Many of you will remember that William Keene, Eldest son of Thomas and Mary Keene is buried on Cypress Farms, at the head of Garners Creek in Nothumberland Co, VA.
Many will also remember that he is buried under a large slab of stone reportedly being imported from England.
Several years ago a group of Keene researchers deicussed the possibility of a Crest or Coat of Arms being inscribed into the slab. But no one could confirm it either way.
Numerous folks attempted to go by the site on vacation or otherwise without success. My daughter did make the trip and locate the gravesite in 2008. She photographed the slab and noted it's inscription. She did not locate a CoA or a Crest. However she did not make a rubbing so there was still a question.
In April 2012 I engaged the services of Clay Patterson, CG, FSA-Scot, of RoseCrag Genealogy, Box 7, Dandridge, TN...
firstname.lastname@example.org to put this question to rest.
I have known Mr Patterson for years and he had done several projects for me in the past so I know him to be extremely competent to do the job.
He visited the site in June of 2012 and found the grave in poor condition, much overgrown with trees and brush. A dead tree had fallen across the grave. After removing the tree and cleaning the grave slab, he made a close examination of the entire surface. Alas, no Coat of Arms nor Family Crest is present on that stone.
Now we can lay that theory to bed and proceed. Please feel free to pass this communication to other Keene researchers as you see fit.
Anyone have any ideas? It seems that the Wingfield and Gosnold Families both accept the Thomas Keene connection but it would be nice to find the'smoking gun'........
best to all
Mike Konczak FSA-Scot
Baird, Texas 79504
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