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REV. COLEMAN GREEN KEYS 
OF OHIO AND DESCENDANTS
 
 
 
 
 
Transcription of bible flyleaf:
 

“Presented to CG Keys, the teacher in District No 1, of Portage township, Porter County Ind., at McCool, Ind., June 1, 1906,by the patrons of the school in said District; viz., -

 

GE Haxton, RH Small, Fred Ramenstien, JW Kuehl, S F Bay, John Baessler, ED Phillips, Ed Rohwedder, Frank Severance, and Fred Craft”

 Ordained Minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church and later an Elder of the Nazarene Church.

He is the second son of George Washington Keys and Elizabeth Lambert Waller Keys.

He enlisted in 1865 and fought in the Civil War for 3 years starting at age 18.

Died age 78, 2 months and 16 days of Gastric Carcinoma.

Lawrence County Record of Deaths Ledger and Page 5-55, Register # 11.

He is listed in The Lawrence County Census of 1920 as then being 72 years old.

He was named for his maternal grandfather Coleman Greene Waller (Sr.)

Obituary from the Ironton Tribune Monday, page 2, March 29, 1926:

Coleman Green Keys, age 73, for fifty years a resident in the Lawrence County---Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock, ----to the great tomorrow following an illness of 6 ---- duration. Death came silently at his old home at Rock Camp where for years he has resided, having been born and reared in this county where he spent the greater part of his life.

C. G. Keys was widely known throughout this county and has taught many of Lawrence Counties best --- businessmen and farmers. He was never affiliated with any clubs or lodges.

Coleman G. Keys, the second son of Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Keys was born on Jan 16, 1848 and died March 28, 1926. He grew to manhood in Perry Township, Lawrence County, Ohio. The stirring ---of the Civil War made a strong impression on him as a boy, so when he became Eighteen, he enlisted in the regular army and gave three years of service to his country.

On April 3, 1873 he was united in marriage to Miss Hester Ann Dilley, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Abner Dilley of near Oak Ridge Furnace. To this union, nine children were born and grew to manhood and womanhood. They are Oliver A. Keys of ----, (The other married names are not legible in this old clipping)---together with twenty-three grandchildren and five brothers and one sister, survive him. Mrs. Keys passed away ten years ago.

Mr. Keys was always an ardent student. He began teaching when quite a young man and continued for the rest of his active life, except for a few years spent in Indiana. He was recognized as one of the foremost teachers of Lawrence County. He taught school in Porter County in 1906 and in Ironton in 1922.

C. G. Keys united with the church at Wesley Chapel, Feb. 1870 at Rock Camp. He was always a great stalwart, earnest worker in Sunday school, holding a position of superintendent for many years. He was a walking commentary on the Bible. He will live in the hearts of the people. He was appointed local preacher and was later an ordained Minister of the M. E. Church. During recent years he had been interested in the holiness movement and was, at time of death a member of the Nazarene Church, having been ordained an elder in that denomination. He died strong in the faith and in the hope of the resurrection, where he will meet relatives and friends and d especially her whom he has missed much since her death in 1916. The Sunday prior to his death when questioned by his son regarding his hopes he held up an emaciated hand and replied, "In my father’s house are many mansions. He is building me a mansion, which eternally shall stand, for my stay will not be transient in that Holy, happy land.

Funeral services will be held at 10 o’clock Wednesday morning at Wesley M. E. chapel at Rock Camp. Rev. and Mrs. Brandeberry will officiate; Interment will be made in Woodland cemetery, under direction of Undertaker Phillips.


The Civil War was from 1861 to 1865. He enlisted in Dec. 15,1866 and received his discharge Dec. 15, 1869.

ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES

TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

Know ye, that Coleman G. Keyes a Corporal of Captain (first name-William or Benjamin, middle initial A; last name is apparently McKrobbinger’s) Company K of the Second Regiment of Infantry who was enlisted the fifteenth day of December one thousand eight hundred and sixty six to serve three years is hereby discharged from the Army of the United States in consequence of Expiration of Service.

Said Coleman G. Keys was born in Perry Township in the State of Ohio, is twenty-four years of age, five feet eleven and 1/2 inches high, fair complexion, grey eyes, blond (?) hair and by occupation when enlisted a Miller.

Given under my hand at Mobile, Alabama, this fifteenth day of December in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-nine.

