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William H. Keeland
 1805 - 1851

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  • Birth  by 1805  Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Probable son of Edmund Keeling based on indirect evidence.
    Gender  Male 
    Died  by 31 Oct 1851  Pass Christian, Harrison, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 24 Oct 1851, Harrison County, Mississippi, Transcription of the Last Will and Testament of William H. Keeland

      (page 11)

      The State of Mississippi § Exhibit No. 1
      Harrison County §
      Know all men by these presents
      that I William H. Keeland of said county and state afore
      said being in his proper sencis & sound mind do hereby make
      this my last will and testament [viz)
      that I do hereby make & constitute my wife Elizabeth
      Keeland my true and lawful executor (without giving
      security for the same as long as she remains a widow but
      should she marry then she and her husband must give security
      for the fulfilment of this will,) for the purpose of giving her
      full power over my full Estate both personal and Real
      so that she may have power to sell convey or dispose
      of the same as she may conceive to the best advantage
      for the use of herself and children between whoom it
      is to be eaqully divided. The children as they become of
      age are to receive their portions. The names of the children
      are as follows (viz) Sam'l E. Keeland Jno W Keeland
      Elizabeth S[?] Keeland and William H Keeland
      All of which I do make and confirm
      as my last will and Testament at Pass Christian
      this 20th day of October 1851.
      Signed in the presence of us § W. H. Keeland {Seal}
      Thomas Kershaw
      W. D. Martin
      Saml Hooks

      I William H. Keeland still being in sound mind
      and disposing memory but of weak and feeble health,
      in explanation of the within will do declare by way of
      codicil. That I do hereby bequeath to my wife Elizabeth
      F. Keeland all my Estate real and personal wherever
      situated to be by her held in trust upon the Condition
      First that she shall out of the proceeds of the sale thereof
      pay all my just debts~~~~~~~~~~

      (page 12)

      Secondly-maintain herself and ^my children and educate
      them according to their station degree and circumstances
      and ____ when my children respectively arrive at the
      age of majority that they shall be each entitled to their
      share. Share and share alike with my said wife Hereby empowering my said wife to sell and
      convey my said Estate as she shall see fit and proper without
      giving any security to the Probate Court unless she should
      marry and then to give security as heretofore ordained.
      All of which I declare as a part of this my last will and testament.
      In the presence of § W. H. Keeland {SS}
      W. A. Champlin §
      Sml Hooks §
      James L Serams §

      State of Mississippi §
      Harrison County §
      I S. S. Davis Clerk of the Probate
      Court of said County certify that the foregoing two pages
      contain a true and perfect transcript of the original
      Last Will & Testament of William H. Keeland deceased
      as the same remains of Record and on file in my office.

      Witness my hand and the Seal
      of said Court this 15th day of June
      AD 1855
      S. S. Davis clk
    • Nov. 1, 1851 Court: Harrison County, Mississippi. Estate of Wm. H. Keeland Deceased; Elizabeth Keeland Exr.
      Summons to Samuel Hooks, James L. Swaim, and W. A. Champlin to appear to Probate Court 1st Monday in Jan 1852 to prove will. Said will witnessed on 24 Oct 1851.
      Proof of codicil by Thomas Kinshaw and Samuel Hooks.
      Petition: Elizabeth says that she was appointed executrix and that William H. Keeland had property in town of Pass Christian and lands in this state [Mississippi] and in Alabama.
      5 Jan 1852 Schedule of Liabilities of the Estate of WHK: among others was Beatrice Ward, note, $1000.00
      16 Feb 1852 Citation to minor heirs to appear in court: Samuel W. [sic], John W., Elizabeth T., William H.
    Person ID  I11  keeland
    Last Modified  10 Oct 2009 15:41:47 
    Father  Edmund Keeling, b. 14 Apr 1766, probably Cumberland County, Virginia  
    Mother  Barbara Hendrick, b. Abt 1773, Lunenburg County, Virginia  
    Family ID  F90  Group Sheet
    Family  Elizabeth F. Easley, b. Abt 1815, Alabama  
    Married  28 Jan 1830  Perry County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Transcription:
      Keiland, William H. Earley, Elizabeth 22-Jan-1830 28-Jan-1830
      Book 1820-1832, page 437

