Person:KEYES, Marcellus (1828 - 1897)

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KEYES, Marcellus (1828 - 1897)
Family(s): Keyes
Person ID (Link to genealogy): GED link doc.gif I11987
Sex: M
Date born: 22 Nov 1828
Born in: Terre Haute, Indiana
Date died: 24 Dec 1897
Died in: Paris, Illinois
Buried in: Edgar Cemetery, Paris, Illinois


Father: KEYES, Isaac (1795 - )
Mother: SPANGLER, Ingabore Byrd (1793 - )
Spouse(s): MOSS, Elizabeth (1834 - 1927)
Children(in Wiki):

Occupation(s): Entrepreneur, Farmer
Fawcett book: KEYES, Marcellus (1828 - 1897)
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From Bill Fawcett's book:

Biographical sketch

MARCELLUS KEYES/KEYS was born to Capt. Isaac Keyes and Ingabore Spangler on November 22, 1828 in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana (Adams 1976:434). In 1831 his father was killed leading militia in pursuit of Indians who had stolen horses from him and other farmers of Vigo County, Indiana; or possibly he died on a boat to New Orleans (Adams 1976). His widow was expecting another child at the time, and soon married another widower, Otis McCullough. Most of her children were raised on his farm near Baldwinville, Edgar County, Illinois, but Marcellus went to live with his uncle, Thomas Keyes, in Bond County, Illinois. As a teenager Marcellus returned to work in Col. Baldwin's mercantile in Baldwinville (1843-55), across the street from the Otis McCullough home. On September 2/8, 1852 Marcellus Keys married Elizabeth Moss (1834-1927), daughter of William Harrison Moss and Mary Chrisman and neighbor of the McCullough/Keyes family. She was born on June 20, 1834 near Sherburne, Kentucky, and her Fuller ancestors came to America on the Mayflower. In 1855 they bought a home in Hunter Township (Twn 14 N./R. 11 W.), north east of Paris, where he farmed the 240 improved acres of his 350 acres. The 6 children of Marcellus and Eliza Keys are: Henry Alexander "EL" Keyes (11/26/1854- , m. Olive David; moved to Texas in 1910), Erasmus S. Keyes (10/30/1856- ), Abraham Lincoln Keyes (1859- ), Lucy Florence Keyes (1/6/1862- , m. John Arthur near Paris; their children: Lloyd T., Jean E., and Faith M. Arthur), Thomas Jefferson Keyes (9/27/1864- , m. Callie Redman (1868- ) 11/25/1886), Mary Ellen Keyes (9/29/1866- , m. John C. Hodges [ -5/16/1924], hardware merchant of Paris). Marcellus later served as School Director and Road Commissioner. After Otis McCullough's death, Marcellus' brother, Fawcett "Foster" Keyes moved into the McCullough home to care for their aging mother. His step-brother, J.Y. McCullough, became Marcellus' partner in the newly acquired store. Marcellus then turned his efforts to operate a nearby tile factory. Marcellus Keyes died on December 24, 1897 of paralysis appiplexy near Paris, Edgar County, Illinois. He was buried there two days later. By the time of his death he owned 640 acres in Hunter? County, just north of the Otis McCullough property; and he altered the spelling of his name to Keys. Marcellus Keys' estate (Box 319/233) was probated in Edgar County (Brown 1987). Eliza Moss (Keys) died on Aug 2, 1927 in Edgar County, Illinois (Hoot 1983:164).


From A History of the Fawcetts and Related Families in America by William Bloys Fawcett. Used by permission of Dr. Fawcett.

This book was first published in 1996 and some of the information is quite dated. If you find errors or want to add updates, contact me, and I will add notes to the page.

Copyright © 1996, 2007 by William Bloys Fawcett, Jr. All rights reserved. No copies may be made of this document through any electronic, photocopying or other means without permission of the author.

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