Mary <I>Lafoon</I> Keith


Mary Lafoon Keith

North Carolina, USA
Death 13 Feb 1846 (aged 96–97)
Pumpkintown, Pickens County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Pumpkintown, Pickens County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 113259094 View Source

Notes for MARY LAFOON:Mary Lafoon was the daughter of Matthew Laffoon, Sr. & Mary LaffoonSOURCE: Lafoon Homepage, Contact: Charles Edwin Lafoon 2/10/2004**"During the Revolution, Mary Lafoon Keith was many times a heroine. One time, seeing the enemy approaching, and knowing that the Americans were encamped within several miles, rode to warn them. During the ride her cape slipped from her shoulders. It was recaptured in the ensuing battle and returned to her. Pieces of it are still preserved by her descendants.
From her comes the assertion that Cornelius's brother was James, grandfather of Chief Justice Marshall. The inference is strong, as it is her claim and when Cornelius removed to South Carolina, his brother James, a minister, paid him a visit.
She died 1846, at the age of ninety-seven.Cornelius served as Colonel in the South Carolina Artillery. His home was burned and all he owned destroyed, while his wife and children and a few slaves fled to a rock cavern where they lived on roots and berries for a week until aid reached them."SOURCE: Of Keith & Kin, by Marion Frerman Henderson, 1988, Pub. Marion Frerman Henderson, 5415 Wedgewood Dr., Charlotte, NC 28210, book located Easley Library, SC Room, Easley, SC 10/10/2003 Mary Lafoone Keith (1749-1846), was the wife of Colonel Cornelius Keith Senior, inscribed, "Sacred to her memory" and a Tabletop tomb marks her grave. Mary married Colonel Keith who was in the Revolutionary War. She was many times a heroine during the war. If she heard the British were approaching, she would ride even great distances to warn the Americans. One when she was on this kind of mission, some Indians who were loyal to the British, burned her hut. A slave escaped with her children and hid in a cave by the Oolenoy River. They lived on berries, grapes and herbs until their mother returned and rescued them. The cave became known as the Mary Lafoone cave. The cave is located across the river from Miracle Hill Children's Home, a short distance away from the church.
SOURCE: United States Department of the Interior National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places Continuation Sheet, Section #7, Page 14. Oolenoy Baptist Church Cemetery, Pickens County, South Carolina.
** from the telling and retelling of stories regarding Mary Lafoone Keith, it is very possible that her "spying" was not during the Revolutionary War, but the War of 1812. from:

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  • Created by: DCMason
  • Added: 3 Jul 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 113259094
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Lafoon Keith (1749–13 Feb 1846), Find a Grave Memorial ID 113259094, citing Oolenoy Baptist Church Cemetery, Pumpkintown, Pickens County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by DCMason (contributor 47442357) .