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  • ID: I02374
  • Name: James Madison "C. S. A." KEITH 1 2 3 4 3 5
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1844 in Jackson County, Florida
  • Death: JAN 1885 in Beaver Dam, Coffee Springs Post Office, Geneva County, Alabama
  • Census: 1850 Coffee County, AL Federal Census; House 271
  • Census: 12 JUN 1860 Geneva PO, Coffee County, AL Federal Census; ED #1, Enum. 12 Jun 1860 by James Larkins; Sheet 764, Page 16
  • Census: 7 JUN 1870 Geneva County, AL Federal Census; Township 1; Page 3
  • Census: 1880 Geneva County, AL Federal Census; Page 632d
  • Event: Note James Madison Keith and 2nd wife Adna Lea Coleman are my biological paternal 2nd great grandparents.
  • Event: Note 1850 Age 5 years, born FL, single, white, male, at home (son); JAMES M. KEITH
  • Event: Note 1860 Age 17 years, born FL, single, white, male, at home (son); JAMES M. KEITH
  • Event: Note 1870 Living with mother, Mrs. MARTHA P. MCCORKLE KEITH and others.
  • Occupation: 1860 Farmer
  • Occupation: 1869 Sheriff
  • Occupation: 1870 Farmer
  • Occupation: 1880 Log Hauler
  • PROP: 23 JAN 1885 Geneva County, Alabama; 159.50 acres; Notice No 3820
  • Event: Address (Facts Pg) JUN 1878 Geneva County, AL; Homestead West 1/2 of SE Quarter and East 1/2 of SW Quarter, Section 20, Township No 7N, Range No. 16W
  • Burial: JAN 1885 New Prospect Church Cemetery (unmarked), Marl, Ala. Hwy 19 (off Hwy 52), Geneva County, AL
  • Military Service: 14 SEP 1861 CSA: rank-1st Lieutenant, was Company D, 4th Confederate Infantry then became Company E, 54th Alabama Regiment, "Gulf Rangers", Geneva Co, AL
  • Military Service: 8 APR 1862 CSA: captured at Island No. 10 and exchanged at Aikens Landing (SC) November 10, 1862. No later record of him has been found.
  • Event: Pension 27 APR 1914 Widow's Pension Application, Geneva Co, AL; # 33279; Applicant: Mrs. A. L. Keith, widow; Wit. W.D. Campbell, James McGowin, Sr.
  • Event: Source Alabama Department of Archives and History, Civil War Service Base; http://www.archives.state.al.us/civilwar/search.cfm
  • Event: Court Record 10 FEB 1876 Legislative Documents: Sheriff's Fees in Criminal Cases, Feb. 10, 1876, p. 37, James M. Keith, Geneva Co. $31.50
  • Reference Number: IND2401
  • Note:
    Confederate Widow's Pension Application

    Late Name: Keith
    First Name: J MI: M
    Date of Birth:
    Birth Information:
    Date of Death:
    Death Information:
    Discharge Date:
    Discharge Information:
    Branch: Infantry
    Regimental Unit: 54th Alabama Regiment
    Company Unit: E
    Co. Unit Name:
    Pension Rec: Yes
    Authority: Pension Application, Geneva County, No. 33279. Remarks from t he Adjutant General, 1914/04/27.
    Marital Status:
    Occupation:
    Enlistment Date:
    Enlistment Information:
    Engagements: Rank: Lieutenant. Pension Applicant: Mrs. A. L. Keith, wido w. Witnesses: W. D. Campbell and James McGowin, Sr. From the Adjutant Gene ral: "There are no rolls on file in this office of Company E, 54th Alaba ma Infantry, C.S.A., nor of the 1st Alabama,
    Engage. con't: Tennessee and Mississippi Infantry, C.S.A. Other Confedera te records, however, show that James M. Keith, (name not borne as J. M. Ke ith), 1st lieutenant, Company D, 4th Confederate Infantry (1st Alabama, Te nnessee and Mississippi Infantry, afterwards
    Remarks: Company E, 50/54 Alabama Infantry, C.S.A.), was enrolled Septemb er 14, 1861. On the roll of the company dated October 31, 1861, last on fi le, he was reported present. The Union prisoner of war records show th at as 1st lieutenant of Co. D, 1st Alabama,
    Remarks con't: Tennessee and Mississippi Infantry, C.S.A., he was captur ed at Island No. 10, April 8, 1862, and exchanged at Aikens Landing Novemb er 10, 1862. No later record of him has been found."

