Keys-Kees & Harter Families of Kentucky and Indiana

Catherine Keys/Keas Harter, wife of Geo. Harter of Bourbon Co Ky.:

Nov 17, 1806: Catherine "Katie" Keys mar. George Harter in Bourbon Co Ky.  Bond: Conrad Varner

Jan 30, 1806: Catherine Kees witness to will of Elizabeth Lair of Harrison Co Ky.

Conclusions: Catherine and William Keys were probably brother and sister because of the interactions between the two with Conrad Varner in Harrison Co Ky.  Reasons: (a) Conrad Varner bondsman for Catherine Keys marriage and neighbor at Lair's Station, Ky. of William Kees on 1820 Harrison Co Ky. Census and in 1810 may have been counted in Conrad Varner household (b) William Kees of Campbell Co Ky. purchased tract in Harrison Co Ky. from Conrad Varner of Spencer Co Ind. (c) Adam & Conrad Varner plus William Kee on 1800 Bourbon Co Ky. Census. (d) Harter and Varner migration from Harrison Co Ky. to Spencer Co Indiana.

Gleanings from GenForum Messages:

 Talbot GenForum Message No. 503 by Ron Reynolds, 1-31-2002:

"Martha L. Harter, daughter of George Harter and Catherine Keys of Spencer Co Ind., mar. Henry Stanton Talbott 7 June 1826, in Spencer Co Ind. George Harter’s parents: Henry B. Harter & Catherine Dove. Henry Harter’s father was James Harter who had 2nd wife Nancy Harland. Catherine Key's mother was Margaret Keas or Keys (unproven)."

Reply by Joan Sauter: "Henry Stanton Talbott b. 10-18-1801 Westmoreland Co Pa., d. 12-12-1881 Orange Co Ind. He mar. Martha Harter, dau of George Harter & Catherine Keas. Henry S. Talbott's father was James Talbott b. 2-15-1753 Ellicott Mills, Anne Arundel Co Md., d.3-9-1855 Jefferson Co, Ohio.

Surname spelling on 1811 Harrison Co Ky. marriage bond of William Keys to Ada Whalen: WILLIAM KEYS to EADY WHALAND

William Keys on Campbell Co Ky. March 1, 1855 deed: Richard Southgate to William Keys lease on 50 acres on Scaffold Creek.

Northern Kentucky Marriages by Steve Worrell

1. Charles Fowler mar. Nancy Whaling 2 Mar 1826., bond: Wm. Kees, Campbell Co Ky.

2. Taylor Kees mar. Malinda Harris 7 June 1831 Bond: Charles Fowler Consent by fathers: William Kees & George Harris

3. Stout Fowler mar. Rebecca Whaling 15 Apr 1829 Bond: Charles Fowler

4. Eveline Fowler mar. Alexander Ross 24 Feb 1828 Bond Charles Fowler

Notes: Both Charles & Stout Fowler married into the Whaling/Whalen family in Campbell Co Ky. William Kees bondsman for Charles Fowler in 1826; while Charles Fowler bondsman for Taylor Kees, s/o Wm Kees, in 1831.

Thomas Fowler Lineage  Click prev. generations in  parenthesis.

Scroll to No. 204 Stout Fowler b. 1807 Ky.  (Jonas, Jacob, William, Thomas) 

1. Thomas Fowler b. 1670 Anne Arundel Co Md.;  3. William Fowler b. 1698 Q.A. Parish, Prince George Co Md;  20. Jacob Fowler d. 1755 Madison Co Ky;  66. Jonas Fowler b. 1767 NJ/ 1800 Brownsville, Fayette Co Pa. mar. Rebecca Clevenger b. 1770 NJ. (see Isaac Kees 1850 Census for Fowler/Cleaver in household);  204. Stout Fowler b. 1807 Fayette Co Pa., mar. Rebecca Whaling 15 Apr 1829 Campbell Co Ky.  d. Clermont Co Ohio.

1850 Clermont Co Ohio Census, Ohio Twp. p. 449:  Stout Fowler, age 43, b. 1807 Penn. carpenter w/wife Rebecca age 44 b. 1808 Ky. America age 15, Aaron age 10, Rebecca age 6, John S. age 4.

