In the 1850 Polk Co, MO census Mary Keal (48, b. TN) is living with Joseph Cavin and his wife Hannah (Keele) and their children. Listed with Mary are Archa Keal (17, b. TN) and Rachel Keal (13, b. TN).
Joseph Cavin married 3rd a Mary Keele. We believe it was the Mary Keal who lived with him and Hannah in 1850. According to two family histories written by two different grandchildren, Joseph married three full Keele sisters (Polly, Hannah, and Mary).
In Sedalia, Pettis Co, Mo Sunday Sept 30 1866 by E. W. Washburn esq. Mr Joseph Cavin of Polk Co. and Miss Mary Keele of Boone Co, MO. (We THINK this is the Mary Keele who lived with Joseph and Hanna in the 1850 Polk Co, MO census.)
So is Mary a sister-in-law? Did a Keele marry a Keal? Is the "Miss" a mistake on the paper's part? Joseph Cavin was periodically appointed as guardian of children needing care; were Archa and Rachel children he had taken in? Or are these Mary's children?
I have tracked both Archa and Rachel forward in time. They "returned" to Boone Co, MO as adults and lived the rest of their lives there. Archa married 4 times and Rachel married George J. McAlpin. I'll be glad to share this information if anyone wants it.
There are probate papers of James Keele in Benton Co, MO which name John R. Bailey (told he married Nancy Keele), Rebecca Keele, Nathan Brashears & wife (told he married Elizabeth Catherine Keele), Mary Keele, Joseph Cavin & wife (at this time he was married to Hannah Keele), Luke Gardner as guardian for his chidren (told he married Dorothy N. Keele), and James's wife (Francis Ann).
Surely hoping someone out there has information to share. Maybe some of this rings a bell and things begin to fall into place for some of us. I surely would like to find the parents of my three Keele girls!