Greetings!   Welcome to my webpage about the KEITH surname. I am related to the Keith family via my biological father, David Ronald "Ronnie" Keith, Sr. His parents were David Madison Keith and Maudie Jane McCall. At the age of two days, I was adopted out of the family by Donald Willard Ackman and Helen Mae Koethe.

Special Thank You's to Larry Keith for his contributions and generosity. He helped get me started in the right direction. WARNING: Do not visit the old "keithclan.com" site. It may contain malware and crash your computer. Source: Laura Keith Phillips, laura AT keithclan DOT net (June 2014)
Extra Special Warmest Thank You's to my 'new' cousins: Mrs. Lisa Tetzlaff, rylaff AT cox DOT net; Mrs. Susan O'Keefe, orion32 AT texas DOT net, Mr. James "Jim" Williams, jamestw AT wfeca DOT net; and Mrs. Charlotte Cochran Archie, Charlotte334111 AT aol DOT com; for their overwhelming generosity and kindness. This is just to name a few of my wonderful 'new' cousins! I couldn't have completed most of this research and answered so many important questions without these unselfish researchers and cousins. My cup truly runneth over. :o)

I also maintain a KEITH Marriages in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina & South Carolina webpage in hopes that this helps others find connections also. If you have a proven Keith marriage in those States that is not listed there, please let me know the full names, date, and place. I will be happy to add that info for others.






William Howard Keith (my great-grandfather) and his 2nd wife Mattie Iola Calhoun Keith
Click photo to view it full size in a new window (448 X 508)
Photo taken in Geneva County, Alabama by unknown person(s)
Photocopy courtesy of Mrs. Charlotte Cochran Archie in Alabama


Cocoa Beach, Brevard County, Florida
24 November 1983
Photo by my husband, Steve

1. Charles Madison Keith, 2. Rodney Price Keith and wife; 3. David Ronald Keith, Sr. (my biological father) and 2nd wife, Jean Couch Keith of Cocoa Beach, FL; 4. Me next to Charles' wife; 5. Mrs. Maudie Jane McCall Keith Tanner (my grandmother) of Brevard County, FL; and 6. John Alex Keith of Houston, TX.


The known progenitor of our KEITH name in the South were William and Martha Ellis Keith of Brunswick County, North Carolina. The name KEITH is originally from the Highlands of Scotland and is many times misspelled as "Kieth, Keeth, Keath, etc.". William Keith left a Last Will & Testament in Brunswick county dated 1810 naming wife Martha and sons, William, James, Jonah and George. The sons later moved to south Georgia and Alabama. Many records appear to have been lost. Probably during the War Of Northern Aggression (Civil War) or other calamaties.

Jonah Keith (my direct lineage) fought in the early Indian Wars and died in 1824 leaving a widow, Mary Elizabeth Hays. She remarried May 11, 1826 in Henry County, GA to Noah Allen and he died between 1850-1860 possibly in Henry County, Alabama. Jonah and Elizabeth Hays Keith had three known children, one of which was my David Hays Keith. David Hays Keith married Martha P. McCorkle or McCorkel of Early County, Georgia. They in turn had five children including my James Madison Keith (b:1844 in Jackson County, Florida) who married a girl named Adna Lea "Adner" Coleman, daughter of William Coleman and Mary Eliza Kennedy. They in turn had my great grandfather, William Howard Keith. He married Celia R. Wise, daughter of James Travis Wise and Celia Vandilla Young. Their only son David Madison Keith was my grandfather. He married Maudie Jane McCall.

08 October 2004 -- I have learned the following info below:
I am a direct descendant of Sir George Keith b: c1646 Scotland d: 16 September 1716, he settled in North Frodingham in the county of Yorkshire, during the reign of King Charles II (ruled 1660-1685). George married Jean Ann Bannerman (she died 18 August 1717).

Their children include George Keith (b:1666 d:1735 my direct lineage), Ellen Keith (b:1668), Mary Keith (b:1670), Elizabeth Keith (b:1672), Robert Keith (b:1699) and Thomas Keith (b:1705) all born in Parish of Fordingham, in the county of Yorkshire, England. George was born at Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven (near Aberdeen), County Kincardineshire, Scotland.

This George Keith (b:1666 d:1735) is said to be the father of my William Keith (b:1710 d:1810). At this time, I do not know the wife of my George Keith. This George Keith's son Benjamin Keith (b:1700) inherited the estate and lands at Parish of Fordingham. Then his son William Keith (b:1732 d:1796) inherited said estate and lands. At William's death the estate and lands were bequeathed to the females because they were "copyhold".

This branch of the Keith family comes from the original Scotch Earls Marischal, through descent from a third son. This explains the crescent which appears at the top of the center gold bar of the shield of the family arms. Otherwise, the crest, motto and arms are identical with those of the Earls Marischal. These Keith were some of the original owners of the Dunnottar Castle in Scotland.


This image is courtesy of Castles.Org.
There is much more history and information at this site.


‘Behind them, screen’d by sheltering wood,
The gallant Keith, Lord Marshal, stood;
His men-at-arms bear mace and lance,
And plumes that wave and helms that glance.


The family, as shown by records in the Parish of Fordingham, in the county of Yorkshire, left Scotland soon after the fall of the Scottish crown and settled in Yorkshire. Of this branch was the famous navigator and tutor of English Royalty whose book "Keith on the Globe" was the standard navigation work of the day, and copies of it are still in circulation in England.

