. 12, 1914. Cora Louise, born Aug. 22, 1915. James Ellsworth, born July 31, 1917. Donald Joseph, born Oct. 30, 1920, and Walter Robert, born Oct. 12, 1923. A farmer is Mr. Howes. 5 Earnest Verner, born Jan. 9, 1894, in Tulare Co. See Honor Roll. Grace Verona, born Sept. 30, 1895, in Tulare Co. 7 Jesse Webster, born June 27, 1898, in Tulare Co. See Honor Roll. 8 Franklin Pierce, born Oct. 10, 1901 in King Co. Calif. See Honor Roll. 9 Ivo Carmer, born June 10, 1904, in King Co. These Keithleys and all their descendants are farmers except Franklin, of the Asiatic Fleet.
7 Carty Keithley (1829-1855) He married a cousin, Mary Jane Keithley, daughter of Daniel Keithley (1796-1860) of St. Charles Co. Mo. She was born July 16, 1832. Two children. All have passed away.
8 Wiltshira Louis Keithley (1833-1912) He married a cousin, Harriet Lewellen, in 1856, who died in 1905. They lived on one of the finest farms in Pike Co. Missouri. Four girls: 1 Laura Virginia, born 1858, lived seven months. 2 Fannie Madora Keithley, born 1860. She was educated at Fair View Seminary, St. Charles Co. Mo and made a specialty of music at Palmyra, Engleside College Mo. She married Jasper Cash in 1879 and lived on one of the best farms in Pike Co. Mo until 1905 when at the death of her mother they moved to Frankford to take care of her father. They are now retired farmers. Children: 1 Guy Leroy, born 1881, died 1911. He was educated in Lexington, Kentucky, and married Lilly Howdy Shell, in 1904. At the time Guy was cashier of a bank in Saratoga, Texas. In 1911 at time of his death he was cashier of the First National Bank of Fort Worth, Texas. He was a fine business man. Had a cheerful disposition and made many friends. He met with a tragic death. Returning from an early duck hunt on An artificial lake near Ft. Worth, while placing his gun in it's pouch it accidentally went off, cutting the jugular vein and death soon followed. His body was brought home and placed in the Frankford Cemetery. On confession of faith he joined the Christian Church while in Lexington University. His son, George L. Cash, born 1906, will graduate from the Ft. Worth High School in 1923. 2 Lora Maude Cash, born 1882, attended the Lexington University. She married Hiram Benn in 1907 and they now own the Wiltshira Keithley farm. One son, Mason Cash Benn, born 1908, is now attending the Frankford High. Mrs. Benn is an energetic woman, who looks on the bright side of life. 3 Edna Cash, born 1892, was educated in Ft. Worth and in 1910 married Paul Armstrong, a well educated man with a cheerful congenial disposition. He is a meat and provision broker of Dallas, Texas. Two lovely children, Paul Jr. born 1915, "an unusually bright boy, and Frances Jane, a beautiful child." -- Sounds just like a grandmother.
3. Emma Maude Keithley was born 1867 and attended Wood Lawn Seminary in St. Charles Co. She married Mr. Walter Barbee in 1890. Mr. and Mrs. Barbee are both musi- cians. He was a successful singing school teacher and sings well. It has been said of him that "He sang him a farm and now he would sing him a wife." They were attracted to each other by their musical talents. Two children: Leslie Keithley Barbee, born 1891 was edu- cated at William Jewel College and the University of Missouri. He was named for C. E. Leslie, the musical composer and convention leader. He sings beautifully. See Honor Roll. He married Lilian McCracken of Okla. and they are living on the old homestead. See his letter. Clara Maude Barbee, born 1892, and was educated at Harden College, Mexico, Mo. She taught music in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1918 she married Thruman Stallings, who is superintendent of a brick plant in Mexico Mo. One son has been born to them in 1910. "A beautiful child." 4 Nina Ella Keithley, born 1870, died 1872.
Extracts from Leslie K. Barbee's War record. "I joined the service Dec. 1, 1917, at St. Louis, in the engineer Dept. Had four days leave to come home, straighten up my busi- ness, tell every body goodbye and give my wife to be an engagement ring. I then reported to St. Louis and was sent to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station. There twenty-one days and given every sort of shot in the arm, vaccination, etc. Then my name was called to draft for eleven car loads of sailors were sent to Philadelphia to a receiving station. After twenty-one days I was called with a bunch of a hundred to be sent aboard the U. S. Maine for actual sea service. I belonged to the carpenter shop of this ship and was held on board six weeks. During this time we made two trips to Cuba -- and in a storm off Cape Hatteras I experienced that awful feeling of being, sea sick for days at a time. At the expiration of six weeks my name was called to go with a bunch to N. Y. While on the Maine our home port was Yorktown, Virginia. I walked all over this old historic place and it will never be forgotten. Another great experience with me was landing in New York City. One has to do this in order to get the thrill of being an American. And then I began to realize what it all meant to me -- and to think our enemy would have gladly destroyed our United States. Here we were held at a receiving ship, C. W. Morris for several days. Then my name was called for draft for a Hospital Ship, the U. S. S. Comfort, and on board this ship I worked my entire time. She became a home to me and I got to be closely attached to every nook and corner on board. We spent the summer anchored off Staten Island and I ran a motor boat nearly every day. I made trips past the Statue of Liberty and up and down the Hudson and all around that part of the city. We were allowed so much liberty at New York, I soon became acquainted with the city and it was a great sight to a country boy like me.
In Oct. 1918, we sailed for Brest, France, and anchored in this harbor for thirty days, then sailed for St. Narzaire and got a load of soldiers that were wounded and started home to the grand old states. We were in Brest Nov. 11. I have a lasting remembrance of that occasion. For the poor soldiers we brought back were helpless -- legs off, arms off and some with both. But they were cheerful and so anxious to get back home. While I was standing on deck watching them being carried on board -- tears streaming down one's face -- to see them all mangled -- but yet with cheerful faces to get back home and loved ones -- my mind ran back to some slackers who lied and did everything possible to get out of the service. Then and there I formed opinions and drew a line between slackers and real men.
Soon we reached New York (being seventeen days on account of a storm) we got fresh supplies and started for Plymouth, England. Here we got another load of stretcher cases and brought them home. Again loaded with supplies and coal we "shoved off" for Bordeaux, France. Here we had a chance to go to Paris, but Bordeaux was enough for me. Here we loaded on another four hundred braves and landed them safely at pier 4, Hoboken, New Jersey. On all of these trips I worked in boiler room, engine room and mast time -- and worked on evaporators. These "vaps" made fresh drinking water out of strong sea water -- a very interesting job for me.
