John George Keys and Descendants


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John George Keys and Mary Allen Keys Family about 1920. 
 He is the 4th child and 3rd son of George Washington Keys of Ohio.
John George Keys is a Grandson Of Oliver Hayden who changed his name.
Back Row left to right
Margaret Keys, married 1. John Jones, 2.Orville Markin       March 16, 1890

John Tracy Keys married Sadie Fetter                                 Oct 12, 1887

Elizabeth Roxy Keys, married 1. Green; married 2. Mckee     Jan 20, 1879

William Roscoe Keys                                                          June 9, 1883

Matilda Lois Keys married Newton Hill                                 Aug. 21, 1881

Front Row Left to Right 

Lillian B. Keys married Frank Bruce                                 Born Sept 1894

John George Keys, Their Father                                            Born Jan 2, 1851

Mary Allen Keys, Their Mother                                             Feb. 8, 1853, died Dec. 1, 1931

Cora Keys, married William Sutton in 1894                       March 30, 1873

John George Keys was born on Jan 2, 1851 in  Rock Camp, Ohio.  He was the Lawrence County Commissioner for 2 terms of 3 years each. He bought the old family homestead and farm after his Mother Elizabeth Lambert Waller Keys died. He died on Dec. 7, 1931 in  Coal Grove, Lawrence County, Ohio. The cause of death was a Cerebral Hemorrhage. He was buried about Dec. 9, 1931 next to his wife, Mary L. Allen Keys in Woodland Cemetery, Ironton, Ohio.
    He died at age 80 years, 11 months and 29 days. Lawrence County Record of Deaths Ledger 11-88 Register # 21. His early education was acquired in the public schools of the county and upon leaving school he went into the milling business at Rock Camp, and then took up farming in Perry Township.  He served as treasurer of Perry Township for eight years and was elected County Commissioner on the Republican ticket and managed a splendid farm.  Personally he is a man of fine address and intelligence.  Being thoroughly conversant with the county and its needs and a man of progressive ideas, he has made a valued public servant and enjoys the confidence and respect of all, in the city or the farm."
John married Mary Lucretia Allen  daughter of William H Allen on Mar 30 1870 in Rock Camo, Ohio. Mary was born on Feb 8 1853. She died on Dec 5 1924 in Rock Camp, Ohio. She was buried on Dec 8 1924 in Woodland Cemetery,Ironton, Ohio.
Obit Notice: Morning Irontonian, December 6, 1924, Saturday Page 5: Funeral Services will be held Monday morning at 10:30 for Mrs. John  Keys (Mary Lucretia Allen), 70 of Rock Camp who passed away early Friday morning, Mrs. Keys is survived by her husband and the following children: Mrs. Allen Sutton (Cora Ellen) of South Point; Mrs. Herbert Green (Elizabeth Roxy) of Cincinnati; Mrs. Newton  G. Hill (Matilda Lois) of Coal Grove; Roscoe Keys of Ironton; Tracy Keys of Ironton; Mrs. Orville. W. Markin (Margaret L.)  of Ironton; and Mrs. Frank Bruce (Lillian B.) of Ironton. One son, George Washington Allen  Keys preceded her in  death in  1908.  Services will be held in the Ice Creek Baptist church, with Rev. T. F. Carey in  charge.  Burial will be in  Woodland Cemetery under the direction of Undertaker Phillips of Waterloo.
John and Mary had the following children:
i.     George Washington Allen Keys born in 1872. Died on Oct 30 1908.Notes below
ii.    Cora Ellen Keys was born on Mar 30 1873. She died on Feb 7 1958.Notes below 
iii.   Albert Keys died in Infancy: was born in 1875. He died on Nov 12 1876 in Lawrence Cty, Fayette Twp. The cause of death was Congestion. He was buried about Nov 14 1876. Died at 1 year of age. Congestion of B----?. Ledger and page # 1-152. Register # 16 Record of Deaths, Lawrence County, Ohio
iv.    Charles Alfonso Keys died in infancy: was born on Aug 7 1877 in Lawrence Cty, Fayette Twp Coal Grove, Ohio. He died on Jul 8 1878 in At Home, Lawrence Cty, Fayette Twp., Ohio. The cause of death was Cholera-Infantum. He was buried about Jul 9 1878. Lawrence County Record of Deaths Ledger and Page 1-188 Register # 6
 v.    Elizabeth Roxy Keys was born on Jan 20 1879. She is listed in the Lawrence County Ohio Census of 1920 as then being 41 years old in 1920. No children. Elizabeth married (1) Herbert Green II . Elizabeth married (2) Howard C. McKee . Howard was buried in Woodland Cemetery, Ironton, Ohio.
