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A GENEALOGY 



DBSCENDANTS 



Benjamin KeitH 



XHROUGH 



TIMOTHY, SON OF REV. JAMES KEITH, 



TOGETHER WITH 



AN HISTORICAL SKETCH OF THE EARLY FAMILY 

AND PERSONAL REMINISCENCES OF 

RECENT GENERATIONS. 



By YilBA @. I^EIIPH. 




Brockton : 
G. A. GooDALL, Printer. 

1889. 



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'One generation passeth away and another cometh.'.'— Kccles. 1: 4. 



PREFACK. 



It is a general truth, that advancing years bring 
with them a desire to know more of our origin and 
ancestry, and the kindred deSiVe to preserve and 
perpetuate both our own and the memory of those 
gone before. The family Bibl-e has been the work 
of reference which supplemented the era of tradi- 
tional history and dated the three eras of family 
life. But this is at present a neglected source of 
information and a cause for regret that so many 
utterly neglect to record these three important 
events. I have, therefore, endeavored to afford 
our namesakes of the present generation a place 
and opportunity to continue and preserve these 
important and interesting items, by leaving suffi- 
cient space to each family, which can be easily 
and readily filled, as occasion requires. The 
personal experience, reminiscence, locality and 
environment (history quite as interesting as the 
dated fact of births, marriages and deaths) cannot 
be supplied from this source; this can only be 
rescued by the local historian. There is truth in 
the old adage, ''Everybody's business is nobody's 

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4: PREFACE. 

business," wherein I find an apology for attemj)ting 
a work which deserved to be entrusted to other 
and more able hands. But I was unwilling that it 
should be true of our family, that nobody was suffi- 
ciently interested to preserve the personal history 
of our immediate ancestors, hence I have employed 
such leisure moments as offered, from time to time, 
in collecting, collating and arranging the facts set 
forth in this volume, animated by the hope that 
my endeavors may interest many who shall come 
after. 

I am indebted to MitchelVs History of Bridge- 
water and to Kingman's History of North Bridge- 
water, for much of the information contained 
herein, and my acknowledgments are also due to 
Mr. Nathan Keith, *Mrs. Serena Southworth, *Mr. 
Martin Wild, and many others whose patience I 
have tested, and whose only compensation will be 
a possible satisfaction in perusing these pages. 

ZIBA C. KEITH. 

Campello, March 1, 1889. 

* llecentiv deceased. 



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EARLY HISTORY. 



The following liistoricstl sketch from ''Brown's 
Peerage of Scotland/' furnishes some interesting 
facts concerning the early history of the family, 
and is made available as a fitting introduction : 

''This ancient family is supposed to derive its 
origin from one Robert, a chieftain among the 
Catti, from which it is said came the surname of 
Keith. At the battle of Panbridge, in 1006, he 
slew with his own hands, Camus, general of the 
Danes ; and King Malcolm, perceiving this achieve- 
ment, dipped his fingers in Camus' blood, and 
drew red strokes, or pales, on the top of Robert's 
shield, which have ever since been the armorial 
bearings of his descendants. In 1010 he was 
made hereditary marischal of Scotland, and was 
rewarded with a barony in East Lothian, which 
was called Keith Marischal, after his own name. 
The island of Inchkeith, in the Firth of Forth, 
was also bestowed on him. His descendant. Sir 
William, who married a daughter of the Earl of 
Crawford, had a son William, who was created Earl 
Marischal, before June, 1458. 

The title descended lineally to William, third earl, 
who had two sons, Robert and William. Robert 

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was slain at Flodden, without issue, in his father's 
lifetime, and William also died in his father's life- 
time, leaving a son William, who succeeded his 
grandfather as fourth earl. The fourth earl was 
succeeded by his grandson George, tifth earl 
(founder of the Marischal College, Aberdeen, 1593), 
who married a daughter of Lord Hume, and left a 
son William, sixth earl, who married the daughter 
of the Earl of Panmure, and had a son, William, 
seventh earl, who dying without issue, 1661, was 
succeeded by his brother, William, ninth earl, who 
by a daughter of the Earl of Perth, had George, 
tenth earl, and James. The tenth earl was colonel 
in the Guards, under Queen Anne, but joining the 
rebellion, in 1715, was attainted, and entered the 
service of the King of Prussia. He was next of 
kin to the Earl of Kintore, who died without issue, 
1761, and an act of Parliament was ])assed enabling 
him to inherit the estate of Kintore, or any other 
that might devolve to him. He died, unmarried, at 
Potsdam, 1778, in the 86th year of his age. His 
brother James was a field-marshal in the service of 
Peter the Great, of Russia, and afterwards served 
with the same rank in the Prussian army. After 
many signal services he was killed at Hochkirch in 
a battle with the Austrians under Marshal Daun, 
in 1758; and a sui)erb monument erected to his 
memory at Berlin, by order of the King of Prussia, 
testifies the estimation in which he was held by 
that illustrious monarch. 

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The representative of this family, Sir Robert- 
Alexander Keith, of Ravelston, claimed, and was 
allowed the office of hereditary knight marischal of 
Scotland, in virtue of which he officiated as keeper 
of the regalia, on the visit of George IV to Scot- 
land, in 1822. 

DESCRIPTION OF THE COAT OF ARMS. 

Anns: — Argent, on a chief, three pallets or 
gules. 

Crest : — On a wreath, a stag's head erased, 
proper, and attired with ten tynes. 

Supporters: — Two stags proper, attired as the 
crest. 

Motto .-—VERITAS YINCIT. (Ti^uth conquers.) 

Note: — That the two batons gules, semee of 
thistles, and en signed on the toj) with an imperial 
crown, or saltireways, behind the shield, were borne 
as badges to the office of Great Marischal of Scot- 
land. (See e7igravmg). 

Chief Seats were: — At Dumiottar Castle, in the 
county of Kincardine; at Fetteresso, in the same 
county; and at Inveiurie and JSTewburg, in the 
county of Aberdeen." 

Johnson's Encyclopedia (Page 1517), makes 
reference to several other distinguished men bear- 
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our ancestor, the Rev. James Keith, brief sketches 
of whom may prove of interest: 

" GEORGE KEITH was bom at Aberdeen, Scot- 
land, about 1640, and was educated at the Univer- 
sity of Aberdeen, for the Presbyterian ministry. 
He adopted Quaker piinciples in 1664, and was 
associated with William Penn in defending that 
faith. He soon afterwards came to America, and 
became Surveyor-General of East Jersey. In 1690, 
he visited New England as a Quaker preacher, and 
was engaged in disputes with Increase and Cotton 
Mather. Returning to England in 1706, he was 
appointed rector of Edburton, in Sussex, where he 
died about 1715. He was a man of deep learning, 
well versed in Platonism, and wrote many theologi- 
cal works; also two books of travel in America, 
1699 and 1705, and a new theory of Longitude, 
1709;' 

"Admiral VISCOUNT KEITH {George Keith 
Elphenstone), was born at Elphenstone, Scotland, 
January 12, 1746, entered the navy in boyhood, and 
as post-captain, commanding the frigate ''Perseus," 
took part in the action of Bunker Hill, 1775, and 
Fort Mifflin, on the Delaware, 1777. In 1793 he 
served with the Mediterranean squadron, under 
Lord Hood, at Toulon, and as Admiral, was des- 
patched, in 1795, to operate against the Dutch 
Colonies. He took possession of Cape Colony, in 
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Islands, and in August, 1796, captured a Dutch 
squadron near Saldanha Bay, West Africa. For 
these brilliant services he was created an Irish 
Peer, as Baron Keith, of Stonehaven, Marischal. 
In March, 1800, he blockaded Massina, in Genoa, 
co-operating with the Austrians, who besieged 
and took the city. He also co-operated with 
Abercrombie in the Egyptian expedition, and, 
in 1815, commanded the Channel fleet, which 
prevented the escape of Napoleon -1, and brought 
about his surrender to Captain Maitland of the 
Bellerophon. In 1814, he was created Viscount 
Keith of the peerage of the United Kingdom. 
Died at Pertshire, Scotland, March 10, 1823." 

''Sir WILLIAM KEITH was born in the north 
of Scotland, about 1680; became Surveyor General 
of Customs in America, for the Southern Colonies ; 
was Governor of Pennsylvania for the proprietors, 
1717-1726, under whose administration the colony 
prospered. He was author of a History of Virginia 
(1738), and a volume of tracts and papers (1749). 
Died in London, November 17, 1749." 

From the foregoing it appears that a family 
dating back to the 10th century, enrolling on its 
escutcheon the names of many somewhat famous 
characters, has some claims to the consideration of 
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10 GENEALOGY OF THE KEITH FAMILY. 

Rev. JAMES KEITH was born in 1644, edu- 
cated at Aberdeen, Scotland (as tradition says at 
the expense of a maiden aunt). At the age of 18 he 
emigrated to this country. Arriving in Boston, 
in 1662, he was introduced to the church in 
Bridgewater by Dr. Increase Mather. ' He is re- 
ferred to in the records of the church ''as a student 
of divinity, having some comi)etent time improved 
his gifts amongst them, in the work of the ministry, 
and having also due approbation, by the testimony 
of the Reverend Elders of other churches of Christ, 
to whom he was known." His settlement took 
place February 18, 1664, upon the following terms: 
"A double house lot of twelve (12) acres, with a 
house built thereon ; a purchase right, so-called, 
being a fifty-sixth part of the original grant; and 
40 pounds annual salary, 20 pounds in Boston 
money and the other half at home." Many and 
persistent efforts have been made to trace the direct 
ancestry of the Rev. James Keith, but thus far 
without avail. As has been observed in the fore- 
going sketch, George, the fifth earl, was the founder 
of Marischal College, Aberdeen, in 1593, and it 
would not seem improbable that the Rev. James 
Keith obtained his education at this college, en- 
dowed by a kinsman; certain it is that he received 
his education at Aberdeen. Following uj) the sug- 
gestion that the records of the college might furnish 
the desh'ed information, the writer, through a friend, 
caused investigation to be made. No records, how- 

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ever, could be found, and it seems probable that 
his parentage will forever remain in obscurity. He 
married Susanna, daughter of Deacon Samuel Edson, 
May 3, 1668, and had— 

James, December 5, 1669 ; 

Joseph, February 14, 1675; 

Samuel, 1677; 

Timothy, 1683; 

John, 1688; 

Josiah, Margaret, Mary and Susanna. 

The wife died October 16, 1705, aged 65 years. 
He then married Mary, widow of Thomas Williams, 
of Taunton, 1707, who died July 23, 1719, aged 
76 years. He died July 23, 1719. 

The text selected for his first sermon was from 
Jeremiah 1 : 6 — '' Behold I cannot speak, for I am 
a child ; " and was said to have been delivered from 
a rock in the " mill pasture " near the river. His 
advice and influence with the civil authorities of 
the colony, seem to have been considerable ; in- 
stanced in the case of King Philip's wife and son, 
when the question as to what should be done with 
the son was in agitation, he stated in a letter to 
Rev. Mr. Cotton, ''that he was in favor of mercy," 
and differing from most others, had great weight, if 
indeed it was not decisive in sparing the boy's life. 

He preached the sermon at the dedication of the 
new meeting house in South Bridgewater, in 1717, 
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in the Bridgevvater Monitor and contained some 
pertinent and impressive remarks on the subject 
of intemperance. ''Besides other evils/' said he, 
''which might be mentioned, I would refer particu- 
larly to that of intemperance; the excessive and 
prodigious expense upon strong drink; above all 
that of rum, the scandalous and horrible abuse of 
which threatens ruin unto this land and to this 
place ; a ruin to all our dearest interests, both civil 
and religious. If there be any such houses among 
you, as I fear there are, that vend that strong drink 
contrary to the law of God and the wholesome laws 
of this province, let such of you as are vested with 
civil power and stand obliged unto the oath of God, 
see that such grievous profanation be suppressed, 
lest that iniquity, the abuse of rum, be our ruin." 
The house in which he lived and died is now 
owned by George M. Pratt, Esq., of West Bridge- 
water, and is situated on the north side of River 
street, near the intersection of Forest street. It 
was originally built in 1662, in 1678 enlarged, in 
1837 remodelled, and remains substantially the 
same at the present time. Williams Latham, Esq., 
of Bridgewater, in his book of Epitaphs, gives us 
the inventory of his pro})erty, recorded in the fourth 
volume of the probate records, page 185. It was 
taken August 25, 1719, and contains ten items of 
personal property, amounting to 167 pounds and 11 
shillings, and shows the internal division and 
arrangement of the house at that time, corresponding 

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to the rooms and condition of the house at the time 
•of the alteration, in 1837, to wit: — 

1. Apparel, . . . . . . .27 pounds, 13s. 

2. In the new chamber, one feather bed, case of 

drawers, chairs, tables and lookin^-^lass, . 28 do. 16s. 

