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Joseph Keys

Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: Province of North Carolina
Death: October 6, 1854 (85)
White River Friends Meeting, White River Township, Randolph County, Indiana, United States
Place of Burial: White River Township, Randolph County, Indiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Keys and Rebecca Keys
Husband of Mary Keys and Ruth Keys
Father of Hannah Stephens

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About Joseph Keys

From "Martha's Extended Family" family tree page on Joseph Keys:

Joseph Keys[1]

M, b. 5 April 1769

Birth* Joseph was born on 5 April 1769 in North Carolina.[2],[3]


Marriage* He married Mary Piggott on 12 November 1793 in Cane Creek, Orange County, North Carolina.[2]


Marriage* He married Ruth Hadley in 1821 in Surry County, North Carolina.[2]


Census1850* Joseph was listed as the head of a family on the 1850 Census in South Division, Surry County, North Carolina.[3]

Family 1 Mary Piggott b. 9 Apr 1767, d. 17 Feb 1820


◦Ruth Keys b. 10 Oct 1794, d. 15 Nov 1794

◦Rebecca Keys b. 14 Dec 1795, d. 30 Jul 1801

◦Benjamin P Keys b. 4 Oct 1797

◦John Keys b. 18 Oct 1799, d. 15 May 1811

◦Mary Keys b. 2 Aug 1801

◦Joseph Keys b. 14 Dec 1803

◦Elizabeth Keys b. 13 Feb 1806

◦Hannah Keys b. 15 Jun 1808

Family 2 Ruth Hadley b. 11 May 1770, d. 18 May 1852


1.[S177] William Wade Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, p. 403, 977, 991.

2.[S177] William Wade Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy.

3.[S1140] 1850, South Division, Surry County, North Carolina, p. 207B.

According to a listing of churches in Randolph County:

The White River Friends Meeting is located on County Road 100 East in White River Township. (This is located at: 40°10'43.34"N, 84°57'24.60"W.)

According to an page on White River Township Cemeteries:

And also in the History of Randolph County, Indiana:

Joseph Keys is buried here:

Joseph Keys, October 6, 1854, 86 years (this seems to indicate a birth date in 1768)

Other Keys family members buried here:

Benjamin E. Keys, August 4, 1872, 75 years.

(seems to match the age of Benjamin P. Keys listed above).

"White River Cemetery is very old, Friends' meeting having been established about or even before 1820."

The photo came from the Find A Grave page for Joseph Keys:

Birth: Apr. 2, 1769

Surry County

North Carolina, USA

Death: Oct. 6, 1854

Randolph County

Indiana, USA

Joseph is the son of Joseph and Rebecca (Mullan) Keys.

He married Mary Piggot 12 Sept 1793.

He died at his daughters home, Elizabeth, wife to Durant Smith.

Joseph is buried @ the White River Friends Cemetery. He and his family were Quakers.

Family links:


Elizabeth Keys Smith (1806 - 1879)*


Mary Piggot Keys (1767 - 1820)


Whiteriver Cemetery

Randolph County

Indiana, USA

Created by: Undertaker's Gr-Gr/Daugh...

Record added: Apr 13, 2009

Find A Grave Memorial# 35822987


Photo caption:

Joseph's stone is located in the very back of the cemetery along the border of the property within a few feet of a huge tree.

Added by: Undertaker's Gr-Gr/Daughter


Apparently the Indiana State Library has the following information (should anyone wish to trek out that way):

Heiss, Willard, Records of White River Monthly meeting....1956.2pts.

Genealogy Division, 977.201 R192f

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Joseph Keys's Timeline

April 5, 1769
Province of North Carolina
Age 38
North Carolina, United States
October 6, 1854
Age 85
White River Township, Randolph County, Indiana, United States
White River Township, Randolph County, Indiana, United States