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JENNIE KEYES DIARY

Published in Alabama Historical Quarterly 1930
Partial transcript
OUR TRIP TO BRAZIL

First-hand accounts written by Dr. John W. Keyes and Jennie R. Keyes

JOHN WASHINGTON KEYES was born in Athens, Limestone County, Alabama on November 25, 1825 to George and Nelly Keyes. He attended La Grange College in Alabama starting in January 1842 but was suspended the following year for fighting. He returned home before studying medicine at Louis-ville, Kentucky and entering practice with Dr. Welch in Somerville, Alabama. On November 4, 1846

 

J.W. Keyes married Julia L. Marcellus (1830-8/10/1877 FL), eldest daughter of Prof. Nicholas Mar-cellus and Caroline Lee Whiting Hentz, in Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama.

 

 

After studying (1849) in Cincinnati, in 1850 he was awarded a degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Ohio Dental College, and a Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Ohio. He practiced in Florida in the early 1850s, before moving (1857) to Montgomery, Alabama where he practiced den-tistry, and occasionally published in dental journals.

 

He served in Company A, 1st Battalion of Hilliard's Legion at Mobile, and as surgeon of the 17th Ala-bama Regiment. He also practiced surgery at St. Mary's Hospital in Montgomery and elsewhere. The citizens of Montgomery awarded him a horse for his service.

 

From 1867 to 1873 the Keyes family lived in the Gunter Colony at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, before returning to Montgomery.

 

His daughter, Jenny Rutledge Keyes (ca. 1856-1879) who married James E. Davidson, and an older sister Eula who married Dr. John Coachman. Dr. John W. Keyes of Iola, FL married Miss Marianne Hentz of Alabama on September 18, 1878 at the home of Sr. Samuel J. Withers in Mooresville, Alaba-ma, with Rev. McDonnell performing the marriage (Huntsville Democrat 10/2/1878).

 

He then moved to Calhoun County, Florida where he grew oranges. Dr. Keyes who was 6' tall and weighted 180 pounds once captured an 8' shark without assistance. J.W. Keyes died on November 27, 1892 near Wewahitchka, Florida.

When pioneers first came to the territory now known as Wewahitchka, they were welcomed by Native-Americans, but their resistance grew when their land and hunting grounds were threatened. As a result of this turmoil, many lives were lost. General Andrew Jackson made three trips to the Florida Territory. One such visit brought him to the Wewa-lola area, where he took advantage of the interpretation skills of pioneering George Richards and his family. Thomas Richards later served as an Indian Agent and, along with his brother Andrew and several others, built a fort on the banks of the Dead Lakes. In 1872, Dr. John Keyes moved to the Wewa area and planted pecan, pear, and orange trees. Dr . Keyes referred to the two lakes as “Alice” and “Julia” after his two daughters. Around 1875, residents decided to call the town Wewahitchka, a seminole word meaning “water eyes,” in honor of the lakes in the center of the settlement.

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the Keyes family

 

in Tuskegee, Alabama, Julia Hentz married John Washington Keyes of Florida in 1846. In 184950, he studied dentistry of medicine in Ohio and earned a degree of Dr. of surgery. In 1857, the couple moved to Montgomery. Like his wife, he had Massachusetts roots: his paternal grandfather, John Wade Keyes 1752 – 1839, was from the Boston area. His paternal grandmother, Luisa Talbert 1756 – 1836, from Alexandria, Virginia, was the niece of US Pres. James Monroe. Early in life, John’s father, George, moved from Virginia to limestone County, Alabama, where he and his brothers engaged in merchandising. In 1820, George married Nellie Rutledge 1799 – 1834 of Solomon County, Tennessee, a niece of Davy Crockett.

