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  • ID: I37
  • Name: Phebe STURDEVANT
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 25 AUG 1767 in Connecticut
  • Will: 18 APR 1827 Will of Samuel Sturdevant 1
  • Will: 10 MAY 1836 Will of Joshua Keeney 2
  • Event: 3 NOV 1837 Letter by George Lane Keeney 3
  • Census: 1840 Braintrim, Luzerne (now Wyoming) County, Pennsylvania 4
  • Event: 19 AUG 1841 Letter by Asahel Keeney 5
  • Event: 18 OCT 1841 Letter by Seth Lee Keeney 6
  • Event: 1 NOV 1841 Letter by Seth Lee Keeney 7
  • Event: 4 JUN 1842 Letter by Asahel Keeney 8
  • Event: 14 OCT 1842 Letter by George Lane Keeney 9
  • Death: 14 MAR 1843 in Black Walnut, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania
  • Burial: Black Walnut, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania 10
  • Event: 1887 BOOK by grandson Andrew Jackson Keeney 11
  • PROP: Deeds FROM 1824 TO 1826 12
  • Change Date: 20 APR 2016



    Father: Samuel STURDEVANT b: 30 AUG 1741 in Danbury, Fairfield County, Connecticut
    Mother: Phebe BENEDICT b: 3 AUG 1739 in Ridgefield, Fairfield County, Conn.

    Marriage 1 Joshua KEENEY b: 29 MAR 1766 in Kent, Litchfield County, Connecticut
    • Married: 14 FEB 1790 in Washington, Litchfield County, Connecticut 13
    • Census: 1800 in Braintrim, Luzerne (now Wyoming) County, Pennsylvania 14
    • Event: 1807 in BIBLE of Joshua Keeney 15
    • Census: 1810 in Braintrim, Luzerne (now Wyoming) County, Pennsylvania 16
    • Census: 1820 in Braintrim, Luzerne (now Wyoming) County, Pennsylvania 17
    • Census: 1830 in Braintrim, Luzerne (now Wyoming) County, Pennsylvania 18
    • Event: 27 JAN 1836 in Letter by Seth Lee Keeney 19
    Children
    1. Has Children Laura KEENEY b: 30 MAR 1791 in Black Walnut, Luzerne (now Wyoming) County, Pennsylvania
    2. Has Children Amy KEENEY b: 9 AUG 1792 in Black Walnut, Luzerne (now Wyoming) County, Pennsylvania
    3. Has Children Salmon KEENEY b: 23 JUL 1794 in Black Walnut, Luzerne (now Wyoming) County, Pennsylvania
    4. Has Children Betsey KEENEY b: 6 APR 1796 in Black Walnut, Luzerne (now Wyoming) County, Pennsylvania
    5. Has Children Seth Lee KEENEY b: 17 MAR 1798 in Black Walnut, Luzerne (now Wyoming) County, Pennsylvania
    6. Has Children Charles KEENEY b: 28 FEB 1800 in Black Walnut, Luzerne (now Wyoming) County, Pennsylvania
    7. Has Children Asahel KEENEY b: 5 FEB 1802 in Black Walnut, Luzerne (now Wyoming) County, Pennsylvania
    8. Has Children Simon Zelatus KEENEY b: 6 JUN 1804 in Black Walnut, Luzerne (now Wyoming) County, Pennsylvania
    9. Has Children Aurelia KEENEY b: 1 MAR 1807 in Black Walnut, Luzerne (now Wyoming) County, Pennsylvania
    10. Has Children Pamelia KEENEY b: 1 MAR 1807 in Black Walnut, Luzerne (now Wyoming) County, Pennsylvania
    11. Has Children George Lane KEENEY MD. b: 22 MAY 1809 in Black Walnut, Luzerne (now Wyoming) County, Pennsylvania

    Sources:
    1. Title: WILL 1827 Samuel Sturdevant
      Abbrev: WILL 1827 Samuel Sturdevant
      Text: WILL April 18, 1827 Braintrim Twp., Luzerne County, Penna. Book A, page 313:
      "Samuel Sturdevant
      Probated November 3, 1828
      In the name of God, amen. I, Samuel Sturdevant, of Braintrim township Luzerne County and State of Pennsylvania, being ... of sound and perfect mind and memory, do make ordain and publish this my last will and testament...
      FIRST. I give and bequeath unto my son ELISHA one third part of my land to be set off to him on the easterly side of my farm adjoining Daniel Lenn in the township aforesaid and
      SECONDLY. I give and bequeath unto my youngest daughter LUCY seventy dollars including what furniture my son ELIJAH has got for her since her marriage and that part of the said seventy dollars which shall be unpaid at my decease shall be paid by my executor in neat cattle or cash in one year thereafter and
      THIRDLY. It is my will that my executor pay the following legacies to my children in one year after my decease viz: to my eldest son SAMUEL two dollars, to my son JESSE two dollars, to my daughter PHEBE two dollars, to my daughter ANNA a good cow, to my daughter OLIVE a good cow, to my daughter ELIZABETH a good cow, and to my daughter SARAH a good cow, and
      FOURTHLY. It is my will that after payment of the foregoing legacies and all debts and costs of settling my estate my son ELIJAH have all the remaining part of my property both real and personal, and that out of the same he shall maintain and support my wife LUCY during her natural life, but I hereby reserve the right to my wife to dispose of her wearing apparel as she pleases at or before her decease.
      LASTLY. I do hereby appoint my son ELIJAH STURDEVANT sole executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 18 day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven.
      Samuel Sturdevant
      witness: Ambros Gearey Jasper Fasett."
    2. Title: WILL 1836 Joshua Keeney
      Abbrev: WILL 1836 Joshua Keeney
      Text: JOSHUA KEENEY'S WILL, May 10, 1836, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Will Book A, page 504:
      "Joshua Keeney's Will: In the name of God amen. I, Joshua Keeney of the township of Braintrim, in the County of Luzerne, being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding but aged and aware of the uncertainty of this mortal life, do make publish and declare this my last will and testament hereby revoking and declaring null and void any previous wills by me at any time heretofore made.
      FIRSTLY. Firstly I order and direct that after payment of my funeral expenses and charges all my just debts be settled and paid by my hereinafter named executors as soon as conveniently and legally may be done after my decease.
