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The following information came to me from Joan (Gatz) Kintner, a descendant of William Keen, son of John Keen (1750 - abt. 1830). ÊMany Thanks.
From the "History of Bradford County, PA"
JOHN A. KEEN, farmer, P.O. Rummerfield Creek, is one of the leading and influential citizens of Bradford County, and in his social and home life is regarded by all as a most valuable citizen. By the congregation of the Keen Summit Church he is regarded as the foster father of that organization, and its fine church building and present prosperous congregation, as is well indicated by the corporate name of the institution, toward the building up of which he is the leading spirit. He was born in Sussex county, N. J. , January 30, 1820, and is a son of William Keen, a native of New Jersey, born in 1792, and a grandson of John Keen, of German descent, who had five children by his first wife: Peter, Abraham, George, Mary (wife of Richard Stull), and Lizzie ( wife of George Emory): by his second wife, Rose, he had four children: William, Isaac, Aaron and Nancy. William Keen came to this State in 1847, bringing with him his wife, nee Elizabeth Huff, daughter of Peter Huff: they had a family of eight children: John A., Sarah Anne (wife of James Crawn), Joseph, Aaron, Polly, Theophilus, Peter, and Mary (wife of Sterling Dixon). William Keen died in September, 1880, and his wife in 1882. ............ (there is more about John A. Keen)
Our John Keen
Died between 1830 & 1835 in Stillwater Twp., Sussex Co.., NJ
(We donÍt know his background.)
Children by 1st wife, (Eva) Elizabeth ___________, b. 11 June 1758, d. 13 Feb. 1793, age 34y, 8m, 4d; bur. Stillwater Cemetery.
1. Peter Keen
b. abt. 1780, d. 1861, bur. Stillwater Cem.: m. 18 Nov. 1804 Susanna Snyder.
2. George Keen
b. 14 Feb. 1783 1 (Bpt. 21 April ); died by Jan. 1814. apparently unmarried.
3. Elizabeth Keen ("Lizzy")
b. 10 June 1785 ( bpt. 12 July); (still living in 1870); married 6 Jan. 1809, George Emery, son of Rev. Jacob & Elizabeth (Ross) Emery of Sandystone Twp. "Lizzy" & George were the parents of Jacob and David R. Emery who are buried in Keen(e) Summit Cem., Standing stone Twp., Bradford Co., PA.
4. Abraham Keen
b. 3 July 1788 (bpt. 19 Aug.), died by 1814; m. 20 Dec. 1809, Sally Emery, sister of George above.
5. Mary Keen
b. 18 Jan. 1793, d. 1 Feb. 1869; m. 20 Jan. 1813, Richard Stoll,b. 1792, d. May 1869. They lived in Walpack and Sandystone townships.
Children by 2nd wife, Margaret (surname Rose? or Rhodes?)
6. William Keen
b. 4 April 1796, d. 9 Sept. 1880, but. Keen(e) Summit Cem., Standing Stone Twp., Bradford Co., PA. ( The age on his tombstone is wrong. He was actually 4 years younger, age 84y, 5m, 5d, as proven by his July 10 baptism record in Stillwater. ) He married 16 Jan. 1819 Elizabeth Huff, dau. of Peter & Sarah Ann (Hendershot) Huff of Stillwater Twp.
7. Isaac Keen b. before 1800
8. Nancy Keen
(baptized 25 Nov. 1801) In 1850 she was still single and in the home of her half-sister Mary (Keen) Stoll in Wallpack Twp.
9. Aaron Keen ( baptized 25 April 1804.) Married 15 Dec. 1827, Eleanor Demarest.
Taken from my book "Line of Descent of George Roger Gilbert", Part IV:
Five Great - Grandparents
250. Johannes Kuhn (Keen) and 251. Eva Elizabeth __?__ - (125. Elizabeth Keen, 62. John Keen Emery, 31. Susanna Emery, 15. Jane Elisabeth Gunderman, 07. Loretta DeWitt, 03, Mildred Barber, 01. George Roger Gilbert.)
Much of the information I have collected concerning the Keen (Kuehn, Kuhn, Kiehn, Ceen) family of Sussex & Hunterdon Counties in New Jersey remains for me to make definitive familial connections. I have gathered alot of data and I have made some tentative conclusions but cannot be 100% certain I am correct. Because of the method used by my German ancestors in naming their children I am faced with a sorting out task that requires more information and records. There were at least two Johannes and Johann George Keen's living in the 1700's in northern New Jersey. These people also named some of their children Johannes and Johann George. Because of their ethnic heritage and proximity to each other, many interfamilial marriages occurred in the Hardwick and Stillwater areas of New Jersey.