May 1919 we sailed for Plymouth, New Hampshire, for ship repairs. There some ten days and got orders to report to New York. There we were loaded with four hundred and went to Norfolk, Va. and part to Charleston, S. C. we were here one week. A very interesting old City. Then we received orders to sail for San Francisco via Panama Canal. This was the most interesting trip of all. I was promoted to Ship Fitter by this time and had a real enjoyable trip. The Canal is wonderful. We were ten days from Canal to "Frisco." We landed in Golden Gate Harbor on 30th day of July, 1919. In a few days we moved on to Mare Island, Naval Station. Here we anchored at the pier and on Aug. 5 my name was called in draft to be sent to St. Louis for demobilization. While in Vallejo, Calif. I got 48 hrs. and drove by auto to Sacramento and hunted up Abe Keithley's people. I found them two old bachelors and an old maid. Then by Aug. 11, 1919 we reached St. Louis and was paid off, another memorable event of my life. Thus ended my service with Uncle Sam on war against Germany. Of course there are pages I could write of interesting things that took place during my enlistment -- but would not be of interest to others. So will stop."
G. E. D. Leslie K. Barbee
9 Franklin Keithley (1834-1863). He married (wife's name not given me) and his children were: 1 Helen Keithley born Sept. 9, 1857, married John Phillips April 27, 1876. Three children: John Henry, born March 11, 1879, married Delia E. Tiller, Aug. 14, 1907. Children: Dennis Lee, Born March 2, 1909. Hazel Lucile, born Sept. 15 1910, and Earle Tiller born Nov. 18, 1915. They live in O'Fallon. William Lee born Oct. 1, 1877, died July 4, 1878 and Ida, born July 10, 1882. A teacher in the rural schools of St. Charles Co. Mo.
2 Ida Ann Keithley was born Oct. 18, 1859, married Alfred Burch. She passed away. Children: Alfred Franklin Burch born Oct. 19, 1876, married Aug, 10, 1903. Four children: Arthur Franklin, born May 3, 1904. Arthur Frederick born Sept. 15, 1911. Adele Frances, born June 16, 1915. Audrey Florino, born Feb. 14, 1918. 2 Lee Andrew Burch, born Nov 13, 1882, married Dec. 6, 1904. Their children: Dorthea Amelia, born Sept. 13, 1908, and Virginia Lee, born June 8, 1914. 2 Ida Ann (Keithley) Burch, married (2) Ben Duerer. Three children: John Bernard, born June 18, 1898. Genevieve Margaret, born June 18, 1900, who is married and has a daughter, Ann Cathrine Cayee, born Jan. 26, 1923. Frances Rogena, born Aug. 12, 1903, married Aug. 28, 1922. 3 Wm. Theodore Keithley was born Oct. 28, 1861, in St. Charles Co. He married Miss Anna Doran, Dec. 4, 1888. She was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1869. Children: 1 Mae Mary Agnes, born May 18, 1890, St. Charles Co. Married George Qualey, in California. No children. 2 Leonidas Franklin, born Aug 2, 1893, married Ella Mae Heisler of St. Louis. No children. 3 Wm. Joseph Jr. born in St. Peters, St. Charles Co. Oct. 5, 1898, married Miss Hermena Louise Simms of Corning, Ark. One son, Wm. Joseph born April 18, 1922, in St. Louis. 4 Elmer Harrison Clarence, born March 19, 1898. He married Mary Lucile Wiber of St. Louis. No children. 5 Arthur Alfonso born in St. Louis Feb. 1, 1900, not married. 6 Earl Edward, born in St. Louis Aug. 5, 1904, died in 1905. Mrs. Wm. Theodore Keithley died Sept. 23, 1906, age 37 years.
10 Harrison Keithley (1837-1904). Married Miss Emily Cash of Frankford, Mo. Sept. 1885. They made their home on a farm near Batavia, Calif. She died in 1896 and was brought home to Frankford to be buried. He did not marry again.
â€¢ XV. OBADIAH KEITHLEY was born in Warren Co. Ky. Dec. 12, 1803. One record states he came to St. Charles Co. Mo. after the death of his parents and that his wife died soon after. Another that he settled in Missouri in 1825, then moved to Texas in 1869 and that he married twice. Children: (1) Ellen, (2) Henry, and (3) Daniel.
JACOB KEITHLEY and his wife BARBARA (ROLAND) KEITHLEY visit Missouri
"About 1824, when grandfather was seventy years old, he and grandmother concluded to visit their children in Missouri. It was a long journey for the old people, fully two hundred and sixty miles, and through a sparsely settled wilderness. But their children and other pioneers had gone before and blazed the way. They had braved the dangers of high waters, rough roads, wild Indians and wild animals. After many misgivings the old people made up their minds to make the venture to see the loved ones who had gone through the hardships and toils to hew out for themselves homes in a new country . . . So after their packs were made ready and their good horses saddled, they mounted and bade farewell to their children and home for a long journey of two hundred and sixty miles to see once more their loved ones in a far country.
They would travel over hills, through valleys, across creeks and rivers without bridges and always keeping a sharp lookout for blazed trees of the pioneers who had preceded them. At night they would stop at log cabins or inns by the way for entertainment. And the next morning after purchasing some provisions for their dinner would move on to the next stopping place. And so they proceeded day after day on their weary way until they came to the Mississippi River, two hundred and forty miles on their journey. They crossed this river on a ferry boat to St. Louis, then a small French town . . They were now on the soil of the new country which they sought, with only about thirty-five or forty miles to travel before their journey ended at the homes of their long absent children. With hearts full of emotion and gratitude to God for His protection during their travels, pursued their way joyfully till they reached the bank of the big Missouri River opposite the little town of St. Charles . . . After traveling a few miles further they were at their destination and were received with joyful acclamations from their children.
They were now entertained by their children in a wilderness country, lately vacated by Indians at whose hands their eldest son, Abraham had fallen a victim near Fort Femme Osage. They visited his grave and mourned the loss of their first born son: they smote their breasts and returned to their living children who comforted them in their sorrow.
They went to see all of their children and grandchildren in St. Charles and Pike counties. . . After a joyful visit of some weeks in the new country of their children's adop- tion . . .they prepared for the return journey. Their packs made ready and provisions put up for their comfort; and after a sad farewell, for they expected to see their faces no more, they mounted their horses and probably with an escort of some of their children they turned their faces homeward. After crossing the two great rivers at St. Charles and St. Louis, the escort bade them farewell and left them to pursue their homeward way alone. The roughness of the road and the weary way to their home was doubtless relieved by the reflection that they had been permitted to see their children and grandchildren one more before they died.
Grandfather and grandmother lived many years after this visit; grandfather to about ninety years of age. He died of old age sitting in his chair. Grandmother outlived him some time and grew fleshy and almost helpless . . Thus these old people 'Came to their graves in full age, as a shock of corn cometh in his season.' They were the ancestors of a numerous progeny counted by thousands and spread over Missouri and all the western states. Thus we see one generation passes away and another takes its place as the world moves on. And so it shall continue to be 'until the Angel Gabriel shall descend from heaven and put one foot upon the land and the other upon the sea and swear by Him who liveth forever that time shall be no longer! Revelation 10:5,6."
J. C. Keithley's History, 1910.
THE JOHN KEITHLEY SR. FAMILY
JOHN KEITHLEY SR. was the founder of the Keithley family of Indiana. Information sent by his descendants, told Mrs. Emma R. Petre, of Dixon Ill.: "Years ago while visiting our old home place in Indiana, I was hunting for my great grand father's, John Keithley, Revolution record. I found cousin Susannah May (his granddaughter) had his old Bible. That old Bible, I can see it yet, about the size of a brick and as thick, and had leather straps and a buckle to close it."