 

Yankee soldiers were encamped by the Keyes family garden fence in July 1865, John was ready to decamp to Brazil. The doctor intent on leaving the country and like many others had his heart set on Brazil, Julia wrote to her cousin, "but I am not willing to go until I see someone who has been there and can assure me that our condition will be bettered, in every respect, I am entirely dissatisfied with this regime, but I must know what I am doing before taking such a journey." John was more emphatic: I am going to Brazil wherever anyone else goes or not— I do not feel that I am living here--- only camping--- I can make money here but I must get to where I can breathe.

 

John Washington Keith was attracted to count's settlements in part because he wanted to quit dentistry. Joining them there were 20 families, and more in all, including the McIntyre’s concerns of William Lowndes Yancey. When the colony failed by mid-1868, Keyes moved his family to Dixie island in Rio and into a new 16-room home in the city itself. By May 1869. Their eldest daughter, Eule, and her husband, Dr. John W coachman, were already in Rio where they had settled upon arrival. Coachman, who was also a dentist, had established a practice by the time his in-laws arrived from the lake.

 

Julia Luisa Hintz keys hated the Rio Dolce but enjoyed and admired Rio.  The food, the theater, the opera, and even the sewage system. Once established in the city, Julia was delighted with Brazil: "You cannot know how much we talk about all our friends and neighbors to see them, but I do not care to return to the States. I am so well satisfied with this climate and I believe we become settled we can live much more economically than there, coming to the matter of fact--- and that is a consideration, you know," Julia’s emphasis on the cost-of-living undoubtedly stems from the fact that she and John had 15 children. By 1870, however, a portion of the keys family did go back to Alabama. In the letter to a cousin, notifying her of their impending return, Jenny Keyes wrote:  'immigration has ceased, and we rarely ever make new claimants." Her father attended a counterstatement check-- "immigration has not ceased--- quite a number came on the last steamer and many more are expected to follow. I don’t want to return and but for the children would not--- make it off the two months or two years. The coachman said Charles Whiting key( the eldest son) remained in Brazil, at least into the 1890s, and in Charles’s case into the early 1900s, living variously in Rio, São Paulo, Petropolis, the location of the Emperor summer palace in the cooler mountains above Rio.

They had 14 children:

1.   Ellen Keyes (m. James Henty),

2.   Julia Hentz Keyes (Died young)

3.   Jennie Keyes (12/26/1852-10/20/1878, m. James F. Davidson),

4.   Henry Whiting Keyes (Died young)

5.   Caroline Whiting Keyes (m. Ole Pickens),

6.   Eula Keyes (m. John W. Coachman),

7.   Wade Hampton Keyes (Died Young)

8.   Julie Keyes (m. Frank Branch),

9.   Alice Keyes (m. Warren Scott),

10. William Baldwin Keyes,

11. Charles Keyes,

12.   David Rebel Keyes (6/24/1865 Montgomery, m. Elizabeth Stratford 1/30/1895),

13. George Keyes (m. Jessie Hentz),

14. Martha Louise "Mattie" Keyes  (Died Young

3.

Henry Whiting Keyes

1851–1856

BIRTH 19 SEP 1851 • Florida

DEATH 4 NOV 1856 • Florida, USA

Died Young

4.

Jane (Jennie) Rutledge Keyes

1852–1878

BIRTH 26 DEC 1852 • Florida, USA

DEATH 20 OCT 1878 • Wewahitchka, Gulf County,

Florida, USA

Married:  08 Feb 1875 • Montgomery, Montgomery,

Alabama, USA

James Edgar Davidson

1849–1936

BIRTH SEPT. 22, 1849 • Alabama, USA

DEATH 24 NOV 1936 • Montgomery, Montgomery,

Alabama, USA

Son of James Davidson and Lucretia Bailey

CHILDREN:

1.