I know there was a Kuhn (Keen) family living in Knowlton and Stillwater, NJ in the early 1700's . At this point I believe the first family of Keens consisted of the following children:
Johannes, Johann George and Catherine with the possibility of many others .
Theodore Frelinghuysen Chambers, in his book, THE EARLY GERMANS OF NEW JERSEY THEIR HISTORY, CHURCHES AND GENEALOGIES, has chronicled the family of Catherine Kiehn as follows.
The Adam Family
Chambers' - Early Germans of New Jersey
STOPHEL [CHRISTOPHER] ADAM - signs call to Rev. Albert Weygand, 1749, (and on another list occurs Maria Elizabeth Adam); b. 1723, June 15, d. 1788, Aug. 15, at 65 years and 2 months: buried Stillwater and has German headstone: m. Catherine Kiehn, b. 1720, d. 1799 at 78; his will, "Hardwick" 1788, Aug. 15, prob. Oct. 14, (Trenton Lib. 31, fol. 146), names w. Catharine and 6 ch.: five of these are found on records of the Lutheran Church, Stillwater:
1. Christina, Confirmed 1777
2. Henrich, b. 1763, Conf. 1782 at 19.
3. Anna Catherine, b. 1764, Conf. 1782 at 18.
4. Hanna, b. 1765, conf. 1782 at 17.
5. Anna Barbara, b. 1766, conf. 1782 at 16.
I do not have a birth or baptismal record for Johannes Kuhn nor Johann Georg and Chambers' book published in 1895, claims those early records are lost or destroyed.
I am thus reduced here to simply record the information I have so far collected. The following families I have put together from the Stillwater (Lutheran) Presbyterian Church Records which begin around 1780; the records of Francis Stephen Crawn, now deceased; gravestone inscriptions and Chamber's "Early Germans of New Jersey". I have tried to be as accurate as possible in forming these records.
My ancestral families of Keen, Gruber and Savercool need to be studied together. There are possibly intermarriages early on for which I have no records. Members of these families may also have become in-laws through marriages to the same families.
From the Stillwater church records, copied by Mr. Crawn, I found that in 1775 Johannes Kien had a wife named Magdalena, a son Peter and a daughter Margaretha. At that time George Kien had a daughter Catherine Kienen. From these records that follow I have tried to put together the family relationships I believe to be correct. In addition I consulted my own records of burials in the various cemeteries around Stillwater as well as some marriage records of the times. I am 99% certain of the relationships that occured after 1780 because I have records. I am only speculating about relationships before 1780.
Stillwater (Lutheran) Presbyterian Church records according to Mr. Crawn.
#10 - Johannes Kien
#11 - Magdalena - wife
#12 - Peter - son
#13 - Margaretha - Daughter
#18 - George Kien
#19 - Catherine Kienen - daughter
#26 - 30 Hannaes Kien - wife & 3 daughters
#33 & 34 George Kien & daughter
1777 14 Trinity
#12 George, #13 Andreas, Johannes George Kaehn's children
#14 George - Hannes Kahn's son
1782 Nov. 9
#10 George Kuhn
#25 George Kuhn
#27 George Kuhn, Jun.
#28 Andreas Kuhn
#37 Elizabeth Kuhnin
1783 Aug. 24
#12 George Kuhn
#24 Adam Kuhn
#27 Johannes Kuhn
1784 May 2
#8 George Kuhn
#17 George Kuhn Single John's son
#18 George Kuhn Single George's son
#21 Adam Kuhn John's son
#23 Johannes George's son
#25 Andreas Kuhn George's son
#32 Maria Sophia Kuhnin George's daughter
#17 Johannes Kien unmarried
#19 George Kien unmarried
#21 Maria Sophia Kien single
#24 Catarina Kien single
#7 George Kuhn the older
#13 Jacob Kuhn single
#14 Johannes Kuhn single
#24 Catharina Kuhn single
1788 1 May
#11 George Kuhn
#21 Johannes Kuhn single
#26 George Kuhn single
#34 Sophia Kuhn single
#37 Catarina Kuhn single
#8 Georg Kuhn
#9 Elizabeth Kuhn wife
#8&9 George Kuhn & wife
#11 Andreas Kuhn
#18 George Kuhn, Jr.
#22 Elisabeth Kuhn, George Kuhn's wife
#26 Maria Sophia Kuhn
#27 Catarina Kuhnin George Kuhn's daughter
#11? Elisabeth the young George Kuhn's wife
#1 Conrad Kuhn
#2 Catarina Kuhn
#3 Maria Kuhn
#11 George Kuhn, Sr.
