Thomas Keesee (George Faris3, Richard2, George1) was born 1778 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and died 01 December 1861 in Ashley County, Arkansas. He married (1) Mary McKnight?1 ca. 1796 in Virginia. She was born Bet. 1770 - 17802, and died Bef. 1840. He married (2) Malinda Bond 10 May 1840 in Saline County, Arkansas3. She was born ca. 1820 in Arkansas4, and died Unknown.
Notes for Thomas Keesee:
According to the biography of Thomas' grandson T. J. Keesee in "The History of Ellis County, Texas," Thomas, Sr., was a soldier in the War of 1812 and participated in the Battle of New Orleans.
1778: Pittsylvania Co., VA (TK's birth)
1797: Spartanburg Co., SC (son George P.'s birth)
1799: SC in 1799 (son Milton's birth)
1799: Spartanburg Co., SC (TK grantee on deed)
1800: Spartanburg Co., SC (Thomas Kizzee on census)
1801: Spartanburg Co., SC (daughter Agnes's birth)
1803: Spartanburg Co., SC (TK grantor on deed)
1804: Sumner Co., TN ?(on TK Jr.'s birth)
1807: Sumner Co., TN? (daughter Mary's birth)
1809: Sumner Co., TN (son William T.'s birth)
1811-1815?: Sumner Co., TN? (daughter Jane's birth)
1811: Bedford Co., TN [Thomas Kissee, 300 acre, TN general land grant #3154]
1812: Franklin Co., TN (TK tax list)
[War of 1812: TK Sr. reputedly served under Jackson in this war & participated in the Battle of New Orleans]
1814: Franklin Co., TN (TK grantor on deed)
1816: Franklin Co., TN (son Gideon's birth)
1817: Franklin Co., TN (TK grantor on deed)
1818: Franklin Co., TN (TK mentioned in R.S.Clardy deed)
1821: Franklin Co., TN [Thomas Keeze/Keezee, 4 land grants, total 140 acres]
1821: Tuscaloosa Co., AL (TK grantor on Franklin Co. deed)
1824: Tuscaloosa Co., AL [TK appt. overseer of the poor, Beat 2, 17th Regt.]
1825: Tuscaloosa Co., AL (TK land entries)
1829: Tuscaloosa Co., AL [TK Sr. appt. overseer of the poor, Beat 2, 17th Regt.]
1830: Tuscaloosa Co., AL (TK on census)
1831: Tuscaloosa Co., AL [TK appt. overseer of the poor, Beat 2, 17th Regt.]
1835: Tuscaloosa Co., AL (TK land entries)
1837: Tuscaloosa Co., AL (TK on tax list)
1837: Saline Co., AR (TK as grantee on deed & land entry)
1838: Saline Co., AR (TK land entry)
1840: Saline Co., AR (TK on census, deed, & marriage record)
1840: Saline Co., AR [TK, Sr., Delinquent tax list, "overage," poll tax $1]
1841: Saline Co., AR (daughter Virginia's birth & TK as grantee on deed)
1842: Saline Co., AR (on Benton's birth)
1843: Saline Co., AR (TK in county court record)
1848: Union Co. AR (TK as grantor on deed)
1850: Union Co., AR (TK on census); owned 40 slaves; Harrison Township
1855: Union Co., AR (duaghter Virginia's marriage)
1858: Ashley Co., AR (TK's will written)
1860: Ashley Co., AR (TK on census)
1861: Ashley Co., AR (TK's will proved)
[Bobbye M. Brannon, 101 Rainbow Drive #348, Livingston, Texas 77351-9330]
To: "Carolyn E. Billingsley"
Subject: Clardy/Keesee /Murphy stuff
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 97 13:01:23 PDT