LETTER FROM SUSANNAH KEITHLEY MAY:
The following letter was written to Mrs. Petre, Sept. 25, 1903 [FHD note on page 12 Susanna K. May's death date is given as 13 Mar 1903]: "I fear I have spoken too quickly when I said you could join the D.A.R., for in those days I do not suppose the army was organized as it is now, and whether he was a regular enlisted soldier or not I cannot tell. I only know that he was in the commissary department and that during the war he drove a wagon that carried supplies to the soldiers. He was from North Carolina and drove through that part of Penna. where the Dutch lived. There he found his wife, and after the war was over, they were married and went to Kentucky. Grandmother, whose name was ... Riblen, had black hair and eyes. She was called Dutch. If she was a Hollander, or called Dutch by ignorant neighbors, I know not. I was told by a German woman that there were lots of Keithleys living on the Rhine. If I had been older when grandfather and grandmother staid with us and had known something about our history, I would have asked questions enough to have been able to give some satisfaction. I will soon by 76..." "Love to you, from your cousin, Susannah May."
[FHD Note -- we also have a Keithley History by Susanna Keithley May
LETTER FROM EVILA ABBIE KEITHLEY KING:
"Georgetown, Ind. July 6, 1923. Dear John Petre. "In reply to your letter about gr. grandfather, John Keithley, and grandmother, Polly B. Keithley, told me. Great grand father, John owned a farm 2 1/2 miles west of Georgetown. As I remember, he died in Ind., but do not know if on that farm. Where he came from to Indiana, if they told me, I don't remember. They said he and his children were captured by the Indians. His wife had a young babe. They killed her, took the babe by the heels, hit its head against the bed post, of course killed it. Then set fire to the house and with others of the neighborhood marched them away. Grandfather Joseph was a few years old and cried and fought the Indian who had him until he gave him to the one who had great grand father.
When the prisoners were exchanged, one daughter, for some cause was not exchanged. She grew up with the Indians and married an Indian and had two children, a son and a daughter. As I remember, after her Indian husband died, she married a Frenchman. They must have lived in Indiana, from the way grandmother told me. The daughter heard the name Keithley, and told her French husband, "Those are my people. I must go to see them." He brought her to see them. She could speak but little English. They felt so sorry, for she cried and laughed for joy at seeing her people. Great grand father, John, married the second wife. Did his Bible tell anything about it?"
"I remember visiting uncle William Keithley in 1876. He lived near Princeton, Ind. Was a hunch back, blue eyes but dark hair. Married Sallie Spose [FHD Note: this surname is variously spelled SPORE, SPERE, and SPOSE. Was William Keithley living in 1876 as Evila Abbie King states, or did he die around 1837 when his only son was born, as E. R. Petre states?]. Grandmother (Mrs. Joseph Keithley, Polly Berger) lived in a brick house and fathers farm joined hers [FHD Note: Evila's father was Thomas Jefferson Keithley b. 1829]. We children used to take turns staying with her nights. That is how I could hear so much about the family. She loved to tell us about her grandfather's early life. The Keithley who loved horses was James, father's brother. He was great for race horses, hounds and kindred things. I suppose it was him, whom you met for a sale. Father was a home man and cared nothing for sports. Uncle James was heavier than father, but both were tall men -- "Keithley born-grandmother said..." Evila Abbie King.
by EMILY R. KEITHLEY (BROOKNER) PETRE
From his family Bible was copied: JOHN KEITHLEY was born Jan. 1, 1750, died July 28, 1835. He married ... Riblen. Their children, date and names from the Bible was
â€¢ 1 CATHERINE Keithley was born Jan. 15, 1783, married ... Brinsell. [Zebulon Brinson -- KEI].
â€¢ 2 ELIZABETH Keithley was born Aug. 26, 1784. married ... Harmon.
â€¢ 3 ANNA Keithley was born July 10, 1786. She married (1) see Abbie King's letter. She married (2) a Frenchman by name ... Boyleau. They had a little girl who lost her eye sight when a child from fever. The mother is thought to have died at the time. Little Mary was educated in the Blind Institute at Indianapolis, Ind. "I," Mrs. Petre, "was there last year (1922) and saw her record of long years ago. She taught there all her life, died was buried on their grounds. She used to come and spend her vacation in our home and we all loved her. She did much beautiful bead work and knitting.
â€¢ 4 JOHN KEITHLEY was born Jan. 1, 1788. "What a birthday present for his father, the first son and on his birthday." He married Phebe McCollum, daughter of Patrick and wife Mary (McClaen) Collum. "I have a copy of his marriage bond." It is not known where he found his wife. His eldest child was born in Ky. Phebe's father was born and died in New Jersey, and served in the American Revolution. "Grand mother, Phebe (McCollum, Keithley) Williams, was born May 2, 1787, died April 11, 1868. Doesn't it seem strange that after eighty years or more had passed, I was sent, last year, the contract which she and Col. Williams made about their property before they were married? Also my father's and mother's license. An old friend married them, and after his death his son found them and sent them to me." Their children: 1 Seth McCollum Keithley, born near Elizabethtown, Ky., Oct. 18, 1812, died at Litchfield, Ill., March 28, 1887. He was a wagon and carriage builder from the hub up. His work was noted for being well done. He married Anna Theresa (Miller) Gregg. Chil: 1 Marietta, born March 26, 1840, at Greenville, Ind. She mar. Michael Joice, July 4, 1859, and died, Jan. 2, 1909. 6 Joice chil: 1 John Edwin, born April 25, 1860. mar. Ellen Howcroft, two chil: Thresa and Thomas. 2 Emily Leonie born Jan. 13, 1862. died 1864. 3. Thos. Lincoln born Oct. 7, 1865, mar. One child. He died Nov. 10, 1907. Anna Thresa and Marietta, twins, born Sept. 17, 1872. 5 Anna Thresa mar. Charles Carroll, a son and a dau., Thersa. They live in Denver Colo. 6. Marietta mar. Bartlett Rufus Noel, Sept. 8, 1897. four chil: 1 Helen born July 19, 1898. She is married, one child and lives in Okla. 2 Ruth Anna born April 22, 1904. 3 Vara Amelia born Oct. 18, 1908 and 4 Halie Virginia born Sept. 29, 1913.
2 [2nd child of Seth - KEI] Phebe Keithley was born July 5, 1842, died at Long Beach, Calif. She married Joel H. Thomas. Chil: Seth, Ida and Ira died young. Henry Keithley Thomas has one son, lives in Okla.
