A Keeney Family Genealogy Online

Keeney Family Genealogy
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Volume 4 # 4
Fall 2002
 k-f-g-online.com Edited by:
Dan Keeney

Table of Contents


Ramblings

   Hello Everyone,
Not much has come in since the last issue. I'm still looking for items that can be included in the newsletter.

I had my hip replaced on 01 July 2002 and I'm getting around just fine, I should be going back to work sometime in October. I'm planning on moving sometime in September.

I have one semi-completed issue of the Keeney Update that's been posted (it still needs to be indexed, but other then that it can be read), I forgot to post section 15 of the Wagon Ruts West book last time, but it's up now.

I've added some of the guest book postings to this issue and one of them shows another connection to the family of Robert E. Lee.

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Welcome to the newest Subscribers

Gracia Holiday Larrison GLarrison@aol.com
Misty Dawn Keeney (Clark) MDClark2002917@aol.com

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The inbox...

From: "JW" <jfwski@hotmail.com>
Subject: Genealogy
Date: Fri, 9 Aug 2002 01:29:22 -0400

Hi,
I stumbled on your web site tonight. Do these sound like they tie into your Keeney Family?

I am researching:
William Kenney b. Indianapolis IN (Blacksmith) married Mary J. Penrod b. Coffax IN.


Daughters:
Mary Jane b. 9 April 1877 Monitor, IN, d. Oct 1933 LaFayette IN
Married 1. Richard (or John) Moore - son Harry O. Moore b. 1894 IN
Married 2. ----- Mitchell, divorced by 15 May 1917
Married 3. Benjamin F. Barnhart (Frank) June 1917 (widowed 1923)
Married 4. William C. Graves Oct 1926

Alice
Married ----- (Anthony?) Northrup

Sons:
Frank

Julie jfwski@hotmail.com


From: "Rachael de Rham" <rachael@derham.com>
Subject: Hello from a Keeney clan member of Old Connecticut
Date: Sun, 28 Jul 2002 23:26:13 -0400

Dear Dan,

I have just stumbled upon your website and I would very much appreciate being added to your website.

My mother is Rachael Keeney Thompson de Rham b.(still living) Melrose CT (Married David Patterson de Rham of New York). She is the daughter of Rachael Borodel Keeney b Jan 3, 1898 d. Nov. 9, 1981 and Abbott Bradford Thompson b. Jan.1, 1898 d. Dec. 27, 1987 , Melrose CT. She is grand-daughter of Lafayette Keeney b. May 5, 1857 manchester CT d. Dec. 29 1927 in Somersville CT and Eudora Denison Keeney March 2, 1855 in Mystic, CT. d. May 26, 1918 Somersville CT.: they were married June 30, 1881. Mom is the great-grand-daughter of Rockwell Keeney b Jan. 2, 1822 d. Aug 11, 1901 Somersville CT. and married Leonora Gowdy b. Mar 31, 1828 Enfield CT. Died Oct. 31, 1908 in Somersville. CT.

This line goes back to Alexander Keeney of Weathersfield CT born 1634 in England emmigrated to the Colonies in 1666 or 1667 settled in Weathersfield and died in 1680 (Married Alice Colfax). His son Richard is born 1674 in Weathersfield and married Mary Miles he dies in 1743. Richard's son is Thomas Keeney (b. 1703) and married Eunice House about 1732 he dies in 1761, Thomas' son is Ens. Thomas Keeney b. 1741 (about) died Oct. 16, 1804 East Hartford CT. Married Mercy (1761) then Married Sarah Gerralds (born about 1740 and died Jan 2, 1813) at a later date. Ens. Thomas' son was Capt. Ashbel Keeney b. about 1763 East Hartford, CT m. winter of 1784 Sarah Hill (b July 16, 1767 in East Hartford) Capt. Keeney died Jan. 7, 1823 in Manchester CT. She died June 2, 1846 in Manchester CT. Capt. Keeney's son was Ashbel Keeney Jr. b June 3, 1785 in Hartford CT. Married June 27, 1805 in Glastonberry to Grace Goodale (b April 9, 1785 Glastonberry CT d. Aug 16, 1829 Manchester, CT) then married Feb 21, 1830 Abigail Fish(Blinn) b June 30, 1789 d. Sept 10, 1877 in Manchester, CT. Ashbell Jr. dies Dec. 7, 1866 in Manchester CT. Ashbell Jr's son is Rockwell Keeney b. Jan. 2, 1822. ( now see above)

Rockwell Keeney: He began working for the Cheeney family mills in Manchester. He then purchased a woolen mill in Somersville CT which became famous for its camel hair fabrics, cashmere, and the woolens made for the millitary.