3. To things in new lower roome, one feather bed 

with its furniture, two tables, table-cloth, nap- 
kins, chairs and wheels, . . . .17 do. 5s. 6d. 

4. To the old west roome, one bed, bedding with 

chairs and chest, . . . . .13 do. 15s. 

5. To the old chamber, to lumber, . . . 3 do. 7s. 6d. 

6. To th^ things In the kitchen, of pewter, iron and 

bmss vessels, with tables and chairs^ • * 12 do. 19s^ 

7. To quick stock, 21 do. 

S. To hay, six loads, . . . . . , 10 do. 

9. To library of books, 30 do. 

10. To money, ....... 2 do* 15s* 

167 pounds, lis. 

As it is my purpose to confine this work to the 
families of the descendants of the Eev. James 
Keith, through Timothy, I shall omit special men- 
tion of other branches of the family, with the 
exception of reference to a circumstance connected 
with the marriage of his daughter Mary. She was 
courted by Ephraim Howard, not much to the 
acceptance of the old minister. Notwithstanding his 
objection they were secretly married, and were 
pursued by the irate father. Arriving too late to 
prevent their marriage, he returned, and, complying 
with the prevailing custom, preached the following 
Sal)bath from Hosea 4: 17 — ''Ephraim is joined 
to idols, let him alone." Time, however, softened 
his spirit, and the reconciliation which followed 
inclined him to preach from Jeremiah 31 : 20 — ''Is 



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Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for 
since I spake against him I do earnestly remember 
him still." 

A specimen of his penmanship, in possession of 
Nathan Keith, Esq., Campello, betrays a tine hand, 
indicative of gi-eat precision and neatness. He 
was buried in what is called ''The Old Grave Yard,"^ 
in West Bridgewater. The slab which covers the 
monument which now marks this grave is said to 
have been made by William Hudson, a mason. It 
is of granite, rough hammered, 5 feet, 8 inches, by 
6 feet, 3 inches, and 5 inclies thick, laid horizontally 
upon granite slabs set up edgewise and bolted 
together. The base was originally broken stone. In 
1827, Simeon Keith, a descendant through Timothy, 
caused the above described base to be substituted 
for one of broken stone, the inscription on slate 
tablets being retained. The inscrii)tion reads as 
follows : 



Here lies the body of the Rev. 
Mr. James Keith, died July 23, 1719, 
aged 76 years. 



Here lies the body of Mrs. • Sus- 
anna Keith, died October 16, 1705, 
aged 65 years. 
Mr. James Keith. 
First minister in Bridgewater, 
and educated in Aberdeen, 
Scotland, and labored in the 
ministry in this town 56 years. 

TIMOTHY (2), fourth son of Rev. James (1), 
was born in 1683, and became one of the first set- 
tlers in the north parish early in the eighteenth 
century. He married Hannah, daughter of Deacon 
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Timothy, born January 27, 1711; 
Abiah, born October 11, 1712; 
Nathan, born December 16, 1714; 
Hannah, born April 16, 1718- 

The wife died May 23, 1765. He died November 
8, 1767, aged 83 years. He was buried in the 
burying; ground on Main street, opposite Grove, 
Campello. The grave was formerly marked by a 
brick vault, covered with a slate slab, but this 
having become dilapidated, was replaced by a 
granite monument in 1881, the face bearing the 
Keith Coat of Arms with this inscription : ''Timothy, 
son of Rev. James Keith, 1683-1767;" and on the 
northerly side, ''Erected by his descendants, 1881." 

It is related of him, "that leaving the paternal 
roof, as he journeyed out into the wilderness pros- 
pecting for a site for his future home, having crossed 
Trout Brook (the i)resent boundary line between 
Brockton and West Bridge water), he stood for a 
moment upon the northerly bank and surveyed the 
plain which stretched before him, then turning to 
his companions, said, ' I am satisfied to locate here 
without looking further.' " This land was probably 
a part of the original grant to his father, being one 
fifty-sixth part, or share, divided among the pro- 
prietors, including all that part of Brockton known 
as Campello. He built and occupied a house on 
the site now occupied by the residence of Caleb H. 
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dence is supposed to be a part of the framework of 
the original house; and the old well, which for sa 
many years slaked the thirst of the early settlers,, 
still dispenses cheer to the present occupants. 
This property descended to his son Nathan, to his 
grandson Nathan, and passed into the hands of 
Thomas Packard about 1800. Timothy Keith is 
described as having been a man small in stature 
and of frail constitution. The writer has in his 
possession a deed containing his signature convey- 
ing ''ten acres more or less, with buildings thereon,'" 
to Levi Keith, in 1766 (the year preceding his 
death), said premises being the house and land 
situated on the corner of Main and Plain streets, 
Campello. He was a man w^ho figured conspicu- 
ously in town affairs; his father, the first settled 
minister in the parent town; himself, one of the 
original petitioners for the establishment of the 
North Precinct; the moderator of the first meeting 
held after becoming a Precinct; one of a committee 
of three to consult with Rev, Mr. Porter in rela- 
tion to a settlement with them as a minister of the 
Gospel — indicate him to have been a man of influ- 
ence both in civil and religious matters. 

TIMOTHY i'S), the eldest son of Timothy (1), was 
born January 27, 1711; married Bethiah, daughter 
of William Ames, June 2, 1737, and had — 

Levi, August 25, 1738; 
Timothy, July 24, 1740. 

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He died in 1740, aged 29, and was buried beside 
his father in the Campello lot. 

ABIAHj second son of Timothy (1), lived in n 
house located near the intersection of Tribou lane 
:and Warren avenue, Campello. The well used by 
the family is now covered with planks, and lies in 
the sidewalk on the west side of Warren avenue. 

NATHAN, third son of Timothy (1), owned the 
property now^ occupied by C. H. Packard, Esq., 
before referred to. 

LEVI (4:), son of Timothy (2), was born August 
25, 1738; married Jemima, daughter of Mark 
Perkins, November 8, 1759, and had — 

Bethiah, born May 7, 1760; married Nathaniel 
Reynolds, Jr., April 20, 1777; 

Timothy, born May 16, 1761; 

Reuben, born June 24, 1762; died June 19, 1768; 

Benjamin, born November 18, 1763; married 
Martha Gary, December 18, 1788; 

Jemima, born January 26, 1765; died January 
20, 1766; 

Jemima, born July 13, 1767; married William 
Field, 1797; 

Molly, born June 25, 1769; died October 2, 1769; 

Levi, born May 7, 1773; married Abigail Porter, 
December 28, 1797; 

Molly, born June 16, 1775; married Deacon 
Ichabod Howard, February 2, 1794; 

Anna, born , 1781; died June 24, 1814. 

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He died in 1813, aged 76. He (Levi) owned and 
occupied the house situated on the corner of Main 
and Plain streets, recently the residence of Cap- 
tain Ziba Keith, This was conveyed to him by 
Timothy (1); and the writer has in his- possession 
the deed, dated December 26, 1768. He was a 
tanner and shoe manufacturer (or as defined in the 
deed, a cordwainer). The site of his tannery was 
that now occupied by the Garfield House, corner 
Montello and Garfield streets. In excavating for 
the foundation of this house in 1880, remains of the 
vats were found in a good state of preservation. 
The house above referred to (corner Main and Plain 
streets) was built in 1746, or thereabouts, probably 
by Timothy (1), for his son Timothy. This house 
has very recently been removed to a location on 
Plain street, and on its site George E. Keith is 
erecting a family residence. William Downie, who 
came from Scotland, with his son, about this time 
(and who was so grieved at his death, which 
occurred in 1747, that he soon returned to Scot- 
land), was employed in the building of it. It 
was originally a square house. In 1838, an 
addition was made, connecting with the north- 
westerly corner of the house, extending north 
thirty feet and in width twenty feet; attached 
to this addition, on the northerly side, were two 
sheds; thence westerly, shed and shop; the latter 
known as the " Old Red Shop.'' Shop and shed 
were subsequently removed, and a further addition 

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made to that of 1838, leaving the house substan- 
tially as at present. His (Levi's) will, under date 
of November 21, 1809, provides for Jemima, his 
wife, the use and improvement of one-third part of 
all his real estate, during life, and also one cow^ 
and all his household furniture. Xominal bequests 
were made to his son Levi; to his daughters, 
Jemima, the widow of William Field, and to Molly, 
wife of Ichabod Howard; while to his daughter 
Anna was bequeathed ''the sum of $150, and 
the improvement of the east room in my house, 
with the chamber over it; with so much of the 
kitchen oven, cellar, well and buttery, as is needful 
for her use, and a seat in my pew." Singularly, no 
mention of this daughter (Anna) is made in the 
works of Mitchell or Kingman. In Moses Gary's 
history, she is referred to as having died a single 
woman. She is buried in the Campello burying 
ground. A daughter of his son Levi (Clarissa) was 
drowned in the well connected with this house. A 
further provision of his will bequeathed to his 
grandson, Ziba Keith, the dwelling house and other 
buildings adjoining; to his son Benjamin, the 
residue of the estate. He was a man of consider- 
able property and influence in the community. 
The heavy overhanging eyebrow, somewhat char- 
acteristic of the Keiths, is said to be responsible 
for a standing joke on ''Uncle Levi," as he was 
familiarlv called, in that it was asserted that when- 
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end) he supplied himself with a substitute hy 
plucking from his eyebrows. It is also said that 
in rendering bills for the repairing of shoes, he 
invariably charged a certain sum for tapping, and 
another certain sum for ''pester'' (referring to the 
labor of preparing the sole and heel). He was^ 
without question, the pioneer of the shoe industry, 
which at present employs so large a proportion 
of our population; and the ''Old Red Shop" (familiar 
still to many) was the original shoe factory from 
which has sprung this immense industry. In his 
old account book are to be found the names of 
nearly all the families then living in the north pre- 
cinct, whom he supplied with boots and shoes. 
These accounts were settled yearly, and this 
indorsement was invariably used: " Reckoned with 
Mr. and found due, (to or 

from, as the case may be) £ s. d." 

(Both parties signing.) 

BENJAMIN (5), eldest son of Levi (4), was born 
November 18, 1763; married Martha, daughter of 
Col. Simeon Gary, December 18, 1788, and had — 

Ziba, November 30, 1789; 

Arza, May 10, 1791; 

Bela, February 2, 1793; 

Charles, August 8, 1794; 

Polly, October 9, 1798; 

Jason, March 6, 1801 ; 

Benjamin, February 6, 1803; died March, 1803. 

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He died September 9, 1814. His wife died June 
10, 1852, attaining the ripe age of 86 years. The 
writer has in his possession her daguerreotype, 
taken but a short time previous to her death, and 
is possibly a likeness of the oldest person born in 
New England bearing the family name. He built 
and occupied the house recently removed from the 
corner of Main street and Keith avenue to a loca- 
tion upon the north side of the latter, near Warren 
avenue. This house was originally a story and a 
half house; raised and made two story in 1815; 
remodelled in 1853. He was principally a farmer, 
and owned quite an extensive tract of land on the 
west side of Main street, and also operated a tan- 
nery (located on the present site of the Garfield 
House), and made and repaired shoes. At this 
period (1800), the ownership of all the territory 
comprising what is now called Campello was 
vested in the Keith family. Beginning on the west 
side of Main street, at the present southerly bound- 
ary, the ownership was vested in Nathan Keith; 
adjoining, northerly, was land of Benjamin Keith, 
Jonathan Keith, and Shepard Keith, to or beyond 
the present location of Forest avenue ; returning on 
the east side of Main street, were lands of Shepard, 
Jonathan and Levi Keith, to the West Bridge water 
line. At this time there were but twelve houses 
located on Main street, between Trout brook on 
the south, and Salisbury river bridge (then called 
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From the West Bridgewatei* line going north, the 
house of Nathan Keith (built by Timothy Keith); of 
Benjamin Keith ; of Isaac Keith (corner Main and 
Chestnut streets); of Shepard Keith (off Main, on 
Tribou lane) ; of David Packard and of Moses Gary. 
Keturning, located on the east side, were the houses 
of Seth Snow; of Ara Battles; of Shepard Keith 
(the so-called temple, built by Simeon Keith); of 
Jonathan Keith (corner Main and Depot streets), 
and the house of Levi Keith (corner Main and 
Plain streets), as shown on map. 

