Thanks for the e-mail
I'm fairly sure the line of Keeps, starting with Joel, father Charles, grandfather:Thomas who married Mary Mobbs, leads to Richard Keep and Elizabeth Hull.
I have a copy of the parish records of Wootton and your details match those I have listed from those records. Thomas b. 1789 was I think elder brother of Samuel b. 1799.
Oddly in the same family was another Samuel b. 1803 (to Richard and Elizabeth) who died in infancy. Yiur Samuel appears in the 1851 census living at no.53, a grocer aged 52 with May, 49, Elizabeth 19 a lacemaker, Samuel 17 an agricultural labourer and Cather 9 a lacemaker (Do you know anything of the lace schools of Bedfordshire in the 19th century?)
Elizabeth Hull I can trace as d. of William and Mary nee Nottingham.
William s. of Thomas and Joyce nee Hickman of St Paul Bedford.
Thomas s. of Thomas
I can supply dates etc if you want them - you mayt already have them
What I cannot find is the birth/baptism of Richard Keep. He does not appear in the records of either Wooton nor Kempston In fact ther are no 'early records of keep in the Wooton records.
You have given a date of 1765. Please where did you find this and where did Richard hail from.
I an intrigued that you write that some Keeps were sent to Australia as convicts.
Have you any details. I know this can now be a sourse of pride among some Australians and of course thei 'crimes' were often very minor and driven by extreme poverty. I don't think the Keeps of Bedford area were rich although there were Keeps in the north of Bedfordshire who were landed.
Kind regards John Williams
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