Notes "FHD" by Frank Deis, and "KEI" by Karen Isaacson.
Karen first obtained this material from the New Albany Library in Indiana, where it had been donated in 1975 by Mrs. Elizabeth Payne, and later transcribed by Harold Greene, Jr. of Columbus, IN. There may be some comments in this file by Harold Greene. Later I obtained a copy of the Castlio book and it became clear that it was the original source of this text. Compare this genealogy with the file jonkeith.html which is a printout from a computer file with research by Karen Isaacson shared with Frank Deis. Note that the "Keithley" spelling here matches the original text, and this file matches the book exactly except for a couple of added headers, and the numbering. Where there is a bold- face capitalized name, the Castlio book utilizes Roman numerals but here Arabic numbers are used.
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THE JOHN KEITHLEY SR. FAMILY
THE JOHN KEITHLEY SR. FAMILY
JOHN KEITHLEY SR. was the founder of the Keithley family of Indiana. Information sent by his descendants, told Mrs. Emma R. Petre, of Dixon Ill.: "Years ago while visiting our old home place in Indiana, I was hunting for my great grand father's, John Keithley, Revolution record. I found cousin Susannah May (his granddaughter) had his old Bible. That old Bible, I can see it yet, about the size of a brick and as thick, and had leather straps and a buckle to close it."
The following letter was written to Mrs. Petre, Sept. 25, 1903 [FHD note on page 12 Susanna K. May's death date is given as 13 Mar 1903]: "I fear I have spoken too quickly when I said you could join the D.A.R., for in those days I do not suppose the army was organized as it is now, and whether he was a regular enlisted soldier or not I cannot tell. I only know that he was in the commissary department and that during the war he drove a wagon that carried supplies to the soldiers. He was from North Carolina and drove through that part of Penna. where the Dutch lived. There he found his wife, and after the war was over, they were married and went to Kentucky. Grandmother, whose name was ... Riblen, had black hair and eyes. She was called Dutch. If she was a Hollander, or called Dutch by ignorant neighbors, I know not. I was told by a German woman that there were lots of Keithleys living on the Rhine. If I had been older when grandfather and grandmother staid with us and had known something about our history, I would have asked questions enough to have been able to give some satisfaction. I will soon be 76..." "Love to you, from your cousin, Susannah May."
[FHD Note -- we also have a Keithley History by Susanna Keithley May
LETTER FROM EVILA ABBIE KEITHLEY KING:
"Georgetown, Ind. July 6, 1923. Dear John Petre. "In reply to your letter about gr. grandfather, John Keithley, and grandmother, Polly B. Keithley, told me. Great grand father, John owned a farm 2 1/2 miles west of Georgetown. As I remember, he died in Ind., but do not know if on that farm. Where he came from to Indiana, if they told me, I don't remember. They said he and his children were captured by the Indians. His wife had a young babe. They killed her, took the babe by the heels, hit its head against the bed post, of course killed it. Then set fire to the house and with others of the neighborhood marched them away. Grandfather Joseph was a few years old and cried and fought the Indian who had him until he gave him to the one who had great grand father.
When the prisoners were exchanged, one daughter, for some cause was not exchanged. She grew up with the Indians and married an Indian and had two children, a son and a daughter. As I remember, after her Indian husband died, she married a Frenchman. They must have lived in Indiana, from the way grandmother told me. The daughter heard the name Keithley, and told her French husband, "Those are my people. I must go to see them." He brought her to see them. She could speak but little English. They felt so sorry, for she cried and laughed for joy at seeing her people. Great grand father, John, married the second wife. Did his Bible tell anything about it?"