ZIBA (6), son of Benjamin (5), was born Novem- 
ber 10, 1789; married Sally, daughter of Jonathan 
Cary, November 25, 1813, and had — 

Benjamin, October 19, 1814; 

Franklin, January 28, 1816; 

Martha C, December 6, 1817; 

Martin, September 12, 1819; died November 26, 
1820; 

Martin Luther, February 8, 1822; 

Nancy Cary, April 14, 1824; died January 30, 
1838; 

David and Jonathan, May 26, 1826; David died 
December 23, 1826; 

Levi Watson, April 9, 1830. 

The wife died September 26, 1832. He then 
married Polly, daughter of Daniel Noyes, of Abing- 
ton, March 13, 1834, and had — 

Daniel Noyes, April 29, 1835; 

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Edwin, August 21, 1840; 

Ziba Gary, July 13, 1842. 

He died September 28, 1862. She died June 
14, 1882. 

Born in the old homestead on Main street; of a 
strong, robust build, he was, physically, well fitted 
for the occupation which he was mainly to follow, 
viz., that of a farmer. He early learned to make 
and repair shoes from his grandfather (Levi), and 
for some years, during the winter months, continued 
this business, inherited from his ancestors, in the 
''Old Ked Shop.^^ As his sons became of age, they 
were likewise instructed in the art of shoe-making, 
and the enth*e number were in due time gi*aduated 
from the benches beneath its roof. As before 
remarked, by a provision of his grandfather's will, 
he came into possession of the property on the 
corner of Main and Plain streets, in 1813; and 
upon the death of his father, in .1814, he was 
appointed administrator of his estate. He also 
administered upon several other estates, as evi- 
denced by papers in the possession of the writer. 
May 29, 1816, he was commissioned by Gov. 
Brooks as an ensign of a company in the third 
Kegiment of Infantry, 1st brigade, 5tli division; 
and December 5, 1822, was promoted to a cap- 
taincy in the same company; which title, then 
acquired, attached to him through life. As a man, 
he was upright and just in all his dealings; as a 
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bear his share of private or public burdens; as a 
father, considerate and forbearing, fulfilling the 
summary of the whole law, ''Serving God and keep- 
ing his commandments,'' and by ''Doing unto others 
as he would they should do unto him." 

The first wife, one of a family remarkable for 
their domestic attachment, died of consilmption, 
after a lingering illness, in 1832. 

The second wife, fitted by a long experience as a 
teacher in public and private schools, assumed the 
care of a family comprising seven children, the 
youngest but four years of age and the eldest 
eighteen, — a responsiblity which did not appall a 
strong and willing heart. Added to this number 
came three more mouths to feed and frames to 
clothe ; yet the busy hands toiled on from the early 
morning until the midnight hour sounded the 
advent of a new day. To her praise let it be said, 
no utterance has ever found expression which inti- 
mated anything but the most loyal, impartial devo- 
tion to the interests and welfare of her family. The 
exercise of those motherly qualities, remembered 
with affection, are to-day gratefully acknowledged. 
Honoring father and mother, length of days were 
hers, continuing, by reason of strength, four score 
and four years, before she was called home. 

ARZA (7), second son of Benjamin (5), was born 
May 10, 1791. He married Marcia, daughter of 
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Sidney, born June 26, 1815; died September 
22, 1815 ; 

Abel, born September 2, 1817; died Septem- 
ber 3, 1817; 

Lucy Jane, born August 29, 1819; died March 
15, 1832; 

Mareia K., born December 17, 1821; 

Albert, born December 31, 1823; 

Harmony Packard, born April 4, 1825; died 
August 1, 1883; 

Arza Benjamin, born June 5, 1830. 

He died October 30, 1864. She died September 
12, 1876. 

In 1815 he bought of Silas and Josiah Dunbar 
(they of Simeon Keith and Susanna, widow of Asa 
Keith,) the house situated near the corner of 
Main and Grove Streets (locally known as the 
'' Temple.") This he made his home. Naturally 
strong and robust the journey of his wedded life 
was entered upon with flattering prospects, but by 
an accident in the second year thereof his health 
was very much impaired and his hopes and antici- 
pations seriously checked. While preparing varnish 
in a room connected with his dwelling, it took fire, 
and in endeavoring to extinguish the flames he 
inhaled the fumes and smoke, resulting, as before 
stated, in permanent physical debility. He re- 
moved for a while to Foxboro, but subsequently 
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continued until his death. Like his brothers, early 
training had developed in him correct habits of 
life and a zealous religious interest, which he ever 
maintained. His wife, the representative of a 
family (Kingman) which has been so closely and 
conspicuously identified with the local history of 
this town and city, was peculiarly fitted to share 
the misfortune which so early befell her husband, 
and to develop out of life's distresses a spirit of 
self-sacrifice and resignation which made her home 
delightful. 

BELA (8), third son of Benjamin (5), was born 
February 2, 1793; married Mary, daughter of Seth 
Kingman, January 1, 1821, and had— 

Lewis, born November 12, 1821; died June 11, 
1859; 

Seth Kingman, born September 23, 1823; died 
August 12, 1825; 

Henry Kingman, born December 17, 1826; 

Mary Kingman, born October 12, 1828; 

Louisa, born September 20, 1830; 

Ellen Sherman, born September 16, 1836. 

He died September 6, 1867. She died October 
30, 1868. 

His early life was passed on the farm, favored 
with such an education as the common schools 
at that time afforded. Nearing the age of man- 
hood, he decided to become a carpenter, and 

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accordingly served an apprenticeship with Daniel 
Gary. At the expiration of his term of apprentice- 
ship, with but fifty cents (his entire capital) in his 
pocket, he proceeded to Pawtucket, R. L, where he ^ 
accepted an offer to work for one year; returning, 
however, at its expiration, ''a sadder, if not a wiser 
man," having lost his entire year's earnings by the 
failure of his employer. Nothing daunted, he 
now commenced business for himself and became 
prominent in building operations throughout the 
town. In 1819, he bought the farm of Jonas Keith, 
which was situated on the east side of Main Street. 
The next year he removed the old one-and-a-half 
story house and built his dwelling (recently 
moved to a location on West Market street,) on 
the site of the present Franklin building. He 
was commissioned a Justice of the Peace July 7, 
1837, which office he held many years. He served 
his native town as Selectman in 1845—1848, 
and 1851—1854, inclusive. His interest in society 
affairs ^^•as sincere and practical. He built the third 
church edifice for the First Congregational Society in 
1827. Under his direction, also, the first house of 
worship for the South Congregational Society was 
built; upon its completion, in 1837, there remained 
unprovided for a debt of $1,300; this amount, in 
addition to a previous subscription, he assumed 
and paid. The timber for this edifice was cut 
from the swamp directly east of the Campello rail- 
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visited Campello in 1853 destroyed this building, 
and again, at the bidding of the parish, he became 
chairman of a committee empowered to rebuild. 
Combining those qualities which constitute a 
successful business man, he also possessed and 
practiced those social virtues which adorn true 
manhood and make the world better for the influ- 
ence of such a life. His wife was remarkable for 
her social qualities, and, though in feeble health 
for many years previous to her death, was always 
youthful in her interests and feelings. 

CHARLES (9), fourth son of Benjamin (5), was 
born Augusts, 1794; married Mehitable, daughter 
of Josiah Perkins, December 8, 1817, and had — 

Damaris Williams, born October 8, 1818; 
Charles Perkins, born June 20, 1820; 
Anna Reynolds, born November 11, 1822; died 
January 28, 1882; 

Rhoda Perkins, born October 28, 1830; 
Sanford, born November 25, 1833. 

He died July 29, 1859. She died April 22, 1863. 

Naturally of a ** bookish" turn of mind, outdoor 
occupations had less attractions for him, and, in the 
gratification of his tastes and inclinations, farming 
pursuits were neglected for the less severe physical 
occupation of the shop. In his younger days he 
was evidently (juite an athlete, for it is related, 
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Village, a wrestling match was planned for the 
occasion and that our subject was pitted against 
several, all of whom he overcame, when, as a last 
resort, Lieutenant Israel Packard w^as brought 
forward to contend for the honors; after a pro- 
tracted struggle, he, too, w^as thrown, it is said, ''to 
the tearful grief of the Lieutenant's brothers." By 
the death of his father, in 1814, he inherited the 
homestead (corner of Main street and Keith 
avenue), and subsequently cared for his widowed 
mother until her death in 1852. His business 
pursuits, otherwise than some little attention to 
farming, were in the direction of shoe manufactur- 
ing, which he attempted, in a small way, as early 
as 1820. His principal market was New^ Bedford 
and Nantucket, for which he produced what was 
then called a sailor's pump, and was in the habit 
of carrying his products by team or stage, at 
regular intervals, to New Bedford. This business 
he followed for many years until, in advanced age, 
he was succeeded by his son, Charles Perkins. 
His intellectual tastes, as before intimated, inclined 
him to books, of which he was very fond and the 
study of which kept him thoroughly informed upon 
current topics and events. Upon these he was 
considered a neighborhood authority, and, in 
argument, on religious or other subjects, he was 
clear, decided, forcible and convincing. The wife, 
though a confirmed invalid for nearly forty years, 
endured her suffering with resignation. 

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POLLY (10), daughter of Benjamin (5), was 
born October 9, 1798; married Franklin Ames, 
March 29, 1821, and had— 

Franklin K., born August 31, 1822; 
Leonard, born March 21, 1824; 
Jason F., born December 8, 1825; 
Benjamin Keith, bom August 18, 1827; 
Willard W., born December 25, 1828; 
Martha J., born October 26, 1830; 
J. Furman, born July 16, 1832; 
Lucius B., bom October 3, 1834; 
Charles C, born June 29, 1838; died September, 
1838; 

Charles C, born September 8, 1839; 
Mary, born November 9, 1840, 

She died October 24, 1873. He died January 9, 
1882. • 

I well remember hearing my father relate this 
circumstance attending the ''wedding train" of 
this couple, which consisted of an ox-sled laden 
with the furniture, etc., destined for their new 
home in West Bridgewater. This, you will 
observe, was March 29 ; a recent snow storm had 
so completely filled the ways, and to such a depth, 
that the neighbors, without exception, ''turned 
out^ to break a way through the drifts in order 
that the "bridal train'' might proceed. This they 
found to be no trifling undertaking, for into such 
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was resorted to in several places; under the snow 
arch they then proceeded, arriving at their destin- 
ation at the close of the day. A snow storm of 
such violence at this late season of the year was 
then considered' a remarkable event. His occupa- 
tion was that of a farmer. They subsequently 
removed to Mansfield, Mass., then to Waubeck, 
Wis., where both died. He was a deacon in the 
Baptist church. 

JASON (11), youngest son of Benjamin (5), was 
born MaroJi 6, 1802; married Susan Smith, of 
Milford, Conn., and removed to New Haven. She 
died October, 1867. He then married Catherine 
Porter, April, 1868. 

He died October 3, 1868, having had no children. 
Like his brother Charles, he was a well informed 
man, of good mind and strong intellectual qualities, 
but, inclining to an itinerant life, achieved little 
success in business enterprises. He was employed 
in New Haven as colporteur, and subsequently in 
Wisconsin. 

It is a somewhat remarkable fact that this family 
of brothers and sisters, six in number, should each 
have attained the age of more than three score 
years. They were all, without exception, members 
of the church, identified with her prosperity and 
labors, zealous and faithful in their endeavors 
to promote her welfare. Does not the present 
generation owe a debt of gi*atitude for this 
legacy? Surely, "Veritas vincit" (Truth conquers.) 

