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Family
Marriage: Children:
  1. George Keen: Birth: 1836 in Chesham, Bucks. Death: 1866

  2. Fred Keen: Birth: 1838. Death: 1838

  3. Jane Keen: Birth: 1840 in Chesham, Bucks. Death: 1869

  4. Charles Keen: Birth: 1843. Death: 1844

  5. Edwin Keen: Birth: 1845. Death: 1849

  6. Mary Ann Keen: Birth: 1846 in Chesham, Bucks. Death: 1888

  7. Sophia Keen: Birth: 1848. Death: 1849

  8. Emily Keen: Birth: 1850 in Chesham, Bucks.

  9. Walter Keen: Birth: ABT 1852 in Chesham, Bucks.

  10. Arthur Keen: Birth: 1853. Death: 1912

  11. Alfred Henry Keen: Birth: 1854. Death: 1871

  12. Aubrey James Keen: Birth: 1855 in Chesham, Bucks. Death: 18 DEC 1927 in 1 Church Lane, Hornsey, Middsx


Sources
1. Title:   British census
2. Title:   1851 Census (taken 30 Mar 1851)
Text:   For all Census returns, a wife shown need not be the natural mother of those children listed. Relationships indicated are with respect to the head of each family.
3. Text:   IGI

Notes
a. Note:   N37874 It would seem that his parents had an earlier son called James (bapt. 1 May 1814 at Chalfont) who presumably died young.
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 Straw plait dealer. Straw plaits were used for making hats.
 See THE BUCKINGHAMSHIRE STRAW PLAIT TRADE IN VICTORIAN ENGLAND by PAMELA L. R. HORN
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 Is he the one who died Jan-Feb-Mar 1891 in Edmonton Registration District, (in which Hornsey is), aged 76? See death certificate.
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 Both he and his wife were of Chesham at time of marriage. He signed, but she put her mark to the register.
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 A Jas Keen married 25 July 1811 Chalfont St Giles to Rebecca Parrot.
 A Rebecca Keen was living in Chalfont St Giles at time of 1851 census. Head of household (so presumably widow), and a Char Woman, with her sons Jacob (b 1817 Seer Green) and Joseph (b 1821 Seer Green), both labourers, and grandson Charles (b 1832 Chalfont) a shepherd. Charles could not be our James’s son Charles, as he was born later. Given their occupations, I think it unlikely this is James’s mother and siblings.
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 A James Keen married Catherine Russell 20 April 1778 Chesham, Bucks. James (b 1816)’s wife’s grandmother was a Russell.
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 A Joseph Keen one year younger tham James, was a shoemaker in Chesham in 1851.
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 In 1841 census James was a Chairmaker, living at Hundridge, Chesham. Is it an unusual change of occupation that he should move from chairmaking to straw plait dealing?
 A Mrs Sprigens age 35 was living, or at least staying, with him. Given the age I can only assume that she was the wife of one of Mary Ann’s brothers.
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 1851 census shows a Charles Keen b abt 1817 at Chalfont, son of Joseph (who also has a much younger son and dau). Lydia is Joseph’s wife (perhaps a later wife?) Joseph is an agricultural labourer as are his sons.
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 In 1861 was living in Luton as a Clerk at Straw Factory
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 In 1871 was living at 17 Hornsey Park Road, London, and was a Coal Agent’s Clerk.
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 1881 census: Clerk
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 1889, at time of son’s marriage, was described as a Gentleman.[S:810 Of Aubrey.]
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 A Thomas Keen senior, weaver, of Hundridge (where James was living in 1841) was buried 23 Feb 1705.
 A Susannah Keen widow of Hundridge was buried 17 Sep 1706.
 (From Chesham Parish Register transcripts, http://dspace.dial.pipex.com/town/terrace/nv93/chartridge/data/webbur.htm)


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