I've got the proof for the Keesees & Clardys together in Franklin County, TN. On 17 July 1818, R.S. Clardy (Richard Smith Clardy, so named in another deed) bought 42 acres from Daniel Murphy. (Recorded in the May Term 1819) The description said "3 entries adjacent to Thos. Keesee". [Franklin County Deed Bk F, pg 103.] Also, on 14 July 1818 Richard Smith Clardy bought land from Soloman Murphy 50 a on the west side of Rock Creek of the Elk River. SW corner of Thos. Keesee' 300 acre tract. [Franklin County, Deed Bk F pg 89] On 21 Apr 1814, (recorded 16 Nov 1816), Thomas Keesee sold 20A to George Haygood for $15.00 on the east side of Rock Creek - Elk River. witnesses by Benj. Majors & Wm. Larater.[Franklin County, Deed Bk J pg 86] (note. R.S. Clardy was married to Theodosia Majors) Also on 11 Nov 1817 (rec. Aug term 1818) Thomas Keesee sold 50a on the west side of Rock Creek - Elk River to Solomon Murphree. (?same land that RS Clardy bought from Soloman Murphy in 1818?) [Franklin County Deed bk J, pg 428] ?Where & when did Thomas Keesee get the 300 acre tract? I did not copy the deeds, just looked at them & made notes, forgetting to note the witnesses. I was delighted to find Thomas Keesee (I assume it is ours) in Franklin County, TN, especially next door to some of the Clardys. The family, in a desposition of the estate of Rena Clardy, daughter of my Benj. & his 2nd wife, Ann House, says: "Benjamine Clardy left home as a young man and got work on the farm of Colonel Tom Keesee, a large slave owner of Pickens County, Alabama. He later married Colonel Keesee's daughter, Agnes, and settled in Arkansas. They raised several children - 5 of whom lived to rear families of their own. After Agnes' death, Benjamine married the Widow House who became the mother of Richard and Rena Clardy. Richard raised 3 sons & 1 daughter. Rena, who never married, was quite a successful businss woman & at her death about 1946 her fortune was distributed to her father's descendants. Richard, who was still living, received a full child's part, and the remainder was destributed according to position in the following families."
I have a copy of the list of recipients. I have always wondered how Agnes Keesee & Ben Clardy got together. But it makes sense to me that he knew the family & probably Agnes while Thomas Keesee was in Franklin County. And, possibly, when Thom moved to Alabama, he just went, too. Then, too, I think there may have been friction in the Ben Clardy family as several of the sons moved to Bedford County, TN, soon aafter the death of their father in 1823. Of course, we haven't found proof of any of the children of Ben & Agnes Booth Clardy except for a couple of daughters & my Ben. However, I believe that Richard Smith Clardy, James (who married Frances Richardson), and possibly a Joseph who were all in Franklin County earlier were theirs as well as Martha who married Wm. Farris & a Sally who married her cousin John Clardy & lived in SC. But, to the best of my knowledge, no family group has been proven for Benjamin & Agnes Booth Clardy.
Rhonda Coleman Ellison, Bibb County, Alabama: The First Hundred Years, 1818-1918 (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1984).
"Throughout the years, the exact position of the line between this county [Bibb] and Tuscaloosa has often been debated. An act approved by the state legislature on January 15, 1828, ordered the boundary to be established so as to leave Captain James Hill in Tuscaloosa County, but three years later, a new law reversed this decision: 'Edward Calvert, Grief Ragsdale, Benjamin Hubbert, John A. Bagby, Robert Hill, Hamilton Kile, and James Hill, at their present residences, or as many of them as can be so included, without taking any others, shall, by this act, be taken from the county of Tuscaloosa and be added to the county of Bibb.'"
