|Birth: ||1840, Ireland|
|Death: ||Dec. 3, 1917|
New South Wales, Australia
Keon resided as a merchant's clerk, in 1860, atthe home of B.W.Grimes, in Paducah, Kentucky; also residing in the same household was Edward Keon, merchant'clerk, aged 23, also born in Ireland, and probably a brother of John's; son of Ferdinand Keon of Newbrook, County Leitrim, Ireland; enlisted at the age of 21, as private in captain O.J. Some's Company, 3rd Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (subsequently became company D, 3rd Regiment Kentucky Infantry, Mounted), "joined for duty and enrolled" at Camp Boone, Tennessee, July 5, 1861, for the war; travelled 150 miles to the place of rendezvous; the muster roll dated October 23, 1861 indicates he was sick at Bowling Green; muster roll dated September and October, 1863 shows him as adjutant's clerk; elected 2nd lieutenant on September 25, 1863; absent on sick leave at Lauderdale Hospital since June 21, 1864; descriptive list shows his personal details as blue eyes, light hair, light complexion, 6 feet tall, and, by occupation, a clerk; also indicated to have been 1st lieutenant and acting assistant inspector general; December 6, 1864 – January 15, 1865 – mentioned by general Lyon, commanding Department of Western Kentucky, as lieutenant and A.A.I.G. on his staff; May 16, 1865 – paroled, at Columbus, Mississippi, as 1st lieutenant and A.A.I.G. of Crossland's Kentucky Cavalry Brigade; no record of service in the 7th Kentucky Cavalry, or Mounted Infantry shown; in a report by general Hylan B. Lyon, of the Confederate States Army, commanding the Department of Western Kentucky, dated at Aberdeen, Mississippi, January 3, 1865, addressed to the Confederate secretary of War, Seddon, making a report of an expedition that his command had just completed through the states of Kentucky, Tennessee and the Northern part of Alabama, he states, in part: "My thanks are due to Colonel Chenoweth and Lieutenant-Colonel Cunningham; also to the members of my staff – Capt. W.D. McKay, acting assistant adjutant general; Lieut. John Couch, assistant adjutant general; Capt. P. Echols, acting assistant inspector general; Lieut. Hubert Keon, acting assistant inspector general; and Lieut. William Winston, aide-de-camp – for the uniform promptness with which they performed every duty required of them."; John H. Kron, aged 32, is shown as a passenger aboard the vessel Norfolk, arriving at Melbourne, in December, 1879; Keon died at Eden, New South Wales, December 3, 1917; buried at the Eden Cemetery.
U.S. 1860 Census;
Civil War Veterans in Australia, compiled and published by Virginia Crocker, 2000, and containing the original research work of the late Roy Parker of Sydney, Barry Crompton of Melbourne, Bob Simpson, of Beechworth, Victoria, and Len Traynor of Sydney;
Compiled Military Service Records at FOLD3.com;
Passenger lists at the Public Records Office of Victoria web site;
Sydney Morning Herald (New South Wales) dated Saturday 15 December 1917, page 12;
War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, series 1, volume 45 (part 1), page 806.
Eden Historical Cemetery
Bega Valley Shire
New South Wales, Australia
Created by: Terry Foenander
Record added: May 12, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 129697258