The Families of Adam Keith

The Founders and Pioneers


St. Joseph County, IN

Adam Keith [1795-1883]


Ancestry: Adam Keith1>Balthasar Keith2>Peter Keith3>Adam Keith4


"Journalism or Politics? Early Newspapers in Winnebago County

Miriam Carlson

Heritage School, Rockford [IL]

Teacher: Elizabeth Carlson


From Charles A. Church , History of Rockford and Winnebago County of Illnois


The Rockford Star was the second newspaper in Winnebago County. It was founded in the fall of 1840 and owned by Daniel S. Haight., Daniel Howell, and Adam Keith. They created this paper to support the Democratic Party. The editor was Philander Knappen."

From the Biography of Elisha Carrington


Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa and Lafayette Wisconsin, publ. 1901 - page 18-19


...married to Caroline Althea, daughter of Adam KEITH who settled in Grant county in 1847. Mr. KEITH was a man of intense energy and a somewhat restless temperament. He was born in Pennsylvania March 16, 1794 [11/15/1795], removed thence first to Ohio, afterward to Indiana, and later to Rockford, Ill. From the place last named he went to Wisconsin, and two years later (in 1849) crossed the Plains to California, where he remained for two years. He finally settled in southwestern Nebraska, and died there March 16, 1883. He married for his first wife, Elizabeth SHIRLEY, and after her death wedded Hannah HARRIS, who survived him until Jan. 7, 1900, when she too passed from earth. By his two marriages Mr. KEITH was the father of a large family of children, nine of whom are yet living: Louis, Jasper, Ruhama (Mrs. PRIDAUX) and Henrietta (Mrs. REYNOLDS), all of Nebraska; Mrs. N. BANKER [G. Bunker], Mrs. M. BARTHOLOMEW, and Mrs. CARRINGTON, of Wisconsin; Mrs. M. BOWKER, of Minnesota; and R. H., of California.

St. Joseph County [Indiana] is Organized [formed 1830]


This Board appointed John D. Lasly, County Treasurer; bond, $1,000; James Nixon, Assessor, and Daniel A. Fullerton, Collector of Taxes. Benjamin Potter, Thomas Skiles and Jacob Keith [likely Jacob Brown husband of Adam's sister Mary Ann Keith] were appointed Constables; Jacob Cripe and John Heag, Overseers of the Poor; Daniel Eiler and Samuel Cannon, Fence Viewers.


Monday, September 6, 1830: The Board of J. P. met at the house of Alexis Coquillard. Grand Jurors were drawn for the November term of the St. Joseph Circuit Court, and were as follows: Samuel Cannon, Jacob White, John Clyburn, William Eahart, Adam Keith, John Bauker, Samuel Leeper, Charles Labby, Henly Clyburn, Ganriel Druliner, Zacheriah Grant, Jacob Cripe, Benjamin Potter, James Nixon, Thomas Clyburn, Philip Fail, Louis San Comb, and Joseph Adams.