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BENJAMIN (12), eldest son of Ziba (6), was 
born October 19, 1814, in the family homestead 
familiarly known as the ''old red house on the 
corner;" married Seraphina Lothrop, December 
4th, 1839, and had— 

Elmer L., born January 11, 1841; 

Merton S., born January 27, 1851. 

He died April 8, 1854. She died December 30, 
1883. 

Upon his maiTiage he occupied a tenement in 
the old homestead, but in 1838 he built and 
occupied the house on the east side of Main street 
at present occupied by his son, Elmer L. He was 
brought up on the farm, devoting his winters, how- 
ever, to the shop, as was then the custom among 
farmers. Becoming a man for himself, he continued 
making shoes, although for several years before his 
death he kept a livery stable. 

He was a man of a warm, social nature, respected 
by his acquaintances and friends. He was the first 
chorister employed in the South Congregational 
Church, serving seven years in the position, and 
also taught vocal music. His wife survived her 
husband many years, and although widowed young, 
she prudently reared her little family, and died 
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FRANKLIN (13), second son of Ziba (6), was 
born January 28, 1816; married Betsey Bailey, of 
Sidney, Me., October 8, 1840, and had — 

Adelbert Franklin, August 2, 1841; 
Helen Maria, October 22, 1843; 
Flavel Bailey, November 8, 1845; 
George Eldon, February 8, 1850; 
Dennis Gary, May 11, 1852 ; 
Myron Lee, March 26, 1859. 

He died April 7, 1877. Like his elder brother, 
he was a graduate of the '*01d Red Shop," and 
pursued the business of shoe making for many 
years, until the rapidly developing manufacturing 
interests absorbed his time and attention and 
established him, in 1856, as a partner in one of the 
largest shoe manufacturing firms then existing in 
North Bridgewater. Like his elder brother, he also 
brought his newly wedded wife to, and for a while 
made his home in, the old family homestead, until 
he became able to provide a house of his own. 
The happy custom prevailed here, as elsewhere, of 
locating the sons in the immediate vicinity of the 
old homestead; and in 1843 he built and occupied 
what proved to be a permanent and happy home, 
on a lot adjoining the homestead on the north. 
Here he labored for many years for E. N. Holbrook, 
of Randolph, until he became a partner in the firm of 
Martin L. Keith & Co., in 1856. Their trade was 
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ties in 1861, and the suspension of trade relations 
and collections, they were compelled to compromise 
with their creditors, terminating this partnership. 
He continued business, however, in a small way, in 
a shop (since a dwelling) on Garfield street, until 
nearly the close of his life. Commending himself 
to the people, he was chosen selectman and assessor 
in 1856, and again in 1858. He was the head of 
a family which has figured conspicuously in the 
business history of Campello, and was the progenitor 
of sons whose careers have been marked in mercan- 
tile, moral and social circles, and whose generous 
deeds and good qualities are universally conceded 
and commended. 

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MARTHA CAR Y (14), daughter of Ziba (6), was 
born December 6, 1817; married Henry Jackson, 
January 1, 1840, and had — 

Nancy Gary, born November 9, 1840; died March 
1, 1870; 

Henry Martin, born December 6, 1842; died July 
3, 1872 ; 

Martha Ella, born June 30, 1852; died April 18, 
1880; 

Addie Watson, born February 10, 1856; died 
May 14, 1877. 

She died March 26, 1876. He died May 20, 1878. 

This family resided on S'outh street, about one 
mile west from Main street. The father was a 
shoemaker by trade; the mother a toiler, for her 
family, to whom she was thoroughly devoted, and 
for whose comfort self-denial was no sacrifice. She 
sang in the South Congregational choir under the 
direction of her brothers, Benjamin and Martin L. 

Sadly we note the singular fact that the entire 
family now sleep side by side in the Union Ceme- 
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MARTIN LUTHER (15), son of Ziba (6), was 
born February 8, 1822; married Mary, daughter of 
Sylvanus Keith, November 16, 1843, and had — 

Myi-on Forrest, born August 29, 1847; died 
October 22, 1851; 

Walter Lee, born December 7, 1851; 
Evelyn Huntington, born April 27, 1853. 

He died March 25, 1888. She died December 
27, 1886. 

In prepared reminiscenses of his life, he refers to 
the fact that at the age of eight years he commenced 
his business career ''by pegging shoes for his father 
in the ' Old Red Shop.'" That at the age of thirteen 
he made his first case of shoes, taken fi'om the 
factory of Hiram French, of Randolph. Much pre- 
ferring, as he himself admits, ''the labor of the shop 
to the duties of the school-room.'' 

He early exhibited a taste for music, learning the 
rudiments from Thomas Gurney, who kept a singing 
school in an open chamber in the old homestead. 
He was director of the choir in the village church 
16 years, succeeding his brother Benjamin, and 
played tlie violin which constituted a part of the 
orchestra. He was leader of the North Bridgewater 
Brass Band several years, in which organization he 
always manifested a deep interest. He very pleas- 
antly refers to his early home, also to the death of 
his mother in his tenth year, and to the kindly care 
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his marriage. Directly upon his marriage he com- 
menced house-keeping in the east part of the old 
homestead, there remaining until he purchased of 
Luther Hayward the house on Main street now 
occupied by Sylvanus Keith. This occurred in 
1847. In the fall of the same year he first began 
the manufacture of shoes, taking soon after as a 
partner George C. Littlefield. This partnership 
was brief. He continued the business alone until 
1856, when his brother Franklin became associated 
with him under the firm name of Martin L. Keith 
& Co. At this time the large factory was built on 
the corner of Main and Plain streets (subsequently 
destroyed by fire, 1874.) He assumed the buying 
and selling of goods, leaving to his brother the 
running of the factory. Finding the daily travel to 
and from Boston irksome, in 1858, he removed his 
family to Boston, leaving behind him the remains 
of his eldest son, who died of scarlet fever when 
four years of age, with reference to which he says : 
* 'Among all our sorrows, the death of Myron was the 
greatest." The business partnership continued 
until 1861, when by the occurrence of the Civil 
War their business was ruined and failure ensued. 
The remaining years of the war gave him oppor- 
tunity to retrieve his losses, which he did not fail 
to improve. 

In 1877 he retired from business, abandoning 
himself to an indulgence in the pastime of fishing, 
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by the pressure and application to business- 
Referring thereto, he says: "About all my youthful 
aspirations have now been gi*atified. 1 have visited 
every State in the Union, excepting Texas and 
Oregon, and every Territory, save Washington and 
Alaska. I have killed buffalo, bear, wolf, beaver, 
white and black-tailed deer, badger, otter, mink, 
eagle, brant, hawks, sage-hens, grouse, partridge, 
quail, wood-cock. On my second trip to Rangeley 
Lakes, I took ten salmon averaging twenty-three 
pounds each, the largest weighing thirty-three 
pounds.'' 

He was several years Superintendent of the 
Sabbath School in Campello, also one of a committee 
appointed to rebuild the church destroyed by fire 
in 1853. 

The wife was true and devoted, an ardent admirer 
of nature and art, a good friend and mother. She 
rests beneath the shadows of the beautiful Forrest 
Hills, which in life she so much admired. 

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JONATHAN and DAVID (16), twin sons of 
Ziba (6), were born May 12, 1826. David died 
September 23, 1826. Jonathan married Lavina 
Ames, May 7, 1848, who died September 22, 1850. 
He then married Olive P. Foster, November, 1851, 
and had — 

Edward Clayton, born February 9, 1855; 
Marion Foster, born October 29, 1856; 
Charles Herbert, born September 21, 1861. 

Learning the shoemaker's trade in his youth, he 
continued in that occupation for many years, resid- 
ing until 1864 on Ames street, in the north-easterly 
part of the town. He then returned and engaged 
in the livery business in what was locally known 
as ''Drake's Stable." He afterwards built and 
occupied the house now numbered 31 Plain 
street. He subsequently sold it and removed 
again to care for Mr. Nathaniel Ames (Ames street) 
in his declining years, whose farm came into his 
possession upon his death. This he sold, and 
returned to Campello, purchasing the house corner 
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LEVI W. (17), son of Ziba (6), was born April 
9, 1830; married Amelia S. Ripley February 28, 
1864, and had— 

Amelia E., born November 27, 1872; died Nov- 
ember 29, 1872. 

The wife died November 28, 1872. 

He has always found employment in some one of 
the numerous shoe factories in this vicinity. He 
owns, and during the life of his wife occupied, the 
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DANIEL NOTES (18), son of Ziba (6), was 
born April 29, 1835; married Mary, daughter of 
Welcome Howard, December 30, 1855, and had — 

Luella Forest, born February 19, 1860; died 
December 29, 1862; 

Nellie Miner, born March 10, 1863. 

She died August 17, 1887. 

At the age of nineteen he commenced his business 
career by purchasing of E. N. Landers his shoe 
finishing business, located in a building occupying 
the lot where the engine house now stands on 
Depot street. Here he continued until 1866, when 
the business was disposed of to George Churchill. 
Associating himself with Fisher Copeland, he then 
commenced the manufacture of shoes ; this partner- 
ship continued but a short time. He then, in 
company with his brother Edwin, formed a 
co-partnership under the firm name of Keith 
Brothers, which continued until November, 1881. 
At present he is associated with W. E. Whitman, 
under the firm name of Whitman & Keith, in a 
factory located on Clifton avenue. For many years 
he resided in the old homestead, but in 1875 built 
the house at present occupied by him at the corner 
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EDWIN (19), son of Ziba (6), was born August 
21, 1840; married Ellen R., daughter of Welcome 
Howard, November 26, 1862, and had — 

Albion, born April 16, 1864; died July 31, 1865; 

Lester C, born September 27, 1866; 

Mae C, born May 25, 1868; died August 23, 
1868; 

Forest Noyes, born April 29, 1876; died Decem- 
ber 24, 1881. 

From 1859 to 1871 he was employed by his 
brothers, Martin L. Keith & Co., as superintendent 
of a stitching room in their factory, corner Main 
and Plain streets. He subsequently became 
associated with his brother Daniel N., under the 
firm name of Keith Brothers, in the manufacture of 
shoes, until by mutual consent the firm was 
dissolved in November, 1881. Betaining the same 
style of firm, (Keith Brothers) he bought and 
equipped the factory on Montello street, formerly 
occupied by George Stevens, and is there still 
engaged in the manufacture of shoes. He resides 
on South street. 



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ZIBA GARY (20), son of Ziba (6), was born 
July 13, 1842; married Abbie F.,. daughter of 
Oliver Jackson, December 31, 1865, and had — 

Willie Clifton, August 31, 1866. 

Employed in the shoe manufactory of his 
brothers, M. L. Keith & Co., until the age of ^ 
eighteen, he was then transferred to the counting 
room of the firm, in Boston, there continuing until 
July, 1863, when he returned to Campello, and 
associating in partnership with Embert Howard, 
under the firm name of Howard & Keith, commenced 
and continued in the grocery and dry goods business 
until 1865, when the business was disposed of to 
Jonas Reynolds, and the partnership dissolved. 
Subsequently he bought out Mr. Reynolds, and 
continued in the business until 1882, when he 
disposed of his business interests to Pitts & 
Hayward and Thayer & Whitman. 

He was chosen Selectman in 1878, and as 
Representative to the Legislature in 1875 and 
1876. Became Mayor of the city upon its organi- 
zation in 1882, and w^as subsequently elected 
Mayor in 1884 and 1885, and served as Senator 
for the Second Plymouth District in 1887 and 1888; 
is a Director in the Brockton National Bank; Vice- 
President of the Brockton Savings Bank; and was 
for a time Treasurer of the Brockton Street Railway 
Co., and of the Campello Co-operative Bank. 

At the age of ten years became connected with 
the orchestra of the South Congregational Church, 

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then under the direction of his brother, Martin L., 
and has since been engaged as organist. Resided 
in the old homestead until 1883, when he built and 
removed to 1260 Main street. 

The father (Ziba 6), first wife and children, 
including Martin, David and Nancy C, were 
originally buried in the Campello lot. This yard 
in 1880 had become so much neglected, that it 
was determined to remove the bodies to a more 
secluded and sacred spot. They were accordingly 
removed to a lot in Union Cemetery. 

