Concerning
 Emma Keeney Foster




The reformatting of the name font and census data for this page has NOT been completed. --John M. Gwin, Aug 2011


Sources:



1.  Sharlene Rapp (see emails, below)

2.  Various census data



An Outline of the Known Family





23.00--unknown Keeney, b. unk.; d. unk.; bd. unk.; m. unk.; at least one ch.

24.00--Emma Keeney, b. 1856 in VA (now WV)/WV/WV (/OH/OH?); d. unk.; bd. unk.; m. ca. 1876 in WV to Fry Foster (b. ca. 1855 in VA; d. unk.; bd. unk.); reports 7 of 11 ch. lvg. in 1900
[listed as Emma Foster, 23, b. WV/OH/OH, in the 7 Jun 1880 census of Cabin Creek Dist., Kanawha Co., WV]
[listed as Emma Foster, 44, Aug 1855 in WV/OH/OH, md. 24 yrs., in the 9 Jul 1900 census of Pct. 13, Santa Rita, Grant Co., NM]

[listed as Fry Foster, 25, Coal Miner, b. WV/WV/WV, in the 7 Jun 1880 census of Cabin Creek Dist., Kanawha Co., WV]
[listed as Fry Foster, quartz miner, 46, b. Sep 1853 in WV/WV/WV, md. 24 yrs.,,]\\ in the 9 Jul 1900 census of Pct. 13, Santa Rita, Grant Co., NM]

25.01--Laura Foster, b. ca. 1877 in WV/WV/WV; d. unk.; bd. unk.; m. unk.; unk. ch.
[listed as Laura Foster, 3, b. WV/WV/WV, in the 7 Jun 1880 census of Cabin Creek Dist., Kanawha Co., WV]

25.02--Posie Foster, b. ca. 1879 in WV/WV/WV; d. unk.; bd. unk.; m. unk.; unk. ch.
[listed as Posie Foster, 1, b. WV/WV/WV, in the 7 Jun 1880 census of Cabin Creek Dist., Kanawha Co., WV]

25.03--
Ruel Foster, b. Mar 1881 in WV/WV/WV; d. unk.; bd. unk.; m. unk.; unk. ch.
[listed as Ruel Foster, quartz miner, 19, b. Mar 1881 in WV/WV/WV, in the 9 Jul 1900 census of Pct. 13, Santa Rita, Grant Co., NM]

25.04--
Luther Foster, b. Aug 1884 in WV/WV/WV; d. unk.; bd. unk.; m. unk.; unk. ch.
[listed as Luther Foster, 15, b. Aug 1884 in WV/WV/WV, in the 9 Jul 1900 census of Pct. 13, Santa Rita, Grant Co., NM]

25.05--
Hugh Foster, b.
[listed as Hugh Foster in the 9 Jul 1900 census of Pct. 13, Santa Rita, Grant Co., NM]

25.06--
Carmen Foster, b.
[listed as Carmen Foster in the 9 Jul 1900 census of Pct. 13, Santa Rita, Grant Co., NM]

25.00--Sharlene Rapp's great-grandparent, b. unk.; d. unk.; bd. unk.; m. unk.; at least one ch.

26.00--Sharlene Rapp's grandparent, b. unk.; d. unk.; bd. unk.; m. unk.; at least one ch.

27.00--Sharlene Rapp
's parent, b. unk.; d. unk.; bd. unk.; m. unk.; at least one ch.

28.00--Sharlene Rapp, CONTRIBUTOR [PRIVATE]


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Some Pertinent Census Data

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From the 9 Jul 1900 Census of Pct. 13, Santa Rita, Grant Co., NM
Res/Fam
Name
Relat
to HoH
Race
Sex
DOB
Age
Marr.
Stat.
Yrs.
Mrrd.
Ch.
b.
Ch.
Lvg.
POB
FPOB
MPOB
Occupation
John M. Gwin Comments
480/480
Fry Foster
head
w
m
Sep 1853
46
m
24


WV WV WV quartz miner
Clearly this is Sharlene Rapp's gg-grandfather.