    • Edward Easley Will (1844), Perry County Will Book A: 163, County Clerk’s Office, Marion, Alabama; FHL microfilm no. 1290344 [mentioned daughter Elizabeth Keyland; and Edward Easley Will (1844), Perry County Minutes of the Orphan’s Court, Book D: 301; FHL microfilm no. 1577904 [mentioned “William E. Keeland for his wife.”
     1. Samuel E. Keeland, b. Abt 1835, Alabama
     2. John Willard Keeland, Sr., b. 1845, Alabama
     3. Elizabeth Keeland, b. Abt 1848, Mississippi
     4. William H. Keeland, b. Abt 1851, Mississippi Or Alabama
    Last Modified  26 Jul 2009 11:11:46 
    Family ID  F4  Group Sheet
  • Documents Will of William H. Keeland
    Page 1
    William H. Keeland will (1851), Harrison County Probate Court, Probate Court Case Files 1-53, 1840-1897, Case no. 47; Clerk of the Chancery Court, Gulfport, Mississippi; FHL microfilm no. 2259849. ALSO William Keeland will (1851), Winston County, Mississippi Will book 8: 356 AND Attala Co. AND Oktibbeha Co.
    William H. Keeland will
    page 2
    Histories History of William H. KeelandHistory of William H. Keeland
  • Notes 
    • 1830 US Census, Perry County, Alabama, one male age 20-30; one female age 15-20
    • 1833 Jun 4 Federal Land Patent: Alabama, Perry County. E1/2 SW Section 10 Township 18N, Range 6E, St Stephens Meridian, Perry Co., AL; 80 acres; Cahaba District. William was a resident of Greene County, Alabama at the time of purchase.
    • 1833 Aug 3 Deed: Alabama, Perry County. Deed between Wm. H. Keland and James H. Wells both of Perry Co. for $1000 lots in Union town numbered 58, 59, 75 and 76.
    • 1834 Apr 5 Deed: Alabama, Perry County. William H. Keeland of Perry Co. and Julius Norton of Marengo County for $150 10 acres south end of eash half of SW Sec 7 T17 R6
    • 1834 May 7 Deed: Alabama, Perry County. Between William Keland and John Barron for $150 E1/2SW Sec 10 T18 R6 in Cahaba District.
    • 1835 Mar 16 Voting: Alabama, Sumter County. He was listed as a voter in Sumterville, Sumter County, Alabama.
    • 1835 Jun 10 Deed: Alabama, Sumter County. Christopher B. Easley secures payment for promisory note for $200 to William H. Keland for lot in Livingston for Peter Doty.
    • 1836 Oct 14 Deed: Alabama, Sumter County. William H. Keeland sells a negro girl named Tiller age 18 or 19 to Henry McDaniel for $1125.
    • 1837 Oct 2 Deed: Alabama, Sumter County. Cornelius Rain and William Johnston paid $15,450 to William H. Keeland and wife Eliabeth F. Keeland for 138 acres in Sumter Co., S28 T20 R1W.
    • 1837 Dec 8 Deed: Alabama, Sumter County. Jas. B. Tutts and wife Susanna [Lucy Anna/} sell 1120 acres in separate parcels of land to Wm. H. Keeland for $36000. Witnessed by Warham Easley.
    • 1837 Dec 28 Deed: Alabama, Perry County. John and Virginia Fitts to William H. Kelan and James B. Tutt for $30,000 for numerous parcels of land all in 18 R7 Cahaba land district lying in Perry and Dallas counties. Wit: Warham Easley. Ack Sumter County, Alabama.
    • 1838 Feb 14 Deed: Alabama, Sumter County. Wm. H. Keeland sells 80 acres in E1/2 of NE1/2 of S36, T20, R3 in Sumter Co., AL to Elijah Price for $1200.
    • 1838 Apr 18 Deed: Alabama, Sumter County. In Kemper Co., MS, William H. Keeland of the first part agreed to take 150 shares of stock valued at $100/share in the Kemper & Noxubee Navigation & Real Estate Banking Company at Wahalak. He gave 10 promisory notes for the sum of $1500, first payment due on Mar 1, 1830 and the last due on Mar 1, 1840, giving his obligation for the sum of $15,000. He didn't have the case, so he put up his cotton crop, some land, and some slaves as collateral.
