Re: George W. Keith Florida War service record
I haven't traced the Keith family in Jackson County,
AL beyond the early 1850s. It appears that Griffin,
George W. and John C. all left the county.
There were very many Keiths in Franklin County, TN,
but fewer of them in Jackson County, AL. The ones I
know in Jackson County were George Keith Sr. and wife
martha Gambel, plus five children. The family had two
daughters--names unknown. The sons were definitely
George W. and Griffin. I believe that the third was
John C. based on later census entries and his service
with George W. in the Cherokee Removal. This
particular Keith family I have traced back to Jackson
If you're tracing Keiths, I think you should
definitely check into the Keiths who were in Franklin
County, TN. There also were many Keiths in GA/SC
going back into the 18th century. You can find them
in Lincoln, Hall, Wilkes, Elbert area. Unfortunately,
though I suspect that the George Keith family is
related to these other Keith lines, I cannot prove it.
All I know about the elder George Keith is he was
born in VA about 1760. His wife Martha Gambel was
born in SC between 1760-1770. The two daughters were
born 1800-1810 and 1815-1820. The younger daughter
might have been born in AL, the older one definitely
>If you're tracing Keiths, I think you shouldThere still are a lot of Keiths in Franklin county, Tenn.
>definitely check into the Keiths who were in Franklin
Robert, have you been able to trace the Franklin
county Keiths back past James Keith (b. ca. 1814)?
I would have to think there is a relation between him and
your Jackson county Keith line, but I've not been able
to find it.
James Keith married Nancy Jane Larkin, daughter of "Old
Uncle Bill" Larkin and niece of David Larkin of Larkinsville,
probably about 1840. On my first trip to Larkinsville,
someone-- perhaps Mrs Chambless-- pointed out
"Mrs Keith's house" in town. I have not met Mrs Keith
nor do I know her relation to the rest of our Keiths.
The Franklin county Keiths intermarried with Larkins, Stovalls,
Staples, and many other old families of the area. Sallie Keith,
James Keith's daughter, married a Matthews. Jones Keith,
James Keith's son, married Mollie Satterfield, daughter of
Bill Satterfield of Huntland, who took as his second wife
Ovica Ann Gentle, then in her nineties, who had been "Old
Uncle Bill" Larkin's second wife. Family historian Addie Larkin
noted as follows about this marriage:
""Aunt Ovie" Uncle Bill's last wife, years after he died,
when she was 97, married a Mr. Satterfield, who was 65.
Aunt Ovie was living with Uncle Bill and Aunt Julia Larkin and
was bedfast. They got her up and dressed her in
one of her old fashioned silk dresses for her wedding. She could not
stand without support and had to be carried from the house to the gate.
I witnessed the ceremony but can't recall who performed it.
Mr Satterfield married her for her money."
This marrage took place probably about 1900 or so.
"Aunt Ovie" was kin to the Gentles who operated the store, now
closed, that still stands just off highway 35 near Stephens' Gap
in Jackson county.
James Keith's grandson, William Buford Keith (b. ca. 1879)
also married a Larkin, his second cousin once removed, Laura Juliet Larkin.
Their youngest son, Buford Rutledge Keith, is still alive today
at age 84 and living at Huntland.
Glory to God,
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Thanks for the info on the Keiths!
I have done some work on the Keith family(ies) in
Franklin County, TN. I haven't been through the wills
and probate records. I have been through the land
records, which go back to 1808. I found a huge number
of Keith land transactions, most of which involved on
Keith selling to another Keith. The surnames included
Wien, Drake, Brazelton, Lewis, Mason, Donathan,
Roberson, Harris, Shook, Caperton, Campbell, Gray. I
did find one transaction involving a Larkin. This was
John L. Keith selling to John Larkin Book Q
(1836-1840) page 169 and page 267.
The earliest transactions I found involved Daniel
Keith, James Keith, and J.L. Keith. These were in
Book A(1808-1826), pages 303,328, 253, 286; and Books
F & K(1818-1828), pages 57, 111, 139, 266, 405.
I hope someday that I can connect the George
Keith/Martha Gamble family with the rest of the Keith
lines in the general area. I can only suspect a blood
relation, I can't prove it.
Once I get to the wills, I'll let the list know
whether I find anything.