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Volume 1 #4 
March 1999


Edited by
Daniell Lee Keeney

Navigation Table

Editor's note

Sorry it's a little light this month

Happy Saint Patrick's Day


Family Stories

I Need people to send me stories to put here


From the inbox.....

Hello I'm Jerome Keeney.
I stumbled on your writings* concerning the Keeney surname and found it fascinating.
I have traced my ancestral lineage back to Hugh Keeney b.1792 in I believe the townland of Meenagolan near Ardara Co Donegal.
You might be able to help me with a problem I have with two of his grandchildren namely Philip Keeney b 03.03.1865 and Rose Keeney b 01.12.1873 both of whom I have been told emigrated to the U.S.
I would like to know what became of them and I would be grateful if you could point me in the right direction!
Recently I discovered that there is another "Jerome Keeney" who works with the U.S. Dept of Defense and lives in Alaska.  I've been trying to get an e-mail address for him without success.
Kind Regards
Jerome Keeney

*NOTE The writings were authored by Bill Allen Keeney

I was able to find a snail mail address on a Jerome Keeney in Alaska (DLK)


From the Keeney UpDate

VOLUME XV, Number 1 March 1998

On Page 8 under the heading of IOWA

A History of Polk County, Containing a History of the County, It's Cities, Towns, Etc., Des Moines: Union Historical Co., Birdsall, Williams & Co., 1880



The town of Avon in Allen Township was platted in August 1855, on land belonging to Charles Keeney, one of the early settlers who had previously built a mill there and had also erected one of the first brick farm houses in the county. The town was on a beautiful site, and it became a thriving village with considerable trade, and was a religious and educational center for a considerable scope of country. There was built the first good school house in Allen township. A United Brethren Church was organized there as early as 1856, and early in the '60's a fine church was erected. Other churches were also organized at an early date, and have since flourished. When the railroad came, Avon station was located about one mile from the original town, and this naturally did some injury to the latter. But Avon continued to be a beautiful country village, the center of a magnificent farming country.

The first election in the township of Allen was held April 5, 1853, and the following officers were elected: Trustees, J.P. Deaton, John Watts, James S. Mills; Clerk, Henry O. McBroom; Assessor, Charles B. Flemming; and the first meeting was held at the house of John D. McGlothlin. The latter was one of the early settlers, prominent in township and county affairs, and in every way a most excellent and enterprising farmer and citizen. He died some years ago. In this township was also located the Indian village of Keokuk, chief of the Sacs and Foxes, and there he made his home for several years. Nothing is left now but a few traces of this once large Indian village, but the beautiful land thereabouts yet retains the name of “Keokuk Prairie.”


Looking for.....

Posted by Nancy on February 26, 1999 at 16:08:41:

I am looking for ancestors of Bernard and Lillian Keeney. I am their son Benjamins granddaughter. My grandfathers siblings were, Johnny, Tutty and Girlie. Those are the names I knew of them by and there may have been more.


Posted by Sharon Galitz on November 22, 1998 at 17:03:12:

William KEENEY was born September/October 1799. Where? Maybe NY state, per
his death reported in the 1850 Mortality Federal Census for Illinois. He was married to Clarissa D (Davis?) perhaps in 1821 in Connecticut. At any rate their known children were: Clarissa Elizabeth KEENEY, born about 1828 Massachusetts (per 1850 Illinois Federal Census), William KEENEY, Jr., born 1828-1830 Massachusetts, David, born 1828-1830 Massachusetts/Ohio and George Nelson KEENEY, born about 1835 Ohio.

The family was in Crete, Will County, Illinois by 1836. William, Sr. died in 1849, his wife predeceased him in 1843. The three sons were listed in the 1860 federal census for Illinois, but no further data has been found. Could they all have perished in the Civil War, or did they return and settle elsewhere?

Clarissa Elizabeth KEENEY was married three times: 1) John L. HASKIN (died 1859), 2) Webster A. Castle (he deserted her) and 3) Hiram Moulton. No further info on her after 1862 marriage to Moulton. Her children by John Haskin all remained in the Will County or Chicago, Cook Co, IL area. She is my great-great-grandmother.

I know there are zillions of KEENEYs and I have lots of miscellaneous material, but still cannot find the parents and birthplace of my William


Posted by Ann Klein on August 12, 1998 at 22:17:33:

Looking for mother and father of Nancy L. Keeney born 1813/14 don't know where. But she was living in Browning, Linn Co. Mo. in 1885. She married Phillip W. Christy. Can someone help me. Ann in Oklahoma


Posted by Candy Leggett on February 19, 1999 at 15:08:10:

great-grandfather is Daniel B Keeny b. 27 Dec 1838 in York Co, PA, moved to Carlisle, Cumberland Co, PA where he enlisted in the Civil War - 130th PV.
In the 1870s he moved to Peru, KS.
Have hit a dead end - cannot find his ancestry. Could he have been a Keeney?
Family legend says his middle name was Boone but cannot find any corroboration


Miscellaneous & Reunions

Does anybody know of any family Reunions?

If so send information & I'll include it here.


28 February 1999 18:15:48 -0800

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