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Descendants of Thomas Keesee

      65. Mary Jane6 Keesee (William5, Thomas4, George Faris3, Richard2, George1)1114 was born 05 November 1834 in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama1114,1115, and died Unknown. She married Issac Hamilton Anderson1116 04 December 1860 in Washington County, Texas1117. He died Unknown.

More About Mary Jane Keesee:
Date born 2: ca. 1836, Alabama1118
Census: 1860, Washington County, Texas1119,1120

More About Issac Hamilton Anderson:
Fact: 1870, Fayette County, Texas census, #651121

Marriage Notes for Mary Keesee and Issac Anderson:
Married by George W. Carter

More About Issac Anderson and Mary Keesee:
Marriage: 04 December 1860, Washington County, Texas1122
Married by: George W. Carter
Children of Mary Keesee and Issac Anderson are:
+ 265 i.   Bertha7 Anderson, died Unknown.
  266 ii.   Harley Anderson1123, born 18681123; died Unknown.

      66. Thomas Milton6 Keesee (William5, Thomas4, George Faris3, Richard2, George1)1123 was born 02 March 1836 in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama1123, and died Bef. 18801123. He married Charlotte T. Hill1123 Bet. 1867 - 1868 in Crockett, Houston County, Texas1124, daughter of Francis Hill and Adaline Platt. She was born 06 October 1843 in San Augustine County, Texas1124, and died 07 July 1870 in Chappell Hill, Washington County, Texas1125.

Notes for Thomas Milton Keesee:
From Jeff Henson e-mail, <> to <>, 8 April 1999:

I did go to the TX archives over the Xmas break and I found some information that may interest you. I wrote some of this down in a letter to Teddie Sue Carter, which I am pasting below.

I checked the correspondence files of the office of the Texas State Police to see what I could find on [Teddie Sue Carter's] Tom Keesee. I saw all of the original copies of the pay receipts of his that [TSC] sent me, but I was hoping to get a lead on what happened to him after he left the TSP. What follows is a
chronology of his short career in the TSP from my notes:

15 Jul 1870 Commissioned and accepted into the TSP
4 Dec 1870 Resigned from TSP
He was then reinstated without loss of pay
14 Aug 1871 Commissioned as TSP officer
13 Sep 1871 Qualified as TSP officer
8 Feb 1872 Dismissed for drunkenness at Navasota TX
1 May 1872 Reinstated
24 June 1872 Resigned from TSP

His brother James C Keesee was commissioned as a TSP officer on 14 Aug 1871 and qualified on 19 Aug 1871, and was discharged on 15 Dec 1871. [TSC has] documents that place Tom Keesee in Coryell Co in 1873, but I was not able to find anything further on him. My guess is that he went west, or died in TX soon after. The guy in the archives was very helpful--he had co-authored a book on the TSP.


1870 Washington County, Texas, Census, PO Chappell Hill, 5 August 1870 [the page number isn't shown on the photocopy in my possession. CEB],
D. 48, F. 49
Keesee, William 31-M-W Justice of the Peace 10,000 real estate/$400 personal estate, b. Ala
Jennie P. 20-F-W Keeping house Texas
Warren 3-M-W At home "
Callie 8/12-F-W " " born Oct [1869]
Thomas 30-M-W Farmer Ala
Charlotte 7/12-F-W Texas born Jan [1870]
James C. 24-M-W Farmer "
Elias J. 22-M-W " "
Honavais[?], James? 57-M-W Laborer NY [parents both of foreign birth]
Pope, Thomas A. 27-M-W School Teacher Missouri
Keesee, Charlotte 29-F-W Keeping house Texas [died 7 July 1870]

D. 20, F. 21 [Immediately following the above, although numbers don't make sense. CEB]
Keesee, Gideon 31-M-W Farmer 0 Real Estate/$1000 personal estate b. Texas
Carey P. 24-F-W Keeping House Ark.
Carey B. 5/12-M-W Texas born Feb. [1870]

More About Thomas Milton Keesee:
Date born 2: ca. 1837, Alabama1126
Census 1: 1860, Washington County, Texas census, #1060, age 24, b. Alabama, living in father's household1127
Census 2: 1870, Washington County, Texas census; living in brother William's household1128
Fact: 07 April 1869, District Court judgment; deed Washington County, Texas1129
Religion: 1853, Methodist, Chappell Hill Methodist Church1130

Notes for Charlotte T. Hill:
Teddie Sue Carter statement: The marriage record of my great grandparents Thomas Milton Keesee and Charlotte T. (Hill) (was in all probability) , occured in ca. 1868 Crockett (Houston COunty) Texas where the brides family lived. The Houston County Courthouse burned and early records were lost. I have checked several other counties (Washington especially) and found no record. The only proof I have of their marriage is on the 1870 census (Washington County) Texas where they were listed in the same household (after her death one month earlier--probably why she is listed at the bottom of the register). Her birth was recorded in her mother's family Bible, but not her marriage. [Later note from TSC: I didn't find Thomas on any later census nor the 1900 Texas Soundex.)

