Friday, June 6, 2014

Susannah Keeney, Keeny, Kenney, Keney, Kinny, Kinney

Susannah Wife of Chester 
died 8 Oct 1881, aged 83y 9m 4d

     Susannah Keeney was the wife of Chester Fox. They were married on May 18, 1817 in Manchester, Hartford County, Connecticut1.   Various spellings of her surname include but are not limited to: Keeney, Keeny, Kenney, Keney, Kinny, Kinney, and Kinne. 

     The family moved west in 1836, settling in Jerome Township, Union County, Ohio.  
     Chester Fox passed away in 1863 and in the 1870 Census Susannah is living by herself and not with any of her nearby living children.  In the 1880 Census she has paralysis and is living with her sister, Mary Winget in nearby Delaware County2.

     Who are Susannah's parents? Would her sister's records leave some clue?  By combing several records as well as a published history of Union County, we find that her sister Mary had married Martin Webster in Manchester, Connecticutin 1824.  

     After also moving west to Union County, Martin passed away and Mary married Ezra Winget in 18583.

     Mary Winget passed away in late 1880 and Susannah lived another year.  Who took care of Susannah during that year?  Was the paralysis permanent? 
     And then there is the question that I have to answer if I am to discover more about the Keeney family.  Who are the parents of Susannah and Mary?  At this time I haven't a clue, but that won't stop me from looking.

1. Connecticut, Church Record Abstracts, 1630-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: 2013.  Original data: Connecticut. Church Records Index. Connecticut State Library, Hartford, Connecticut.
2. Year: 1880; Census Place: Ostrander, Delaware, Ohio; Roll: 1012; Family History Film: 1255012; Page: 291C; Enumeration District: 102; Image: 0082.
3."Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994." Index and images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2014. Citing Probate Court.

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