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Online Newsletter

  Volume 2 # 1
December 1999


Edited by
Daniell Lee Keeney

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Welcome to the newest newsletter members:


I've changed the way this works, when you click on a name in this section it takes you to what was contributed by that person, rather then opening an e-mail program.


   Editor's note

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 It's almost December & time for  Christmas, so I send Christmas Greetings to you and yours, the music "What Child  is this"  will only play through twice.


Merry Christmas


   From the inbox.....

From: Thomas & Robin Foster <titus@datasync.com>

Date: Thursday, October 21, 1999 16:10 PM

Subject: Wonderful Site!

Dear Mr. Keeney,

I recently received a print out of your wonderful web site.  I guess I should say a print out of a portion of your web site!  My name is Thomas George Foster, and I am the grandson of George Linus Keeney, who died last August in Minneapolis, MN.  While at his funeral, I was saddened by how little his surviving family knew about his family's history, and began to research it myself.  While I had thought I was progressing rather well, I am simply amazed at the volume of information that you have gathered about the Keeneys!

I was also amazed to find that not only was George Linus Keeney listed in the family tree, but I am as well!  It is about these entries that I am writing to you now.

I understand that information in the amounts you are dealing with, and from the varied sources that you have to attain it through, can cause some confusion, so I had hoped to be able to give you some updated information about my particular "branch" of this tree.  I do not, however, want to burden you with unwanted work, so I will wait for a response to this letter telling me how best to get you this information.

The information I speak of are accurate names, birth and death dates, descendants and spouses of most (if not all) of Alton Keeney's (1887-1952) children.  If desired, I can also give you important dates outside of birth and death (marriage, baptism, etc.) and last known or current locations.

Again, I do not want to send unwanted or unwelcome information, so I am eagerly awaiting instructions as to how (or if) you would be able to use this assistance.

Let me say again that your web site is simply incredible!  A wealth of information for anyone curious about this great family and its history.  I will visit again, often!

Your friend,

Thomas G. Foster


(Editors Note: For Thomas G. Foster's ancestors line see # 36 in Descendants of.. )

{In my reply below you'll see how I got involved in this little hobby & how keeneyklan.com got started.}

My Reply;

Date: Thursday, October 21, 1999 22:36 PM

To: Thomas & Robin Foster <titus@datasync.com>

Subject: Re: Wonderful Site!

Hello Cousin Thomas,

We're 4th cousins once removed.

Thank you for the complement on the site. I do spend a bit of time on it, it's just a hobby that gives me something to do. I got started into family research back in 1986 when I attended my first family reunion in Colorado, where I obtained a copy of the (book) Descendants of Elmer Ashley Keeney compiled by Alice E Biddle who is a first cousin once removed, it was so full of holes that I wanted to fill them in and update the mistaken information.

I bought my first computer with the soul intention of doing the family genealogy on it, well one thing led to another & hence the site keeneyklan.com was born in 1997, I originally had just over 600 names at that time, now I have over 5000.

Anyway I'll take a guess that you received the print out from Ray Keeney?

As that's where most of the data on James Barnabus Keeney and descendents came from .

As to updating information I'll accept any and all the assistance I can get. It is greatly appreciated as I'd never be able to collect everything on my own.

As to a format that would make it easier to incorporate into my database, if you're collecting your information into a family tree program such as Family Tree Maker, or PAF (Personal Ancestry File), or one of the many others, you can create a GEDCOM file and send it to me. Or just mail me the info & I'll add it as time permits. All of the dates you mention are helpful, if not to me, to others in the future. Another thing you might want to include in your data are family stories, in doing so you give life to the ancestor's that you're putting in your database.

If you're interested I'm putting up a monthly newsletter online that you can sign up for, just let me know.

Again I welcome all the assistance I can get.

Your cousin, Mr. Daniell Lee Keeney

From: Edward Keeney <ekeeney@gol.com>

Date: Monday, October 25, 1999 7:20 AM

Subject: Signup KFG

Hi to all the Keeneys there,
       I just found the Keeney page--What a surprise--I'm Eamonn (Gaelic for Edward) a US citizen--born in Ireland, Tullamore Co. Offaly and working as a missionary in Hitachi, Japan --about 20 miles from where the atomic accident happened recently.
        Please sign me up for your Newsletter.
                                     (Father) Eamonn Keeney SS. CC.



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>After reading this you can contact Carol for any unanswered questions, in that I'd have to do the same.<

From: Bill and Carol Keeney <ckeeney@eircom.net>

Date: Monday, November 22, 1999 12:09 PM

To: Dan


Subject: Reunion Info

Dan And Ray,

Just got all the information on the package deal.  Let me give you an idea of what I'm trying to plan.

Fly out of NY on 31 May 2000.  Arrive in Shannon, Ireland 1 June 2000. Leave Shannon 12 June 2000.  Arrive in NY 13 June 2000.  Right now this airfare is about $560.   The travel agent believes that this may go down after Jan. 15 and once we know about how many people are booking.

There would be a bus to take everyone to Donegal.  We would schedule all reunion events on June 2, 3, And 4th.  On June 5th the package deal would begin.  It is an 8 day package deal and the cost is 390 Irish pounds or about $550.  This package will not include the cost of accommodation and meals for June 2, 3, and 4th.  Because I haven't fully planned the reunion part, I don't have an estimated cost for that yet.

Let me outline the package deal:

With a min. group of 50 people this package will cost 390 Irish pounds per person.