More About Charlotte T. Hill:
Date born 2: July 18421131
Burial: Unknown, Masonic Cemetery, Chappell Hill, Washington County, Texes

More About Thomas Keesee and Charlotte Hill:
Marriage: Bet. 1867 - 1868, Crockett, Houston County, Texas1132
Child of Thomas Keesee and Charlotte Hill is:
+ 267 i.   Charlotte "Lottie" Montgomery7 Keesee, born 12 December 1869 in Chappell Hill, Washington County, Texas; died 03 September 1956 in Roswell, Chaves County, New Mexico.

      67. Gideon6 Keesee (William5, Thomas4, George Faris3, Richard2, George1)1133,1134 was born 12 November 1837 in Washington County, Texas1135, and died 09 May 1881 in Washington County, Texas1136,1137. He married Cary Pleasants1138 15 November 1864 in Chappell Hill, Washington County, Texas1139,1140, daughter of Cary Pleasant and Mary Campbell. She was born 20 June 1845 in Fayetteville, Arkansas1140,1141, and died 04 January 1939 in Daughter's house, Mission, Hidalgo County, Texas1142,1143.

Notes for Gideon Keesee:
1870 Washington County, Texas, Census, PO Chappell Hill, 5 August 1870, p. 44B

D. 20, F. 21
Keesee, Gideon 31-M-W Farmer 0 Real Estate/$1000 personal estate b. Texas
Carey P. 24-F-W Keeping House Ark.
Carey B. 5/12-M-W Texas born Feb. [1870]

Posted by: Bobbie Bassore Pruente <>
Date: March 15, 2001 at 13:06:36
In Reply to: Re: Gideon Keesee or Pauline - Arkansas? by pam brautigam 297 of 356

I have a Cary Pleasants married Gideon Keesee in Washington county, TX on 08 Nov. 1864. Any connection?

More About Gideon Keesee:
Date born 2: 1839, Washington County, Texas1144,1145
Burial: Unknown, Masonic Graveyard, Chappell Hill, Washington County, Texas1146
Census 1: 1860, Washington County, Texas census, name "Sidney"1147,1148
Census 2: 1870, Washington County, Texas census, #20/21, 4 Aug 18701149,1150
Census 3: 1880, Coryell County, Texas census, p.494B, D. 1111151,1152
Fact 1: 27 August 1861, Enrolled, Washington Co, TX, Private, Co F, 5th Regiment, Texas Cavalry, CSA1153,1154
Fact 2: 1853, Member, Chappell Hill Methodist Church1154
Fact 3: 05 October 1861, Mustered in at San Antonio1155
Fact 4: 01 October 1862, Tranferred to Capt. Hargrove's Company, served until end of war1155
Fact 5: 09 February 1867, Petitioned Hubert Lodge #67, AF&AM, age 271155
Fact 6: 18 May 1867, Rec'd Master's Degree, Hubert Lodge1155
Fact 7: 16 June 1868, Granted demit from Hubert Lodge1155
Fact 8: 26 December 1868, Visited Hubert Lodge from Springfield Lodge #741155
Fact 9: 15 March 1870, Applied for affiliation with Hubert Lodge1155
Fact 10: 09 May 1881, Died Chappell Hill, Washington County1155
Fact 11: 10 May 1881, Hubert Lodge motion in re. GK's burial1155
Religion: 1853, Methodist, Chappell Hill Methodist Church1156

Notes for Cary Pleasants:
Confederate Pension Application #12195, Mrs. Cary P. Keesee, Washington County, Texas [copy in file: reproduced from the holdings of the Texas State Archives] :

Application approved 25 September 1906

Application of Indigent widow of Soldier or Sailor of the late Confederacy for pension under the Act of May 12, 1899. Filed Washington County, Texas. Petitioner Mrs. Cary P. Keesee, resident of Washington County, widow of Gideon Keesee, deceased, who was a Confederate soldier. She gave her age as "60 years. Bo9rn June 20, 1845." She had resided in this county "over 46 years. Address, Brenham. Texas." No occupation. Physical condition "not good." Her deceased husband was "Gideon Keesee" and they "married at Chappell Hill, Nov. 15, 1864." He died May 9, 1881. Cary has remained unmarried since his death. Her husband served in "Texas." He "Enlisted at San Antonio Oct 5, 1861, and was discharged in May 1865." His unit was "Co. F., 5th Regiment to Oct 1, 1862 when he was transferred to Capt. Hargroves Militia Co." He was in "Cavalry and Infantry." Cary doesn't own any real or personal property. Within the last two years, the property she has sold or conveyed: "Lot in Chappell Hill, sold for $425, sold April 1904." Her income: "none." Is she in indigent circumstances: "I have no property and have no income," and she was unable by her labor to earn a support. Did her husband ever desert? "No."
Signed Mrs. Cary Keesee, 10 February 1906, in Washington County, Texas before the county judge E. P. Curry