Emma Foster
wife
w
f
Aug 1855
44
m
24
11
7
WV
OH
OH

Clearly this is Sharlene Rapp's gg-grandmother, nee Keeney, native of Kanawha Co., WV (then VA). Three of her seven living children are not living in the home and are presumed to be married and/or living elsewhere. Her stated DOB is Aug 1855. Contrasted with the 1880 census, it seems she may have fudged her age a little somewhere! ;-)

Ruel Foster son
w
m
Mar 1881
19
s



WV WV WV quartz miner

Luther Foster son
w
m
Aug 1884
15
s



WV
WV WV


Hugh Foster son
w
m
Sep 1888
11
s



CO
WV WV


Carmen Foster daughter
w
f
Apr 1894
6
s



CO WV
WV



From the 7 Jun 1880 Census of Cabin Creek District, Kanawha Co., WV
Res/Fam
Name
Relat
to HoH
Race
Sex
Age
Marr.
Stat.
POB
FPOB
MPOB
Occupation
John M. Gwin Comments
94/94
Fry Foster
head
w
m
25
m
WV WV WV coal miner


Emma Foster
wife
w
f
23
m
WV
WV
WV

Clearly this is Sharlene Rapp's gg-grandmother, nee Keeney, native of Kanawha Co., WV (then VA). Laura and Posey are likely her two oldest children.  Her est. DOB is 1857. Contrasted with the 1900 census, it seems she may have fudged her age a little somewhere! ;-)

Laura Foster dau
w
f
3
s
WV




Posey Foster dau
w
f
1
s
WV





John W. Keeney
w
m
21
s
WV


blacksmith
At first I speculated that this is Emma's younger brother. However, it turns out that this is John Wilson Keeney, b. 28 Apr 1859; d. 9 May 1940 at Belle, WV; bd. at Dry Branch; only child of McDonald and Catherine Keeney.  He worked as a farm hand and blacksmith for Van Foster (Fry's younger brother, age 1 mo. in 1860 census of Kanawha Co.) out Cabin Creek.


From the 1870 Census of  Kanawha Co., WV
Res/Fam
Name
Relat
to HoH
Race
Sex
Age
Marr.
Stat.
POB
FPOB
MPOB
Occupation
John M. Gwin Comments





























































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From the 27 Aug 1860 Census of Paint Creek P. O., Kanawha Co., VA
Res/Fam
Name
Sex
Age
POB
Occupation
John M. Gwin Comments
2326/2326
James M. Foster
m
36
VA
farmer


Elizabeth
f
27
VA


Rufina
f
7
VA


Fry
m
5
VA
This is the Fry Foster who married Emma Keeney and moved to New Mexico.

Leander
m
4
VA


Van
m
1/12
VA


Cinthie Foster
f
20
VA


Seth Foster
m
18
VA laborer








2275/2275
Foster H. Keeney
m
48
VA [occupation unlisted]


Elizabeth I. Keeney f
34
VA


William R. Keeney m
15
VA


Bayliss Q. Keeney m
12
VA


Lethe A. Keeney f
10
VA


Mary M. Keeney f
8
VA


Amanda A. Keeney f
6
VA


Mary E. Keeney
f
4
VA
I visually scanned photocopies of each of the 321 pages in the 1860 census of Kanawha Co. (excluding the census for the city of Charleston) and found that all ten of the Keeney families in the county--i.e., OUTSIDE THE CAPITAL--lived in the Paint Creek census district.  Of those ten families, only four females were within two years of being born in the one-year window from August 1855 to August of 1856 (created by the varying age reports in 1880 and 1900, summarized below).

(1) In 1900, Emma reports her birthday to be in August. We believe that to be accurate.
(2) In Jul 1900, she claims to be 44 (she'll turn 45 in August; therefore, birth year would be 1855).
(3) But in Jun 1880, she had claimed to be 23 (she'd turn 24 in August; therefore, birth year would be 1856, making her a year younger).

