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Family of Gersham KEYES (3) & Sarah

4. Humphrey KEYES.[1] Born on 29 Aug 1721.[7] Humphrey died on 19 Apr 1793; he was 71.[8]

Humphrey first married Marcella WADE[1], in New England.

They had the following children:
5 i. John (1752-1839)
ii. Frank[1].

Had but one arm, supposed to have settled in Baltimore, MD, and had seven children.[8]


"Humphrey Keyes, was a Sea Captain, married in New England, probably Boston, Marcella Wade, had two sons, was wrecked off the coast of Turkey, and taken captive by the Algerines. He escaped and returned home after some years, to find that his wife supposing him dead had married another, with whom she passed the remainder of her life. After her death, Capt. Humphrey married in Virginia, Sarah Hall, b. 1745, consequently ten years old at the time we first hear of Greshem at his ferry on the Shenandoah. Her three brothers were the founders of Halltown, in Jefferson Co. and in "notes on Jefferson Co. VA," printed in VA, 1857, we find that Sarah lived with her parents in a little dale near a fine orchard, at the foot of the hill where Rion Hall now stands." The same record states that Capt. Humphrey Keyes was proprietor of Keyes Ferry in 1775. Capt. Humphrey d. April 19, 1793, so says an old family record, now in the possession of John T. Keyes, Bristol, Tenn., which record gives also the birth of John, son of Humphrey."[9]

Humphrey second married Sarah HALL[1], in Virgina. Born in 1745.

They had the following children:
i. Gersham[1].

ii. Thomas[1].

iii. Humphrey[1].

iv. Unknown[1].

Unknown married White[1].

v. Unknown[1].

Unknown married Pyles[1].

vi. Unknown[1].

Unknown married Humphreys[1].

vii. Eliza[1].

Eliza married Capt. George NORTH[1].

viii. Uknown[1].

Uknown married Capt. John O'BANNON[1].


"Humphrey Keyes, was a Sea Captain, married in New England, probably Boston, Marcella Wade, had two sons, was wrecked off the coast of Turkey, and taken captive by the Algerines. He escaped and returned home after some years, to find that his wife supposing him dead had married another, with whom she passed the remainder of her life. After her death, Capt. Humphrey married in Virginia, Sarah Hall, b. 1745, consequently ten years old at the time we first hear of Greshem at his ferry on the Shenandoah. Her three brothers were the founders of Halltown, in Jefferson Co. and in "notes on Jefferson Co. VA," printed in VA, 1857, we find that Sarah lived with her parents in a little dale near a fine orchard, at the foot of the hill where Rion Hall now stands." The same record states that Capt. Humphrey Keyes was proprietor of Keyes Ferry in 1775. Capt. Humphrey d. April 19, 1793, so says an old family record, now in the possession of John T. Keyes, Bristol, Tenn., which record gives also the birth of John, son of Humphrey."[9]



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