It is a pleasure to note in this connection, that 
recently, by the erection of a suitable fence, the 
city has manifested some regard for the memory of 
its early settlers. It is also a pleasure to note that 
family pride has been stimulated to place over the 
grave of Timothy Keith a suitable monument, 
marking the resting place of an ancestor, and one 
of her first citizens. 



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MARCIA KINGMAN (21), daughter of Arza 
(7), was born December 17, 1821; married Rev. J. 
L. Armes, August 8, 1841, and had — 

Clara Adelia, born September 6, 1843; 
Abby Louise, born November 5, 1845; 
Ella Mortimer, born March 21, 1847; 
Mary Moulton, born December 25, 1849; 
Annetta Frances, born March 15, 1852; 
Henry Lyman, born May 31, 1854; died October 
30, 1882; 

Willard Otis, born February 27, 1857; 
Arza Herbert, born January 22, 1860; 
Marcia Alice, born January 18, 1865. 

He was ordained in the ministry at South 
Plymouth, Mass., June 25, 1845, a calling which 
he has subsequently pursued in several places, and 
at present resides in Na^shua, N. H. 

Henry Lyman, whose death occurred October 30, 
1882, was a very promising young man, and at the 
time of his death was master of grammar school in 
Arlington, Mass. 

Arza Herbert graduated at Dartmouth College in 
June, 1885. 



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ALBERT (22), son of Arza (7), was born 
December 31, 1823; mamed Charlotte Pierce, of 
Attleboro, April 1, 1847, and had — 

Marcia Adelaide, born October 18, 1848; died 
August 20, 1850; 

Alice, born October 19, 1850; 

Herbert, born August 29, 1852; died August 25, 
1859; 

Charlotte Ray and Lillian May, born January 14, 
1865. 

He was boni in North Bridgewater, and educated 
in the public schools. Soon after marriage he 
removed to Foxboro, and for awhile was employed 
as clerk in the village store. He returned early in 
1851, and in company with his brother, Arza 
Benjamin, commenced the manufacture of shoes in 
a small shop connected with his father's homestead. 
This was soon out-gi^own, and in 1852 a new shop 
was built on Main street, corner of Market, which, 
at that time, was the largest manufacturing shop 
in the town. Prospered in business, they were 
among the first to introduce shoe machinery in the 
manufacture of their goods, and during the war 
they not only occupied their large factory, but 
employed many men and several rooms outside. 
This partnership continued until 1871, when he 
withdrew, and retired from active business pursuits. 
He built the residence at present occupied by him 
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Postmaster, and also purchased of N. J. Foss his 
flour, grain and coal business, conducting the same 
in the building occupied by the post-oflice until 
1882, when he disposed of it to George F. Green. 
He has faithfully served the town as Selectman and 
Assessor; as representative to the General Court 
in 1880 and 1881; was for thirty years clerk of 
the South Congregational Church Society, and 
superintendent of the Sabbath School eleven years. 

She died May 24, 1874. He then married 
Cynthia Bonney, July 14, 1875, who died February 
13, 1876. He then married Mrs. Susan J. H. 
Allen, March 13, 1878. 

Lottie Ray was a graduate of the Brockton High 
School, class of 1883, and also of Wellesley College, 
class of 1887. 



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HARMONY PACKARD (23), daughter of Arza 
(7), was born April 4, 1825; married Henry B. 
Holmes, of Plymouth, June 2, 1850. 

They had, by adoption, a daughter, Florence M. 
Holmes, born June 6, 1872. 

He died August 7, 1884. She died August 1, 
1883. 

He was for many years the proprietor of the 
popular Manomet House of South Plymouth. 



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ARZA BENJAMIN (24), son of Arza (7), was 
born June 5, 1830; married Mary Ann Gary, of 
Foxboro, April 25, 1854, and had — 

Otis Franklin, born July 27, 1855; died 
February 27, 1857; 

Warren Burton, born October 6, 1857 ; 
Marcia Ann, born September 10, 1859; 
Herbert Gary, born December 4, 1861 
Clara Louise, born September 3, 1864; 
Lucy Ella, born October 16, 1866; 
Mary Helen, born November 9, 1868; 
Sarah Emma, born November 11, 1870; 
Cora Frances, born January 16, 1873; 
Arza Henry, born March 11, 1875. 

He was born and educated in North Bridgewater, 
and at the early age of 19 commenced the manu- 
facture of shoes. In 1851, he became associated 
with his brother Albert, soon after building the 
factory on Main street, which was so desperately 
threatened destruction on the occasion of the great 
lire of May, 1853, which destroyed so large a 
portion of the business centre. This energetic firm 
early saw the advantage which machinery was to 
play in the manufacture of shoes, and was first to 
introduce the use of pegging machines and sewing 
machines. They also established a branch factory 
in Northbridge for the manufacture of boots, their 
product being largely for Western trade. 

Fire, which they barely escaped in 1853, 

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remorselessly consumed their large stock of goods 
during the great fire in Boston, November, 1872, 
inflicting heavy losses, resulting in the dismember- 
ment of the firm, and the wiping out of an industry 
which had given employment to many town's-people, 
and had become a source of prosperity to town and 
county. He \^aH several years superintendent of 
the Sabbath School connected with the South 
Congregational Church, and resided on Depot street. 
He subsequently removed to Braintree, and has 
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LEWIS (25), son of Bela (8), was born November 
12, 1821; married Charlotte L. White, June 3, 
1847, and had — 

Lyman Erving, born March 5, 1849 ; 
Chester Yernice, born June 27, 1851; 
Clara White, born June 14, 1853. 

She died June 22, 1854. He then married 
Mariet White, June 5, 1855, who died July 16, 1856. 
He died suddenly June 11, 1859. 

The mill at present known as Packard's mill, on 
Crescent street, was built for and occupied by him 
for several years as a grist mill. 

Lyman E. is at present associated with his 
brother Chester Y. in the shoe business, with 
factory on Perkins avenue. He (Lyman E.) has 
served the city in the Council, 1884 and 1885, and 
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HENRY KINGMAN (26), son of Bela (8), was 
born December 17, 1826; married Vesta S. Gary, 
July 18, 1847, and had— 

Lewis Henry, born June 8, 1848; 
Emma Gary, born February 25, 1850. 

At the age of eighteen, he left home and entered 
the employ of Z. F. Brett, of Duxbury, Mass., in a 
general store, two years later purchasing the stock 
and continuing the business for a year. He then 
removed to Kingston, Mass., and built a store, 
opening it to the public September 27, 1848. Here 
he built up a thriving and successful business, 
which w as foUow^ed until April, 1865. He then sold 
out to Messrs. Burgess & Bailey, and entered the 
employment, and three years later the partnership, 
of Messrs. Houghton, Perkins & Co., dry goods, 
Boston. The fire of November 9, 1872, destroyed 
their stock and dismembered the firm. Took an 
active interest in the matter of introducing water 
into the town of Kingston. Was appointed one of 
a town committee to investigate sources of water 
supply, and later, one of a committee to petition 
the Legislature for an Act. Has since its introduc- 
tion served three years as Water Commissioner. 
For eight years was superintendent of Sabbath 
School connected with Second Congregational 
Society. Resides in Kingston, Mass. 



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LOUISA (27), daughter of Bela (8), was born 
September 20, 1830; married Simeon Franklin 
Packard, January 25, 1855^ and had — 

Frank Edwards, born May 7, 1857; 
Nellie White, born March 4, 1862; 
Alice Louisa, born May 14, 1803; died August 
15, 1863. 

Mr. Packard was born January 9, 1829, and at 
twenty years of age became a school teacher, 
following this profession four years; he then 
removed to Kingston, Mass., and was employed in 
the store of Henry K. Keith until 1858, when he 
returned to Campello, and became foreman in the 
shop of Messrs. A. & A. B. Keith, occupying this 
position seventeen years. Since 1875 he has been 
engaged in the insurance business. Was Assessor 
in 1877, 1880, and 1881; Selectman, 1877, and 
has served on the School Committee since 1874; 
was chorister at the South Congregational Church 
from 1859 to 1888, and has filled the office of 
deacon of the same church since 1865. Lived in 
the homestead of Bela Keith until 1878, when he 
removed it to Chestnut street, and built the 
residence he now occupies. 

Frank E. graduated from Brockton High School, 
1874; finished preparation for college at Adams 
Academy, Quincy, Mass.; graduated at Amherst 
College in 1880; was principal Sprague School, 
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employed in Syrian Protestant College, Beyrout, 
Asia, as Instructor of English and Mathematics; 
was college organist 1879 and 1880; at present 
organist Central M. E. and Campello M. E. Churches. 
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ELLEN SHERMAN (28), daughter of Bela (8), 
was born September 16, 1836; married Jonas 
Eeynolds., November 29, 1866, and had — 

Abbie Keith, born June 20, 1868; 

Mary Louise, born October 20, 1872; 

Martin Elbert, born January 23, 1876. 

Mr. Reynolds was a graduate of the Bridgewater 
Normal School, and taught several years in the 
public schools of his native and surrounding towns. 
In 1865 he purchased of Howard & Keith their 
dry goods and grocery business, but disposed of it 
in 1866 to Ziba C. Keith. He soon after commenced 
the manufacture of shoes, which is his present 
occupation. He has served his town's-people in 
the Common Council in 1883, 1884 and 1885, and 
resides near Marshall's Corner, where his factory is 
located. 



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DAMARIS WILLIAMS (29), daughter of Charles 
(9), was born October 8, 1818; married Yinal Lyon 
November 25, 1840, and had — 

Ellis Vinal, born August 30, 1841; died Septem- 
ber 24, 1864; 

Martha Ann, born November 10, 1843; 

Chloe Richmond, born April 5, 1845; 

Granville Ward, born October 7, 1846; 

Mary Williams, born September 16, 1849; 

Abbie Jane, born September 7, 1852 ; 

Maggie Keith, born March 24, 1859; died 
September, 1859. 

He died November 16, 1866. 

Mr. Lyon was a carpenter by trade, and carried 
on this business during the more active years of 
his life. The family for many years resided in a 
house occupying the site upon which E. B. 
Farming's residence is now situated; recently 
moved to a location on the north side of Lyon 
avenue. In 1852 he built the residence occupied 
by Mrs. L. on Main street. He was a thrifty, 
enterprising man, successful in his business enter- 
prises. He became sutler in the Civil War, but 
returned in broken health. 

The wife still survives, surrounded in her 
declining years by her numerous children and 
gi'and-children, happy in their companionship, and 
rewarded for her early carets and labors by their 
filial love. 



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CHARLES PERKINS (30), son of Charles (9), 
was born June 20, 1820; married Mary K. Williams, 
December 4, 1843, and had — 

Sarah Williams, born March 31, 1845; 
Preston Bond, born October 18, 1847; 
Eufus Perkins, born March 2, 1851. 

She died September 19, 1884. He then married 
Kittie Fitzgerald, December 8, 1885. 

He was born in the home of his grandfather, 
Benjamin (5). Previous to his marriage he built 
his present home, corner Main and Plain streets. 
He succeeded his father in the shoe business in 
1855, continuing the same until 1870. At this 
time, his son Preston B. removed the old shop, and 
built a new and large factory upon its site ; foi* a 
while he was employed in this factory, but, inclin- 
ing to agricultural pursuits, he has since been 
engaged in looking after his extensive real estate 
interests. Upon the death of his father, and a 
division of his property, (largely between his two 
sons) he purchased the rights of his brother, con- 
sisting of large tracts of undeveloped pasture lands. 
The subsequent rapid growth of the town and city 
made such demands upon these lands, that it has 
resulted in their occupation by numerous residences, 
and an avenue, ''Keith," perpetuates the name of 
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His wife, a woman of strong convictions, of 
decision and force, is remembered as a kind 
neighbor, a devoted mother, and a true and 
helpful Christian woman. 



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ANNA R. (31), daughter of Charles (9), was 
born November 11, 1822; married Theodore Lilley, 
May 8, 1842, and had— 

Clara A., born March 2, 1844; 
Mary Alice, born July 7, 1846. 

The wife died January 28, 1882. He then 
married Frances A. Prescott, of Wakefield, Mass., 
December 10, 1884. They reside on Chestnut 
street, Campello. 

Mr. Lilley followed the occupation of boot-maker 
until 1868, since which time he has been employed 
as ''cutter." 



