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James Buchanan Keene

  • Birth 15 Oct 1856 Cass County, Michigan, USA
  • Death 15 Feb 1927 Allegan, Allegan County, Michigan, USA
  • Burial Cheshire Center, Allegan County, Michigan, USA
  • Memorial ID 90592356

James Buchanan Keene is first of 5 children born to Peter Shaffer and Martha Celina (Lewis) Keene. He was born in Jefferson Twp., Cass Co., MI USA.

On 30 Nov 1879, he married 22-year-old Phoeba Rebecca Pierce (1857-1949), daughter of William "George" and Henrietta Rosella (Loomis) Pierce.

They had 7 children:
Marion Maude Keene (1880-1972)
Bertha Blanche Keene (1883-1943)
Florence Ettie Keene (1885-1983)
Nettie Waive Keene (1887-1985)
Iva (Ivy) Louis Keene (1889-1929)
Ralph Cletus Keene (1892-1972)
Harland Humphrey Keene (1896-1936)

1860 US Census: Jefferson Twp., Cass, MI USA, age 4

1870 US Census: Unable to locate (not with parents in Van Buren Co., MI), age 13

1880 US Census: Cheshire Twp., Allegan, MI USA, age 24, with wife Phoeba. No children.

1900 US Census: Cheshire Twp., Allegan, MI USA, age 44. with Phebe R 43 b. (Jan 1857); Ralph 8 (b. Apr 1892); Harland 3 (Jun 1896); Blanche 17 (Jan 1883 MI); Florence 14 (b. Aug 1885 MI); Wave 12 (b. Sep 1887 MI); Ivy 10 (b. Sep 1889 MI)

1910 US Census: Cheshire Twp., Allegan, MI USA, age 53. with Phoebe 53 (b. 1857 MI); Waive 22 (b. 1888 MI); Iva L 20 (b. 1890 MI); Ralph C 18 (b. 1892 MI); Harland 13 (b. 1897 MI); Henrietta R Pierce [Phoeba's mother] 70 (b. 1840 OH, widowed)

1920 US Census: Cheshire Twp., Allegan, MI USA, age 63; with wife Phoebe R 62 (b. 1858 MI); Wave R 32 (b. 1888 MI); Harland 23 (b. 1897 MI).

Information above provided 05.22.2012 by Debra Hart Blackgrave Tyre, 2nd-great-granddaughter.


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  • Created by: Debra (Hart) Blackgrave Tyre
  • Added: 23 May 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 90592356
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Buchanan Keene (15 Oct 1856–15 Feb 1927), Find A Grave Memorial no. 90592356, citing Lindsley Cemetery, Cheshire Center, Allegan County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Debra (Hart) Blackgrave Tyre (contributor 47702154) .