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William Bibb Key
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Birth: Oct. 2, 1759
Albemarle County
Virginia, USA
Death: Dec. 7, 1836
Elbert County
Georgia, USA

Update: On Saturday, 2 Sep 2017 at 2:00 pm, there was a ceremony to place a Patriot marker on William Bibb Key's grave site. Sponsored by the Samuel Elbert Chapter SAR, Button Gwinnett Chapter SAR, Atlanta Chapter SAR and the Stephen Heard Daughters of the American Revolution.

William Bibb Key was the son of Martin Tandy Key and Nancy Ann Bibb. He fought in the American Revolution with first his duty at age 16 years as a driver of a wagon. Later he became secretary to Thomas Jefferson during the time that Jefferson was Minister Plenipotentiary to India. (Researched by his 3rd great granddaughter, Katherine Josephine CAGLE.)

"WILLIAM BIBB KEY, b. Albemarle Co., Va., Oct. 2, 1759; d. Dec 7, 1836, Elbert Co., Ga. Served as a REV. SOLDIER. Received bounty grant of land for his services. Married Mourning Clark, b. Aug. 12, 1764 (dau. of CHRISTOPHER CLARK, REV. SOLDIER of Ga., and his wife Millicent Terrell). Children:
1. Charles, b. 1784; mar. Mary Ann Clark.
2. Martha, mar. Nicholas Good.
3. James, b. 1788; mar. Rebecca Grizzle.
4. Milly, b. 1790; mar. Humphrey Posey.
5. Nancy, mar. Simeon Glenn.
6. Elizabeth, mar. Thomas Bell.
7. Margaret, mar. Thomas Good.
8. Keturah, mar. James Hamm.
9. Mary (Polly), mar. Joseph Bell.
10. Henry, d. y.
11. Thomas, d. y.
12. Susan, b. 1799; mar. James Bell, Jr.
13. Jane, b. 1801; mar. John Grizzle.
14. Sarah, b. 1803; mar. Thomas C. Elliott.
15. Lucy, b. 1809; mar. Nathan Mattox."
Source: McCall, Mrs. Howard H., Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia (Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004), Volume III, page 136.

William Bibb Key married Mourning Clark on 23 Dec 1782 in Albemarle County, Virginia. They had 15 children together.

When William Bibb Key died at the age of 77, he was buried in the Key Family Cemetery. His burial is marked with a ledger stone. He and his wife had been married nearly 54 years.

William Bibb Key is listed on the Revolutionary War Soldiers Memorial monument in Elbert County, Georgia which was dedicated on November 11, 1994 by the Stephen Heard Chapter of the NSDAR.

The burial locations of his parents are unknown.
Family links: 
  Mourning Clark Key (1764 - 1840)
  Chiles Terrell Key (1784 - 1846)*
  Nancy Bibb Key Glenn (1790 - 1861)*
  Mildred Terrell Key Posey (1790 - 1871)*
  Mary Key Bell (1797 - 1886)*
*Calculated relationship
In Memory of
Who was born
In Albemarle Co., Virginia
October 2nd, 1759
And Died in Elbert Co., Georgia
December 7th, 1836
Aged 77 years, 2 months & 5 days
Erected by N. & L. Mattox, 1850
Note: White marble slab. One of the only two identifiable graves in this cemetery.
Key Family Cemetery
Elbert County
Georgia, USA
Maintained by: Rajordan
Originally Created by: Mary Esther Lord Smith
Record added: Sep 23, 2009
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William Bibb Key
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Thinking of you on this Memorial Day.
- Rajordan
 Added: May. 29, 2017
Dear GGGGGGrandfather, Thank you for your service that we may enjoy our Freedom today!
- Judy Whitter Frey
 Added: Sep. 5, 2016

- Caryl Osborn
 Added: Aug. 23, 2016
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