His son Lafayette has a second son Robert Leland Keeney b Nov 23, 1883 d. Sept 1, 1960.who marries Harriet Elise Ellwood b. May 15, 1886 DeKalb, Illinois. They were Married Sept 14, 1912 in DeKalb Illinois. Her father was one of the successful inventors of barbed wire. In 1947 Aunt Elise and Bob bought one of six sections of the famous Bell Ranch, in Tucumcari, New Mexico (See "The Bell Ranch as I Knew It" by George Ellis, 1973 Lowell Press, Kansa City, MO). Their section comprised 130,000 acres surrounding the old Bell Headquarters, near the center of the Pablo Montoya grant and the historic Bell brand. (Her son William Elwood Keeney of Lubbock Texas helped to run the ranch interests). She also inherited the Renderbrook Ranch, Lubbock Texas with her sister. This is where the family of Ellwood Keeneys comes in from Lubbock, Texas.

This is an interesting book that outlines the history and advances made by the Bell under the guidance of Mr. Ellis and Aunt Elise Keeney to modern ranching and herd management.

My cousin Raymond Keeney has taken Alexander back four more generations.

1) John Kinne

2) John Kinne
3) Sir Thomas Kinne- b. 1578
4) John Kinne - b. 1600
5) Alexander Keeney- b. 1634 (now see above)

This information was compiled by my aunt, Rachael's sister Sally Ellsworth Thompson Bissell of Suffield CT.

Also my cousin Timothy Keeney of Somersville CT is now currently one of the ranking appiontees of N.O.A.A. (National Oceanagraphic, Atmospheric Administration) in Washington D.C. after serving as the Commisioners of the DEP in both Connecticut and Rhode Island. Not bad for the Keeney Clan from the wee state of Connecticut, and the wee village of Somersville.

I hope that this proves of interest to your compilation of Keeney family trees. Feel free to keep in touch. I'll keep searching your site and I hope to find more about the family lines and their places of origin across the pond. If you have any hints please send them our way.

Thank you,

J. M. M. de Rham, son of Rachael Keeney Thompson de Rham


ASealock16@aol.com

01 July 2002

Dan, I have hit a roadblock in my research and was hoping maybe someone
who reads the newsletter may be able to help me. My line descends as follows: - Sir Robert Kinne b. abt 1540 - Sir Thomas Kinne b. abt 1575 - John Keney b. 1600 - Henry Kinne b. 8 Jul 1623 - Thomas Kenny b. 11 Mar 1655 - Daniel Kinney b. 23 Jul 1682 (I need a death date and location here) - Daniel Kenney Jr. b. 1705
(I need a death date and location here) - Daniel Kenney III b. 1728 -
Jethro Kenney b.7 May 1756 (I need a death date and location here) -
William Jethro Kinney b. 1781 -
Alfred Kinney b. 25 Jan 1811 -
William A. Kinney b. 5 Sep 1838
- Gabriel Kinney b. 29 Jul 1872
- Mae Elizabeth Kinney b. 14 Feb 1900 (my great Grandmother) I also have another Kinney in my tree. Gabriel Kinney's wife was Nellie Temple.
Nellie Temple's maternal grandmother was Ellen Kinney b. 3 Nov 1835 in Syracuse, NY. I am trying to determine if she is related to any of the others in my tree, or who her parents are. I also do not have a death date for her. I know she married John Calvert Midgeley in 1857 and they had at least 1 daughter, Elizabeth Ellen Marie Midgeley, who was Nellie Temple's
mother. Can anyone help fill the gaps? Anitra Sealock

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Keeney Update & Wagon Ruts West

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Roscoe C. Keeney, Jr's Keeney Update

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Ralph R. Keeney's Wagon Ruts West

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Miscellaneous

A Marriage.
Daniell Lee Keeney to Christina Preston in Reno, Nevada
On 31 August 2002


PA Ellen Keeney Obit - Hiram/Narcissa

parents

Posted by Nancy Miller on 11 June 2002 at 10:14:33:

Obituary of Ellen Douglas Ferguson - Canton August 21, 1908

Ellen Douglas Ferguson, eldest daughter of Hiram and Narcissa Keeney, was born in Del. Co., N. Y., Jan 1,1836, and died near Windfall, Aug., 10 1903.