T.F. English,

Commanding

A.G.O. No 98

Paid in full $260.55

 
Civil War Discharge 
GREAT READING. USE YOUR MAGNIFYING GLASS PLEASE 
 
 
Letter above to Son, May 1, 1922

 
 

Rev. Coleman Green Keys

 First Generation

 

  Rev. Coleman Green Keys  was born on 16 Jan 1848 in Lawrence County, Perry Township, Ohio. He died on 28 Mar 1926 in Rock Camp, Lawrence County Ohio.  The cause of death was Gastric Carcinoma. He was buried about 1 Apr 1926 in Lawrence Cty. Woodland Cemetery,Sec. 20, Ironton, Ohio.



Ordained Minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church and later an Elder of the Nazarene Church.
He is the second son of George Washington Keys and Elizabeth Lambert Waller Keys.
He enlisted in 1865 and fought in the Civil War for 3 years starting at age 18.
Died age 78, 2 months and 16 days of Gastric Carcinoma.
Lawrence County Record of Deaths Ledger and Page 5-55, Register # 11.
He is listed in The Lawrence County Census of 1920 as then being 72 years old.
He was named for his maternal grandfather Coleman Greene Waller (Sr.)
Obituary from the Ironton Tribune Monday, page 2, March 29, 1926:
Coleman Green Keys, age 73, for fifty years a resident in the Lawrence County---Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock, ----to the great tomorrow following an illness of 6 ---- duration. Death came silently at his old home at Rock Camp where for years he has resided, having been born and reared in this county where he spent the greater part of his life.

C. G. Keys was widely known throughout this county and has taught many of Lawrence Counties best businessmen and farmers. He was never affiliated with any clubs or lodges.

Coleman G. Keys, the second son of Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Keys was born on Jan 16, 1848 and died March 28, 1926. He grew to manhood in Perry Township, Lawrence County, Ohio. The stirring of the Civil War made a strong impression on him as a boy, so when he became Eighteen, he enlisted in the regular army and gave three years of service to his country.

On April 3, 1873 he was united in marriage to Miss Hester Ann Dilley, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Abner Dilley of near Oak Ridge Furnace. To this union, nine children were born and grew to manhood and womanhood. They are Oliver A. Keys of ----, (The other married names are not legible in this old clipping)---together with twenty-three grandchildren and five brothers and one sister, survive him.
Mrs. Keys passed away ten years ago.

Mr. Keys was always an ardent student. He began teaching when quite a young man and continued for the rest of his active life, except for a few years spent in Indiana. He was recognized as one of the foremost teachers of Lawrence County. He taught school in Porter County in 1906 and in Ironton in 1922.

C. G. Keys united with the church at Wesley Chapel, Feb. 1870 at Rock Camp. He was always a great stalwart, earnest worker in Sunday school, holding a position of superintendent for many years. He was a walking commentary on the Bible. He will live in the hearts of the people. He was appointed local preacher and was later an ordained Minister of the M. E. Church. During recent years he had been interested in the holiness movement and was, at time of death a member of the Nazarene Church, having been ordained an elder in that denomination. He died strong in the faith and in the hope of the resurrection, where he will meet relatives and friends and especially her whom he has missed much since her death in 1916. The Sunday prior to his death when questioned by his son regarding his hopes he held up an emaciated hand and replied, “In my father’s house are many mansions. He is building me a mansion, which eternally shall stand, for my stay will not be transient in that Holy, happy land.

Funeral services will be held at 10 o’clock Wednesday morning at Wesley M. E. chapel at Rock Camp.
Rev. and Mrs. Brandeberry will officiate; Interment will be made in Woodland cemetery, under direction of Undertaker Phillips.
  
Coleman married Hester Ann Dilley on 2 Apr 1873 in Waterloo, Marion, Lawrence County, Ohio. Hester was born on 6 Aug 1851 in Oak Ridge Furnace, Aid Twnshp,Lawrence County, Ohio. She died on 10 Feb 1916 in Lawrence County,Rock Camp, Ohio. She was buried about 12 Feb 1916 in Woodland Cemetery, Ironton, Sec.20,Lawrence County, Ohio.

