This is the place to see photos of general interest to Keiths. Below is just a sampling. If you have photographs suited to the site, please send them to me. E-mail photo in a digitized file, or mail a good print, and I will post them in these pages. Photos should exhibit more than portraiture…should reveal notable costumes of a period, architecture, landmark or other visual of interest to Keiths, and descriptive of their life circumstances and the times. See bottom of this page for submission details.
Keith Hall, circa 1850, principle seat of the Earls Kintore for several centuries. The large, main building and about 28 acres were sold in the mid-1980’s, and transformed into an apartment development. While the present Earl keeps a residence in seperate facilities on the property, he does not actually live on the estate. Color picture, below, is the way Keith Hall appears today. Photos supplied by Boyce Keith Smith.
Main entrance and gate to Keith Hall.
Here are the swans of Keith Hall pond. There is a story about the swans of Keith Hall pond that has been passed down. It says somthing about when the swans of the pond are no longer the Earls of Kintore are no longer!! In recent times the swans seldom visit the pond, and are fed by the people of Inverurie, about a half-mile away on the river.
Lady Isabella Catherine Keith-Falconer, the oldest child of Anthony Adrian Keith-Falconer 7th Earl Of Kintore, 9th Lord Falconer of Halkerton & Louisa Hawkins. She was born June 5th 1824, married August 4 1847 Henry Grant Of Congalton Scotland. (3rd great-grandmother of Boyce Keith Smith).
William Jesse Keith and his grandfather, CSA vet, John Milton Keith. Photo circa 1920
Susan Malinda (Miller) Keith, widow of Samuel Anderson Keith, seated with grand daughter, Roxie Harris. At left is Liz, a freed slave who remained with family. Whitfield Co., GA, ca 1913.
Keith Mill was constructed in the mid-1800’s and operated by Samuel A. Keith, near Dalton, Georgia. This photo shows some of the kinfolks, Duncans and Finchers, at what remained of the mill in 1915.
Olive Eudora Keith Fincher (center), daughter of Samuel A. Keith, at their home in Whitfield Co., GA, circa 1896. Photos in posession of Jenny DeLuna
In 1899, the families of William and Andrew Keith, each with wife and 4 children, their mother, Jerusha Ann (widow of Zachariah D. Keith), and a friend, George Magnason, moved from Cass County, Iowa, to Custer County, Oklahoma. Above, you see the 5-wagon train in which they traveled on that occasion. Photo supplied by Pat Simpson.
Little Sodhouse on the Prairie
Before automobiles and TV, life was a whole different sort of thing. Even so, surprise, surprise, our ancestors managed to have wonderful, fulfilling lives, and to raise some pretty fine children. Pictured here is a somewhat typical sod dwelling which served many of our westward-drifting ancestors, in their stint on the great and fertile American plains. This particular home was built in 1903, on homestead land, by Warren Thompson and Mary Grace (Gore) KEITH, and was located near Hobart, Kiowa County, Oklahoma. The two children are Raymond and Arthur Keith, sons of the builder. Photo in posession of Raymond’s son, Don Keith.
In time, the family grew. With 8 children to look after, Mary Grace was provided with an early version of the washing machine, which was driven by an internal combustion engine…the engine used also for other applications, including the grinder mechanism seen behind Mary in the photo.
And, the Little School house on the prairie
On the Kiowa County, Oklahoma prairie, and elsewhere, one-room schoolhouses such as this sprang up everywhere. Two Keith boys from the sod house, above, are in the bunch you see.
Family of Rev. James Keith of Bridgewater, MA.
In the town of Bridgewater, MA is a large stone, pictured below (top), bearing a bronze plaque which tells briefly the story of the towns founding, in the mid-1600’s. The Reverend James Keith was among the early settlers of that town, and descendants thickly populated the nearby villages for many years, even to today.
Built in 1662, the parsonage house occupied by Rev. James Keith from that time has been preserved, with period furnishings, and today receives visitors to the home and gardens surrounding. Pictured in front of the house is Larry Keith, coordinator of The Keith Genealogy Project (left, above), and Robert Keith, descendant of the Reverend and caretaker of the property. Partial support for the preservation is financed by sales of herbs and other plants from the Rev. James Keith gardens. Photo taken in 1994.
Family of Daniel and Elizabeth (Disbrow) Keith
The church and cemetary, above, abides on land donated for the purpose, in the early 1800’s, by members of the Daniel Keith family, just outside the town of Peticodiac, New Brunswick, Canada. Vantage point is from the top of what is called “Butternut Ridge”, the land sloping toward a creek in the distance, behind the church. The fence at left borders land still in the family and known as “Keith Farm”, where visitors can pick fruits and berries in season. It is notable that land on this side of the Butternut Ridge is particularly fertile farming soil, yet the back side of the ridge is noted for rather poor soil. Numerous Keiths rest in this cemetary, still in use.
The attractive and very old church at right has been continuously attended by members of the Daniel Keith Family, since the early 1800’s, in the town of Havelock, New Brunswick, Canada. It is adjacent to a cemetery containing numerous Keiths and members of allied families, many of whom are discussed in the Keith book.
Alexander Keith, famed brewer of Halifax, N.S.
In the 1830’s, Alexander Keith arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from Scotland, and soon established the noted brewery which still produces “Alexander Keith’s Indian Pale Ale”. As his fortune grew, he eventually constructed the large and attractive home, shown above, from which he could walk, underground, to the brewery itself. Presently the home is subdivided and used as an office building. Still bears the inscription over the front door, “Keith Hall”.
Hannibal Rice Keith of Missouri
Hannibal served in the Civil War, with Company C, 39th Missouri Regiment of the United States Army. The manner of photo, at right, was typically sought by young men going off to war, while their visions of duty and glory were still in their expectations. After their experience with actual battles, and a clear view of war’s toll on people, friend and foe, photos they posed for tended to be of a less militaristic character.
Have you seen this platter?
“In the summer 1958, I was sitting on the front porch with my grandparents, when a car drove up. It was my great-Uncle Frank Keith who had driven up from Sikeston, MO. I’m not sure he was expected. He got out of the car, came up and shook hands with his brother, greeted my grandmother, and asked: “Is this the boy?”, as he shook my hand. I am not sure I had ever met him before. He went to his car and brought back a platter, which he gave to me. My grandmother was surprised. I could never be sure with my grandfather. The platter had been given to Uncle Frank 56 years before by his grandfather, Garet Keith, who said at that time it was over 250 years old and had come down through the family. He told Uncle Frank that he must give it to one who keeps the Keith name. After that, he left to spend time with Uncle Charlie then he drove back to Sikeston. Why I got it instead of one of Uncle Frank’s kids or grandkids, I never knew for sure. I was told Uncle Frank liked me, but I had never met him before that (to my knowledge). I imagine more that it was affection for his brother. I am to pass it on to someone else with the Keith name. The platter is in a case at my mother’s house. A couple of photos are attached. I tried researching hallmarks, but got nowhere. Perhaps similar pieces were passed down through other branches of this segment of the family.” James Keith, firstname.lastname@example.org
James Keith is from the line of George Hanson KEITH, listed on page 257 of the Keith book. See Jarit Keith (James spells it “Garet”), his son, George (b. 1849), his son, James A. (b. 24 May 1885), his son, Ralph Watson Keith, father of James. The mentioned “Uncle Frank” would be Elmer Franklin Keith (b. 1882).
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