      SECONDLY. I do give devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife Phebe Keeney the buildings, gardens, yards and premises with the appurtenances where I now reside, and which I now occupy to hold to her for the term of her natural life and also for the same period of time the one third part of the produce of the farm hereinafter devised to Charles Keeney and Simon Z. Keeney, and now held by them under lease from my self, the said one third part to be ascertained and paid and delivered in the same way and manner that the said Charles and Simon are bound to pay under and by virtue of said lease to my self and also for the same period of time the dividends on five shares of stock in the Easton and Wilkes-Barre Turnpike road and also the interest accruing during the life time on all notes bonds or other writings or money which I have now at interest and may have at the time of my decease excepting however the interest which will accrue from seven years after the first day of June next upon the sum of five hundred dollars loaned by me to George L. Keeney (which interest during that time is to be charged to the said George as other moneys paid to and hereafter directed to be charged to my other children) and excepting also the interest accruing upon two sums of one hundred and twenty five dollars each by me loaned to the Rev. Loring Grant and to the Reader Smith [NOTE: should read "the Rev. Reeder Smith"] which interest has been specially appropriated to be paid during the life time of my self and my said beloved wife to the Missionary Bible Tract and Sunday School Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. I do also give and bequeath to my said beloved wife to and for her own use and disposal all my household furniture clothing beds and bedding it being understood however that if my said wife should again marry she is in that case to retain only the use of the said buildings garden yard and premises now occupied by myself and to keep the said household furniture beds and bedding together with one cow to be furnished by my executors, all for the term of her natural life, and the said one third of the produce of the farm, interest and dividends aforesaid are not to be paid to her after such marriage but are to go into the residue of my estate, provided however, if my said beloved wife should become by the death of said second husband or otherwise in the opinion of my executors or the survivor of them destitute of a comfortable living she is thereupon to be considered restored to all the original devises and bequests under this will, no arrears however of interest dividends or rents to be paid to her.
      THIRDLY. As my oldest son Salmon Keeney in consequence of his misfortune in trade has already received from me much more than I can give to my other children in justice to my other children I can give no share in my estate after my decease.
      FOURTHLY. It being my intention to give to each of my sons excepting Salmon one thousand dollars in value of my estate, I do give devise and bequeath to my son Seth L. Keeney the farm and premises now occupied by him in the township of Windham, to hold to him his heirs and assigns valuing the same at six hundred dollars. I do give and bequeath to him such articles of personal property and cash as he has received of me or may receive of me in my lifetime and which shall be found charged to him in my account book which I keep of advances to my children, and should such advances as so entered at the time of my decease that amount to sufficient with the valuation of the farm aforesaid to make up the sum of one thousand dollars then the deficiency is to be paid to him by my executors after the _ of my widow. And should such advances amount to more than said sum, my said son, Seth is to account for the overplus in the residue of my estate.
      FIFTHLY. I do give devise and bequeath unto my third and fifth sons Charles Keeney and Simon Z. Keeney and their respective heirs the farm and premises situate in the township of Braintrim on which they now live and occupy under lease (and also after the death of my widow the buildings garden yard and premises heretofore devised to her for her natural life) all to be divided between them subject nevertheless to the payment to my widow of one third part of the produce as hereinbefore provided and subject and chargeable as hereinafter stated, my said farm and premises are valued at five thousand dollars and my said sons Charles and Simon are each to hold in their respective rights the personal property cash and other advances given and made or to be given and made by me to them and which shall be found charged and entered against them and respectively in my above mentioned Book, the account of said advances charged to Charles and to be deducted from the sum of one thousand dollars and the same with the advances charged to Simon and the respective balances or differences are to be credited to them respectively on account of their shares of payment of the valuation of the farm it being my intention to give them each the amount of one thousand dollars including the said advances. My son Charles is also to receive a further credit of six hundred dollars upon his share of payment of said valuation of the farm in consideration of certain betterments and improvements made by him on a farm he formerly occupied and the balance which shall be due of said valuation of the farm deducting said above allowances to be made to my said sons Charles and Simon shall be paid within five years according to the provisions of the lease of the 13th December A.D. 1830. After the decease of my widow to my executors for the purposes of residuary disposition by the said Charles and Simon in the proportion as it be found due from them respectively, first giving each one credit for the allowance heretofore above devised, and for the said balance due of said valuation of the farm, the said farm and premises devised to them the said Charles and Simon is hereby expressly made subject and chargeable.
      SIXTHLY. I do give and bequeath unto my fourth son Asahel the personal property cash and other advances he has received or may receive of me in my lifetime and which will be found in my book above mentioned and the amount which such advances want or fall short of the sum of one thousand dollars is to be made up in land to be selected by the said Asahel and by his trustees hereinafter named out of any of my real estate not specifically disposed of by this will, which land where so selected I do give and bequeath unto James Chubbuck of Orwell Bradford County and Daniel Frost of Windham Luzerne County and the survivor and the heirs of such survivor in trust to and for the use of the said Asahel during his natural life and after his decease to convey and release the same to his the said Asahels children share and share alike as tenants in common. It being also my wish that if Asahel and his said Trustees should not select the premises upon which he now lives and my son Seth L. Keeney should desire to take the premises at the valuation of one thousand two hundred dollars in such case I do devise the land premises to my said son Seth and to his heirs subject and chargeable with the payment of the said sum of one thousand two hundred dollars to my executors.
      SEVENTHLY. I do give unto my youngest son George L. Keeney the amount of one thousand dollars including however therein the extra expenses of his education and the articles of personal property cash or other advances which he has received from me in my lifetime all which will be found charged against him in my book above mentioned and the balance of said amount bequeathed if any after deducting said advances shall be paid to him by my executors after the decease of my widow, but should the amount of such advances so charged as aforesaid Exceed the said sum bequeathed my son George will be charged with such overplus in the residuary division of my estate.
      EIGHTHLY. I do give and bequeath unto my daughters Laura Cooley, Betsey Grant, Aurelia Smith and Pamelia Chubbuck each the amount of five hundred dollars including however the personal property money or other advances they respectively have received from me or in my life time may receive and which will be found charged against them respectively in my before mentioned book, the respective balances if any which may be and to them or any of them of the amount above bequeathed after deducting such advances shall be paid by my executors after the decease of my widow but should the amount of said advances so charged to any said last mentioned legatees exceed the said amount of five hundred dollars the overplus in such case or cases is to be charged to the proper legatee or legatees in the residuary division of my estate.
      NINETHLY. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Amy Hall the personal property or other advances she has received or may receive of me in my life time, and which will be found charged in my aforesaid book. And if the amount of said advances should not amount to five hundred dollars the deficiency is to be paid by my executors hereinafter named after the death of my widow to the children of said Amy Hall in equal proportions as they respectively shall arrive at the age of twenty one years or shall marry and advances or payment made by me in my life time and charged in said book to and against any of said children of Amy Hall to be deducted from the proper proportion of such child. It being further my intention that if the amount of said advances charged to Amy Hall should exceed the sum of five hundred Dollars the overplus in such case to be charged to her in the residuary division of my estate.
      TENTHLY. If after satisfaction of the previous devises and bequests there should be any thing left of my estate, I do give and devise and bequeath such residue of my estate, real personal or mixed unto my ten children Seth, Charles, Asahel, Simon, George, Laura Cooley, Betsey Grant, Aurelia Smith, Pamelia Chubbuck and Amy Hall and their heirs equally to be divided among them except with regard to the share of Asahel which is to be set off by my executors in the real estate to the said James Chubbuck and Daniel Frost and the survivor and the heirs of such survivor in trust for the same purposes as
      provided in the sixth clause of this will, but should there be no real estate belonging to my estate remaining out of which the said share of Asahel can be appropriated the said trustees with the approbation of said Asahel and my executors purchase other real estate to be paid for by said Asahel's share under the clause said real estate to be held in Trust as aforesaid.
      ELEVENTHLY. It is my will and intention that if any of my said above named children should die before me that the share of my estate devised or bequeathed to such child should in such case pass and vest to and in the children of such deceased child share and share alike as tenants in common.