"I remember visiting uncle William Keithley in 1876. He lived near Princeton, Ind. Was a hunch back, blue eyes but dark hair. Married Sallie Spose [FHD Note: this surname is variously spelled SPORE, SPERE, and SPOSE. Was William Keithley living in 1876 as Evila Abbie King states, or did he die around 1837 when his only son was born, as E. R. Petre states?]. Grandmother (Mrs. Joseph Keithley, Polly Berger) lived in a brick house and fathers farm joined hers [FHD Note: Evila's father was Thomas Jefferson Keithley b. 1829]. We children used to take turns staying with her nights. That is how I could hear so much about the family. She loved to tell us about her grandfather's early life. The Keithley who loved horses was James, father's brother. He was great for race horses, hounds and kindred things. I suppose it was him, whom you met for a sale. Father was a home man and cared nothing for sports. Uncle James was heavier than father, but both were tall men -- "Keithley build" -- grandmother said..." Evila Abbie King.
by EMILY R. KEITHLEY (BROOKNER) PETRE
From his family Bible was copied: JOHN KEITHLEY was born Jan. 1, 1750, died July 28, 1835. He married ... Riblen. Their children, date and names from the Bible was
2 [2nd child of Seth - KEI] Phebe Keithley was born July 5, 1842, died at Long Beach, Calif. She married Joel H. Thomas. Chil: Seth, Ida and Ira died young. Henry Keithley Thomas has one son, lives in Okla.
3 "Henry Harrison Keithley was born at Greenville, Ind., Nov. 26, 1844. His father removed from Ind. to Ill. and settled at Litchfield, Montgomery Co., in 1857." See Honor Roll. He had been a member of the Grand Army of the Republic almost since its first organization. For several years he has been the Post Adjutant of Stephenson Post No. 30, G.A.R., at Springfield, Ill. He resided at Springfield, as he was assistant Custodian of Memorial Hall in the Centennial Building at the Capitol Grounds. He was deputy clerk, then elected clerk of Montgomery Co., Ill., which office he held for years." He and his good wife successfully ran a hotel at Hillsboro for years. Then moved to Springfield to be with their daughters. They are all Methodist. He was a pillar of the church and the Sunday school lessons were always artistically put on the blackboard by his able pencil. He could draw and paint beautifully and write beautiful poems and had so many original ideas." Sept. 8, 1875, he married Miss Sarah Camilla Brown at Hillsboro, Ill. Their children: 1 Amy Raymond Keithley, born at Hillsboro, April 1, 1877, married Ethan Allen Saxer of Springfield, Ill., Aug. 9, 1905. Chil: Ethan Keithley, born Dec. 2, 1906, died April 9, 1905. [sic] Camilla Keithley born in Springfield, Aug. 18, 1910. Mary Ann born March 30, 1920, at Springfield. 2 Nina Brown Keithley born at Hillsboro, Ill., June 29, 1883, mar. Robert H. Keyes and resides at Springfield, Ill., where Mrs. Keyes is a successful teacher in that city.
Newspaper, March 17, 1924: "Henry H. Keithley passed away at the home of his daughter in Springfield, Ill, and his body lies very near Lincoln's tomb..." A tribute to Mr. Keithley's character and his ability as an artist was paid by John B. Inman as follows: "Henry H. Keithley, who this day is laid to rest with full Grand Army honors, was a man of more than ordinary qualifications and was possessed of a lovable disposition and a kindly nature. He had an unusual talent for artistic pen work and his productions along this line are to be seen in Memorial Hall in the capitol and in Grand Army hall and in the county court house. For seven years he has been assistant custodian of Memorial Hall of the state of Illinois, in which capacity he has made many friends. He was a devoted member of the Douglass Ave. Methodist church and furnished many capable drawing illustrative of the Sunday school lessons and his own ideas. In 1882 he was county clerk of Montgomery Co., having served two terms as deputy. He was past post commander of Stephenson Post No. 30, Springfield, and passed over with the love and respect due a life well lived. 'Taps are sounded; Lights are out; The soldier sleeps.' Taps of the finite, reveille of the infinite; an invitation to God's eternal camping ground."