Cost Includes:
-Accommodation in half an ensuite double /twin room
-Half board from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8
-Full Irish Breakfast
-Three course dinner &tea/coffee in the hotels
-The following visits:
-Glenveagh National Park & Glenveagh Castle
-Grianan Aileagh
-Tower Museum
-Cavanacor House
-Donegal County Museum
-Glencolumbkille Folk Village
-Donegal Castle
-W.B. Yeats Grave
-Full transportation throughout, in a modern high-liner coach
-Full services of an English-speaking guide
-All service charges and taxes.  This includes all tips at hotels.
-One free place for the tour leader

-Single room supplement 93 Irish pounds about $130
-Harp of Erne Waterbus tour - 2000 rate to be confirmed.

-Letterkenny Court Hotel, Letterkenny 2 Nights
-Abbey Hotel, Donegal 3 Nights
-Belmont Hotel, Knock 1 Night
-Oakwood Arms Hotel, Shannon 1 Night

These are all 3 *** hotels boasting good locations.  All rooms are ensuite and equipped with direct dial telephone and television.

Note that we have not taken reservations - so all rates quoted are subject to availability at the moment of making a booking.

We also wish to advise that hotels generally only allow one single for every five twins/doubles booked - otherwise there will be an increase in the single supplement payable.


Day One-Letterkenny-Glenveagh National Park

The group assembles in Letterkenny, the largest town in the county. Today is spent exploring Glenveagh National Park and Glenveagh Castle. The National park comprises 16,000 hectares of mountains, lakes, woods and wild bogs.  It boasts a visitor centre with excellent audio visual and displays.  In contrast to the rugged surroundings is the magnificent Glenveagh Castle which was built between 1870 and 1873.  Visitors can enjoy a fascinating guided tour of the castle and later stroll around the gardens, which are among the finest in Ireland.  Return to Letterkenny for dinner and overnight in our hotel.

Day Two-Burt-Derry-Strabane-Lifford-Letterkenny

Full Irish breakfast in our hotel.  This morning we depart Letterkenny and travel northwards in the direction of Burt, where we visit Grianan Aileagh - a spectacular Ring Fort dating back to 1700 BC.  From the top of the battlements visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of Lough Swilly and Lough Foyle.  A beautifully refurbished old stone church houses a visitor interpretative area and craft shop.  Continue across the border into Northern Ireland and pay a visit to the friendly city of Derry.  It is most famous for its City Walls, the majority of which are open to the public at all times.  Also worth a visit is the Tower Museum which tells the Story of Derry and chronicles the history of the area from its origins to the present day.  Continue southwards through the North to Strabane, where we cross the border again into Lifford.   Here we pay a visit to the Cavanacor Historic House & Craft Centre.  This historic house is the ancestral home of James Knox Polk, President of the United
States between 1845-1849.  Enjoy a guided tour of the 17th century house and walled gardens.  The Art Gallery with paintings and sculptures, working pottery with demonstrations and craft shop are also worth visiting.  In the late afternoon return to Letterkenny for dinner and overnight in our hotel.

Day Three-Letterkenny - Donegal

Full Irish breakfast in our hotel.  This morning we have free time to stroll around Letterkenny on our own and visit some of the many shops - with something to suit every taste and pocket!  In the early afternoon we have the opportunity of visiting the Donegal County Museum. Located in a fine old stone building which was once part of Letterkenny
workhouse, the museum houses both permanent and temporary exhibitions. Discover a fascinating display of artifacts from the Stone Age to the medieval period, and from the recent history and folk life of the county.  We then begin our journey southwards via Stranorlar and Ballybofey to Donegal town, where we check into our hotel for dinner and

Day Four - Killybegs-Glencolumbkille - Ardara

Full Irish breakfast in our hotel.  This morning we depart Donegal town and travel westwards to visit the pretty little fishing port of Killybegs.  From here we continue westwards to Glencolumbkille where we visit the Folk Village Museum.   Steeped in culture, tradition and
language, the Glencolumbkille Museum depicts bygone lifestyles in South West Donegal through an interpretative centre, craft shop, team house, school house and thatched cottages dating back to 1750, 1850, and 1900. We continue to the heritage town of Ardara, which is famous for its homespun tweeds and handknit and handloomed knitwear.  Free time to visit the many tweed and knitwear shops(there are nine on the town's two
main streets!). Return to Donegal town for dinner and overnight.

Day Five-Donegal

Full Irish breakfast in our hotel.  Today we are based in and around Donegal town.   We begin with a visit to Donegal Castle.  Built by the O'Donnell chieftain in the 15th century, Donegal Castle is situated on the banks of the River Eske in the centre of Donegal town.  It was rebuilt in Jacobean style in the 16th century after its former owner Hugh O'Donnell burnt it to the ground rather than see it fall into enemy hands.  Information panels chronicle the history of the castle owners from the O'Donnell chieftains to the Brooke family.  We then have the option of embarking on the Harp of Erne Waterbus Tour (supplement).  It takes approx. one and a half hours and offers spectacular coastal views
of Donegal Bay and the surrounding islands.  When we are back on dry land we pay a visit to Donegal Craft Village.  Located just outside the town this is a charming community of eight workshops individually handmaking Pottery, Batik, jewelry, Metalwork, Uileann Pipes and Porcelain Ceramics,as well as Handweaving.  Dinner and overnight in in
our hotel.

Day Six Donegal - Sligo- Knock

Full Irish breakfast in our hotel.  We depart Donegal and drive southwards via Ballyshannon and the favourite Irish holiday resort town of Bundoran in the direction of Sligo.  En route we admire the hauntingly beautiful Benbulben Mountain.  Sligo is best known for its association with Yeats - indeed it is affectionately known as "Yeats'
Country" and in Drumcliffe we have the opportunity of visiting Yeats' grave. Our route continues southwards via Collooney, Tubbercurry and Kilkelly to Knock, where we check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day Seven - Knock -Shannon

Full Irish breakfast in our hotel.  Most of today is spent in the picturesque little village of Knock - scene of an apparition of Our Lady, St Joseph, and St John the Evangelist in 1879.  Opportunity to attend the High Madd at the Shrine and also to participate in the
traditional Pilgrim schedule.  In the mid afternoon we begin our journey southwards to Shannon, passing through Tuam, Galway, Gort and Ennis en route.  Check into our hotel in Shannon for dinner and overnight.

