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 Leah Cook <I>Keen</I> Hand

Leah Cook Keen Hand

Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 28 Sep 1820 (aged 34)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 100012566 · View Source
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Leah Cooke Keen was the daughter of John Keen (1747-1832) and Mildred Cooke (1752-1832).

Baptism: Christ Church Records
Name: Leah Cook Keen
Date of Birth: January 16, 1787
Date of Baptism: February 6, 1787
Father: John Keen
Mother: Mildred Keen
Relation: daughter
Minister: Revd. William White
Record Book Year: 1769 - 1794

Leah was the first wife of Caleb Hand (1780-1857). Two years after her death, Caleb married Leah's sister Tabitha Hilton Keen (1795-1883).

Leah & Caleb's Children:
James Cooke Hand Sr. (1808-1884)
Thomas Cole Hand Sr. (1811-1890)
Caleb Hand Jr. (1816-1840)
Matthias Keen Hand (1819-1842)

Death Certificate:
Mrs. Leah Hand aged 35 years died this morning of malignant Thyphus Fever. Philadelphia, Sept. 28th, 1820. Benjamin L. Janney

DIED: On Tuesday, the 26th inst, of the malignant fever, Miss Sarah Keen in the 40th year of her age, daughter of John Keen.
- Yesterday morning, of the malignant typhus fever, Mrs. Sarah Hand**, in the 35th year of her age, wife of captain Caleb Hand, and daughter of John Keen. (**Note: Sister's Miss Sarah Keen and Mrs. Leah Hand deaths were reported together. "Mrs. Sarah Hand" s/b "Mrs. Leah Hand". [Source: Franklin Gazette, 29 Sep 1820]

DIED, on Thursday, the 28th instant, after a short and severe illness, which she bore with great fortitude and resignation, Mrs. Leah Cook Hand, wife of Caleb Hand, and daughter of John Keen, in the 35th year of her age. She has left a husband and six small children to mourn their irreparable loss.
--Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, for they rest from their labours and their works do follow them. [Source: Poulson's American Daily Advertiser, 2 Oct 1820]

Burial Note:
Leah was originally interred in St. John's Church Burial Ground. The Find-A-Grave note states that all interments were moved to Laurel Hill. This is quite likely as her son is there. However, she is not listed in Laurel Hill's online records.

[Primary Source: The Descendants of Joran Kyn of New Sweden, by Gregory B. Keen, LL.D. Vice President of the Swedish Colonial Society. Published in Philadelphia by The Swedish Colonial Society in 1913., 348 page .pdf]

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 100012566
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Leah Cook Keen Hand (15 Jan 1786–28 Sep 1820), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100012566, citing Saint Johns Lutheran Churchyard (Defunct), Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by ziaref (contributor 47679000) .