[Discussion of settlements in early Bibb County, references in the first county court minutes in May 1818.] Allusions are made, however, to two settlements: the Mulberry Settlement on Mulberry Creek, now in Chilton County; and Hill's Settlement, which grew up at the headwaters of Hill's and Schultz creeks near the Tuscaloosa line, not far from Johntown today. In 1825, John (Jake) Hill received a patent to an entire section (around 640 acres). Farmlands of this large settlement were cleared not only by the Hill family but also by others, including John Goodson, William Calvert, Jackson Caffee, Robert Woods, and Thomas and Milton Keesee.[ In the Hill-Oldham Cemetery, the oldest marked grave is that of William Green Hill, the two-year-old son of James and Jane Calvert Hill, who died in 1823. The early importance of Hill's Settlement is documented by the establishment of the Mars post office in 1823; James Hill was the first postmaster."
"Union County Probate Records (1845-1855), Officers Bonds and Wills, Book A," Tracks and Traces, Vol. 9, No. 2 (November 1987): 67
Thos. Keesee and John Hills were securities for S. D. Drennan's Sheriff's Bond in the amount of $20,000, 27 October 1850 (Will Book A, p. 198).
This could be the older Thomas Keesee and John Hill or it could be their sons with the same names.
Heritage Quest Digital Microfilm M653/37/152
Ashley County, Arkansas, p. 48; printed page #155
Extra Township, PO Hamburg, __ July 1860 [no date on surrounding pages either]
[Cannot read dwelling or household numbers, even with magnification]
[son Gideon is listed on p. 152]
Thomas KEESEE 85-M Farmer 6,360/9,850 Virginia
Malinda KEESEE 41-F Arkansas
Benton KEESEE 17-M "
Thomas Keesee's daughter by his second wife is married and listed in same township, same post office, same date, printed page 157:
David H. THORNTON 29-M Doctor** 600/3000 Georgia
Virginia THORNTON 19-F Arkansas
Mary L. THORNTON 3-F "
Sarah L. THORNTON 1-F "
** almost looks like "Rector"
Sumner County, Tennessee Probate Data: 1787-1808 by Gale W. Bamman, CG, and Debbie W. Spero (Nashville: The Basement Print Shop, 1984.)
Foreword: Although Sumner County was created in 1787 and its wills survive from 1788, the first surviving book of inventories, settlements and guardian accounts dates only from March 1808. To cover the period of missing records (April 1787-June 1808), we have extracted all probate references found in the county court minutes of April 1787-March 1805. No court minutes survive for June 1805-December 1808, except for a volume of daily pleas, which contains no probate data; therfore the source for that period has been the book of Executors, Administrators, and Guardian' Bonds, Letters, July 1796-August 1816. [They compared their work from the original with the WPA transcripts and found many errors and omissions.]
Page 42: January Term 1803, page 367: On petition of Rickmon, guardian for three of the heirs of William Storey, ordered that William Seawall, John Mills, George Keesee , and John Trousdale and William Lauderdale be appointed commissioners and Alexander Cathey surveyor to make division of real estate of said William Storey, dec'd so as to set apart and assign to the widow of said dec'd her dowry in real estate.
Page 61: Executors' and Administrators' and Guardians' Bonds (Jan 1805 - March 1808), p. 132: George Keesee and Mary Rickman appointed admrs. of Mark Rickman, dec'd. 16 September 1805. William Harper, and Nathan Rickman, securities.
Page 61: Executors' and Administrators' and Guardians' Bonds (Jan 1805 - March 1808), Nathan Rickman appointed guardian to Elizabeth S. Storey and Ann Rickman Storey, minor orphans, 16 September 1805; bond of $2,000.00 with George Keesee , security.
Page 64: Executors' and Administrators' and Guardians' Bonds (Jan 1805 - March 1808), page 174: Nathan Rickman appointed guardian to James Storey, minor; 9 June 1807; bond of $1,000.00, with George Keesee , security.
Page 64: Executors' and Administrators' and Guardians' Bonds (Jan 1805 - March 1808), page 180: Katy Haw appointed guardian to Polly Haw, Thomas Haw, and Jinny Haw; 18 September 1807; Bond of $1,000.00, with James Frazor and Thomas Keesee , securities.
