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James Wesley Keen[1]

Male 1859 - 1936  (76 years)


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  • Name James Wesley Keen 
    Born 3 Nov 1859  Charlton County,Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1860  Charlton County,Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1895/1910  Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will James Wesley Keen Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 25 Feb 1936  Ratliff Rd.,Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Apr 1939  Keen Cemetery,Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I2193959071  Earnest
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2009 

    Father David Myre Keen,   b. 8 Apr 1834, Tattnall County,Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1862, Charlton County,Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years) 
    Mother Nancy E. Walker,   b. 5 Feb 1832, Ware County,Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 12 Aug 1852  [1
    Notes 
    • _STATMARRIED
    Family ID F2616352320  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Charity Mary Jane Tanner,   b. 1 Jan 1856, Bryceville,Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1939, Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 28 Jul 1879  Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • _STATMARRIED
    Children 
    +1. Martha Abigale Keen,   b. 22 Nov 1877,   d. 21 Dec 1950  (Age 73 years)
    +2. James Mitchell Keen,   b. 7 Dec 1879, Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1961  (Age 81 years)
     3. Noel Josua Keen,   b. 29 Nov 1881, Ratliff Rd.,Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Carrie Elizabeth Keen,   b. 16 Oct 1884, Ratliff Rd.,Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Nellie Louise Keen,   b. 31 Aug 1885, Ratliff Rd.,Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Ellis Robert Keen,   b. 2 May 1887, Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Mary Amanda Keen,   b. 23 Nov 1888, Ratliff Rd.,Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Oceay Wilson Keen,   b. 29 May 1890, Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location
    +9. Doulie Middleton Keen,   b. 1 Nov 1892, Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Dec 1980  (Age 88 years)
    +10. Hattie Hanson Keen,   b. 5 Jun 1894, Keen Settlement Ratliff Rd.,Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1986, Green Cove Springs,Clay County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     11. Shellie Olene Keen,   b. 3 Jul 1896, Ratliff Rd.,Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. Chatty Keen,   b. 20 Nov 1897, Ratliff Rd.,Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location
    +13. Edna Keen,   b. 26 Dec 1900, Ratliff Rd.,Nassau County,Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1937  (Age 36 years)
     14. Eudora Annette Keen
    Family ID F2616352315  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Per Jean H. Mizell.
      James Wesley Keen was born before the Civil War on Nov. 3, 1859 in Charlton County, Georgia, son of David Myre and Nancy Walker Keen. (Keen was spelled "Keene" in the family Bible of David Myre and Nancy Walker Keenand in the census it was spelled Keen). James's father, David Myre Keen, was killed in the Civil War. James had to go to work at an early age, as times were hard, so he went to work on the railroad for 23 cents a day, to help his mother raise his brother and sister. James Wesley Keen married Charity Mary Jane Tanner, born Jan. 1, 1856, daughter of John "Josh" Tanner and Eliza Bradley Tanner. He made his living as a farmer and a timberman. The following informationwas told, years ago, by Steve and Hattie Ken Johnson, when they were still living, that his first log home was located behind Farres, Jimmy and Edsel Higginbotham's homes on Ratliff Road in Nassau County, Florida, and that was near his home.

      James W. also, owned the first sawmill in the Keen settlement, until his son, James Mitchell Keen bought him out years later. Eventually, about the turn of the century, he built a large two story home on Ratliff Road, located directly across from the second railroad crossing as you drive from US 1 and go down Ratliff Road. The home is still standing, but looka a little different tody since it was remodeled around 1994. He also had a commissary nearby. James W. Keen was elected County Commissioner for Nassau County, in 1916 and served for 16 years. He owned around 3,000 acres of land in the Keen settlement and paid 25 cents an acre for it. He also bought 1,000 acres of land around the Ratliff section and paid $10,000.00 for this land, James WesleyKeen mapped out the way for the Georgia Southern Railroad to be placed through the land in the Keensettlement.
      Ref: James W. Wingate, grandson

      GEORGIA SOUTHERN AND FLORIDA RAILROAD COMPANY RECORDS, 1895-1918. 0.4 cu. ft. Ran from Macon, Georgia, to Palatka, Florida (185 miles). Recognized (1895) from the Georgia Southern and Florida Railroad Company (1895). Records include contracts, etc. (1895-1918) annual reports (1895-1954) Southern Railway Archives. Ms84-066.
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      From Jan Johannes:

      ---Keen/Ratliff was the site of another crossing of tracks. The north/south tracks were the old Savannah Florida, and Western line and by about 1902, tracks were extended from Crawford, southeast to Jacksonville,going right through the Keene/Ratliff area. The new tracks were a part of theGeorgia Southern Railroad that originally started at the Dyal-Upchurch mill atMoniac, Georgia---I still haven't found any further information on the Keene area that you asked about but I will keep an eye open. Jan

  • Sources 
    1. [S1132440070] Founding Florida Pioneers & Their Descendants, Jean H. Mizell.