Eula Lee Davidson

1876–1954

BIRTH 27 FEB 1876 • Calhoun County,

Florida, USA

DEATH 16 JUN 1954 • Montgomery,

Alabama, USA

Married:  

Fitzgerald G Salter

1875–1950

BIRTH 22 DEC 1875 • Stewart County,

Georgia, USA

DEATH 14 JUL 1950 • Montgomery, Montgomery,

Alabama, USA

Son of Thomas James Salter and Georgia

Elizabeth Fitzgerald

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Eula Hentz Keyes

1853–1920

BIRTH 23 FEB 1853 • Montgomery, Alabama, USA

DEATH 30 JUL 1920 • Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Married:  5 Jun 1872 • Mathews, Montgomery,

Alabama, USA

John William Coachman

1845–1918

BIRTH 19 APR 1845 • Steam Mill, Decatur,

Georgia, USA

DEATH 10 JUL 1918 • São Paulo, Sao Paulo,

Brazil

Son of James Joseph Coachman and

Martha J Hankins

Eula and John had at least twelve children

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Eula Hertz Keyes, Coachman wearing a cameo  of husband John William Coachman

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Dr. John William Coachman received the “Dental Office” title from the Brazilian Imperial Government and, together with his brothers Charles Whiting Keyes and William Baldwin Keyes, he began what would become a tradition for the family in the country: to lead and increasingly improve this important field of Medicine. They excelled in the field, which resulted in serving Emperor Dom Pedro II, thus becoming close to the palace for many years.

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John and Eula Keyes Coachman with family

6.

Caroline Whiting "Linnie" KEYES

1857–1942

BIRTH ABT 1857 • Florida, USA

DEATH 1 MAR 1942 • Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama, USA

Married:  

William Osceloa "Ole" Pickens

1859–

BIRTH ABT 1859 • Louisiana, USA

DEATH Unknown

CHILDREN:

1.

Robert "Robin" Evans Pickens

1885–1953

BIRTH 22 JUL 1885 • Wewahitchka, Gulf, Florida, USA

DEATH 7 JUL 1953 • Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama, USA

2.

Infant Son Pickens

1887–1887

BIRTH 11 JAN 1887 • Florida, USA

DEATH 12 JAN 1887 • Florida, USA

Died Young

7.

Wade Hampton Keyes

1858–1861

BIRTH 20 MAR 1858 • Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama, USA

DEATH 17 OCT 1861 • Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama, USA

Died Young

8.
Julia Keyes

1859–1917

BIRTH 11 DEC 1859 • Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama, USA

DEATH 9 OCT 1917 •  Harrells, Dallas, Alabama, USA

Married: her cousin:  20 Mar 1890 • Washington, Florida, USA

Franklin Taylor Branch

1863–1928

BIRTH 10 SEP 1863 • Florida, USA

DEATH 18 DEC 1928 • Quitman, Brooks, Georgia, USA

Son of James Orson Branch and Caroline Theresa Hentz

CHILDREN:

1.

Theresa Louisa Branch

1892–1967

BIRTH 23 OCT 1892 • Georgia, USA

DEATH 31 JUL 1967 • Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, USA

2.

John Orson Branch

1897–1900

BIRTH 2 NOV 1897 • Georgia, USA

DEATH 15 AUG 1900 • Florida, USA

Died Young

3.

Emmie V Branch

1901–

BIRTH 1901 • Georgia, USA

DEATH Unknown

Married:  10 Oct 1931 • Los Angeles, California, USA

Joseph R Austin

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9.

Alice Hentz Keyes

1859–1944

BIRTH 11 DEC 1859 • Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama, USA

DEATH 15 OCT 1944 • Linden, Marengo, Alabama, USA

Married: 23 Feb 1893 • Florida, USA

Henry Warren Scott Jr

1854–1897

BIRTH 26 MAY 1854 • Scotland Plantation, Florida, USA

DEATH 17 FEB 1897 • Quincey, Gadsden County, Florida, USA

Son of Heney Warren Scott Sr and Martha Frierson Chandler

CHILDREN:

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1.

