James Thomas Keeney

12 July 1837–7 September 1878 (Age 41)
Illinois, United States

The Life of James Thomas

When James Thomas Keeney was born on 12 July 1837, in Illinois, United States, his father, Thomas Hicklen Keeney, was 34 and his mother, Elizabeth Caroline Caraway, was 27. He married Harriet Angeline Douglas on 29 October 1860. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Catlin Township, Vermilion, Illinois, United States in 1860. He died on 7 September 1878, in Catlin, Vermilion, Illinois, United States, at the age of 41, and was buried in Catlin, Vermilion, Illinois, United States.

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James Thomas Keeney
Harriet Angeline Douglas
Marriage: 29 October 1860
Charles C Keeney
Walter Scott Keeney
Clara Elizabeth Keeney
Joseph F Keeney
Dale P Keeney
Thomas Keeney
Rosa D Keeney

Spouse and Children


    Harriet Angeline Douglas


29 October 1860



    Walter Scott Keeney



    Joseph F Keeney


    Dale P Keeney


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings



    Hamilton Franklin Keeney


    David Keeney


    John A. Keeney


    Lucretia Keeney



+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 2

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Age 9

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 19

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Name Meaning

1 Irish: variant spelling of Keaney .2 Americanized spelling of Swiss German Kühni, Kühne ( see Kuehn ), or German Kiene or Kiener .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • James Kinney in household of Thomas H Kinney, "United States Census, 1860"
  • James Keeney, "United States Census, 1870"
  • James Keeney in entry for Walter S Keeney and Laura Driskell, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

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