Day Eight - Depart

Full Irish breakfast in our hotel (depending on departure time). Depart the hotel for the short transfer to Shannon Airport for flight check-in and departure.


None of this is set in stone and the travel agency has said I can make suggested changes.   One change I do plan to suggest is Day five. Everything in that day was something I was trying to plan for one of the reunion days. 

I believe a good estimated cost for this trip including the three days for the reunion is about $1600 per person.  This does not included extra spending money for shopping or airfare to NY.  All arrangements for airfare to NY must be made by the individual.  

To finalize these plans I will need a definitive response by January 15, 2000 and a deposite of $150 per person by February 6, 2000.

I also need some suggestions on what you would like to do on our reunion days such as, a formal dinner, picnic, etc....

As I get more details I will post them.  I look forward to hearing from everyone.   Should you have any questions or want to confirm your trip you can email me at ckeeney@eircom.net.  If you are confirming your trip I will need the names of everyone in your party.

Eireann go brath!


(Ireland Forever)

Carol Keeney


   Descendants of

5 Generations of the

Descendants of  James Barnabus Keeney (1853 - 1929)

(Editors note: most of this data was provided by Ray Keeney)

Generation No. 1

1. JAMES BARNABUS5 KEENEY (JOHN HIRAM4, JONATHAN ANTHONY3, JOHN JONATHAN2, JOHN DAVID1) was born 31 August 1853 in Lizton, Hendricks, Indiana, and died 19291. He married (1) ELIZABETH CATHARINE SHIRLEY 31 December 1876 in Danville, Hendricks, Indiana. She was born 1856 in Brownsburg, Hendricks, Indiana, and died 09 May 1879. He married (2) MARTHA COULTER 20 May 1880 in Montgomery, Indiana. She was born 20 May 1856 in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, and died 19421.


2. i. AURORA TEMPLE6 KEENEY, b. 13 October 1878, Rainstown, Hendricks, Indiana; d. Iowa.


3. ii. CHARLES6 KEENEY, b. 19 November 1880, Rainstown, Hendricks, Indiana; d. November 1966, Loma Linda, San Bernadino Co., California.

4. iii. SAMUEL KEENEY, b. 09 August 1882, Hendricks, Indiana; d. 1968.

5. iv. LLOYD KEENEY, b. 19 February 1884, Hendricks, Indiana; d. 1968.

6. v. DOC ALTON KEENEY, b. 08 January 1887, Pittsboro, Indiana; d. 1952, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

7. vi. ANNABELLE KEENEY, b. 09 June 1892, Hendricks, Indiana.

vii. GEORGE COULTER KEENEY, b. 29 May 1896, Cando, ND.

Generation No. 2

2. AURORA TEMPLE6 KEENEY (JAMES BARNABUS5, JOHN HIRAM4, JONATHAN ANTHONY3, JOHN JONATHAN2, JOHN DAVID1) was born 13 October 1878 in Rainstown, Hendricks, Indiana, and died in Iowa. He married (1) LIZZIE EAKWRIGHT 12 January 1902. She was born Unknown. He married (2) STELLA MILLER Unknown. She was born Unknown.


i. BEULAH7 KEENEY, b. Abt. 1900.

ii. DOROTHY KEENEY, b. Abt. 1900.


iii. FERNIE7 KEENEY, b. Unknown.

iv. FREDDY KEENEY, b. Abt. 1900.

3. CHARLES6 KEENEY (JAMES BARNABUS5, JOHN HIRAM4, JONATHAN ANTHONY3, JOHN JONATHAN2, JOHN DAVID1) was born 19 November 1880 in Rainstown, Hendricks, Indiana, and died November 1966 in Loma Linda, San Bernadino Co., California1. He married CLARA MABEL WING1 26 August 19081. She was born 1888, and died 19721.

Children of CHARLES KEENEY and CLARA WING are:


9. ii. HARRY MYLO KEENEY, b. 15 December 1913, Rock Lake, Towner Co., North Dakota; d. 1992.

10. iii. RAY KEENEY,


12. v. LA ROY LYNN KEENEY, b. 25 May 1925, Rock Lake, Towner Co., North Dakota; d. 1978.

4. SAMUEL6 KEENEY (JAMES BARNABUS5, JOHN HIRAM4, JONATHAN ANTHONY3, JOHN JONATHAN2, JOHN DAVID1) was born 09 August 1882 in Hendricks, Indiana, and died 19681. He married BETH RULIFSON 04 November 1904 in Pierre, South Dakota. She was born 04 May 1882, and died 1963.


13. i. LOREN RULIFSON7 KEENEY, b. 19 September 1905; d. 1988.

14. ii. SAMUEL RUPPERT KEENEY, JR., b. 25 April 1910; d. 1994.

5. LLOYD6 KEENEY (JAMES BARNABUS5, JOHN HIRAM4, JONATHAN ANTHONY3, JOHN JONATHAN2, JOHN DAVID1) was born 19 February 1884 in Hendricks, Indiana, and died 19682. He married AGNES LARSEN2 Unknown. She was born 18932, and died 19652.

Children of LLOYD KEENEY and AGNES LARSEN are:

i. VIRGIL7 KEENEY, b. Unknown.

ii. IVAN KEENEY, b. Unknown.