vi. Matilda Lois Keys was born on Jun 21 1881. Notes below
vii. William Roscoe Keys "Roscoe" was born on Jun 9 1883. He died on Nov 25 1939. He was buried in Woodland Cemetery, Ironton , Ohio, Soldiers Plot. William married Bertha Roush . Bertha died on Feb 4 1919 in Jackson, Ohio.and buried in Jackson, Ohio.Notes below
viii. Robert E. Keys He died in Infancy.
ix. Rosie Lee Keys
died in infancy. She was buried in Sugar Creek Cemetery, Lawrence County, Ohio.
x. John Tracy Keys was born on Oct 12 1887 in Lawrence County, Ohio. He died in Lawrence County, Ohio. He was buried in Woodland Cemetery, Ironton, Ohio. He is listed in the Lawrence County, Ohio 1920 Census as then being 32 years old. No children. In 1912 he organized the first Lawrence County High School Band .J
ohn married Sadie Fetter.
xi. Margaret L. Keys was born on Mar 16 1890. Notes below
xii. Lillian B. Keys was born in Sep 1894. Notes below
Notes for Bertha Roush:
Death notice for Bertha Roush (Mrs. William Roscoe Keys)she died abt Feb. 4, 1919. Ironton  Register, Feb. 4, 1919, Tuesday, Page 8. Mrs. Orville Markins of South 6th St.,(that is Margaret L. Keys) was informed by telegram Friday of the death of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Roscoe Keys of Jackson , Ohio.  The deceased was before her marriage, Miss Bertha Roush and was well known in  Ironton. Her husband is now employed as a motorman for the Ohio Valley line.  Death was due to tuberculosis, after an illness of about 3 months.  Mrs. Markin left today for Jackson to attend the funeral.
 Second Generation
Notes for George Washington Allen Keys  (John George) was born in 1872 in Lawrence County, Perry Township, Ohio. He died on Oct 30 1908 in Deering, Ohio at home. The cause
of death was Typhoid fever. He was buried about Nov 2 1908 in Getaway Cemetery. He died from Typhoid Fever.  He was Principal of Forest Dale School. He died at the age of 36 years 11 months and 2 days old. He was a member of the Baptist Church of Ice Creek, Lawrence County, Ohio Lawrence County Record of Deaths Ledger and Page # 3-280.   Register # 2.
Obit: Ironton  Register Thursday November 5, 1908:
George W. A. Keys, one of the best known teachers in this county answered the final summons Friday night about 9 o'clock after a long illness of typhoid fever, at his home at Dearing.  Mr. Keys was the son  of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Keys and was born in  Perry Township 36 years ago.  He spent his boyhood days on  a farm, attending district schools during the winter months.  He obtained a certificate to teach school while quite young, and continued in the profession until his final illness, being engaged in teaching at Dearing when he took sick. He is survived by his wife and the following children; Elsie, Katie, Lydia and Oran aged 15, 11, 9 and 7 years respectively. Four of Mr. Keys children preceded him to the great beyond. At least one of 4 children is buried in  Hecla Cemetery died August 25, 1905 and I can only trace it with these dates to being probably his child.  No other GWK had or has lost babies in  this time frame. Four of his children died before his death date of 1908. He is also survived by his parents and the following brothers and sisters; Mrs. Cora Sutton,  Tracy, Maggie, Lillie of Rock Camp and Mrs. Roxa McKee and Mrs. Hill of Coal Grove and Roscoe Keys of this city and the bereaved family has the sympathy of the entire community.
    Mr. Keys was a consistent member of the Ice Creek Baptist Church, with which he united while he was quite young.  He was also a member of the I.O.O.F. of Rock Camp and the Knights of the Golden Eagle Lodge of Getaway.The funeral took place from the residence, the old William Brammer place beyond Dearing, Sunday at 10 o'clock a,m.  Rev. B. S. Ayers of Catlettsburg, conducted the services. The burial will be at Gateway cemetery.
George married Elizabeth Brammer  "Bettie". Elizabeth was born in 1869. She died in 1947. They had the following children:
i.  Elsie M. Keys  was born in Sept. 1893. She died before 1934.
ii.  Kathryn or Catherine B. Keys  was born on Aug 12 1897.
iii.  Lydia Vivian Keys  was born in Mar 1899.
iv.  Oran B. Keys  was born in 1901.
v.  4 Infant death Keys .