Henry Eldon Scott

1894–1957

BIRTH 22 JAN 1894 • Quincy, Gadsden, Florida, USA

DEATH 6 JUL 1957 • Linden, Marengo, Alabama, USA

 Married:  29 Jun 1921 • Greene County, Alabama, USA

Mamie Louise Roberts

1897–1992

BIRTH 17 DEC 1897 • Alabama, USA

DEATH 22 DEC 1992 • Linden, Marengo, Alabama, USA

Daughter of Rev Solomon Wheat Roberts Jr and Marie

"Mamie" Louise Boyd

2.

Elizabeth Davidson Scott

1895–1927

BIRTH 27 NOV 1895 • Florida, USA

DEATH 17 JUN 1927 • Demopolis, Marengo,

Alabama, USA

Married:  21 Aug 1925 • Montgomery, Montgomery,

Alabama, USA

Irby Walter "Kirk" Kirkpatrick

1902–1969

BIRTH 1 SEP 1902 • Fort Deposit, Lowndes,

Alabama, USA

DEATH 27 JUN 1969 • Montgomery, Montgomery,

Alabama, USA

Son of Junius Watson Kirkpatrick and Martha Elvira Black

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William Baldwin Keyes

1862–1913

BIRTH 27 MAR 1862 • Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama, USA

DEATH 02 AUG 1913

Married: 1890

Annabel Laurence Christie

1867–

BIRTH 1867 • Edinburgh, Scotland

DEATH Unknown

Daughter of Mr and Mrs William Linsey Christie

CHILDREN:

1.

Gladys Keyes

1890–1983

BIRTH 27 SEP 1890 • New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA

DEATH 7 JUN 1983 • Yeovil, Somerset, England

Married:  31 May 1919 • St Mary, Wimbledon, Surrey, England

Robin Kemeys Charles Erredge

1882–1975

BIRTH 30 AUG 1882 • Porlock, Somerset, England

DEATH 23 JUN 1975 • Worthing, Sussex, England

Son of Frank Bevern Erredge and Julie Geva Riddell

2.

Theresa A Keyes

1892–

BIRTH 1892 • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

DEATH Unknown

3.

Alma Keyes

1897–

BIRTH 1897 • Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

DEATH Unknown

Married:

H. Geoffrey Henman

–1966

BIRTH Unknown

DEATH 1966

11.

Charles Keyes

1863–1935

BIRTH 4 AUG 1863 • Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama, USA

DEATH 2 MAY 1935 • Sanatorio, Sao Jose, Petropolis, Brazil

Married:  October 23, 1890 • Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Emily Suplee Longstreth

1872–1967

BIRTH 9 DEC 1872 • Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA

DEATH 23 MAR 1967 • Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA

Daughter of Samuel Townsend Longstreth and Jane Lukens Jones

CHILDREN:

1.  John William Keyes

2.  Baldwin Longstreth Keyes

3.  Merritt Hentz Keyes

4.  Jennie Keyes

5.  Tilney Longstreth Keyes

6.  Charles Townsend Keyes

7.  Anna Lucy Keyes

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Dr Keyes went to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil to establish a practice in dentistry.  He lives at Petropolis, situated among the mountains, and has an office there, and one in Rio.

For the sake of their children's education, Emily Keyes spent the winters in Germantown, Philadelphia.

12.

David Rebel "Reb" Keyes

1865–1948

BIRTH 24 JUN 1865 • Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama, USA

DEATH 12 APR 1948 • Pinellas County, Florida, USA

Married:  1894

Martha Elizabeth Stratford

1871–1939

BIRTH 24 FEB 1871 • Oswichee, Russell, Alabama, USA

DEATH 19 JAN 1939 • Clearwater, Pinellas, Florida, USA

Daughter of Richard Anderson Stratford and Lucretia Stringer

CHILDREN:

1.

Mary Elizabeth Keyes

1897–1969

BIRTH JUN 1897 • Alabama, USA

DEATH FEB 1969

2.

Franklin David Keyes

1899–1901

BIRTH 26 OCT 1899 • Florida, USA

DEATH 20 JUL 1901

Died Young

13.

