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James R. Keating was born in Carroll County, Tennessee, in 1827.On 26 November 1846, he married Miss Sarah A. Mitchell, the daughter of James and Lucinda Petty Mitchell of Carroll County, formerly of Halifax County, Virginia.James R. and Sarah are known to have had six children.There is a big gap of nine years between records of their second and third children sot it probable that there were other children between who died young.Five of their children were born in Tennessee before 1865, and only the youngest, Annie, was born in Missouri.Annie also is thought to have died young.
James and Sarah owned land in Tennessee.It would seem that they sold their land or at least most of it in 1861 and remained in Carroll County for three more years before they followed James’s brother This information provided by Kathy Clark.Received from a great grandaughter.
Nicholas to Stoddard County, Missouri.We know that William J. was born in Tennessee in 1864 and Annie in Missouri in 1865.
James and Sarah Keating lived next door to their daughter Lydia Pirtle in 1870 according to the census.The family lived very poorly in Missouri.
It is my guess that James died in Stoddard County circa 1885.There is no record of death during that period for him although that county was keeping records at the time.
Sarah Keating lived on for several years.It is tradition in our family that she became very old for the time and was remembered as the oldest person in the community.My grandmother Young always said that Grandma Sally died at the age of 79.That would put her death at circa 1903.She was born in Halifax County, Virginia in 1824.Her family headed west but stopped in Carroll County, Tennessee in about 1845.Sally was three years older than James.
Sally keaton, as she pronounced the name, was nearly blind at her death and was said to smoke a little pipe.She was known as an excellent story teller and was on call for that purpose most of the time.She often told her grandchildren stories of life in early Virginia and of the Civil War.We do know that the Mitchell family was a land owning family in Tennessee as well as Virginia.