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Peter W. Keith
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Birth: Jan. 8, 1842
Washington County
Ohio, USA
Death: Feb. 19, 1928
Blairsburg
Hamilton County
Iowa, USA

Civil War Veteran, Corporal, Co. G, 6th IA Cavalry

Source: Lee, Jesse W., History of Hamilton County Iowa, Vol. 2, 1912, pp. 205-207

Peter W. Keith, who engages in the insurance business in Blairsburg, is one of those who valiantly served the Union during the time of its terrible need in the early 60's. He was born in Washington County, Ohio on the 8th of January 1842, and is a son of Robert and Anna Boone Keith who were born reared and married in the Buckeye state. They came to Iowa in 1854 locating in Delaware county. This section of the state was but sparsely settled at that period which was prior to the advent of the railroad and the father who was quite extensively engaged in buying hogs used to drive them to Anamosa the nearest shipping point. He passed the remainder of his life in Delaware county where he died at the age of ninety years. The mother was fifty two at the time of her death which occurred in Keithsburg, Ohio. She was a near relative of Daniel Boone of Kentucky pioneer fame and in the maternal line was descended from a long lived family her mother having passed the one hundred year mark at the time of demise. The family of Mr and Mrs Keith numbered five; Sylvester who died in infancy, WB [William Boone, also a Civil War Veteran] who is a resident of Los Angeles, California, Peter W. our subject, Mrs. Mary Hunt, who died in Kansas City, and John, a locomotive engineer on the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad one of the company's oldest living employes who will soon be eligible to pension.

Peter W, Keith was a lad of twelve years when his parents settled in Delaware county where he completed his education and was reared to manhood. During the early period of the Civil war he enlisted in Company G Sixth Iowa Volunteer Cavalry remaining at the front for three years his regiment being in the western army. When mustered out he returned to the home farm in Delaware county and there engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1878. In the latter year he went to Strawberry Point where he conducted a hotel for twenty years. During that period he began writing insurance subsequently devoting his entire time to this business. On the 6th of April 1911, he came to Blairsburg and has ever since made this place his home. He has here established an office and is the local representative for the Continental Aetna St Paul Fire & Marine Hawkeye of Des Moines State of Des Moines and State of Keokuk companies and is also agent for a number of reliable and well known life insurance companies and is doing a good business.

Mr Keith has been twice married his first union being with Miss Martha Abbey who was born at Euclid Ohio on the 23d of March 1843 and died in 1902. In March 1905, Mr Keith was married to Miss Emma Walsworth who was born in Adams, Jefferson [County] New York on January 25, 1858. She is the elder of the two daughters born of the marriage of John C and Sybil Abbey Walsworth pioneer settlers of Delaware county Iowa. The father was born in Adams, Jefferson county New York on the 26th of December 1830 and the mother in Middlebury Vermont on April 5, 1830. They came to Hamilton county in 1886 locating on a farm in Blairsburg township where the father continued his agricultural pursuits until til his death which occurred on January 29, 1900. The mother passed away in 1901. Their younger daughter Grace is the wife of Charles Castner who is mentioned at greater length elsewhere in this work.

Both Mr and Mrs Keith belong to the Congregational church having been identified with this denomination for more than forty years and she is one of the charter members of the Blairsburg church. Fraternally, he is affiliated with Standard Lodge No 351 AF & AM of Waucoma, Mirabeau Chapter No. 96 RAM of Greeley Iowa, and Language Chapter No. 47 RAM of West Union. He is also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star [I suspect his wife] at Waucoma and Waucoma Lodge No 303 IOOF and he was formerly a member of the Knights of Pythias lodge of Waucoma. He maintains relations with his old comrades of the field through the medium of his connection with Sutherland Post No. 171 GAR of Waucoma of which he was commander for ten years. In politics he is a republican and while residing in Strawberry Point served for four years as postmaster and as justice of the peace for two. He has a very pleasant home in Blairsburg and he also owns a residence property in Waucoma while Mrs Keith holds the title to forty acres of well improved land in Blairsburg township. They are both most estimable people and have many friends who accord them the regard and respect due those who represent the highest type of citizens. 
 
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 Parents:
  Robert Keith (1816 - 1904)
  Ann Boone Keith (1814 - 1852)
 
 Spouse:
  Emma C. Walsworth Keith (1858 - 1947)*
 
 Siblings:
  William Boone Keith (1840 - 1920)*
  Peter W. Keith (1842 - 1928)
  Mary Elizabeth Keith Hunt (1844 - 1907)*
  John Samuel Keith (1848 - 1929)*
  Thomas Robert Keith (1855 - 1933)**
  Anna Clara Keith Smith (1857 - 1935)**
  Wallace Keith (1861 - 1903)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Blairsburg Cemetery
Blairsburg
Hamilton County
Iowa, USA
 
Created by: Bob Keith
Record added: Dec 13, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62867841
Peter W. Keith
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