Her parents moved to Windfall while she was a young child, later they went to Waterville, Lycoming Co.; here she grew to womanhood and taught school for seven years. She was married to James Ferguson, March 17, 1857, by Rev. J. Moorhead. They began life together at Union, Tioga Co. where they spent eight years of happy life. In 1865 they returned to Windfall and purchased the farm upon which they lived the remainder of their lives. Mr. Ferguson departed for the better land five years ago, Feb. 23, 1898.

To them were born six children five of whom remain, Allie, wife of Clarence Packard, of Tacoma, Washington; Myrt, Bertha, wife of Harry English, Harvey, of Williamsport, and Cora, wife of Merton Haflett.

The funeral services were held at the Windfall M. E. church. Rev. Emory A. Baldwin, a former pastor, now of Union City, Michigan, preached, with him and assisting the pastor were Rev. H. B Allen of East Canton and Rev. C. W. Wasson, of Williamsport. The large congregation unable to get into the church, was a tribute to the high esteem in which she was held.

Mrs. Ferguson gave her heart to God while young and united with the Methodist church. Her life was of the quiet yet deep spiritual nature. Her faithfulness to the church together with her loving heart and cheerful spirit won her [the friendship of all. The best work of her life was accomplished in the home. As a devoted Christian mother she was instrumental in the conversion of her entire family, all of whom are Christians. Her husband found in her a helpmate. Under every burden of life she placed a willing hand, into every dark experience she brought the light of a strong faith and a clear experience. Her last days were spent in ill health that kept her from the active life of earlier days, yet no cloud came over her faith or joy.

The pastor found her a strong support all his works. Her life closed quietly without suffering. A pure life ceased to in the home. A redeemed spirit took flight to the land of rest. The departed left sad but hopeful friends. We will see her again.


Keeney's in W VA

Posted by Judy Chesson on August 20, 2002 at 20:44:34:

Looking for information on Clara Ann Keeney (b.12Jan1859)(d.20May1936) who was married to Montague Thomas in 1880. They lived in the Chatleston (Kanawah County) area of the state. Any information on the ancestors of these two would be appreciated.


From the Guest book:

Full Name: Dawna S Keeney
Date and Time: 9/3/2002, 10:38 PM
Comments: Thank you so much for the very enlightening history of our wonderful surname. We should be proud of our heritage. I am the great-grand daughter of Coral Lee Keeney and Mable Jane Richardson of Nancy, Kentucky (Pulaski Co.) Hello to all distant cousins and kin.

Slainte mhath!
 
Full Name: Deloris Mae Keeney,Yankey
Date and Time: 9/3/2002, 10:47 AM
Comments: HELLO, MY FATHERS NAME IS BASIL MERIDITH KEENEY, HE WAS BORN IN WVA. HIS FATHER'S NAME WAS EDWIN BRUCE KEENEY, MOTHER MINNIE ALICE LEE, A DECENDANT OF ROBERT E. LEE, THEIR CHILDREN. EMIL KEENEY, ROBERT KEENEY, EVERETT KEENEY, BUDDY KEENEY, LYLE KEENEY, OPAL KEENEY MCGUIRE. ALSO JOHN KEENEY. GRANDFATHERS, BROTHER WAS FRANK KEENEY, HE HELPED ORGINIZE, THE UNION, AND FOUGHT FOR THE MINERS, IN WVA. MY DAD WORKED THE MINES, UP IN DARTMOUTH & BLUEFIELD, HE WOULD TAKE ME TO THE COMPANY STORE TO GET GROCERYS, I WAS BORN IN ELK RIDGE WVA, DELIVERED BY A MIDWIFE, THAT IS WHAT MY MOTHER, GENEVA MAE EMBREE KEENEY TOLD ME. ALSO MY KEENEY FAMILY WERE ALL MUSICAL, IT WAS SO WONDERFUL TO GO TO GRANDMAS HOUSE AND HEAR MY DAD AND ALL HIS BROTHERS AND NEPHEWS, AUNT OPALS BOYS, REX MCGUIRE & EARNEST ,PLAY MUSIC WITH THEM. SOOO! I SURE HOPE I CAN FIND SOME COUSIN'S OR SOMEONE THAT KNOW'S THEM, ANY INFO:WOULD BE APPRECIATED, FORGIVE MY WRITING AS I'M NEW ON THE COMPUTER, GOD BLESS THE KEENEY CLAN
 
