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White County Keathleys

A Keitherley family (later Keithley and Keathley) is found in White County, Tennessee, after 1806. Circumstantial evidence suggests that they were there much earlier, perhaps as early as 1793, and that they came from either Virginia or North Carolina. Ke*thley researchers had tentatively identified these "White County Keathleys" as being connected to the German Keithley family, but there is much circumstantial evidence against this theory, principal of which is church affiliation. The German Keithleys were strongly Baptist Bretheren, or Dunkards ("Creek Dunkers"). The White County Keathleys were Methodist-Episcopal (later Methodist), providing, in fact, seven ministers of the Gospel. For more on this, see the Mt. Gilead Methodist Church page. There are, however, some coincidences that will support the German connection.

Analysis of tax records, land deeds, and marriage records suggests that the patriarch of the family was a John (?-1812), married to an Elizabeth, and that their children included Jesse (b. 1784), Willis and Sarah (b. 1785 -- twins?), Joseph, John, and Henry (b. 1793). The John and Elizabeth cited above have often been confused with John Kethley Jr and Elizabeth Whitfield Kethley, of Montgomery Co, Tennessee, but they are not the same.  Click here for a large image showing the location of early Keathley property in White County (712K).

The White County Keathleys intermarried extensively with other families in the area. Related surnames include COPE, CUMMINGS, GIST, HERD, JARVIS, SWINDELL, WEBB, and WHITE. The families listed include many veterans of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and War for Southern Independence.

Between 1815-1820, some of the family moved to Lawrence County, Indiana, and descendants are now extant in Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri, where they are known by the "Keithley" spelling.  Horse thieves?  Go here.  The largest number of family members can still be traced to Tennessee, and are known as "Keathley".

The White County Keathleys have been designated a Pioneer Family of White County, and a First Family of Tennessee.

 

                                       |--- John Jr (d bef 1827) [More below]
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                                       |--- Jesse (1784-1861) [More below]
                                       |      (Susannah Cope)
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                                       |--- Willis (1785-1861) [More below]
                                       |      (Nancy Lee)
John (d 1812)---------->|
                                       |--- Sarah (1785-1870) [More below]
                                       |      (David Cummings)
                                       |
                                       |--- Joseph
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                                       |--- Henry (1793-c1860) [More below]
                                              (Sarah)       

 

                                                                            |--- Joseph (c. 1830)
                                                                            |--- John H. (1833-1912)
                                                                            |       (Rebecca Jane Cummings)
                                                                            |--- Margaret (c. 1837)
                                       |--- Jesse Keithley ---->|--- Thomas (c. 1839)
                                       |     (c. 1806)                 |--- Jesse W. (c. 1845)
                                       |     (Polly Donica)          |--- Polly (c. 1849)
John Jr (d. bef 1827)--->|     (Louisa)                    |--- Nancy (c. 1852)
                                       |                                     |--- Levi
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                                       |--- James G. Keithley (c. 1806) 
 

                                                                                               |--- Amanda C. (1834)
                                                                                               |--- Mary Jane (1835)
                                  |--- Samuel Henderson (1812-1897)-->|--- William H. (1837-1925)
                                  |       (Matilda Holland)                           |--- Eliza Ann (1839-1923)
                                  |                                                             |--- Harrison H. (1848)
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                                  |                                         |--- Panutha (1836)
                                  |                                         |--- John Wesley (1838-1906) [More below]
                                  |--- Willis (1814-1882)--->|--- Fletcher (1848-1908)
                                  |       (Elizabeth Gist)            |--- Bery Petway (1852-1917)
                                  |       (Elizabeth Green)         |--- Sarah (1855)
                                  |                               
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                                  |                                                           |--- Martha J. (1841)
                                  |                                                           |--- Fountain E. (1842)
                                  |                                                           |--- John S. (1844)
                                  |                                                           |--- Dicy Ann. (1846)
Jesse (1784-1861)-->|--- Andrew C. (1816-1857)--------->|--- Abraham (1848)
  (Susannah)                |                                                           |--- Martha E. (c.1850)
                                   |                                                           |--- Mary Elizabeth (1852)
                                   |                                                           |--- Hyrum (1853)
                                   |                                                           |--- James Andrew (1856-1935)
                                   |                                                           |--- Merium
                                   |
                                   |                                                           |--- Isaac W. (1855)
                                   |                                                           |--- William R. (1857)
                                   |                                                           |--- Alice B. (1860)
                                   |--- Thomas R. (1826-1899)--------->|--- Louisa Martile (1864)
                                   |                                                           |--- Mary Elizabeth (1866)
                                   |                                                           |--- Helen (1869)
                                   |                                                           |--- Ophelia A. (1873)
                                   |                                                           |--- James Smith (1875) 
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                                   |                                                           |--- Anna (1842)
                                   |                                                           |--- Louisa (1845)
                                   |                                                           |--- Sarah E. (1847) 
                                   |--- Joseph A. (1818)---------------->|--- Hester A. (1850)
                                   |                                                           |--- Lucinda (1852)
                                   |                                                           |--- Mary A. (1855)
                                   |                                                           |--- Josephine (1858)
                                   |                                                           |--- Waman (1861)
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                                   |--- Lucinda (1820-1885)------------->|--- Clarissa (1847)
                                   |       (Andrew J. Cope)                          |--- Martha (1846-1849)
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                                   |--- Louiza (1823-1908)-------------->|Joseph C. (1854-1878)
                                   |       (John B. Herd)
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                                   |--- Elizabeth (1829-1895)
                                          (James P. Woods)
 

