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Phoeba Rebecca Pierce Keene
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Birth: Jan. 14, 1857
Bloomingdale
Van Buren County
Michigan, USA
Death: Sep. 10, 1949
Cheshire Center
Allegan County
Michigan, USA

Phoeba Rebecca (Pierce) Keene was the first of 4 children born to William "George" and Henrietta Rosella (Loomis) Pierce. George was b. in New York to Benjamin Pierce and Adaline Alverson/Olverson. George had quite a colorful life, running away after his mother died and father remarried (age 9), traveling the world as a runaway/stow-away. He was a two-time veteran (Mexican War, U.S. Civil War, Michigan Volunteers; also a Libbyville Prisoner). His wife Henrietta Rosella Loomis was b. in OH and is descended from the John Alden/Priscilla Alden Mayflower family, and also from Francis Cooke of the Mayflower.

On 30 Nov 1879, Phoeba (sometimes called Phoebe) married James Buchanan Keene (1846-1927), son of Peter Shaffer and Martha Celina (Lewis) Keene.

Together, James and Phoeba had seven children:

1-Marion Maude Keene (1880 1972) m. William C "Willie" Skinner, 4 ch.

2-Bertha Blanche Keene (1883 1943) m. Charles William "Charlie" Thomas, 3 ch.

3-Florence Ettie Keene (1885 1983) m. Sherba Henry Brown, 1 ch.

4-Nettie Wave Keene (1887 1985) never married

5-Iva (Ivy) Louis Keene (1889 1929) m. Erwin C. Amick

6-Ralph Cletus Keene (1892-1973) m. Hazel G Harder, 2 ch. (dau. Geneva wrote extensive genealogy of this family that has proven quite accurate, last updated c. 1990).

7-Harland Humphrey Keene (1896 1936) m. Edith Eva Searles, 4 ch.


TIMELINE:
Birth: 1857 14 Jan, Bloomingdale, Van Buren, MI USA. SOURCE(s): 1) MI Deaths & Burials, 1867-1995, FHL #2110153; #2110085 (b. 14 Jan 1857; d. 10 Sep 1949) 2) 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1920, 1930, 1940 US Censuses 3) Personal family genalogies

Residence: 1860 01 Jun, Age: 3, Cheshire, Allegan, Michigan, USA. SOURCE: 1860 US Census. George Pierce 30 (b. 1830 NY); Henrietta Pierce 20 (b. 1840 OH); Phebe Pierce 3 (b. 1857 MI).

Residence: 1870 01 Jun, Age: 13, Cheshire, Allegan, MI USA. SOURCE(s): 1870 US Census. George Pierce, 41 b NY; Henrietta, 30 b. OH, Phoebe, 13 b. MI, George F 9 b. MI; Louisa F 4 b. MI. Also James, Selina & infant Viola Reed.

Marriage to James Buchanan Keene: 1879 30 Nov, Age: 22, MI, USA. SOURCE: KEENE-PIERCE Book, p. 10, 11, 11a, p.201.

Residence: 1880 01 Jun, Age: 23, Cheshire, Allegan, MI USA. SOURCE: 1880 US Census. James B. Keene 23 (b. 1857 MI); Pheba 23 (b. 1857 MI). Phoeba would be about 7 mos. preganant with 1st child, Marion Maude Keene.

Residence: 1900 01 Jun, Age: 43, Cheshire, Allegan, MI USA. SOURCE: 1900 US Census. James B Keene 43 (b Jan 1857 MI); Phebe R 43 b. (Jan 1857); Ralph 8 (b. Apr 1892); Harland 3 (Jun 1896); Blanche 17 (Jan 1883 MI); Florence 14 (b. Aug 1885 MI); Wave 12 (b. Sep 1887 MI); Ivy 10 (b. Sep 1889 MI)

Residence: 1910 15 Apr, Age: 53, Cheshire, Allegan, MI USA. SOURCE: 1910 US Census. James R Keene 53 (b. 1857 MI); Phoebe 53 (b. 1857 MI); Waive Keene 22 (b. 1888 MI); Iva L 20 (b. 1890 MI); Ralph C 18 (b. 1892 MI); Harland 13 (b. 1897 MI); Henrietta R Pierce [Phoeba's mother] 70 (b. 1840 OH, widowed)

Residence: 1920, 01 Jan, Age: 62, Cheshire, Allegan, MI USA. SOURCE: 1920 US Census. James B Keene 63 (b. 1857 MI); Phoebe R 62 (b. 1858 MI); Wave R 32 (b. 1888 MI); Harland 23 (b. 1897 MI).

Residence: 1930, 2 Apr, Age: 73, Allegan, Allegan, MI USA. SOURCE: 1930 US Census. Phoeba R Keene 73 (b. 1857 MI); dau. Waive N 43 (b. 1887 MI); mother Henrietta R Pierce 90 (b. 1840 OH); SIL Charles W Thomas 46 (b. 1884 MI); dau. Blanche B 47 (b. 1883 MI); grandson Earl M Thomas 17 (b. 1913 MI).

Residence: 1940, 1 Apr, Age: 83, Cheshire Twp., Allegan, MI USA. SOURCE: 1940 U.S. Census. Phoeba R Keen(e), age 83, with dau. Waive (50), dau-in-law Edith (34, widow of Harland), grandch. Velma 14, Ilene 11, Marilyn 9, & Beverly Joyce 4 Keene; boarder Fred Lindsey. On East Eagle Lake Road; farmer

Residence: 1949 10 Sep, Age: 92, Rt. 2, Gobles, Cheshire, Allegan, MI USA. SOURCE: Michigan, Deaths & Burials Index, 1867-1999 (2 sources)

Death: 1949 10 Sep, Age: 92, Cheshire Twp., Allegan, MI USA. SOURCE(s): 1) MI Deaths & Burials 1867-1995, FHL #2110153 ; #2110085 2) Web: MI, FindAGrave Index, 1805-2012 (b. 14 Jan 1857; d 10 Sep 1949);

Burial: 1949 13 Sep, Lindsley Cemetery, Cheshire Twp., Allegan, MI USA. SOURCE: Findagrave.com, Memorial #90592649.

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Biography & photography by Debra Hart Blackgrave Tyre, 2nd-great-granddaughter (rev. 03.04.2014). PLEASE retain original credits if copied; thank you!



 
 
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 Parents:
  William "George" Pierce (1828 - 1905)
  Henrietta Rosella Loomis Pierce (1839 - 1939)
 
 Spouse:
  James Buchanan Keene (1856 - 1927)*
 
 Children:
  Marion Maude Keene Skinner (1880 - 1972)*
  Bertha B Thomas (1883 - 1943)*
  Florence E Brown (1885 - 1983)*
  Nettie Wave Keene (1887 - 1985)*
  Iva Keene Amick (1889 - 1927)*
  Ralph Cletus Keene (1892 - 1973)*
  Harland H Keene (1896 - 1936)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Lindsley Cemetery
Cheshire Center
Allegan County
Michigan, USA
 
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Record added: May 23, 2012
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Phoeba Rebecca <i>Pierce</i> Keene
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