States: Maryland: Carroll
Thank you for the quick and thorough response!
As for the father of Samuel, Jacob, and John, where did you find that his name was John? I heard this from one other Keith descendant, who said that it was based on a note somewhere, but that's as specific as it gets. Of the three brothers, John Keith (1788-1870) was my 4th-great-grandfather. I heard about the other two through this site; there doesn't seem to be any document that links them as brothers, but they apparently aren't related to any of the other many Keiths that were in Huntingdon County at the time. Samuel first appears in Huntingdon County on the 1810 census, and Jacob on the 1820 census; according to an obituary for my 3rd-great-grandfather, William Keith (1816-1893), John moved his family to Huntingdon County in 1826. He had fought in the 36th Regiment of the Maryland Militia (led by William Jessop). For many generations, there has been a rumor that they are descendants of Sir William Keith, the Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, which is possible, but not likely since even a number of Sir William's illegitimate children are documented, and it doesn't appear that he had any grandchildren that had the Keith name. A lot of Keiths have jumped to the conclusion that they are descendants of Sir William with no proof, even if they have to skip generations in their family trees with numbers that don't add up, rendering a lot of the public Keith family trees on Ancestry.com completely useless. With that said, I did have one of my Keith uncles participate in a 67-marker Y-DNA test through Family Tree DNA, and the only exact match found so far is to a family that still lived in Scotland a generation ago, and whose earliest known ancestor is James Keith, who was born in 1806 and married Elizabeth MacDonald in Perth in 1833. I have a scanned copy of a portrait of John's son, William Keith, and it is startling how closely my uncles on that side of the family resemble him. As I said, I'm eager to fill the gaps in my paper trail, and to find some documentation of the father of Samuel, Jacob, and John. Feel free to email me at: ziggyzipgun at hotmail. Thanks!
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