Notes for: Cora Ellen Keys (John George Keys) was born on Mar 30 1873 in Lawrence County, Rock Camp, Ohio. She died on Feb 7 1958 in Ironton, Ohio. She was buried in Lawrence County, Oho, Woodland Cemetery. Cora married William Allen Sutton on Oct 28 1894 in Lawrence County,Ohio. William was born on Oct 28 1871 in Gallia Cty, Ohio. He died on Jun 5 1956. He was buried on Jun 7 1956 in Woodland Cemetery, Lawrence County, Ohio. Marriage license below:
William Allen Sutton and Cora Ellen (Keys) Sutton
Her picture is also in her family group photo at top.
More pictures of theirs are at end of this file.
They had the following children:
i. John Lyndal Sutton was born on Jun 16 1896.
          One child of his was Lyndal Edward Sutton, born Oct. 28, 1921.
                Some children of Lyndal's are Larry Sutton, born about 1945 and Christopher (Chris) Lyndal Sutton, born Oct. 28, 1952.
ii. Elmer Levi Sutton was born on Apr 25 1898 in Lawrence County,Ohjo, Fayette Twp.. He died in Stockton, Calif. He was buried on Sep 27 1952 in Lawrence County, Ohio,Woodlawn Cemetery. He died before both of his parents. Elmer married Lennie Gibson .
iii. Mary Lauretta E. Sutton  was born on Jan 13 1902. She died on Sep 28 1957.
iv.  Dorothy Lorena Sutton  was born Aug 14 1906 - Aug 15 1907. She died on Mar 4 1963.
Notes for Matilda Lois Keys  (John George Keys) was born on Jun 21 1881 in Lawrence Cty. Ohio. Matilda married Newton G. Hill  about 1901. Newton was born about 1881.
They had the following children
 i.    Marie Hill 
 ii.  Blanche Hill .
iii.  Dorothy Hill .
iv.  Ina Hill .
v.   Ralph Hill
vi.  Maxine Hill
vii.  John Franklin Hill
viii.  Doris Hill .
Notes for Margaret L. Keys  "Maggie" (John George Keys) was born on Mar 16 1890.
Margaret married (1) John Jones .
They had the following children:
        i.  Bonalyn Jones. Bonalyn married E. D. McGee .
 Margaret L. married (2) Orville W. Markin .
They had the following children:
    i.  Florence Lucille Markin  died in 1934.
    ii.  Ethel Bernice or Blanche Markin
Notes for Lillian B. Keys  "Lily" (John George Keys) was born in Sep 1894.
Lillian married Frank Bruce .
They had the following children:
i. Mary Lee Bruce .
ii. Frank Bruce Jr. .
iii. George Raymond Bruce .
iv. Thomas Woodrow Bruce .



Headstone of W.A. Sutton and Cora Keys Sutton

Five generations of extended family Keys Cousins about 1951.
Cousin Kim in front of an old abandoned Keys farm house near Rock camp .

Four generations of the extended Keys family lady cousins about 2007
left to right: Joyce, Darrien (Boo),Anyce, Kim.
Joyce and Anyce
Two lady Keys cousins at the Mall about 2007.
Darrien (Boo), Keith, Kim  and Joyce 
Keys cousins extended family line of Hankins and Caskey.
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 Tom Keys