I am seeking any information anyone might have on my gggrandfather Jacob "Jake" Keister. The 1850 census from Washington Township, Sevier County, Arkansas lists him as 41 from Virinia.
1846 court records show him as "overseer of roads", blacksmith and rancher.
Jacob married Mary Ann Adkisson Still, a widow, in 1842. Mary Ann had a daughter by her first marriage, Emmaline. Emmaline grew up and married George Cowlings.
Jacob Keister and Mary Ann had five children, John F. 1845, James Wesley 1846, George W. 1848, Elizabeth M. 1850, and Martha J. 1852.
Mary Ann died and Jacob married her sister Elvira Adkisson in 1854. To this union was born one son, William Henry Keister, Oct. 24, 1858, my ggrandfather. Elvira died soon after giving birth to William Henry.
Jacob died Sept. 12, 1863. William Henry was raised by Elvira's and Mary Ann's sister in Texas.
I am trying desperately to trace Jacob back to his "roots" in Virginia, and attempt to find out how he got to Sevier County, Arkansas.
Any information you might have to help me with this stumbling block would be greatly appreciated.
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