George Presley Keyes

1866–1898

BIRTH 06 DEC 1866 • Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama, USA

DEATH 22 SEPTEMBER 1898 • Dixie, Brooks, Georgia, USA

Married his cousin: 

Jessie Hentz

1881–1963

BIRTH 25 JAN 1881 • Quincy, Gadsden, Florida, USA

DEATH 1963 • Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida, USA

Daughter of Charles Arnold Hentz and Mary Cornelia Fitzgerald

CHILDREN:

1.

Emilie C Keyes

1897–1966

BIRTH 11 DEC 1897 • Quince, Florida, USA

DEATH 27 MAY 1966 • Austria

Married:  28 Jun 1935 • West Palm Beach, Florida, USA

Frederick Wilson Evans Sr

1892–1968

BIRTH ABT 1892 • Minnesota, USA

DEATH 17 DEC 1968 • West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida, USA

14.

Martha Louise "Mattie" Keyes

1870–1875

BIRTH 13 JAN 1870 • Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama, USA

DEATH 17 NOV 1875 • Florida, USA

Died Young

 

(These excerpts come from the article written by Peter A. Brannon in The Alabama Historical Quarterly Summer -1930)

A Southern Colonization Society for those desiring to move to Brazil was formed. Among its members were: Dr. Hugh A. Shaw, Major Isaac Boles, Mr. B. C. Bryan, Mr. William M. Williams, Mr. T. B. Reese, Mr. Harrison S. Strom, Dr. T. J. Teague, John L. Nicholson, William F. Duriscoe, Benjamin F. Mays, Henry G. Arthur, D. F. McEwin, Thomas J. Davis, S. J. M. Clark, Capt. Tillman Watson, Jr., W. J. Gardner, Charles Glover, John Sentell Esq. Capt. W. H. Brunson, Dr. W. D. Jennings, Mr. G. W. Morgan, John R. Carwile, Major Robert Meriwether

The Officers were:

  • President – Major Joseph Abney

  • Vice-President – Colonel D. L. Shaw

  • Secretary – Colonel A. P. Butler

  • Corresponding Secretary – Major John E. Bacon

  • Treasurer – Thomas B. Reese

It is not recorded who on this list went to Brazil. Thomas J. Adams and Hiram Q. Adams went down with Colonel Meriwether but did not remain very long.

Diary of Mrs. Julia Keyes


Jennie Rutledge Keyes, the second child of Dr. Keyes, married James A. Davidson, Jr. in Montgomery Feb-ruary 8, 1875. She died in 1879. She was the grandchild of the celebrated novelist, Caroline Lee Hentz.     Her

Diary is frank and expressive and at the same time, bubbling with that romantic spirit that the environment of that cultured grandmother would suggest. Mr. Davidson resided, (1930), with his daughter, Mrs. Fitzgerald Salter, in the city of Montgomery No picture of the life of the Americans in Brazil, can be more vividly painted than to quote, just as they are set out, the volumes which are affectionately referred to by the members of the families, as “Jennie’s Diaries.”

The first volume includes a statement of several pages made by Mrs. Julia Louisa Keyes, wife of Dr. John Washington Keyes a  dentist,  who married the daughter of Professor  Nicholas  M. and Caroline Lee Hentz.

Certain fly-leaf notations in these volumes, made by Jennie, give pertinent information, and they, too, are used here. A statement of much value is one prepared on board the Barque Wavelet on their return home in 1870. It concludes the story.

Dr. John Washington Keyes was born in Athens, Limestone County, Alabama, on November 24, 1825, and died in Wewahitchka, Florida, on November 27, 1892. He studied medicine and graduated from the Cincinnati Dental College and practiced dentistry in Montgomery. He entered the Confederate Army as a member of a Cavalry Company under Captain, later General, James H. Clanton. He was subsequently a 2nd Lieutenant of Company E, 1st Battalion, Hilliard’s Legion, and later became a 2nd Lieutenant of Company F of the 60th Alabama Infantry Regiment. He was subsequently Surgeon of the 17th Infantry Regiment. In 1867 the family moved to Brazil. After their return to Alabama, in 1870, he removed to Florida.

