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Charles Wintersmith Keith

Immediate Family:

Son of Jacob Keith and Rebecca Thomas
Husband of Amanda Hankins
Father of Elizabeth C Keith
Brother of NEHEMIAH KEITH; Harriet Keith; Sally Keith; Pheobe Keith; Mary Elizabeth Keith and 5 others

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Keith Family Genealogy Forum 

William Keith 1748-1819

Posted by: John Maestri (ID *****0880) Date: May 08, 2007 at 12:33:18

In Reply to: The Keith Family PA & KY by Donald Keith of 8285

Hi Donald ... John Maestri here.

I am also a descendant of John Keith Sr. [1710-1780] through one of his sons, Henry Keith. [data below]. John Sr. had four sons, Henry, Alexander, John Jr. and William.

William, as I understand, was born about 1748 on John Keith Sr.'s 209 acres at Forks of the Cacapehon in Frederick County [Hampshire County] VA [deed June 1765, George Washington Survey April 1752]. He died in Jan of 1819 in Nelson, Hardin County Kentucky. He married in Jun 1773 to Elizabeth LaRue in Battletown, Frederick County Virginia. He purchased 300 acres in Jan 1783 in then Jefferson County in the area around Froman's Creek, near Cox's Camp. His son, Jacob, would marry in 1803 to Rebecca Hodgen and they would settle for awhile in the area around Hodgenville [South Fork Creek], nearby to Bardstown [and Cox's Camp]. We find Jacob and Rebecca in Hamilton County Indiana after 1828. Jacob passes in 1830.

Charles Keith, the son of Jacob and Rebecca Keith, writes:

" .. About the first that I remember was when I saw my mother and her second husband, General John Thomas, coming home on horseback after their marriage [in 1831]. We lived in Floyd County Indiana, near a creek called Indian Creek, five miles west of New Albany. Some time after their marriage, my step-father moved the family to Washington County Indiana and after living there a couple of years he moved to Vigo County Indiana, within nine miles of Terre Haute and settled on the farm of his son, Owen Thmas and lived on this farm until his death. After the death of General Thomas, his widow returned to Floyd County Indiana [in 1845], where it is presumed she died ... "

Charles Keith also writes:

" ... Rebecca [Hodgen] was born on a flatboat, November 4, 1784, while her parents [Robert Hodgen and Sarah LaRue] were moving from Virginia ... "

Rebecca and Jacob Keith had 11 children; Harriet, Sally, Nehemiah, Phebe, Mary Elizabeth, Priscilla, William Robert, John, Caroline, Isaac and Charles Wintersmith Keith [mentioned above].

This material was published by Otis M. Mather, Hodgenville, Kentucky in 1921.

" .. Six generations of LaRues and allied families: containing sketch of Isaac LaRue, Senior, who died in Frederick County, Virginia, in 1795, and some account of his American ancestors and three generations of his descendants and families who were connected by intermarriage ... " Presumably, it was also available to A. L. Keith for his book on the Keith's.

As for the stories on 'Kentucky Flatboats' [named so, because they passed the entire length of Kentucky, along the Ohio River] ... it would seem that the Keith family, along with other, moved sometime in 1780, likely in the Spring. The Ohio River is at its fullest after the Spring thaw and so, this would have been the time to move. Also, if they were farmer's, they would want to get a crop in the ground before the Fall.

" ...The popular boat of the day for moving household goods was the flatboat. Many of these were built in Morgantown and Brownsville Pennsylvania, river towns along the Monongahela. There, as in Pittsburgh, flatboat building was a flourishing industry.

The clumsy but practical flatboats were being constructed in amazingly large numbers. This interesting parallelogram-shaped craft had several names: “Kentucky boat” or ‘Kentucky flat,’ [because travel along the Ohio River passed the length of Kentucky], “family boat,” [because whole families could travel rather comfortable on one] and “Ark,” [a craft reminiscent of Noah’s Ark to hold families, livestock, food, feed, furniture, farm implements, and cooking utensils]. Their sizes ranged from forty feet in length and fifteen in width to one hundred feet in length. The covered sides were six feet in depth. These were made of planks fastened upon ribs by wooden bolts of either black walnut, white oak, or locust wood.

The flatboat was “similar in construction to the old wooden barge, except that it frequently was just a big box with square ends.” There were usually four oars, called sweeps, two on each side, requiring four oarsmen. A long oar at the stern was used for steering and a gouger oar was at the bow; which was a small helper oar. Oarsmen were professionals. A boat with an open bow or stern for animals and a shelter for a family cost thirty-five dollars. A flatboat with a fireplace cost ten dollars more .."

We also find that Henry and John Keith, William's brothers, serving in the Revolution during the Summer of 1780 in Jefferson County Kentucky, indicating that they were likely in the area of Louisville, during General Rogers Clark's activities on Corn Island, in the Ohio, near Louisville. [war reparations, December 1781, Jefferson County Minute Book].