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    Geneva County, Alabama
    Document No. 4191, Serial Patent No. AL4670_.066, Filed in Montgomery, Ala bama
    Homestead Proof - Testimony of Claimant
    JAMES M. KEITH being called as a witness in his own behalf in support of h omestead entry No. 16375, for:
    West 1/2 of SE Quarter and East 1/2 of SW Quarter, Section 20, Townsh ip No 7N, Range No. 16W.

    Question 1 - What is your name, written in full and correctly spelled,
    your age, and post office address?
    Answer 1 - James Madison Keith, age -- years, Geneva, Geneva County,
    Alabama.
    Question 2 - Are you a native of the United States, or have you been
    naturalized?
    Answer 2 - I am a native.
    Question 3 - When was your house built on the land when did you establish
    residence therein? (Describe said house and other improvements which you
    have placed on the land, giving total value thereof.)
    Answer 3 - On June 1878. And I established actual residence thereon same
    date. 1 log dwelling, 1 meat, 1 corn houses, acres cleared, value $150.00.
    Question 4 - Of whom does your family consist; and have you and your
    family resided continuously on the land since first establishing
    residence thereon? (If unmarried, state the fact.)
    Answer 4 - Wife and 7 children. We have resided continuously thereon.
    Question 5 - For what period or periods have you been absent from the
    homestead since making settlement, and for what purpose; and if
    temporarily absent, did you family reside upon and cultivate the land
    during such absence?
    Answer 5 - No period.
    Question 6 - How much of the land have you cultivated and for how many
    seasons have you raised crops thereon?
    Answer 6 - 20 acres, have cultivated it 6 years.
    Question 7 - Are there any indications of coal, salines, or minerals of
    any kind on the land?
    Answer 7 - No.
    Question 8 - Have you ever made any other homestead entry?
    Answer 8 - No.
    Question 9 - Have you sold conveyed, or mortgaged any portion of the
    land; and if so, to whom and for what purpose?
    Answer 9 - No.

    Signed: James M. Keith

    I hereby certify that the foregoing testimony was read to the claimant bef ore being subscribed, and was sworn to before me (in absence of the judg e) this 24th day of January, 1885.

    Signed: S. F. Latimer, Clerk
    Circuit Court Geneva County, Alabama


    MY NOTES: Sidney F. Latimer was the father of Benjamin A. Latimer. Benjam in married JULIA KEITH, d/o William Jonah KEITH, Sr., and Roxy Ann McCORKL E. Julia KEITH was James Madison KEITH's niece.
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    James Madison Keith's "witnesses in support of the Homestead Entry" wer
    Calvin Chapman (knew one another 5 years), Calvin could read and write a nd signed his name Jack Hutchison (knew one another 5 years), Jack only ma de his "X" or mark




    Father: David Hayes KEITH b: 1815 in North or South Carolina
    Mother: Martha P. MCCORKLE b: 15 JAN 1819 in Early (fka Creek Indian Lands) County, Georgia

    Marriage 1 Adna Lea "Adner" COLEMAN b: 25 OCT 1844 in Barbour County, Alabama
    • Married: ABT 1870 in Geneva County, Alabama
    Children
    1. Has Children Minnie A. KEITH b: 4 JUL 1871 in Geneva County, Alabama
    2. Has Children William Howard KEITH b: 8 AUG 1872 in Geneva County, Alabama
    3. Has No Children Martha Ann KEITH b: ABT 1874 in Geneva County, Alabama
    4. Has No Children Leonia Gertrude KEITH b: MAY 1875 in Geneva County, Alabama
    5. Has Children Thomas David KEITH b: 27 OCT 1878 in Geneva County, Alabama
    6. Has Children Jonah Madison KEITH , Sr. b: 29 OCT 1880 in Geneva County, Alabama
    7. Has No Children Victoria Ruth KEITH b: JUL 1883 in Geneva County, Alabama

    Sources:
    1. Coffee Co AL Federal Census
    2. "Heritage of Geneva County Alabama" -- a book
    3. Geneva Co AL Federal Census
    4. Pension Application, Geneva Co, AL
    5. FamilySearch.Org 1880 Census On-Line
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