A Keeney Family Genealogy Online

Keeney Family Genealogy
Online Newsletter

Volume 1 #7 
August 1999


Edited by
Daniell Lee Keeney

Navigation Table

Welcome to the newest newsletter members:

  1. Peter Keaney

  2. Cindy Marcell

Editor's note

In the e-mail address section I've included an address for Roscoe C. Keeney, Jr. I'll tell you now YES this is Roscoe who wrote the book 2,597 Keeney Relatives & puts out the Keeney UpDate.


If you don't send items in it's hard to come up with enough items to put out an issue. 

I'll try to put some thing out every other month, so the next issue should be in October.


Family Stories

I Need people to send me stories to put here


From the inbox.....

Cindy Marcell asked to signup for the newsletter & sent the following:

Yes please sign me up! Thanks Cindy Marcell

I am a descendant of John Jonathan Keeney (1750){brother of Jonathon Anthony Keeney - 1752; & Jonathon Keeney - 1770}, Jonathon Anthony Keeney (1778), Jonathon A. Keeney (1809),William Perry Keeney (1843), Arden Wilbur Keeney (1879), Constance Lucille Keeney (1915), Connie Lou Jameson (1941), Cynthia Lou Schulze (birth name) Bent (adopted name) Marcell (1959).

This came from the:

ROOTS-L Digest Volume 99 : Issue 478

X-Message: #5
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 99 14:06:53 -0600
From: "Carma  M. Brown" <carma@uni-sol.com>
Subject: A Letter to My Ancestors


"Dear   ________________________ 

I am your _____________ and living in the late 20th century here in  ______________,_________________.

I am sitting in front of a microfilm projector (I'll explain what that is in a later E-mail) in a special library run by the LDS (nice people, but more later on them, too) trying to decipher the small and shaky handwriting of your parish's minister/vicar/curate (choose one).
He must have been either vertically challenged or had palsy - because it's unreadable!  At least I think it's your parish!  I'm not even sure of the decade.

Thanks for leaving such a good paper trail!  (
Sarcasm intended.)

According to family legend, you and your wife
__________________ had ____ children, some of whom lived beyond infancy. Yet not a single one was recorded in the parish records!  I can't even find your marriage certificate. You two WERE married, right?

Didn't you know that there would be legions of people like me fanatically spending their waking hours and small fortunes looking for any and all traces of  your lives?  Were you just stubborn, couldn't afford the fees, or not members of the Established (or any) Church?

You're wondering, "What's all the fuss, we're dead as doornails?"

We're not sure, but I think down here we're infected with the same disease: Rootsus obsessionus.

Of course, WE are going to leave better records for our descendants! (sure we will HA!)

Anyway, I'm glad I was able to vent my frustrations upward. If I couldn't do that, I'd have probably popped the obnoxious researcher next to me who is right now translating an old parish record in German - and out loud, for heaven's . . .  (oops!)

I have an idea....  When I'm "dead-on" (pardon the expression) to finding the correct record, give me some sort of sign. Make the projector bulb flicker twice. Or, if it must be done in the privacy of my home, I have a Labrador Retriever. Talk through her. That will get my attention for sure.

Thanks for listening. I'll be better in the morning..... I'll be back at the library tomorrow night for Round 14, so catch me there.






From the Keeney UpDate

       Volume IV Number 1 December 1986

Headlines from page 1.

  • William Perry Keeney

  • Keeneys in American Revolution

    from page 1

    William Perry Keeney

      William Perry Keeney was the son of  Jonathan Keeney, and the grandson of Rev., Jonathan Anthony Keeney. Perry was born Sept. 9, 1843 in Montgomery Co., Indiana. He came with his parents, brothers and sisters to Iowa in 1848. At that time Des Moines was a fort on the west side of the river. the Keeney family settled on the east side of the river where Perry's uncle, Charles Keeney, had established the town of Avon. Perry's father had a blacksmith shop at Avon, and formed horse shoes, nails and wagon parts on the anvil.

      At the time of the Civil War, Perry ran away to join the troops, but his age was discovered and he was returned home. As soon as he was 18 he enlisted and served in Company B, 10th Iowa Infantry for three years. The grandchildren and great-grandchildren were fascinated by the little dish resting on the mantel containing the "grape" shot and the "Minnie balls" removed from grandpa's leg during the war.

      At the age of 24 Perry married Nancy Ellen Keeney, who was 15 and a first cousin once removed. She was the great-grand-daughter of Rev., Jonathan Anthony Keeney. Her grandfather was Charles Keeney, and her father Jonathan A. Keeney.

      They raised their family on an 80 acre farm in Polk Co. Perry was a fruit farmer. He had fruit trees, strawberries, grapes, blackberries and raspberries in addition to a 25 acre apple orchard. He sold his produce to the markets in Des Moines. During apple season many families drove from Des Moines to buy apples and enjoy the free cider. He kept bees, chickens, and had cows for milk, butter and meat, but he would not allow a pig on the place. He said they were filthy and tended to look down on neighbors who kept hogs.

      He was an expert with the bow and arrow and enjoyed demonstrating his skill to the grandchildren, telling them he had Indian blood and his Indian name was Chief Keen-Eye.

       Perry was very particular about his clothes. He would not wear colored work shirts, and wore only white shirts, as the daughters well remembered who had to wash, starch and iron the white shirts with their detachable collars.

      Theirs was a happy family as the children grew up. The older daughters played the organ and daily devotions and much hymn singing was a part of their life. Perry and Nancy Ellen were members of the United Brethren Church, and had been baptized in the river as was their custom.