3 "Henry Harrison Keithley was born at Greenville, Ind., Nov. 26, 1844. His father removed from Ind. to Ill. and settled at Litchfield, Montgomery Co., in 1857." See Honor Roll. He had been a member of the Grand Army of the Republic almost since its first organization. For several years he has been the Post Adjutant of Stephenson Post No. 30, G.A.R., at Springfield, Ill. He resided at Springfield, as he was assistant Custodian of Memorial Hall in the Centennial Building at the Capitol Grounds. He was deputy clerk, then elected clerk of Montgomery Co., Ill., which office he held for years." He and his good wife successfully ran a hotel at Hillsboro for years. Then moved to Springfield to be with their daughters. They are all Methodist. He was a pillar of the church and the Sunday school lessons were always artistically put on the blackboard by his able pencil. He could draw and paint beautifully and write beautiful poems and had so many original ideas." Sept. 8, 1875, he married Miss Sarah Camilla Brown at Hillsboro, Ill. Their children: 1 Amy Raymond Keithley, born at Hillsboro, April 1, 1877, married Ethan Allen Saxer of Springfield, Ill., Aug. 9, 1905. Chil: Ethan Keithley, born Dec. 2, 1906, died April 9, 1905. [sic] Camilla Keithley born in Springfield, Aug. 18, 1910. Mary Ann born March 30, 1920, at Springfield. 2 Nina Brown Keithley born at Hillsboro, Ill., June 29, 1883, mar. Robert H. Keyes and resides at Springfield, Ill., where Mrs. Keyes is a successful teacher in that city.
Newspaper, March 17, 1924: "Henry H. Keithley passed away at the home of his daughter in Springfield, Ill, and his body lies very near Lincoln's tomb..." A tribute to Mr. Keithley's character and his ability as an artist was paid by John B. Inman as follows: "Henry H. Keithley, who this day is laid to rest with full Grand Army honors, was a man of more than ordinary qualifications and was possessed of a lovable disposition and a kindly nature. He had an unusual talent for artistic pen work and his productions along this line are to be seen in Memorial Hall in the capitol and in Grand Army hall and in the county court house. For seven years he has been assistant custodian of Memorial Hall of the state of Illinois, in which capacity he has made many friends. He was a devoted member of the Douglass Ave. Methodist church and furnished many capable drawing illustrative of the Sunday school lessons and his own ideas. In 1882 he was county clerk of Montgomery Co., having served two terms as deputy. He was past post commander of Stephenson Post No. 30, Springfield, and passed over with the love and respect due a life well lived. 'Taps are sounded; Lights are out; The soldier sleeps.' Taps of the finite, reveille of the infinite; an invitation to God's eternal camping ground."
4 Andrew Thomas Keithley was born Feb. 7, 1847, at Greenville, Ind. He married Emma Litchfield Bacon, May 8, 1878, at Litchfield, Ill. Chil: 1 Theresa Bacon born May 19, 1879, died Nov. 22, 1903. 2 William Enos born July 24, 1884, married Erma Leora Seavey, Sept. 30, 1912, two children: Retta Jean, born Sept. 20, 1914, and Wm. Enos Jr. born Dec. 29, 1915. 3 Maurice Bacon born July 7, 1886, died Nov. 4, 1888. 4 Andrew Thomas Jr. born May 28, 1888. Mr. A.T. Keithley and his two sons run a large vegetable and flower business and are very successful.
5 Emily Reid Keithley [FHD Note: The author of this account!] was born May 8, 1850. She married (1) Henry C. Brookner, April 4, 1875. She is now living in the old home built by her husband in 1855. She has been a very active worker in the world's work, and is even now interested in public activities outside her home. She served the Dixon, Ill., Women's Club as their Pres. for three years and was sent to their General Federation at St. Louis, during the World's Fair. Was a member of the Phidian Art Club and was sent by them to Los Angeles to the General Federation. She served on the State Board of Charities for sixteen years, appointed by three governors. Is Past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star. Past President of the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, and is now (1923) Historian of the Daughters of the American Revolution, of Dixon Chapter, Dixon Ill. Brookner chil: 1 Mae Adella born Feb. 21, 1876, at Litchfield, Ind. She married George R. Cupp, June 24, 1908. Mrs. Cupp is an enthusiastic church and public worker. She has been State Pres. of the Ladies G.A.R. She lives with her mother. 2 Paul Henry, born May 30, 1882., on a farm near Dixon, Ill. He married Ethel Beightol and has one son, Paul Keithley Brookner, born July 3, 1909. 3 George Keithley born Feb. 25, 1884, on a farm near Dixon, Ill., married Alice Agrea. Mrs. Emily R. (Keithley) Brookner married (2) Dr. D.A. Sheffield, Oct. 4, 1893. Divorced 1901. She married Lewis Petre, June 23, 1910. She does much making of bed spreads, tatting and other fancy work. "The money from the sale of which is used to make others happy and for the Lord's use."
2 Mary Rively Keithley, dau. of John, of 1788 [Mary is a sister of Seth -- KEI], died, age 28 years and 6 months on Sept. 6, 1839. She married John Brown, one son, Seth, who married and had one son. [FHD Note -- born Mar 1811]
3 Thomas Keithley at age of 24 years, 21 days, died Sept. 5, 1833, during that dreadful scourge of cholera. He was a fine gun smith. Son of John of 1788.
[FHD Note -- i.e. born Aug. 15, 1809]
4 James Keithley, another son of John of 1788, moved with his family from Martinsburg, Ind., to Blandinville, Ill. He had three children: Martha, Mary and Andrew. He went insane and hung himself. No record of his children.
5 John Keithley, the youngest son of John of 1788, was born Dec. 11, 1823. He was a miller and married Elizabeth Thurman. Their chil: Henrietta, married George Smith, a daughter Kate and a son Theodore, who married Mary Hample, and has one daughter. They live in Los Angeles, Calif. 2 Robert Thurman, born March 1, 1846, near Greenfield, Ind., is a merchant and married Emma Kay, Sept. 20, 1874, and has one son, Earnest Clinton Keithley, born Nov. 15, 1876, at Greenfield, Ind. Aug. 8, 1911, he married Lallah Taylor. From newspaper this: "Friends of E.C. Keithley of Louisville, Ky., are watching with proud interest his success as a composer of popular songs since he moved to Chicago."
Also this: "Of Worth While Western Luminaries." "E. Clinton Keithley, professional manager of the McKinley Music Company hails from that part of the South where composers get their melodies from the birds singing in the trees. Sordid city life does not disturb Keithley's dream of verdant fields and the dream is translated into the language of songs that reach the heart. While living in Louisville he was cornet soloist in the orchestra of Macauley's Theatre and later soloist with Natiallo's band, when the ambition to compose music suddenly seized him. He completed a few songs, published them and soon worked a niche for his compositions in the adamantine wall of the music counters. He went to Chicago, where he assumed the management of Foster's professional department, issuing his first terrific hit, "Garland of Old Fashioned Roses." Then William McKinley noticed him and induced him to take care of the McKinley professional interests, housed in the Grand Opera House building. Since then he has had the opportunity to write the kind of songs he has always wanted to write. The McKinley catalogue has room for songs stolen from the songs of the birds. Keithley's writing record has been a remarkable one. Extremely prolific, he has also demonstrated versatility, for he has written all types of songs. As a professional manager he has proved zealous, untiring and ambitious. Possessed of a crystal clear voice and the ability to accompany himself upon the piano, he has permitted no opportunity to boost McKinley numbers to pass unnoticed. He has played engagements that required a great deal of time for the minimum returns (four shows a day) and takes particular pleasure in appearing on holidays when most professional managers are glad to remain away from their office. Keithley possesses the polished manners of a real Southern gentleman. An immaculate dresser, he presents a splendid appearance. Pre-eminently a ballad writer, the songs which have done most to bring his name into the limelight within recent months are, "I'll Return, Mother Darling, to You," "One Wonderful Night," "I Love the Name of Dixie," and "Alice of Old Vincennes." Keithley's knowledge of the market's popular requirements, united to his unswerving ambition, are bound to assert themselves in a long train of successful songs that will endear this hard working young composer to the hearts of music lovers where ever ballads are sung and loved."