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RHODA PERKINS (32), daughter of Charles 
(9), was born October 28, 1830; married Barnabas 
H. Gray, May 8, 1851, and had — 

Winslow, born October 26, 1857- 

He died October 4, 1888- 

Mr. Gray, for several years after his marriage, 
occupied the north tenement in the homestead of 
her father, and cared for tlie widowed mother in her 
declining years. In 1869, he built and occupied a 
pleasant home on Main street. He was some years 
employed as a carpenter, also in the gi*ain and coal 
establishment of N. J. Foss, and, at the time of his 
decease, was employed in the shoe factory of 
Preston B. Keith. He was, for a single year, the 
acceptable and faithful superintendent of the 
Sabbath School connected with the South Congre- 
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SANFORI) (33), son of Charles (9), was born 
November 25, 1833; married Maggie J- Harvey, of 
Louisville, Ky., June 3, 1858. 

He removed to Louisville, Ky., in January, 1855, 
engaging in the jobbing boot and shoe business. 
Has continued the same under the firm names of S. 
Keith & Co., Harvey & Keith, and Neal, Keith & 
Barlow. Has been superintendent of M. E. Sabbath 
School several years, and is an energetic and useful 
business man. 



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FRAXKLIX K. AMES (34), son of Polly Keith 
(10), was born August 31, 1822; married Abbie R. 
Otis, of Scituate, November 25, 1848, and had — 

Byron 0., born October 31, 1847; died January 
10, 1889; 

Abbie F,, born April 8, 1852; 
Lucius W., born June 28, 1857; 
Annie B., born January 2, I860- 

He resided in Mansfield during the early years 
of his married life, subsequently removing to 
Fisher, Polk county, Minnesota, where he follows 
the occupation of farming. 

Annie B, married Mr. Sibley, and had Hattie 
Recorder, born February 22, 1888. 



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LEONARD AMES (35), son of Polly Keith (10), 
was born March 21, 1824; married Louisa White, 
of Raynham, in 1844, and had — 

Louisa Maud, born November, 1851; died 
November, 1851, aged 20 days; 

Martha J., born December 10, 1852. 

The wife died October 25, 1855. He then 
married the widow of Aaron Vasey, and had — 

Fred, born August 2, 1866; 

Daisy, born February 1, 1868. 

He died in Waubeek,,Wisconsin, May 20, 1868. 

He was born in Massachusetts, but removed to 
Waubeek, Wisconsin. His occupation was that of 
a school teacher and farmer. He was also the 
inventor and patentee of the ''Dove- Winged" 
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JASON F. AMES (36), son of Polly Keith (10), 
was born December 8, 1825; married Nancy C. 
Kingman, May 14, 1851, and had — 

Fenno B., born September 27, 1854; married 
Mrs. Luthera Gardner, May 10, 1888; 

Lucy J., born November 20, 1856; 

Josie C, born January 21, 1858; married Thomas 
B. Torsoft, September 1, 1887; 

Henry K., born November 18, 1859; 

Lewis H., born March 19, 1861; died October 
11, 1862. 

She died November 21 1886. 

He was born in West Bridgewater. In 1852, 
he removed to Dunn, -Wisconsin; returned and 
enlisted in the 45th Massachusetts Regiment 
(Colonel Codman); was honorably discharged, and 
has since found occupation in carpentering and 
farming. 

Henry K. married Mary Williams, and had Mary 
Stewart Ames, born November 3, 1886. 



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BENJAMIN K. AMES^ (37), son of Polly Keith 
(10), was born August 18, 1827; married Sarah D. 
Carpenter, of Foxboro, December 6, 1845, and had — 

Sarah D. C, June 30, 1846; born in Foxboro; 
George H., April 24, 1848; born in Foxboro; 
Charles E., October 12, 1874; born in Providence. 

He was born in West Bridgewater; removed to 
Foxboro, April, 1844; thence to Providence, R. L, 
1854. Is at present engaged in that city in the 
milliner)^ business. 



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WILLARD WHEEL OCK AMES (38), son of 
Polly Keith (10), was born December 25, 1828; 
married Marcia Melvin Feltoii, of Fairfax, Vt., May 
7, 1856, and had — ^ 

Willard U'pham, born October 8, 1857; died 
April 26, 1884; 

Franklin Felton, born August 20, 1859; died 
Xovember 30, 1888; 

John Angell, born May 11, 1861; died October 
17, 1865; 

Fred Clifton, born December 30, 1862; died 
March 11, 1878. 

He was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1856, 
at Greenfield, Massachusetts, and at present is 
preaching in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Has served 
that town on School Committee in 1857 and 1858, 
and was chaplain of Wisconsin State Prison, 1861 
to 1863. 



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MARTHA J. AMES (39), daughter of Polly 
Keith (10), was born October 26, 1830; married 
Zachariah Snell, May 29, 1850. 

They have an, adopted daughter, Florence Evelyn, 
born August 31, 1852; married D. Everett Hall, 
October 4, 1882. 

He at present lives in the town of Easton, and is 
engaged in farming pursuits. 



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./. FCRMAX AJfES (40), son of Polly Keith 
(10), was born fTuly 16, 1832; married Mary Jane 
Kirk, November 18, 1855, and had — 

Mary Evelyn, born October 17, 1856; 

George Franklin, born January 17, 1859; 

Amelia A., born March 8, 1861 ; 

Martha Lnella, born July 16, 1863; 

Ida Alice, born December 7, 1865; died June 2, 
1866; 

Margaret Frances, born July 8, 1867; married 
Ezra Segur, March 23, 1887; 

Thaies Lucius, born September 19, 1869; 

Sarah Jane, born Xovember 6, 1871; 

Lilhan K., born June 30, 1874; died December 
18, 1874; 

Byrd Clyde, born November 22, 1875; 

James L., born November 30, 1879; died March 
22, 1880; 

Julia Grace, born September 5, 1881; died 
March 26, 1883; 

Ada Irene, born August 20, 1883. 

He was born in West Bridgewater; removed to 
Wisconsin in October, 1853, and in the following 
spring settled in the town of Dunn, Dunn county, 
Wisconsin. He took an active part in the organizing 
and building of the First Baptist church in 
Waubeek, Wisconsin ; also assisted in the organi- 
zation of the first school in that part of the county, 
of which he has been one of the trustees since its 
organization. 

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LUCIUS B. AMES (41), son of Polly Keith 
(10), was born October 8, 1834; married Adaline 
Scribner, July 20, 1859, and had — 

Minnie E., born August 14, 1860; 
Mattie F., born May 17, 1862; married Will. F. 
Nicholson, of Lacon, 111., August 21, 1888; 
Charles F., born May 11, 1865; 
Edward S., born April 21, 1870. 

He was ordained as a Baptist minister at 
Coleraine, Massachusetts, September 7, 1859. Has 
since changed his belief, and is at present connected 
with the Church of Christ, (Disciples) Drake 
University, Des Moines, Iowa. 



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CHARLES (\ AMES (42), son of Polly Keith 
(10), was born September 8, 1839; married Martha 
L. Fidler, December 7, 1865, and had — 

Stephen B., born January 20, 1867; 
Elmer C, born February 9, 1869; 
Jason 0., born December 30, 1873; 
Harriet M., born January 16, 1875; 
Charles A., born June 21, 1877. 

He was born in West Bridgewater, but subse- 
(juently went to Wisconsin. Eesponding to the 
call of his country, he enlisted in 1862, and served 
until the surrender of General Lee in 1865, having 
fought in twenty-one general engagements. Has 
now resumed the (juiet life of a farmer in Knapp, 
Wisconsin. 



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MARY AMES (43), daughter of Polly Keith 
(10), was born November 29, 1840; married 
Willard F. Holbrook, November 27, 1857, and 
had — 

Ella F., born October 13, 1858; died October 
12, 1884; 

Willard Ames, born July 23, 1860; 

Marigen, born August 28, 1862; 

Mattie Maria, born August 17, 1864; 

Benjamin F., born August 26, 1866; 

Mary Lillian, born October 15, 1868; 

Charles A., born February 16, 1871 ; died March 
5, 1871; 

John S., born December 17, 1873; 

Lucius Roy, born April 30, 1875; 

Bessie Bell, born July 24, 1882. 

He died September 17, 1886, aged 59 years. 

Willard A. graduated from West Point Military 
Academy, June 14, 1885, and is now Second 
Lieutenant of the First Cavalry, at Fort Ellis, M. T. 

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ELMER L. (44), son of Benjamin (12), was born 
January 11, 1841 ; married D, Jane Freeman, June 
1, 1870, and had— 

Elliot F., born June 4, 1875. * 

In 1865, he entered into partnership with John 
0- Emerson for the manufacture of shoes, which 
partnership continued two years ; subsequently 
manufactured for Hon W. L. Reed, of Whitman, 
until 1874, since which time has found employment 
at Preston B. Keith's factory. Has resided since 
marriage in his father's homestead, 1180 Main 
street, which was partially destroyed by fire in 
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MERTON SPENCER (45), son of Benjamin 
(12), was born January 27, 1851 ; married Ida Ford 
Kingman, April 18, 1876, and had — 

Ethel Lathrop, born May 30, 1878; 

Merton Spencer, born February 11, 1882. 

He graduated from Harvard College in 1872, at 
the head of his class, having secured an average 
of more than ninety-five per cent, during the 
course, and the highest honors in Ancient Languages. 
Is at present engaged in fitting private pupils for 
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ADELBERT F. (46), son of Franklin (13), was 
born August 2, 1841; married Eliza C. Baker, of 
Hartford, Conn., June 22, 1870, and had — 

Fannie Baker, born November 4, 1873; died 
November 14, 1877; 

Edward Adelbert, born September 1, 1876; 

Esther Frances, born June 11, 1881. 

He was born under the grandfather's roof, which 
now sheltered the first of the fifth generation that 
had called this place home. By diligence in his 
studies he became a good scholar, and was strongly 
inclined to prei)are himself for the ministry at an 
early age; deciding otherwise (for the present), he 
became book-keeper for Messrs. Mnrtin L. Keith & 
Co., serving in that capacity until 1862, when he 
procured a clerkship in the War Department at 
Washington, which he held until 1864. He then 
returned and commenced the manufacture of shoes 
in partnership with his father, which partnership 
continued until 1867. Strong convictions of duty 
still following him, he prepared himself for the 
ministry at the Hartford Theological Seminary, 
from which he graduated in 1870. He then 
married, and accepting a call from the Congrega- 
tional church, Windham, Conn., he was ordained 
October 26, 1870. Here he continued to preach 
with great acceptance to his people until 1874, 
when he requested and was granted dismission. 
He was then invited to become pastor of the 
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accepted and preached to this people three years; 
then accepting a call from the North Congregational 
church, Providence, R. L, in 1877. This society at 
this time was a feeble one, the outgrowth of a 
mission, and afforded its pastor a welcome field for 
the work which he loved, and for which he was so 
well fitted. How faithful these labors have been, 
is witnessed by the growth from feeble beginnings 
to its present sturdy proportions, and by the 
erection of a beautiful and commodious church. 
Impaired health, with a feeling that *'the world is 
the true field," he recently has asked to be released 
from his connection with this people, and has 
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76 GENEALOGY OF THE KEITH FAMILY. 

HELEN M. (47), daughter of Franklin (13), 
was born October 22, 1843; married Sidney E. 
Packard, November 20, 1864, and had — 

Fred Loring, born August 26, 1866; 

Bessie Keith, born April 2, 1873; 

Frank Edwards, born September 21. 1878. 

The husband was a native of North Bridgewater, 
son of Sidney Packard, well and widely known as 
the proprietor of the store located directly south of 
the late J. W. Kingman's residence. Here his 
early years were spent as clerk, removing with his 
father in 1862; subsequently became partner in the 
clothing business, under the firm name of S. Packard 
& Co. In 188o, he returned to Campello, built a 
factory in the rear of George E. Keith's shoe 
factory, and commenced the manufacture of paper 
boxes, in which he is at present engaged. Was 
organist several years in the South Congregational 
church, prior to his removal to Springfield, and 
after at the First Baptist church, Springfield. He 
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FLAVEL BAILEY (48), son of Franklin (13), 
was born November 8, 1845 ; married Ella Stevens, 
June 19, 1877. 