Obit: Lawrence County, Ohio, Friday, Morning Irontonion. Feb. 11, 1916:

Mrs. Coleman Green Keys (Hester Ann Dilley) aged 65 of Rock Camp died Thursday night at 8:30 o'clock after an illness of about 10 days due to an absess, which later developed into gangrene and the latter was the direct cause of her death. The decendent was the daughter of the late Abner Dilley and an aunt of A. D. Markin, of S. 5th Street. She was widely known throughout the county and had a host of friends in this city, who were shocked to learn of her demise. She was born at Oak Ridge Furnace, Lawrence County, and resided here a great part of her life. She resided at Valparaiso Indiana for a time, however, but retained her membership in the Methodist Church at Valparaiso. She was a splendid Christian lady and her life was a benediction and an inspiration to all with whom she came in contact in her active and useful life. She reared a large family and the following mourn the demise of a devoted and ever thoughtful mother: Oliver Arnold Keys, Mrs. Laura Mae Summers of Council Grove, Kansas; John Keys of Kankakee, Ill.; Merrill Vincent Keys of Michigan City, Indiana; Mrs. R. Vandervort (Emma Lulu) of Springfield, Mo.; Mrs. R. B. McCrum (Elizabeth Ainslee)of Huntington, Ind.; Mrs. G. R. McCue (Mary Alice) of Garden City, Mo.; Mrs. Waller (Armilda Russell) of Washington State and Mrs. Charity Dilly Harris, at home, The funeral arrangements have not yet been completed but are in charge of Bingaman and Jones and will be announced later after the children have been heard from.Morning Irontonian Funeral service notice: The funeral services over the remains of Mrs. C. G. Keys will be held this morning at 10 o'clock at the Rock Camp church, with interment following in Woodland under direction of Bingaman and Jones. A number of local friends and relatives of Mrs. Keys will go to Rock Camp this morning to attend the funeral.
Buried in Section 20 of Woodland Cem. with husband Rev. Coleman Green Keys.
 
 

Coleman and Hester had the following children:
 
i. Oliver Arnold Keys was born on 3 Sep 1874. He died about 1955.Notes below
ii.  Emma Lulu Keys  was born on 16 Nov 1875. Notes below
iii.  John Heydon Hammond Keys  was born on 27 Feb 1877. Notes Below
iv.  Laura May Keys  was born on 22 Dec 1878. She died in Council Groves, Kansas ?Laura married Charles Lee Summers  on 3 May 1899.
v.  Charity Dilley Keys  was born on 12 Dec 1880. Notes below
vi.  Merrill Vincent Keys was born on 6 Apr 1883. He died on 7 Sep 1964.Notes below 
vii.  Marie Alice Keys  was born on 10 Feb 1885. Notes below
viii.  Elizabeth Ainslie Keys  was born on 6 Jan 1887. Notes below
 ix.  Armilda Russell Keys  was born on 18 Jul 1889. Notes below

Second Generation
 
Notes for Oliver Arnold Keys  (Coleman Green Keys) was born on 3 Sep 1874 in
Lawrence Co, Oh. He died about 1955 in Council Groves, Kansas ?.
6 children, 2 died in infancy
Oliver married (1) Una Roxana Varner  on 26 Sep 1900. Una was born on 27 Jul 1873 in Rinard's Mill, Monroe County, Ohio. She died on 24 Jun 1915 in Council Grove, Kansas. She was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Council Grove, Kansas.

Newspaper Obituary for Una Varner Keys:
On Thursday, June 24 at 8:30 the spirit of Mrs. O. Keys passed from its suffering house of clay and went out to meet her maker.
Una Roxana Varner was born at Minard's Mill, Monroe, County, Ohio. July 27, 1873. She came with her parents to Parkerville, Kansas in 1873, where she grew to womanhood, receiving her education in the public schools at that place. She made the most of her opportunities and was for six years enrolled as one of the teachers in Morris County. She was not only interested in schools where she taught, but was an untiring worker in the church an d Sunday School at these places. She was a lover of music and her sweet voice not only gladdened the home but was willingly and gladly offered on every occasion of sadness. Many a mourning person was comforted when over the casket of a loved one, floated her voice of sweet and consoling strains. On Sept 26, 1900 she was married to Oliver A. Keys of Ironton, Ohio. They make their home in Kelso for a number of years and then moved to Council Grove,(Iowa.)

Mrs. Keys was the mother of six children, two of whom died in infancy. She joined the M. E. Church at Parkerville when about sixteen years of age and was always an active worker in the church. Since coming to Council Grove she united with the M.E. Church, North, but on account of failing health for a number of years was unable to continue her church work here.