3 Edward Keithley, son of John of 1823, married Ella Scott. Has a family, but I have no data on them. 4 Cora M.K., born Sept. 5, 1863, married Robert E. Smith, June 28, 1883. A son Cecil H., was born April 29, 1884. He is married and is a fine dentist.
â€¢ 5 POLLY KEITHLEY [daughter of John of 1750/1755 - KEI] was born May 6, 1789. She married Mr. Smith.
â€¢ 6 SARAH KEITHLEY was born Feb. 13, 1790, and married Mr. Foley. The senior KEITHLEY brothers came to Kentucky in 1792, so we think these six children recorded above were born in Penna., where JOHN SR. got his wife.
â€¢ 7 RACHEL KEITHLEY was born May 28, 1793, and married Mr. Nelson. No further record.
â€¢ 8 JAMES KEITHLEY was born March 13, 1796. He married (1) Kendall, and (2) Jane McCollum. He was a Methodist preacher and lived on a farm near Martinsburg, Ind. One daughter, Susannah, who married Prof. May and they taught school for years. They had a daughter, Susie, who died when young, and a dau. Angeline and a son, Benoni, who was a minister. [FHD Note: The James above is James Montgomery Keithley who "loved horses" and actually had seven children including Abner Cotter Keithley b. 1820. For details on the family, see Susannah Keithley May's account appended at the end of this present document.]
â€¢ 9 JOSEPH KEITHLEY was born July 8, 1799, and married Polly Berger (Mary Burger) Aug. 31, 1819. Their children: 1 Elizabeth Keithley, born Nov. 14, 1821, died Nov. 6, 1839. 2 John W. Keithley, born Sept. 18, 1824, died Dec. 30, 1846. He married Manervia Lynn, daughter of Judge Lynn of Vir. and a pioneer of Ind. Two chil: 1 A. Delbert Joseph born 1844 and mar. Lucina Tresemiter and lived at Crandale, Ind. Chil: Three daughters and two sons, Frank T., the eldest and a rover, and Robert C., who lives in New Albany, and has a son, Robert. No record of daughters. See Honor Roll. 2 Rosaltha M. Keithley born Aug. 26, 1846, in Floyd Co., Ind. She married (1) L.S. Davis, a civil war veteran. Three chil: 1 George Roscoe, who has a Battery and Tire business in New Albany. 2 Hubert P., who lives in Cincinnati and has a clerical position in a factory. His eldest son, Wilson H., lives in Ft. Wayne, Ind. See Honor Roll. Wilson's sister Irma Davis. 3 Guy E. died age 25 years. Mrs. Davis married (2) J.W. Pritchett, Civil War veteran, lives at Galena, Ind.
3 James B. Keithley [son of Joseph, 1799 - KEI], born Sept 26 1826, died Oct. 7, 1916. June 13, 1844, he married Esther Sloan. Nine chil: 1 Rosaltha, born May 11, 1845, died in infancy. 2 Caroline, born Oct. 8, 1846, mar. Will Forman. Five chil: 1 Dinks, mar. Lula Hanger, they have two chil: Grace and Nina, who mar. George McManns. 2 Reta Forman mar. Wm. Genung and has 8 chil: Belle, Oscar, who mar. Muriel Bannon, Bertha mar. Joe Wimp and had Elizabeth and Martha. William mar Ella Rassusman. Myra mar. Stuart Craig. Walter, Helen, and Clarence who mar. Martha Delaney. See Honor Roll. 3 Gertrude Forman mar. James Fronconia, three chil: Marguerite, Edith and Mary. 4 Walter Forman Mar. Mamie Ruth, three chil: Elsie, George and Marguerite. 5 Herman Forman mar. Carrie Hatten. No chil.
3 John Y. Keithley [son of James B., 1826 - KEI], born Aug. 8, 1849, married Maggie Burbeck. Five chil: Effie K. mar. Richard McKinney and has two chil: 1 Golda Mc. who mar. Raymond Blotz and has 2 chil: Victor and Ada Virginia. 2 Jess Mc. who mar. Eva Kelley and has 3 chil: Wanda, Dempsy and Gladys. 2 Ethel K. mar. Richard McKinney and has two chil: Pansy and Thomas. 3 Fanny K. mar. S. Weeden, has a daughter Maggie. 4 James K. mar. Mollie Edwards has 7 chil: Margaret who mar. Lynn Kirkham, has a son, James. James, Freeda, Mabel, Hands, Irben and Lenne Keithley. 5 Pansy K. mar. George Maxwell, has two chil: Bonnie and Viola.
4 Mary Katherine Keithley was born Oct. 8, 1851, and married Wm. Summers, five chil: 1 Mattie. 2 Daisy, who mar. Dave Nelson, has 6 chil: Nova, Zola, Nellie, Aline, Joe and Frank. 3 Charles mar. Florence Harrison, 2 chil: Guy and Owen. 4 Lizzie Mar. Wilber Livers, 4 chil.: Elmer, Cecil, Gale and Virgil. 5 Lillie mar. Charles Davis, has a daughter, Opal.
5 James W. Keithley was born June 11, 1854. Nor record of him.
6 Lester P. Keithley, born Jan. 29, 1857, mar. Sallie Hurn. two chil: Arthur and Edward, who mar. Maud Mosier and has 8 chil: Margaret, Lena Hurn, Raymond, Mary, Carl Von Lester, Marie and Robert. Lester P. Keithley mar. (2) Dora Alvis. Five chil: 1 George K. mar. Maude Childers and has 4 chil: John Lester, Marcia Jane, Richard, and Dorthy. 2 Sarah K. mar. Earle Roy, three chil: Robert, Charles Lester and Kenneth. 3 Earnest K. mar. Faye Armstrong, has two chil: Iona Gale and Marion. 4 Kenneth K. mar. Marion Blythe of Scotland. See Honor Roll. 5 Marshall Keithley.
7 Joseph Wm Keithley was born June 26, 1859, married Altha ... has three chil: Myrtle, Walter, and Joe.
8 Halleck M. Keithley, born June 4, 1862, married Carrie Hurn. five chil: Abbie K. mar Carl Darbo of Christiania, Norway, a daughter, Velma Lynn. 2 Nola K. mar. Sam Hirnnelhaver, has 4 chil: Gertrude, Mary, Margurite and Charles. 3 Harry K. mar. Flossie Cross. 4 Jennie K. mar. Chester Hood, has a son Felton Keithley. Halleck M. Keithley mar. (2) Katie Barnickel, a son, Stanley.