4 Andrew Thomas Keithley was born Feb. 7, 1847, at Greenville, Ind. He married Emma Litchfield Bacon, May 8, 1878, at Litchfield, Ill. Chil: 1 Theresa Bacon born May 19, 1879, died Nov. 22, 1903. 2 William Enos born July 24, 1884, married Erma Leora Seavey, Sept. 30, 1912, two children: Retta Jean, born Sept. 20, 1914, and Wm. Enos Jr. born Dec. 29, 1915. 3 Maurice Bacon born July 7, 1886, died Nov. 4, 1888. 4 Andrew Thomas Jr. born May 28, 1888. Mr. A.T. Keithley and his two sons run a large vegetable and flower business and are very successful.
5 Emily Reid Keithley [FHD Note: The author of this account!] was born May 8, 1850. She married (1) Henry C. Brookner, April 4, 1875. She is now living in the old home built by her husband in 1855. She has been a very active worker in the world's work, and is even now interested in public activities outside her home. She served the Dixon, Ill., Women's Club as their Pres. for three years and was sent to their General Federation at St. Louis, during the World's Fair. Was a member of the Phidian Art Club and was sent by them to Los Angeles to the General Federation. She served on the State Board of Charities for sixteen years, appointed by three governors. Is Past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star. Past President of the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, and is now (1923) Historian of the Daughters of the American Revolution, of Dixon Chapter, Dixon Ill. Brookner chil: 1 Mae Adella born Feb. 21, 1876, at Litchfield, Ind. She married George R. Cupp, June 24, 1908. Mrs. Cupp is an enthusiastic church and public worker. She has been State Pres. of the Ladies G.A.R. She lives with her mother. 2 Paul Henry, born May 30, 1882., on a farm near Dixon, Ill. He married Ethel Beightol and has one son, Paul Keithley Brookner, born July 3, 1909. 3 George Keithley born Feb. 25, 1884, on a farm near Dixon, Ill., married Alice Agrea. Mrs. Emily R. (Keithley) Brookner married (2) Dr. D.A. Sheffield, Oct. 4, 1893. Divorced 1901. She married Lewis Petre, June 23, 1910. She does much making of bed spreads, tatting and other fancy work. "The money from the sale of which is used to make others happy and for the Lord's use."
2 Mary Rively Keithley, dau. of John, of 1788 [Mary is a sister of Seth -- KEI], died, age 28 years and 6 months on Sept. 6, 1839. She married John Brown, one son, Seth, who married and had one son. [FHD Note -- born Mar 1811]
3 Thomas Keithley at age of 24 years, 21 days, died Sept. 5, 1833, during that dreadful scourge of cholera. He was a fine gun smith. Son of John of 1788.
[FHD Note -- i.e. born Aug. 15, 1809]
4 James Keithley, another son of John of 1788, moved with his family from Martinsburg, Ind., to Blandinville, Ill. He had three children: Martha, Mary and Andrew. He went insane and hung himself. No record of his children.
5 John Keithley, the youngest son of John of 1788, was born Dec. 11, 1823. He was a miller and married Elizabeth Thurman. Their chil: Henrietta, married George Smith, a daughter Kate and a son Theodore, who married Mary Hample, and has one daughter. They live in Los Angeles, Calif. 2 Robert Thurman, born March 1, 1846, near Greenfield, Ind., is a merchant and married Emma Kay, Sept. 20, 1874, and has one son, Earnest Clinton Keithley, born Nov. 15, 1876, at Greenfield, Ind. Aug. 8, 1911, he married Lallah Taylor. From newspaper this: "Friends of E.C. Keithley of Louisville, Ky., are watching with proud interest his success as a composer of popular songs since he moved to Chicago."