One note that you may be able to clear up: Nelson in Hardin County is very near to Greenville in Muhlenberg County, where my ancestor, Henry Keith settled. The borders and names of these counties changed over the period from 1760 to 1795. Did your ancestor, William 'leave behind' any information about these locations?

Also, John Keith Sr. died in 1779 or 1780 ... some say in Ten Mile Creek in Washington County PA ... and others say Jefferson County KY ... what do you say?



William Keith (1748-1819)

born: 1748 Forks of the Cacapehon, Hampshire County VA, died: Jan 1819, Nelson, Hardin County Kentucky

married: Jun 1773 Elizabeth LaRue, Battletown, Frederick County Virginia [born: 1750, she died: January 1818 (Age 68), married[2]: 26 Sep 1818 Dorothy Harte, Nelson, Hardin County KY, property: Jefferson County 23 Jan 1783, 300 acres, Branch Fromans Creek [Cox's Camp]

Children of William Keith and Elizabeth LaRue

son: John Keith

born: 27 Sep 1774 Hampshire County VA

died: 1829 Pike County MO

m: 14 Aug 1802 Elizabeth Rogers, Hardin County KY

son: Jacob Keith

born: 18 Sep 1776 Hampshire County VA

died: 1830 Hamilton County Indiana

m: 10 Oct 1803 Rebecca Hodgen, Hardin County KY

dau: Amy Keith

born: 2 Dec 1778 Hampshire County VA

died: 1844 Clark County MO

m: 26 Nov 1798 Caleb Carman, Hardin County KY

dau: Sarah Keith

born: 1 Dec 1781 Hampshire County Virginia

died: 7 Oct 1828 Bartholomew County IN

m: 20 Jul 1799 William Edwards, Hardin County KY

son: Jesse Keith

born: 7 May 1784 Jefferson County KY

died: 5 Aug 1858 LaRue County KY

m: 11 Oct 1810 Nancy Cash, Hardin County KY

son: William Keith

born: 29 Oct 1786 Nelson County KY

died: 1824 Hardin County KY

m[1]: 17 Apr 1806 Eliza Storm, Hardin County KY

m[2]: 25 Oct 1816 Martha Brown, Hardin County KY

son: Daniel Keith

born: 7 Nov1788 Nelson County KY

died: 23 Feb 1818 Hardin County KY

son: Isaac Keith

born: 7 Jan 1791 Nelson County KY

died: 6 Jan 1846 Harrison County IN [?Pike Co. MO]

m: 14 Jul 1812 Malinda Mattingly, Harrison County IN

dau: Priscilla Keith

born: 4 April 1793 Hardin County KY

died: Hardin County KY

m: 22 Sep 1820 Shadrack Duncan, Hardin County KY

son: Henry Keith

born: 3 Oct 1795 Nelson County KY

died: 1840 Nelson County KY [?Bartholomew Co IN]

m: 2 Jul 1814 Nelly Edmonson, Nelson County KY

Alexander C. Keith (1753-1824)

born: 1753 Forks of the Cacapehon, Hampshire County Virginia, died: Mar 1824 Vertrees Creek, Hardin County Kentucky, buried: Union Baptist Church, Vertrees Creek, Hardin County Kentucky, married: Margaret Harned, 1774 Ten Mile Church, Washington County Pennsylvania [she was born: 1773 Ten Mile Creek, Washington County Pennsylvania, died: 1834 Hardin County Kentucky, buried: Union Baptist Church, Vertrees Creek, Hardin County Kentucky, duaghter of Jonathan Harned and Catherine Bean], Revolutionary War: Private, Second Virginia Regiment, Captain Thomas Catlett's company, May, 1777, to October, 1779, 1800 Federal Census: Vertrees Creek, Hardin County Kentucky. Alexander Keith born in Virginia of Scotch extraction. After the Revolutionary war, emigrated to Nelson county, Kentucky. 1790: in the constitution of White Oak Run Church, 1808: Vertrees Creek settlement church, Union Baptist Church, property: Jefferson County 4 Jan 1783, 200 acres, Fromans Creek

Children of Alexander Keith and Margaret Harned

son: Jonathan Keith

born: 15 Jun 1775 Washington County PA

died: 1830 Meade County KY

m: 6 Jan 1804 Elizabeth Irwin, Nelson County KY

dau: Katherine Keith

born: 9 Dec 1776 Washington County PA

died: 03 Nov 1859 Lewis County MO

m: 26 Dec 1797 John Henton, Nelson County KY

son: Henry Keith

born: 1780 Jefferson County Kentucky

dau: Nancy Keith

born: 1780 Jefferson County KY

died: 20 Nov 1807 Hardin County KY

m: 16 Oct 1796 Thomas Duvall, Nelson County KY

son: William Keith

born: 25 Apr 1783 Jefferson County KY

died: 15 Dec 1852 Cookville, Titus County Texas

m: 16 Apr 1806 Elisabeth Storm, Hardin County KY

War of 1812: Private, Kentucky Militia 3rd Regiment

dau: Jane Keith

born: 1785 Nelson County Kentucky

died: 1824

son: John Keith

born: Feb 1786 Nelson County Kentucky

died: May 1856

married: 2 Aug 1822 Delila Ruby

son: Rev. Enos Keith

born: 1788 Nelson County Kentucky

died: Summer 1824, pastor/buried: Union Baptist Church, Vertrees Creek, Hardin County KY

