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Josiah Keen

Also Known As: "keene"
Birthdate: (90)
Birthplace: King William Street, City of London, Middlesex, England
Death: September 15, 1710 (86-94)
Duxbury, Plymouth County, Province of Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of John Keen, of Hingham and Martha Keene
Husband of Abigail Keene and Hannah Keene
Father of Josiah Keen, Jr.; John Keene; Matthew Keene; Ephraim Keene; Elizabeth Bishop and 4 others
Brother of John Keen; Elizabeth Keen; Martha Keen; Sarah Woodworth and Unknown Keen

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About Josiah Keen

Josiah Keen

Josiah moved from Hingham to Marshfield to Duxbury, Massachusetts. He was surveyor in 1666, constable in 1667, and on the grand jury from Duxbury in 1689 and 1703. An entry in the Duxbury Records for June 20, 1695 refers to the sale of about 20 acres, "for 4 pounds in silver money to Josiah Keen, Sr." On Feb. 24, 1696/7, we find a record of a tract of land of 30 acres being "laid forth to Josiah Keen, Sen. ... the said land Josiah Keen, Jun. bought of Francis West."

Josiah and his first wife Abigail (Little) Keen had two children, both born in Marshfield:

a daughter, died young.

Josiah, Jr., b. about 1658; m. in 1682 Lydia Baker.

According to a private record written by Hezekiah Keen and now owned by the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, Abigail Little was the daughter of Thomas and Ann (Warren) Little. This Ann Warren was the daughter of Richard Warren who was a passenger on the first trip of the Mayflower in 1620. Thus, all descendants of Josiah Keen, Jr., are entitled, through his mother's line, to entrance into the Mayflower Society.

Josiah and his second wife Hannah (Dingley) Keen had seven children


Last updated Oct 2015

"birthdate changed to 1620 as 1634 would be too late for Josiah to have been the son of Margaret Keen. This date falls in line with other sources including Hezekiah Keene's book recording of 4 Keen(e) generations in America on file with Mayflower Society).". As suggested by Geni member John James Baird, Sr.

The List of the names of the Passengers intended for New England, in the good shipp, the Confidence of London, of 200 tonnes, John Jobson Mr____ and thus by vertue of Lord Treasurers warrant of the 11th of Aprill, 1638.

John Keene, age 17

Martha Keene, age 60

Eliza Keene, Martha Keene, Josias Keene, Sarah Keene

(NEHGR 2:109 [Jan 1848]


From Hezekiah Keen's Account book With Family records found in The Mayflower Descendant Vol XXVIII [1930], pp. 5, 6 "Hezekiah Keens Grandfather who was Born In England & Came to New England who was the first Josiah Keen In New england and mared to Abegil Lettel & had my father Josiah Keen who was the first Josiah Keen that Ever was Born In New England and then his mother who was Abigil Lettel She Died & then my granfather mared with his Sekent wife who was Hannah Dengley who my Granfather had 3 Sons & four Dafters"


Josiah Keen, Sr., of Duxbury, made his will 28 May 1695, but it was not probated until 15 September, 1720. The date of his death has not been found.

Will Of Josiah Keen of Duxbury

[From original will] "I give to my sone Josiah keen yt part of my land wher he ye sd Josiah Keene doth now dwell a strait line from ye Corner of his ould orcherd fenc to a maple tree marked standing one the southerly side of puding brooke and from ye aforesd Corner of the orcherd fenc as his fenc runs to the end of my land with a smal parcel of medow land Caled lendals medow ye uper part all the rest of my land and housing I doo give to my wif both upland and mdow improved and dorman duering ye tim of her widowhoohoud and after her death or being maried to another man The sd mathew Keen paiing to my two sons John Keen and ephraIm keen five pounds each of them two: all my teem and Tacklin belonging to ye team both horse and oxen I do give to my wif duering the time of her widowhoud or til shee be maried to another man then to return to my son mathew and for my foure Daghter my will is yt thai shall have fourej pounds a peece everi one of them paied to them out of my estat ate or about the tim of ther being maried I sai paid to them four out of my movable estat and for my grand children my wil is yt thai shal have everi on of them twelve penc a penc a peece paied to them out of my movable estat"

"my wife To be my trew and lawful administrator"

The will was dated 28 May, 1695, and signed by "the mark of Josiah Keen senior". The witnesses were Josiah Holmes and "Aaron Soul". On 15 September, 1710, "The Will of Josiah Kean late of Duxbury" was probated, on the testimony of the two witnesses. [The will was also recorded, 2:160.]

[From original document] Francis Barker and Josiah Holmes took the inventory, on 15 September, 1710, and on that day, "Widow Hannah Keane made oath that the abovewritten is a true Inventory of the Estate of her late husband Josiah keen" No real estate was mentioned. [The inventory was also recorded, 2:161.] (The Mayflowr Descendant Vol XIX [1917] pp 129-130)

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Josiah Keen's Timeline

City of London, Middlesex, England
June 1658
Age 38
Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Age 41
September 2, 1667
Age 47
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
September 2, 1667
Age 47
Marshfield, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 49
Duxbury, Plymouth Colony
Age 49
Pembroke, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 51