According to Irish Ancestors, the Keowns and Mills families came from Scotland
to the Derry area of Ireland.
Born: about 1807 in Northern Ireland (per Ken Keown)
Died: at age 52 (about 1859)
Married near Lindsay, Ontario, about 1830 Catharine/Katherine Mills (1810/12- 1863 or age 84)
John (some say Robert) Keown came from North Ireland, probably the northwest. A John Keown was located on lot #24, Conc. 8, Frontenac Co. in 1878. This is on the edge of Loughborough, north of Kingston. He is thought to have arrived in Canada about 1828. They had a farm near Omemee and Lindsay, between Peterborough and Fenlou Falls. There is a Moore's Falls in this area, but Moore is a common name. There are a number of Keowns buried in Dwight farther north. There were three marriages between the Moore-Keown families, Robert, John and Ester.
Some of Keown descendants lived in Chicago, IL for awhile. Information on these families comes from several sources: Lois Meldrum Parker, Jean Plain, and Muriel Montgomery.
The following is copied from a document supplied by Jean Plain. "My father (Thomas Meldrum) visited her [Catherine Mills Keown]....He said he filled her pipe for her. She was a chubby old dear and looked a bit like a feather tick with a string tied round her middle." The documents mentions a newspaper clipping about the Widow Meldrum's cow which got into her root cellar and ate so much it died, and a farewell party for Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Keown.
Mary Anne Keown (1832) married Thomas Lockhart.
In addition to her own five children she raised her brother Tom Keown's daughter Violet whose mother died in childbirth. This family lived near Fenelon Falls.
James Keown (about 1835) went west to British Columbia.
John Keown (1839-1881) married Nov. 24, 1864 in Northumberia to Est(h)er Moore (1842-1915). This family lived near Fenelon Falls for 12-14 years, and then moved to the Ridgetown area. John died after being kicked in the abdomen by a horse. After his death Esther moved to a house in either Thamesville, Kingsville, or Highgate and kept boarders.
Robert Keown (1841) married in 1865 to Eliza Jane Moore (about 1844).
Thomas Keown (1846-1928) married unknown.
Ruth Keown (twin, 1846-Aug. 20, 1911, age 65) married Richard Morgan Moore (Jan. 1842-June 2, 1932, age 92 yrs, 5 mons) Ruth and Thomas were twins. Lois Meldrum Parker has a memory as a little girl of baked goodies hanging in baskets in Aunt Ruth's cellar.
Sam Keown (1848-1913) married Jane Anne Jones daughter of James Jones and Bessie Lytle who came from Ireland about 1840 and settle in Cavan Twp. They lived in Verulam Twp, Fenelon, Eldon. She died in Mariposa Twp. ^i. Lavina "Vina" Keown married Mr. Campbell ^ii. Herbert William Keown (Nov. 9, 18?0-May 13, 1947) married Jan. 18, 1905 Violet May Herron?(July 29, 1884- Aug. 6, 1953). A. Stella Irene Keown (Feb. 6, 1907) married May 25, 1927 Lorne A. Waddell (1894-1967)) B. Ivan Everett Keown (Dec. 1, 1908-Jan. 18, 1939) C. Hazel Pearl Keown (Dec. 4, 1910) married March 3, 1945 Harry Oke (Nov. 26, 1903). (No children.) D. Violet Elva Keown (Sept. 20, 1913) married 1938 Edward McLeod (Sept. 11, 1914) E. Marvin Samuel Keown (Jun. 30, 1915-Feb. 8, 1971) married 1942 Ada Eleanor Winn (1916) F. ? Arley Keown (1918) married 1955 Tom Lewis (Sept. 2?, 1915-Feb. 17, 1977) G. Reginald Keown (1920) H. Herbert Stephen Keown (Sept. 3, 1923-Feb. 13, 1983) married 1942 Viloet ?r (1922) I. Clare Keown (July 6, 1929-July 22, 1992) ^iii. Stephen Keown ^iv. Pearl Keown (died age 17) ^v. Grenville Keown
George Keown (about 1851) married Emma ? ^i. a daughter
Kate Keown (about 1853) married Bob Smith ^i. Lena Smith married Mr. Galbraith. ^ii. Bob Smith married Anna. ^iii. Ethel Smith, remained single
Hannah Keown (1855-192?) married Dan Smith, a widower with two or three children.
William Keown (1858-1918/19) married Alice Baldwin (1855-1935?) ^i. James Earle Keown (1887-1967) ^ii. Violet Elizabeth Keown (1890-197?) married Hert Trott. ^iii. Frederick Keown (1897-1921)
Carrie Keown (1860) married Sam Ellis (brother of Sarah Jane Ellis Meldrum) ^i. Harry Ellis ^ii. Olive Ellis married ? Locke. ^iii. Gordon Ellis
Franicis Keown (1862-as infant 1862)
Archibald Keowm (1863-as infant 1863)
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