dau: Elizabeth Keith

born: 18 Sep 1790 Nelson County Kentucky

died: 29 Jul 1842

married: 13 Nov 1817 John Cash, Hardin County KY

son: Rev. Benjamin Franklin Keith

born: 4 Jul 1792 Nelson County Kentucky

died: 28 Jun 1876 Garnettsville, Meade County KY

married: 13 Mar 1813 Ruamy Walters

son: Jacob Keith

born: 1794 Nelson County Kentucky

died: 5 Oct 1882 Hardin County KY

buried: Gross Family Cemetery, Hardin County KY

dau: Christianna Keith

born: 1796 Nelson County Kentucky

died: 1824

dau: Margaret Keith

born: 1798 Nelson County Kentucky

died: Sep 1825

son: Jesse Bean Keith

born: 1800 Nelson County Kentucky

died: 1878 Knox County Indiana

1850 California Gold Rush: made a lot of money!

Henry Keith (1744-1830)

born: 1744 Forks of the Cacapehon, Hampshire County VA, died: 1830 Greenville Township, Muhlenberg County KY, married: 1766 Rachel Wood (10 children?), Revolutionary War: Military Service 7/18/1780-8/25/1780, Sergeant - served under Capt. Daniel Hull, Col. Lin, and Col. Clark, in an expedition against the Shawnee Indians. Daniel Hall’s Company of Colonel Lin’s Regiment of the Kentucky Militia in the summer of 1780, 1782 served at Fort Nelson in Cox’s Regiment, 1800 Kentucky Tax List: Greenville Township, Muhlenberg County KY, 1810 Federal Census: Greenville Township, Muhlenberg County KY, 1 son, 1820 Federal Census: Lewisburg, Muhlenberg County KY, age 45+, wife: age:45+, daughter: 16+

Children of Henry Keith and Rachel Wood

son: Alexander Keith

born: 1767 Hampshire County VA

died: 1854 Warrick County IN

m[1]:16 Mar 1798 Elizabeth Stewart, Logan County KY

m[2]: 12 Jul 1819 Sarah Miller, Muhlenberg County KY

son: William Keith

born: 1769 Washington County PA, died: ?

m: 16 Apr 1798 Sarah Wood, Logan County KY

dau: Christianne Keith

born: 1770 Washington County PA, died: ?

m: 21 Jun 1795 Moses Preston, Logan County KY

dau: Elizabeth Keith

born: 1776 Washington County PA, died: ?

m: 31 May 1798, Joseph Wood, Logan County KY

son: Abner Keith

born: 8 Jan 1778 Washington County PA

died: 24 Apr 1866 Perry County IL

m[1]: Magdelena Hunsicker, Muhlenberg County KY

m[2]: Jun 1804 Madalena Lasley, Muhlenberg County KY

m[3]: 1822 Sarah Lamar, Perry County IL

dau: Rachel Keith

born: 1780 Washington County PA,

died: Muhlenberg County KY

married: 1818 Thomas Wood, Muhlenberg County, KY

son: James Keith

born: 1781 Nelson County, Kentucky,

died: Muhlenberg County KY

m: 27 Apr 1803 Margaret Wood, Logan County K Y

John A. Keith (1745-1812)

born: 1745 Forks of the Cacapehon, Hampshire County Virginia, died: 1812 Greenville Township, Muhlenberg County Kentucky, m[1]: 1773 Hannah Wood, Logan County Kentucky, m[2]: Margaret A. Walters, property: land entries: 1,000 acres, Green River, 400 acres, Licking and Elkhorn Creeks, 200 acres each, Coxe’s Beech Fork, Froman’s and Wilson’s Creeks, Nelson County KY, Revolutionary War: Sergeant, 1780 Kentucky Militia Regiment, Company: Colonel Lin, Captain Daniel Hall, expedition against the Shawnee Indians, served at Fort Nelson in Cox’s Regiment.1810 Federal Census: Greenville Township, Muhlenberg County KY

Children of John Keith and Hannah Keith

dau: Mary Keith

born: 10 Nov 1773 Hampshire County VA, died: ?

m: 10 Nov 1789 Daniel Rhodes, Nelson County KY

son: William Keith

born: 1775 Hampshire County, Virginia, died: ?

m:1 Sep 1803 Margaret Arnold Muhlenburg County KY

son: David Andrews Keith

born: ? died: ? married: ?

son: John Keith Jr

born: 1785 Nelson County, Kentucky

died: 10 Oct 1855 Pike County, Indiana

m: 1 Sep 1803 Rachel Arnold Muhlenberg County KY

son: Jeremiah Keith

born: ? died: ? married: ?

son: Silas Keith

b: ?, died: 1806, m: ?

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