#21 George Kuhn, Jr. & wife, Anna Maria
#23 Conradt Kuhn
#36 Susanna Kuhn
#38 Maria Kuhn
#43 Elisabeth Kuhn
#39 Phillipina Keen
#40 Margaretha Stahley
1807 3 October
Margareth Schnober daughter of George Keen over 21
Elisabeth Keen daughter of Johannes over 21
END STILLWATER CHURCH RECORDS.
The following families are a speculative venture and should not be considered 100% accurate. The Keen family had to begin with parents and I have no knowledge about them except that they would probably not have been in America.
I ___?___ Keen (Kiehn, Kuehn, Kuhn, Ceen) and his w. _____?_____
I. Johannes Keen - will proved June 14, 1783. Executors - George Keen and John Runkle (Kunkle ?). Witnesses - Johannes Schuster, Jacob Steel Smith, John Runckel (Kunckel). - married Magdalena
1780, September 23 - Ceen [Keen], John of Hardwick Twsp, Sussex Co. - will of; wife, Magdalena, a living on the plantation, and my sons, who shall live on the place, shall find her firewood. My youngest son, Adam, will have his age in 5 years. Son, Peter, a mare. Son, George, the loom. Son, Adam, a horse and 50 pounds. Son, Peter, my plantation. Executors - George Keen and John Runkle. Witnesses - Johannes Schuster, Jacob Steel Smith, John Runckel. Proved June 14, 1783
There was a John Kunkel who signed, Jan. 10, 1783, the articles of faith for the Stillwater Presbyterian Church, no Runkel is mentioned.
[Snell's "History of Sussex and Warren Counties", p. 386].
"Aricles of religious faith were signed January 10th , 1783, by the members of the Reformed congregation. Their names were: George Wintermute, Peter Dietz, Casper Shafer, John Schuester, Martin Schwartzwelder, Adam Kunckel, Philip Main, William Savercoal, John Kien, George Kien, Valentine Vogt, Jacob Dotterer, Frederick Schnauber, John Schnauber, Jacob Rist, B.( Conrad Barbara ?) Kien, Anthony Hafer, Adam Stoffle [Christopher] *, Jacob Savercoal, Henry Savercoal, John Kummel, Jr., Peter Bundel, John Savercoal, Conrad Haerr, Adam Kunkel, Jacob Kunkel, George Reihn ?, John Reihn ?, George Kunkel, John Shafer, Isaac Sinn, John Jung [Young}, John Kunkel, Henry Nutten, David Hafer, Christian Muhlz, Jacob Bunkar"
* Christopher Adam
? George and John Kiehn ?
Children of Johannes and Magdalena Kuhn (Kien, Ceen):
1. Peter - will proved June 10, 1783; exec. Jacob Stahley, John Shuster,Jr. . Witnesses - Caspar Sheffer, Christen Sabekool, Barbara Keen. - m. Catharine
....1. Peter - b. March 3, 1780, d. December 26, 1861; m. Susannah Snyder - b. March 10, 1779, d. April 25, 1853.
..........1. John - b. April 18, 1807
..........2. Maria Anna - b. April 20, 1809, m. John Crisman
..........3. Sarah - m. Isaac Wintermute
..........5. Peter -b. November 16, 1821, d. February 22, 1854
....2. Anna Maria - 1782 wit. Jacob Stahley & wife.
2. Margaretha Maria -b.ca 1755 - d.Jan 28, 1811; m. Jacob Stahley - b. 1757 - d. Mar. 22, 1824.
....1. Magdalena - b. Jan. 7, 1781 bp.wit.Barbara Kuhn - m. Johannes George Wintermute son of Peter and Esther (Rhodes) Wintermute.
....2. Johannes - b. Dec. 26, 1782 - Wit. Johannes Schuster & Catarina Kuhnin - d. May 21, 1860 m. Maria Magdalena Gruber - b. Dec. 26, 1782 - d. March 21, 1851 dau. of Jacob Gruber and Maria Elizabeth Fries.
..........1. Jacob Gruber - b. July 29, 1805 - d. Jan. 9, 1870 m. Elizabeth
..........2. Andreas - b. March 24, 1807 - d. July 21, 1871 m. Catherine
..........3. Elizabeth - b. Oct. 5, 1811
..........4. George Wintermute - b. Feb. 22, 1820 - d. before 1880 m. Mary R.
....3. Abraham - b. April 12, 1785 m. Marie Elizabeth Hammond
....4. George - b. May 25, 1787 d. ca 1877
....5. Catharina - b. Dec. 28, 1789
....6. Frederick Johannes - b. June 26, 1794
....7. Philip - b. April 2, 1796
....8. Susana - b. Mar. 16, 1798 - d. April 9, 1883 m. Nehemiah Hill.
