One thing I wanted to clarify about William Jefferson is that he did not go to Kansas. He died in Christian County Missouri.His son William Lawson did go to Wichita, Kansas, who is my grandfather.You said that "Curtis" is a strong name.I think William is even stronger, the name is unbroken in each generation from Old Pappy's father down to my cousin representing 7 generations of William.A name preserved since BEFORE the revolutionary war -- that is great history!!
I was wondering if you had any extra information about William Curtis Dennis Keatts, son of "Old Pappy".I want to know exactly how he died.It is strange that he died young during the beginning years of the Civil War.The area he lived in was the main base of operations for Quantrill's Raiders, and two of his brothers were part of the Virginia Infantry -- which leads me to believe he had strong convictions for the South as well.
I also want to know if anyone has any extra information on "Old Pappy's" father's role in the Revolutionary War.I came across an interesting roster list showing one William Keatts Sr. deceased in 1829 in Halifax Virginia, who was a Colonel during the Revolutionary War.