    • 1839 Feb 4 Deed: Alabama, Sumter County. Josiah Dobbs paid Wm. H. Keeland $350 for a parcel of land in Sumterville, NW corner of Lot 3NE by Lot No. 31 containing 1 acre.
    • 1840 US Federal Census: Alabama, Sumter County, WH Keeland household
      2 males under 5
      1 male 5 to under 10
      1 male 20-30
      2 males 30-40
      2 females 20-30
    • 1840 Dec 15 Deed: Alabama, Sumter County. William H. Keeland pays $8200 to James B. Tutt and George Frazer of Sumter for land known as the Plantation of Morgan Smith w1/2 Sw1/4 S27 T20 R3W containing 412 acres. One of the witnesses was T. W. Easley.
    • 1840 Dec 19 Deed: Sumter County, Alabama. John H. Hopkins bought at the marshal's sale the Tutt
      place, the Fraxier place, the Ancerson place, and the Darmole palce all in Sumter Co., AL and sold as the property of William H. Keeland. Keeland can pay Hopkins by 1 July next $5000and interest to get this property back.
    • 1840 Dec 19 Deed: Alabama, Sumter County. John P. Kerr paid William H. and Elizabeth Keeland $20,000 for parcels of land: SW1/4 T21 R3W containing 160 acres; NW1/4 S27 T21 R3W containing 160 acres; the Morgan Smith plantation in Sumter Co., AL containing 412 acres described as W1/2NE1/4 S33, E1/2NW1/4 S33 T20 R3W, SE1/4 S28, W1/2SW1/4 S27 T20 R3W; W1/2 NE1/4 and E1/2 NW1/4 and E1/2 SW1/4 S23 T9 R14E containing 240.30 acres in Kemper Co., MS.
    • 1841 Jan 1 Deed: Alabama, Sumter County. William & Elizabeth Keeland received from John J. Collier $26,000 for various parcels of land that Keeland had gotten from the Demopolis land office.
    • 1841 Feb 27 Federal Land Patent: Mississippi, Kemper County. William H. Keeland, W1/2NE S33, T10N, R15E, Choctaw Meridian, 78.43 acres. Keeland is a resident of Sumter County, Alabama.
    • 1841 Feb 27 Federal Land Patent: Mississippi, Kemper County. William H. Keeland, E1/2NE S33 T10N R15E, Choctaw Merifdian, 78.43 acres
    • 1842 Tax List: Mississippi, Kemper County.
    • 1842 Jun 1 Deed: Alabama, Sumter County. Sanford Coley and [?] Steward pay William and Elizabeth Keeland $400 for land in Sumterville, Lot #3 South by South 1/2 No. 5 fronting Main Street.
    • 1843 Tax List: Mississippi, Kemper County.
    • 1844 Tax List: Mississippi, Kemper County.
    • 1846 Tax List: Mississippi, Kemper County.
    • 1846 US Supreme Court: Tombigbee Railroad Company v. William H. Kneeland 45 US 16 (1846). Keeland is of Sumter County Alabama. Kneeland is likely Keeland and in fact is referred to as Keeland in other sources
    • 1846 Sep 1 Federal Land Patent: Mississippi, Lauderdale County. William H. Keeland, N1/2SW S30 T8N R18E, Choctaw Meridian, Columbus Land Office. His patent for land in Lauderdale Co., Mississippi listed his residence as Sumter Co., Alabama
    • 1849 Feb 8 Deed: Mississippi, Harrison County. W. H. Keeland to John Coffee, both of Harrison Co., MS, in consideration of all the oyster shells that may accumulate on the property, Keeland agrees that Coffee may erect a dwelling/oyster house for 5 years. . .so long as he conducts business in an orderly manner.
    • 1849 Sep 17 Deed: Mississippi, Harrison County. Wm. H. Keeland pays $500 to W. H. and Martha D. Brown for part of lot 63 on original plat of Pass Christian and labeled as lots 104 and 105 on a more recent plat, located on Gulf shore.
    • 1849 Dec 27 Deed: Mississippi, Harrison County. Keeland of Harrison Co., MS buys a lot in Pass Christian from R. L. Dixon and Julian R. Dixon & wife of Washington Co., Mississippi.
