Person:KEYES, Thomas (1793 - 1861)
|KEYES, Thomas (1793 - 1861)|
|Person ID (Link to genealogy):||GED link I9746|
|Date born:||9 Aug 1793|
|Born in:||Keyes Ferry, West Virginia|
|Date died:||6 Apr 1861|
|Died in:||Bond County, Illinois|
|Father:||KEYES, Humphrey (1763 - 1833)|
|Mother:||STRIDER, Phoebe (1772 - 1809)|
|Spouse(s):|| THOMAS, Elizabeth ()|
, Maria (1793 - 1881)
|Occupation details:||In 1832 William S. Smith and Thomas Keyes purchased the Buck & Horn Tavern from Blanchard on the NW corner of the square in Greenville (lot 24a[Wilson 1993]), In 1840 Thomas Keyes founded Keyesport on the right bank of the Kaskaskia River. There he co-owned the Franklin House|
|Fawcett book:||KEYES, Thomas (1793 - 1861)|
From Bill Fawcett's book:
THOMAS KEYES was born to Humphrey Keyes and Phoebe Strider at Keyes Ferry, Jefferson County, Virginia (now West Virginia) on August 9, 1793. After his father remarried, he lived in their household in Monroe County, Virginia (now WV 1802-30). Thomas Keyes married (1) Elizabeth Thomas of Kentucky and in 1828 (2) Mrs. Maria Smith (1/11/1793 Charlestown WV-11/4/1881 Edwardsville IL), the widow of John A. Smith ( -1823). She brought one child to their marriage.
In 1830/31 Thomas Keyes, his wife and step-child moved to Illinois. His father (Humphrey) settled in Sangamon County, his brother Isaac in Vermillion County, and he (Thomas) in Greenville, Bond County (Power 1876:427). In 1832 William S. Smith and Thomas Keyes purchased the Buck & Horn Tavern from Blanchard on the NW corner of the square in Greenville (lot 24a[Wilson 1993]). In 1836 Thomas Keyes ran as the Democratic candidate for State Representative but lost to his opponent because people were afraid of Keyes.
The 1840 census of that county indicates that Thomas was living with his wife (Maria), one girl (15 yrs), and a young man (20 yrs)--believed to be Isaac's son, Dr. Cuthbert Keyes (1822 Dugee Ferry IN - , brought by his parents to Vermillion County IL in 1826; m. there to Jane Bales 6/30/1846; their child: Dr. Otis McCullough Keyes).
In 1840 Thomas Keyes founded Keyesport on the right bank of the Kaskaskia River. There he co-owned the Franklin House. In 1843 the Buck & Horn Tavern in Greenville was demolished in order to build the Eureka Hotel (Wilson 1993). Thomas Keyes in 1845 (tax list) owned 4 parcels (each of 80 acres) in Bond County: (1) T. 6N, R. 3 W, S. 16 W 1/2, NE; (2) T. 6N, R. 3W, S. 16 E 1/2, NW; (3) T. 6N, R. 3W, S. 16 pt W1/2, NW; and (4) T. 4N, R. 3W, S. 22 W 1/2, NW.
Thomas and Elizabeth Keyes did not have any children, but may have raised the children of his deceased brother (Isaac) whose widow remarried and began another family. Thomas Keyes died on April 6, 1861 in Bond County, and is buried there in the Hall's Grove Cemetery. His widow (Maria Keyes) went to live with her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Gillespie, in Edwardsville, Illinois until she died. Mrs Maria Keyes remembered George Washington's funeral memorial at Harper's Ferry, Virginia. She experienced the War of 1812 (Battle of Bladensburg and burning of Washington DC by the British). She saw LaFayette on his second visit (1824). Maria Keyes is buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Edwardsville Illinois (Anthony 1985:43; Greenville Advocate 11/1881).
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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