John Keyes (32) second:son of Captain John Keyes, m. Catherine Groves, December iv3(), 18()4 [a miss-print in the Kvyea history— probably 1806]. 'His. wife dn-d June 20, 1872. Their children: / • .

428. William Groves,,hi February 1, 1808.

429 Nancy, d fit six years. '.

430 John Talbott, b. September 10. 1811.

431. Elizabeth resided ir Canada.

432. Washington, d in Cumberland Conn * • . ty, Tennessee. February 13. 1838.

433. Campbell, residence in Canada. .•.; '.t: ;ii.:-434. Robin, residence in Tennessee.

435. Joseph, residence Waller County, Ga. . -.r - 436. Hiram, d. in Gentry County, Missouri:ii . 437.'Martha resides in Canada.

'William Groves Keyes (428) moved with his parents from Washington County, Virginia, to HankinsCounty, Tennessee, w!i ;re he ro. Evaline Wright, and had one son, Thomas Lilbnrn. Then moved to Green County, Tennessee, where his wife d. September 21. 1859. William m. second time, November 20, 1861, Harriet, daugh. of Charles Cook, by whom he had two sons and one daughter. Thomas Lilburn Keyes was b. Septem-ber 17, 183H; m. September 25, 1859, Elizabeth Nease, of Cocke County, Tennessee. They have four child-ren:

438. Cyrus Hannibal.

439. William Perez.

440. Sarah Evaline.

441. Sabrina Belle.

John (430) m. Lucy Josephine Childress, b. April 1819,—a niece of General Edward Gaines He has in his possession the old family Bible bequeathed by Captain John to the eldest John in the family, successively, from which book many records relating to the family have been taken. Resides in Bristol, Tennessee. Children:

442. Mary Virginia, b. February 12, 1844.

443. Theron or Theodore, b. Sept. 28, 1845.

444. Letitia Catherine, b. March 13, 1847; d. November 18, 1857.

445. Martha Elizabeth, b. September 2,1848.

, 446. George A., b. March 27.1850; d. June 30, 1858.

447. John Matthew, b. December 7. 1851; d. Decem bar 10, 1857.

George Keyes (35), 4th son of Captain John, was b. in Washington County, Virginia. Early in life he and his brother Washington (36) removed to Limestone County, Alabama, where they merchandised and planted in the company. He served at one time as captain of a volunteer company under General Jackson, and later was

elected and served as general of the brigade of utility in his military district in Alabama. He m. in Sullivan County, Tennessee, November 16, 1820, Nellie, dau of Robert and Crockett Rutledge, and the young couple made their way to Alabama on horseback. Robert Rutledge was a son of William Rutledge. of County Lyson, and Nellie Gambel, of County Carau, Ireland, and grandson of George Rutledge. George Keyes d. in Lime-stone County June 13, 1833. Nellie, his wife, b. March I, 1797, d. October 22. H34. Children:

448. Wade, b. October JO. 1821.

449. Martha Louisa, b. September 23, 1823.

450. John Washington, b. March 25, 182.).

451. Jane Charlotte, b. November 16, 1827.

452. George Presley, b. September 8, 1829.

453. Husau. b. July 1. 1832; d. June 29, 1848.

Wade Keyes (448) was a student at the University of Virginia in the session of 1837-38. He left the next session on account of ill health mid deaths in the family. He studied law with William kictiardsmt. Esq , subsequently joining a law class- taught by Daniel Coleman, Miki finally graduated from the law department of Transylvania University, at Lexington, Kentucky. In 1842 he sailed to Europe, traveled the continent, and in England and Ireland, returning in the autumn of 1843. He moved to Florida in 1848 and practiced law in Jackson County, in that state. While residing there he published two legal volumes which attracted much attention. In 1851 he returned to Alabama and continued the practice of law in Montgomery, then the capital of the state. He was elected chancellor of the Southern chance

There were also five children who died in infancy.