Those four young females are:

Louisa M. Keeney, 5, daughter of William S. Keeney;
Paulina E. Keeney, 3, also a daughter of William S. Keeney;

Amanda A. Keeney, 6, daughter of Foster H. Keeney, and
Mary E. Keeney, 4, also a daughter of Foster H. Keeney.

Of these, I eliminated two (Louisa and Amanda) since they have other middle initials than E. and would probably not, then, be named "Emma".

Mary has several things going for her which allowed me to eliminate Paulina: (1) Mary's age puts her only one year from  the target date of 1855, (2) "Emma" just seems to go better with "Mary" than with "Paulina" (try saying them aloud), and (3) Mary has an excellent reason for using her middle name: she has a sister whose name is also Mary! I'm betting that Mary M. and Mary E. both went by their middle names to eliminate confusion, using "Mary" only for important documents--like the census!

NEVERTHELESS, Mary E. did not have a brother John W. Keeney, so I looked at the four again. There was none with a brother John of the right age, so I looked for all John W. Keeneys in Kanawha Co.  One surfaced: John Wilson Keeney, only child of McDonald and Catherine Keeney (see 1880 census table above).

Thomas Mc. Keeney m
2
VA


J. M. Keeney f
7/12
VA


Moses Keeney
m
27
VA laborer



The following image is of page 331 (transcribed above) of the 27 Aug 1860 Census of the area served
by the Paint Creek Post Office, Kanawha Co., VA (which state would become WV in three short years):



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Some Good Communication

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John McDonald Gwin's Nib Collecting Site

Sunday 06/17/2007 2:47:05pm
Name:    Sharlene Rapp
E-Mail:    sharlenerappathotmaildotcom
Comments:    I am looking for my GG-grandmother's family - Emma Keeney born 1858 Kanawha WV. Married Fry Foster. Can find nothing!

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From: jmcdgwin@zianet.com
Subject: Thanks for signing my guest book! :-)
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007

Hi Sharlene--thanks for signing my guest book--good to meet you!
:-)
I'm not at home right now, so I can't get to my Keeney book, but when I do, I'll look her up and let you know what I find out, ok?

Best to you, Cousin!

In Jesus,
John Gwin

From: "Sharlene Rapp"
Date: June 18, 2007
Subject: RE: Thanks for signing my guest book! :-)

That will be fine.  Hope to hear from you soon.

Sharlene

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From: John Gwin <jmcdgwin@zianet.com>
Subject: Re: Thanks for signing my guest book! :-)
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007

Well, Cousin, I've been playing with your question and having quite a  bit of fun!   :-)
I built a little page for what I've found so far so you can see it  all clearly.
It's at: http://www.gwingenealogy.net/GENEALOGY/SURNAMES/Keeney/keeneyEmmaFoster.html


I'm particularly intrigued by the fact that they moved to NM, where I  now live. Do you live here as well?

Please let me hear from you again--thanks!

Best to you,
In Jesus,
John  (Contact information:)

From: "Sharlene Rapp"
Date: June 26, 2007
Subject: Re: Thanks for signing my guest book! :-)

You have reached as far as I have.  Emma is driving me crazy.
Yes I do live in NM currently.  I brought my mother home to Silver City 4 years ago.   I do have the gravesites of Emma, Laura, Posie, Lou and the Burns brothers.
We do have cousins in the areas, however, one Lou Osmer is quite the historian on family tales and on the mines around the area.

Best to you,
Sharlene
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From: John Gwin <jmcdgwin@zianet.com>
Subject: Think I found Emma in 1860
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2007

I'm fairly sure I found her and Fry in 1860.     Check the page again.
Gotta go--
Best to you,
In Jesus,
John

From: "Sharlene Rapp"
Date: June 29, 2007
Subject: RE: Think I found Emma in 1860

Thanks for the help.  I checked her out on Ancestry.com and she died in 1900 in Boone WV.  Good try though.  I actually hadn't thought that Emma would be her middle name.  I will keep looking!

Best to you!
Sharlene

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