6. DOC ALTON6 KEENEY (JAMES BARNABUS5, JOHN HIRAM4, JONATHAN ANTHONY3, JOHN JONATHAN2, JOHN DAVID1) was born 08 January 1887 in Pittsboro, Indiana3, and died 1952 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He married BRIDGET AGNES MOONEY 16 March 1916 in Fort Dodge, Iowa3. She was born 06 June 1887 in Melrose, Minnesota3.




18. iii. GEORGE LINUS KEENEY, b. 23 September 1920, Fort Dodge, Iowa. d. August 1999

7. ANNABELLE6 KEENEY (JAMES BARNABUS5, JOHN HIRAM4, JONATHAN ANTHONY3, JOHN JONATHAN2, JOHN DAVID1) was born 09 June 1892 in Henricks, Indiana. She married PETER THORESON Unknown. He was born 18834, and died 19515.


19. i. MARJORIE7 THORESON, b. Unknown.

20. ii. LUCILLE THORESON, b. Unknown.

iii. PETER THORESON, JR.5, b. Unknown; d. age 85.

21. iv. BRADFORD THORESON, b. Unknown.

22. v. SAMUEL THORESON, b. Unknown.

This was written by Annabelle (Keeney) Thoreson, I received it from Ray Keeney on 05 September, 1998. DLK

James Barney Keeney, born in Hendricks Co., Indiana, where the town of Rainstown is now Located. The youngest of nine children, four sisters and four brothers. His ancestors were Irish, Scotch and English: staying in Germany for a short time.

James Barney Keeney was married first to Elizabeth Shirley, had one son Aurora. His wife died in childbirth. Them married Martha Coulter, from Pennsylvania, and they had six children. Charles, Samuel, Lloyd, Alton Annabelle (myself) and George.

After farming in Indiana we moved to North Dakota in 1896 and rented land near Cando, North Dakota...while there he and his second son, Charles, filed on 160 acres each, near a lake, which was later named Rock Lake, 25 miles north of Cando.

They built a sod house and barn in which we lived until we could build frame structures. They bought horses, cows, pigs, sheep and chickens. Later he purchased another 160 acres, bought a threshing rig and worked for all the neighbors. Also had his own blacksmith shop and did the neighbors work. We had a smokehouse and cured our own meat. He had the country post office to which mail was delivered every other day. Farming was so slow those days often had to finish threshing after the snow had fallen. He had a cook car that took care of the crews and grain haulers, taking their meals at the houses where they were working.

In winter we often had three-day blizzards and kept snow shovels in the house to dig our way out, as the drifts wee so high. The boys had a wire leading from the house to the barn to follow to feed the livestock. We had coal stoves and oil lamps. The boys would drive to the closest town for fuel and staples, which took a day each way. The boys walking beside the sled to keep warm. Not unusual to have 40 degrees below zero temperatures.

Our school term was only three months, during the summer. For recreation in summer the neighbors young folks would gather at our home for baseball, horse racing, hunting and fishing, My mother having dinner ready for everyone. We found many tomahawks and bison trails.

We had to plow firebreaks to protect the buildings from prairie fires, which we often had in dry weather.
The boys each had musical instruments and played for the country-dances, entire families attended.
We attended the Dunkard (now Brethren) services each Sunday, held in the little schoolhouse 2½ miles from our home. Then in later years we attended the Seventh Day Adventist camp meetings, held every evening for two weeks in a large tent.

Mr. Jim Hill built a branch line of the Great Northern railroad, going northwest out of Devil's Lake, small towns began to spring up along the line, one being Rock Lake, 2½ miles from our home. Mr. Hill offered to finance my father in building a hotel in Rock Lake, which he did, located near the depot. We moved into town. The train left Devil's Lake one day and went to the end of the line, Hansboro, north of us, returning the next day. Very few cars those days so the sales men would stop at our hotel overnight. The cost of a meal was .50¢ and a room for the night .50¢. They called my parents "Pa" and "Ma". "Ma" always had "left-over" pie, cake, for evening lunches (free). The train crew came to the kitchen for lunch while the train stopped. free, but anytime any of the family took the train to Devil's Lake we were not charged a fare.

We had a very wee equipped butcher shop which the second son, Sam, operated. This served the hotel and the towns' people. We put up ice in the winter and had an icehouse. With the advent of more cars business became poor and my father sold the hotel and rented some land, back to farming.

While in the hotel I was married to Peter Thoreson. We lived in Calvin, North Dakota. where five children were born: Majorie, Lucille, Peter JR, (passed away at the age of 8), Bradford and Samuel.

Marjorie married Forrest Stephens (2 girls. Jill and Susan).

Lucille married Nels A. Brakke (2 boys and 1 girl, Brad, Jon and Barbara).

Brad Thoreson married Betty Sue Smutz, (3 boys and 1 girl, Luanne, Randy, Douglas and Robert James).

Samuel married to Virginia Batson, (2 boys and 1 girl, Tracy, Gale Anne and Mark).

Peter Thoreson, my husband was born in 1883, died in 1951 at the age of 68.
James Barney Keeney, my father was born in 1853 died 1929 at 76. Martha my mother born in 1856, died 1942, age 86. I Annabelle was born in 1892.

Generation No. 3






9. HARRY MYLO7 KEENEY (CHARLES6, JAMES BARNABUS5, JOHN HIRAM4, JONATHAN ANTHONY3, JOHN JONATHAN2, JOHN DAVID1)6 was born 15 December 1913 in Rock Lake, Towner Co., North Dakota6, and died 1992. He married EVELYN EILEEN JOHNSTON6 17 June 1936 in Cando, Towner Co., North Dakota6. She was born 19166.