3. George - b. betweeen 1748 and 1775 (Stryker's census 1793) , d. Jan. 15, 1814 m. Elisabeth ?
January 12, 1796 - between George Keen, Elisabeth, his wife, of Hardwick Twsp. and Samuel Johnson, Hardwick Twsp. - for 200 pounds - 172 1/2 acres bounded west by lands of Benjamin Ogden, dec'd, south by lands of Martin Swartswelder, dec'd, east by lands of John Shuster and north by lands of Adam Congle.
Jan. 15, 1814 - Georg Keen, Deceased. This last George Keen is the son of Johannes and Magdalena Kuhn and has a sister Catharine.
1814, Jan. 17 - Keen, George of Sussex Co.; Intestate-Inventory $225.60; Made by Cornelius Van Horn, William Van Horn; Sworn to by Peter Keen * , Adm'r,Jan. 18. 1814
* Signed by mark.
....1. Johannes - b. July 23, 1786 - wit. the father
....2. Johann Frederick - b. Oct. 6, 1788 - wit. George Kuhn
....3. Abraham - b. Sept. 2, 1790. - wit. Jacob Stahly & his wife Marg.
....4. Anna Maria- b. 18 Trinity,1792 - bp. 28 October,1792 wit. Andreas Raub and Maria ..........Magdalena
....5. Isaac - b. Aug. 5, 1795 - wit. the parents
5. Adam - b. 1767 - (Stryker's Census 1793) - m. Barbara (Dina)
....1. Maria Magdalena b. June 30 1787
....2. Jephtah - b. May 31, 1789
II. Johann George Keen - b. 1726 - d. 1796 m. Maria Barbara __?__ - b. Aug. 19, 1736 - d. Jan. 28, 1795
January 31, 1795 - Keen, George, Sr. of Hardwick township, Sussex County, New Jersey, yeoman; will of. Plantation to be appraised and children (boys and girls) each to have an equal share. Sons, John and Coonrad, each a horse, saddle and bridle and 2 cows and a gun. Daughter, Elizabeth, 20 pounds, for her schooling and 1 cow. Daughter, Margaret, her 2 sheep. Residue to be divided between the children (unnamed). Executor Baltis Titman, Andrew Keen and John Keen. Witnesses, Joseph Hubber, Adam Vass and John Solomen Teetzel.
Proved Nov. 1, 1796.
Stillwater Cemetery Inscriptions:
Kuhn, George d. Oct. 8, 1796 in 70th year. (Next to Maria Barbara Kuhnin).
Kuhnin, Maria Barbara, b. Aug. 19, 1736 d. Jan 28, 1795 ae 58.5.16
Children of Johann George and Maria Barbara Kuhn:
....2. George - m. Anna Maria Barbara Swartswalder
..........1. Jacob - bp. Jan. 2, 1782 - bp. wit. Martin Swartzwalder & h.w.
..........2. Isaac - b. Oct. 2, 1783 - bp.wit. Martin Swartzwalder & h.w. , Catharina
..........3. Catharine - b. Aug. 2, 1785 - bp. wit. George Moring & wife.
....4. Johannes - m. Eva Elisabeth _?_ , b. June 11, 1758, d. Feb. 13, 1793 ae 34.8.4
..........1. Johann George - b. Feb. 14, 1783 - bp. wit. George Kuhn & h. w. Anna Barbara .......................(Swartswalder)
..........2. Elisabeth - b. June 10, 1785 -bp. wit. Johannes Kunkel & h. w. Margaret - m. Jan. .........................6, 1809, George Emery - b. 1787
..........3. Abraham - July 3, 1788 - bp. wit. Jacob Stahly & h. w. Margaret (Keen) - m.Dec. .......................20, 1809. Sally (Sarah) Emery (sister of George)
.....5. Maria Sophia - b. 1765 d. - April 15, 1831 m. Oct. 22, 1797 Martin Sipperly - b. Feb. 11, 1774 - d. May 27, 1851
..........1. Philip Thiel - b. Feb. 8. 1799
..........2. Johan Heinrick - b. Oct. 11, 1804
....6. Conrad - b. 1770 - d. March 16, 1833 m. Catharine - b. 1777 - d. April 13, 1841 dau. of Baltis Titman
Stillwater Cemetery Inscriptions:
Keen, Conrad d. Mar. 16, 1833, in 63rd year, Wife, Catharine, d. Apr. 13, 1841, ae 64 yrs
..........1. Maria Barbara - b. Nov. 15, 1803
..........2. Margaretha - b. Jan. 26, 1808
..........3. Catharine b. March 14, 1810
..........4. Abraham - b. Dec. 20, 1813
....7. Maria Elisabeth - b. Aug. 1, 1781 - Wit. Adam Kunkel & h. w.