      TWELFTHLY. I do give to my executors hereinafter named or the survivor of them full power and authority to sell and convey all or any part of my real estate not herein before specifically devised and to make and execute requisite deeds for the same giving them hereby authority to sell and convey either by public or private sale to strangers or any of my devisees, and if to the latter, such devise to be allowed to return out of the purchase money the share or amount which they would be entitled to receive in the residuary division of my estate, being chargeable however with interest on the said share so returned up to the time of such final division and to pay the overplus and secure it according to the terms to be made with my executors at the time of sale.
      THIRTEENTHLY. By way of caution, it is repeated and expressly declared that the personal property money and other advances hereinbefore bequeathed to my several children are to be regulated together by the entries and charges in my hereinbefore referred to Book and that any notes or claims against any of my said children due to me and not entered in said book are not affected by said bequests but will still remain due to my estate and be collectable by my executors.
      LASTLY. I do nominate and appoint my sons Seth L. Keeney and Charles Keeney executors of this my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand to each sheet of this writing and affixed my seal this tenth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-six.
      Joshua Keeney [seal]
      Signed sealed published and declared by Joshua Keeney as and for his last will in presence of us who have at his request signed it as witnesses.
      E. B. West Charles B. Linn
      Luzerne County: On the nineteenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven before me Morris Slocum, Register for the probate of wills, and granting letters of Administration in and for the County aforesaid personally came E. B. West and Charles B. Linn the two subscribing witnesses to the foregoing will who being duly sworn according to law do depose and say that their names to the said will subscribed as witnesses are in their own proper hand writing, that they heard the testator therein named acknowledge that he signed the same, and that they heard him publish and declare it as and for his last will and testament and at the time of so doing the testator was of sound mind and disposing understanding to the best of their observation and belief, and that they respectively signed the same at the request and in the presence of said testator and in the presence of each other.
      In conformity to the foregoing will and probate Letters testamentary were granted to Seth L. Keeney and Charles Keeney they having first been sworn faithfully to administer the goods and chattels and chattels rights and credits of the said testator, make a true and perfect inventory thereof and exhibit the same into the Registers office in one month and render a true account calculation and reconing of their whole administration according to law. Given under the seal of the Register's office at Wilkes-Barre this 19th day of July A.D. 1837."
    3. Title: LETTER 1837 George Lane Keeney
      Abbrev: LETTER 1837 George Lane Keeney
      Text: Letter November 3, 1837, from George Lane Keeney to his brother Salmon Keeney:
      "...Mother is stil at J. Chubbucks, WELL and is expected home in a few days..."
      [NOTE: Her daughter Pamelia Keeney Chubbuck died three days later on November 6, 1837, of complications from child birth.]
    4. Title: CENSUS 1840 Phebe Sturdevant Keeney
      Abbrev: CENSUS 1840 Phebe Sturdevant Keeney
      Text: CENSUS 1840 Braintrim, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania:
      Phebe Keeney
      1 female 70-79 years [Phebe]
    5. Title: LETTER August 19, 1841 from Asahel Keeney to his brother Salmon Keeney
      Abbrev: LETTER August 19, 1841 from Asahel Keeney to his brother Salmon Keeney
      Text: LETTER August 19, 1841 from Asahel Keeney to his brother Salmon Keeney:
      Addressed: "Northflat August 19 Free
      Mr Salmon Keeny PM
      Erie Michigan"
      "Dear Brother yurs 25 was recived August 13 found us all well and and all the families of Keeney except Seth L himself he has ben sick all the spring but is geting up agane but is very imprudent he lives in Skinners eady and tends the ferry and manages his farme but very bad he had a man on the farm but he is a great brue a will mak him great trouble he has rented his house and store house to a company that have put up a stum mill ner Bemons pond I shal now tell you of Mother when I recived your leter I took the same and went to see the old Lady and shoed the letter and if u cold have seen with what eagerness sh __oked at it to, as she said to her from her Long lost __ild if your hart is not steel and you fellings brass your hear would met as mine did. she sas sh feels as though she had five chidren berried in Mn, and dose think that some of them migh come and se hur once as she cant stay long in this world she thinks hard of all of you she has not reseeved a letter from on of the family in more than a year cxept Aurilly she says she cant wright but she can pay th postage of evry letter hur c______ will wright but she cant haave the privalidge I think she cant stay with us long tell Georg thal Mother, says she thinks he might sen a letter to hur onec in to years she cant think of being so neglected any longer.
      James Sterling lef this place about the fifteent of July tod m he should see you in 6 or 8 days that he should go on the north part of the Michigan Lake fishing and should not return til late in the fall I thin he ont get rich I have not got the apointment of P.M yet and dont and ont care much about it only to bother Sam Sturdevant he turned 4 whig to get the apointment he cant get the sinors in windham he has sent up Lacy stret and mad six last week I sent 56 good mens names on my petition and if I war so minded could get it 100 more but it ant worth the trouble the whigs offer it to me if I will join their party but I tak it as an insult
      Oats have come in very poor and hay worse it never was as hot and dry sinc my rememba_rd corn rolled up and looked as tho a frost had struck it but we had a most glorious rane and saved it an the buckwheat but it is all most as bad agane but the clouds ar over cas an I hope for wet the most of the men and women and children for the last month past have ben after whertleborough one thousand have encamped on the hill in a night an_ and would pick from om to 3 boushel a day but but the fun is over and now the blackberys take it my three oldest children went oyt yesterday after noon an picked each a palefull an found a be tree my bes has not done much this season it ha bin to dry but they have done better than my nabers no complaint
      I have got fore good cows and ten hog to my ____ 8 sheep an that is as much as my small farm can support and suport my family we have 7 healthy children 4 sons 3 daugters I have had the rheumatism very bad this summer but have got along with my work as well as my neighbors if I could get any thing for my place and I could if Set would shet his head I would se you this fall with 1500 in my pocket but as Seth allways was so he is now he is afraid I shal get some whare where I can gane in the world and tha would hurt the feelings of the whole family I suppose if I may judge from actions I tol Seth wha you saed and he said he wood wright that day I soupose you will heer from him befor you do from me as he started his on that side.
      we fear that James Serling and Bill Keeton[Keelor?] and daughter ware burnt on the scemes[?] we have nothing[?] so as to get it right yet but they myst have ben on one or the other of thim boats his wif wa in great con surn about it I want to heer all about it. the post will be heer in a few momants an I must close buy saing pleese to wright when you can but above all wright to Mother she sends hur love to all. acept ours to so fair goodby - if you can red this you will do well I hant wrighten so mych at a time in five[?] years.
      Asahel Keeney
      S. Keeney"
      [from REK - Notes on above letter: I have tried to type this letter as literally as I could read it. I date this letter in the year 1841. Alonzo, the fourth son, was born in late 1840 (he had not reached his 21st birthday when he mustered into the Union Army on September 9, 1861), meaning that he had not yet been born on August 19, 1840, and Permelia, the third daughter, in 1839. The address side of the letter has only "August 19" on it. In a letter dated November 1, 1841, brother Seth Lee Keeney mentions that he had resigned as the Postmaster at North Flat, where Asahel lived. In a letter dated June 4, 1842, Asahel mentions that Sam Sturdevant was Postmaster at North Flat, whereas he is still seeking that office in the above letter.