                                                     |--- Benjamin Anthony (1860-1949)
                                                     |       (Joe Armstrong, Jennie McCord)  
                                                     |--- John Hampton (1862-1933)
                                                     |       (Clemmie Mosley)
                                                     |--- Henry Stevens (1866-1963)
                                                     |       (Addie Johnson)
John Wesley (1838-1906)------->|--- Nettie (1868-1953)
                                                     |       (Wm B. Green)
                                                     |--- Flem Story (1874-1901)     
                                                     |       (Myrtle Beaty)
                                                     |--- Alva Mason (1876-1929)
                                                     |       (Pearl West)
                                                     |--- Malvin Finley (1883-1933)
                                                     |       (Della Scott)
                                                     |--- Lou Wesley (1890)
                                                            (Hallie Rea)

                                                     |--- James (1814-1884)
                                                     |       (Susan Hodges)  
                                                     |--- Ambrose (1817-aft 1870) [More below]
                                                     |       (Lucy Clevenger)                                       
                                                     |--- Elizabeth (1818)  
                                                     |       (Reason Friend)                     
Willis Keithley (1785-1861)----->|--- John (1820-1875)  
  (Nancy Lee)                                |       (Lydia Scott, Jane Shook)
                                                     |--- Matilda (1822)            
                                                     |       (McDonald Clevenger)
                                                     |--- William (1827)
                                                     |       (Mary Bales, Lavica Bales, Martha Young)
                                                     |--- Mary Ann (1830)   
                                                          (John Jenkins)

                                                     |--- Minerva G. (c.1839)
                                                     |--- William Jasper (c.1841-1901)
                                                     |       (Frances Gideon)                                       
                                                     |--- Willis A. (c.1843)  
                                                     |       (Sarah Wetherman)                           
Ambrose Keithley (c.1817)------>|--- James McDonald (c.1845)   
  (Nancy Lee)                                |--- Newton (c.1849)           
                                                     |--- Charles Elias (c.1851)
                                                     |--- Jesse (c.1854)    
                                                     |--- John Franklin (c.1857)
                                                     |        (Emma Saft, Mary Seaton)
                                                     |--- Rosanna E. (c.1860)
                                                     |--- Mary M.C. (c.1864)

                                         |--- Eliza Cummings                                   |--- Eliza Ellen (1843)
                                         |--- John Cummings (1811)                        |--- Mary K. (1844)
                                         |--- Joseph Cummings (1813)------------>|--- Daniel (1846    
                                         |--- Tabitha Cummings                               |--- John William (1848)
                                         |--- Elender Cummings                               |--- Sarah A. (1848)
Sarah (1785-1870)------>|--- Mary Cummings                                  |--- David M. (1851)
 (David Cummings)            |--- Rosannah Cummings                           |--- Rebecca Jane (1851)
                                         |--- Catherine Cummings                           |--- Tabitha M. (1853)
                                         |--- Sarah Cummings                                 |--- Joseph M. (1855)
                                         |--- Rebecca Cummings                             |--- James W. (1857)
                                         |--- Malachi Cummings                              |--- Thomas J. (1859)
                                         |--- Jamima Cummings                               |--- George W. (1862)
                                                                                                          |--- Lewis M. (1865)

                                          |--- Samuel Martin (1817)---->|--- Samuel H. (1859)
                                          |--- Willis (1825)------------->|--- Marsha (1850)                      
                                          |--- James (1828-1913)
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                                          |                                              |--- Martha J. (1853-1903)
                                          |                                              |--- Martin (1857-1904)
                                          |--- William (1830)---------->|--- Bryant (1858-1893)
                                          |      (Rosean Sparkman)         |--- Jasper (1859-1922)
                                          |                                              |--- James Armstrong (1861-1927)  
                                          |                                              |--- Henry (1864-1941)
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                                          |                                               |--- John Rowan (1869-1941)
                                          |                                               |--- Rebecca Lucinda (1869)
Henry (1793-1860)------>|       (Abby Swindle)--------->|--- Helen Laminda (1869)
  (Sarah)                             |                                              |--- Rosan (1876)
                                          |                                              |--- Robert Houston (1883-1916)
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                                          |--- Susan (1832)
                                          |--- Sarah (1835)
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                                          |                                               |--- George W. (1854)
                                          |                                               |--- Sarah Catherine (1855)
                                          |                                               |--- Rachel LeAnn (1856)
                                          |                                               |--- William Alex (1860-1906)
                                          |                                               |--- Sidney Stanton (1862-1940)
                                          |--- Henry (1836)------------> |--- Mary Jane (1866-1952)
                                          |      (Eliza)                                |--- James Monroe (1872-1907)
                                          |                                               |--- Sam (1873)
                                          |                                               |--- Asaline Della (1876)
                                          |                                               |--- Henry Onie (1876-1942)
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                                          |--- Martha (1849)

 

For detailed information on the White County Keathleys, please contact Sandy Keathley.

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The White County Keathleys
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Chapters:

1. Knights and Sheep Rustlers
2. The Keighleys Come to America
3. John, John, and John
4. German or English
5. The Keathleys in Tennessee
6. The Family Spreads Out
7. Family Trees
8. Keathleys in the War Between the States
9. Willis and John Wesley go West
10. Allied Lines: Gist and Walling

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