She has now gone to enjoy higher service and rest. Can we not smile through our tears and say, "It is well. "Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. Ashton Davies and the remains in flower laden casket will be buried beside her babe in Greenwood Cemetery.
Oliver and Una had the following 4 children from my records: 
 i. Hester Abigail Keys was born estimated 6 Aug 1902. She died on 10 Feb 1916.
Notes below 
 ii. Olive Lucille Keys was born on 30 May 1904 in Kelso, Kansas. She died on 15 Jul 1996 in Denton, Denton County, Texas. She was buried in Norton Cemetery.
Olive married (1) Ralph Keys  son of Oran B. Keys and Avanella Brammer. Olive Lucille and Ralph Keys, are 2nd cousins-one time removed. Common ancestor is GeorgeWashington Keys.
Olive Lucille married (2) L E Thomason  "Tommy".
iii.  Ellis Keys  was born estimated 1905.
iv.  Dorothy Lillian Keys  was born on 2 May 1906. Dorothy married J C Stuewe .
 
Oliver Arnold Keys married (2) Minnie Fenner Allen: 2nd wife.
 

 
Notes for Emma Lulu Keys (Coleman Green) was born on 16 Nov 1875 in Lawrence Co, Ohio.Emma married Russell G. Vandivort on 31 Aug 1898.
They had the following children:
i. Vivian Vandivort .Vivian married Theodore Haynes in New York City.
ii. Russell Vincent Vandivort .

Notes for John Heydon Hammond Keys (Coleman Green) was born on 27 Feb 1877 in Lawrence County, Ohio. There is the old original HEYDON name spelling again .
John married La Verne Pearl Dickey on 26 Jun 1907 in (?) Kankakee, Illinois..
They had the following children:
i. Kathryn LaVerne Keys .


 
Notes for Charity Dilley Keys  (Coleman Green) was born on 12 Dec 1880.

Charity married Fred W. Harris on 6 Oct 1903.
They had the following children:
i. Juanita Feda Harris .
ii. Laura Hester Harris .Laura married Gilbert Williams.


Notes for Merrill Vincent Keys (Coleman Green) was born on 6 Apr 1883 in Proctorville, Ohio. He died on 7 Sep 1964 in Michigan City, Indiana. He was buried on 9 Sep 1964 in Greenwood Cemetery, Michigan City, Indiana.
Spanish-American War Vet. Sgt in Co B of the 28th Infantry Regiment.
Note from a relative says:
Always enjoyed visiting Gpa Keys. He was a kind and gentle man. He also kept Coke in the refrigerator....a real treat for me. I also loved to get a drink of ice cold water from the well hand-pump in the kitchen. He loved his cigars...we (Bill, Chris, and I) always bought him a box of Dutch Master cigars for Christmas($5., I believe). JPM
He was born in Proctorville, Ohio while his father, Coleman Green Keys, was teaching there.
Merrill married Alma Emilie Marie John on 18 May 1909 in Michigan City, Indiana. Alma was born on 4 Aug 1887 in Michigan City, Indiana. She died on 12 Jul 1959 in Michigan City, Indiana, age 72.
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
Merrill Vincent Keys, 1883 to 1964 with Wife
Alma (John) Keys. Married on May 18, 1909 in Michigan City, Indiana
 
They had the following children:
i. John Merrill Keys was born in 1913. He died on 11 Jun 1983. Notes below
ii. Alice Marie Keys was born on 10 Jun 1916. She died on 30 Oct 1997. Notes below
iii. Alma Rosalee Dillie Keys was born on 28 Dec 1918. Notes below
iv. Coleman Gilbert Edwin Keys was born on 13 Apr 1922. He died on 29 Dec 1974.
Notes below
v. Merrillyn Ann Keys was born in 1928.



Notes for Marie Alice Keys (Coleman Green) was born on 10 Feb 1885.
Marie married Elbert McQue
.
They had the following children:
i. Elbert Merrill McQue .
ii. Ethan Roy McQue .married ?unknown. They had Michael McCue born in 1951 in Denver, Colorado. Picure                  
iii. Mary Alice McQue, Jr. .
iv. Bazelial McQue .
 


Notes for Elizabeth Ainslie Keys "Bess" (Coleman Green) was born on 6 Jan 1887 in Lawrence Co, Ohio. Elizabeth married Robert Burns McCrum .
They had the following children:
i. Robert. B. McCrum Jr. .
ii. Marianna McCrum .
iii. Betty McCrum .
iv. Thomas McCrum .