      Also, the line where Asahel mentions "five children berried in Mn" refers to the five living in Michigan. Since George spent only two years in Michigan, 1840 & 1841 (see letter from Ann Dolbeer Keeney dated January 23, 1842), this letter must fit within those two years, since only four lived there at any other time. The only August 19 that fits is the one in 1841.
      Asahel mentioned wishing to sell his farm and being thwarted by Seth. He apparently did not understand how his father had tied up the ownership of the farm so that he could NOT sell it.]
    6. Title: LETTER October 18, 1841, from Seth Lee Keeney to his brother Salmon Keeney
      Abbrev: LETTER October 18, 1841, from Seth Lee Keeney to his brother Salmon Keeney
      Text: LETTER October 18, 1841, from Seth Lee Keeney to his brother Salmon Keeney:
      Addressed: "Skinner's Eddy free
      Oct 18 /41
      Salmon Keeney Esq.
      Post Master Erie Monroe Co Mich"
      "My Dear Brother Salmon
      If I thought you would accept any thing I could write as an apollogy for my neglect in not writing I would say something to try to take off the Curse
      When I recd your last letter I with my wife were on the Canall. I was scarce able to atend to my Books my Famille were at N Flat all sick with the Scarlet Fever & was working 30 men and 12 Horses, had all my provision to buy and weigh sell in small parsels to feed 8 families, my Books to keep hands to settle with & Tools to keep in repair which you may think would keep a sick man busy we took care of the three sickes at the Shanty where we was handy to a Doctor and contray to our exspectations we saved them, I finished my work in May, one day before our miserable whig Legislator stopped the State Improvments Our Canall is about 2/3 finished from Tiogapourt to Lackawana and stopped, but we have now a prospect of having the work go on as we will have a democratic Legislator as well as Govoner; we have used up the Whigs the worst way, I cleared little more that $2000. the Eigh months I was on the Canall We made certain (we thought) calculations of visiting you this fall but my sickness prevented us I have been a mere Skeleton but am now well and some what fleshy Our familee Injoy good health Mothers health is good, I think she Injoys hur self, she ofter visits me apears chearful and Happy I have a good carage and we ofter send for hur and take hur to visit hur Children and friends. Brother Charles and Simon are doing well are fine respectable men; Asahel & SL BAD BAD Asahels Harvest was 1/2 Acre wheat had six Bushels, had 1/4 Acre corn, and will have about 10 or 15 Bushels of Potatoes If he gits time to Dig them; will have some Buckwheat he let out the ground on Shares, he has sold most of his pine timber say $500. in two years without paying his debts, or once Clothing his Girls so as to go decently to Church he has Eat it up; he never has Clothes fit to wear. He has a first rate Rifle and Schuyler can beat all the boys shooting. His Children are Bright and Active but dont go to school or Meeting. Dare not say much SL but he wares a good Coat rides a good Horse and his Children go to Church & School, with Heads up and no rags but their Daddy dont like Constant hard work vary well. My Boys are Industrious & Intelligent they are all readers and seem anxious to know what is doing in the world I mooved to Skinners Eddy to give them a better chance, untill the Canall is finished
      I shall atend a Canall letting the 21 and try for work on the repairs my Chance is good and have the help of strong friends the work is Heavy is on the Lackywana in this County, will write If I git work. We Have only Eight Children and our Baby is 2 1/2 years Old. he is a Rowser
      A few weeks since I saw Amos Hubert [Hurlburt] at Standing Stone, he asked me to carry some articles he had bot for his Grandmother, also some Cash, in taking out the articles at Sams, I found the inclosed line amd as it was the last that Mrs Gordon wrote before hur death I thought Sister Mary would value it I exspect she fared hard with that Sam HOG Amos was kind to hur hur only friend - but Sams people did not send him word of hur Death
      John Gordon died about 3 weeks before hur
      I hope you will not fail to ancer this scrall and believe me as ever Your affectionate Brother
      Seth L K
      Our love to all
      Wm Coley People are well doing about as they always did
      Oct 18, 1841"
      [NOTE by REK; Seth's brother Salmon's wife was Mary Gordon, so the two paragraphs "A few weeks..." and "John Gordon..." refer to her family.]
    7. Title: LETTER November 1, 1841, from Seth Lee Keeney to his sister Amy Keeney Hall
      Abbrev: LETTER November 1, 1841, from Seth Lee Keeney to his sister Amy Keeney Hall
      Text: LETTER November 1, 1841, from Seth Lee Keeney to his sister Amy Keeney Hall:
      Addressed: "Skinner's Eddy Pa f. S L. Keeney PM
      Nov 1 of North Flat Pa
      Mr. George Hall free
      Erie, Monroe Co Mich"
      "Skinners Eddy Nov 1, 1841
      My Dear Sister Amy
      By this note you will learn That your Aged Mother Brothers and sisters are still alive and injoying health. I considder Mother smart for a woman of hur age and likely to live for years to come. She lives in a house alone with the exception of Phebe Wilson, Lora second daughter who does hur work. Phebe quit hur husband to keep from starving. Sister Laura injoys Tollerable health and I think they are doing rather better than formerly their oldest son is a fine young man and doing well. Brs Charles & Simon are doing well Br. Asahel is a good hunter, Clever Laz fellow I have been unfortunate have bee nearly ruined by a scoundrell who gambled away my Money. but still try to hold up my head. I cleared some $2000. last year on the Canall which will do something toward paying my debts. we have Eight Children five Boys and three Girls, all helthy. I had Bad health last winter and summer but am now well we callculated to have visited you this fall but my health prevented If I live untill another fall I will be sure to visit Mich
      You wish to know in regard to Fathers Estate I know of nothing during Mothers life that can be got for any of the Children. I advanced $100 when she was here three years since and have not yet recd all my pay, their will something considerable at the final division of the Estate to each of the Children but nothing can be done during Mothers life time. I heartily wish I was able to help you but am not.
      I answerd your letter written some three years since at the time and a few weeks since I found it among my Old letters though mistake was laid aside and not mailed I hope you will write me often and I will answer them Direct your letters to Skinners Eddy, as I now live there and have resigned the Post Office at North Flat this well be the last letter I shall be able to send or receve free of Postage Rember us kindly to to Br George and Children
      Your affectionate Brother
      Seth L Keeney"
    8. Title: LETTER 1842 Asahel Keeney & his brother George Lane Keeney
      Abbrev: LETTER 1842 Asahel Keeney & his brother George Lane Keeney
      Text: Letter June 4, 1842 from Asahel Keeney to his brother George Lane Keeney:
      Addressed: "Skinners Eddy Pa 12 1/2 [cents postage]
      June 7
      George L Keeney M.D.
      Perry Wyoming Co N.Y."
