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Dear Sandy Du Nanni
Posted by: Don Blauvelt Date: May 24, 2001 at 21:22:17
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I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to post message 19 and especially 54 on this forum and wanted to make sure my appreciation did not get buried. I for one am very interested in you posting an outline of the immigrant John Keep for several reasons.

1. - while I do not descend from John and Sarah Leonard Keep, their daughter Sarah married Benjamin2 Parsons of Springfield, the eldest son of Dea. Benjamin1 Parsons of Springfield. Benjamin1 Parsons's younger son Hezekiah2 is my Parsons line of descent. On January 9, 1814 in Blandford, MA the Rev. John Keep of Blandford (Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, John1), who is extensively portrayed in message 54, married Daniel Latimer Parsons of Windsor, CT to Sarah Wheeler of Blandford, MA (my 4th great grandparents).

Daniel L. Parsons was (Hezekiah5, Hezekiah4, Hezekiah3, Hezekiah2, Benjamin1 Parsons). Hezekiah2 Parsons began the family that continued to reside in what is now Bloomfield, CT after 1720. Daniel and Susan's 6th child was named John Keep Parsons, born Wintonbury Parish, Windsor (now Bloomfield), CT in 1825. I had thought that Daniel and Susan's son John probably was named for John1 Keep, the immigrant, due to the initial connection of the Keep and Parsons families and the fact that John1, wife Sarah and son Jabez were murdered by Indians while traveling to attend church in Springfield. Now I'm not so sure that was the reason.

Naming a child after the minister who married you while giving the other 6 children middle names that are direct ancestors seems strange. However, in your message #19, which concerns Sabina Keep, ironically the older sister of Rev. John Keep of Blandford, you mention that their parents Samuel and Sabina (Cooley) Keep were married June 4, 1767. Hezekiah2 Parsons married Hannah Cooley of Springfield, MA on February 20, 1701. So while there is likely two perhaps three intervening generations between Hannah Cooley Parsons and Sabina Cooley Keep, Daniel L. Parisons and Susan Wheeler may have been married by Daniel Parsons's distant cousin, which is why their son was named John Keep Parsons.

If there are indications of other Cooley family marrying into the Keep family during the 1700s, I would appreciate understanding who they were.

2. - I am also very glad that your outline of Rev. John Keep has a hidden irony. Daniel and Susan (Wheeler) Parsons's 5th child was Anna Webster Parsons, who married James Caswell Robinson of Morrisville, VT in Bloomfield, CT in 1846, the son Rev. Septimius Robinson by 1st wife Lucy Stoddard. James' youngest half brother by his father's 2nd wife Semantha Washburn was the Rev. William Albert Robinson, also born in Morrisville, VT. William became the pastor of the same Homer, NY Congregational church that Rev. John Keep had served earlier, with William serving for over 25 years beginning in 1871.

3. - futher, the fact that Rev. John Keep was a founder of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (the ABCFM), and that he and the community of Blandford, MA became supporters of the ABCFM is also revealing. Through other family, I have direct ancestors who were missionaries to the Osage and Cherokee Indians in the 1820-30 era, sponsored by the ABCFM, in what is now eastern Oklahoma.

What irony, and all because I just wanted to understand why John Keep Parsons was named John Keep Parsons.

Thanks again Sandy.

Don Blauvelt


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