Select Keaton Miscellany


Here are some Keaton stories
accounts over the years:


The de Keuton Family


The de Keuton (sometime de Kiveton) family first appeared in public records in 1297 as
residents of Harthill parish in south Yorkshire.
John de Keuton was a Sergeant of Arms in the
locality in 1368.  A John de Kyveton, rector at Radcliffe during the reign of Edward III,
land and rent to Roche Abbey on the condition that the abbot would say mass
every day at the chapel of the Holy Trinity in Kiveton.
John Keton was recorded as the clerk at the
chapel in 1547.  Nicholas Keeton held the
family estate at that time.  However, he was obliged to sell these
lands in Harthill parish to Sir William Hewet, the Lord Mayor of London, in 1580

Keetons in the 1881 Census


County Numbers Percent
Derbyshire    160    35
Nottinghamshire    141    29
Yorkshire    111    24
Elsewhere     52    12
Total    460   100

most numbers were in Handsworth (33) and Sheffield
(25) in Yorkshire, Eckington in Derbyshire (43), and Nottingham (39).



John Keeton the Immigrant

about John Keeton or Keiton the immigrant are
sketchy.  He was thought to have been
born in Kent, although no family antecedents can be found there.  He may or may not have had a brother named
James.  He was one of the early settlers
of the Jamestown colony, possibly around 1610.
He did marry Mary Pryor, the daughter of William Pryor another
settler, and they did have a son named William.

John Keeton disappears from the Jamestown records in 1622.
he killed by the Indians on that terrible Good Friday, March 22, 1622,
they slaughtered 347 of the inhabitants?
We do not know for sure.  His name
did not appear on the official list of victims.
However, it is understood that not all of the victims were
identified by


William Keaton of
Carroll County, Georgia

a Primitive Baptist preacher, was born in Washington City, Georgia in
1813.  When he was three his father Kader
died and the family moved to Liberty City.
In the lottery of 1827 they drew land in Carroll county where
moved.  William married three times and
had eleven children by his first two wives.

of his children dispersed around or after the Civil War.
The family of Will Keaton, who was born there
in 1867, has remained in Carroll county


Diane Keaton’s Line

Keaton took her mother’s
name of Keaton when she made her acting debut.
These Keatons have been traced back to Lemuel West Keaton who
was born
in Buncombe, North Carolina in 1819.  He
died in Kansas in 1891 and it was recorded about him then:

“Lemuel W. Keaton has lived in five other
states, Illinois, Kentucky, Oregon, California and Missouri. Being a Union man it became too disagreeable
to longer remain in Missouri so he came to Kansas in 1864, his home
since.  In 1858 he united in marriage with
Martha M.
Maret who shared the blessings of his home until 1880. Eleven
children are the fruits of this union,
eight of whom are still living. He leaves three grandchildren.

Keaton has been a great sufferer for
years.  His late illness was of such a
nature as to prevent lying down to rest; so he kept his chair, and
awaited his
change with great patience.  During his
sickness he told me the mistake of his life had been in neglecting his
salvation in youth, but for some time past he had been a daily
petitioner at
the throne of grace, and now had the assurance of his acceptance as a
child of

was where Diane Keaton’s
mother Dorothy was born in 1921.

drifted to California when she was three and they ended up in Pasadena.   She was sixteen when her father departed
family.  She later married and raised her
family in Orange county.  She was a
beautiful woman, a winner in the Mrs. America contest and widely



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