Also this: "Of Worth While Western Luminaries." "E. Clinton Keithley, professional manager of the McKinley Music Company hails from that part of the South where composers get their melodies from the birds singing in the trees. Sordid city life does not disturb Keithley's dream of verdant fields and the dream is translated into the language of songs that reach the heart. While living in Louisville he was cornet soloist in the orchestra of Macauley's Theatre and later soloist with Natiallo's band, when the ambition to compose music suddenly seized him. He completed a few songs, published them and soon worked a niche for his compositions in the adamantine wall of the music counters. He went to Chicago, where he assumed the management of Foster's professional department, issuing his first terrific hit, "Garland of Old Fashioned Roses." Then William McKinley noticed him and induced him to take care of the McKinley professional interests, housed in the Grand Opera House building. Since then he has had the opportunity to write the kind of songs he has always wanted to write. The McKinley catalogue has room for songs stolen from the songs of the birds. Keithley's writing record has been a remarkable one. Extremely prolific, he has also demonstrated versatility, for he has written all types of songs. As a professional manager he has proved zealous, untiring and ambitious. Possessed of a crystal clear voice and the ability to accompany himself upon the piano, he has permitted no opportunity to boost McKinley numbers to pass unnoticed. He has played engagements that required a great deal of time for the minimum returns (four shows a day) and takes particular pleasure in appearing on holidays when most professional managers are glad to remain away from their office. Keithley possesses the polished manners of a real Southern gentleman. An immaculate dresser, he presents a splendid appearance. Pre-eminently a ballad writer, the songs which have done most to bring his name into the limelight within recent months are, "I'll Return, Mother Darling, to You," "One Wonderful Night," "I Love the Name of Dixie," and "Alice of Old Vincennes." Keithley's knowledge of the market's popular requirements, united to his unswerving ambition, are bound to assert themselves in a long train of successful songs that will endear this hard working young composer to the hearts of music lovers where ever ballads are sung and loved."
3 Edward Keithley, son of John of 1823, married Ella Scott. Has a family, but I have no data on them. 4 Cora M.K., born Sept. 5, 1863, married Robert E. Smith, June 28, 1883. A son Cecil H., was born April 29, 1884. He is married and is a fine dentist.
3 James B. Keithley [son of Joseph, 1799 - KEI], born Sept 26 1826, died Oct. 7, 1916. June 13, 1844, he married Esther Sloan. Nine chil: 1 Rosaltha, born May 11, 1845, died in infancy. 2 Caroline, born Oct. 8, 1846, mar. Will Forman. Five chil: 1 Dinks, mar. Lula Hanger, they have two chil: Grace and Nina, who mar. George McManns. 2 Reta Forman mar. Wm. Genung and has 8 chil: Belle, Oscar, who mar. Muriel Bannon, Bertha mar. Joe Wimp and had Elizabeth and Martha. William mar Ella Rassusman. Myra mar. Stuart Craig. Walter, Helen, and Clarence who mar. Martha Delaney. See Honor Roll. 3 Gertrude Forman mar. James Fronconia, three chil: Marguerite, Edith and Mary. 4 Walter Forman Mar. Mamie Ruth, three chil: Elsie, George and Marguerite. 5 Herman Forman mar. Carrie Hatten. No chil.
3 John Y. Keithley [son of James B., 1826 - KEI], born Aug. 8, 1849, married Maggie Burbeck. Five chil: Effie K. mar. Richard McKinney and has two chil: 1 Golda Mc. who mar. Raymond Blotz and has 2 chil: Victor and Ada Virginia. 2 Jess Mc. who mar. Eva Kelley and has 3 chil: Wanda, Dempsy and Gladys. 2 Ethel K. mar. Richard McKinney and has two chil: Pansy and Thomas. 3 Fanny K. mar. S. Weeden, has a daughter Maggie. 4 James K. mar. Mollie Edwards has 7 chil: Margaret who mar. Lynn Kirkham, has a son, James. James, Freeda, Mabel, Hands, Irben and Lenne Keithley. 5 Pansy K. mar. George Maxwell, has two chil: Bonnie and Viola.