    • 1849 to 1852. Sans Souci Hotel: Harrison County, Mississippi, Pass Christian. Not completed when Keeland died in 1851
    • 1850 US Federal Census: Mississippi, Harrison, Pass Christian.
      W H Keeling 45 GA no occupation
      Elizabeth 33 AL
      Samuel 15 AL
      John W 4 AL
      Elizabeth 2 AL
      Elizabeth Gullett 21 MS
      Howard Stanely 4 LA
    • 1850 Jan 3 Deed: Mississippi, Harrison County. W. H. Keeland leases to N. G. Mallett to build a wharf.
    • 1850 Apr 11 Deed: Mississippi, Harrison County. Wm. Ashley paid $100 to William H. Keeland and wife Elizabeth of Harrison Co. for land in Pass Christian. . ."the back part of the same lot in which the present Keeland now lives. . . ." rec 24 Dec 1851
    • 1850 May 25 Deed: Mississippi, Harrison County. William H. Kelan and wife Elizabeth F. of Harrison Co., MS sells to Collom Terry, possession to take place after 1 Jan 1851.
    • 1850 Jun 20 Deed: Mississippi, Harrison County. W. H. Keeland leases to A. G. Mallett a portion of his lot already leased to Mallett from the front of the road to the water's edge. Mallett agrees not to build anything that might obstruct Keelan's ocean view. On 1 Feb 1851 Mallett transferred his lease on the property known as "The Wharf" or "Mallett's Wharf" in Pass Christian to J. A. Gammill.
    • 1851 Mar 12 Deed: Mississippi, Harrison County. W. H. Keeland in Mobile, AL agrees to Elizabeth Gullett transfer titles to a lot known as the place on which Mr. W. Ashley lives and "to make a Bill of Sale to two negroes Tiny and Herriet his wife as soon as I return home and find titles and papers all right for which Elizabeth Gullett has paid me . . .certain lands in the State of Mississippi. . . .Negroes to be delivered 1st Jan 1852" Witness Sidney D. Douglas. On 27 Sep 1851, in Mobile, Mobile Co., AL, Sidney F. Douglas swore that W. H. Keeland did sign the document in his presence. On 14 Oct 1851 in Harrison Co., MS, this deed was filed for record.
    • 1851 Mar 12, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, Deed between Newton C. Gullett and William H. Keeland
      both of Harrison County, Mississippi for $2,220 paid by William H. Keeland grants him all of the interest of Newton Gullet in land in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi...being one Eighth part and Containing One hundred Seventeen hundred and fifty acres more or less Reserving to Mrs. J. H. Morris her Right of Dower Elizabeth wife of the said Newton C. Gullett in consideration of one dollar to her paid the receipt thereof she doth hereby acknowledge Doth hereby Release and Relinquish to William H. Keeland heirs and assignees All her right and title of Dower in &
      TO THE ABOVE NEMTIONED PREMKISES In Witness whereof the parties to these presents have hereunto Set their hands and Seals the day and year above written. Deed acknowledged by Newton and Elizabeth in Mobile Alabama 17 Mar 1851. Recorded in Oktibbeha County 20 Mar 1851.
      1851 Mar 15 Deed: Mississippi, Lowndes County, between Beatrice Ward of Lowndes County, Mississippi and William H. Keeland Harrison County for $1,000 paid by William H. Keeland sells him land in the County of Oktibbeha, Mississippi ...interest of Betatrice containing seventeen hundred fifty acres... Deed acknowledged by Beatrice Ward 19 Mar 1851 in Lowndes County, Mississippi. Recorded 20 Mar 1851 in Oktibbeha County.
