I’m Under Construction
names underlined are my direct line. Soon there will
be a link to their individual page.….
Once upon a time in
a land far far away was a man named EDWARD KEENE.
Edward was born in Worpelsdon, Surrey
Co., England around the
year 1567. He married a fair maiden
named Alice Ripley. She too was born in Worpelsdon. They had
two three sons and one daughter that is known:
1. Samuel Keene b.
2. Henry Keene b. June 24, 1593 d. aft. 1675
3. Katherine Keene
b. June 18, 1596
4. Unk Keene b. Nov. 12, 1600
His son Henry Keene born in the year
1593 was born in the same as Edward and Alice.
Henry found his young maiden Anne Halle and
were married November 30,
1623 in Worpelsdon, Surrey Co., England.. Now Henry and Anne must
have had a fairly good marriage as they had seven children.
1. Henry Keene b. Sept 12, 1624
D. before 1672 (In Calvert Co., MD)
2. Calipe Keene b. May 21, 1626
3. George Keene b.
Nov. 19, 1627
4. Richard Keene
b. Dec. 7, 1628 d. Feb. 7, 1675 or 76 in
Calvert Co, MD
5. Edward Keene b.
Jan. 10, 1630/31
Keene b. Feb 1, 1632/33
7. Mary Keene b. 1634
8. Anne Keene b. Sep. 2, 1634
Three of their sons were very
adventurous and headed to this new found land called “America.” In the year of 1653 Richard, Henry and Edward
arrived in the providence of Maryland….. more
about Henry and Edward..
Now that Richard was in America he needed a
wife. He married the widow of John
Hodgkins named Mary. Her maiden name is
unknown. Mary and John Hodgkins came to Calvert, MD in sometime
before 1651. John must have died prior
to 1653 as Richard and Mary were married in 1653. Richard had four children
1. Edward Keene b.
2. John Keene b.
3. Richard Keene
4. unk Keene b. 1655
Richard must have been married prior as
Edward his first son was born about 1650. …..more about Richard..
John Keene born
about 1657 in Calvert, Md the son of Richard and Mary Keene. John married Mary Hopewell sometime between 1685-86. Again there must have been a happy Keene marriage as
John and Mary had eight children.
1. John Keene b.
2. Sarah M. Keene
3. Edward Keene b.
1690 d. bet. 1753-54
4. Henry Keene b.
5. Benjamin Keene
6. Richard Keene
7. Ezekiel Keene b. 1699
8. Zebulon Keene
Henry Keene, son of John and Mary Keene
was born about 1692 in Dorchester, MD. Henry married Mary Robson before 1714 and
they had only two children. Both their
children were born in Dorchester, MD.
1. Mary Keene b.
2. William Keene
William Keene was the only son of John
and Mary Keene. Not much is known about
William, the only information was gathered from probate records. It is believed he married a lady named Mary Gadd. William and
Mary had three children.
1. Henry Keene b.
1740, d. Mar 01, 1832
2. Molly Keene b.
3. William Keene
Henry Keene was born 1740 in Taylors Island, Dorchester Co., MD. Now things get
somewhat weird for the next several generations. Some family members married other family
my) Henry married some time before 1765, his niece Christinna Keene, the daughter of Benjamin Keene and Mary
Howell. Henry and Christinna
are buried beside each other in the Bethlehem Methodist Church cemetery on Taylors Island, in Dorchester
Co., MD. Henry served in the Rev.
War. Henry and Christinna
had eight children:
1. Mary Keene b. abt 1766
2. Amelia Keene b.
3. Henry Keene jr.
b. Nov 13, 1770
4. Benjamin Keene
(III) b. Dec. 15, 1772
5. Christianna Keene b. Sep 15, 1775
d. Sep 14, 1825 (unmarried)
6. William Keene
7. John Keene b. Mar 13, 1778
8. Levin Keene b. Jun 17, 1784 d. Apr 19, 1853
Benjamin Keene, married Anne Keene (a cousin) on Jan 23, 1799 in Dorchester Parish, Dorchester, MD. Both are
buried in the Bethlehem Methodist Church, Taylors Island, Dorchester, MD. Benjamin and Anne had six children:
Keene. B. Jan. 20, 1802
2. Benjamin Keene,
b. Jan 3, 1804 d. Jan 1864
(in Buchanan Co., MO)
3. William B.
Keene b. Jun 10, 1806
4. Samuel Keene
5. Henry Keene
6. John Keene.
Benjamin Keene was born January 3, 1804 only 130 years before my father who
was born on January 3,
1934. Benjamin married Jane W.
Waters (Parks) on April 4, 1827 in Baltimore, MD. Benjamin was born in Maryland but died in Buchanan
County, Missouri. It is unknown why he went to Missouri and why he
traveled BACK to married to remarry after Jane’s death and then return to Buchanan
County, Missouri. He married Hannah Anne Slacomb
in Dorchester, MD. Benjamin and Jane W. had six children:
Franklin Keene b. 1829
2. John R. Keene
3. Samuel Josiah
Keene b. 1839
4. Columbus A.V.I.Keene b. 1843
Albert Keene b. 1845
Marcellus Keene. B. 1848
Benjamin and Hannah had two daughters,
both born in Buchanan Co., Missouri.
1. Adell Keene b. 1856
2. Susan Keene b.
Columbus A.V.I.Keene….ya, what a name. His full name was Columbus Americus Vespucci Independence Keene. Now why in the world would anyone name a
child that???? Columbus Keene was
born in 1843 and was found on the 1850 Census with his parents Benjamin and
Jane in Dorchester Co., MD. I have not
been able to find Columbus in the 1860
census, but appears in the 1870 with his family. Columbus Keene married Sophronia
(Stuart) Pate Dec. 27, 1863. On their marriage certificate her name is
spelled Saffrona Pate. Columbus and Isabelle Sophronia
have eleven children:
2. Benjamin R.
Keene b. Mar 23, 1865
Washington Keene b. Nov 11, 1867 d. October 16, 1915.
4. Samuel Joseph
Keene b. Mar 31, 1871
5. Charles C. Keene
b. Abt 1873
6. Melvina Mellie Keene b. Jan 21, 1875
7. Edward Huston
Keene, b. abt. 1877
8. Grover Cleveland Keene b. Dec 4, 1883
9. Walter F. Keene
b. Sep 13, 1885
10. Jennette Keene b. Feb 3, 1889
11. Twin girl. B. Feb 3, 1889.
(Must have died soon after birth)
George Washington Keene was born in Buchanan
County, Missouri and married
Maggie May Funderberg. The spelling of Maggie’s last name is not
known for sure. It appears on some death
certificates of her children spelled both Funderberg
and Funderburk. On Maggie’s death
certificate it is spelled Funderburg. George and Maggie had four children:
1. Freda Keene b.
2. Glayds Keene. B. 1903
3. Arnold Keene b. 1905 (My father was named after him)
4. Edith Lillian
Keene b. March 19, 1907