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Re: Charles Keele b.Mo. father: Mathias
Posted by: Michael Dunn (ID *****6743) Date: October 04, 2009 at 22:51:34
In Reply to: Charles Keele b.Mo. father: Mathias by T. McRae of 374

Here is the story of Mathias and Sarah Keele. If anyone has any more to add or corrections, please let me know or email me directly at

Mike Dunn

Mathias Washington Keele was born in Coffee, Tennessee in 1837; the exact date is unknown. His parents were Filmore and Margaret Box-Keele.

Mathias and Sarah Keele were married on July 22, 1852 in the County of Claire, Missouri. Mathias was 15 and Sarah was 12 years old. A prohibitive age for marriage today, but not uncommon in 1852.

By 1860 Mathias Washington Keele and Sarah Keele moved to Sea Gulf, Mexico where Sarah gave birth to their first born; Charles Morgan Keele. Sarahís maiden name is unknown and unrecorded. This could suggest that Sarah was of Native American descent. Unconfirmed data indicates Sarah and Mathias were married in 1852 in the township of Claire Missouri; leading to the conclusion that Sarah was likely a Native American; possibly Osage.

We donít know why Matthias & Sarah Keele were in Mexico in 1861. It may have been to escape the ravages of the Civil War(1860-1864). The state of Missouri was a microcosm of the Civil War with loyalties equally divided between the Union and Confederate cause. For example, in the siege of Vicksburg, Missouri furnished 39 regiments; 17 Confederate and 22 Union. Too often, family members found themselves on opposite sides in battle. Approximately 27,000 Missourians, both military and civilian, were killed during the Civil War. So, at the tender age of 23, with a young wife of only 20, one can only imagine the terrible situation in which they may have found themselves.

By the taking of the 1870 U.S. Census, the Keele family had relocated back to Montgomery, Missouri where Sarah had died that same year. Upon her death, Sarah Keele left Mathias and four children; Charles Morgan (age 9), Houston (8), Mathias jr. (5), and a newborn named Sarah. It is likely Sarah died due to complications of childbirth.
On June 1, 1871 at the age of 34, Mathias married Rebecca Elizabeth Johndrow. No other historical records were found that would provide a glimpse into the life of Mathias and Sarah. However, other family trees indicate multiple other children were born of Mathias and Rebecca Keele. Mathias W. Keele died in the year 1900.

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