24. i. 8 KEENEY,


Children of CLAIR KEENEY and RUTH TEDDER are:



12. LA ROY LYNN7 KEENEY (CHARLES6, JAMES BARNABUS5, JOHN HIRAM4, JONATHAN ANTHONY3, JOHN JONATHAN2, JOHN DAVID1)6 was born 25 May 1925 in Rock Lake, Towner Co., North Dakota6, and died 19786. He married MARION BULLOCK6 . She was born Unknown.

Children of LA KEENEY and MARION BULLOCK are:



13. LOREN RULIFSON7 KEENEY (SAMUEL6, JAMES BARNABUS5, JOHN HIRAM4, JONATHAN ANTHONY3, JOHN JONATHAN2, JOHN DAVID1) was born 19 September 19056, and died 19886. He married LUCILLE ROBINSON6 Unknown. She was born Unknown.


i. 8 KEENEY6, b. Unknown; m.  DAHME; b. Unknown.

ii. KEENEY6, b. Unknown.

iii. KEENEY6, b. Unknown.

14. SAMUEL RUPPERT7 KEENEY, JR. (SAMUEL6, JAMES BARNABUS5, JOHN HIRAM4, JONATHAN ANTHONY3, JOHN JONATHAN2, JOHN DAVID1) was born 25 April 19106, and died 1994. He married IDA AGNES CAIN6 12 August 19376. She was born 13 June 19136.

Children of SAMUEL KEENEY and IDA CAIN are:

27. i. 8 KEENEY,

28. ii.  KEENEY,



29. i. SHERALYN M.8 KEENEY, b. 26 February 1954, Anoka Co., Minnesota; d. 27 February 1992.

30. ii. KEENEY,

31. iii.  KEENEY,

32. iv. G. KEENEY,




1. Ray Keeney, Ray Keeney, "Electronic."

2. Mervin L. Keeney byway of Ray Keeney, "Electronic."

3. Ray Keeney, Ray Keeney, "Electronic."

4. Story by Anna Belle Keeney.

5. Story by Annabelle Keeney.

6. Ray Keeney, Ray Keeney, "Electronic."

7. Mervin L. Keeney byway of Ray Keeney, "Electronic."

8. Ray Keeney, Ray Keeney, "Electronic."

9. Story by Annabelle Keeney.

10. Ray Keeney, Ray Keeney, "Electronic."

11. Mervin L. Keeney byway of Ray Keeney, "Electronic."

12. Ray Keeney, Ray Keeney, "Electronic."

13. Mervin L. Keeney byway of Ray Keeney, "Electronic."

14. Ray Keeney, Ray Keeney, "Electronic."



The following 2 items used with the permission of Carolyn J. McQuaid Thomas:


A Genealogist’s Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas

When all through the house

Not a creature was stirring,

Not even my spouse. The dining room table with clutter was spread With pedigree charts, and with letters that said, "Too bad! The data for which you wrote Sank in a storm on an ill-fated boat."

Stacks of old copies of wills and such

Were proof that my ‘hobby’ had become just too much. Our daughters were nestled all snug in their beds While visions of Barbie dolls danced in their heads;

But I, at my table, was ready to drop

From work on my album, with more photos to crop. Christmas was here, and such was my lot That presents and goodies and toys I’d forgot! Had I not been busy with grandparents’ wills, I’d not have forgotten to shop for such thrills.

Though others bought gifts to bring Christmas cheer, I’d spent my time researching each birth date and year. While I was thus musing about my sad plight, A clamor outside brought me a heart-stopping fright.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

I tore open the drapes and yanked up the sash. And there to my unbelieving eyes did appear An overstuffed sleigh and some outsized reindeer!

Up to our rooftop those eight animals flew

With that sleigh full of toys and plump Santa Claus too.

A short second later I started to quake

‘Cause I knew what I heard was the tiles start to break.

I drew in my head- ouch!-it hit hard on the sash;

Then down our cold chimney fell Santa-KER-RASH! ‘Dear’ Santa had come from the roof like a wreck, Tracking soot on my carpet (I could just wring his neck!) Spotting my face, good old Santa could see I had NO Christmas spirit. You’d even agree! He said not a thing but went straight to his work And filled all our stockings. (I felt like a jerk- Here was Santa, bringing us gladness and joy;

And I’d been too busy to buy even one toy!) THEN-he spied my research on the table all spread. "A genealogist!" he cried. (My face turned all red!) "Tonight I’ve met many like you." Santa grinned, As he pulled from his sack a large book he had penned.

I gazed with delight! The cover, it read:

Genealogy Lines for Which You Have Plead. He said- as he gave me a great Santa hug, "I know what it’s like for a genealogy bug. While the elves made the sleigh full of toys I now carry, I did some research in the North Pole Library. This wonderful treat I’m now able to bring To genealogy folk who just can’t find a thing. So, off you must go to your bed for a rest.

I’ll clean up for you this ‘history-cal’ mess."

I climbed up the stairs full of gladness and glee

And I smiled back at Santa who’d brought something-for me! As I settled in bed, I heard Santa’s clear whistle To those deer, who left our roof like the down of a thistle. And I heard him exclaim as he flew out of sight, "Family hist’ry is FUN! Merry Christmas! Good night!


Christmas Day

That night I slept tight in my warm little bed

While ship lists and land grants danced round in my head. The morn fin’lly came and I dashed down the stair To the first floor, to stop...and then...to just stare! From the top of our tree to the toe of the mistle- My house, roof to floor, was as clean as a whistle! And sitting right there on the dining room table Were proofs for Gram’s story I’d thought just a fable! And on the sideboard in a beautiful frame Was a portrait of my great-grandfather, Jacob by name!

‘Side my computer, a new manual I thought I could see...?

