|Birth: ||Oct. 9, 1842|
|Death: ||Jan. 22, 1893|
Married Julia Lane on June 10, 1868; parents of Bessie, Harry, Clarence and Richard.
Hagerstown (MD) Herald and Torch Light, Thursday, January 26, 1893:
DEATH OF HENRY H. KEEDY
Peaceful and Painless End Of a Long Illness.
SKETCH OF A SUCCESSFUL LIFE.
Death Came at 10:30 Sunday Night When His Family and Friends Surrounded His Death Bed.
Hon. Henry H. Keedy died Sunday night at 10:30 o'clock, at his residence, 106 Prospect street. The end was peaceful and painless. The earnest watchers at his bedside scarce knew the end had come. He fell into a deep sleep, the action of the heart grew less and less until it ceased its work forever. Those nearest and dearest to him on earth stood about the bed, upon which lay the almost lifeless body of the man whose grip upon life was like that of a vise,, and when the dread summons came there was only a whisper that "it was all over," and nothing more was heard. Extreme unction had been administered by Father Rabbia, of the Catholic church, a few days previous.
The patient had been hovering between life and death for some days past. His physicians, Drs. Simmons and Humrichouse abandoned all hope several days ago, and his death was momentarily expected. He had taken but little or no nourishment for nearly a week, the last being a milk punch on Saturday. He had been unconscious for several days and spoke for the last time on Wednesday last. This was to his wife to whom he remarked, after rallying from one of his serious attacks, "I have been quite ill, haven't I?"
Mr. Keedy's vitality and recuperative powers during his illness were wonderful and his physicians confess that they have seen few cases like his. His age was 51 years.
SKETCH OF HIS LIFE.
Mr. Keedy was born on his father's farm near Rohrersville, in October, 1842. His father was Daniel Keedy, a successful and thrifty farmer. He had six brothers and one sister, viz: Mrs. Henry Mumma, this city, and David D., John, Joseph, Cornelius L., Ruben and Samuel H. Mr. Keedy was the youngest of the family, John having preceded him in death. His parents have been dead for some years, his mother having died about ten years ago.
When a boy Mr. Keedy worked on his father's farm and laid the foundation for a store-house of knowledge and information in the country schools of Rohrersville district. He was a quiet and studious lad, always careful, accurate and plodding in his work, and when determined to gain a point he never gave up until its accomplishment. He prepared himself for college and went to Pennsylvania College, at Gettysburg. He was here known among his fellow students as a painstaking, precise scholar, a hard worker, and was particularly efficient and apt in mathematics and the languages.
Mr. Keedy graduated in 1862. He taught school one year and read law in the meantime. He entered the law office of Judge Alvey in this city, in 1863. In 1865 he was admitted to the practice of law in this county. In 1867 he ran for States Attorney against James P. Matthews, whom he defeated by 450 votes. In 1871 he was renominated for the office, his opponent this time being John Zellers by whom he was defeated by five votes.
Mr. Zellers did not live out his term of office and Mr. Keedy was appointed by the Court to fill out the unexpired term. He ran for the Legislature in 1879 but was defeated by a small vote. He was a Presidential elector on the Cleveland ticket in 1884. He was prominently spoken of for Congress when McKaig was nominated the first time, but he made no fight for the honor. He inclined always toward his profession for which he always manifested an almost slavish devotion. He was an untiring and indefatigable worker and he made every effort and moment count.
Mr. Keedy was president of the Water Company, the Steam Engine Works and the Second National Bank, of this city. He was also counsel for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company, having been chosen to that position on the election of A. K. Syester to the bench. He was president of the board of trustees of the Chesepeake & Ohio Canal. When Mr. Keedy first began to try cases at this bar he was compelled to compete with such talent and expert trial lawyers as Governor Hamilton, George Fraener and Judge Syester. In the trial of cases he was tireless and energetic from the opening argument before the jury to the closing speech in the case. He was a profound and ardent student of the law and his memory was of such strength and development as to enable him to retain the principles of the cases he read with remarkable tenacity and precision. He was careful and shrewd in the examination of a witness, never failing to draw out all he knew and using him to subserve some point or end toward the success of his case.
Mr. Keedy was married to Miss Julia Lane on June 10th 1868. Mrs. Keedy is a sister of J. Clarence, Charles S., and William P. Lane, of this city. Four children were born to them, Bessie, aged 23 years, Harry, aged 20, and Clarence and Richard. Harry Keedy is a law student in the office of his father and J. Clarence Lane.
Mr. Keedy was taken with sciatica in August 1886 suffering intensely with it for a year and a half. He was first seriously attacked with his present affliction on January 14, 1892. His affliction was Bright's disease of a malignant type. He would suffer severe attacks of indigestion and vertigo and at one time when he was in the bath-tub he was overcome and was unable to help himself. The door was broken open and Mr. Keedy was removed to his room
The funeral took place Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock from his home on Prospect street.
Requiem mass was said at St. Mary's Catholic Church, and interment was made in Rose Hill Cemetery. The pall-bearers were Alex Armstrong, Geo. W. Smith, Jr., John Van Lear, Alex Neill, Victor Cushwa, Edward W. Mealey, Judge Stake and Jacob J. Funk.
Daniel Keedy (1799 - 1876)
Sophia Miller Keedy (1809 - 1880)
Julia Lane Keedy (1844 - 1919)*
Henry Horatio Keedy (1872 - 1925)*
Clarence L. Keedy (1878 - 1946)*
Richard D Keedy (1881 - 1920)*
David D. Keedy (1830 - 1895)*
John D. Keedy (1831 - 1888)*
Joseph Edward Keedy (1832 - 1909)*
Cornelius Luther Keedy (1834 - 1911)*
Reuben Miller Keedy (1835 - 1913)*
Barbara Ann Keedy Mumma (1842 - 1925)*
Henry Horatio Keedy (1842 - 1893)
Rose Hill Cemetery
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