I have the book "John Keep of Massachusetts." On Page 51 it says:5th Generation (from the original John Keep): Hon. John Keep (Jabez 4, John 3, Samuel 2, John 1), born at Monson Mass Feb. 2, 1766.He removed to Homer, NY in 1795, settling on Lot 56.In 1798 he had an interest in the first grist mill in Momer.He was a Federalist in politics and at the organization of Cortland county was first Judge of the county, serving as such from April 3, 1810 till 1823.He married February 15, 1792, Frances Goodell who was born at Pomfret, Conn. Sept. 13, 1766.She died at Homer Aug. 4, 1829.They had no children.Judge John Keep died at Homer March 16, 1832.His homestead was purchased by the county and is now the county poor farm."
Judge Keep's father was Jabez Keep, born in Brimfield (now Monson) MA, March 2, 1728.He married his cousin, Sarah Chandler, daughter of Daniel Chandler and Sarah Keep.Jabez Keep served in Capt. Daniel Burt's Co. in the French and Indian War from Mar. 30, 1755 to Jan. 3, 1756.In seating the church in Brimfield in 1757 he was placed "in the fore seat in the side gallery."His father John Keep deeded some land to him in June 1755 and in 1759 he purchased other land from the estate of Adonijah King.He was elected Assessor of Brimfield in 1760.After Monson was created a precinct he served as Selectman in 1767 and 1769.He removed to Homer, NY, where he died Sept. 17, 1805.His wife survived him, dying at Homer, Oct. 8, 1819. Hope this is helpful. Sandy