4 Mary Katherine Keithley was born Oct. 8, 1851, and married Wm. Summers, five chil: 1 Mattie. 2 Daisy, who mar. Dave Nelson, has 6 chil: Nova, Zola, Nellie, Aline, Joe and Frank. 3 Charles mar. Florence Harrison, 2 chil: Guy and Owen. 4 Lizzie Mar. Wilber Livers, 4 chil.: Elmer, Cecil, Gale and Virgil. 5 Lillie mar. Charles Davis, has a daughter, Opal.
5 James W. Keithley was born June 11, 1854. Nor record of him.
6 Lester P. Keithley, born Jan. 29, 1857, mar. Sallie Hurn. two chil: Arthur and Edward, who mar. Maud Mosier and has 8 chil: Margaret, Lena Hurn, Raymond, Mary, Carl Von Lester, Marie and Robert. Lester P. Keithley mar. (2) Dora Alvis. Five chil: 1 George K. mar. Maude Childers and has 4 chil: John Lester, Marcia Jane, Richard, and Dorthy. 2 Sarah K. mar. Earle Roy, three chil: Robert, Charles Lester and Kenneth. 3 Earnest K. mar. Faye Armstrong, has two chil: Iona Gale and Marion. 4 Kenneth K. mar. Marion Blythe of Scotland. See Honor Roll. 5 Marshall Keithley.
7 Joseph Wm Keithley was born June 26, 1859, married Altha ... has three chil: Myrtle, Walter, and Joe.
8 Halleck M. Keithley, born June 4, 1862, married Carrie Hurn. five chil: Abbie K. mar Carl Darbo of Christiania, Norway, a daughter, Velma Lynn. 2 Nola K. mar. Sam Hirnnelhaver, has 4 chil: Gertrude, Mary, Margurite and Charles. 3 Harry K. mar. Flossie Cross. 4 Jennie K. mar. Chester Hood, has a son Felton Keithley. Halleck M. Keithley mar. (2) Katie Barnickel, a son, Stanley.
9 Edward Keithley was born Sept. 3, 1866, and mar. Nola Miller. Four chil: 1 Ethel K. mar. W. Dieckman, has 3 chil: William, Leora, and James Miller. 2 Cohen K., see Honor Roll. 3 Herman K. mar. Florence Hancy, has 2 chil: Herman Jr. and Mary Ida. 4 Leora K. married Walter Russell.
4 Thomas Jefferson Keithley [son of Joseph, 1799 - KEI] was born July 5, 1829, and married (1) Julia Ann Tyler in 1848. Four chil: 1 Mary K. born Sept. 17, 1849, mar. G.D. Yenonine, Dec. 24, 1874, three child: Una born May 23, 1872, mar. Geo. Traub. Charles born 1879, died 1899. Mabel born Oct. 5, 1887, mar. Lee Richard, three chil: Virginia, born Oct. 7, 1912. Robert, born Jan. 12, 1913, and Mary C. born July 4, 1915. 2 Sarah K. born Jan. 20, 1851, married R.A. Kearby. She died Dec. 12, 1902. Four chil: 1 Pearl born July 12, 1879, died Sept 24, 1921. She married L. Simpson. 2 Guy born April 30, 1883, is a Ry. conductor. 3 Harry born Jan. 3, 1884, is a railroad man, mar., has two chil: Jerome and Kenneth. 4 Kate born May 8, 1887, mar. M.L. Fouts, a telegraph operator, one son, Robert. 3 Celesta K. born June 17, 1852, mar. D.F. Summers, three chil: 1 Claude born Dec. 9, 1878, mar. Gertrude Mosier, 5 chil: Kenneth, John, Ralph, Harriet and Marguerite. 2 Arley born 1882 mar. Addie Davis, 4 chil: Thema, Melvin, Silvey and Comadore. 3 Tish born 1887 mar. Carl Patterson, 2 chil: Wilma and Robert. 4 Irene K. born April 17, 1854, mar. W.W. Kepley, 8 chil: Myrtle born Feb. 24, 1872, mar. George Clipp, 3 chil: Jessie, Robert and Martha. 2 Anna, 3 Sue, 4 Noble, 5 Erma, 6 Hugo, 7 Mildred and 8 Helen.