      Second Address: "Salmon Keeney P.[ost] Master
      Erie, Monroe Co. Michigan"
      "Windham June 4 1842
      Brother george I have jus returned from mothers found she was rejoicing in the letter she had jest received from hur long lost baby she is verry unwel and has ben for the week past and she fales verry fast I wish she was at your house sh would not have so much troubl as she dose now she has the same old troubls and Phebe [Wilson, Asahel's niece] with it and she is trouble enough she is a poor hurt broken thing pevish and fretful and makes more steps than she savs and for ever on the whine she has no bill from that drunken curse unles the Lord has gave hur one, we are in hopse that he was on that boat that bloed up jes below Pitsburg a short time ago the name was among the rest, she has three children, one son lives lm[?] Chuluc* and two at William Coleys [Asahel's brother-in-law] he has a hard row and a large family but Robert [Cooley, William's son] hlps them verry much and the other boys have got it so as to help too, all well
      SLK [Seth Lee, Asahel's brother] has 8 children and are all well. Horrace [Seth's brother in law] livs with them they live over in the Eddy, keeps the Ferry and works the farm to and is Counstable of Braintrim and what is best of all he belongs to the Tetotal society.
      SZK [Simon Zelatus, Asahel's brother] has 7 children 3 boys 4 girls all well.
      CK [Charles, Asahel's brother] has 2 sons and to girls, his Peggy [Charles' wife] has the Consumption with out a dought dose hur one work part of the time
      James Ch [Chubbuck, Asahel's widowed brother-in-law] has one by his last wife and are all well.
      as for m family and it is not worth whil to mention them, for my friends abroad take but little trouble to find out, and sence you have ben away I never have received but one line from you, and that by privet convayance, as thow th poor curse wood starve[?] if you should mak me spend a se[cent?] brother George L you if cant spnd time and car less d wright but if you ha both on hand pleas wright I have the change to pay for all you pleas to send (read this or not I have now on hand 4 helthy boys and three girls the too youngest ar not healthy an I fear they never will be Tampson [Tamson, Asahel's 2nd daughter] goes to skool as much as she can for the sick hedak [head-ache?] Pamela [Permelia, Asahel's 3rd daughter] runs up spindling but all ways sick But A___zo [Alonzo, Asahel's 4th son] is th greatest scamp that ever lved he cant be drove out of mischief for you drive him in to it if you turn him of doors he takes a stick and kils the turky or ducks his hair is as curly mine ever was and he is more trouble than any to of the others ever was in health)
      Old Champain has ben dead a year last Febrary died as he lived nobodd left nobodd cared where he has gone to and how he faires noboddy noes nor nobody cares
      Horatio N Champain did last August a miserable wretch
      Dr Robinson Fall a most depraved drunken rek
      Un Sam Sturdevant [Asahel's mother's brother] lives yet hated by all
      Eliga S [Elijah Sturdevant, Asahel's mother's half-brother] has ben getting rich to the astonishment of all, great horses and carages he kept on hand went in broad cloth skooled his chldren from home preeched and prayed but the story is told and he will smell it, the cat is out of the bag he has collected about three or fore thousand dollars of Walter Greens money and has spnt it we expect at all events he will have to doe up now farm or no farm had it not bin for Greens mony Elisha [Sturdevant, Elijah's twin brother] would have ben on the town he has no friends on earth he is a hog with out brussles
      Daniel Hicks is crazy and when I look back to days gon by I allmost wish I could have them over a gane but let all go the Lord seems doing it up purty fast.
      Daniel Frost [brother-in-law of Lucretia, Asahel's wife] died in Birkshire Ohio this spring
      John Frost and family are well
      H W Northrop is at Meshoping all dried up saucy as a crow and as wild done up and bursted
      Hunt an Englishman keeps the Post office, Charles Sturdevant keeps at the Eady D Lam [Lum?] keeps at Braintrim Tom Parker keps at the Office Lacyvill up at the little Tuskerora Sam T Sturdevant [Asahel's cousin] keeps the north flat office he joined the whigs and agreed to tak all the family and so he did and so we are rid of the snotty an no soled set.
      Mercy Green has got mared to old Taylor Gregory he has children as old as she is the Green family are all mred but Job
      uncl John [Sturdevant] is well off
      Chancy Gaylord is dead Old Ambrose is quite smart....
      My family has ben very Large this winter we have had two borders all this time since last November from Mss [Massachusetts?] they have rented S L [Seth Lee] store and keep a great asortment of all kinds Goods no liqor they ar both young and smart and very agreeable Benjamins is ther names they ar in company with the stum mill tha is now in oppa____on nere Bemans pond. thas all on this side
      The times ar hard as our Scoo dames name an thats Stone and the lumbermen hav not got back they cant sell bords of good quality, are seling at 8 dollars a thousan but a drug at that and the money stinks in theer pocket tis so bad
      Grane is lo Wheat $100 [probably $1.] ry and corn from 50, 60 sent oats 37 1/2 Buckwheet 37 Butter 10 cts Pork by the Barel from 12 to 14 Potatoes 10 cts a bushel..
      now what shal I wright next The Scarlet fever is very bad now around us now the winter plague they call it has has thined the people of on Towonday Creek an[?] This county is divided and we lve in wyoming now I hav not time to go on so fare well
      Pleese direct to the Lady
      Asahel Keeney"
      [Brother George now writes a letter on the same paper to brother Salmon]
      "Perry Sunday 12 June
      Br Salmon I have recd a letter from Br Asahel and rather than try my DISCRIPTIVE, I choose to let you have it entire - it contains about the same answers to my enquiries as that from Phebes [Wilson, George's niece] of the same date. A little ________ ORIGINALITY, but judge for yourself. I wish Phebe [Keeney, George's niece] __ or some one of you would get a paper that I left at Halls . ("Monroe Advocate") which contains a piece that applies to (Williams) and cousin Aurelia Hall). you may cut out the piece and send it - or the whole paper.
      I wrote you a letter last mail as I have a number since I have recd any from you.
      So I have nothing of any interest to say. We have very cold "wedder" A heavy rain has fallen gardens are very backward. I think we shall have fruit plenty OCEANS of plums
      If I do not go to Michigan this Fall I may go to Pa. with my folks. - and see Mother once more. She cannot continue long of course. Br. Asahel accounts for the prosperity of Elija & Lisha S. I see. Justice may be done to them for their wicked wys. Old Champion... no comment after Asahel's. he has traced him as fair as any body can. GLK"
      [On address side of letter]
      "I have puzzled over this and made dots - crosses &c so that you will get the ideas I think. I shall write to him. SURE"
      [* "Chuluc" Phebe Cooley Wilson's sister Ann married Nathaniel Chubbuck.]
      [COMMENT by REKinney: Capitalized words denote where George underlined. Since George used parentheses, my comments are bracketed. Same with Asahel's letter.]