      The family was saddened by the death of the two oldest daughters. They had helped care for an elderly neighbor who had tuberculoses, and both contracted the disease and died in 1892. Their mother, Nancy Ellen, contracted tuberculoses caring for her daughters, and she died ten years later after a long illness.

      William Perry Keeney died at his home on May 6, 1938, aged 94 years, 7 months and 27 days. He was laid to rest in the Avon Cemetery where he is surrounded by many Keeneys, including his grandfather, Rev., Jonathan Anthony Keeney, one of the first buried there in 1850

    Pat Kaufman - Manson, Iowa.


Found online

Keeney Forums

If you would like to sign up for a Keeney mailing list for posting research questions click on this link KEENEY-L-request@rootsweb.com and put only the word subscribe in the message body nothing else


Looking for.....

(from keeneyklan.com/bbs)

Posted by Lana Kline on July 23, 1999 at 17:41:01:

In Reply to: CHANGE OF MY EMAIL ADDRESS !! MARCIE KEENEY posted by Marcie Keeney on January 07, 1999 at 09:50:49:


My husband's Great Grandmother was Carrie Dell Keeney. I have information on Jonathan Anthony Keeney's parents.

John Jonathan Keeney b. December 25, 1750 in West Virginia, Union County d. January 1, 1805 in Jefferson County, Tennessee. He married (1) Martha Jane Armstrong. He then married Annie Elizabeth Poets in 1770.

John was born near Keeney's Knob in Union County, West Virginia. He moved to Tennessee and was married in 1770 to Annie (b. 1755)in Jefferson Co., Tennessee. John has been listed as a veteran of the Revolutionary War. He was granted 671 acres on the North side French Broad River including a large island opposite Robert LAMB's plantation in the 1778-1791 North Carolina Land grants in Tennessee. He was appointed as one of the selectees for the site of the Cocke County government building when the county was established in 1792. John was a farmer, blacksmith, and a ferryman, as well as a member of the "Hard Shell" Baptist Church, which he failed to attend regularly as recorded on several occasions. John received a letter of dismiss ion from the Big Pigeon Baptist Church in Cocke Co., Tennessee on August 31, 1811. He may have moved with his sons and daughter to Indiana in 1811 where land was purchased on November 1, 1811, in Fayette Co., in the name of John. Another purchase of land was made in 1816. He may have died in Holt Co., Missouri in 1845.

This information was taken from the History of Warren County Vol. 1 book that my in-laws have. I don't how accurate it is. My mother-in-law said that after it was published mistakes were found. I don't know of the mistakes however.


Miscellaneous & Reunions

This is from Roscoe's book 2,597 Keeney Relatives

I've included it here to show some of the variations on the spelling of the name Keeney


The Keeney Coat of Arms was drawn by an heraldic artist and documentation is supposedly found in Burke's General Armory.

The surname Keeney appears to be both patrinomical and characteristic in origin and is believed to be associated with the Irish, meaning "grandson of Cianchor of Keene (sharp, quick, eager person)." Dictionaries of surnames indicate probable spelling variations of Keeney to be Keeny, Kean, Krany, Keaney, O'Keany, O'Keeney, Keenie, and others.

The name Keeney has been established in history. William Keeney was at Gloucester, Massachusetts, before 1640. He removed to New London, Connecticut in 1651 and died there in 1675. Alexander Keeney was made a freeman at Wetherfield, Connecticut, in 1667 and died there in 1680.

Grandma Climbed The Family Tree

There's been a change in Grandma, we've noticed as of late
She's always reading history, or jotting down some date.

She's tracing back the family, we all have pedigrees.
Grandma's got a hobby, she's climbing Family Trees...

Poor Grandpa does the cooking, and now, or so he states,
He even has to wash the cups and the dinner plates.
Well, Grandma can't be bothered, she's busy as a bee,
Compiling genealogy for the Family Tree.

She has no time to baby-sit,  the curtains are a fright.
No buttons left on Grandpa's shirt, the flower bed's a sight.
She's given up her club work, the serials on TV,
The only thing she does nowadays is climb the Family Tree.

The mail is all for Grandma, it comes from near and far.
Last week she got the proof she needs to join the DAR.
A monumental project - to that we all agree,
A worthwhile avocation - to climb the Family Tree.

There were pioneers and patriots mixed with our kith and kin,
Who blazed the paths of wilderness and fought through thick and thin.
But none more staunch than Grandma, whose eyes light up with glee,
Each time she finds a missing branch for the Family Tree.

To some it's just a hobby, to Grandma it's much more.
She learns the joys and heartaches of those who went before.
They loved, they lost, they laughed, they wept - and now for you and me,

They live again, in spirit, around the Family Tree.

At last she's nearly finished, and we are each exposed.
Life will be the same again, this we all suppose.
Grandma will cook and sew, serve crullers with our tea.
We'll have her back, just as before that wretched Family Tree...

( Virginia Day McDonald, Macon GA )

Does anybody know of any family Reunions?

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


New on the site:

Database has a few more names

A new database belonging to Mike Vincent.

Mike  has 134 Keeneys listed 


Updated & new e-mail addresses

Name Old Address New Address
Roscoe C. Keeney, Jr. /~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/ no longer online
Peter W. Keaney /~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/ p.keaney@lineone.net
Cindy Marcell /~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/ cmarcell@sfths.sft434.k12.ks.us
Carol Keeney Shaw cjkeeney@c-zone.net brshaw@ppp.kornet21.net


25 July 1999 09:49:36 -0700