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Volume 1 #3
February 1999


Edited by
Daniell Lee Keeney

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The Cherry Banister

( Charles & Emily {Bersot} Keeney)

   At Grampa Charlie and Grandma Lizzie’s house, the stairs had a banister made of cherry wood, very slick and just right as a short-cut downstairs.  It happened one day that in using this shortcut because his sister was chasing him, Lowell didn’t get stopped at the bottom.  Now, this banister was aligned just right with the front door, I imagine it looked really pretty in the front hall.  And because of the alignment of that banister and the front door, Lowell went right out the door and onto the porch.   Aunt Ruth got stopped.


 The Skunks and Uncle Otis

(Russell Lowell Keeney "Poppy")

    Poppy grew up on a farm in central Indiana, including milk cows in the barn.  It happened one year that a mother skunk took up residence in the barn with her family of kits.  The mother skunk never bothered anyone, probably because Poppy fed the kits fresh milk every day at milking time.  Now, everything went well with that family of skunks until the day that Uncle Otis managed to stir up the mother skunk and she squirted him “but good”, in Poppy’s own words.  Uncle Otis had to put on a new suit of clothes and Poppy had to get rid of the skunks.


 Halloween, 1919

    Poppy went to Pittsboro High School with a class of about 10 students.  The Halloween of his senior year, 1919, the Senior Class decided to have a “little” fun. They did the mundane at first, throwing seed corn at windows and the like, but then they got really creative.

They took the milkman’s Model A Ford truck to the lumber yard and managed to hoist it on top of a large pile of lumber.  They fenced in an intersection of two county roads and stocked the intersection with animals borrowed from the nearest farm.  They took corn shocks from a neighboring field and put those in the fence to feed the animals, since they all knew the importance of keeping the stock well fed. 

Now, as no real damage was done to the fence, the animals or the milkman’s truck, no one was the worse for wear, except the milkman’s temper, and no one got in trouble.


 Aunt Marjorie and the Highchair

(Marjorie Ellen Keeney)

             Being very small, Aunt Marjorie liked to put her feet on the edge of the table and lean back in her highchair.  Despite numerous warnings that dire consequences would result if she kept it up, she enjoyed it too much to quit, until the day that she finally fell over backward and ended up on the back porch.  You’d think that a scare like that would have been sufficient, but Poppy picked her up and spanked her anyway.


From the inbox.....

Hello Dan,

Bill and I were talking to Ray and Faith Keeney in CA again tonight. They were saying how fun they thought it would be to have a Keeney reunion here in Ireland. Bill and I came up w/an Idea to see if there would be many people interested. We would wondering if you would be willing to set up a survey on your website. I don't know much about doing a web page so I don't even know if it would be possible.

If we could do this and if there is enough interested Keeneys We would be willing to organize it on this end.

Some of the questions we could think of that would need answering are:

1. Would you be interested in a Keeney family reunion in Ireland?

2. During what month?

3. For 1999 or 2000?

If you can do this and if there are other questions you think should be on the survey let me know. Please don't feel like you have to do this. I thought I would also contact Roscoe to get it into the Update as well.

Let me know what you think.


My reply:

Sounds Like a good idea Let me play around with it a little on some kind of form with an e-mail link.



As you will note I am William Echaard Keeney. My father was William Leroy Keeney. My grandfather was Ralph Maughm Keeney and his father was John M. Keeney. My grandfather was baptized in Chopinton Parish, Northumberland County, England. One town in which they lived was Scottland Gate north of New Castle.

My father always said that our family came from Wales and was part of a larger family originally named Mac [or Mc] Keeney but half the clan dropped the Mac when the postal system came there and too many Keeneys were identified by that name. My grandfather came to Fayette County about 1883.

Do you have or know of any connection with the family?


Bill Keeney


From the Keeney UpDate

VOLUME X, Number 1 February 1993


These names are on the  Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.:

Keeney,  Gerald Robert SPC Army 03 October 1941, date of causality

28 December 1964, St Louis, MO; panel 1E line 78

Keeney, Joseph Frank PVT Army 08 October 1948, date of causality

16 September 1970, Baltimore, MD.: panel 7W line 68


Found online


Looking for.....

Name: Brenda Keeney Adcock
Email: hopsing@cswnet.com
Location: Foreman, Ar U.S.
Date: Thursday, January 21, 1999 at 19:11:36
Hi everyone, glad to know their are other Keeney's out there. It is rare to find any around. My grandfather is James Robert Keeney. He has twin brothers Lewis and Lloyd and two sisters Alice and Omer. They are from Ok. and Ar. I don't know alot about my family as my great grandfather died when my grandfather was two years old. However my aunt has searched as far as she can and found many familiar names just by typing our name into the search engine. That is how I found this information. Hope to find someone related to me. Sincerely, Brenda


Keeneys from Warren Co., Iowa area

Posted by Marcie Keeney on January 07, 1999 at 09:50:49:

I am looking for more relatives who know they are closely connected to my line. I am pretty sure the information I have so far is correct but I need to fill in some spouse gaps and I would like to trace back farther than we know, also I hope someone can help.
Here is the info I have so far: My fourth great grandfather is buried in Avon cemetery in Warren Co. NAME JONATHAN ANTHONY KEENEY wife MARY McGLOTHEN; my third great grandfather was SAMUEL KEENEY is buried next to Jonathan his wife's name is SARA ? (we don't know the last name); my second great grandfather was BENJAMIN KESSLER KEENEY wife MARTHA RANDLEMAN; my great grandfather was LEVI KEENEY wife LILLIE MARTIN; my grandfather was WENDELL KEENEY wife VERNELLA KEENEY; my father is EDWIN KEENEY wife JANEEN KEENEY currently of Carlisle IA in Warren Co. I would like to find relatives of Benjamin Kessler, and Samuel and I would also like to know the names of their siblings and children and the locations where they have ended up. ALSO, has anyone traced back farther than Jonathan Anthony?? Does anyone know exactly where the Keeneys came from overseas?

Marcie Keeney currently in West Des Moines IA


Name: Kevin Keeney
Email: kkeeney@zoomnet.net
Location: Ironton, OH Date: Friday, January 8, 1999 at 18:27:23
Requesting any information; my great-grandfather George Keeney was a policeman in Ashland, KY, my grandfather was Adam Keeney, died 1964 Columbus, OH



Sent to me by:

Leilani Lori Keeney     

Do not stand at my grave and weep,

I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,

I am the diamond glint on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain;

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awake in the morning hush,

I am the swift, uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circling flight.

I am the stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,

I am not there, I did not die.

~ writer unknown


New on the site:

  1. A survey. A Keeney Family Reunion in Ireland?

  2. Keeney Kin Birthdays J F


Updated e-mail addresses

Name Old Address New Address
Susan D. Keeney SDKeeney@aol.com s.keeney@worldnet.att.net


24 January 1999 15:03:01 -0800

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