    9. Title: LETTER 1842 George Lane Keeney
      Abbrev: LETTER 1842 George Lane Keeney
      Text: Letter October 14, 1842 from Dr. George Lane Keeney to Salmon Keeney:
      "... I have had a letter from Br Seth Oct 5th from which I copy- "My wife has been counting up this evening while I notched a stick, and find we have (9) nine living children, 4 girls and 5 boys"
      "About the 5th Sept. the wind got into a FUDDLE across the river in Jo. Smiths corn, twisted up several acres crossed the river and over this village without harm, at the foot of the mountain it lowered so as to catch the roof of my old shantee (sold and occupied by brick makers) carried the roof and some blankets half way up the mountain, which you know is more than 400 feet almost perpendicular! no trace of it could be found from that to Elisha Sturdevants barn (40 by 50 feet=) it raised the entire roof, and WELL aimed and swift as lightning threw the whole ONTO and AGAINST the house and so great was the force that every earthen dish in the house was broken save one plate and rafters from the barn were driven through the walls of the house It then rose taking the roof of barn, house, waggon house blacksmith shop and all of his out buildings and scattered them to the winds!! Well corded bedsteads were thrown across the house with such force as to break them- peaces of bords and shingles were found 3 miles distant but nothing more was ever heard of the whirlwind!!! loss estimated 600$" (allmost 342$ and interest. GLK) "It then commenced raining and continued 6 days- his wheat must be lost (Now Br Geo. this is TRUE and even WORSE than I have discribed it) now look back!! God HATH GOD WILL AVENGE want any more SPEAK?" (copy) He then announced the death of Sarah G. Wells (uncle Sam Sturdevants daughter) at Fort Madison on the 17 June (Ioa) [Iowa] .O and of Elizabeth, at home (his youngest daughter) on the 17 August- (copy) "As the inmense were leaving our church at Elizabeth Sturdevants funeral I was standing in front waiting for the appearance of my family I saw our dear MOTHER (who never looked better) standing at one end of the porch surrounded by my own family Chas & Simon's with a CROWD of friends who wer almost TRESPASSING on family rights to speak to her-
      At the other end stood the dried up widow Champin- alone and disconsolate- looking in vain for one to speak to her , on foot. and alone, At this moment Charles & Simons carriages drove up drawn by large spans of proud fat horses, managed by stil prouder boys (Abner & Loring) and in a moment they dashed off like furies with Mother in the forward carriage-----
      I turned to look after them just in time to see the mud rain around the head of Mrs Champin as they passed her- I LAUGHED and I CRIED too- (but dont laugh at my weakness for I am sick)" He sais his health is gone. Spiting of blood- night sweats. chill & fever and EVERY kind of disease has attended him some time past most of the summer Dont he write quite a novel letter? He sais C & Simon have each good carriages and Mother visits about- and is as well as when she was at my house- and if it was a little earlyer he would come with her this fall Why did he not think of it sooner--! when I was telling him of it and urgeing it------Bah..."
      "... Robert Coley is married a wife worth $1000.-- (I hope that is not all)..."
    10. Title: BURIAL 1843 Phebe Sturdevant Keeney
      Abbrev: BURIAL 1843 Phebe Sturdevant Keeney
      Text: CEMETERY INSCRIPTION Black Walnut Cemetery, Braintrim Twp., Wyoming Co., PA:
      "Phebe, wife of Joshua Keeney, died March 14, 1843, aged 75 years 6 months and 17 days."
    11. Title: BOOK 1887 Phebe Sturdevant Keeney
      Abbrev: BOOK 1887 Phebe Sturdevant Keeney
      Text: "FAMILY RECORD, ETC., OF THE KEENEY FAMILY" 1887, by A.J.Keeney:
      "She was tall, muscular, possessed of great powers of endurance. She was a helpmate to her husband in a practical sense. She was very domestic and frugal in her habits, of strong mind and will and for the times in which she lived she was a woman of intelligence and culture, ever ready to join hands with her husband in deeds of charity and benevolence. She was loved in life and mourned in death by a large circle of friends and relatives. Her maiden name was Phebe Sturdevant. She was born August 27, 1767. Of her early family history we know but little more than that her father and brothers came from Litchfield, Connecticut, and settled in Black Walnut Bottom soon after our Grandfather and where her father died in 1827 of cancer on the face.
      The physiognomy of the Sturdevants is strongly marked on the face and form of many of the descendants of Joshua and Phebe."
    12. Title: DEEDS 1824-1826 Joshua Keeney
      Abbrev: DEEDS 1824-1826 Joshua Keeney
      Text: DEED 11 June 1824 Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Deed book 23 page 116:
      "Joshua Keeney & wife to Salmon Keeney et al
      This Indenture made the eleventh day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty four Between Joshua Keeney of the Township of Braintrim in the County of Luzerne and State of Pennsylvania & Phebe Keeney wife of the said Joshua Keeney of the first part & of their sons Salmon Keeney, Seth L., Charles, Asahel, Simon Z. and George L. Keeney of the second part witnesseth that the said party of the first part for and in consideration of five thousand dollars to them in hand paid by the said party of the second part the receipt thereof is hereby acknowledged hath granted bargained sold enscossed released and confirmed & by these presents doth bargain sell enscoss release and confirm unto the said party of the second part their heirs and assigns all that tract or parcel of Land situated and being n the Township of Braintrim & County of Luzerne buted and bounded as follows (viz) Beginning at a corner thence by the Susquehanna river North fifty five degrees west fifty nine perches. North forty seven degrees and an half west fifty four perches. North fifty degrees west thirty one perches. North thirty degrees west twenty five perches, and thence by lot No. 57. North twenty degrees East four hundred seventy perches to a corner thence by the Township line South sixty nine degrees East one hundred twenty perches & a half to a corner and thence by No. 10. South Sixteen degrees fifteen minutes west five hundred thirty two perches to the beginning containing four hundred three acres thirty five perches and allowance of six percent & being Lot No. 9 in said Township, being a tract of Land granted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to the said Joshua Keeney by Patent dated the seventh day of March 1811 enrolled in Patent Book H, No. 5, page 470. Together with all and singular the privileges buildings improvements thereunto belonging with the reversions and profits thereof. To have and to hold the same hereby granted premises with all the appurtenances unto the said party of the second part their heirs and assigns forever and the said Joshua Keeney and Phebe Keeney for themselves their heirs & assigns do covenant and agree to warant and forever defend the above described premises to them the said Salmon Keeney, Seth L. Keeney, Charles Keeney, Asahel Keeney, Z. Keeney and George L. Keeney in witness whereof we the said Joshua and Phebe Keeney have hereunto set our hands and seals.
      Joshua Keeney (seal) Phebe Keeney (seal)
      in presence of James Doolittle. Schuyler Fassett.
      Luzerne County. Before me the subscriber one of the Justices of the Peace in and for the County of aforesaid personally came Joshua Keeney & Phebe Keeney signers & sealers of the within Deed and acknowledged the same to be their free act and Deed and the said Phebe being examined apart from her said husband declares that she is under no maner of restraint or fear from her husband but it is her voluntary act. Witness my hand and seal of office this 31st day of July A.D. 1824.
      Henry V. Champion J.P."

      DEED June 12, 1824 Luzerne County, Pennsylvania:
      "Joshua Keeney to Salmon Keeney et al.
      Know all men by these presents that I Josua [sic] Keeney of Braintrim for and in consideration of four thousand dollars to me in hand paid the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge do hereby assign over all my right title & interest to the following tracts of land to my sons Salmon Keeney, Seth L. Keeney, Charles Keeney Asahel Keeney Simon Z. Keeney and George Keeney, to wit lot No. 48 & No. 49 and lot No. 50 also lot No. 55 in Braintrim now Windham township Luzerne County for which I have the Certificates of the Commonwealth and a requst [sic] the patents to issue in their names also all my right title intrest & clam to a certain lot of land which I purchased of the heirs of James Sturdevant it being lot No. 31 in said Braintrim township now Windham also a certain lot known as lot No. 8 in said Braintrim township containing fifteen hundred and five acres & thirty two perches withe the usual allowance of six percent for roads, for all which I have the certificates of the Commonwealth & herewith deliver them to my above named sons for the considerations aforesaid. & I hereby bind my self my heirs & assigns covenant & will forever defend the premises aforesaid from any person claiming the same by from or under me in witness whereof I have here unto set my hand & seal this twelfth day of June A.D. 1824.