Page 64: Executors' and Administrators' and Guardians' Bonds (Jan 1805 - March 1808), page 180: Kitty Haw appointed guardian to Samuel Haw, Nancy Haw, Uriah Haw, and James P. Kelly Haw, minors; 18 September 1807; bond of $2,000.00 with James Frazor and Thomas Keesee , securities.
More About Thomas Keesee:
Fact 1: 1807, Sumner County, Tennessee
Fact 2: 01 January 1812, Franklin County, Tennessee, tax list5
Fact 3: 1814, Franklin County, Tennessee6
Fact 4: 21 April 1814, Deed, Grantor, Franklin County, Tennessee7
Fact 5: 1817, Franklin County, Tennessee8
Fact 6: 11 November 1817, Deed, Grantor, Franklin County, Tennessee9
Fact 7: 1818, Franklin County, Tennessee; mentioned in deed as neighbor10
Fact 8: 31 July 1821, Deed, Grantor, Franklin County, Tennessee11
Fact 9: 31 July 1821, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama11
Fact 10: 1830, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, Census, p. 668
Fact 11: 1840, Saline County, Arkansas, Delinquent tax list, "overage"
Fact 12: 1850, Union County, Arkansas, D. 596, Harrison Township
Religion: Cumberland Presbyterian
Notes for Mary McKnight?:
There is no proof either of her first name or surname. Some say her name was Alice McKnight. That her surname was McKnight is suggested by the many descendants who used THE McKnight name for children.
More About Thomas Keesee and Mary McKnight?:
Marriage: ca. 1796, Virginia
More About Thomas Keesee and Malinda Bond:
Marriage: 10 May 1840, Saline County, Arkansas12
Children of Thomas Keesee and Mary McKnight? are:
+ 2 i. George Polk5 Keesee, born 1797 in Spartanburgh County, South Carolina; died 01 August 1864 in Saline County, Arkansas.
+ 3 ii. Col. Milton Keesee, born 31 August 1799 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina; died 10 March 1860 in Washington Couty, Texas.
+ 4 iii. Agnes Keesee, born ca. 1801 in South Carolina; died Bef. 21 December 1859 in Hot Spring County, Arkansas.
+ 5 iv. Thomas Keesee, Jr., born 05 February 1804 in Sumner County, Tennessee; died 26 November 1879 in Residence, Ovilla, Ellis County, Texas.
+ 6 v. Mary "Polly" Keesee, born 11 October 1807 in Sumner County, Tennessee; died 16 December 1873 in Sterling, Robertson County, Texas.
+ 7 vi. William Keesee, Sr., born 08 April 1809 in Sumner County, Tennessee; died 28 September 1864 in Chappell Hill, Washington County, Texas.
8 vii. Jane Keesee, born Bet. 1811 - 1815 in Sumner County?, Tennessee; died Unknown. She married Elias Jenkins13 22 December 1831 in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama14; born 180214; died Unknown.
Notes for Elias Jenkins:
There is a will for an Elias Jenkins in Warren County, Mississippi; Book B-163, 1886. In that same county are wills for William M. Jenkins (A-368, 1867). From Betty Couch Wiltshire, compiler, Mississippi Index of Wills, 1800-1900 (Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 1989), 104.
Name: Thomas KESSEE
Birth: 1778 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia
Death: 1861 in Ashley Co., AR
Father: George Faris KESSEE b: 1743 in VA
Mother: Agnes TERRY b: ABT 1751
Marriage 1 Agnes MCKNIGHT
Married: ABT 1796 in VA
George Polk KESSEE b: 1797 in Spartenburg Co., SC
Milton KEESEE b: 1799
Agnes KEESEE b: ABT 1801
Thomas KEESEE , Jr b: 1804
Polly KEESEE b: 1807
William Thomas KEESEE b: 1809
Jane KEESEE b: 1811
Gideon KEESEE b: ABT 1816