SOURCE: Book - "The Keith Genealogy" by J. Montgomery Seaver (published 1930), pages 27 and 28

SOURCE FOR OTHER INFORMATION: Most of the KEITH information I have is from J. Montgomery Seavers's book, The Keith Genalogy. Check #233 and #236 for William Keith and #229 for James Keith, which seemed to fit what little info I've had on them. Another good source is Larry Keith's book Keith/Keath/Keeth Genealogy at his website: www.keithclan.net. Then, of course, there's the generous and wonderful folks at the Rootsweb WorldConnect Project and Ancestry.com.


An important note about searching in Alabama, especially the area where my kinfolk migrated to (southeastern Alabama aka "wiregrass" Alabama):
Barbour County became a county in 1832 and is next door to the counties mentioned below. My Coleman family 'started' out in this county (per Barbour Co, AL 1840 and 1850 Census). It was organized from parts of Pike County, Henry County, and Creek Indian Land. Most of the people that settled in Barbour County came from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
Coffee County was established on December 24, 1841 from the western section of Dale County.
Geneva County was established on December 26, 1868 from parts of Dale, Henry and Coffee Counties. The area was settled during 1836 by Henry A. Youge. Mr. Youge was the first Postmaster in the area and he named the county in honor of Geneva, Switzerland.




Some Descendants of William Keith and Martha Ellis

Generation No. 1

1. William Keith, Sr. was born July 08, 1710 in Parish of North Frodingham, County Yorkshire, England, and died Abt. 1810 in Brunswick County, North Carolina USA. He married Martha Ellis on May 13, 1754 in Brompton by Sawdon, County Yorkshire, England; daughter of John Ellis and Mary Ann [--?--]. She was born Bet. 1721-1741 in County Yorkshire, England, and died Bet. 1810-1850 somewhere in the USA

This family removed to the new America's. WILLIAM KEITH apparently landed in Fernandina, Florida (present day Nassau County) near the mouth of the Saint John's River about 1760 with four children:
(1) JAMES KEITH: removed to Alabama; married and had one child. JAMES was killed by Indians.
(2) GEORGE KEITH: went North, probably to Pennsylvania, and no further trace of him can be found.
(3) WILLIAM KEITH: b: 1762-1764, although some authorities think he was born before 1760. He settled in South Carolina, in or near Darlington District; apparently the WILLIAM KEITH of Brunswick County, NC, in 1810-1812. During the Revolutionary War he was Miller boy for Marion, the Swamp Fox, and he ran the mill day and night so continuously that the runner or rocks broke. From there he removed near the Moore's Creek Battle Ground, about 30 miles from Wilmington, North Carolina.
 (a) WILLIAM KEITH: d: unmarried; was a wealthy planter of North Carolina.
 (b) BENJAMIN KEITH: born 1820 or 1821; died 1895 or 1896; had two sons, one of whom was ...
  (1) BENJAMIN FRANKLIN KEITH: married and had five children.
(4) LYDIA KEITH: married [--?--] DARGAIN, of South Carolina. Their fate is still unknown.

SOURCE: "The Keith Genealogy" by J. Montgomery Seaver.

More About William Keith:
Parents: George KEITH b: 1666 in Parish of North Frodingham, County Yorkshire, ENGLAND and [--?--]. This George Keith was the son of Sir George Keith born 23 MAY 1647 in Dunnottar Castle and wife Jean Ann Bannerman.
Probate: 1810, Brunswick County, North Carolina
Will: 1803, Brunswick County, North Carolina; named 4 sons and 4 daughters.

Notes for William Keith:

WILLIAM KEITH and MARTHA ELLIS are my biological paternal 5th great grandparents.

Children of William Keith and Martha Ellis are:
 1 i. William Keith, Jr., born Bet. 1754 - 1759 in Parish of North Frodingham, County Yorkshire, England. He married Sarah Reed October 22, 1804 in Brunswick County, NC.
 2 ii. James Keith, born Abt. 1760 in Parish of North Frodingham, County Yorkshire, England; d: 1817 one mile south of Franklin and south of Fort Gaines in Alabama; killed by Indians.
+3  iii. Jonah Keith, born Bet. 1761 - 1784 in Brunswick County, NC; died 1824 probably in Georgia.  **Direct Lineage**
 4 iv. George Keith, born Bet. 1760 - 1810 in Brunswick County, NC.
 5  v.  Ferraby (Feriby) Keith (female), born Brunswick County, NC.
 6  vi.  Lucy Keith, born Brunswick County, NC married William Keaton.
 7  vii.  Margaret Keith, born Brunswick County, NC.
 8  viii.  Isabella Keith, born Brunswick County, NC.


Generation No. 2

3. Jonah Keith  (William1) was born Bet. 1761 - 1784 in NC, and died 1824 possibly in NC or GA. He married Mary Elizabeth Hays, daughter of Gilbert Hayes and [--?--], born 1790 in South Carolina, and died 1870 in Kirkland, Henry County, Alabama.

Notes for Jonah Keith:

JONAH KEITH and MARY ELIZABETH HAYS are my biological paternal 4th great grandparents.

More About Jonah Keith:
It is known that Jonah Keith was the third son of William and Martha Keith.