      Joshua Keeney [seal]
      In presence of James Doolite, Schuyler Fassett."

      DEED 20 June 1826 Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Deed book 24, page 65:
      "Salmon Keeney et al to Joshua Keeney
      This Indenture made this twentieth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-six. Between Salmon Keeney, Mary Keeney his wife, Seth L. Keeney and Polly his wife, Charles Keeney and Margaret his wife, Asahel Keeney and Lucretia his wife, Simon Z. Keeney and George L. Keeney of the first part and of Joshua Keeney of the second part all of Luzerne County. Witnesseth that the said party of first part for and in consideration of five thousand dollars to them in hand paid by the said Joshua Keeney the receipt whereof we hereby acknowledge Hath granted, bargained, sold, enscossed, released and confirmed and by these presents, doth bargain, sell, release and confirm unto the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns, all that tract or parcel of land situate and being in the Township of Braintrim and County of Luzerne, being lot No. 9 in the said Township, being a lot of land granted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to the said Joshua Keeney by Patent dated the seventh day of March A.D. 1811, enrolled in Patent Book H, No.5-Page 470. Containing four hundred and three acres and thirty-five perches, and allowance of six per-cent & which lot of land was conveyed to the said Party of first part by the said Joshua Keeney and Phebe his wife by deed dated the 11th of June 1824 to which deed strict reference shall be had for boundaries & as in recorded in Deed Book No. 23 page 116 in the office for the Recording of Deeds in the County of Luzerne. Together with all and singular the privileges, buildings, improvements theron and thereunto belonging with the reversions and profits thereof to have and to hold the same hereby granted privileges and premises with all the appurtenances unto the said party of second part his heirs and assigns forever. And the said party of first part for themselves their heirs and assigns do covenant and agree to warrant and forever defend the above named premises from any person claiming the same by from and under us to the said Joshua Keeney in witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this twentieth day of June A.D. 1826.
      Signed sealed and delivered in presence of Asa Stevens - Silas S. Taylor
      Salmon Keeney (seal) Mary Keeney (seal)
      Seth L. Keeney (seal) Polly Keeney (seal)
      Charles Keeney (seal) Margaret Keeney (seal)
      Asahel Keeney (seal) Lucretia Keeney (seal)
      Simon Z. Keeney (seal) George L. Keeney (seal)
      Luzerne County
      Before me the subscriber one of the Justices of the Peace in and for the said County aforesaid personally came all the signers and sealers of the above Deed and acknowledged the same to be their free act and deed and the said Mary, Polly, Margaret and Lucretia were severally examined in the absence of their husbands and the contents of the said deed being fully made known to them, do all declare, that they in no manner of fear or under no restraint from their said husbands but the signing and sealing of the above instrument of writing is their free voluntary act and deed. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand seal of office at (Windham) this 12th day of August, 1826.
      Asa Stevens J.P. (seal)."

      DEED August 12, 1826, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania:
      "Salmon Keeney et al. to Joshua Keeney
      Know all men by these presents that we Salmon Keeney, Seth L. Keeney, Charles Keeney, Asahel Keeney, Simon Z. Keeney, and George L. Keeney for and in consideration of the sum of four thousand dollars to us in hand paid by Joshua Keeney the receipt whereof we do hereby acknowledge do hereby assign over all our right, title and interest to the following tracts of land to the said Joshua Keeney to wit Lot No 48 & No 49, Lot No. 50 and Lot No 55 in Braintrim now Windham Township Luzerne County, also all our right title, interest and claim which we have to a certain lot of land which the said Joshua Keeney Bot [sic] of the heirs of James Sturdevant it being lot No. 31 in said Braintrim for which we have an assignment of the certificate of the Commonwealth from Joshua Keeney dated twelth of June 1824 and recorded in Deed Book No. 23, Page 119 in the office for recording deeds in Luzerne County, also a lot of land situate in Braintrim township and known as lot No 8 in said Township in all containing fifteen hundred and five acres, thirty-two perches with the usual allowance of six percent for roads &c in as full and complete a manner as it was assigned to us. by the above named assignment Strict and exact references being had therunto and do here authorize him to take patents in his own name for all the above named lands as tho it had never been assigned to us and we hereby bind ourselves to warrant and will forever defend the premises from any person claiming the same by, from or under us, in witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this 12th August A.D. 1826.
      Salmon Keeney Seth L. Keeney Charles Keeney
      Asahel Keeney Simon Z. Keeney George L. Keeney
      In presence of Asa Stevens. Silas S. Taylor of Luzerne County"
    13. Title: MARRIAGE 1790 Keeney - Sturdevant
      Abbrev: MARRIAGE 1790 Keeney - Sturdevant
      Text: MARRIAGE RECORD Washington, Litchfield County, Connecticut:
      (found in book "Early Connecticut Marriages etc." 1902 Rev. F.W. Bailey) v.5 p.75:
      "Congregational Church
      Joshua Keeney of Susquehannah & Phebe Sturtevant, Feb. 14, 1790"

      LETTER Ruby Keeney Watkins to A.Jackson Keeney:
      "Black Walnut, Penn Feb 24th 1881
      Dear Cousin Jackson, ...Mark Keeney with his sons or two of them, Richard and Joshua emigrated from Litchfield Conn. I think in the year of 1786. in 1788 or 89 Joshua settled in Black Walnut in 1789 he returned to Conn. In Feb 1790 he married Phebe Sturdevant and returned to Black Walnut with his bride - out in the wilderness. only think of it! I am glad I did not live in those primitive times...."
    14. Title: CENSUS 1800 Joshua Keeney family
      Abbrev: CENSUS 1800 Joshua Keeney family
      Text: CENSUS 1800 Pennsylvania, Luzern County, Braintrim Township p.204-205:
      Joshua Kinney
      3 males -10 years (Salmon, Seth L. & Charles)
      1 male 26-44 years (Joshua)
      3 females -10 years (Laura, Amy, & Betsey)
      1 female 26-44 years (Phebe Sturdevant Keeney)
    15. Title: FAMILY BIBLE 1807 Joshua Keeney
      Abbrev: FAMILY BIBLE 1807 Joshua Keeney
      Text: FAMILY RECORD of the Keeney Ancestry from Joshua Keeney's Family Bible A.D. 1807
      [This Bible was in the hands of Ruby Keeney Watkins in the 1880's, and the information is in her handwriting with a letter she wrote to her cousin Andrew Jackson Keeney.]
