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From: "Barbara Dunn" <>
Subject: Re: [ALWALKER-L] Family of Key/Cheek/Snow/Blanton
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998 13:10:26 -0500
Re: the discussion of the Key, Snow, Cheek families - - - - - - - - -
I have a little more info.on this in my files and will add to request
from Sally below and the good data below forwarded to the list by
Gail & Chuck Snow on Wash Key family. There is a great letter
from Floyd Key in Vertical files of Jasper library which clarifies Will
Key's family. (Phil Shipp, corrrect me here, if you have anything
different.) Rather than retype, I will add info. below- mine in
brackets & initialed. Anyone with more data on this or other Keys,
On:Sat, 7 Nov 1998
sally garner <> wrote:
> I am researching the families of KEY, SNOW and CHEEK. I am
> particularily interested in the family of William S. Washington Key.
> Elizabeth G. Key married W.R. Snow. They moved to Cherokee Co Tx. W.R.
> Snow died before 1858. Elizabeth Snow died in 1902. Two Key daughters
> married Cheeks. The daughter of one of the Cheeks married her first cousin
> John Malcolm Snow, son of W.R. and Elizabeth Snow. I am trying to find the
> given names of the Key daughters and the Cheek men. Apparently they were
> married in Walker Co., Alabama. Any help would be appreciated.. Sally
Date sent: Sun, 08 Nov 1998 15:37:22 -0500
From: Charles and Gail Snow <>
> Here's what we have on this family. - - - we can give you the
person from whom we got this...> Gail and Chuck Snow
> 3. WILLIAM S. WASHINGTON2 KEY (JOHN* 1) was born Jan 8,
1801 in Amherst Co., Va., and died Jun 9, 1879 near Manchester,
Al. Buried: Shiloh Cem. on Nauvoo Road. (Source: Mrs. James
Henry Key, Ft. Worth, Tx. 1972;> KAAF pg. 267 & 270; James
Leonard Owen, Oakman, Al.; HOWC pg. 135;
> Walker Co. 1860 census.). He married CYNTHIA ASENETH
ABBOTT Abt. 1819 in Va., daughter of JAMES ABBOTT and
[Her marker says Asinthia Key. Apparently "Cynthia/Cinthia"
shortened and got muddled badly on censuses. Is Asenath,
Acinith, etc. a variant of Acinthia? Wm. S. Washington Key was
called "Wash". Also, they married. in Al Territory- John Key family
was in St. Clair Co. Al by 1819, in NC for about 10 yrs. prior to
that. --- BD]
Children of WASH KEY and CYNTHIA ABBOTT are:
> i. ELIZABETH C.3 KEY, b. Jan 12, 1820, Al. Moved to
> Co. TX.Bullard, Tx.; d. Jan 2, 1902 (Source: HOWC pg. 135.); m.
WILLIAM W. SNOW.
[ Elizabeth G. (Key) and Wm. R. Snow moved to Cherokee
Co. TX. He died abt 1856 there, was b. c1809 GA. Her family is
there thru 1860 & 1870 censuses. Apparently later to Tyler Co @
Bullard. Or was Tyler formed from part of Cherokee? Next door in
1860 was Isaac Blanton, Sr. who had moved from Walker Co. AL.
His son Isaac, Jr. was married 1st to Millie Cheek. Also living near
Isaac Blanton Sr., & perhaps a son-in-law, was William Handley
from Walker Co., Al- the s/o Tom Handley (from TN, as were the
Cheeks). --- BD]
> ii. BELINDA ASENETH KEY, b. 1822; m. J. R. CHEEK.
[ Belinda M. Key md. John Cheek, b. c1818 AL (Terr.). I have 9
children listed for them. Is the "M" for Milstead"? --- BD]
> iii. NANCY KEY, b. Abt. 1823; m. MR. CHEEK.
[ Nancy Key md. Randolph Cheek, b. c1817 TN, and they're on
1850 Red River Co., TX census. Since "Cherokee Co., TX History"
biographical sketch of John Malcom Snow says he married his
cousin Nancy Elizabeth Cheek who was d/o WR & Eveline Cheek,
I presume that WR is W. Randolph and Eveline is Nancy Eveline
Key?? Other data says Randolph is s/o Valentine & Elizabeth
Cheek. From ages, & migration together, it appears that John &
Randolph Cheek are brothers & Millie Cheek Blanton their sister.
> iv. JANE MILLS KEY, b. Jun 7, 1824, Walker Co., Al.; d.
> Aug 23, 1900, Walker Co, Al. Buried: Hatt Ch. of Christ.; m.
THOMAS BRADLEY, Abt. 1861.
> v. JOHN MARTIN KEY, b. 1829, Sipsey, Al.; d. 1874; m.
Abt. 1848.> MARTHA E. ?,
> vi. JAMES WILLIAM* KEY, b. Jul 18, 1832, Al. Moved to
> Bullard, Tx. in 1892.; d. Nov 6, 1920, Bullard, Tx. Buried:
Bullard, Tx.> Community Cem. (Source: Mrs. James Henry Key,
Ft. Worth, Tx. 1972; KAAF pg. 270.); m. MARY "POLLY" KEY,
Sep 18, 1856.
[ Jas. Wm. "Will" Key md. his 1st cousin Mary Ann "Polly"
Key, b. 2 July 1838 WCA, d. 3 June 1903 Cherokee Co., TX. She
is buried there, but Will returned to Walker Co. & is buried at Old
Shiloh Cem., per data I have. Dates above ( 1832-1920) are same,
but says he died in Walker Co. ---- BD]
> Notes for JAMES WILLIAM* KEY:
> It was Elizabeth (Key) Snow, sister of James William
>Key, who first moved to Bullard, Texas. Her letters to her brother,
> James William Key, describing life in the area, greatly influenced
> him to move with his family to Texas in 1892. They moved by >
[Elizabeth Key & Wm. R. Snow 1st moved to Cherokee Co.
TX.- Per 1850-1870 census there were 7 children: Acenath E.,
Christopher, & Elizabeth J. - all born Al; Wm. W. born in Miss.; &
John Malcom and James A. born in TX. Eliz. b. c1846 AL, Wm.
W. c1848 MS, Jno Malcom 1850 TX. So, they apparently left AL
1846-47 for Miss, then left c.1849-early 1850 for Cherokee Co. TX,
arriving in time for the census. --- BD]
> James William Key owned a sawmill and lumber yard in
>or near Jasper, Al., as well as farm and timber lands nearby.
>The mill and yard burned some time in 1892, prior to the move to
> James William Key served in Co. C., 13th Battalion, Al.,
> Partisan Rangers, Cavalry. He enlisted Sep. 6, 1862 at Jasper,
> vii. HIEL ABBOTT KEY, b. Jun 7, 1836, (Son of Wm. S.
Wash. Key & Cynthia Abbott) (Grandson of John & Belinda Key);
d. Sep 3, 1904, Walker Co., Al. Buried: West Jeff. Freewill Bapt.
Cem. (Source: Jasper Mtn. Eagle Oct. 12, 1904; Walker Co., 1880
census - H. A. Key, age 45, -C. C., 46, wife; 1900 census - Hiel A.
Key & Celia Key, wife.); m. CAROLINE C. BUZBEE, Abt. 1857,
(Married 1st cousin).
> viii. JONATHAN KEY, b. Abt. 1849 (Source: Walker Co.,
Al. 1860 census.).
[Jonathan was raised by Wash Key family, but was nephew
not son. Was only son of Wash's brother James Hezekiah "Ky"
Key. --- BD]
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