Affidavit of Witnesses signed J. H. Chappell and W. G. Wilkins, 10 February 1906, before Washington County Judge E. P. Curry

Certificate of County Judge, 10 February, 1906

Certificate of County Commissioners, 15 February 1906

Written Statement of E. P. Curry, County Judge, Washington County, Texas: Before me . . .on this day personally appeared P. H. Barnhill and W. G. Wilkins known to me to be credible persons who being by me duly sworn on oath state that they personally knew Gideon Keesee and personally know that said Gideon Keesee enlisted in the service of the Confederacy and performed the duties of a soldier
That the said Gideon Keesee enlisted Oct 5th 1861, and served to the close of the war in 1865. He enlisted in Co. F. 5th Texas Regiment and served with that Co to Oct 1st 1862, and was transferred to Capt. Hargrove's Co where he served to the close of the war. That he never deserted the Confederacy.
Signature, W. G. Wilkins, P. H. Barnhill
Subscribed and sworn to before me this June 15th 1906, E. P. Curry, Co. Judge, Wash Co

Letter from Texas Comptroller's Department to War Dept., Washington, D.C. [no date], requesting military record of Gideon Keesee

Response of War Department, 3 April 1906: "The records of this office show that one Gideon Keesee, private, Company F, 5th Texas Cavalry, C. S. A., enlisted August 21, 1861, in Washington County, to serve during the war. He is reported on the roll of the company dated October 31, 1862, but his presence or absence is not stated. His name is not borne on the roll dated February 28, 186, next and last on file. No later record of him has been found." T. A. Ainsworth, the Military Secretary.

Kreidler Funeral Home, McAllen, Texas [letterhead], dated Jan. 14, 1939, to Mrs. F. M. Armstrong, Mission, Texas: For funeral of Cary Pleasant Keesee:
Casket and outside box $141
Hearse 30
Personal Services 25
Cemetery equipment 25
I hereby certify that the foregoing is true and correct and that a warrant from the Comptroller of Public Accounts from the Confederate Pension Fund will be accepted as a reduction by one hundred dollars of the foregoing.
Kreidler Funeral Home
by Maynard Kreidler [sig], Mgr.
Subscribed and sworn to me the undersigned this 14th day of January A. D. 1939.
Jeannette Pride,
Notary Public in and for Hidalgo County, Texas

Application for Mortuary Warrant, County of Hidalgo, State of Texas: I, (Mrs.) F. M. Armstrong do hereby certify that I am the person to whom is entrusted the paying of the accounts and indebtedness of the late Mrs. Cary P. Keesee, who was a pensioner of the State of Texas, and whose file number was 12195 and whose original county was Washington.
The said pensioner Mrs. Cary P. Keesee, died on the 5th day of January, 1939, in the town of Mission (RFD), County of Hidalgo, Texas.
The pensioner died in the home of the undersigned. who was related to the pensioner as daughter [and Mrs. Armstrong's address was RFD, Mission, Texas].
Signed Mrs. M. F. Armstrong, 14 January 1939.
Notary Public signature and seal
Certificate of Undertaker, Maynard Kreidler [repeated information]
Certificate of Physician, A. D. Wilson, MD, Mission, Texas: he certified "that I am a practicing physician and that I attended Cary Pleasants Keesee in her last illness, and am of the opinion that her ailments were senility . . . . [signature, no date]

More About Cary Pleasants:
Burial: 04 January 1939, Mission, Texas1157
Fact 1: 25 September 1905, Confederate Pension Application; stated lived in Washington County over 46 years1158
Fact 2: Bet. 1860 - 1906, Washington County, Texas1159

Marriage Notes for Gideon Keesee and Cary Pleasants:
Married by Jas. W. Follansbee, MG. License issued 8 November 1864

More About Gideon Keesee and Cary Pleasants:
Marriage: 15 November 1864, Chappell Hill, Washington County, Texas1160,1161
Married by: J. W. Follansbee1162
Children of Gideon Keesee and Cary Pleasants are:
  268 i.   Carey B.7 Keesee1163, born July 1870 in Washington County, Texas1163; died 17 October 1934 in Victoria County, Texas1164.
  269 ii.   Vallie Keesee1165, born 18721165; died Unknown. She married Thomas W. Stone1165 26 November 1901 in Austin County, Texas1166; died Unknown.
  More About Thomas Stone and Vallie Keesee:
Marriage: 26 November 1901, Austin County, Texas1166
Married by: E. W. Tarrant1167

  270 iii.   Dolie Keesee1168, born 18751168; died Unknown.

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