More About Mary Elizabeth Hays:
Census: 1870, Henry County, AL Federal Census; Household #34
Note 1: 1870, Living with George & Martha Newton and family. Amoung their many children listed was a son "Noah Newton", age 2 years, born Alabama.
Note 2: Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Hayes Keith 2nd married Noah Allen (b:c1780 Brunswick Co, NC d:Bet.1850-1860 Henry Co, AL) on 11 MAY 1826 in Henry County, Alabama.

Children of Jonah Keith and Mary Elizabeth Hays are:
+6  i. David Hays Keith, born 1815 in NC; died 1860 in Geneva County, AL.   **Direct Lineage**
+7 ii. Elizabeth Keith, born 1818 in GA; died 2 JUN 1879 in Milton, Holmes County, FL.


Generation No. 3

6. David Hayes Keith  (Jonah2, William1) was born 1815 in NC, and died 1860 in Geneva County, AL. He married Martha P. McCorkle October 27, 1836 in Early County, GA. She was born January 15, 1819 in Early County, GA, and died October 06, 1892 in Geneva County, AL.

Notes for David H. Keith:

DAVID HAYS KEITH and MARTHA P. McCORKLE are my biological paternal 3rd great grandparents.

David H. KEITH is listed as a "Merchant" in the 1840 Jackson County, FL Federal Census.
1840 Jackson County, FL Federal Census; Reel M704-36; Page 187
DAVID KEITH
Males: (1) 5-10; (1) 20-30
Females: (1) 10-15; (1) 20-30

His mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Hays Keith Allen, was not living with him in 1840 Jackson Co, FL. She died in Henry County, Alabama. I am still seeking her final resting place. Perhaps it is unmarked and lost to history.

DAVID H. KEITH had jury duty and appears in Book "B" of Geneva County, Alabama.

David H. Keith owned a great deal of land in Holmes County, Florida, as well as the land he owned in Geneva County, Alabama, some of which is along the Choctawhatchee River. Some of the land is at R15W, T5N. He owned the Steamboat "8th of January" which ran the river from the gulf to Geneva. The steamboat was 98 tons and was built in Portsmouth, Ohio in 1846. It originally operated out of Cincinnati. Ohio. The Steamboat sank on the Choctawhatchee Riber at a place now known as the Eighth of January Cutoff, just below January Island, five miles below Cerro Gordo and just north of Caryville.

"Geneva, Alabama - A History":
"Mercantile business in Geneva: David H. Keith resided here his lifetime, died early in 1860. He left Jim, Jonah, and Tom, three boys, one daughter and a wife. Mr. Jonah Keith is still in Geneva in the mercantile business. He is at present a Representative of Geneva County in the Legislature."

Having an overbearing Federal gangster government is nothing new! The Daily Alabama Journal has several articles about Coffee county being represented in the state convention concerning succession from the Union. They are dated 1850/1851, nearly ten years before the War of Northern Aggression. Last article entitled "Union Meeting in Coffee", elects five men to review the delegates to be sent to the convention that will represent Coffee County, AL, and my David H. Keith was one of them. (Daily Alabama Journal, April 21, 1851, page 2). Thought this was so cool.

More About Martha P. McCorkle:
Burial: Geneva City Cemetery, Geneva, Geneva County, Alabama

Children of David Hayes Keith and Martha P. McCorkle are:
+8  i. William Jonah Keith, Sr., born 26 Oct 1841 in Jackson County, FL; died 23 Mar 1904 in Geneva, Old Town, Geneva County, AL.
+9 ii. James Madison Keith, born 1844 in Jackson County, FL; died Bet. 1885-1900 in Geneva County, AL.  **Direct Lineage**
iii. Mary Elizabeth Jane Keith, born 1849 Geneva, Old Town, Geneva County, AL; died 1851 in Geneva County, AL. Burial: Geneva City Cemetery, Geneva, Geneva County, Alabama.
iv. Martha Callie Keith, born 1854 in Coffee County, AL; died 6 MAR 1934 in USA.
v.  Thomas B. Jonah Keith, born 1856 in Coffee County, AL; died 1880 in Geneva County, AL. Occupation: Merchant.

7. Elizabeth Keith  (Jonah2, William1) was born 1818 in GA; died June 07, 1879 in Milton, Holmes County, FL. She married Reuben Newton September 07, 1832 in Henry County, AL. He was born 1812 in SC; died Bet. 1885-1915 in Milton, Holmes County, FL. Both are buried: Cedar Grove Cemetery (unmarked), Esto, Route 165, Holmes County, Florida.

Children of Elizabeth Keith and Reuben Newton are:
i. David Harley Newton, born 1833 in Henry County, AL; died 1885 in Milton, Holmes County, FL. He married Mary Ann McClung, daughter of Robert C. McClung and Sarah Ann Davis; born 1833 in Upson Co, GA; died Aft. 1880 in Milton, Holmes County, FL. Both are buried: Red Hill Cemetery, Esto, Holmes County, Florida.
ii. Reuben Brack Newton, born 1844 in Henry County, AL; died 1900 in Henry County, AL. Burial: County Line Church Cemetery on Big Creek, Henry County, AL.
iii. Jonah T. Newton, born 1846 in Henry County, AL; died Aft. 1880 in probably Holmes County, FL.
iv. James J. Newton, born 1848 in Henry County, AL; died Bet. 1905 - 1906 in Milton, Holmes County, FL.
v. Martha Jane Newton, born October 04, 1850 in Henry County, AL; died October 29, 1917 in Cooke County, Texas. She married Burman Dottie Burch. Both are buried: New Hope Cemetery, Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas.
vi. Jabez Buckner Newton, born 1855 in Henry County, AL; died 1930 in Milton, Holmes County, FL.