Thomas J. Keithley Mar. (2) Maria Eliz. Hubbard in 1857, 3 chil: 1 Evila Abbie K. [FHD Note, Author of letter printed at beginning], born June 3, 1859, married W.E. King, Dec. 6, 1891. 2 William K. born Jan. 18, 1862, mar. Nancy Mills, Jan. 23, 1893, 5 chil: 1 Escol K. born May 8, 1894, mar. Earle Goldsmith Sept. 26, 1917 [FHD Note: Earle is the husband here, and Escol is the wife] , 2 chil: John born July 2, 1918, and Alen, 1920-1922. 2 John Ralph K. born Feb. 12, 1897, mar. Hegleman in 1917, two chil: Mary E. born March 23, 1918, and Helen. 3 Mills K. born Nov. 5, 1899. 4 Fred K. born 1904. 5 Thomas J. K. born Aug. 29, 1908. 3 John W. Keithley M.D. born 1864, married Agnes Waters, 2 chil: George W. born March 11, 1904 and Donald born May 9, 1907.
Thomas J. Keithley married (3) Maria Avenger, May 7, 1870, 6 chil: 1 Blanche K. born Dec. 24, 1871. Sept 1., 1898 she married Rev. D.P. McCoy, a United Brethren minister, 4 chil: Ruth born Aug. 16, 1899 is a teacher in the public schools. Edith born Jan. 31, 1901, a teacher. Mae, born 1903, and Martha born July 31, 1908. 2 Joseph A. Keithley M.D. was born May 5, 1874, married Mae Manger, 2 chil: Erwin and Frank. See Honor Roll. 3 Elsie K., born Nov. 21, 1876, married E.M. Hottel, Dec. 23, 1894, 3 chil: 1 Ethel H. born Nov. 22, 1895, mar. Frank Vogt, in 1918, 2 chil: Geo. Edward born 1919 and Frank Wm. born 1921. 2 Frances H. born Nov. 29, 1897, mar. George Scharff, an engineer, in 1918, 2 chil: Ruth born 1919 and Mary Frances born 1921. 3 Joe H. born Sept. 23, 1900. 4 Hubert K. was born May 15, 1879, married Ella Watts in 1905. Thomas H.K. was born Dec. 4, 1882, mar. Verna Watts in 1904. He is a contractor. 6 Charles K. born Aug. 16, 1884, is a plasterer and married Trella Rowe in 1912.
5 Mary Jane Keithley [daughter of Joseph, 1799 - KEI] was born Oct. 10, 1837. She was accidentally shot by her brother Thomas J. and died Jan. 1, 1848.
6 Frances M. Keithley was born Oct. 15, 1835, died Aug. 10, 1855.
7 Sarah Ann Keithley, born Nov. 20, 1839, living in 1923. She married Benj. F. Utz, April 4, 1856. Seven chil: 1 Charles D. Utz born July 28, 1859. A farmer, mar. Emma Fair, 2 chil: 1 Emmett born July 29, 1881, a farmer, mar. Elizabeth Seacat, five chil: 1 Russell born Jan. 7, 1906. 2 Carl born Aug. 7, 1907. 3 Kenneth born April 6, 1909. 4 Irma born Nov. 6, 1910. and 5 Ruby born July 12, 1912. 2 Lillie Utz married Dennis Stucker. 2 Clara Utz born Dec. 27, 1862, married Chas. W. Arganbright. She died Oct. 1, 1884. 3 Lizzie Utz born Feb. 13, 1865, died March 27, 1885. 4 Mary Etta Utz, born Aug. 12, 1867, married Charles Arganbright, 6 chil: 1 Castle A. born June 27, 1888, is a rancher at Big Sandy, Mont. He married Christina Eliz. Ray, one son, Earl, born Aug. 8, 1913. 2 Lake A. born Aug. 20, 1890, a farmer at Danville, Ill., mar. Anna Glasscock. 3 Icy A., born May 23, 1893. 4 Gayle A. born June 6, 1896, mar. Dr. H.K. Engleman, of Georgetown, Ind. 5 Ruth A. born July 31, 1899, is a teacher. 6 Harry A. born Nov. 16, 1902, is a telegraph operator. 5 Harry G. Utz born March 15, 1871, died Oct. 27, 1906. He married Jennie Mott, 2 chil: Frank and Arzota. 6 Hubert Utz born Aug. 9, 1874, is a mail clerk. He married Mary Wolf, 2 chil: Curtis born Jan., 1899, and Helen born July 8, 1911. 7 Bessie L. Utz, born April 5, 1889, married Herbert Bartin, a minister, one daughter, Elsie Marie, born March 13, 1912.
