Re: Keen family Morris Co New Jersey
What evidence do you have for Capt James Keen's being in Warren County OH as I found lest mention of him in a record for College Hill, Hamilton County OH?
Have you seen the information for Capt James Keen in the Records of the First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown NJ?
In these records his wife is named as Elizabeth. His children (with birth/baptismal years):
1)Sibil (1760) m. Zerah Rolfe
3)Hannah (1765) m. Alexander Gard s/o Jeremiah
4)Eunice (1770) [m.1 Daniel Howell, m.2 William Rittenhouse]
8)Joseph Ayres (1778) – had daughter Elizabeth who married Wm Everson
In these records Samuel Sewerd's wife is named as possibly being Elizabeth's husband, but I think this is wrong as the Pitney family believes Samuel's first wife was Abigail Pitney.
Capt Keen married Mary Rolf in 1768 so the children from Eunice & younger had her as a mother. I can't find a record of his first wife Elizabeth's death.
Marriage records are given in a list of "Pioneer Marriages for Hamilton County" for Peter, Jane, & Dorcas Keen, presumably the children of Capt James Keen. The Elizabeth in these records could also be the daughter of Capt James Keen. My guess is that the Polly Keen named here is the same person as Capt Keen's daughter Mary, Polly being a traditional & well known nickname (among the English anyway) for Mary. Moreover, with the mother of this family also named Mary it would have lessened confusion to call the daughter Mary by a different name.
I believe that Peter Keen, cofounder of the Palmyra community in Wabash Co IL, b. in abt 1756, is a son b in NJ of Capt James Keen despite most online histories/genealogies naming Peter's parents as Jacob & Hannah Keen of the Jöran Kyn lineage. Jacob & Hannah, married in 1760, did have a son Peter Keen, b abt 1761 in PA. I suspect that someone confused the military records of these two men and consequently the parentage & birthplace causing an error that has been perpetuated over the years, even having been carved on Peter's gravestone in Wabash Co that was erected years after his death.
There is a James Keen Jr listed with James Keen on 1777 & 1778 tax lists for Hanover Twp, Morris County, NJ. In 1779 just James Jr is listed, James Sr presumably being Capt James Keen who had migrated west with his the rest of his family by this time. I suspect James Jr is another son of Capt James Keen, perhaps just younger than Peter, given the birth years of Peter & Sibil.