Generation No. 4

8. William Jonah Keith, Sr.  (David H.3, Jonah2, William1) was born 26 Oct 1841 in Jackson County, FL, and died 23 Mar 1904 in Geneva, Old Town, Geneva County, AL. He married (1) Roxy Ann (Roxanne) Jordan Abt. 1858. She was born 07 Feb 1839 in GA, and died 02 Dec 1876 in Geneva, Old Town, Geneva County, AL. He married (2) Julia H. Runyan Abt. 1876 in Geneva County, AL. She was born March 19, 1838 in FL and died September 04, 1930 in Geneva, Old Town, Geneva County, AL.

OBITUARY
GENEVA REAPER, Geneva County, Alabama
April 1, 1904
A Good Citizen Gone
Mr. W. J. Keith Passes to the Great Beyond
No death which has occurred in Geneva for a long time produced so much sorrow as that of Mr. W. J. Keith or "Uncle Jonah" as he is familiarly known, which sad event occurred on the 23d, after a long and painful illness.
Surrounded by his children, wife, and loved ones, he quietly passed to the great beyond. He was 63 years old last October, and all these years, except two had he spent in Geneva. He was the father of nine living children: W. J. Keith, Jr., Mrs. Mary Green, C. R. Keith, T. M. Keith, Mrs. M. C. McKinnon, Mrs. L. E. Cothran, Miss Kate Keith, Mrs. Julia Latimer and John R. Keith.
His first wife, nee Miss Roxey Ann Jordan, preceded him some 28 years ago while his present wife, nee Miss Julia H. Runyan, survives him. "Uncle Jonah" was one of the pioneers of the county and was known far and wide. He possessed many noble traits of character, and many were the deeds of charity that will be placed to his credit. He was an influential and valued citizen and Geneva will miss him.
His remains were laid to rest Thursday morning, followed to their last resting place by nearly our entire citizenship. His casket was literally covered with sweet flowers as tokens of the esteem in which he was held by our people.
The Reaper offers its sincere condolence to his grief stricken children and his loving and devoted wife in their hour of great sorrow.

More About William Jonah Keith, Sr.:
Burial: Geneva City Cemetery, Geneva, Geneva County, Alabama
Census: June 22, 1860, 1860 Old Town, Geneva County, AL Federal Census; Page 37 (785)
Occupation: 1860, Farmer

More About Roxy Ann Jordan:
Burial: Burial: Geneva City Cemetery, Geneva, Geneva County, Alabama
Census: June 22, 1860, Geneva, Old Town, Geneva County, AL Federal Census; Page 37 (785)
Note: Roxy Jordan Keith may have died in, or because of, childbirth.

More About Julia Runyan:
Burial: Geneva City Cemetery, Geneva, Geneva County, Alabama


Children of William Keith and Roxy Jordan are:
i. James D. Keith, born 1859 in Geneva County, AL, died October 1860 in Geneva County, AL. Burial: Geneva City Cemetery, Geneva, Geneva County, Alabama.
ii. William Jonah Keith, Jr., born October 22, 1860 in Geneva County, AL; died April 27, 1941 in Geneva County, AL. He married Novella "Ella" Rogers, February 01, 1885 in Floyd County, Georgia; died December 1925 in Geneva County, AL. There were no living children at home in 1900. I believe they never had any children. Both are buried: Geneva City Cemetery, Geneva, Geneva County, Alabama.
iii. Mary Elizabeth Ophelia Keith, born 06 Apr 1862 in Geneva County, AL, died 26 Aug 1936 Miami, Dade County, FL. She married Edgar Mosley Greene somewhere in AL. He was born 27 Apr 1861 in Pike County, AL and died 28 Jun 1888 in Geneva, Geneva County, AL. Father: John Edgar Mosely Greene Mother: Nancy Brannon  Edgar is buried: Geneva City Cemetery, Geneva, Geneva County, Alabama. They had 3 children: Edgar Mosely Green (1st m. Lottie A.; 2nd m. Elouise Margaret Cuthbert), William Jonah Green (1885-1886), and Blanche Green (m. Lou Perry).
iv. Charles Reuben Keith, Sr., born 1865 in Geneva County, AL. He married Minnie Josephine Slaughter on March 13, 1890 in Geneva County, AL. She was born July 1866 in AL. Father: Henry T. Slaughter Mother: Celestin R. Latimer
v. Thomas M. Keith, born 1866 in Geneva County, AL; died Aft. 1910 possibly in Geneva County, AL.
vi. Martha Callice "Callie" Keith, born 1868 in Geneva County, AL; died January 08, 1956 in Jefferson County, AL. She married (1) Thomas C. Laney Bet. 1881-1885. He was born Abt. 1865 in Perote, Bullock County, AL; died Abt. 1890 in Geneva County, AL. She married (2) Augustus Douglas McKinnon on Jan 1856 in AL; died October 15, 1911 in Geneva County, AL.
vii. Katherine "Katie" Keith, born January 1872 in Geneva, Old Town, Geneva County, AL; died August 15, 1940 in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama. Burial: Forest Hill Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson Co, AL. Never married.
viii. Julia Keith, born June 5, 1874 in Geneva, Old Town, Geneva County, AL; died August 31, 1913 in Geneva County, AL. She married (1) Benjamin A. Latimer Abt. 1893 in AL. He died September 03, 1900 in Geneva County, AL. Julia and Benjamin Latimer had two daughters. She then married (2) Wallace Douglass McKinnon February 02, 1907 in Geneva County, AL; born 1861 in Walton County, FL; died December 03, 1933 in Ferry Pass, Escambia County, Florida. Wallace D. McKinnon murdered Julia in Geneva County, AL. Wallace somehow escaped execution and is buried in Euchee Valley Cemetery, Plot # 583-b, Euchee, Escambia County, Florida. Julia and 1st husband are buried in Geneva City Cemetery, Geneva, Geneva County, Alabama but not together.
ix. John R. "Johnie" Keith, born October 1875 in Geneva, Old Town, Geneva County, AL. Still 'single' and living at home June 7, 1900 (age 25 years). On January 25, 1900 he was elected Town Marshall (per Geneva Citizen Newspaper).