    • 1851 Oct 12 Deed: Mississippi, Harrison County. William H. Keeland & Elizabeth Keeland his wife of Pass Christian sell property in Pass Christian to Madam Josephine Briois, wife of Charles Briois, possession not to begin before 1 Jan 1857.
    • 1852 Feb 24 Deed, between Newton C. Gullett and Elizabeth Gullett his wife and Elizabeth Keeland the Executor of the last will and Testament of William H. Keeland, deceased, all of Harrison County, Mississippi. On 12 Mar 1851 the Gulletts sold to William H. Keeland the lands described below for $2,220 "which we then received and which we now acknowledge to have received, but which deed is Supposed to be defective, and not to convey the Said lands which belong to and were the property of the Said Elizabeth" Since Wm. H. Keeland has Since died leaving all of his estate to Elizabeth Keeland "we are willing and desirous of correcting all Error if any in Said deed and of vesting in Said devisee all the Estate, in fee Simple, in Said land." Therefore for $1 the Gulletts convey to Elizabeth Keeland, all their interest in: The undivided half of the following lands lying and being in Choctaw County, in the State of Mississippi To wit.... Also the following lands Situated, lying and being in the County of Winston State aforesaid To wit..... Also the following lands Situated lying, and being, in the County of Attalla [sic] State aforesaid.... The interest in lands lying in Octibbeha [sic] County, being only one undivided Eighth part and Containing Seventeen [sic] and Sixty acres of land ... Newton and Elizabeth acknowledged deed and Elizabeth relinquished dowerin Harrison County 24 Feb 1853.
      Recorded in Winston County 17 March 1854.
    • 1853 May 24 Deed: Mississippi, Harrison County. Mrs. Aurilia Smith of West Feliciana Parish, LA
      pays $8700 to Mrs. Elizabeth Keeland, widow of the late Wm. H. Keeland and executrix, for a lot in Pass Christian that fronts 128 feet of the shores of the Gulf. Aurillia Smith is to receive the rent from Samuel Hooker for lease on adjacent land with a wharf until 1856.
    • 18 Aug 1853 Deed, Beatrice Hendrick of Lowndes County, Mississippi and Mrs Elizabeth F Keeland of Harrison County, Mississippi, Beatrice gives Elizabeth a quit claim for an undivided half of the following land in Choctaw County ... and the following lands in Attala County,Mississippi... and Elizabeth agrees to pay Beatrice two notes given by one William H Keeland the husband of Elizabeth in his life time to said Beatrice for the consideration above described one note due 1 March 1852 the other due 1st March 1853 each for five hundred dollars together with all iterest ... Beatrice agreeing to stop the proceedings instituted in her name on said notes until 1st January 1853 and to pay one half of the costs that may have accrued on the suit instituted on said first note except such as has already been taxed to the said Elizabeth or been paid by her The said Elizabeth to pay the other one half and if new suits have been commenced the said Beatrice to pay all costs on same In witness thereof the said parties have hereunto set their hand & seal the day & year aforesaid Acknowledged 18 Aug 1853, Lowndes County, Mississippi. Recorded
      8 Sep 1853.
  • Sources 
    1. [S20] Estimated from census records

    2. [S194] Harrison Co., MS Chancery Court, Probate Court Case Files 1-53, 1840-1897, FHL Microfilm No. 2259849., Case 47, General Docket A: 13 (Reliability: 3)

    3. [S16] Perry County Marriage Book 1820-1832, (Probate Clerk’s Office, Marion, Alabama), ; FHL microfilm no. 1290271.

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