Martha Louisa Keyes (449) m. Henry C. Jones, October 13, 1844. Mr. Jones has been several times in the legislature, was a member of the Confederate congress, and is now state attorney for his judicial circuit. Children:

457. William Stratton died from wounds received as a Confederate soldier in the battle at Franklin, Tennessee.

458. Martha, m. Melville Allen, of Marion County, Alabama.

459. George, a lawyer in Lauderdale County, Alabama.

460. Ella Rives.

461. John.

462. Jennie Keyes.
463 Martha Balling.

464. Robert Young.

465. Wade K<?yes.

 

 

John Washington (450) entered Lagrange College, Alabama, in January 1842, where he was suspended in 1843 for fighting. Returning home he studied medicine, attended medical lectures in Louisville, Kentucky, and commenced the practice of medicine in partnership with Dr. Welch in Somerville, Alabama. On the 4th of November, 1846, he m. Julia L., eldest dau. of Prof. Nicholas Marcellus and Caroline Hentz, in Tuscogee, Alabama. They have had 15 children whose names we have not received. In 1849 he studied in Cincinnati and in 1850 took the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Ohio Dental College, and the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the Mediia1

College of Ohio. Dr. Keyes was for a time in Florida and in 1857 removed to Montgomery, Alabama, devoting himself to the practice of dentistry, to the literature of which profession he was an occasional contributor. He was in the Confederate army at Mobile, In Co. A of the Battalion of Hilliard's Legion, and as a surgeon of the 12th Alabama Regiment. He also acted as a surgeon in St. Mary's Hospital, in Montgomery, and elsewhere. The citizens of Montgomery presented him with a fine horse as a mark of esteem. After the war, he went to Brazil. Returned, and in 1873 bought land in Calhoun County, Florida, and engaged in the culture of oranges. Dr. Keyes is six feet tall, weighs 180, with great physical strength, as may be seen from the fact of his having captured a shark 8 feet long, without the aid of man or weapons.

Jane C. Keyes (451) m. John D. Rathen, January 26, 1842. He is a lawyer, has been a circuit judge, speaker of the House of Representatives, president of the Senate of the General Assembly of Alabama, and a member of the constitutional convention of 1875. Has also been president of the Memphis & Ch.'irleston Railroad Co. Resides at Tuscumbia, Colbert Count}', Alabama. Mrs. Jane Rathen died in 1853. Children:

466. George T., connected with the Memphis & Tennessee Railroad.

467. Silas P., lawyer, Decatur, Alabama.

468. Ellen Rutledge, resides at Tampa, Florida.

George Presley (452) graduated from Lagrange College, Alabama, at the age of 18 years

Albert G (472) was educated at the University of Mississippi, at Oxford In the late war he belonged to the 28th regiment of cavalry, was wounded in the charge through Franklin, Tennessee, under Van Dorn, was taken to the hospital at Nashville, Tennessee, and died there May 23, 1863. He left a dau. whose death occurred soon after his own.

Bettie Keyes (473) m. the 1st of August, 1851, her cousin, Joseph Keyes, a merchant of New Orleans, had four children, Bettie and Lillie, and two boys who died in infancy. Bettie m. Frank Andrews, of Warsaw, Franklin Parish, Louisiana, and has one child. Lillie is the wife of Charles Hunter, Bolivar, Mississippi. Joseph Keyes d. July 1857. In 1864 Bettie [his widow m. A. VV. Hunter, of Claiborne County, Mississippi. He was killed by mistake, on May 20, 1872. Bettie m. the third time, May 12, 187S, Judge William Chambers, of Chambers County, Texas, where she now resides. .,

Frank W. (474) graduated at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, was in the 25th regiment, infantry, was made captain, was taken prisoner with Floyd's Brigade at Fort Donelson, and remained in prison at Sand-usky Island seven months, afterward exchanged. A Southern paper of that period speaks of him as the youngest of a noble family of brothers who moved into Carroll County a few years before the war, all whole-souled and generous, and superior to anything mean or sordid or base. The same paper speaks of him as a splendid soldier. After the war Captain Keyesreturned to Carrollton to the practice of law.

