Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday's Father - Charles Keene

England National Probate Calendar;
A few months ago, the only person in this post I had ever heard of was Charles "Herbert" Keene (not the Charles Keene mentioned above, but his son) who was born in England, immigrated to the United States, married a girl from Northern Ireland, and was the grandfather of my grandmother, Madeline Keene.

That was all I knew until I started searching and (international version). Now, I can trace this family line back to the early 1700s!

Charles Keene was my 3rd great grandfather. Born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England in 1831, Charles lived in that same area for his entire life. Like his father, and later his son, he was a watch maker.

His parents were James Keene (1780-1866) and Mary Gupwell (1788-1838). His siblings included: James (1809- ), Hannah (1814-1820), Amelia (1817-1857), Joseph Thomas (1822-1891), Alfred (1825-1826), Mary (1827-1905), and his twin Edward (1831-1831).

Charles married his first wife, Sarah Beck (10 Jun 1834-Dec 1873) on 10 Sep 1856 in St. John's Parish in Coventry. They had two children:  my 2nd great grandfather Charles Herbert (Sep 1857- ) and Alice (Dec 1859- ), both born in Coventry.
Charles and his second wife, Caroline Woore (28 Mar 1842-  ) were married in late 1875, in Foleshill, Warwickshire, England. Two children were born to this union:  Edward Woore (4 Aug 1876-Jun 1885) and Gertrude Mary (5 Dec 1877-5 Oct 1945).
At age 79, Charles died with approximately $352.59 USD (with today's exchange rates) in his possession.
Now, if I can only be as lucky with New York City records!

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