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 Emily A. <I>Woodruff</I> Keep-Schley

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Emily A. Woodruff Keep-Schley

Birth
Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, USA
Death
10 May 1900 (aged 72)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial
Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, USA
Plot
Section I, Lot 5, Mausoleum
Memorial ID
99274185 View Source

Emily A. Woodruff, daughter of Norris Menzo Woodruff and the former Miss Roxana Terry Bush, was born on September 19, 1827 and known as Emma by her eight siblings. Emma's father built the highly successful Woodruff Hotel in Watertown, which is still in operation today.

Emma married Henry Keep on the 15th of May 1847; with whom she had one daughter, Emma Gertrude. Mr. Keep was a very successful banker and a former president of the New York Central Railroad. They made their home in New York City.

After Henry Keep died in 1869, Emma was left a sizable estate valued at nearly ten million dollars; which she used for various charitable causes, including endowments to the New York Ophthalmic Hospital and the Keep Memorial Home for the Aged in Watertown.

On the 8th of January 1874 married a 'southern' gentleman, William Schley; who was a former judge from Savannah, Georgia now practicing law in New York City; there were no children to this union. In 1882, Emma was once again a widow, and continued to lived near her daughter, Emma G. Halsey and her sister, Sarah, wife of Gov. Roswell Pettibone Flower in New York City and work tirelessly with charities throughout the area.

Emily "Emma" Woodruff Keep-Schley departed this life on May 10th 1900 at her Manhattan residence, 601 Fifth Avenue. She was laid to rest in the family mausoleum in Brookside Cemetery; that she had built in 1873 to honor of her first husband, Henry Keep, along with her daughter Emma, her son-in-law, Fredrick R. Halsey and second husband, William Schley.

Emily A. Woodruff, daughter of Norris Menzo Woodruff and the former Miss Roxana Terry Bush, was born on September 19, 1827 and known as Emma by her eight siblings. Emma's father built the highly successful Woodruff Hotel in Watertown, which is still in operation today.

Emma married Henry Keep on the 15th of May 1847; with whom she had one daughter, Emma Gertrude. Mr. Keep was a very successful banker and a former president of the New York Central Railroad. They made their home in New York City.

After Henry Keep died in 1869, Emma was left a sizable estate valued at nearly ten million dollars; which she used for various charitable causes, including endowments to the New York Ophthalmic Hospital and the Keep Memorial Home for the Aged in Watertown.

On the 8th of January 1874 married a 'southern' gentleman, William Schley; who was a former judge from Savannah, Georgia now practicing law in New York City; there were no children to this union. In 1882, Emma was once again a widow, and continued to lived near her daughter, Emma G. Halsey and her sister, Sarah, wife of Gov. Roswell Pettibone Flower in New York City and work tirelessly with charities throughout the area.

Emily "Emma" Woodruff Keep-Schley departed this life on May 10th 1900 at her Manhattan residence, 601 Fifth Avenue. She was laid to rest in the family mausoleum in Brookside Cemetery; that she had built in 1873 to honor of her first husband, Henry Keep, along with her daughter Emma, her son-in-law, Fredrick R. Halsey and second husband, William Schley.


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  • Created by: GMG
  • Added: 20 Oct 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 99274185
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/99274185/emily-a-keep-schley: accessed ), memorial page for Emily A. Woodruff Keep-Schley (19 Sep 1827–10 May 1900), Find a Grave Memorial ID 99274185, citing Brookside Cemetery, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, USA; Maintained by GMG (contributor 47391530) .