Alfred Greenwood Keetch, Sr.

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About Alfred Greenwood Keetch, Sr.

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 James G. Willie Company (1856) Age 16

Departure: 15 July 1856 Arrival: 9 November 1856

Company Information: 4th handcart company which had about 500 individuals, 100 handcarts, and 5 wagons in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Iowa City, Iowa.

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 David P. Kimball Freight Train (1862) Age 22

Departure: unknown Arrival: 21 October 1862

Pioneer Information: Alfred Keetch and his family emigrated on the ship Thornton and traveled with the James G. Willie Company (1856). After crossing Iowa, the Keetches dropped out of the company at Florence. Alfred and his sister continued on to Utah in 1862.

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Birth: Jan. 3, 1840 Kempston Bedfordshire, England

Death: Jul. 27, 1925 Lindon Utah County Utah, USA

Son of William K. Keetch and Ann Greenwood

Husband of Emily Harris, married 10 Nov 1866 in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, USA

ALFRED G. KEETCH is a name that will go down to history as one of those who took a leading part for many years in colonization work in this new Territory and also actively participated in almost all of the Indian troubles, his bravery and undaunted courage making him a prominent figure among the early settlers, and being called upon whenever there was any danger to be faced, and be it said to his honor that he never refused to respond to such calls, nor stopped to count the cost, but unhesitatingly went where duty led.

Alfred G. Keetch was born in Bedfordshire, England, January 3, 1840, and is the son of William K. and Ann (Greenwood) Keetch, natives of England. The parents of our subject were converted to the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and were - among the first to be baptized in Bedfordshire. The father became President of the Bedfordshire Branch of the Church and for many years previous to his departure for America preached there. With his wife and family he emigrated to America in 1856, settling at Florence, and remained there for some years. The mother died the same year they came to America and was buried in the Mormon grave yard at Florence; also one child, William. The father later moved to the Bear Lake country in Idaho, where he died in July, 1889.

Our subject came -to Utah in 1862, in the independent train of David Kimball, in which he drove four yoke of oxen and hauled freight across the plains. He arrived in Utah on November 4th and settled in Grantsville, where he lived for a short time and was then sent on a colonization mission to Bear Lake, Idaho, remaining there twenty months, when he again returned to Grantsville, spending the winter of 1865 in that place. In the spring of i860 he was sent to the Missouri river with four yoke of oxen, for the purpose of bringing emigrants to Utah.

Upon returning to Utah Mr. Keetch was married on November 10, 1866, to Miss Emily Harris, daughter of John and Ann (Stanley) Harris, natives of England, who came to America in i860. As a result of this union, twelve children

Emily A., now Mrs. Aston, of Lindon; Lizzie, now Mrs. Cullimore, of the same place ; Martha J., now the wife of Meacham Timpanogas; Lu- ella, now Mrs. Cullimore, of Lindon ; Mary E., now Mrs. Thorne, living in Lindon; Alfred G., also living in Lindon. He returned June 14, 1901, from a twenty-six months mission to the Southern States; Ruthie M., now Mrs. Walker of Lindon ; Effie L., living at home, and a member of the Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association; William J., Hazel B. and Stanley Â., all at home ; Samuel C. died in infancy.

In 1867 Mr. and Mrs. Keetch went on a colonization mission to the Big Muddy country in Nevada, where they remained until 1871. The State of Nevada imposed and tried to collect an enormous tax from the people who colonized that section- of the State, with the result that the Mormons retired from the colony and returned to* Utah. Upon returning from the Big Muddy country our subject located at Pleasant Grove, which .has since been his home ; the section in which he settled having of late years been known as London Ward. During all these years much trouble had been experienced with the Indians and Mr. Keetch participated in many of the battles between the settlers and their savage foes. He bought twenty acres of sagebrush land, which he at once began to clear and cultivate and at this time owns fifty-six acres of land in the county, and has a splendid brick house and good improvements on his home place. In addition to a general farming he has also done considerable business in cattle and live stock, in which he has been prospered. In politics he is a Democrat and has always been quite active in the work of that party. He served on the City Council for one term and was Mayor of Pleasant Grove for two terms before this Ward was set apart. He became a member of the Mormon Church in England, shortly before coming to the United States and has since been a faithful follower of its teachings. For many years he was very active in the Sunday Schools and Young Mens Association. In 1890 he was ordained a High Priest and set apart as First Counselor to Bishop Coppley of Lindon Ward, which position he still holds. The ordination services were conducted by John W. Young. Mr. Keetch is one of the prominent and influential citizens of this part of Utah County and has by his upright and manly life won and retained the friendship and confidence of a large circle of people. His services in colonization work in the past has redounded not alone to the good of the Church, but of the State at large, and opened the way for many who were not members of the Mormon Church to come into the State and make homes for themselves and their families, and too much cannot be said in praise of such men.

re: Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847-1868

Family links:

  • William K. Keetch (1811 - 1888)
  • Ann Greenwood Keetch (1811 - 1856)
  • Emily Harris Keetch (1849 - 1922)
  • Elizabeth Mariah Keetch Cullimore (1870 - 1948)*
  • Nettie Martha Keetch Mecham (1872 - 1961)*
  • Luella Keetch Cullimore (1874 - 1957)*
  • Mary "Eva" Keetch Thorne (1876 - 1959)*
  • Alfred Greenwood Keetch (1879 - 1951)*
  • Ruthie "May" Keetch Walker (1881 - 1954)*
  • Effie Luana Keetch Wilson (1884 - 1952)*
  • William John Keetch (1886 - 1927)*
  • Bertha Keetch Richards (1889 - 1917)*
  • Stanley B. Keetch (1892 - 1962)*
  • Samuel Charles Keetch (1897 - 1897)*

Burial: Pleasant Grove City Cemetery Pleasant Grove Utah County Utah, USA Plot: A-19-011-03

Maintained by: SRBentz Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society

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Alfred Greenwood Keetch, Sr.'s Timeline

January 13, 1840
Kempston, Bedfordshire, , England
August 30, 1840
Kempston, Bedfordshire, England
August 30, 1840
Kempston Bedford England
August 30, 1840
Kempston, Bedfordshire, England
Kempston, Bedfordshire, England
Age 10
Kempston, Bedfordshire, England
October 4, 1867
Age 27
Grantsville, Tooele, Utah, USA
May 4, 1870
Age 30
St Joseph, Lincoln, Nevada, USA
July 4, 1872
Age 32
Lindon, Utah, UT