1840 Clermont Co Ohio Census, Ohio Twp, p. 221: Stout Fowler 1-1-0-0-0-1 & 1-0-1-0-1

Susan Fowler Kesselman, GenForum 2-4-2002:  "My 3xgrtgrdfa Charles Fowler m. Nancy Whaling 2 Mar 1826 Campbell Co Ky. He died at age 70 in Walton, Lee Co IL. He had 5 children: John Bennett Fowler b. 1837 d. 1920 m.  Margaret Briggs; William H. Fowler, Amanda Fowler, Becky Fowler m. Robt Lindsay, James Fowler.

FOWLER, JOSEPH - Washington County, Pikerun Twp. Pennsylvania (Will Bk. No. 5, p. 224)
DATED:          7 July 1825     Probated: 27 Nov 1835
EXEC:            Wm. Fowler, son, & Wm.Hawkins, bro-in-law
WIT:              Zephaniah Beall; Sarah Purselle
BENE:            WIFE: Lydia   SONS: William Fowler and Thos. H Fowler  DAUGHTER: Eliza Keys

KEYS, WILLIAM - Washington Co, Pikerun Twp, Penn. (Will Bk. No. 3, p. 52) Dated 17 Aug 1815, prob. 31 Aug 1815, Excrs. William and Andrew Keys, sons. Bene: Christina Keys, wife, and sons William Keys, Andrew Keys, Irwin Keys, James Keys, Hugh Keys, and dau. Margaret Keys.

Joseph Fowler
b. ca. 1767 Westmoreland Co Penn. (Washington Co created from Westmoreland)
m. Lydia Hawkins abt. 1793
d. bef. Nov 27, 1835, Pike Run Twp., Washington Co Penn.
Sons named in will: William & Thomas H. Fowler Dauther named in will: Eliza Keys
Source: Geo. W. Killian <>  Joseph Fowler b. Washington Co Penn. mar. Lydia Hawkins, b. 2 Mar 1773,  d. Cadiz, Harrison Co Ohio. His son Thos. Fowler was doctor in Beallsville, Washington Co, Penn., died in IL. Other son William Fowler.

Note: Joseph Fowler of Fayette Co Penn. s/o Benjmain Fowler, s/o Thomas Fowler on BransonCook lineage site.


Washington Co Pa. Census in 1810 on page 83:

William Keys Jr. 0-0-1-0-1 + 1-0-2-0-0
1 M age 16-25 (b. between 1785-1794)
1 F under 10
2 F age 16-25
Next-door neighbor to William Keys Jr.:
Joseph Fowler 0-2-0-1-0 + 0-1-0-1-0
1 M age 26-44 (b. 1766-1784)
1 F age 26-44 (wife Lydia Hawkins)
2 sons ages 10-15
1 daughter age 10-15 
William Keys Sr. 0-1-1-0-1 + 1-1-1-1-0
1 M age 45+ (b. before 1765)
1 M age 16-25
1 M age 10-15
1 F under 10
1 F 10-15
1 F 16-25
1 F 26-44
Washington Co Pennsylvania GenWeb 
"Penn. Archive," 3rd Series, Vol XXIII, pp. 198-200, "Stockley's Rangers 1778-1783" (western Pa/Va. frontier):
Rangers: Bazil WILLIAMS & Joseph FOWLER & Andrew & Hugh KEYS.
Bazil Williams married Nancy Kees, daughter of William Kees 1798 in Shelby Co Ky.
James Kase mar. Elizabeth Williams July 21, 1790, in Lincoln Co Ky.

Early Kentucky Marriages:

1. John Johnson of Cumberland Co Pa. m. Mary Jamison 1782 Shelby Co Ky.

2. James Kase m. Elizabeth Williams 1790 Lincoln Co Ky.

3. Nancy Keys mar. *Bazel Williams 27 Feb 1798, dau. of Wm Keys of Shelby Co Ky. 

4. Joseph Fowler mar. Elizabeth Hill 10 Feb 1801 Madison Co Ky.

5. William Keys mar. Eady Whayland 12 Sept 1811 Harrison Co Ky. ( Mother of Ada Whalen was Mattie Hutson from  Kees Bible)

6. Joseph Wayland mar. Catherine "Kitty" Shaver 21 June 1812 Boone Co Ky.

7. Joseph Fowler mar. Ann Johnson 17 Mar 1819 Clark Co Ky.

8. Rachel Keys, d/o Wm., m. William Johnson 2 Sept 1819, bondsman Stephen Keys, Shelby Co.

9. John Whalen mar. Cynthia Sneed 21 Aug 1820 Harrison Co Ky. Bond William Kees, Consent of Henry Whalen for son John. Attest: Wm Kees & Wm Sneed Bond #1436 Harrison Co Ky.