      Births Births
      John Keeney was born June th 1712
      Mark Keeney (his son) was born May 1st 1740
      Abigail Keeney (his wife) was born April 26th 1739
      Richard Keeney (their son) was born June 17th 1762
      Frelove Keeney was born January 20th 1764
      Joshua Keeney was born March 29th 1766
      Jeremiah Keeney was born March 13 1768
      Rachel Keeney was born March 28th 1770
      Thomas Keeney was born April 9th 1772
      Solomon Keeney was born March 13th 1777
      Anna and Benojah who died. births unknown
      Anna the eldest of Mark Keeney's family Benojah the 9th

      Joshua Keeney was born March 29th 1766
      Phebe (his wife) was born August 27th 1767
      Laura (their daughter) was born March 30th 1791
      Amy was born August 9th 1792
      Salmon was born July 23rd 1794
      Betsey was born April 6th 1796
      Seth Lee was born March 17th 1798
      Charles was born February 28th 1800
      Asahel was born February 5th 1802
      Simon Zelotus was born June 6th 1804
      (Twins) Aurelia and Permelia was born March 1st 1807
      George Lain was born May 22nd 1809

      Deaths
      Abigal Keeney (Died) July 17th A.D. 1804
      Mark Keeney (Died) October 7th 1804
      Anna their daughter died May 7th 1774
      Benojah their son died September 31th 1774
      Richard Keeney (Died) July 11th 1831
      Frelove Crandell (Died) Feb 28th 1836
      Rachel Crandell (Died) March 4th 1839
      Joshua Keeney Died April 6th 1837 aged 71 years
      Pamelia K. Chubbuck Died November 6th 1837
      Phebe (wife of Joshua Keeney) Died March 14th 1843 aged 75 years
      Aurelia K. Smith (Died) March 26th 1843 (aged 36)
      Salmon Keeney (Died) March 9th 1847
      Seth L. Keeney (Died) June 12th 1849
      Charles Keeney (Died) January 16th 1866
      Betsey Grant (Died) January 10th 1867
      George L. Keeney (Died) December 31st 1869
      Laura Cooley (Died) June 30th 1873
      Asahel Keeney (Died) July 21st 1876
      Amy Hall Died August 27th 1876

      Joshua Keeney's Family Marriage Record
      Joshua Keeney and Phebe Sturdevant was married November 8th A.D. 1790
      [November above crossed out] February [written in]
      (corrected at Lacyville Pa, 1969)
      Laura was married Nov 8th 1806 Wm Cooley
      Amy " " March 26th 1810 Geo Hall
      Betsey " " August 4th 1811 Loring Grant
      Salmon " " March 8th 1812 Mary Gordon
      Seth L " " July " " 1821 Polly Wall
      Charles " " Dec 7th 1825 Margaret Overfield
      Asahel " " " 22nd 1825 Miss Fasset
      Simon Z " " " 1st 1827 Robinson"
      [NOTE: above names of spouses in different handwriting, not Ruby's.]
    16. Title: CENSUS 1810 Joshua Keeney family
      Abbrev: CENSUS 1810 Joshua Keeney family
      Text: CENSUS OF 1810 Pennsylvania, Luzern County, Braintrim Township:
      "Keeney,Joshua
      4 males under 10 years (Asahel, Simon Zealotus, unknown, & George Lane),
      2 males 10-16 (Seth Lee & Charles),
      1 male 16-26 (Salmon),
      1 male 26-45 (Joshua),
      2 females under 10 years (Aurelia & Pamelia),
      1 female 10-16 (Betsey),
      1 female 16-26 (Amy),
      1 female 26-45( Phebe)"
    17. Title: CENSUS 1820 Joshua Keeney family
      Abbrev: CENSUS 1820 Joshua Keeney family
      Text: CENSUS OF 1820 Braintrim, Luzern County, Penna. page 458:
      "Keeney, Joshua
      2 males 10-16 (Simon & George),
      2 males 16-18 (Asahel & unknown),
      1 male over 45 (Joshua),
      2 females 10-16 (Aurelia & Pamelia),
      1 female 16-26 (unknown),
      1 female over 45 (Phebe)"
    18. Title: CENSUS 1830 Joshua Keeney family
      Abbrev: CENSUS 1830 Joshua Keeney family
      Text: CENSUS OF 1830 Braintrim, Luzern County, Penna. page 303:
      "Keeney,Joshua
      1 male under 5 (Loring, son of Simon Z.?),
      1 male 10-15,
      2 males 20-30 (Charles? & Simon Z.?),
      1 male 60-70 (Joshua),
      2 females 20-30 [wives of Charles & Simon?],
      1 female 60-70 (Phebe)"
    19. Title: LETTER 1836 Seth Lee Keeney
      Abbrev: LETTER 1836 Seth Lee Keeney
      Text: LETTER January 27, 1836, from Seth Lee Keeney to his brother Salmon Keeney:
      Addressed: "Salmon Keeney Esqr Post master
      Erie Monroe County Mishigan Territory"
      "Windham January 27, 1836
      Brother Salmon,
      It is so long since I have written or received a letter from you that I am [repair spot in letter] to begin it is like [repair spot in letter] attempt to brake the ice by informing that your friends are all well with the exception of Father, whose health remains about the same. he does not indure as much pain perhaps as when I wrote you last; owing to the Opium he takes dayly to keep off his pains About the time that I should have answered your letter I sudngly concluded to ingage in the mercantile buisness started for Philidelphia thinking I would write you from there. But there I had to much trouble to even think of Friends - while my goods were a Boxing the Canall froze up and left poor me to waggon my goods home. Some of the heavy articles have not yet arived being stopped by deep snows. Our first deep snow 8th Jany fell abou 3 1/2 feet 24th we had an adition of 1 1/2 ft A pirty Considerable snow for this Country. I have now commenced a buisess which is new to me. how I shall succeed I can not tell I intend to be prudent and cautious, but wish I was in a society of people that have souls. I am however doing a good buisness for this place have all the best costomers bound to give me their undivided support as a merchant. We have had a visit from Mr Grant & Betsey this winter, they think visiting you next summer. I intend to see your place next summer but cannot say certain, my buisness requires all my atention.
      I am now as much dissattisfied with this country as I ever was and am anticipating the day when some FOOL will come & buy my place and let me move off. As for Pennsylvania Polliticks I have but little to say. The Anti masons have got us under for the presant and the Legislator are acting like Children; they are doing little more than to Investigate Masonry; have a committy for that purpose and are trying to compell masons to reveal the Secret. Last news from Harrisburg they were about to imprison Govenor Wolf for modestly refusing to Swear it is ixspected that Judge Scott or General Bowman will be sent for from this County I hope it will be Bowman. I think he would swear for them untill they would be glad to get rid of him. The conduct of the Anties has had a good afect on the democracy of Pennsylvania. It has effectually united our party and will be the cause of the state going for Vanburen. Brother George we hear was married Jany 1st. The poor boy has had a Bunch of trouble about Wife
      I think Father will likely stand a year longer although I should not be surprised if he did not live a week. he has not been at my house in about a year Mothers heart is better than we could exspect
      I hope you will answer this as soon as it comes to hand, and after this I will answer all your letters without delay
      Mrs Keeney wishes to be remeberd kindly to yourself Wife and familee, write soon
      Fare well
      S Keeney Seth L Keeney
      PS I shall want the money you owe me next spring hope it will be convenient for you to pay it"
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