9. James Madison Keith  (David H.3, Jonah2, William1) was born 1844 in Jackson County, FL, and died Bet. January 1885-1900 in Geneva County, AL. He married (1) [--?--] Abt. 1862 in GA, AL or FL ??. She died Bet. 1862 - 1863 in Geneva County, AL. He married (2) Adna Lea "Adner" Coleman, daughter of William James Coleman and Mary Eliza Kennedy, Bet. 1870 - 1872 in Geneva County, AL. She was born October 1844 in AL, and died November 16, 1921 in Samson, Geneva County, AL.

Notes for James Madison Keith:
James Madison Keith and 2nd wife Adna Lea "Adner" Coleman are my 2nd great paternal grandparents.

The part of Alabama they mostly lived in was once part of Coffee County which became Geneva County in December of 1868.

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Geneva County, Alabama
Document No. 4191, Serial Patent No. AL4670_.066, Filed in Montgomery, Alabama
Homestead Proof - Testimony of Claimant
JAMES M. KEITH being called as a witness in his own behalf in support of homestead entry No. 16375, for: West 1/2 of SE Quarter and East 1/2 of SW Quarter, Section 20, Township No 7N, Range No. 16W.

Question 1 - What is your name, written in full and correctly spelled, your age, and post office address?
Answer 1 - James Madison Keith, age -- years, Geneva, Geneva County, Alabama.
Question 2 - Are you a native of the United States, or have you been naturalized?
Answer 2 - I am a native.
Question 3 - When was your house built on the land when did you establish residence therein? (Describe said house and other improvements which you have placed on the land, giving total value thereof.)
Answer 3 - On June 1878. And I established actual residence thereon same date. 1 log dwelling, 1 meat, 1 corn houses, acres cleared, value $150.00.
Question 4 - Of whom does your family consist; and have you and your family resided continuously on the land since first establishing residence thereon? (If unmarried, state the fact.)
Answer 4 - Wife and 7 children. We have resided continuously thereon. (My Note: I wish he had been more specific with the names!!!)
Question 5 - For what period or periods have you been absent from the homestead since making settlement, and for what purpose; and if temporarily absent, did you family reside upon and cultivate the land during such absence?
Answer 5 - No period.
Question 6 - How much of the land have you cultivated and for how many seasons have you raised crops thereon?
Answer 6 - 20 acres, have cultivated it 6 years.
Question 7 - Are there any indications of coal, salines, or minerals of any kind on the land?
Answer 7 - No.
Question 8 - Have you ever made any other homestead entry?
Answer 8 - No.
Question 9 - Have you sold conveyed, or mortgaged any portion of the land; and if so, to whom and for what purpose?
Answer 9 - No.

Signed: James M. Keith

I hereby certify that the foregoing testimony was read to the claimant before being subscribed, and was sworn to before me (in absence of the judge) this 24th day of January, 1885.

Signed: S. F. Latimer, Clerk, Circuit Court Geneva County, Alabama
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James M. Keith's "witnesses in support of the Homestead Entry" were:
Calvin Chapman (knew James KEITH 5 years), Calvin could read and write and signed his name
Jack Hutchison (knew James KEITH 5 years), Jack only made his "X" or mark

More About James M. Keith:
Burial: New Prospect Church Cemetery, Ala. Hwy 19 (off Hwy 52), Marl, Geneva County, AL (assumption, still searching for his final resting place)
Census: 1850, Coffee County, AL Federal Census; House 271
Census: June 12, 1860, Coffee County, Alabama Federal Census; Page 764
Census: 1880, Geneva County, AL Federal Census; Page 632d
Occupation: 1880, Log Hauler
Property: 1885, Land purchase in Geneva County, AL

Notes for Adna Lea Coleman:
Mrs. Adna Coleman KEITH seems to have had trouble remembering where her parents were born. Every Census shows a different state of birth, especially for her father. William James Coleman was born in either "North Carolina", "Georgia" or "Alabama". Since I have found him in three Federal Census' so far, and each time he himself states "born Abt. 1812 in Georgia" I am going with that at the moment. I've since learned that William James Coleman was one of the sons of Daniel Coleman b: Abt. 1785 Cabarrus County, NC and Regina House b: Abt 1787 Cabarrus County, NC (both had German born immigrant parents). I now have a webpage dedicated to My Kuhlmann / Coleman Family.
And Adna Coleman's mother is no longer a mystery! Her mother's name was Mary Eliza Kennedy (Death Certificate had "unknown") but it seems she was born in either "North Carolina" or "Tennessee" (per various Census & the Alabama Death Certificate). In the Federal Census she stated "born South Carolina" in 1850 and "born North Carolina" in 1870 and 1880. For now I have her born in North Carolina, but that is subject to change without notice. :o)