Yes! Dear Santa had brought a gen upgrade to me! On the wall above that a chart was affixed With my pedigree on it! Back to ten-sixty-six! And there, ‘neath the tree, was Dear Santa’s book With a gift tag that said, "Little ‘Bug’, take a look And see, if you may, just what you will find here:

Things of all kinds from your ancestor’s days! Dear ‘Bug’, you’ll even see that I’ve laid in My book some of your surnames, the ones that are ‘maiden’! And to show that I understand you, of course, I’ve included for each fact its own complete source. Last but not least," ...oh dear, the suspense is... (What I read then completely shattered my senses, For Santa’s last words, written in all the right tenses:) "You’ll find there the entire eighteen-ninety census!"

Hours later while we relaxed round the tree, I wondered, as my daughters each tried to thank me For their Barbies, their sweaters, their stockings and such, And my spouse, for the gifts that had pleased him so much- Just how could I tell them-it’s really no spoof- That Santa Claus LIVES!

And that is the truth!

"A Genealogist’s Christmas Eve" section: Author unknown, revised, with thanks to the unknown author, by Carolyn J. McQuaid Thomas, December 1997.

"Christmas Day" section original by Carolyn J. McQuaid Thomas western37@aol.com, 12/1997-11/1998

Hello Daniell,
    What a nice surprise! Yes, you have my permission to use my version of "A  Genealogist's Christmas" for your online family newsletter, providing the  credits to the unknown revisionist of "Twas the Night" and for my efforts are  included. Carolyn J. McQuaid Thomas

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   Found online


   Keeney's listed in an online search in.....

In an online address / phone search I came across;

36 Keeney's in Arkansas

  1. Bill Keeney (501) 789-5764 18185 Spring Valley Rd Fayetteville, AR 72703-9661
  2. Bobby Keeney (501) 845-2462 Rr 2 Nashville, AR 71852
  3. Charles Keeney (501) 332-5332 Rr 2 Malvern , AR 72104
  4. Chris Keeney (501) 273-3180 2 Greenridge Ln Bentonville, AR 72712-5275
  5. Cleo D Keeney (501) 565-5440 4725 Manor Ave Little Rock, AR 72204-8255
  6. Danny Keeney (501) 387-6951 1811 Polk Road 31 Cove , AR 71937-9599
  7. Diane R Keeney (501) 565-2291 8223 Scott Hamilton Dr Apt E11 Little Rock, AR 72209-5458
  8. Doug Keeney (501) 268-8353 1411 Wallis St Searcy , AR 72143-7247
  9. Doug W Keeney (501) 729-5065 1713 Forey St Judsonia, AR 72081-9429
  10. Fred Keeney (501) 443-5471 10891 Blue House Rd Fayetteville, AR 72701-0280
  11. Gary Keeney (501) 750-3681 1338 Midway Ave Springdale, AR 72764-6832
  12. Gary L Keeney (501) 321-2907 401 Mountain Valley St H Spg Nat Pk, AR 71901-2777
  13. Harold Keeney (501) 332-5318 Fairview Malvern , AR 72104
  14. J L Keeney (501) 935-7249 1011 Rains St Apt 202 Jonesboro, AR 72401-4267
  15. J L Keeney (501) 767-2931 300 8th Ave Mountain Pine, AR 71956
  16. James R Keeney (501) 542-7162 Alleene , AR 71820-9999
  17. James T Keeney (501) 542-7320 Foreman , AR 71836
  18. Jay A Keeney (501) 332-8160 Fairview Malvern , AR 72104
  19. Jeannie Keeney (501) 974-9013 601 N Caraway Rd Jonesboro, AR 72401-1814
  20. Jim Keeney (501) 623-0165 111 Harrell St H Spg Nat Pk, AR 71901-2707
  21. Joe R Keeney (501) 789-5284 18205 Spring Valley Rd Fayetteville, AR 72703-9689
  22. John W Keeney (501) 272-4145 Plainview, AR 72857
  23. Kenneth Keeney (501) 751-1847 4311 Atchison St Springdale, AR 72762-6600
  24. Kenneth E Keeney (501) 968-3528 1711 W 17th Cir Russellville, AR 72801-7007
  25. Kyle D Keeney (501) 332-6469 234 W Highland Ave Malvern , AR 72104-5108
  26. Linda C Keeney (501) 227-7654 15 Michael Dr Little Rock, AR 72204-2334
  27. M L Keeney (501) 387-7845 1794 Polk 31 Cove , AR 71937
  28. Miles Keeney (501) 767-7701 113 Live Oak Dr H Spg Nat Pk, AR 71913-9199
  29. Pauline Keeney (501) 442-5704 1104 Emily Dr Fayetteville, AR 72701-7005
  30. Robert Keeney (501) 624-8715 303 Laser St H Spg Nat Pk, AR 71901-6939
  31. Roger Keeney (501) 789-2420 22339 Mayfield Rd Fayetteville, AR 72703-9779
  32. Shawn M Keeney (501) 637-5531 Rr 2 Waldron , AR 72958
  33. Simon D Keeney (501) 332-3169 1514 Stanley St Malvern , AR 72104-5053
  34. Stephanie L Keeney (501) 767-9662 197 Peppermint Ter H Spg Nat Pk, AR 71913-9023
  35. Ted Keeney (501) 991-3292 1807 Nubbin Ridge Rd Royal , AR 71968-9685
  36. Teresa Keeney (501) 789-5890 18437 Perry Pitt Rd Hindsville, AR 72738


8 Keeney's in Louisiana

  1. Betty L Keeney (318) 439-0403 1004 6th Ave Lake Charles, LA 70601-4706

  2. Elwyn L Keeney (318) 433-8443 2818 Cypress St Lake Charles, LA 70601-8433

  3. G N Keeney (504) 346-0494 675 Longwood Dr Baton Rouge, LA 70806-5832

  4. M D Keeney (504) 828-7357 201 Rue Saint Ann Metairie, LA 70005-3467

  5. Randall L Keeney (318) 474-9240 6809 W Calcasieu Dr Lake Charles, LA 70605-0452

  6. Richard M Keeney (504) 833-5025 313 Rue Saint Peter Metairie, LA 70005-3473

  7. Sean Keeney (504) 835-6853 313 Rue Saint Peter Metairie, LA 70005-3473

  8. Tammy I Keeney (318) 765-9000 231 Humphries Rd Pollock , LA 71467-3503


   Looking for.....

