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Wagon Ruts West

JOHN KEENEY, JR. FAMILY
By Ralph Ray Keeney

Published in 1983


Acknowledgment

    The following selection is taken from "Wagon Ruts West" written & published by Ralph Ray Keeney in 1983. The book  is currently out of print. This section is published with the kind permission of Ralph Ray Keeney. The book this selection is drawn from is under copyright and permission has been granted for educational purposes and it is not to be used in any way for any profit or commercial venture.

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The following is Section 27
SECTION 27

James  Keeney

KEENEY FAMILY TREE

___John, Sr. (1750? - 1845?) Married Martha -
| Jonathan Anthony (1778  - 1850)
| ___ John Jr. (1780 - 1845) Married Mary Ramsey Buckhalter, 1805
| |   Mary (1806 - 1850-)
| |   Thomas (1808 - 1842)
| |   Isley (1811 - 1842)
| |   Jonathan (1813 - 1878)
| |   James (1816 - 1885) 
| |   Abraham (1818 - 1843)
| | ____Andrew Jackson (1819 - 1898) Married Elizabeth Mulholland, 1841
| | | Frances Ann - drowned with Mother in the Missouri Riv.
| | | 2. Married Hannah Daniels Cooper (daughter, Anna Cooper)
| | | Elias P. (1852 - 1857)
| | | James Madison ( 1853 - 1913)
| | | George R. (1856 - 1859)
| | | William Daniel (1857 - 1930)
| | | ____John Blanden (1859 - 1942) Married Ella Hurt, 1881
| | | |    Maude (1882 - 1958)
| | | |    Rhoda C. (1884 - 1884)
| | | |    Ira Marvin (1885 - 1945)
| | | | ___ Willard Warren (1888 - 1958)    Married Alice L. Crall, 1920
| | | | |      Jack LeRoy, 1921
| | | | |      Ralph Ray, 1923
| | | | |      Harold Blanding, (1925 - 1925)
| | | | |      Loa May, 1926
| | | | |      Ida Dee, 1929
| | | | |     Billie Fae, 1932
| | | | |      William Warren, 1933
| | | | |____Bessie Jo, 1935
| | | |______Glenn (1894 - 1954)
| | | 3 Married Amanda Jane Morse Matthews, 1861 (daughter, Rebecca)
| | |      Martha Ellen "Matty" (1862 - 1911)
| | |      Benjamin Franklin (1865 - 1935)
| | |      Andrew Alva (1866 - 1954)
| | |________Thomas Paine (1869 - 1947)
| | Rebecca (1821 - 1895)
| | Eli (twin) (1828 - 1878)
| |___________ Elias (twin) (1828 - 1910)
| Thomas (1782 - 1846)   
| Nancy ( 1786 - -- )
| James (- - - )
| Hiram (-- - )
|_________Others -

JAMES KEENEY
James Keeney (b. 1816)

JAMES KEENEY
(B. Aug. 20, 1816 - D. April 27, 1885)
Son of John, Jr and Mary (Buckhalter) Keeney

James Keeney was born August 20, 1816 in Fayette Co., Indiana. He was the son of John, Jr. and Mary Ramsey (Buckhalter) Keeney. He came with his parents to Ray County, Missouri in the early 1820's. James married three times: First, to Catherine Stewart, on March 19, 1840 in Ray County, Missouri, and fathered two children; Mary and Sarah Catherine. She died in childbirth in 1845. His second marriage was to Nancy Keeney, a cousin and daughter of Thomas and Lovina Boles Keeney, on March 1, 1846, and fathered three children; Miranda, Irena and Martha Elizabeth. Nancy died in 1862, and James' third marriage was to Miranda Michael Pearl, widow of John Pearl, and fathered one son, Mordecia, by this union.

In 1851, James and his family came to Oregon with the "Keeney Wagon Train." He settled on a farm between Elias and Jonathan's land claims.

A short time after arriving in the Calapooya Valley, Indians entered James Keeney's home, unannounced. The children were very frightened, and hid under their mothers' full skirts. The Indians wanted tobacco, which was given to them; then left, grabbing food from the table as they went out the door.

James Keeney died near Brownsville on April 27, 1885. Miranda Michael Pearl Keeney died June 8, 1919 in Kalispell, Montana and was buried in Brownsville, Oregon.


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