He died January 1, 1886. She died November 
9, 1887. 

The stirring events of '61, culminating in the 
War of the Rebellion, had served to rouse the , 
patriotism of our subject; responding thereto, he 
enlisted in Company C, 60th Massachusetts Regi- 
ment, July 14, 1864. At the expiration of his 
term of service he was mustered out, and accepted 
a position in a dry goods house in Toledo, 0. Here 
he remained only one year. Returning, he entered 
the employ of Martin L. Keith & Co., as superin- 
tendent of their large factory, which position he 
held until it was destroyed by fire in December, 
1874. He then commenced the manufacture of 
shoes for the same firm in the shop of George 
Stevens, Montello street, occupying these premises 
until 1877, when, having outgrown their accommo- 
dations, he erected a large factory off Montello 
street. In 1881, his connection with M. L. Keith & 
Co. ceased, and from this time until his retirement 
from business, he manufactured goods for Messrs. 
W. E. Putnam & Co., Boston. Naturally frail and 
delicate, he had not in youth the promise of long 
life, yet his ambition and industrious habits 
stimulated him to engage in active business 
pursuits, when many another would have been 
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generous nature, with careful attention to his health, 
conspired to hold the fatal disease in check for 
many years. Kelinquishing his business in April, 
1885, he calmly awaited the summons which called 
him hence. 

He was clerk of the South Congregational church 
several years, and as an unassuming Christian man 
his memory is cherished by kindred and friends. 

The wife did not long survive her husband; 
broken in health, by reason of assiduous care 
bestowed upon husband and mother, both of whom 
were taken, she soon followed them. • 



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GEORGE ELDON (49), son of Franklin (13), 
was born February 8, 1850; married Anna G., 
daughter of Hon. W. L. Reed, of Abington, October 
23, 1877, and had— 

Eldon B., born October 18, 1879; 
Harold Chessman, born June- 18, 1884. 

"To the manor born," his early training was in 
the line of shoe making, and later, as an employee 
in his father's factory, was laid the foundation of a 
successful business career, which commenced July, 
1874, as a partner in the firm of Green & Keith, 
and continued until 1880. The large factory now 
occupied by him was then erected, and has been 
from time to time enlarged until it is now the 
largest in this part of the State, and gives employ- 
ment to about 500 hands, the annual product of 
which is more than $1,000,000. He was a member 
of the first Board of Aldermen of the city of Brockton ; 
is president of the Campello Co-operative Bank; 
director in both the Brockton National Bank and 
Brockton Savings Bank, and is an active member 
of the South Congregational church, and president 
of the Y.M.C. A., of Brockton. Resides on Montello 
street, Campello, but is at present building a 
residence on the site of the old homestead, corner 
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DENNIS CARY{5Q), son of Franklin (13). was 
born May 11, 1852; married Jennie Wilkins, 
December 25, 1879, and had — 

Ethel Wilkins, born May 11, 1885; died May 14, 
1885; 

Channing Wilkins, born March 2, 1888: died 
November 22, 1888. 

Completing his education, he left home September, 
1871, and engaged as clerk in a clothing store in 
Easthampton, Mass. The following spring he 
accepted a position in a wholesale clothing house 
in Boston, where he continued until the great fire 
of 72, which destroyed the stock and store. From 
this time he was employed as clerk in New Haven, 
Conn., and Springfield, Mass., until March, 1874, 
when he fitted up a clothing store in Keith's Block, 
Campello. This enterprise proving unsuccessful, 
he entered the employ of Messrs. Green & Keith, as 
book-keeper, in 1877, continuing with them until 
the dissolution of their co-partnership in 1880, 
since which time he has been employed by his 
brother as book-keeper and salesman. 

Recently resided on Main street, corner of Plain, 
in the **01d Homestead," but is at present engaged 
in building a residence on Garfield street. 



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MYRON L. (51), 8011 of Franklin (18), was born 
March 26, 1859: married L. Ada Ciimniings of 
Boston, January 6, 1886, and had — 

Edith Lee, born April 23, 1889. 

Completing his education at the High School, he 
entered the employ of his brother, Flavel B., as 
book-keeper, in 1875, and continued until 1883, 
when he accepted the position of foreman of the 
extensive factory of his brother, George E., which 
position he at present occupies. He is clerk of the 
South Congregational Parish and Church. 

In 1885 he erected a residence on Plain street, 
which he at present occupies. 



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HENRY MARTIN JACKSON (52), son of 
Martha Keith (14), was born December 6, 1842; 
married Susie E. Packard, November 13, 1864, and 
had — 

Linda May, born June 25, 1866; 
Frank Martin, born July 3, 1871. 

He died July 3, 1872. 

Responding to his country's call, he enlisted in 
1863 for three years, in Company B, 59th Regiment 
Massachusetts Volunteers, and served through the 
term, receiving an honorable discharge at its 
expiration. He was a thorough musician, being 
especially proficient on the violin, and as leader of 
several brass bands. After his return from the 
war he resided in Brockton, and though physically 
the picture of robust health, he suddenly sickened 
and died. The wife subsequently married Harvey 
F. Crawford, and at present resides on Warren 
avenue. 



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MARTHA ELLA JACKSON (53), daughter of 
Martha Keith (14), was born July 12, 1849; married 
Charles N. Buck, July 14, 1869, and had— 

Charles Walter, born April 9, 1871; died Sept. 
7, 1871; 

Henry Martin, born September 29, 1872; died 
October 14, 1881 ; 

Herman, born December 3, 1875 ; 

Carrie Ella, born November 7, 1879; died March 
29, 1880. 

He was employed as shoe cutter and dresser, 
and resided in East Bridgewater; afterwards in 
Brockton, where he died December 28, 1874. She 
died April 18, 1880. 



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WALTER LEE (54), son of Martin L. (15), was 
born December 7, 1851 ; married Mary Elizabeth 
Willcutt, September 14, 1876, and had— 

Walter Martin, born May 31, 1877; died March 
10, 1879; 

Edith Evelyn, born March 25, 1880; died March 
25, 1880; 

Arthur Mac Arthur, born Mav 1, 1881. 

Was born and lived in Campello until 1858, when 
his father's family moved to Boston. In 1867, took 
a position as clerk in a leather store, and in 1868 
became book-keeper for his father, continuing in 
his employ until 1877, when with William F. 
Brownell a co-partnership was formed and con- 
tinued until October 1881. 

In October, 1876, sailed for Europe, visiting 
England, Ireland, Scotland and the Continent, 
spending nearly ten months abroad; visited Dr. 
G. S. Keith, of Edinburg, who gave him a cordial 
welcome and much information concerning the 
family. The ''Peerage of Scotland," from which 
(quotation is made in the preface to this work, was 
purchased in Edinburg, [)reserving to the family 
the ''Coat of Arms" and many interesting facts 
heretofore unknown. Is at present postmaster in 
Campello, having received his appointment from 
President Cleveland in 1887. At present resides 
on Montello street, Campello. 



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EVELYN HUNTINGTON (55), daughter of 
Martin L. (15), was born April 27, 1853; married 
William F. Brownell, October 14, 1874, and had — 

Daisy Huntington, born June 19, 1877 ; 
Evelyn Keith, born June 9, 1882; 
William Martin, born February 16, 1886; 
Walter Keith, born June 10, 1888. 

Mr. Brownell was employed as dry goods clerk 
in Boston previous to his marriage; afterwards 
became associated with Walter L. Keith in the shoe 
business, retiring therefrom in 1881. Has since 
been, and is at present, employed as book-keeper for 
Messrs. Winch Brothers, Federal street, Boston, 
and resides in Long wood. 



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86 GENEALOGY OF THE KEITH FAMILY. 

EDWARD CLAYTON (56), son of Jonathan 
(16), was born February 9, 1855; married Harriet 
M. Lapham, May 18, 1878, and had — 

Grace Alton, born August 28, 1878; 

Annie Gertrude, born February 9, 1881. 

He died June 24, 1882. 

He resided on Keith avenue previous to his 
death, and found employment in the shop. His 
was a gentle, uncomplaining nature which endured 
a long, distressing illness without complaint. 



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MARION FOSTER (57), daughter of Jonathan 
(16). See Rufus P. (75.; 



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CHARLES HERBERT (58), son of Jonathan 
(16), was born September 21, 1861 ; married Sophia 
C. Thomas, January 5, 1886, and had — 

Clayton Edward, born January 2, 1888. 

He finds employment in the shop of George E. 
Keith, and has recently erected a cottage on 
Montello street, near Plain, where he resides. 



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NELLIE MINER (59), daughter of Daniel N. 
(18), was born March 10, 1863; married Arthur 
Wallen, October 26, 1885, and had— 

Ethel Keith, born June 2, 1887. 

He has been engaged in the grocery business as 
partner in the tirni of J. L. Houghton & Co., doing 
business in Brockton, but has recently withdrawn 
and is at present a traveling salesman, and boards 
with his father-in-law, Daniel N. Keith, Main street, 
corner Clifton avenue. 



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ALICE 31. (60), daughter of Albert Keith (22), 
was born October ]9, 1850; married Captain 
Alexander Wheldon, June 4, 1884. 

She was a graduate of Xorth Bridgewater High 
School, class of 1867, continued lier studies at 
Abbott Academy, Andover, Mass.; went abroad in 
1870, visiting Scotland, England, Belgium, Ger- 
many, Switzerland and Italy; was in Paris at the 
breaking out of the Franco-Prussian war. Taught 
in Salt Lake Academy, Salt Lake, LTtah, from 1879 
to 1881. In 1882, she went abroad again for 
fourteen months, visiting Holland, but remained 
the greater jjart of the time in Dresden, studying 
the language. Marrying in 1884, she went to 
California and remained until after the death of 
her husband, when she returned and at present is 
making her home in Boston. 

He was a well-known sea cai)tain; died June 
11, 1885. 



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LILLIAN MAY (61), daughter of Albert (22), 
was born January 14, 1865; married Elijah A. 
Keith, son of Henry S. Keith, of West Bridgewater, 
January 18, 1888. 

She was educated in the Brockton High School, 
and subsequently occupied a position in the post 
office at Campello. He is employed as clerk in the 
extensive house of A. G. Spaulding & Co., N'ew 
York City, where they at present reside. 



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ABBY LOUISE ARMES (62), daughter of 
Marcia Keith (Amies) (21), was born November 5, 
1845; married Edwin B. Hosmer, September 11, 
1864, and had— ^ 

Alice Lillian, born August 14, 1867; 
Albert Edwin, born April 29, 1871 ; 
Everett, born March 15, 1879; 
Florence Amies, born October 20, 1881. 

He is at i)resent employed as superintendent of 
an extensive farm in Woodstock, Conn., where they 
reside. 



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WILLARD 0. (63), son of Marcia Keith (Armes) 
(21), was born February 27, 1857; married Irene 
Headley, March 20, 1883, and had— 

Dora L., born December 31, 1883; 
Irene Headley, born December 7, 1885. 

He is proprietor of the Manomet House, 
Plymouth, Mass. 



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CLARA ir. ((>•!), (laughter of Lewis Keith (25), 
was born June 14, 1853; married George L. 
Forbush, May 18, 1875, and had — 

Ruth Isabel, born June 29, 1876; died April 27, 
1877; 

Lewis Keith, born May 27, 1878; died April 25, 

1885. 

Mr. Forbush is a druggist, and resides in 
Peterboro, X. H. 



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LEWIS HENRY (65), son of Henry K. (26), 
was born June 8, 1848; married Laura L. Bailey, 
January 30, 1872, and had — 

Louisa Carv, born December 9, 1872; 
Annie Lewis, born June 24, 1876; died May 18, 
1877; 

Gertrude Willard, born November 16, 1879; 
Helen Cynthia, born March 4, 1881 ; 
Clinton Thomas, born Xovember 27, 1887. 

He was for a while clerk in his father's store, 
Kingston, Mass., and after his retirement succeeded 
him as a partner in the tirm of Burgess & Keith ; 
resides in Kingston. 



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EMMA r. (66), daughter of Henry K. (26), was 
born February 25, 1850; married James L. Barker 
of Santa Barbara, CaL, January 1, 1874, and had — 

Henry Lawrence, born September 11, 1875. 