More About Adna Lea Coleman:
Burial: November 17, 1921, New Prospect Church Cemetery, Ala. Hwy 19 (off Hwy 52), Marl, Geneva County, AL
Census: June 7, 1870, Geneva County, AL Federal Census; Township 1; Page 3
Census: 1880, Geneva County, AL Federal Census; Page 632d
Census: June 23, 1900, Beaver Dam, Coffee Springs Post Office, Geneva County, AL Federal Census; ED 76, Supervisors Dist. 3, Precinct 11; Page 17b
Census: April 15, 1910, Marl, Geneva County, AL Federal Census; ED 108; Page 1
Death Certificate: Volume 44, Role 2, Page 21642
Medical: Angina Pictovis(?)
Note: 1900, "Widowed"
Note: 1910, Living with son, Jonah M. (and Dixie) KEITH and family.
Occupation: 1880, Homemaker
Occupation: 1900, Housekeeper
Property: 1896, Land purchase in Geneva County, AL (21E 1N 5)

Child of James Keith and [--?--] is:
 24  i. M. B. Keith, (female) born Abt. 1863 in Coffee (nka Geneva) County, AL. My Note: I am still searching for more info on this individual. M. B. Keith is not living with this family in 1880, so, she might have died or married young? Perhaps she was an "oppsy" and actually the daughter of Adna Lee Coleman?

Children of James Keith and Adna Lea Coleman are:
25   i. Minnie Keith, born July 1872 in Geneva County, AL. She married James Weldon Austin, born September 1866 AL. All were living in Marl, Geneva County, AL in June 1900.
+26 ii. William Howard Keith, born August 08, 1872 in Geneva County, AL; died April 30, 1946 at 1:30 PM in Samson, Route 2, Geneva County, AL.   **Direct Lineage**
 27 iii. Martha A. Keith, born Abt. 1874 in Geneva County, AL.
28  iv. Leona G. Keith, born Abt. 1876 in AL.
+29   v. Thomas D. Keith, born October 1880 in Geneva County, AL; died Aft. 1910.
vi. Jonah M. Keith, born October 1881 in Geneva County, AL; died December 1969 in Levelland, Hockley County, Texas. He married Dixie Gilman, born Abt. 1885 in AL; died April 1979 in Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas. They had 3 children by 1910 in Marl, Geneva County, AL; Bertha, Felix and Ralph R. Keith. These folks all ended up in Texas.
vii. Victoria Keith, born July 1884 in Geneva County, AL; died unknown. She married James F. Wise July 10, 1902 in Geneva County, AL. He was born unknown and died unknown.


Generation No. 5

21. Charles Reuben Keith, Sr.  (William J.4, David H.3, Jonah2, William1) was born 1865 in Geneva County, AL. He married Minnie Josephine Slaughter on March 13, 1890 in Geneva County, AL. She was born July 1866 in AL. They possibly died in Geneva County, AL or DeKalb County, AL.

Census: 1870, Geneva Town, Geneva County, AL Federal Census
Census: June 4, 1900, Geneva Town, Geneva County, AL Federal Census; ED 77, Sup.Dist. 3, Prec. No. 10; Page 7b
Census: 1910, Geneva County, AL Federal Census; Roll 14, Book 2; Page 108; Sheet 4b
Occupation: 1900, Pilot, Steam Vessel
Occupation: 1910, Tax Commissioner

Children of Charles Reuben Keith and Minnie Josephine Slaughter:
i. Roxanne Keith, born December 1890 in Geneva, Geneva County, AL.
ii. Charles Reuben Keith, Jr., born February 1893 in Geneva, Geneva County, AL.
iii.  John H. Keith, born July 1894 in Geneva, Geneva County, AL.


26. William Howard Keith  (James M.4, David H.3, Jonah2, William1) was born August 08, 1872 in Geneva County, AL, and died April 30, 1946 at 1:30 PM at home at Route 2, Samson, Geneva County, AL. He married (1) Celia R. (Acelia) Wise Abt. 1897 in AL, daughter of James Travis Wise and Celia Vandilla Young. She was born March 1874 in AL, and died 1900-1903 in Geneva County, AL. He married (2) Mattie Iola Calhoun Abt. 1903 in AL, daughter of Joseph A. Calhoun and Matilda Mitchum. She was born February 9, 1881 in Coffee County, AL, and died February 17, 1957 in Geneva County Hospital, Geneva County, AL at 1:35 PM but was living at Route 2, Samson, Geneva County, AL.

Notes for William Howard Keith:
William Howard Keith and 1st wife Celia R. Wise are my paternal great-grandparents. William and Celia only had the one child, my grandfather, David Madison Keith. Mrs. Celia Wise Keith died and William remarried to Miss Mattie Iota Calhoun.