Full Name: Keith Keeney
Date and Time: 8/9/2002, 11:41 PM
Comments: My father's family came from Brooklyn, NY
Any info. on that side of the Keeney's?

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Contributed Items

From: "Joan C. Keeney" maraba@sti.net
Subject: Fw: Fw: Courage!
Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2002 20:58:44 -0700

Courage!

I sat in a movie theater watching "Schindler's List," asked myself, "Why didn't the Jews fight back?"

Now I know why.

I sat in a movie theater, watching "Pearl Harbor and asked myself, "Why weren't we prepared?"

Now I know why.

Civilized people cannot fathom, much less predict, the actions of evil people.

On September 11, dozens of capable airplane passengers allowed themselves to be overpowered by a handful of poorly armed terrorists because they did not comprehend the depth of hatred that motivated their captors.

On September 11, thousands of innocent people were murdered because too many Americans naively reject the reality that some nations are dedicated to the dominance of others. Many political pundits, pacifists and media personnel want us to forget the carnage.

They say we must focus on the bravery of the rescuers and ignore the cowardice of the killers. They implore us to understand the motivation of the perpetrators. Major television stations have announced they will assist the healing process by not replaying devastating footage of the planes crashing into the Twin Towers.

I will not be manipulated.

I will not pretend to understand.

I will not forget.

I will not forget the liberal media who abused freedom of the press to kick our country when it was vulnerable and hurting.

I will not forget that CBS anchor Dan Rather preceded President Bush's address to the nation with the snide remark, "No matter how you feel about him, he is still our president."

I will not forget that ABC TV anchor Peter Jennings questioned President Bush's motives for not returning immediately to Washington, DC and commented, "We're all pretty skeptical and cynical about Washington."

And I will not forget that ABC's Mark Halperin warned if reporters weren't informed of every little detail of this war, they aren't "likely -- nor should they be expected -- to show deference."

I will not isolate myself from my fellow Americans by pretending an attack on the USS Cole in Yemen was not an attack on the United States of America.

I will not forget the Clinton administration equipped Islamic terrorists and their supporters with the world's most sophisticated telecommunications equipment and encryption technology, thereby compromising America's ability to trace terrorist radio, cell phone, land lines, faxes and modem communications.

I will not be appeased with pointless, quick retaliatory strikes like those perfected by the previous administration.

I will not be comforted by "feel-good, do nothing" regulations like the silly "Have your bags been under your control?" question at the airport.

I will not be influenced by so called,"antiwar demonstrators who exploit the right of statement to chant anti-American obscenities.

I will not forget the moral victory handed the North Vietnamese by American war protesters who reviled and spat upon the returning soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines.

I will not be softened by the wishful thinking of pacifists who chose reassurance over reality.

I will embrace the wise words of Prime Minister Tony Blair who told Labor Party conference, "They have no moral inhibition on the slaughter of the innocent. If they could have murdered not 7,000 but 70,000, does anyone doubt they would have done so and rejoiced in it?

There is no compromise possible with such people no meeting of minds, no point of understanding with such terror. Just a choice: defeat it or be defeated by it. And defeat it we must!"

I will force myself to:

  • -hear the weeping

  • -feel the helplessness

  • -imagine the terror

  • -sense the panic

  • -smell the burning flesh

  • -experience the loss

  • -remember the hatred.


I sat in a movie theater, watching "Private Ryan" and asked myself, "Where did they find the courage?"

Now I know.

We have no choice. Living without liberty is not living.

Please forward to every American who still believes in freedom and that we are NOT helpless in the fight against terrorism. This is a very powerful passage and should not be ignored. Either you are with us or you are against us -

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