9 Edward Keithley was born Sept. 3, 1866, and mar. Nola Miller. Four chil: 1 Ethel K. mar. W. Dieckman, has 3 chil: William, Leora, and James Miller. 2 Cohen K., see Honor Roll. 3 Herman K. mar. Florence Hancy, has 2 chil: Herman Jr. and Mary Ida. 4 Leora K. married Walter Russell.
4 Thomas Jefferson Keithley [son of Joseph, 1799 - KEI] was born July 5, 1829, and married (1) Julia Ann Tyler in 1848. Four chil: 1 Mary K. born Sept. 17, 1849, mar. G.D. Yenonine, Dec. 24, 1874, three child: Una born May 23, 1872, mar. Geo. Traub. Charles born 1879, died 1899. Mabel born Oct. 5, 1887, mar. Lee Richard, three chil: Virginia, born Oct. 7, 1912. Robert, born Jan. 12, 1913, and Mary C. born July 4, 1915. 2 Sarah K. born Jan. 20, 1851, married R.A. Kearby. She died Dec. 12, 1902. Four chil: 1 Pearl born July 12, 1879, died Sept 24, 1921. She married L. Simpson. 2 Guy born April 30, 1883, is a Ry. conductor. 3 Harry born Jan. 3, 1884, is a railroad man, mar., has two chil: Jerome and Kenneth. 4 Kate born May 8, 1887, mar. M.L. Fouts, a telegraph operator, one son, Robert. 3 Celesta K. born June 17, 1852, mar. D.F. Summers, three chil: 1 Claude born Dec. 9, 1878, mar. Gertrude Mosier, 5 chil: Kenneth, John, Ralph, Harriet and Marguerite. 2 Arley born 1882 mar. Addie Davis, 4 chil: Thema, Melvin, Silvey and Comadore. 3 Tish born 1887 mar. Carl Patterson, 2 chil: Wilma and Robert. 4 Irene K. born April 17, 1854, mar. W.W. Kepley, 8 chil: Myrtle born Feb. 24, 1872, mar. George Clipp, 3 chil: Jessie, Robert and Martha. 2 Anna, 3 Sue, 4 Noble, 5 Erma, 6 Hugo, 7 Mildred and 8 Helen.
Thomas J. Keithley Mar. (2) Maria Eliz. Hubbard in 1857, 3 chil: 1 Evila Abbie K. [FHD Note, Author of letter printed at beginning], born June 3, 1859, married W.E. King, Dec. 6, 1891. 2 William K. born Jan. 18, 1862, mar. Nancy Mills, Jan. 23, 1893, 5 chil: 1 Escol K. born May 8, 1894, mar. Earle Goldsmith Sept. 26, 1917 [FHD Note: who is the husband here, and who is the wife?] , 2 chil: John born July 2, 1918, and Alen, 1920-1922. 2 John Ralph K. born Feb. 12, 1897, mar. Hegleman in 1917, two chil: Mary E. born March 23, 1918, and Helen. 3 Mills K. born Nov. 5, 1899. 4 Fred K. born 1904. 5 Thomas J. K. born Aug. 29, 1908. 3 John W. Keithley M.D. born 1864, married Agnes Waters, 2 chil: George W. born March 11, 1904 and Donald born May 9, 1907.
Thomas J. Keithley married (3) Maria Avenger, May 7, 1870, 6 chil: 1 Blanche K. born Dec. 24, 1871. Sept 1., 1898 she married Rev. D.P. McCoy, a United Brethren minister, 4 chil: Ruth born Aug. 16, 1899 is a teacher in the public schools. Edith born Jan. 31, 1901, a teacher. Mae, born 1903, and Martha born July 31, 1908. 2 Joseph A. Keithley M.D. was born May 5, 1874, married Mae Manger, 2 chil: Erwin and Frank. See Honor Roll. 3 Elsie K., born Nov. 21, 1876, married E.M. Hottel, Dec. 23, 1894, 3 chil: 1 Ethel H. born Nov. 22, 1895, mar. Frank Vogt, in 1918, 2 chil: Geo. Edward born 1919 and Frank Wm. born 1921. 2 Frances H. born Nov. 29, 1897, mar. George Scharff, an engineer, in 1918, 2 chil: Ruth born 1919 and Mary Frances born 1921. 3 Joe H. born Sept. 23, 1900. 4 Hubert K. was born May 15, 1879, married Ella Watts in 1905. Thomas H.K. was born Dec. 4, 1882, mar. Verna Watts in 1904. He is a contractor. 6 Charles K. born Aug. 16, 1884, is a plasterer and married Trella Rowe in 1912.
5 Mary Jane Keithley [daughter of Joseph, 1799 - KEI] was born Oct. 10, 1837. She was accidentally shot by her brother Thomas J. and died Jan. 1, 1848.
6 Frances M. Keithley was born Oct. 15, 1835, died Aug. 10, 1855.
7 Sarah Ann Keithley, born Nov. 20, 1839, living in 1923. She married Benj. F. Utz, April 4, 1856. Seven chil: 1 Charles D. Utz born July 28, 1859. A farmer, mar. Emma Fair, 2 chil: 1 Emmett born July 29, 1881, a farmer, mar. Elizabeth Seacat, five chil: 1 Russell born Jan. 7, 1906. 2 Carl born Aug. 7, 1907. 3 Kenneth born April 6, 1909. 4 Irma born Nov. 6, 1910. and 5 Ruby born July 12, 1912. 2 Lillie Utz married Dennis Stucker. 2 Clara Utz born Dec. 27, 1862, married Chas. W. Arganbright. She died Oct. 1, 1884. 3 Lizzie Utz born Feb. 13, 1865, died March 27, 1885. 4 Mary Etta Utz, born Aug. 12, 1867, married Charles Arganbright, 6 chil: 1 Castle A. born June 27, 1888, is a rancher at Big Sandy, Mont. He married Christina Eliz. Ray, one son, Earl, born Aug. 8, 1913. 2 Lake A. born Aug. 20, 1890, a farmer at Danville, Ill., mar. Anna Glasscock. 3 Icy A., born May 23, 1893. 4 Gayle A. born June 6, 1896, mar. Dr. H.K. Engleman, of Georgetown, Ind. 5 Ruth A. born July 31, 1899, is a teacher. 6 Harry A. born Nov. 16, 1902, is a telegraph operator. 5 Harry G. Utz born March 15, 1871, died Oct. 27, 1906. He married Jennie Mott, 2 chil: Frank and Arzota. 6 Hubert Utz born Aug. 9, 1874, is a mail clerk. He married Mary Wolf, 2 chil: Curtis born Jan., 1899, and Helen born July 8, 1911. 7 Bessie L. Utz, born April 5, 1889, married Herbert Bartin, a minister, one daughter, Elsie Marie, born March 13, 1912.
