John Key was my great, great, great grandfather. There is a book in the Jasper Library on the History of Walker Co. Someone did a LOT of research on this. Here goes, if it will take it all.
Key, John, born in Amherst County, Virginia, in 1765, was one of Walker County's earliest settlers. (Alabama) He lived in Amherst County until 1797 or later, and then moved to North Carolina, from which state he came to Alabama. Some believe that he reached Walker County not later than 1816, but the first authentic record is a government land entry made in Section 10, Township 15, Range 8, on December 25, 1824. This entry was on Lost Creek, north of Oakman. He was one of the pioneers of the Methodist Church in Walker County, and the earliest record of that church in the county is a report of a quarterly conference held at his home on Lost Creek on June 14, 1833. Mr. Key spent his entire life on the farm. He died in 1861, at the age of ninety-six, and is buried near Sipsey. On July 15, 1797, he was married in Amherst County, to Belinda Milstead. They were the parents of eleven children- - -
William S. Washington Key, who was born in Virginia about 1802, and came to Walker County with his parents, where he was reared. He was a farmer all of his life, and died near Manchester about 1904. He was married to Cynthia Aseneth Abbott. Children--- James Key; John Key; William Key, who moved to Cherokee County, Texas; Belinda Key; Nancy Key; Howell Key; and Elizabeth Key, who married W. W. Snow.
John Martin Key, who was born about 1805, and was brought to Walker County with his parents. He devoted his entire life to farming, and died at the old home place near Coal Valley in 1854. He is buried in the old Davis Graveyard at Coal Valley. He was married twice: first to Mary Snow, who died, and later, in 1841, to Lucy Allen Woods, who was born in Walker County February 23, 1827, the daughter of Samuel Woods. Children by first marriage - - Thomas Key, who married, first a Kilgore, second, a Logan, third, a Burton; Mary Polly Key, who married first a Kilgore, and second, her cousin, William Key, the son of Washington Key; John Key, who married, first, Charity Elizabeth Wood, and second, a widow, Mrs. Fannie (Clements) Ferguson. Children by the second marriage - Samuel Key, who married, first, a Courington, and second, a Bevill; Rice Key, who never married, and died during the Civil War; Lucy Key, who married Jasper Voyles in 1865; Bertha Key, who married a Voyles; Linda Key who married a Voyles; Zilphia Key, who married Hugh Lollar; and Nancy J. Key, who married a Hamilton.
Joesph Garland Key, who was brought to Walker County by his parents, where he was married to Rachel Cole, daughter of Byrd Garland Cole. Children - - Sarah Belinda Key, who married Clayton White; John Byrd Key, who married a Williams; William Key, who died young; Jodie Key, who married a Garner; Buck Key, who married a Jones; Liza Jane Key, who never married; and Nancy Key, who married Joseph Weembs.
Dock Clifton Key, who was born in Walker County about 1825. He was a farmer until the outbreak of the Civil War, when he enlisted in Company L, Twenty-eighth Alabama Infantry, under Captain Musgrove, and died in Tennessee in 1865, while still in the service. About 1845 he was married to Nacy Louise Cole, who was born in Walker County in 1828, a daughter of Byrd Cole. She died in 1908 and is buried in the Zion Graveyard at Parrish. Children - - John Clifton Key, who married Julia Key; Byrd Garland Key, who married Polly Garner; Joseph Martin Key, who married Polka Williams; ( this is where I have conflicting references. this is my great grand parents and I have always heard, and it is written in the family bible as Joseph Milstered Key and hers is Pokie Jane Williams) Nicholas Rice Key, who married Frankie Bailey; James Buchanan Key, who married Samanthia Williams; Robert Key, who married Eaddie Jones; William Key, who married Mary Key; and Nancy Key, who never married.
Charles Rice Key, who married Dorcia Cole, and then moved to Cullman County.
Lindsay Key, who was married to Rebbecca Winters.
Nancy Key, who was married to Richard Chilton.
Elizabeth Key, who was married to William Busby.
James Hezekiah Key, who was married to Elizabeth Herring.
Jane Mills Key, who was married to Hill Abbott. (Here I have a conflict too. I thought that it was Hile Abbott. I have a story told by one of Dock Clifton Key's grand children that is really a treasure in it self!) email me if you are interested in any more. I have this line on John and Belinda going way back. Hope that is wasn't too long for you.