SOURCES

  1. Diary of Jennie R. Keyes Montgomery, Alabama. This study was made at the request of Dr. Wyatt H. Blake a zealous member of the Board of Trustees of the Alabama State Department of Archives and History since its creation in 1901

1.
Ellen Lee "Nelly" Keyes

1847–1907

BIRTH 9 SEP 1847 • Florida, USA

DEATH 13 FEB 1907 • Florida, USA
Married:

James Baker Hunter

1852–1895

BIRTH 14 MAR 1852 • Florida, USA

DEATH 10 MAR 1895 • Florida, USA
Son of Joseph Theophilus Hunter and Caroline Wilson Bell

CHILDREN:

1.

Hellen Hunter

1879–

BIRTH 1879 • Florida, USA

DEATH Unknown

2.

Joseph Ross Hunter

1883–1961

BIRTH 12 OCT 1883 • Wewahitchka, Gulf, Florida, USA

DEATH 12 MAY 1961 • Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida, USA

Married:  

Lula E Isbell

1886–1960

BIRTH 23 FEB 1886 • Oswichee, Russell, Alabama, USA

DEATH 7 NOV 1960 • Wewahitchka, Gulf, Florida, USA

Daughter of James Kelsoe Isbell and Margaret Emma Stratford

2.

Julia Hentz Keyes

1849–1849

BIRTH 11 FEB 1849 • USA

DEATH 6 DEC 1849 • Jackson County, Florida, USA

Died Young

The Troy Messenger

Troy, Alabama

Fri, Jul 05, 1867 · Page 4

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The Weekly Advertiser
montgomery, Alabama
3 DEC. 1867  Page 2
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JEANNETT KEYES, ERIK KEYES AND KEYES COACHMAN

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CHARLES KEYES HOUSE, j. MERRITT FORDHAM HOUSE - 2 UNIDENTIFIED GENTLEMEN  PETROPOLIS BRAZIL  1900

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#L-R Eula Hertz, nee' Keyes,Coachman, Capt Johnston, Ellie Keyes, John William Coachman 

Eula Hentz Keyes

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Joseph Edward Coachman

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John and Eula Keyes Coachman with family

Coachman;John William Coachman Dr. Birth 19 April 1845 in Decatur Co., Georga,USA . Death 10 Jul 1918 in São Paulo, Sao Paulo,

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L-R James Joseph Coachman.(*James Joseph Coachman;Birth 30 Apr 1873 in Montgomery, Alabama Death 24 Jun 1950 in Brazil) , John Keyes Coachman (*John Keyes Coachman;Birth 4 Jul 1878 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Death 1940) Kendrick Powel Coachman,(*Kendrick Powell Coachman;Birth 24 Mar 1895 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Death;1953) Hentz Keyes Coachman (*Hentz Keyes Coachman;Birth 4 July 1874 in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Death 7 July 1934 in São Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil )

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Coachman, Fordham and Keyes family members; #Seated: Leon Fordham, Eula Helen Coachman Standing (l-r): Eulyn Fordham, Kendrick Powell Coachman, a Hentz cousin?, Carie Hentz, Eula Hentz Keyes (Coachman), John William Coachman at Victoria Rd., Asheville - North Carolina

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ALICE, ELDO AND BETH  1913 HIGHLAND HOMES ALABAMA

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HOME OF CHARLES KETES  PETROPOLIS, BRAZIL

NELLIE SELDON FOWLER

VERY GOOD FRIEND OF ALICE KEYES SCOTT - JUST A COOL PICTURE  1890

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