â€¢ 10 SUSANNAH KEITHLEY [daughter of John of 1750/1755 - KEI] was born Feb. 27, 1801, and married Mr. Waltz. They lived in Indiana. Had a daughter, Phoebe, a son Samuel, and a son Jacob who was a minister.
â€¢ 11 WILLIAM KEITHLEY was born Sept. 12, 1803, and married Sally Spore. Five children were born in this union. WILLIAM died [FHD Note, or was he still alive in 1876 as stated earlier?] when the only son was a baby. The son
1 Benjamin, born March 5, 1837, married Surana Speer and lived on his father's farm. Seven chil: 1 Wm. Andrew K. born Aug. 21, 1862, died July 24, 1866. 2 Mary Ellen K. born June 17, 1864, married J.T. Hobson, a United Brethern minister, June 24, 1880. They traveled in Indiana, Iowa and Ill. for about ten years. Mr. Hobson has been an invalid for years. They have one daughter who married a Myers, and she has a son and a daughter. They live in Indiana. Mrs. Hobson lives at Odon, Ind. 3 Ira Newton K. born Oct. 24, 1866, died in his twenties. 4 Sarah Elizabeth K. born Oct. 25, 1868, married Mr. Dodds, a son of J.W. Dodds, is in the mercantile business in Maywood, Ind. See Honor Roll. 5 Alvan Randolph K. born Feb. 22, 1871, married, no children. 6 Nora Bell K. born July 5, 1873, married and died Sept. 30, 1907, no children. 7 Ambrose Sheldon K. born Feb. 1875, married twice. Two girls by first wife and two sons, Raymond and Willie, and a daughter by the second wife. Benj. Keithley (1837) has four sisters who married and went to Iowa and Nebraska. These Keithleys were farmers.
â€¢ 12 JACOB KEITHLEYwas born May 24, 1805, and married Sally Roberts. He is "Uncle Jake." No definite record.
THE DANIEL KEITHLEY, SR., FAMILY
DANIEL KEITHLEY married MARY MOOLER in Kentucky and their 8 children were: John, Joseph, William, Riley and Katy, of whom I have no further record. Nathan, Daniel, Jr., and Isaac came to Missouri and settled first near Wentzville.
(NOTE: Compare this genealogy with dankeith.html which is a printout of the computer file of research done by Karen Isaacson and shared with Frank Deis)
â€¢ 1. Nathan Keithley born Dec. 26, 1814, died Dec 17, 1876, married Polly Northcutt, born Jan. 7, 1818, died March 22, 1887, in St. Charles Co., and moved to Linn Co. Mo., where they lived on a farm and where ten children were born. I have the names only: James R., Liza Jane, Lavica, Sarah, John, Zeralda, Rebecca, William, Charley B. and Melvina.
â€¢ 2.Daniel Keithley, Jr., was born in Kentucky May 15, 1809, and died March 1, 1883, in Sullivan Co., Mo. His farm and his brother, Nathan's, adjoined. Daniel's being divided by the county line. The improvements are in Sullivan Co., six miles west of Browning. Daniel Jr., married (1) Miss Hostetter. Their eight chil: Ely, Levi, William, Robert, Frank, John, Kate, and Lavica Margaret. Kate, "Big Kate," was a giantess, weighing 732 pounds and was over six feet in height. She died at the age of 22 years in the home of her great uncle, Samuel Keithly (1789-1870) in St. Charles Co., Mo. Lavica Margaret married Griffin S. Keithley. See Samuel Keithley record.
â€¢ 2.Daniel Jr. married (2) Rebecca Gose, on Feb. 24, 1853. Nine chil: 1. James Christopher Keithley, born Feb. 7, 1854, died July 20, 1910. He was a farmer and a stock raiser. March 15, 1874, he mar. Greathe Evaline Hogue in Mo. She was born Dec. 23, 1853 and died Dec. 23, 1912, in Oregon. Their 5 chil: 1. Oscar Keithley, born in Mo., Jan 20, 1875. Dec 22, 1902, he married Eunice Ethel Esteb, who was born Aug. 28, 1880, at Airlie, Poke Co., Oregon. They were mar. in Heppner, Oregon. Chil: Alice Evaline, born Feb. 15, 1906, Howard Byron, born Jan. 17, 1910, Everett Oscar, born Dec. 21, 1911, and Nola Lavelle, born Aug. 16, 1918. 2. Emerson Keithley, born June 18, 1880, married Edith Mackey at Midvale, Idaho, May 6, 1906. Their home is in Dalles, Wasco Co., Oregon. Chil: Christopher, Elbert, Charlotta, Verle and Vera. 3 Corda Keithley was born Sept. 7, 1882. She married Tilden Hendrix Williams, who was born Oct. 22, 1876 and married Jan. 7, 1906. Six chil: Lawrence Andrew, born Oct. 25, 1906. Lucy Agnes born Oct. 30, 1907. Laura Evaline born Aug. 11, 1909. Tilden Hendrix born Aug. 6, 1911. Ellis Keithley born June 14, 1918 and Floyd Claude, born Jan. 1, 1921. 4. Claude Keithley was born Oct. 1, 1885, at Athena Oregon. At Blythe, Calif., on Feb 24, 1918, he married Ruth Macky, who was born Feb. 24, 1895. Three chil: Vernon Wayne, born April 29, 1919, at Eight Mile, Oregon. Erwin Claude, born April 30, 1921 at Aromas, Calif., and Greathe Evaline born Dec. 1, 1922 at Blythe, Calif., their home at present (1923). 5 Walter Keithley, the second son, was born April 24, 1877, died Aug. 22, 1881.
2 Albert Fielding Keithley, 2d son of Daniel Jr. and Rebecca, married Elizabeth I. Baker, April 14, 1878. Chil: 1 Hattie Keithley born June 21, 1878, mar. Thos. B. Myrick, Dec. 27, 1903, of Laredo, Mo. Four chil: Earl T. born May 21, 1906. Nevah Christine born Aug. 9, 1907. Ivan Merle born July 18, 1911, and Thelma Elizabeth born Sept. 11, 1913 2 Alpha Keithley born Jan. 5, 1882, mar. Wm. Alden Rottman March 18, 1908. He passed away July 5, 1919, and Alpha is now at home, 1923. 3 Everett Keithley of Browning, Mo was born Aug. 3, 1889, and mar. Alta Mae Merrill, March 10 1912. Three boys, Fern Wilson born May 5, 1913, and twins born Oct. 28, 1920, Maurice Merrill and Norris Thomas, "And they are the most interesting of the whole Keithley tribe," so wrote their grandfather, Albert Fielding Keithley, in 1923. A. F. Keithley was born and live on the homestead in Sullivan Co. Mo. and there he passed away after a short illness on April 13, 1923. Daniel Jr and Rebecca Keithley's other children of whom I have no record, are: Mary Frances, George Converse, Ella May, Charley Houser, Mova Edwin, Minnie, Alberta and one died ln infancy.
