Dear Zach: I am also a descendant of William Curtis Dennis Keatts. He was born in Honea Path South Carolina on 28 April, 1826, the son of William C Keatts and Anna Clements ( the Clements line is very prominent in the history of Virginia and the revolutionary war).W.C.D. and Edney Allen Farmer Keatts went from Riceville Virginia in May of 1853 (3 month trip) to Lawrence County, Missouri, about 25 miles SW of Springfield, Greene County Mo.William Curtis Dennis Keatts died from typhoid fever contracted at Pea Ridge, Arkansas during the civil war.He fought for the south.He is buried in the Garroutte Cemetery, Greene County, Mo.His wife Edney Allen Farmer is also buried there.She was born 20 February, 1826 in Pittsylvania Co., Va. and died 17, October, 1914 in Greene County, Missouri.
William Curtis Dennis Keatts, mother, Anna Clements is also buried in the Garroutte cemetery.It is located in Missouri off of I-44, take exit 61 to PP road south.Go south to road TTThe cemetery is about 1/4 mile on the right side.
I also believe his father William C Keatts is buried here next to his wife Anna,But I have not yet been able to have someone from the older Keatts generation confirm this.
There is a grave stone formed like a roof over this grave site but the markings have worn off.I went to a Keatts family reunion several years ago and one of the older generation told me that William C. ( Old Pappy Keatts) had died after fighting a fire that marauders like Quantrill's raiders had set to the family's wheat and corn crop.The story was that after fighting the fire he went to the creek for water and died.However I don't remember who told me this and I have not been able to get anyone to confirm this to me in writing.
There is a Keatts reunion each year, but I will not be able to go this year.If you are interested I will send you the information on who my contact is.
As an aside, my grandmother said that before the civil war the name was pronounced like Kates (scottish pronunciation).When they came back from the war, they pronounced it like Keets.
By the way you are a Jamestowne descendant through Edney Allen Farmer.See John Woodson under Genform