10. Eleanor Key mar. John Johnson 27 May 1822 Harrison Co Ky

11. Wm Kees mar. Nancy Johnson 10 Dec 1825 Harrison Co Ky. b. John Johnson

Wt. Isaac Key (see FGS from

12. Joseph Wayland mar. Nancy Massey 17 Jan 1832 Campbell Co Ky. b. Patrick Reddick

Historical Note: Basil Williams was in  Capt. Thomas Stockley's Rangers in Westmoreland/Washington Co PA in 1778-1783 during Revolutionary War.  In the Ranger list were Andrew and Hugh Kees, Matthew-Jacob-James Fowler and William Hudson. Washington Co Pa.  Militia 1781 Militia List: Pvt. 1st Class Andrew Kee and Hugh Kee 8th Class; Thomas Fowler, Associative Militia. 1780 Early Settlers of Washington, Fayette, Greene Cos. Pa.: Jacob Fowler, Basil Williams Jr. (Sources: "Ten-Mile Country," Web site US GenWeb Archives cites PA Archives, Vol. XXIII, 3rd Series, pp. 198-200. See also Williams Family of Ky. in "Marylanders to Ky." by Peden.)

Washington Co Pa. Web Site:  

"John Keys, eldest son of Isaac and Mary Lewis Keys was born near Zollerville, Washington County, PA Aug. 12, 1813. John has a sister Elizabeth who married Otho West. Their was also a sister Sarah Keys who married Samuel West. They were living in Morgan Twp. Greene Co.,PA in 1850 and 1860.
In Pittsburg and her People, it states "Issac Keys was of Pennsylvania Dutch descent, his ancestors having come to Pennsylvania from Maryland and settled in Lancaster County."
Sarah Boldt" <> I  have a record of Keys families in Fayette and Washington Co. PA.
Hugh Keys b. Baltimore MD,  m. Elizabeth Irwin  and was a merchant briefly then went ot Washington Co and ran a hotel. He moved to Fayette Co. PA and was canal commissioner and d. 1841. He and Elizabeth had 13 children. Children were: William, Hugh, Andrew, Irwin, Margaret, James and three others. Father was William Keys m. Catherine Graham. Williams brother was Thomas.
 Basically, there were thee differant KEY families in Fayette and Washington Co. PA.  (a) William and Thomas. came from Ireland,  Fermanagh, and settled in Washington Co Pa. ard 1805. They were brothers and came about 1804. William b. Christine Graham, in Ireland and had at least 9 children. Thomas, his brother, maried Elizabeth and had 8 children. He died in 1839
(b) James Keys of Cumberland Co. PA was b. there and died there in 1777. he had one son, James and b. 1777. His mother married a Robert Watson and moved to Washington Co. PA. James Jr. married Jane McClelland.
(c) Jacob Keys  and wife Elizabeth of Germany. They had about 6 children. Coming to America about 1789 and settled in Washington Co. He had a brother Abraham who lived there and died there. His wife was named Mary? (Jacob Keys, contact Debbie Day <>

Andrew Keys and wife Eliza Fowler

August 5, 2004
Pat,  Eliza Fowler may have married Andrew Keys, son of William Keys and Christine Graham. I attach a group sheet for Andrew Keys and Eliza Fowle with census records I have for them. They moved to Indiana prior to 1840 and Andrew died there in 1857. Eliza died sometime after 1870, probably in Pulaski Co, IN.

The information I have for James Keys of Cumberland Co, PA is from the "Biographical Record of Washington County, PA," Chicago, 1893, page 595. The writeup is on Joseph Keys, grandson of James Keys. It simply says James Keys had one son, James, and died shortly after in 1777. His widow remarried a Robert Watson and they moved to Washington Co, PA. It makes no mention of Rev War participation.