1 Benjamin, born March 5, 1837, married Surana Speer and lived on his father's farm. Seven chil: 1 Wm. Andrew K. born Aug. 21, 1862, died July 24, 1866. 2 Mary Ellen K. born June 17, 1864, married J.T. Hobson, a United Brethern minister, June 24, 1880. They traveled in Indiana, Iowa and Ill. for about ten years. Mr. Hobson has been an invalid for years. They have one daughter who married a Myers, and she has a son and a daughter. They live in Indiana. Mrs. Hobson lives at Odon, Ind. 3 Ira Newton K. born Oct. 24, 1866, died in his twenties. 4 Sarah Elizabeth K. born Oct. 25, 1868, married Mr. Dodds, a son of J.W. Dodds, is in the mercantile business in Maywood, Ind. See Honor Roll. 5 Alvan Randolph K. born Feb. 22, 1871, married, no children. 6 Nora Bell K. born July 5, 1873, married and died Sept. 30, 1907, no children. 7 Ambrose Sheldon K. born Feb. 1875, married twice. Two girls by first wife and two sons, Raymond and Willie, and a daughter by the second wife. Benj. Keithley (1837) has four sisters who married and went to Iowa and Nebraska. These Keithleys were farmers.
(NOTE: Compare this genealogy with dankeith.html which is a printout of the computer file of research done by Karen Isaacson and shared with Frank Deis)
2 Albert Fielding Keithley, 2d son of Daniel Jr. and Rebecca, married Elizabeth I. Baker, April 14, 1878. Chil: 1 Hattie Keithley born June 21, 1878, mar. Thos. B. Myrick, Dec. 27, 1903, of Laredo, Mo. Four chil: Earl T. born May 21, 1906. Nevah Christine born Aug. 9, 1907. Ivan Merle born July 18, 1911, and Thelma Elizabeth born Sept. 11, 1913 2 Alpha Keithley born Jan. 5, 1882, mar. Wm. Alden Rottman March 18, 1908. He passed away July 5, 1919, and Alpha is now at home, 1923. 3 Everett Keithley of Browning, Mo was born Aug. 3, 1889, and mar. Alta Mae Merrill, March 10 1912. Three boys, Fern Wilson born May 5, 1913, and twins born Oct. 28, 1920, Maurice Merrill and Norris Thomas, "And they are the most interesting of the whole Keithley tribe," so wrote their grandfather, Albert Fielding Keithley, in 1923. A. F. Keithley was born and live on the homestead in Sullivan Co. Mo. and there he passed away after a short illness on April 13, 1923. Daniel Jr and Rebecca Keithley's other children of whom I have no record, are: Mary Frances, George Converse, Ella May, Charley Houser, Mova Edwin, Minnie, Alberta and one died ln infancy.
