My great grandmother was Mary Caroline Keeling. All of the information in your post was correct. She can be found in the 1880 census in Franklin County, Arkansas. She was living with her mother and Enoch Elliott. I have not been able to find her father. None of my great aunts or great uncles ever knew the story of Mr. Keeling. The marriage records from that time did not list a marriage for Ellen Catherine Tidwell and Mr. Keeling. That branch of my family has reached a dead end. If you can shed any light on who these Keelings might be, it would be greatly appreciated. My grandmother was Beulah Wood Tidwell. My mother is June Tidwell Johnson. Since my mother knows ALL of her cousins, I'm sure she would know your wife well. If I can help in any way in your search, please do not hesitate to reply.