Mary E Keeling

Brief Life History of Mary E

When Mary E Keeling was born in May 1829, in Anderson, Tennessee, United States, her father, Osborne Carlton Keeling, was 33 and her mother, Charlotte Louisa Smith, was 31. She married Enos "Enoch" Marion McPherson in 1866, in Greene, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She lived in Blount, Tennessee, United States in 1850. She died on 10 May 1910, in Nevada, Vernon, Missouri, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Nevada, Vernon, Missouri, United States.

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Family Time Line

Enos "Enoch" Marion McPherson
Mary E Keeling
Marriage: 1866
Harland Sylvester McPherson
George Benjamin McPherson

Sources (2)

  • Mary Keeling in household of Carlton Keeling, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Mary Mc Pherson in household of Enos Mc Pherson, "United States Census, 1880"

World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.


Historical Boundaries: 1850: Hog Eye, Bates, Missouri, United States; 1855: Nevada City, Vernon, Missouri, United States; 1869: Nevada, Vernon, Missouri, United States


Historical Boundaries 1855: Vernon created from Bates County

Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English keling, kiling (probably of Old Norse origin) ‘young codfish’, perhaps for a fishmonger or for someone with staring eyes. Alternatively, from an unrecorded Middle English personal name Kel(l)ing, which may be transferred use of the nickname keling. The name has been established in Ireland since the 17th century. It is not to be confused with Irish Keelan .

Americanized form of German Kühling, a patronymic from Colo, probably a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name meaning ‘helmet’.

English: variant of Killing, a habitational name from Kelling (Norfolk) or Nunkeeling (East Yorkshire), both meaning ‘(the place of) the people of a man called Cylla’, from an Old English personal name Cylla + the Old English groupname suffix -ingas.

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

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Lost grave of Mary Keeling McPherson

In September 2019 I attempted to locate the actual grave of Mary Keeling McPherson in Nevada, Missouri. I visited multiple community offices until I was able to locate the superintendent of the cemete …

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