Family history

Posted by Kristopher Keeney on October 29, 1999 at 07:36:35:

Looking for Keeneys from Georgia. Grandfather George Columbus wife Hazel, 4 children: Anthony, Byron, Karen,& Micheal; my father... Any help would be very much appreciated. I would like to know my family history for myself, & so that when my children are a little older, I could tell them...I have sibblings as well; Pamella, Timothy, Dustyn. Thank you...

Ellen Rennie Keeney

Posted by C W Cadora on October 25, 1998 at 23:06:58:

Just an old friend (Rio) trying to locate Ellen Rennie Keeney.

Thanks !?!


   From the Keeney UpDate

       Volume XIV Number 4 December 1997

Headers from page 1.

(Editors note: This reflects a slight change in format as the graphic for the Keeney Update was the largest one in this newsletter, I've decided to not include it here, if you want to see the front-page just click on page 1).


   Updated & new e-mail addresses

Name Old Address

New Address

Edward Keeney


Laura Love +++++++++++ Llalaltl@aol.com


   Family Stories

Mike Vincent sent in the following and asked that it be spread out over a few issues of the newsletter in this section, so herewith is part 2 of 3

History of the Keeney Family From 1630

Children of Dora Ella Lankton Reiser and Oscar:

Laura (b) Feb.18, 1913,

Marvin William (b) Oct. 7, 1914.

Lucile Leone (b) April 18, 1916.

Grace Marie (b) May 10, 1918.

Clare (b) March 2, 1920.

Wilber Clark (b) April 23, 1028.

Children of Virgia Lankton Hoxie and Elmo:

Veda Jannette (b) Aug 9, 1920.

Children of Edith Elnor Furgason Lankton and Clarence:

Glenn Earl (b) Aug. 2, 1896, (m) Phoebe Doreen Parker.

Lawrence Alfred (b) Aug.16, 1903.

Clyde William (b) July 6, 1914.

Children of Glenn Earl Lankton and Phoebe Doreen:

Glenn William Lankton (b) Jan.20, 1925.

Children of Ettie Irene Baldwin and Cassius

Edna (b) July 15, 1896, (d) Sept.28, 1898.

Gordon Dewey (b) Aug.31, 1898, (m) Bernice Henley.

Florence Jeanette (b) March 13, 1909.

Children of Floyd Estes and Olive Furgason:

Floyd La Vere (b) Aug.26, 1916.

Ellen Jane (b) June 11,1918.

Children of Nancy Sophia (b) Sept. 30, 1844, (d) June 10, 1902, (m) John D. Holmes (m) on Nov. 17, 1904, Mary Ladd.

Children to Nancy Sophie:

Infant daughter still born, December, 1866.

Hattie Luella (b) April 18, 1869, (m) Orley Jones.

Flora Belle (b) April 13, 1875, (m) Charles Miller.

Children of Joseph Zalmon Keeney (b) Sept.23, (d) Nov. 30, 1926, (m) (1) Nancy Alderdyce, (2) Chloe Ware:, (3) Cynthia Haines, (4) Rettie Landreth.

Children to Joseph Zalmon and Nancy Alderdyce:

Fred Clark (b) May 31, 1868, (d) Sept. 2, 1903, (m) Lottie Halsted.

Adelbert (b) Sept.22, 1870, (m) Cora Lovejoy (2) Octavia O'Bryan.

Herbert Eugene (b) Aug.18, 1872, (m) Nellie Bennet.

Gettie James (b) June 10, 1876, (m) Myrtle May Noble.


Charles (b) May 2, 1878, (d) March 24, 1885.

Children of Fred Clark Keeney and Lottie Halsted:

Paul Keeney (birth unknown).

Children of Adelbert Keeney and Cora:

Stella Mildred (adopted), (b) June 13, 1899, (m) John Piper.

Children of Herbert Eugene and Nellie Bennet Keeney:

Erma Rowena (b).Dec. 25, 1895, (m) Ornar V. Hubbard.

Wenonah May (b) Aug.10, 1898, (d) Jan. 3, 1902.

Russel Clyde (b) May 5, 1901.

Francis Charles (b) March 13, 1903, (m) Birdie Jinkins.

Herbert Wayne (b) Oct.25, 1904.

Ruby May (b) Aug.22, 1906, (m) Richard C. Hagerman.

Helen Winonah (b) June 21, 1908.

Child of Erma Rowena Keeney Hubbard and Omar:

Marion Francis (b) Nov. 6, 1922.

Children of Ruby May Keeney and Richard C. Hagerman:

D. Wayne (b) Dec. 3, 1924.

Children of Francis Charles Keeney and Birdie:

Francis Charles, Jr. (b) April 23, 1924.

Children of Gettie James Keeney and Myrtle Noble:

Earl Leon (b) Feb.15, 1902.

Melba Ophelia (b) July 18, 1905, (m) M. Edward Brinkhans.

Myrtle May (b) March 14, 1907, (m) Oakley Stitt.

Medra Irene (b) June 25, 1908.

Grace Noble (b) Aug.27, 1910.

Beulah Arlene (b) April 10, 1914, (d) Feb. 1, 1923.

Wilma Ione (b) June 15, 1916, (d) at Death Valley Feb. 1, 1923.