â€¢ 3 Isaac Keithley (son of Daniel Sr.) was born in Kentucky, came into Missouri and settled first near Wentzville, St. Charles Co. Mo. He married Elizabeth Northcut, who lived to be near 100 years of age, dying about 1908. Isaac bought land from the government. This land remained in the family until about 1908, when Mrs. Keithley died, he having passed away first. They two, and a daughter, Mary Ellen Cruger, are buried on this farm in a family burying ground that was reserved when the farm was sold. Their chil: John, Alexander S., Sallie, Zerelda, Julia, James Williams and Mary Ellen, who was born Oct. 6, 1835. She married John Henry Cruger, born April 1 1832 on Sept. 2, 1858. Their chil: 1 Emily died young. 2 John Isack died when nearly grown. 3 Ethel Cruger mar. Wm. Thornton, deceased. Seven chil: Maude Estelle, died young, Orbry, Seth, Lessie, Maurice, Leah Clyde, Paul and Laban. All married and have children. 4 Harriet Cruger mar. Wm. Sappington, deceased, two chil: Beulah and Clarence. 5 Julia Cruger is a dress maker, living at 10 1/2 East Arrow, Marshall, Mo. 6 Ida Cruger married John Finnell seven chil: Norman Cruger, Elan Clifford, Roxie Ellen, who died aged 12, Austin Keithley, Reed Leland, Francis and Velma. 7 Charles Cruger married Elizabeth Welch, children, have not their names. Henry Clay Cruger married Stella Drowlinger no issue. Rev. James Wm. Keithley, youngest of Isaac and Elizabeth's children, is a superanuated Methodist minister living in O'Fallon, Mo. He has written and published two very creditable books on religious subjects.
THE JOSEPH KEITHLEY, SR., FAMILY
JOSEPH KEITHLEY came from Penna. into Ky. with the other brothers in 1792. He had a son, John, who settled in Boone county, Missouri, in the "early times." In Columbia, Mo. is a Mr. W. C. Keithley, whose father and grandfather were named John. He has a brother and sister living at Sturgeon Mo., and a Keithley aunt living near them. I understand they claim to be related to the St. Charles county Keithley families. The family record was promised me, but my repeated requests for it have met with no response.
(Note -- for more information about the Joseph Keithley line, please compare joekeith.html which is a printout of a computer file showing the research of Karen Isaacson as shared with Frank Deis)
THE SAMUEL KEITHLEY, SR., FAMILY
SAMUEL KEITHLEY, SR., the youngest of the five brothers who came into Kentucky from Pennsylvania in 1792 & from good authority we state this--"lived and died in Tennessee."
(Note -- compare this genealogy with samkeith.html which is a computer file of Karen Isaacson's research as shared with Frank Deis.)
I received the following letter in answer to my request for their family history. I understand they too claim to be related to the St. Charles county, Mo. Keithly families.
"Dec. 13, 1923, Bismarck, Mo. Dear Madame: John Keathley came to Pike Co. Ky. in 1845. Then he came to Iron Co. Mo. in 1866 and married in 1877. He was the father of ten children: Walter born 1878, Elbert 1879, William 1881, Etta 1884, Elma 1886, Watson, 1888, Fulton 1890 Marvin 1891, Ben 1893, Leland 1896. The grandfather of the above John Keathley came from Germany early in 1800 and settled in Powell Valley, Tenn. William Keathley came from Powell Valley, Tenn., to Pike Co. Ky., and died there in 1861. He had three sons: John, Simpson and Henry. The last known of John, he was in Tenn. Simpson died in Ky. in 1866. Henry left Ky. and came to South East Mo. and settled in Iron Co. and died there in 1864, leaving seven sons and four daughters. Namely: Sallie. Peggy, Mary and Annie, James, Oliver, Christopher, Tyler, Thomas, John and Wallace. Tyler was born in Ky. in 1843 and went to Ponca, Okla and raised a family, and died there in 1916, chil: three sons and one daughter. Thomas has one girl and lives in West Eminence, Mo. John lives in Brunot, Mo. Wallace came from Ky. to Mo. in 1866, and now lives in Iron Co. A daughter and three sons.
Christopher Keathley was born in Pike Co. Ky, 1840. He married Margaret Ball in 1868. Then came to Mo. in 1872 and settled west of Annapolis, then in 1883 he moved to east of Ironton, where he now lives. His wife died in 1913. Their 4 sons and 3 daughters: Sarah and William died when small but John (myself), Thomas, Miles, Katherine and Lucinda are still living. My father had three uncles who fought in the Revolutionary war. He heard of one being killed but never heard of the other two any more after the war . . ." J. H. Keathley. Mr. J. H. Keathley is Chairman of Membership Committee of the Bismark Chamber of Commerce. Possibly this "The grandfather of the above John Keathley " was SAMUEL KEITHLEY, "who lived and died in Tenn."
A KEITHLEY FAMILY of Shreveport, La.
(l) John Kethley, born Jan. 7, 1763. (2) Bryan Kethley, born Nov. 12, 1808. (3) John Kethley, born April 14, 1837. (4) William Joseph Kethley, born March 12 1860. (5) John Vernon Kethley, born April 23, 1883. The father of (l) John was named John and lived in Ky. or Tenn. (l) John moved to Tenn. about 1810. Came down the Miss. river in a boat and settled near Bayou Sarah, La., where he died Feb. 9, 1823. This (I) John had 4 sons and 6 daughters. Only two sons raised families of any size. Bryan Kethley and all of his brothers moved to Miss. when about grown and lived and died there. They lived in the central part of the state. This Kethley data was compiled in 1915. I have corresponded with the writer, who had made an effort to collect Keithley family data in 1914, but gave up. He promised to send me what he had, but for some reason I have never received any than the above, which are extracts from a letter written by John Vernon Kethley. of Shreveport, La. He was Public Accountant, Ardis Building, in 1924.
I wanted to give some feedback on the book, Some Missouri Pioneers by Mary Iantha Castlio.
First of all, I want to say that I am very grateful that it was written and that it has a wealth of information that could have been lost!
My 2nd and 3rd great grandmothers are listed in the section on Abraham Keithley and Tennie Rowland.
It stated that their daughter, Ellen, married Jesse Cronch. He was Jesse Crouch, son of Thomas and Nancy Crouch, Lincoln county, Missouri. It gives Jesse and Ellen's daughter's name as Mrs. Pines Chambers, should be Pines Chandler. She was Mary E. (Mollie) Crouch and was first, married to Perry Marvin Wells and married Pines or Respiner Chandler after Perry died. Mollie and Marvin Wells had three children Eugene, Frances and Ola Belle Wells. Ola was my great grandma and she and her husband, Benjamin F. Cripe, had "Grandma Chandler" living with them for a time before her death.
Sue, I happened to see your post about Ellen and Jesse Cronch (Crouch). I was working my Keithley line (ancillary to yours) but checked anyway. I found that I had recorded from another researcher that Ellen was the daughter of Abraham Keithley and Luretta McDermott. This Abraham was shown as the son of Abraham Keithley and Tennie Rowland. Is this the line as you have documented it? Again not my direct line but I would like to make sure that I have it correct.