Samuel Keele (1816 - 1897)

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Birthplace: Bedford, Tennessee
Death: Died in Panaca, Lincoln, Nevada
Managed by: Susanna Barnevik
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About Samuel Keele

1843 July 3-5 “At a special conference of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, held at the grove, near the Temple, it was decided that the following elders go on a special mission to the following counties in the state of Illinois.” Samuel Keele to Jefferson, John Keele to Perry. (Times and Seasons, Vol.4, Pg.240.)

1844 January 25 Samuel married to Caroline Walker by Hyrum Smith. (We do not know what happened to Caroline, whether she died in childbirth or what.) A Carolyn M. Keele received her patriarchal blessing 25 October 1845 by John Smith. She was born 21 December 1825 in Randolph County, Indiana, the daughter of John Walker and Susanah. A John Walker, son of Oliver Walker, who marries Susannah Ennis in Randolph County, Indiana can be found on the Oliver Walker blog. I think this Caroline is Samuel's wife.

1844 June 27 Samuel was a body guard to the Prophet Joseph Smith, and an eye-witness when lightning came from heaven and struck the man who attempted to cut off the head of the Prophet after the martyrdom.

1844 October 8 Ordained by Zerah Pulsipher in Nauvoo 1st Quorum Seventies.

1844 November 17 Samuel obtains Patriarchal Blessing Nauvoo, Illinois.

1847 March 27 marriage to Annie Elizabeth Hess Mt. Pisgah, Iowa.

1850 Census Dist 21, Pottawattamie County, Iowa- Samuel Keele 33, Ann 21, and Jacob 1 born Iowa.

1852 June 15 Departure Henry Bryant manning Jolley Company Arrive Salt Lake September 9-15 Samuel (36) Keele with wife Ann (21) and Jacob (1), and parents Richard (67) and Nancy (64), also brother Alexander and wife Manerva and 4 children, brother Thomas and wife Mary, brother Dabney and wife Elizabeth.

1852 September 16 Annie delivered of baby Elizabeth Ellen.

1854 June 24 baby Elizabeth Ellen dies Farmington, Utah.

1860 Census Utah Territory, Sanpete County, North Bend (Moroni) Saml Keel 45, Anna E 31, Jacob 10, Samuel 9, David 6, Mary 4, Wm 2, Emma 6.12, and father Richard next door.

1861 May 26 Samuel Keele baptizes a Stewart child in Milburn Ward, Sanpete Utah.

1870 Census Utah Territory, Washington County, Panaca-Samuel Keel 55, Annie E 41, Jacob 21, David 16, Mary 15, William 11, Emma 10, Hariett 5, Sarah 1. (next door to Luke Syphus)

1875 Nevada State Census Lincoln County-Samuel Keele a Rancher age 59 born Tennessee.

1880 Census Meadow Valley Wash, Lincoln, Nevada- Samuel Keele 62, Anna E. 51, William 22, Harriet 15, Sarah 11.

1885 Probable death of Annie Elizabeth Keele in Panaca, Nevada (some discrepancies have existed in various records including Panaca Cemetery records as the movable type of the tombstone may have been moved by lawn mowers, cows, etc.)

1897 April 5 Elder Samuel Keele died in Panaca, Lincoln, Nevada, and buried 8 April 1897 in Panaca.

May 6, 1897

Samuel Keele departed this life on April 5, 1897 at Panaca, Nevada, one of God’s noblest sons. Samuel Keele, son of Richard J. and Eleanor Keele was born in Bedford County, Tenn. Jan. 21, 1816. His parents were farmers and he learned to till the soil. He heard the gospel and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at the age of 19. He moved to Nauvoo and became a zealous worker in Zion. He was intimately associated with the Prophet Joseph, being one of his body guards. He enlisted in the Nauvoo Legion, assisted in building the temple giving everything that he had then adding to this his labor. It may be said here that his possessions were always at the disposal of the church authorities. Brother Keele moved to Mt. Pisgah and was married to Annie Elizabeth Hess in 1849 and by hiring out as a teamster he was enabled to make the journey across the plains and reached Utah in 1857. Settled on Kay’s Creek where he remained for 2 years, moved to Farmington in 1959, built a home there where he remained but 3 years when he moved to Manti where he built another home to enjoy, but remained only 2 years and then moved to Fairview where he remained until after the Black Hawk War. He was a great peace maker among the Indians and a father to the needy. Brother Keele went as a volunteer to assist in the settlement of the Muddy Valley and go as far as St. George, when he was advised to come to Panaca, Nevada which place has been his home up to his death. Great blessings were pronounced upon his head and his testimony was that Joseph Smith was a true Prophet. He died with a full assurance that his offering was accepted. A few hours before his death he awoke from his sleep with a heavenly smile upon his face and related his vision of a dream. He saw Joseph and Hyrum and others and they informed him that his election was sure. Several times after this he was heard to say, “Death, sweet ‘O sweet”. He was the father of 12 children and has 34 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

This piece was signed by George Riding. This was sent to Effie Keele by La Verl Livingston of Moroni, Utah a Keele genealogist for a long time.

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Samuel Keele's Timeline

January 21, 1816
Bedford, Tennessee
December 1817
Age 1
Bedford County, Tennessee
January 24, 1846
Age 30
March 27, 1847
Age 31
Mt. Pisgah, Iowa
May 29, 1856
Age 40
March 27, 1857
Age 41
August 17, 1864
Age 48
April 5, 1897
Age 81
Panaca, Lincoln, Nevada
April 8, 1897
Age 81
Panaca, Lincoln, Nevada
June 30, 1981
Age 81