Ralph and Richard (b) May 26, 1920.

Eugene Harold (b) July 25, 1925.

Children of Melba Keeney Brinkhans and Edward:

Lawrence Keeney (b) March 22, 1926.

Children of Myrtle Keeney Stitt and Oakley:

Junior Stitt (b) May 24, 1925.

Mandilla (b) Feb.20, 1927.

Children of Joseph Zalmon and Cynthia Haines Keeney:

Nettie Floy (b) June 11, 1895,. (d) May 5, 1904.


Albert Allen (b) Oct. 3, 1848, (d) Jan. 26, 1850.


James Allen (b) Nov. 14, 1850, (d) Jan. 29, 1921, (m) Jennie Warren.

Children of James Allen and Jennie Warren Keeney:


Florence Adel (b) Nov. 5, 1881, (m) Roy Smith.

Ethel Amanda (b) Jan. 11, 1888, (m) John Hokinson.

Nellie Iva (b) Sept. 3, 1897, (m). Norman Blemaster.

Children of Florence Adel Keeney Smith and Roy:

Phylis Leota (b) Nov.17, 1909.

Kenneth (b) Jan.23, 1912.

Florine (b) April 16, 1914.

Children of Ethel Amanda Hokinson and John:

Eloise (adopted) (b) Feb.12, 1922.

Children of Nellie Keeney Blemaster and Norman:

Robert Keeney (b) July 6, 1918.

Gale Arthur (b) Sept.27, 1921.

Leslie James (b) May 28, 1923.

Lyle James (b) Feb.22, 1925.


John William (b) Feb. 16, 1855, (d) Jan. 30, 1910, (m) (1) Ida Hayes, (d) Oct.14, 1884, (2) Agnes Funston ,(d) Sept.12, 1891, (3) Stella Bullard.

Children of John William and Ida Hayes Keeney:

Howard Franklin (b) Nov. 7, .1881, (m) Rose Schofield.

Infant daughter still born Oct. 14, 1884..

Children of John William and Stella Keeney:

Infant son still born, 1894.

Claude Bullard (b) May 14, 1895, (m) Marjorie Hall.

Blanche Fay (b) Nov.13, 1897, (m) William H. H. Curtis.

Hazel Virginia (b) March 14, 1901, (m) Elwin Esslinger.

Children of Howard Franklin and Rose:

Charles John (b) Feb.17, 1908.

Children of Blanche Fay Curtis and Harry:

Harriet May (b) June 3, 1920.

Children of Hazel Virginia Esslinger and Elwin:

Kathryn Elizabeth (b) Nov.24, 1924.

Margaret Maurine (b) July 15, 1926.

Nicholas Bishop (b) Feb. 7, 1855, (m) Mary Jane Boss.


Children of Nicholas Bishop and Mary Jane Keeney:

Claude Edward (b} March 30, 1882, (d) Aug.14, 1882.


Alanson Mallery (b) Dec. 19, 1856, (m) Mary Jane Dewey.

Children of Alanson Mallery Keeney and Mary Jane:

Infant son, still born, Oct. 29,1883.

Francis Bishop (b) Nov. 12, 1884, (m) Bernice Pearl Mitchell.


Infant son, still born, Nov.19, 1885.

John Mallery (b) June 1, 1889, (d) Oct.23, 1899.

Infant son, lived 14 hours, (b) June 1, 1890.

Marie Rozilla (b) Feb. 3, 1894, (d) July 12, 1894.

Mary Harriet (b) March 12, 1895, (m) Charles Edward Jackson.

Infant daughter, still born, May 10, 1896.

Arthur Nicholas (b) April 3, 1899, (m) Hazel Vanever.

Infant son, lived one hour, (b) June 10, 1900.

Infant son, lived 7 hours, (b) June 10, 1903.

Florine Amanda (b) April 30, 1904, (d) July 3, 1904.

Mabel Ellen (b) Nov.11, 1905.

Children of Francis Bishop Keeney and Bernice:

Francis Bishop (b) Jan.23, 1915.

Ralph Hall (b) June 26, 1920.

Edward Carroll Keeney (b). March 19, 1859, (m) (1) Cora Toland, (d) May 10, 1881, (2) Emma Belle Webber.

Children of Edward Carroll Keeney and Cora:

Ada Belle (b) May 6, 1883, (m) Alfred Carpenter,

Daisy May (b) March 14, 1885, (m) Murray Sanderson.

Edward Leroy (b) Sept.27, 1887, (m) Nellie Defay.

Children of Edward Carroll Keeney and Emma:

Martha (b) April 30, 1894, (m) Fred Vincent.

Harold Nicholas (b) Feb. 6, 1898, (m) Lila Garey.

Eva Marie (b) March 14, 1899.

James Paul (b) Jan. 5, 1902.

Children of Ada Belle Keeney Carpenter and Alfred:

Helen Ruth (b) June 27, 1913.

Alfred James Jr. (b) July 13, 1922.

Children of Daisy May Keeney Sanderson and Murray:

Maurice John (b) May 23, 1903.

Walter H. (b)n Aug. 27, 1908, (d) Aug.18, 1911.

Howard (b) June 24, 1912.

Edward Leroy (b) Aug.22, 1917.

Children of Edward Leroy Keeney and Nellie:

Wanda Marie (b) March 3, 1911.

Dona (b) March 13, 1912.

Mildred (b) March 30, 1914.

Henry Duane (b) February, 1921.

Children of Martha Keeney Vincent and Fred:

Richard Vincent (b) May 8, 1915.

Harold Fredrick (b) Aug.28, 1917.

Russel Lee (b) Sept.17, 1919.

Warren Harding (b) June 13, 1922.


Continued next month


This issue posted on 25 November 1999 07:29:16 Pacific Standard Time

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