More About William Howard Keith:
Burial: May 1, 1946; New Prospect Church Cemetery, Ala. Hwy 19 (off Hwy 52), Marl, Geneva County, AL
Census: June 21, 1900; Geneva County, AL Federal Census; Precinct No. 121, Page 164a
Census: 1910; Marl, Geneva County, AL Federal Census; Precinct 12, Household 40; Sheet 2b
Death Certificate: 1946, State No. 6822, Volume 14
Medical: Paralysis resulting in cerebral hemorage
Military Service: None
Occupation: 1900, Farmer
Occupation: 1910, Farmer
Social Security Number: None


Notes for Celia R. Wise:
Celia Wise's parents had at least nine known children. Her brother, James William A. J. Wise born abt. 1876 Alabama, died 1950 and is buried in, Okaloosa County, FL. It appears a great deal of my Keith and Wise family migrated to the Gulf Coast of Florida after the turn of the last century.

More About Mattie Iola Calhoun:
Age At Death: 76 years, 8 days
Burial: February 19, 1957, New Prospect Church Cemetery, Ala. Hwy 19 (off Hwy 52), Marl, Geneva County, AL
Census: Death Certificate: Volume #6, Roll #6, Certificate # 2649
Funeral Home: Pittman Funeral Home, Geneva, Geneva County, AL
Informant: George KEITH, Geneva County, Alabama
Medical: Acute Sigmoid Diverticultis Obstruction (colon) for 5 days, Arter. Heart Disease for 3 years
Note: 1910, According to Census, Mrs. Mattie KEITH had 4 children, 1 living and they had been married 7 years.
Note: 1957, "Widowed"
Occupation: Homemaker


Child of William Howard Keith and Celia R. Wise is:
+30 i. David Madison Keith, born January 29, 1899 in Samson, Geneva County, AL; died September 23, 1963 in Wuesthoff Memorial Hospital, Rockledge, Brevard County, FL but lived in Merritt Island, Brevard County, FL.  **Direct Lineage**

Child of William Howard Keith and Mattie Iola Calhoun is:
i. Daughter Keith, born 1904-1944 in Geneva County, AL; died Bet. 1904-1944 in Geneva County, AL. Note: Died at 4 years old of measles & pneumonia.
ii. Infant Daughter, born 1904-1944 in Geneva County, AL; died Bet. 1904-1944, twin, died at birth.
iii. Infant Daughter, born 1904-1944 in Geneva County, AL; died Bet. 1904-1944, twin, died at birth.
iv. Infant Daughter, born 1904-1944 in Geneva County, AL; died Bet. 1904-1944, twin, died at birth.
v. Infant Daughter, born 1904-1944 in Geneva County, AL; died Bet. 1904-1944, twin, died at birth.
vi. Howard Allen Keith, born Abt. 1908 in Marl, Geneva County, AL; died unknown.
vii. Fredrick Lee "Fed" Keith, born August 01, 1910 in Geneva County, AL; died August 09, 1955 in Childersburg, Talladega County, AL. He married Dottie Lee Helms, born April 09, 1911 in AL, died February 08, 2001 in Childersburg, Talladega County, AL. Both Buried: Marl Cemetery, Marl, Geneva County, AL. SOURCE: Mrs. Fonda Keith Jones.
viii. William Henry "Bill" Keith, born October 24, 1913 in Geneva County, AL.
ix. Chalmas Lathay "Dick" Keith, born in Geneva County, AL.
x. George Rufus "Chip" Keith, born in Geneva County, AL.
xi. James Luther "Coot" Keith, born in Geneva County, AL.
xii. Leamon "Snooks" Keith, born in Geneva County, AL.

29. Thomas D. Keith  (James M.4, David H.3, Jonah2, William1) was born October 1880 in Geneva County, AL, and died Aft. 1910. He married Lucy A. J. L. Scott, daughter of Bryant Joseph Scott and Francis Catherine Thompson. She was born June 14, 1886, and died April 26, 1946.

Children of Thomas D. Keith and Lucy A. J. L. Scott are:
31 i. Mary E. Y. T. Keith, born Abt. 1904 in Geneva County, AL.
32  ii.  Cora Albena Keith, born September 29, 1907 in Geneva County, AL; died August 1972 in Samson, Geneva County, AL. She married Thomas Vincent Maloy January 02, 1927 in Geneva County, AL, son of Daniel Vincent Maloy and Etta R. Braden. He was born August 21, 1903 in Geneva County, AL and died December 1980 in Kinston, Coffee County, AL but living in Samson, Geneva County, AL.


Generation No. 6

30. David Madison Keith  (William Howard5, James M.4, David H.3, Jonah2, William1) was born January 29, 1899 in Geneva County, AL, and died September 23, 1963 in Wuesthoff Memorial Hospital, Rockledge, Brevard County, FL but lived in Merritt Island, Brevard County, FL. He married Maudie Jane McCall Bet. 1918 - 1920 in Geneva County, AL, daughter of Alexander Young McCall and Emma Elizabeth "Lizzie" Maloy. She was born May 09, 1899 in Geneva County, AL, and died February 25, 1993 in Wuesthoff Memorial Hospital, Rockledge, Brevard County, FL but lived in Cocoa, Brevard County, FL.

Notes for David Madison Keith:
David Madison Keith and Maudie Jane McCall were my biological paternal grandparents.

