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Joseph KEYS, Jr

Male 1769 - 1854  (85 years)


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  • Name Joseph KEYS  [1, 2
    Suffix Jr 
    Born 5 Apr 1769  Deep Creek MM, Yadkin, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 106 
    Died 6 Oct 1854  White River, Randolph, IN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Abt 6 Oct 1854  White River, Randolph, IN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Joseph Keys came to Indiana after the death of his second wife, Ruth Marshall. On November 5, 1853 the White River Monthy Meeting received a certificate for Joseph Keys from Deep Creek Monthly Meeting, NC. He died at his son-in-law's house, Durant Smith, husband of Elizabeth.

      Source: " Jericho Friends Meeting and Its Community" reprinted 1983 by Print Press, Dublin, IN and "The Keys Family in Indiana", compiled of W. C. Heiss by Gary Matson.

      Joseph Keys JR. was born on 5 Apr 1769 in North Carolina, the son of Joseph Keys and Rebecca Mullan. He died October 6, 1854 in White River MM, Randolph Co., Indiana. Joseph was a birthright Quaker.

      Joseph married Mary Piggott on 12 Sep 1793 in Cane Creek MM, Surry Co.,(now Alamance), NC. Mary Piggott was born 9 Apr 1767, in Orange Co., (now Alamance) North Carolina, the daughter of Benjamin Piggott and Mary Hadley. She died 17 Feb 1820 in Deep Creek MM, Surry (now Yadkin) County, North Carolina. Mary was a birthright Quaker.

      The following children were born of this marriage: Ruth, b. 10 Oct 1794;
      Rebecca, b. 14 Dec 1795; Benjamin, b. 4 Oct 1797; John, b. 18 Oct 1799;
      Mary, b. 2 Aug 1801; Joseph, Jr., b. 14 (or 11) Dec 1803; Elizabeth, b. 13 Feb 1806; and Hannah b. 15 Jun 1808.

      Following the death of his first wife, Mary, Joseph married Ruth Hadley Marshall in 1821 in Deep Creek MM Surry Co., (now Yadkin) NC. Ruth Hadley Marshele the second wife of Joseph Keys, was the daughter of Simon Hadley and Bridget Foote and was born May 11, 1770. She died May 15, 1852. She was the widow of Joseph Marshall.

      Following the death of Ruth, May 18, 1852, Joseph Keys requested membership to the White River MM in Randolph County, Indiana. Membership was granted and he moved from North Carolina to Randolph County, Indiana to live out his remaining years with his children, most of whom had previously migrated to Randolph County.


      Mary is buried in the Deep Creek Friends cemetery. Her gravestone is still standing and inscribed; Mary Keys, D 17 2 Mo, 1820. (Some records note her death as February 2, 1820.

      See marriage record, page 2.

      PAGE 162 CANE CREEK RECORDS, VOLUME I

      Whereas, Joseph Keys, son of Joseph and Rebecca Keys of Surry Co., in the state of North Caroline, and Mary Piggott, daughter of Benjamin and Mary Piggott of Orange County and state aforesaid, having declared their intentions of marriage with each other before several monthly meetings of the people called Quakers at Cane Creek in Orange Co., aforesaid, and according to the good order used amongst them they having consent of parents and relations concerning their s'd proposals of marriage were allowed by s'd meetings. Now these may certify whom it may concern, that for the full accomplishing of their s'd intentions this 12th day of the 9th month 1793 they the s'd Joseph Keys and Mary Piggott appeared in a public meeting of the s'd people at Cane Creek above said and the s'd Joseph Keys taking the s'd Mary Piggott by the hand did in solemn manner openly declare that he took her the s'd Mary Piggott to be his wife promising with divine assistance to be unto her a loving and faithful husband until death should separate them or words to that effect and then and there in the same assembly, she the s'd Mary Piggott did in like manner openly declare that she took him the s'd Joseph Keys to be her husband, promising with divine assistance to be unto him a loving and faithful wife until death should separate them or words to that purpose and moreover the s'd Joseph Keys and Mary Piggott she according to the custom of marriage assuming the name of her husband as a further confirmation thereof did then and there to these presents set their hands and we whose names are underneath subscribed being present at the consummation thereof do, as witnesses hereunto subscribe our names the day and year above written.

      Joseph Keys,
      Mary keys.

      John Whelan, Simon Dixon, Barbara Carter, Lidia Keys, Josiah Elliott, Peter Stout, Samuel Freeman, John Cox, Benjamin Piggott, Mary Piggott, Joshua Piggott, John Piggott.
    Person ID I000159  CharleboisTree
    Last Modified 2 Jun 2009 

    Father Joseph KEYS, Sr,   b. Abt 1720, Oil City, York, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1808, Deep Creek MM, Yadkin, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Mother Rebecca MULLAN,   b. Abt 1731, Surry, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1801, Deep Creek MM, Yadkin, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Family ID F13353  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary PIGGOTT,   b. 9 Apr 1767, Cane Creek MM, Snow Camp, Alamance, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1820, Deep Creek MM, Yadkin, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 12 Sep 1793  Cane Creek MM, Snow Camp, Alamance, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Notes 
    • Keys Family in Randolph Co., Indiana, Compiled by W. C. Heiss, Indianapolis, Indiana Keys Bible owned by Lee Fry, Gas City, Indiana and copied by w. Heiss in 1954 Publ by Mentz - Phils 1829
    Children 
     1. Ruth Keys,   b. 10 Oct 1794, Deep Creek MM, Yadkin, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1794, Deep Creek MM, Yadkin, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +2. Rebecca Keys,   b. 14 Dec 1795, Deep Creek MM, Yadkin, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1887, Halsted, Harvey, KS, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    +3. Benjamin Pickett Keys,   b. 4 Oct 1797, Deep Creek MM, Yadkin, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1872, Jericho MM, Randolph, IN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     4. John Keys,   b. 18 Oct 1799, Deep Creek MM, Yadkin, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1811, Deep Creek MM, Yadkin, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 11 years)
    +5. Mary Keys,   b. 2 Aug 1801, Deep Creek MM, Yadkin, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1846, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
    +6. Joseph Keys,   b. 14 Dec 1803, Deep Creek MM, Yadkin, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 17 Feb 1874, Cottonwood Cemetery, Emporia, Lyon, KS, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
     7. Elizabeth Keys,   b. 13 Feb 1806, Deep Creek MM, Yadkin, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +8. Hannah KEYS,   b. 15 Jun 1808, Deep Creek MM, Yadkin, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Dec 1906, WaKeeney, Trego, KS, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years)
    Family ID F13352  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ruth Hadley,   b. 11 May 1770,   d. 15 May 1852, Deep Creek MM, Yadkin, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 6 Sep 1821  Deep Creek MM, Yadkin, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F03754  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S0051201] Encyclopedia of American Quaker Geneology, Vol 1, pg 977, William Wade Hinshaw, (1936).

    2. [S0051157] Keys Family Bible, The Bible of Benjamin Keys and Elizabeth, his wife., (Compiled by W C Heiss).

    3. [S0051202] Encyclopedia of American Quaker Geneology, Vol 1, pg 414, William Wade Hinshaw, (1936).

    4. [S0051295] Encyclopedia of American Quaker Geneology, Vol 1, pg 403, William Wade Hinshaw, (1936).



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