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Keiths - VA to IL Abt 1750 to 1804

Keiths - VA to IL Abt 1750 to 1804

Posted: 940775544000
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Looking for additional info, particularly on spouses, of my Keith ancestors. Earliest known was George b. abt 1750, was living in Grayson Co., VA as early as 1793, had a brother Daniel, was a minister. His son George (Jr.?) b. 27 Dec 1777 VA, m. 5 Jul 1796 in Grayson Co. to Elizabeth Pitts, had sons Robert S. George P. (my line). Left wife, moved to TN then IL where he remarried had 4 more sons. George P. b. 23 Sep 1806 VA (prob. Grayson Co.), m. 1830 Gallatin Co., IL to Mary Cuummins (b. abt. 1813 MO), d. 2 Dec 1878 Saline Co., IL. My line their son Marshall Keith, b. 7 Sep 1837, Pope Co., IL, m. 1st 1861, Saline Co., IL to Elizabeth Baker, m. 2nd 1870, Saline Co. to Nancy C. Thomas b. 1847 IL (my line), d. 13 Mar 1919 Saline Co. My grandmother was their daughter Frances Ella Keith.


Kathy McWilliams (View posts)
Posted: 943772080000

Keith's in Southern Illinois

Jerry Coleman (View posts)
Posted: 957985479000
I am only starting to trace my grandmothers line. She was Ollie Mae Woods. Her parents were William Wesley Woods and Mary Ellen Keith born 1858 in Pope County, IL. Mary Ellen's parents were Griffin Keith and Amanda(don't have her maiden name). I would welcome any info on the Keith's of this line

Keith/Pope Co., IL

Posted: 957988857000
Edited: 1134936212000
I too would like to learn more about the family you mention. Can you tell me Mary E.'s children? Here is what I have:

Griffin KEITH (b. ca 1808, GA) lived in AL but moved about 1850 to Pope Co., IL; m. 1st ca 1856 to Keziah; m. 2nd 5 Jul 1856 to Mrs. Elizabeth ROBERTSON/ROBINSON, who was a widow with 4 children; d. 1884, buried Old Zion Cem, under marker stating birth year as 1802. Elizabeth d. 14 Jul 1876, age 50. Children:
1. Mary E. (b. ca 1857) m. 20 Nov 1872 to William M. WOOD.
2. Paulina (b. ca 1859).
3. John C. (b. ca 1861).
4. George W. (b. ca 1862).
5. Joseph T. (b. ca 1866).

1870 census states this:
Elizabeth KEITH 44 F IL
Emanda F. 16 F IL
Mary E. 13 F IL
Pelina 11 F IL
John C. 9 M IL
George W. 8 M IL
Joseph T. 4 M IL

Keith from Pope Co. IL

Jerry Coleman (View posts)
Posted: 958026112000
Larry, you have a whole lot more information on this family than I. I found the names only on a copy of a funeral notice for William Woods Jr. That is all the info I have on the Keith side. Woods side I Have William Woods Sr. name only. Sr. would be my gggrandfather on my Dad's Mothers side.

Re: Keith's in Southern Illinois

Posted: 1081311189000
Classification: Query
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Here is what is what I have on Griffen Keith..

Griffen Keith born about 1802 died about 1884
I have him married to Elizabeth Hopkins (not sure if Hopkins is her madden name or a last name from another marrage.)
They were married about 1856 in Pope County, Illinois

Children of Griffen and Elizabeth

Joseph Thomas Keith born Oct. 01, 1867 in Golconda, Pope County, IL. Died Feb. 10, 1941(Joseph is my Great Great Grandpa.)

Mary Ellen Keith born about 1857 died about 1925 married West W. Wood

Pelina Keith she was born about 1859

John C. Keith born about 1861

George W. Keith born about 1862

I'm not sure if all information is right.

What information do you have?

I have more on Joseph.


Re: Keith's in Southern Illinois

Posted: 1081313178000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1104346760000
I have Elizabeth Hopkins wife of Griffen Keith
Her parants were William Hopkins, Sr. and Nellie Hosick.


Re: Keith's in Southern Illinois

Posted: 1081386097000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1095109980000
Per my notes, land records for Pope Co., Illinois have two public domain land tract sales dated 29 Nov 1853, for a total of 120 acres, to George W. Keith but this could not be the George W. you have born about 1862. I have an ancestor George Parish Keith b. 23 Sep 1806 in Grayson Co. VA, d. 3 Dec 1878 in Saline Co. who m. Mary Cummins. George P. was the father of my gg grandfather Marshal Keith who was born 7 Sep 1837 near Golconda in Pope Co. George P. and Griffen Keith are nearly the same age but aren't brothers. George P. had a brother Robert S. and half brothers named Pleasant, John, Royal, and C.D.

Re: Keith's in Southern Illinois

Larry Keith (View posts)
Posted: 1081413953000
Classification: Query
The Keith book shows George P. KEITH (b. 23 Apr 1806) as son of George (b. 27 Dec 1777, VA). The older George is son of yet another George KEITH who died in Grason Co., VA, leaving a will probated Nov 1804 which names children. No known connection to George W. and Griffin KEITH who also were in Pope Co., IL...and were from Georgia/Alabama.

Re: Keith's in Southern Illinois

Larry Keith (View posts)
Posted: 1081415731000
Classification: Query
I have it that Griffin KEITH (b. ca 1802, GA) m. 1st to a woman named Keziah, and m. 2nd on 5 Jul 1856 to Mrs. Elizabeth ROBERTSON or ROBINSON, who was a widow with 4 children. My list of children, b. between 1857 and 1867, is same as yours, but I show that Mary Ellen married 20 Nov 1872 to William M. WOOD.

One confusing factor: in 1860 census, wife is listed as Kesiah, with only one KEITH child in household, Paulina, as well as the four ROBINSON children. In 1870, wife is Elizabeth, but the ROBINSON children are absent, and Mary Ellen (b. ca 1857) is with them.

Griffin and George W. KEITH (apparently brothers) appear to have left the south, possibly connected with tensions over the growing war sentiment, ca 1856. George W. was married in about 1843, in AL, to Malinda A., daughter of Andrew and Hester (Keys) GRIFFIN. Possibly a long connection with the GRIFFIN family accounts for the given name of Griffin KEITH.

buried near the KEITHs are these two girls, who may be related, and possibly sisters:
Sarah, wife of William WARREN, (b. 14 Jan 1810; d. 10 Mar 1888).
Martha, wife of Isaac W. GRIFFIN (d. 23 Aug 1877, TN, aged about 65).

Keiths who married in Pope Co., IL:
Martha KEITH (b. ca 1812), wife of Isaac W. GRIFFIN;
Nancy KEITH who m. 12 Feb 1843 to John HARPER;
Polly KEITH m. John CARR; had a son, Hugh who m. 26 Mar 1886 to Lucy (McLelan) BARKER.
Diony KEITH m. 1st to a GLASS; m. 2nd 8 Jul 1835 to Allen ROBINSON.

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