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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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KEE BIOGRAPHIES

Mary's County, 1708A (election voided), 1708B-
1711, 1712-1714 (Elections 1-4), 1716-1718, 1719
(died before the 2nd session of the 1719-1721/22
Assembly). LOCAL OFFICES: justice, St. Mary's
County, 1706-1720. MILITARY SERVICE: captain,
by 1708; colonel, by 1719. WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: at least 1,583 acres

(883 acres received as his wife's dower). WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: on March 31, 1720, in St. Mary's

County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £720.11.8

current money (including 16 slaves); FB , £677.19.1.
LAND. ca. 1,483 acres.

KEECH (KEETCH), JAMES (ca. 1651-1708/9).
BORN. ca. 1651, probably in England. IMMI-
GRATED: by 1671 as a free adult. RESIDED: in
Calvert (later became St. Mary's) County. MAR-
RIED Elizabeth (1663-1730), natural daughter of
John Courts, Sr. (?-1702). Her half brothers were
John Courts (1655/56-1702); Hugh Courts. Her
half sister was Margaret Courts (1665/66-?). Her
nephew was John Courts (1691/92-1747/48). Her
niece was Charity Courts (1680-1711), who mar-
ried second, Daniel Dulany (1685-1753). CHIL-
DREN. SONS: James (?-1725/26), who married first,
Ruth, daughter of Henry Hawkins (?-1699), and
second, Mary; John; and Courts. DAUGHTER:
Margaret. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate.
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, All Faiths
Parish, Calvert and St. Mary's counties. SOCIAL
STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: held no public office prior
to his role in the revolution of 1689. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: planter; owned a share in a ship
at death. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Associators' Convention, Calvert County, 1689-

1692. OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICE: justice, PrO-

vincial Court, 1698-1704. LOCAL OFFICES: jus-
tice, Calvert County, 1689-1696, St. Mary's
County, 1696-1698 (quorum, 1696-1698); All
Faiths Parish Vestry, Calvert and St. Mary's
counties, ca. 1692-1707. MILITARY SERVICE: en-
sign, 1689; captain, 1693-1708/9. STANDS ON PUB-
LIC/PRI VATE ISSUES: active participant in the Prot-
estant Associators' Revolution in 1689. WEALTH
DURING LIFETIME. LAND: one-half interest in 350
acres patented in 1672, plus 100 acres patented
in his own name in 1689; received at least 100
acres through marriage; patented an additional
1,000 acres, 1698-1704. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED:
will probated on March 25, 1708/9, in St. Mary's

County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £654.16.7

(including 6 slaves, 81 oz. silver, books, and a
one-sixteenth part of a ship and its small craft
valued at £100.0.0). Debts against the estate to-

taled £129.15.4 and 16,012 pounds of tobacco.
LAND, at least 1,400 acres.

KEENE, EDWARD (?-1675/76). BORN: in Sur-
rey, England. IMMIGRATED: about February 1653/
54, possibly as a minor with his two brothers.
RESIDED: in Calvert County. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: Henry Keene, of Wadsworth,
Surrey. BROTHERS: Henry (?-by 1672); Richard
(?-ca. 1675/76), who married Mary. MARRIED first,
probably Martha, daughter of James Berry (?-
1666). Her brothers were William Berry (ca. 1636-
1691); Roger. MARRIED second, Susanna, widow
of William Hunt. CHILDREN. DAUGHTERS: Eliza-
beth; Martha. STEPDAUGHTER: Susanna Hunt.

PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS

AFFILIATION. Protestant, probably Quaker. SO-
CIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: transported by his
brother Henry, who claimed headrights for both
Edward and Richard; Gent., by 1670/71; was en-
route to Susquehanna Fort when he made his will
dated October 19, 1675. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:
planter; merchant; contractor for building the
Calvert County courthouse and prison; builder
and owner of water mill. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGIS-
LATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Calvert County,
1669. LOCAL OFFICE: justice, Calvert County, 1669/
70-1675/76. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION: 200 acres in his own name and
a half interest in 750 acres patented with George
Bussey. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will probated
on March 14, 1675/76, in Calvert County. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: TEV, 167,682 pounds of to-
bacco, £158.5.9 sterling (including 7 servants, 2
slaves); FB, 34,073 pounds of tobacco, £158.5.9
sterling. LAND: ca. 550 acres in Calvert County.

KEENE, WILLIAM (?-?). RESIDED: in Queen
Anne's (later became Caroline) County by 1761.
In 1774 he went to Northumberland County, Vir-
ginia. He returned to Caroline County in 1775.
By 1785 he had moved to Kentucky and still lived
there in 1797. FAMILY BACKGROUND. BROTHER:
Richard Keene, of Dorchester County, a planter.
MARRIED first, Sarah. MARRIED second, in 1774,
Ann, widow of (first name unknown) Colson,
daughter of Griffin Fauntleroy (?-by 1774) of
Northumberland County, Virginia, and wife Ju-
dith Swan (?-1774). Her brothers were Griffin
(?-1784) of Queen Anne's County, who married
Sarah; Swan; and John (?-1785), who married
(first name unknown), daughter of William Keene
(?-?), and who died in Kentucky. Her sisters were
Sarah; Catherine (ca. 1755-1825), who married

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