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Virginia Keyes (Maxwell)

Birthplace: New Mexico, United States
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Lucien Bonaparte Maxwell and Luz Beaubien
Wife of Lt. Colonel Alexander S. B. Keyes
Mother of Lucy Beatrice Fiske; Edward Appleton Keyes; Ethel Keyes; Bernice Luna; Maxmillian Maxwell Keyes and 1 other
Sister of Peter Menard Maxwell; Paulita Jaramillo and Odila Bernice Maxwell

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About Virginia Keyes

Virginia Maxwell was the wife of Captain Alexander S. B. Keyes. Born in Taos, New Mexico Territory, in 1850, Virginia was the oldest daughter of Lucien Maxwell and Luz Beaubien Maxwell, two of the wealthiest and most influential people in the New Mexico Territory.

Virginia met Alexander Keyes when he arrived at the Cimarron agency in August of 1869 to serve as Indian agent. Knowing that her parents would never consent to her marrying an army officer, Virginia eloped with him the next spring. At first it was reported that her father forbade the mere mention of Virginia's name in his presence, but within the year the father and daughter had reconciled.

Virginia followed her husband from one frontier post to another until he retired at the rank of Lt. Colonel in 1896.

A son was Geoffrey Keyes (October 30, 1888 – September 17, 1967), a highly decorated officer of the U.S. Army with the rank of Lieutenant General, who commanded the II Corps during World War II.

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Virginia Keyes's Timeline

December 12, 1850
New Mexico, United States
November 2, 1870
Age 19
Fort Sill, Comanche County, Oklahoma, United States
July 15, 1873
Age 22
Fort Sill, Comanche County, Oklahoma, United States
September 12, 1874
Age 23
De Baca County, New Mexico, United States
August 30, 1880
Age 29
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, United States
December 31, 1884
Age 34
Fort Davis, Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States
October 30, 1888
Age 37
December 15, 1915
Age 65