KEEN

_____Susannah Keen . . . First Known Generation

Susannah Keen (b. ca 1802) is first found in the 1860 census for Buchanan County, Virginia.  Family history states her children were by Henry D. Aston who was the land agent overseeing the sale of land in Buchanan County.   Susannah's farm was in the Contrary section of Buchanan County.   Henry married and had a family in Russell County, but mentioned Susannah and her children in his will.

Children of Aston and Susannah Keen are:

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Sarah (Sally) Keene, b. Abt. 1832.
James Logan Keene, b. March 25, 1838, d. 1936, married Lattisha Vandyke.
David Keene, b. Abt. 1846
John Keene
Henry Keene
Israel Oscar Keene
Katie Keene, married William Vandyke

_____Sarah (Sallie) Keene . . . Second Generation

Sarah (Sally) Keene, b. Abt. 1832.  No information available on the father of Sarah's children.   Oral family history leans toward an area doctor.   During her later years "Sally" and son Lazarus lived with her other two sons.  Folks who remember "Sally" paint her personality in an unfavorable light.  She is described as hateful, spitful, and cantankerous.   Her children are:

Mathias Keen, b. January 1852.
John Henry Keen, b. 1855
Lazarus Keen

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_____Mathias Keen . . . Third Generation

Mathias Keen, b. January 1852, married Melinda Vandyke.   Their home was on Garden Creek, Buchanan County, Virginia.  Mathias is reported to have been a merchant and had a country beside his home. 

Children of Mathias Keen and Melinda Vandyke are:

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Jasper Newton (Newt) Keen, b. January 1876.
Mary E. Keen, b. April 1879, married Henry Looney
James Oscar (Oss) Keen, b. March 1880, married Susanna Fletcher.
John Henry Keen, b. January 26, 1882, married Sophia Cook.
Sarah J. Keen, b. October 1884, d. 1904 (Cause-TB)
Rose L. Keen, b. October 1886, m. Morgan Price.
Jenny M. Keen, b. April 1890, m. West. (Died from TB)
Luther Mathias Keen, b. February 06, 1893, d. August 8, 1969, married Bessie Angeline Presley.
Charles E. Keen, b. September 1896.
Steward Keen, b. January 1898.
Lou Keen, (Died from TB at age 16)
Garland Kee

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_____John Henry Keen . . . Fourth Generation

John Henry Keen, b. January 26, 1882, married Sophia Mahalia Cook, caughter of William Flem Cook and Mary McGlothlin.  John and "Sofie" had a farm in Council, Buchanan County, Va.   They had a country store, owned the local grist mill, raised tobacco, large gardens, and had numerous farm animals.  They were one of the first in that area to have electric lights which were run by several batteries.  The batteries were recharged with a gasoline generator.  Their home farm is now the site of the Council Recreational Park.  The family cemetery is located there also.

Children of John Keen and Sophia Cook are:

Ora Keen, b. 1908, d. October 1976, married (1) Jim Bowerman (2) Clarence Combs.
Ernest Keen, married Hazel Fields.
Ollie Keen, married Dennis Keen.
Carl Keen, married Irene (Toots) Massey.
Melinda Pearl Keen, b. November 2, 1917, married Sylvester Claude Wade.
Marvin Willard Keen, b. January 25, 1920, c. December 13, 1998, married Chloe Rema Ownbey daugher of John Ellis Ownbey and Lucy Ellen Turner.
Perry Keen, b. May 6, 1922, d. April 18, 1980, married Helen Wampler.
Beulah Gay Keen, b. April 16, 1925, married Thomas Messineo.
Myrle Keen, married Finley Nuckles.

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_____Marvin Willard Keen . . . Fifth Generation

Marvin Willard Keen, b. January 25, 1920, d. December 13, 1998, married Chloe Rema Ownbey, b. August 29, 1920, d. September 11, 1993.  Marvin and Rema made their home on Garden Creek, Buchanan County, Va. 

Children of Marvin Willard Keen and Chloe Rema Ownbey are:

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John Ellis Keen married Vivian Jean Wright.
Nancy Karen Keen married Clarence David Short.
Gary Huston, b. January 9, 1950, d. April 30, 1973, married Yvonne (Bonnie) Cole.
Rebecca Darlene Keen married Joseph Strickler Mullins. 

Please note I have included only my line of this family.  Other information available upon request.  Additional information to be posted soon.

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