Person:KEYES, Lucretia (1786 - 1850)
|KEYES, Lucretia (1786 - 1850)|
|Person ID (Link to genealogy):||GED link I217|
|Date born:||Apr 1786|
|Born in:||Keyes Ferry, West Virginia|
|Died in:||St. Charles, Missouri|
|Father:||KEYES, Humphrey (1763 – 1833)|
|Mother:||STRIDER, Phoebe (1772 - 1809)|
|Spouse(s):|| FAWCETT, Joseph (1771 - 1844)|
|Fawcett book:||KEYES, Lucretia (1786 - 1850)|
From Bill Fawcett's book:
LUCRETIA KEYES (FAWCETT) was born in April 1786 at Keyes Ferry, near Charles Town, Jefferson County, Virginia (now WV) to Humphrey Keyes Jr and Phoebe Strider (Letter H Gauss to L Fawcett 4/19/1894). Her family operated a ferry on the Shenandoah River.
Lucretia Keyes married Joseph Fawcett (1768-1844) on Jan 24, 1801 at an Inn in Harrisonburg (Vogt and Kethley 1984, Wayland 1965:12; Marriage Register Book A). According to their daughter, Henrietta Gauss, Lucretia was a ‘good size person, good looking, fair skin, good teeth, very dark hair, and eyes blue’.
Joseph and Lucretia lived in Tenth Legion in Rockingham County (Strickler 1928). After her mother died (1804), a sister Phoebe Keyes (Bywater) lived with them. Phoebe moved to near Paris, Texas by the 1860s. Their father (Humphrey Keyes Jr) remarried and in November 1830 moved with his new wife and most of his children to Illinois. Joseph, Lucretia and their 12 children continued to live in Harrisonburg (1802-27). All of their children were born there, except for the youngest who was born in Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia where they lived (1827-33). They moved to Missouri inthe spring of 1834, and settled in St. Charles the fall of 1835. En route, they probably visited Lucretia's kin in Illinois. Her father died soon after the Fawcetts moved to Missouri. Her stepbrother, J.W. Keyes, brought his family from Springfield to visit her’s in St. Charles in 1836. He wrote her in 1849, and described the adventures of the Donner-Reed party, including the death of her stepmother. Joseph Fawcett died on September 11, 1844 in St. Charles. Lucretia lived with her daughter Virginia and sons (Willis, Niles and B.K. Fawcett) until she died in St. Charles in July 1850. Lucretia was very ill in mid-July 1849 (Letter W Fawcett to S/L McCluer 7/19/1849). Lucretia and Joseph Fawcett are not mentioned in any census (1830-50) of St. Charles, but her name does appear in the 1850 mortality schedule (1850 #98). She died on Friday, 19th July 1849 in St. Charles at age 64 of a inflamed stomach after seven days of illness (Joseph Fawcett bible; Letter 7/23/1849--lost; 10/8/1849. The location of their graves probably under the present hospital.
From A History of the Fawcetts and Related Families in America by William Bloys Fawcett. Used by permission of Dr. Fawcett.
This book was first published in 1996 and some of the information is quite dated. If you find errors or want to add updates, contact me, and I will add notes to the page.Copyright © 1996, 2007 by William Bloys Fawcett, Jr. All rights reserved. No copies may be made of this document through any electronic, photocopying or other means without permission of the author.