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Capt John Wade Keyes, Sr
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Birth: Sep. 25, 1752
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Feb. 13, 1839
Limestone County
Alabama, USA

Born in Mystic, MA; son of Humphrey and Maracella Wade Keyes, John was a volunteer soldier from the Shenandoah Valley in the American Revolution under General John Thomas of Virginia. He was the second man to enlist. He was in the battles of Bunker Hill, Trenton, White Plains, Princeton, Brandywine, and King's Mountain.

On January 27, 1773 he married Luvisa Talbot a niece of President Monroe. After the war they settled near Alexandria and then moved to Blountsville, Sullivan Co., Tenn., and finally to Athens, Alabama where he was one of the founders of the city. Alabama was not a state at that time. He acquired extensive tracts of land and built a large house where he lived and died.

John was an ardent admirer of General George Washington and when his twin boys were born in 1792 he named one George and the other Washington.

Francis, b. Sept 25, 1775-d. Aug 10, 1842
(married Mary Meek October 5, 1801)

Amelia Keyes Meek, b. Nov 13, 1777
(married Samuel Meek Aug 14, 1798)

Marcella (Marcy) Keyes Clemens, b. Oct 13, 1779
(married Dr. Clemens July 4, 1805)

Sarah (Saley) Keyes Hughes, b. Aug 9, 1781
(married Daniel Hughes Jan 26, 1802)

John Jr., b. Dec 9, 1783

Harvey, b. July 31, 1786
(married Salley Greever Sept 1, 1807)

Elizabeth Keyes Meek, b. Sept 9, 1789
(married Charles Meek Oct 8, 1806)

George, b. Nov 18, 1792-d. June 13, 1833
(married Nelly Rutledge Nov 16, 1820)

Washington, b. Nov 18, 1792

Nancy Keyes, b. Feb 2 1795-d. Feb 4, 1806

Charlotte Keyes Cowen, b. Apr 24, 1797-d. April 1, 1826
(married John Cowen Jan 20, 1820)

Matilda Keyes, b. Apr 9, 1799-d. May 4, 1803

Mary Keyes, b. March 29, 1801

Louisa Keyes Thomas Bradford, b. April 2, 1803
(Married Mieajah Thomas and then Mr. Bradford)

John Wade Keyes and wife, Luvisa Talbot Keyes were originally buried on their plantation three miles from Athens, but were re-interred through the John Wade Keyes chapter of the D.A.R. in the Athens Cemetery about 1912.
Family links: 
  Humphrey Keyes (1721 - 1793)
  Marcella Wade Keyes (1723 - 1760)
  Luvisa Talbot Keyes (1756 - 1836)
  George Keyes (1792 - 1833)*
*Calculated relationship
Athens City Cemetery
Limestone County
Alabama, USA
Maintained by: Ron Overley
Originally Created by: Mary Jo
Record added: Aug 31, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29444931
Capt John Wade Keyes, Sr
Added by: Mary Jo
Capt John Wade Keyes, Sr
Added by: Mary Jo
Capt John Wade Keyes, Sr
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Added by: SFC Frank Irons Sr. Retired US Army 1977
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- Dee Mathis
 Added: Apr. 2, 2010

 Added: Aug. 31, 2008

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