Notes for: Armilda Russell Keys (Coleman Green) was born on 18 Jul 1889.
Armilda married (1) Robert Waller son of William Lawson Waller and Mattie Dawson. Robert was born in 1891 in Lawrence Cty, Ironton, Ohio.
Listed in the Lawrence County 1900 Census for Perry Twnshp.
Robert and Armilda had the following children:
 i. Roberta Waller .
 ii. Doris Waller .
 iii. Edith Waller .
Armilda married (2) William Corbin .

 


Third Generation



Notes for Hester Abigail Keys (Oliver Arnold, Coleman Green) was born estimated 6 Aug 1902 in Ohio. She died on 10 Feb 1916 in Lawrence County, Ohio, Perry Twp.. Lawrence County Record of Deaths Ledger and Page # 2-83, Register # 5. She was buried about 13 Feb 1916 in Upper Woodland Cemetery ,Ironton Ohio.
Lawrence County Record of Deaths Ledger and Page # 2-83, Register # 5
Died age 64 years 6 months and 4 days.
Hester married John Breedlove .
They had the following children:
i. Dorothy Breedlove .

Notes for: John Merrill Keys (Merrill Vincent, Coleman Green) was born in 1913. He died on 11 Jun 1983 in Millinocket, Maine. John married (1) Eleanor Burnet . Eleanor was born estimated 25 Feb 1915. She died in 1995 in Keene, New Hampshire.
They had the following children:
i. Jonathan Keys .Jonathan married Esther - .
ii. David Christopher Keys .

John married (2) - Mabry. .

Notes for: Alice Marie Keys (Merrill Vincent, Coleman Green) was born on 10 Jun 1916. She died on 30 Oct 1997 in Louisville, Ky.. The cause of death was "After effects from heart Surgery" She was buried in Michigan City, Indiana. Residence in Hendersonville, North Carolina but died after surgery from heart damage while in Louisville, Ky.Alice married William Wallace Martz Sr. on 5 Jun 1938. William was born on 18 Feb 1914. He died on 20 May 1996 in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
They had the following children:
i. William Merrill Martz Jr. was born in 1939.
ii. Lynne Marie Martz was born in 1946. She died in 1950. 
iii. John Paul Martz was born in 1947.
iv. Christopher David Martz was born in 1949.

Notes for: Alma Rosalee Dillie Keys (Merrill Vincent, Coleman Green) was born on 28 Dec 1918. 2006-Living in New Castle, Indiana. Alma married Emmett Wozniak on 15 Nov 1941. Emmett was born in 1915. He died in 1995.
They had the following children:
i. Vincent Wozniak was born on 28 Aug 1942. Vincent married Faye Fernandez . Faye was born on 16 Mar 1940.
ii. Vicki Wozniak was born in 1945.
iii. Velma Wozniak was born in 1949. 
iv. Venice Wozniak was born in 1950.

Notes for: Coleman Gilbert Edwin Keys (Merrill Vincent, Coleman Green) was born on 13 Apr 1922 in Michigan City, Indiana. He died on 29 Dec 1974 in Louisville, Kentucky.
WW II Veteran.  Cremated. Coleman married Mary Lou Peck on 31 Aug 1946. Mary was born on 1 Jun 1924.
 
Coleman Gilbert Edwin Keys and
Mary Lou Peck Keys
 


They had the following children:

i. Kent Wallace Keys was born on 26 Jun 1947 in Michigan City, Indiana. He died on 30 Jun 2008 in Louisville, Ky., Baptist East Hospital. The cause of death was Pneumonia and a Staph infection. He was cremated about 3 Jul 2008 in Kentucky. Kent married Timmee ---- on 14 Sep 1968. She was born on 14 Jul 1947. They have many living descendnts.
 
             KENT WALLACE KEYS
          26 Jun 1947- -30 Jun 2008
 
 
 
 
ii.Merrillyn Ann Keys (Merrill Vincent, Coleman Green) was born in 1928
Merrillyn married William O'Boyle on 23 May 1948. William was born on 23 May 1920. He died on 10 Nov 2001.

They had the following children:
i. Patrick O'Boyle was born in 1949. He died in 2004.
+ 5 living descendants. Living descendants are not listed by name.


 
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APRIL 21, 2009
  
 
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