THE JOSEPH KEITHLEY, SR., FAMILY
JOSEPH KEITHLEY came from Penna. into Ky. with the other brothers in 1792. He had a son, John, who settled in Boone county, Missouri, in the "early times." In Columbia, Mo. is a Mr. W. C. Keithley, whose father and grandfather were named John. He has a brother and sister living at Sturgeon Mo., and a Keithley aunt living near them. I understand they claim to be related to the St. Charles county Keithley families. The family record was promised me, but my repeated requests for it have met with no response.
(Note -- for more information about the Joseph Keithley line, please compare joekeith.html which is a printout of a computer file showing the research of Karen Isaacson as shared with Frank Deis)
THE SAMUEL KEITHLEY, SR., FAMILY
SAMUEL KEITHLEY, SR., the youngest of the five brothers who came into Kentucky from Pennsylvania in 1792 & from good authority we state this--"lived and died in Tennessee."
(Note -- compare this genealogy with samkeith.html which is a computer file of Karen Isaacson's research as shared with Frank Deis.)
I received the following letter in answer to my request for their family history. I understand they too claim to be related to the St. Charles county, Mo. Keithly families.
"Dec. 13, 1923, Bismarck, Mo. Dear Madame: John Keathley came to Pike Co. Ky. in 1845. Then he came to Iron Co. Mo. in 1866 and married in 1877. He was the father of ten children: Walter born 1878, Elbert 1879, William 1881, Etta 1884, Elma 1886, Watson, 1888, Fulton 1890 Marvin 1891, Ben 1893, Leland 1896. The grandfather of the above John Keathley came from Germany early in 1800 and settled in Powell Valley, Tenn. William Keathley came from Powell Valley, Tenn., to Pike Co. Ky., and died there in 1861. He had three sons: John, Simpson and Henry. The last known of John, he was in Tenn. Simpson died in Ky. in 1866. Henry left Ky. and came to South East Mo. and settled in Iron Co. and died there in 1864, leaving seven sons and four daughters. Namely: Sallie. Peggy, Mary and Annie, James, Oliver, Christopher, Tyler, Thomas, John and Wallace. Tyler was born in Ky. in 1843 and went to Ponca, Okla and raised a family, and died there in 1916, chil: three sons and one daughter. Thomas has one girl and lives in West Eminence, Mo. John lives in Brunot, Mo. Wallace came from Ky. to Mo. in 1866, and now lives in Iron Co. A daughter and three sons.
Christopher Keathley was born in Pike Co. Ky, 1840. He married Margaret Ball in 1868. Then came to Mo. in 1872 and settled west of Annapolis, then in 1883 he moved to east of Ironton, where he now lives. His wife died in 1913. Their 4 sons and 3 daughters: Sarah and William died when small but John (myself), Thomas, Miles, Katherine and Lucinda are still living. My father had three uncles who fought in the Revolutionary war. He heard of one being killed but never heard of the other two any more after the war . . ." J. H. Keathley. Mr. J. H. Keathley is Chairman of Membership Committee of the Bismark Chamber of Commerce. Possibly this "The grandfather of the above John Keathley " was SAMUEL KEITHLEY, "who lived and died in Tenn."
(l) John Kethley, born Jan. 7, 1763. (2) Bryan Kethley, born Nov. 12, 1808. (3) John Kethley, born April 14, 1837. (4) William Joseph Kethley, born March 12 1860. (5) John Vernon Kethley, born April 23, 1883. The father of (l) John was named John and lived in Ky. or Tenn. (l) John moved to Tenn. about 1810. Came down the Miss. river in a boat and settled near Bayou Sarah, La., where he died Feb. 9, 1823. This (I) John had 4 sons and 6 daughters. Only two sons raised families of any size. Bryan Kethley and all of his brothers moved to Miss. when about grown and lived and died there. They lived in the central part of the state. This Kethley data was compiled in 1915. I have corresponded with the writer, who had made an effort to collect Keithley family data in 1914, but gave up. He promised to send me what he had, but for some reason I have never received any than the above, which are extracts from a letter written by John Vernon Kethley. of Shreveport, La. He was Public Accountant, Ardis Building, in 1924.