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Adam Keeling (b. 1638, d. 25 April 1683)Adam Keeling (son of Thomas Keeling and Ann Thorowgood) was born 1638 in Lower Norfolk County, Virginia, and died 25 April 1683 in Norfolk, VA.He married Ann Martin on 1668 in Lower Norfolk County, VA, daughter of John Martin and Ann Keeling.
Notes for Adam Keeling:
Source: Abstract of Norfolk County Wills [SA Library]
ADAM KEELING of County of Lower Norfolk, GENT...
Book 4 f.155, dated 25 Apr 1683proved 17 Dec 1683
...to my loving wife ANN KEELING that plantation I now live & inhabit upon . . . for ...life and after
...unto my son THOMAS KEELING...timber from London Bridge land for his use...
...unto my son JNO. KEELING that plantation or tract of land hee now liveth on being about 1400 acres, formerly belonging to my father in law JNO. MARTIN... hwne he attains age of 21 years provided he ..give...for...deed in law made out unto his brother ADAM KEELING..for...all that divident or tract of land being about 2000 acres lately patented in the name & tp the use of my siad son JNO. KEELING being that land that now my mother lives on and called LONDON BRIDGE....
...unto my above mentioned son THOMAS KEELING that parcell of land commonly known by ye name of DUDLIES (and joyning upon that belonging to my brother ALEXANDER KEELING)...being near 400 acres...
...unto my daughter ELIZABETH KEELING a parcell of land about 3-400 acres by mee entered with rights towards ye Southward neere Matchepongo, and doe desire ye same be surveyed and pattented in my siad daughter Elizabeths name
...unto my duaghter ANN KEELINGE a certaine tract of land joyning unto Rudee Commonly knowne by ye name of BLACK WALNUT RIDGE and lately bought of Anthony Lawson being about 1200 acres...
...to my son ADAM KEELING...
...to my above names children...as they attaine each of them to ye age of 21 years...daughters at ye age of 16 eyars or day of marriage
...one whole years schooling Edward Bouring...a cow when he comes to age of 21 years
...wife ANN KEELING my whole and sole exequetrix
..my brother in law Lt Coll. Anthony Lawson & my friend Mala Thruston overseers...unto each 25 shillings sterling each to buy each of them a ring to wear in remembrance of me...
witnesses: Jno. Ferebee, Jno. Sandford, Francis Sayer, Thomas Hodgis
Signed Adam Keeling & Seale
Postscript 4th of July 1683
witnesses: Thomas Gordone, Jno. Recheson, Mala. Thruston
Signed Adam Keeling & Seale
Appendix II:A Survey of Historic Homes
Because Virginia Beach grew from rural rather than urban roots, the historic houses which remain are tucked away among modern subdivisions and spread across the landscape of the city. There is no concentrated area, such as a historic district, with an accumulation of sites to be preserved. To insure preservation, each house must stand on its own merits and find its own supporters. The Inventory of Historic Buildings and Sites by Age and Locations: As of July 1, 19891, categorizes buildings and sites dating from the seventeenth through twentieth centuries. At the time of its publication, there were 320 historic buildings in the city. The following is a short list of some of these interesting properties.
Lovetts Pond Road
The main house was built by Lancaster Lovett prior to 1738. A brick on the north wall is incised with the date 1738, which is thought to be the date that the roofline was raised and replaced, probably when it was ownedby Lemuel Cornick. The Georgian house originally consisted of four rooms and a large cellar.27
Property ownership can be traced from its 1636 acquisition by Henry Southell (Southall or Southern) through the Purvine, Fulcher, Lovett, Keeling, Cornick, Godfrey, Lee, and Shull families.28
1157 Adam Keeling Road
Thomas Keeling built this house sometime after 1680. It is a one-and-a-half story, five-bay, rectangular building and has a fine pitched "A" roof. The house is a good example of Flemish bond brickwork and has been restored to its former beauty. It has several notable features. The original woodwork includes matching cupboards on each side of the fireplace on the north wall. The house is one of only a handful of houses in Virginia which have a chevron pattern worked into the brickwork under the gables. The inverted chevron (created here in blue headers) was a distinctive late seventeenth century device.30
In 1683 Adam Keeling willed a 400-acre tract to his son Thomas. The property was located on the east side, near the mouth, of the Lynnhaven River. It is generally accepted that the house was built after the land was transferred.31 The Keeling House is sometimes called "Ye Dudlies." This name is probably a modern misunderstanding of an old method of shorthand. To ease the strain of writing with quill pens, words were often abbreviated. A common abbreviation for "th" was called the Thorn and looked like a "Y." Therefore, the word "ye" would have been pronounced "the" and the word "yis" was "this."32 When Adam Keeling referred to his house at "Ye Dudlies," he may have simply been referring to the house on the former Dudley property.33 Owned by the Keelings until 1884, the house was later owned by the Averys, Consolvos, Whites, Syers, Manesses,34 and Breedens.35
Thomas Keeling came to Virginia as one of the 105 headrights of Adam Thorowgood's 1635 patent. In that same year, Keeling acquired 100 acres of land on Back River. He served as a vestryman in 1640. Upon his death he left six children. His eldest son, Adam (godson of Adam Thorowgood), married Anne Martin (sister of William Cornick's wife, Elizabeth). The Keelings, like the Woodhouses and Cornicks, were large landowners in the area south of London Bridge and Oceana.3
More About Adam Keeling:
Miscellaneous: Godfather: Adam Thorowgood.
More About Adam Keeling and Ann Martin:
Marriage: 1668, Lower Norfolk County, VA.
Children of Adam Keeling and Ann Martin are:
- +Thomas Keeling, b. 06 January 1673/74, Lower Norfolk County, Virginia,d., Princess Anne County, Virginia.