Obituary (I have a photocopy of this article)
Cocoa Tribune, Cocoa, Brevard County, Florida
Issue date: Wednesday, September 25, 1963
DAVID M. KEITH PASSES AWAY AT LOCAL HOSPITAL
David M. Keith, 64, Route 1, Box 887, Cocoa, passed away Monday in Wuesthoff Memorial Hospital.
Keith had been a resident of the area for 23 years, and was born in Geneva, Alabama. He was a heavy equipment operator in road paving.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Maudie J. Keith of Cocoa: four sons, John A. Keith and Rodney P. Keith of Cocoa, David R. Keith of Merritt Island and Charles M. Keith, U. S. Navy, Norfolk, Virginia.
The remains will be sent to Crestview, Florida, for services and interment there. Wylie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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I have been unable to locate this family anywhere in the 1920 Federal Census yet. I believe they were still in Alabama.

I owe a great deal of credit to much of this information and the location of David Madison KEITH's unmarked grave to my "new" cousin and GenAngel, Lisa Tetzlaff. Thank you Lisa!

More About David Madison Keith:
Address (Facts Pg) 1: 1930, Niceville & Crestview Highway, Niceville, Okaloosa County, FL
Address (Facts Pg) 1: 1955, State Highway 520, Merritt Island, Brevard County, FL
Address (Facts Pg) 2: 1963, Route 1, Box 887 C, Cocoa, Brevard County, FL
Age at Death (Facts Pg): 64 years, 7 months, 25 days
Burial: September 27, 1963, Sunset Cemetery (plain concrete slab in the McCall Section), Valparaiso, Okaloosa County, FL
Census: June 21, 1900, Geneva County, AL Federal Census; Precinct No. 121, Page 164a
Census: 1910, Coffee Springs, Beaver Dam Precinct # 11, Geneva County, AL Federal Census; House 159, 160
Census: 1920, unknown
Census: April 10, 1930, Niceville, Okaloosa County, FL Federal Census; Precinct No. 14, ED 46-16, Lines 79-82; Page 8b
City Directory: 1955, Merritt Island, Brevard County, FL
Death Certificate: State File No. 63-038717; Informant: David Ronald Keith (son)
Funeral Home: Wylie Funeral Home, Cocoa, Brevard County, FL
Medical (Facts Pg): (blocked out by Vital Statistics - unknown)
Military service: Never served
Occupation: 1930, House Carpenter
Occupation: 1963, Heavy Equipment Operator (Road Paving)
Social Security Number: yes (issued in FL) not in SSDI

Notes for Maudie Jane McCall:
Address (Facts Pg) 1: 1930, Niceville & Crestview Highway, Niceville, Okaloosa County, FL
Address (Facts Pg) 2: 1983, 4114 Rayburn Road, Cocoa, Brevard County, FL 32926
Address (Facts Pg) 3: 1993, 4114 Rayburn Road, Cocoa, Brevard County, FL 32926
Age at Death (Facts Pg): 93 years, 9 months, 16 days
Burial: February 1993, Florida Memorial Gardens, 5950 US Highway 1, Rockledge, Brevard County, FL 32955
Census: 1910, Coffee Springs, Beaver Dam Precinct # 11, Geneva County, AL Federal Census; House 159, 160
Census: April 10, 1930, Niceville, Okaloosa County, FL Federal Census; Precinct No. 14, ED 46-16, Lines 79-82; Page 8b
Death Certificate: State File No. 93-021914; Informant: Rodney Keith, 130 Cocoa Place, Cocoa, FL 32922
Education: 3rd Grade
Funeral Home: Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home, 1200 South US #1, Rockledge, Brevard County, FL
Occupation: Self-employed, Restaurant
Social Security Number: yes (issued in FL) Maudie J. Tanner

Children of David Madison Keith and Maudie Jane McCall are:
39 i. John Alex Keith, born October 25, 1919 in Geneva County, AL; died May 27, 1997 in Houston, Harris County, TX. Burial: Florida Memorial Gardens (next to mother), 5950 US Highway 1, Rockledge, Brevard County, FL 32955.
40 ii. Jessie Howard Keith, born Abt. 1920 in Geneva County, AL; died 1942 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. Note: Male and in 1942 was married.
+43   v. David Ronald "Ronnie" Keith, Sr., born Private in FL.   **Direct Lineage**
iv. Rodney Price "Cooter" Keith, born Private in FL.
iii. Charles Madison "Charlie" Keith, born Private in FL.


Generation No. 7

33. David Ronald "Ronnie" Keith, Sr.  (David Madison6, William Howard5, James M.4, David H.3, Jonah2, William1) was born Private in FL. He met Marian Estelle "Mary" McMahan, daughter of George Baxter McMahan and Bessie Estelle Moore. She was born July 05, 1937 in Geneva, Seminole County, FL at 9:00 am, and died June 23, 1980 in an auto accident at 12:38 am on Fla. State Rd 5, 1 mile north of Yulee, Nassau County, FL. He married  (1) Bobbie Jean Jones Bet. 1956 - 1960 Folkston, Camden County, Georgia. She was born unknown. They divorced. He married  (2) Caroline Jean Montgomery Couch 01 Sep 1973 in Brevard County, FL. Divorced December 18, 2000 in Brevard County, FL.

Notes for David Ronald "Ronnie" Keith, Sr.:
DAVID RONALD KEITH, Sr. and MARION ESTELLE McMAHAN are my biological parents. They never married each other.

Notes for Marian Estelle "Mary" McMahan:
Marian Estelle "Mary" McMahan was my birth-mother. Please see my McMahan, Page 2, for more about her and my immediate McMahan family.




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