Name: Danforth KEYES
Birth: 06 JUL 1740 in Warren, MA
Death: 14 SEP 1826 in Warren, MA
DANFORTH KEYES 7th child of Capt. Solomon, was b. at the old homestead built by his father in Western (now Warren), Mass., in 1740. He was the first child b. in the house, and was carried to Brookfield (to which that part of Western formerly belonged) to be christened in the old meeting-house on the hill, which was burned by the Indians the next year. Although only sixteen years old at the time, he was in the same battle in which his father was killed at Lake George, but came out unharmed. After the affair at Lake George, he still continued in the French war service, and was in the disastrous assault of Gen. Abercrombie upon the French lines at Ticonderoga, 1758. Also, he was with Gen. Amherst in the army raised for the conquest of Canada, took part in the final capture of Ticonderoga and Crown Point, 1759, and was with Amherst engaged in the capture of Isle aux Noix, St. Johns and Montreal. With part of his regiment he came across the State of Vermont from St. Albans in the winter, and most of the men
were barefooted before arriving at Charleston, No. 4. the town of Hardwick, Cal. Co., Vt., was granted to Danforth Keyes and his associates, Nov. 7, 1780, and chartered Aug. 19, 1781."
At the outbreak of the American Revolution, he was among the first to take the field, and was in the battle of Lexington and Bunker Hill, at Providence with Gen. Sullivan and subsequently served throughout the war, being at home but twice during that time.
He was a personal friend of Washington, who visited him after the war, and his descendants still preserve many letters with the signature of the great chief appended. The same house is now standing in Warren, Mass., where Col. Danforth Keyes, grandfather of Danforth Keyes, now living in Warren,
was notified more than one hundred years ago of the battle of Lexington, and that war had actually begun, and was ordered to start with his regiment at once for the scene of action. The regiment was
collected on the common at Brookfield, and in twenty-four hours was ready to march. The same old well is now in use on the premises from which Gen. Washington and some of his army drank on their march from Boston to New York, and the old Oak tree in whose shade the soldiers rested, still stands erect and waves its branches in defiance of the ravages of time."
Father: Solomon KEYES b: 11 MAY 1701 in Chelmsford, MA
Mother: Sarah DANFORTH b: 18 AUG 1700 in Billerica, MA
Sarah CUTLER b: 02 APR 1745 in Warren, MA
06 DEC 1764
in Warren, MA
- Anna KEYES b: 25 NOV 1765 in Warren, MA
- David KEYES b: 15 MAR 1770
- Pardon KEYES b: 26 AUG 1783
- Sally KEYES b: 03 JUL 1772
- Solomon KEYES b: 13 FEB 1768
- Thomas KEYES b: 03 NOV 1774
- Warren KEYES b: 31 MAY 1781
- Washington KEYES b: 08 NOV 1777