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From: "Steven Wallace" <>
Subject: Elizabeth ROBINS & Anderson KEEN
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2003 15:19:03 -0500
Dear Robbins Researchers:
I have ROBINS and ROBBINS on both my Mom's (Virginia) and Dad's
(Massachusetts) side ... so if you see me inquiring about one line, there is
no necessary relation to the other. Today, it's my maternal line - the
southern line - I'm working on.
Seeking any information on my G5-grandparents Anderson KEEN (b. 20 MAR 1784
in Franklin County, Virginia) and his wife Elizabeth ROBINS (or is it Polly
ROLLINS?) who was also born in Franklin County, but two years later, in
1786. Note, the 1786 Franklin County, Virginia Personal Property Tax List
has two Keens (John, Elisha) but no Rollins or Robins -- though there is a
Roberts ...... http://www.ls.net/~newriver/va/fran1786.htm
On either 4 AUG 1804 or 20 AUG 1804, Anderson and Elizabeth were married in
Some time over the next three years -- by 1808 anyway -- the KEEN's moved on
to Grainger County, Tennessee and, by 1840, they had moved on to Clay Co.,
KY. However, there is a marriage record for one Anderson KEEN (of TN)
gettting married in 1840, in TN. Coincidental? Not sure ... but if
Elizabeth died in 1840, a remarriage in his 50s is still plausible.
Who were the parents of this couple from Franklin Co., VA???
Where did they come from ???
Thank you, for any HELP !!!
Information below, about kids, siblings, etc. is related but only
By the way, we do know that Anderson & Elizabeth KEEN had at least five
children as follows:
F i Malinda KEEN
b. 24 AUG [1805?] in Franklin Co., VA,
m. 22 JAN 1820 in Grainger Co., TN
to Braxton WALTERS, (b.1801 in Pittsylvainia County, VA, d. 01 JAN 1875 in
Sullivan Co., IN),
d. 04 NOV 1866 in Greene Co., IN, bur. Samaria Cemetery, Greene Co., IN
M ii William KEEN
b. 1808 in Grainger Co., TN,
m. 29 NOV 1826 in Grainger Co., TN
to Ellender/Eleandor WALTERS (b. 02 JAN 1809 in Grainger Co., TN, d. 08 AUG
1872 in Sullivan Co., IN),
d. 1868 in Sullivan Co., IN
M iii Hiram KEEN (twin?)
b. ca. 1811 in Grainger Co., TN,
F iv Nancy KEEN (twin?)
b. 24 JAN 1811 in Grainger Co., TN,
m. 24 FEB 1828 in TN to David Pennybaker YADON (b. 13 NOV 1809 in Grainger
Co., TN, d. 24 DEC 1876 in Laurel Co., KY),
d. 27 SEP 1882 in Claiborne Co., TN and was buried in Etna Church Cemetery,
Pulaski Co., KY.
M v Franklin or Francis KEEN
b. 24 AUG 1814 in Grainger Co., TN,
m. (1). 1833 in Claiborne Co., TN to Margaret GRUBB (dau. of John GRUBB, b.
1815, d. 11 OCT 1865),
m. (2). 11 OCT 1865 in Daviess County, IN to Lutitia Walls BERKLEY, (b.
1838. d. 08 JUL 1918),
d. 22 APR 1892 in Sullivan Co., IN
Information below is related only peripherally.
Revised: 22 December 1999
William Cowden B circa 1745 (5) Bedford County, Virginia
Biography M circa 1770 (5) Bedford County, Virginia
Pedigree D circa Aug 1820 (1) Sumner County, Tennessee
Lucy Maxey B According to "Information on Walter Maxey of Franklin Co.,
Virginia," Vol. 5, page 14, Raney Collection, Rocky Mount Public Library,
Rocky Mount, Franklin County, Virginia .....
Amy, daughter of William Cowden Jr. and Lucy [sic] Keen, was born circa
1803. In 1830, she married Joel Joseph Meador in Sumner County, Tennessee.
He was born in Bedford County circa 1795 and was the son of Joel and Sarah
(Moore) Meador. Amy died after 1860 in Wayne County, Missouri. Lucy Keen was
the daughter of Edward Keen of Franklin County, Virginia.
William Cowden (1)
Spouse: Elizabeth Keen
B circa 1772 (5)
M 12 Feb 1802 (7) Franklin Co., Virginia Marriage Bonds, #917 date of Bond
11 Jan 1802, surety was John Keen.
John KEEN was born in 1788. He died in Dec 1878 in Danville, Virginia. He
married Nancy WITCHER in 1807 in Pittsylvania Co., Virginia.
Nancy WITCHER [Parents].Nancy married John KEEN in 1807 in Pittsylvania Co.,
They had the following children:
M i Elisha Ford KEEN Colonel
M ii William Witcher KEEN
F iii Elizabeth A S KEEN
F iv Mary Humphrey KEEN
F v Nancy Harriet KEEN
M vi Charles KEEN
F vii Christian "Kitty" KEEN.
F viii Emily KEEN.
F ix Frances KEEN
Elizabeth Ballard Fontaine4 (Nancy3, Charles2, ?Thomas1) was born 1 Sept
1812, probably Pittsylvania Co., VA; died 1888, probably Pittsylvania Co.,
VA6; married William Witcher Keen, 15 May 1837, Pittsylvania Co., VA. He
was born 1811, VA; died 1880,6 probably Pittsylvania Co., VA. Most of this
family is buried in Green Hill Cemetery, Pittsylvania Co., VA.
i. Nancy (Ann), born 1840, VA; died 1873, VA.6
ii. Mary, born 1 Jan 1842, VA; died 30 Aug 1881; married John Anthony Smith.
He was born 17 Sept 1835, VA; died 3 Sept 1896, VA.6
iii. John T., born 22 Dec 1843, VA; died 1 Nov 1880; married Mary Virginia
( ). She was born 12 Mar 1843; died 14 Oct 1886.6
iv. Charles, born 3 Feb 1846, VA; died 9 Feb 1883; married Alice Dickenson.
She was born 4 Apr 1851; died 24 July 1898.6
v. William W., born 1848, VA; died 1880, VA.6
vi. Fontaine P., born 27 Mar 1850, VA; died 22 Feb 1874, VA.6
vii. Elisha, born 1851, VA; died 1881, VA.6
Christian "Kitty" KEEN (Blair)
Elisha KEEN, Sr.
Elisha Ford KEEN
John KEEN, Sr.
Nancy Witcher KEEN (Langhorne)