Earl Henderson <>

Fowler Kentucky Census

1800 Campbell Co Ky. Tax List: Jacob Fowler

1810 Madison Co Ky. Census p. 207:  Jacob Fowler 2-1-1-1-1 + 1-1-0-1-0 nearby Alexander Fowler

1810 Harrison Co Ky. Census, p. 314: Charles Fowler 2 M -10, 1 M 16/25, + 2 F -10, 1F 16/25 Neighbors: Wm. Craig, Wm Gray, Jas. Criswell, Geo. Givens, Francis McDaniel

1820 Campbell Co Ky. Covington p. 6:

Jacob Fowler 0-1-0-1-1-1 (45+)+ 0-0-0-0-1 (45+) 3 engaged in commerce

Robert Fowler 2-1-0-4-1-1 (45+)+ 3-1-0-1-0-0 (14 T) 3 engaged in agriculture

Jonas Fowler 0-1-1-1-1-1 (45+) + 2-1-1-1-1 5 eng. agriculture

1830 Campbell Co Ky. Census Covington p. 229. Jacob Fowler 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1 (60/70) & 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 50/60

1840 Boone Co Ky. Census p. 248. Jacob Fowler 1 M 70/80 with Edward Fowler & Benjamin Fowler nearby

Note: Jacob Fowler was son of Edward Fowler & Rachel Piatt of Washington Co Penn.

Edward Fowler mar. Katherine Goodridge 3 Oct 1822 Boone Co Ky. Consent by father

Jacob Fowler. (see FGS) Most of Edward Fowlers’ children in n. Kentucky.

1830 Harrison Co Ky. Census p. 170: Charles Fowler 2 M 10/15, 1 M 16/20, 1 M 20/30, 1 M 40/50 + 1 F 10/15, 2 F 30/40 Neighbor: Adam Varner, Overton Jolly, Thos. Whalen, Charles Lair at  Lairs Station post office.

1840 Harrison Co Ky. Census

p. 160: Lydia Fowler no males and F: 1-0-1-1 & 1 F 50/60 nr Stephen Whalen

p. 159 Henry J. Fowler 0-0-0-0-1 30/40 + 0-0-0-0-1-0-1

p. 152 Benjamin Fowler 1 M 30/40 + 1-1-0-0-1 (20/30) nr Benjamin & Ephraim Whaley

and James N. Lair (Lairs Station)

p. 121 Wm Fowler 2-1-2-1-1-0-1-1 (50/60) + 1-1-1-0-1-1 (30/40)

1820 US Census Harrison Co Ky., East Side of South Fork Licking River, p. 178 :

William Kees M: 3-0-0-0-1-0 + 0-0-0-0-1 (5 total)

Three sons under age 10:

Taylor Kees b. c1811, age 9

Isaac Kees b. c1814, age 6

William Jr. b. c1819/1821, age 1 or less

Note: Elizabeth W. Kees not born yet.

Next door to William Kees in 1820 Harrison Co Ky:  Margaret Marsh 1-2-0-0-0-0 + 1-1-2 (16/26)-0-1 (45+)

1820 Bourbon Co Ky. Census, Millersburg, p. 142: Charles Fowler 4-1-0-0-1-2-1-1-1-0-0-1

1830 Harrison Co Ky. Census Eastern Div. p. 170: Charles Fowler 0-0-3-1-1-0-1-0-0-0

1850 US Census Kenton Co Ky. p. 183

762-769: William Adams age 320 head of household

Polly age 27, John age 9, Alfred age 6, Eliz.age 1

George Wayland age 24

Nancy Wayland age 20

James Whaley age 23 (census-taker wrote Wayland-Whaley)

761-768: Elijah Taylor age 27, wife Isabella age 24.

Children: Benjamin, Joseph, John, Wm, Arletta.

Wayland Marriage in Campbell Co Ky.

1. James Wayland m. Mary Stephens 8 Aug 1833 b. Elijah Taylor c. fa Jos. Wayland

2. Alfred Wayland m. Frances Ste[hens 3 Apr 1834 b. Jas. Wayland, c. fa Jos. Wayland

Elijah Taylor m. Isabella Thomas Apr 1834 Pendleton Co Ky.

Nancy A. Thomas m. Solomon Hoover 15 Aug 1847, c. Nancy’s stepfa Elijah Taylor in Kenton Co Ky.

Joseph Wayland of Campbell Co and Kenton Co Ky.

1850 Census Kenton Co Ky. p. 184:

Joseph Wayland, age 68, b. c1781 Va., with wife Nancy, sons Jeremiah, Joseph Jr. and

Thomas *Thomas age 19.

Note: Joseph Wayland b. 10 Sept. 1784, s/o Joshua Wayland & Rachel Utz of Orange Co VA, removed to Kenton Co Ky. (Wayland Web Page)

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