|Birth: ||Sep. 7, 1839|
|Death: ||Jan. 2, 1918|
Son of Isham and Juliet Chilton Keith of Fauquier Co. Wed to Frances Morson Keith, daughter of Arthur Alexander Morson of Richmond and Maria Scott Morson of Fauquier. He had red hair and blue eyes.
He enlisted in the Black Horse Cavalry on 4/25/1861. It was reported that he greatly distinguished himself in battle. He was appointed adjutant 12/7/1863. He was paroled 5/30/1865 in Winchester. He became Judge of the Virginia Court of Appeals.
Keith, James, born in Fauquier county, Virginia, September 7, 1839, son of Isham Keith and Juliet (Chilton) Keith, his wife. In early childhood he was feeble, but his youth was robust. The influence of his mother was salutary in directing his education and shaping his life. He was prepared for college in the schools of his neighborhood, and took his law course at the University of Virginia, under Professor John /b. Minor. On April 16, 1861, he enlisted as a private in the famous Black Horse Cavalry, and in December, 1863, was made adjutant of the Fourth Virginia Cavalry Regiment. He saw service on many a field, under Payne, Wickham, Fitzhugh Lee and Stuart. The last scene was near Appomattox Court House, where his command drove the enemy back nearly two miles, but was finally intercepted by the Federal Gen. Ord with an overwhelming force. After the war he engaged in the practice of law. He was a member of the Virginia legislature, 1869-70. He was elected circuit judge in the latter year, and by successive re-elections was continued in that position until January 1, 1895, when he was elected to a seat on the bench of the supreme court of appeals of Virginia, and was soon made president. In January, 1906, he was re-elected for a term of twelve years. He is recognized as a most able lawyer, and most competent judge. He has received the LL.D. degree from the Washington and Lee University. He was married, February 16, 1887, to Francis Barksdale Morson, of Warrenton, Virginia.
Plot: Section H, Lot 3
Created by: George Seitz
Record added: Aug 14, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6685140