She at present resides with her father, in 
Kingston, Mass. 



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ELLIS VINAL L YON (67), son of Damaris 
Keith (Lyon) (29), was born August 30, 1841; 
married Hattie F. Kingman, of Braintree, December 
1, 1861, and had— 

Arthur Vinal, born January 12, 1863. 

He was a member of the 4th Massachusetts 
Cavalry, Captain Richmond. His term of service 
had expired and his friends were expecting him 
home on the day that news came of his death, 
which occurred at Petersburg, Va., September 24, 
1864. His body was embalmed and sent home, 
and he was buried with military honors, Sunday, 
October 2, 1864, a detachment of cavalry attending. 
His widow and son reside in Brockton. 



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MARTHA A. (68), daughter of Damaris Keith 
(Lyon) (29), was born November 10, 1842; married 
Edmund B. Fanning, April 8, 1866, and had — 

Edmund Gray, born August 26, 1867; 
Charles Henry, born September 18, 1869; 
Mattie Snyder, born February 10, 1878; 
Ellis Vinal, born August 2, 1879; 
Elsie, born February 19, 1885. 

She was for many years a leading singer in the 
South Congregational church choir, as was also her 
husband. He is employed as foreman in the 
factory of Preston B. Keith, and resides on the spot 
formerly occupied by the house in which Mrs. F. 
was born. 



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CHLOE RICHMOND (69), daughter of Damaris 
Keith (Lyon) (29), was born April o, 184:5; married 
Lvsander F. Gurney, June 3, 1866, and had — 

Frank Ellis, born July 22, 1867; 
Merton Studley, born April 14, 1869; 
Sanford Keith, born October 80, 187o. 

She taught school three years previous to her 
marriage. 

Mr. Gurney learned the watch-maker's trade 
of David Studley, widely known and respected 
in Brockton and vicinity, and commenced business 
for himself in 1863, fully sustaining the reputation 
of his uncle and predecessor. Resides on Ward 
street, Brockton. 

Frank E. graduated from the High School, class 
of 1885, as valedictorian; was fitted for and entered 
Amherst College September 10, 1885. 

Merton S. graduated from the High School, class 
of 1887. 



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GRANVILLE WARD LYON (70), son of 
Damaris Keith (Lyon) (29), was born October 7, 
1847; married Sallie J. Hart, December 3, 1873. 

After attending theological school at Millersburg, 
K\ ., and Boston, Mass., he joined the Conference of 
the M. E. Church, South, in October, 1870. His 
ministry has embraced the following places: 
Owensburg Circuit, Davis county, Ky.; Bardstown, 
Ky.; Elizabethtown, Ky.; Middletown, Ky.; Prince- 
ton, Ky.; Jeffersonville, Ind., and Franklin, Ky. 
Previous to his attending theological school was 
employed as salesman for Harvey, Keith & Co., 
Louisville, Ky. 



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MARY WILLIAMS (71), daughter of Damaris 
Keith (Lyon) (29), was born September 16, 1850; 
married Rufus E. Packard, April 17, 1872, and 
had — 

Granville Lyon, born February 19, 1873. 

She was a graduate of the Brockton High School, 
Class of 1867, and was a very successful teacher in 
the public schools. Her love for ''the little ones" 
is still manifested in the interest taken in the 
''service of song," and is highly appreciated. 

Mr. Packard is engaged as insurance and real 
estate agent, constable, etc., and lives on Main 
street, Campello. 



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ABBIE JAXE (72), daughter of Damaris Keith 
(Lyon) (29), was born September 7, 1851; married 
Sylvester 0. Snyder, August 20, 1872, and had — 

Cora Lyon, born October 18, 1873; 
Keith Snyder, born March 27, 1875; 
Mary Damaris, born December 30, 1878; 
Hiram Tarwater, born June 8, 1880; 
Sylvester 0., born April 1, 1885; 
John Vinal, born April, 1888. 

Mr. Snyder was born in Pennsylvania, March 5, 
1839. Went West at twenty-five years of age; 
returning to Louisville, Ky., located, and established 
himself in the hardware business, the firm name at 
present being Rankins, Snyder Hardware Co. 



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PRESTON BOND (73), son of Charles Perkins 
(30), was born October 18, 1847; married Eldora 
L. Kingman, December 8, 1869, and had — 

AUie Louise, born Ai)ril 2, 1877. 

He was educated at the High School in North 
Bridgewater, and at tlie age of eigliteen entered 
the employ of Martin L. Keith, of Boston, as book- 
keeper and salesman. Here he remained live 
years. Returning to Campello in 1871, he erected 
a factory and commenced business for himself. At 
the expiration of three years he removed this factory 
to a location on Clifton avenue, and enlarged it. 
Outgrowing these accommodations, three years 
later, he leased this property and erected his 
present large factory, which he occupied in July, 
1878. His business has rapidly increased, employ- 
ing some four hundred operatives. 

He was elected alderman from Ward 3, in 
1883 and 1884. Is Vice-President of the Home 
National Bank; Vice-President of the Camjiello 
Co-operative Bank; has been for many years 
Superintendent of the South Congregational Sab- 
bath School, and resides on corner of Main and 
South streets. 



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SARAH WILLIAMS (74), daughter of Charles 
P. (30), was born March 31, 1845; married Fred W. 
Park, January 8, 1873, and had — 

Charles Milton, born June 19, 1874. 

Mr. Park is employed in the factory of Preston B. 
Keith, and resides on Main street, corner of Clifton 
avenue. 



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RUFUS PERKINS (75), son of Charles Perkins 
(30), was born March 2, 1851 ; married Marion F. 
Keith, daughter of Jonathan Keith (16), October 
26, 1880, and had— 

Clara May, born April 2, 1887. 

He has been employed many years as foreman 
in the factory of his brother, Preston B. Keith. Is 
a Director in the Campello Co-operative Bank ; was 
Master of St. George Lodge, F. & A. M., in 1883 
and 1884. Built a residence in 1886, corner Keith 
avenue and Main street, covering the site of his 
grandfather's house, where he at present resides. 



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CLARA ANXA Z/ZZJ5'F( 76), daughter of Anna 
Keith (Lilley), was born March 2, 1844; married 
Frederick H. Henshie, February 1, 1870. 

Mr. Henshie is of German descent; both his 
great grandfathers were soldiers in the '*War of 
Independence/' one living to the advanced age of 
90 years, the other to the age of 107 years, 9 
months and 15 days. He w^as formerly engaged in 
the dry goods business, but at present is engaged 
in banking. He has held the position of post- 
master, alderman, town treasurer, and other places 
of trust and responsibility. They reside in Blue 
Mound, 111. 



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MARY ALICE (77), daughter of Anna Keith 
(Lilley), was born July 9, 1847; married John 
Gorin Harvey, of Kentucky, October 29, 1866, and 
had — 

John M., born April 24, 1868; 
Ellis T., born January 19, 1870; 
William Keith, born December 26, 1871 ; 
Albert G., born September 5, 1874. 

Mr. Harvey graduated at the Ohio Wesleyan 
University, Class of 1859-60, in the Classical 
course, receiving the degree of B. A., and three 
years afterwards that of M. A. Graduated at the 
University of Louisville, Ky., medical department, 
Class of 1862. Served in the U. S. Army during 
the Civil War as Surgeon, from March, 1862, to 
June, 1865. Moved to Illinois in 1867, and has 
been engaged in his profession as physician and 
surgeon, since that time. Is a member of the 
Illinois State Medical Society, and Vice-President 
of the District Medical Society of Central Illinois, 
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WmSLOW (78), son of Rhoda Keith (Gray) 
(32), was born October 26, 1857; married Mabel E. 
Hicks, November 7, 1882. 

He is employed as book-keeper for Preston B. 
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NELLIE WHITE [1^1 daughter of Louisa Keith 
(Packard) (27), was born March 4, 1862; married 
Horace A. Keith, son of Henry S. Keith, of West 
Bridge water, April 12, 1887, and had — 

Roger, born May 8, 1888. 

He is employed as salesman in the extensive 
house of A. G. Spalding & Co., New York, in which 
citv he resides. 



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110 GENEALOGY OF THE KEITH FAMILY. 

WILLIE CLIFTON (80), son of Ziba C. (20), 
was born August 31, 1866; married Eva M. Place, 
April 28, 1887, and had— 

Ziba Gary, Jr., born June 13, 1888. 

He has been employed in the office of Messrs. 
Whitman & Keith, and resides at 1260 Main street. 



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GENEALOGY OF THE KEITH FAMILY. Ill 

ARTHUR V. (81), son of Ellis Y. Lyou (67), was 
born January 12, 1863; married Mary Adelaide, 
daughter of Alpheus Bates, of East Weymouth, 
June 30, 1887. 

He graduated from Weymouth High School, class 
of 1879; from Thayer Academy, Braintree, 1880; 
from Amherst College in 1884; from Harvard Med- 
ical School, 1887, and is at present a practicing 
physician in Brockton, residing on Summer street. 



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ERRATA. 



Page 16, twenty-fifth line, Timothy (3), the eldest son of Timothy (1), 
should read eldest son of Timothy (2), 

Page 17, third line, Abiah, second son of Timothy (1), should read 
second son of Timothy (2). 

Page 17, eighth line, Nathan, third son of Timothy (1), should read 
third son of Timothy (2). 

Page 17, eleventh line, Levi (4), son of IMmothy (2), should read son 
of Timothy (3). 

Page 18, fifth and fifteenth lines should read 'Jimothy (2). 

Page 21, twenty-fifth line should read Asa instead of Shepard. 

Page 22, seventh line should lead Asa Keith instead of Shepard. 



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DESCENDANTS OP 



Rev. James, through Timothy and Benjamin. 



Keith, Rev. James . 

Keith, Timothy 

Keith, Timothy 2d . 

Keith, Levi .... 

Keith, Benjamin 

Keith, Ziba .... 

Keith, Arza .... 

Keith, Bela .... 

Keith, Charles 

Keith, Polly (Ames) 

Keith, Jason .... 

Keith, Benjamin 

Keith, Franklin 

Keith, Martha Gary (Jackson) 

Keith, Martin Luther . 

Keith, Jonathan and David . 

Keith, Levi W. ... 

Keith, Daniel N. . . . 

Keith, Edwin .... 

Keith, Ziba C 

Keith, Marcia (Armes) . 
Keith, Albert .... 
Keith, Harmony (Holmes) . 
Keith, Arza Benjamin . 
Keith, Lewis .... 
Keith, Henry K. 
Keith, liOuiSA (Packard) 
Keith, Ellen S. (Reynolds) . 
Keith, Damaris (Lyon) . 
Keith, Charles P. . 
Keith, Anna (Lilley) 
Keith, Rhoda (Gray) 
Keith, Sanford 
Ames, Franklin K. . 
Ames, Leonard 
Ames, Jason F. ... 



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Ames, Benjamin K. . 

Ames, Willard W. . 

Abies, Martha J. (Snell) 

Ames, J. Furman 

Ames, Lucius B. 

Ames, Charles (\ . 

Ames, Mary (Holbrook) 

Keith, Elmer L. 

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Keith, Helen M. (Packard) 

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Keith, George E. 

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Keith, Myron I.. 

Jackson, Henry M. 

Jackson, Martha Ella (Buck) 

Keith, Walter L. . 

Keith, Evelyn H. (Brownell) 

Keith, Edward C. . 

Keith, Marion F. 

Keith, Charles H. . 

Keith, Nellie M. (Wallen) 

Keith, Alice (VVheldon) 

Keith, Ijllie M. 

Armes, Abbie L. (Hosmer) 

Armes, Willard O. 

Keith, Clara W. (Forbush) 

Keith, Lewis IL 

Keith, Emma C. (Barker) 

Lyon, Ellis V. 

Lyon, Martha A. (Fanning) 

Lyon, Chloe R. (Gurney) 

Lyon, Granville W. 

Lyon, Mary W. (Packard) 

Lyon, Abbie J. (Snyder) 

Keith, Preston B. . 

Keith, Sarah W. (Park) 

Keith, Rufus P. 

LiLLEY, Clara A. (Henshie) 

Lilley, Mary Alice (Harvey) 

Gray, Winslow 

Packard, Nellie (Keith) 

Keith, Willie C. 

Lyon, Arthur V. 



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