The Families of Adam Keith

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Rev. Nathan William Keith [1827-1915]


Ancestry: Adam Keith1>Johann Michael Keith2>Jacob Keith3>William Nathan Keith4>Nathan William Keith5        

Trenton Daily News


"Rev. N. W. Keith and Wife Celebrate Sixtieth Wedding Anniversary


Probably the only celebration of its kind held in Grundy County was the celebration of the 60th wedding anniversary of Rev. N. W. Keith and wife of Spickard which was held there Thursday, Dec. 9, 1909... Rev. Keith was born in Kentucky in 1827 and moved to Ohio when small and from there to old Grundy in 1837 locating at Spickard where he has since remained, with the exception of 12 years in Iowa ... He was married December 9, 1849 to Margaret Schooler by the Rev. Ira Blakely and they have seven boys and one girl, all living..."


"Rev. N. W. Keith


Nathan W. Keith, fourth son of William Keith and Elizabeth Keith, nee Asbury, was born on Harrison county, Kentucky, September 23, 1827. His parents moved to Logan county, Ohio, about 1828, and in 1839 moved to Franklin township, Grundy county, where he attended a subscription school [Col. J. H. Shanklin, of Trenton, being one of his teachers], and worked on the farm with his father until 1849, December 9th of which year he married Miss Margaret Schooler, and farmed in Grundy county until 1854, when he moved to Mercer county, remained there until 1858, then bought a farm in Franklin township.  In 1861 he moved to Wayne county, Iowa, and remained there for twelve years, then returned to Franklin township and bought the farm on which he now lives.  He was a licensed preacher for the M. E. Church in 1866, and continued to preach in that church until 1880, when he changed to the United Brethren and now has charge of the Spickardsville station.  Mr. and Mrs, Keith have eight children living, as follows; Christopher C., born December 8, 1850, married Hannah E. Harron, who died December 18, 1878, and then married Rachel Dinsmoor; Sarah Jane, born October 17th, 1852; Wm. Wesley, born February 19, 1855 married Elvina Trussel; Francis M., born May 14, 1857, married Hannah Ellis; Ezekiel, born November 30, 1860; John N., born July 4, 1863; Thomas H., born December 26, 1866; Alfred Asbury, born January 8, 1870."


"They [Nathan Keith and Margaret Schooler] had been children and schoolmates together and lived together as husband and wife for 65 years, 1 month and 18 days, until Mrs. Keith was taken away by death Jan. 27, 1915. Three weeks was the longest time and that only once that they were separated from each other in all of those years. He was converted and united with the M. E. church when but a boy and entered the ministry at the age of 18 years. He preached his last sermon on Easter Sunday in 1914 at the M. E. church in Spickard."


He was a Republican, casting his first vote for Abraham Lincoln but took no active interest in politics.


Funeral services were held at the M. E. church Spickard at 2 p. m. May 11 conducted by Revs. J. P. Schooler and L. R. Nichols.


Interment was made in Old Bethel cemetery on a part of the tract of land entered by his father. The grandmother of the deceased was the first person buried in this cemetery. His mother and a brother also lie there.


Thus reads the life history of one of the best known and best loved old residents of Spickard. His life was an example to his community and has left its impress indelibly stamped on the hearts of his neighbors and associates.

The History of Grundy County, Missouri 1881, KC MO, Birdsall and Dean, page 505, 512


M. E. [Methodist Episcopal] Church


"This church is located in Spickardsville, and was organized in 1873. ... The names of those who joined in its first organization are as follows; ... Nat. W. Keith, Margaret [Schooler] Keith ... N. F. [Newton Franklin] Munn and Amy Munn ..."


History of Grundy Co., Missouri ...  his parents moved to Logan Co., Ohio about 1828 and in 1839 moved to Franklin township, Grundy Co., Missouri. He  and Margaret Schooler Keith moved to Mercer Co., Missouri in 1854 and then to Wayne Co., Iowa 1861 before returning to Franklin township in Grundy Co., in 1873. He was licensed as a preacher for the Methodist Episcopal Church, and continued to preach there until 1880, when he changed to the United Brethren.