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BALTIS ERNEST KEEN5

3079. BALTIS ERNEST KEEN5 (Sarah Martin4, Lydia Read3, John Read2, Joseph Read1) was born circa 1854 in Muscatine County, Iowa, the third son and youngest of the four children of Srah Martin and Baltis T. Keen. He may have been a postumous child, as Baltis T. Keen died in 1854. Baltis Ernest appears on the 1860 census as a six year old school boy living with his mother—Sarah Martin Keen Raub—and step-father—Harrison Raub—on a farm in Sweetland Township in Muscatine County (1860 United States Federal Census, Sweetland Township, Muscatine County, Iowa, page 528, 30 June 1860, P.O Melpine, Iowa; Anon 1879). He was listed as "Ernest B. Raub" on the 1870 census. He was 16 years old and lived with his mother and step-father, half-brothers Arthur and Orrin and an adopted sister Annie M. (McMurphy) Raub (1870 United States Federal Census, Sweetland Township, Muscatine County, Iowa, page 304, 11 August 1870, P.O Wilton, Iowa).

Baltis married on 9 February 1876, in Muscatine County, Hannah Ellen "Ella" Pierson, (Iowa Marriages) the daughter of Silas Cromwell Pierson and Elsie Ann Wintermute. She was born 9 February 1856 in Iowa. Hannah's grandparents were George Wintermute and Magdalene Staley of Warren County, New Jersey (Porritt 2002). George and Magdalene Wintermute were the parents of Charles Wintermute, who was married to Baltis's Aunt Margaret Keen (his father's sister). While Hannah Ellen and Baltis were not blood cousins, they did have an Aunt and Uncle in common: Charles Wintermute and Margaret Keen. They were also both first cousins to Charles and Margaret's son—Baltis Keen Wintermute, who was married to Baltis Ernest Keen's Aunt Lidia Anna Martin (his mother's sister).

In 1880, Baltis and Ella lived in Lone Tree Village in Freemont Township, Johnson County, Iowa. Baltis was employed as a tinner. They had one child, their son Orron (1880 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 234, Lone Tree Village, Freemont Township, Johnson County, Iowa, page 264C, 4 June 1880). They did not remain in Iowa for long. By the late 1880s, Baltis had migrated to California. He appears in the 1888 city directory for Los Angeles as Baltis E. Keen, residing at 44 Arroyo in East L.A.. In this listing he is associated with John J. Jones & Co., a real estate agency. The address for John J. Jones & Co. was 378 East Second in L.A. The 1890 directory lists Baltis E. Keen as residing at 288 Arroyo in East L.A. (this may refelect a change in street numbers and not in physical location since 1888). His occupation in the directory is given as tinsmith.

Baltis died between 1890 and 1910. The exact date of his death is unkown, but he probably died in California. His wife appears on the 1910 census as "Ellen H. Keen." Ellen resided at 1221 Webster Street in Palo Alto, California. She was 54 years old and worked as a dressmaker. According to the census she was the mother of six children, only two of whom were living in 1910. These two children were her daughters Sadie and Elsie who lived with her. Sadie worked as a stenographer and Elsie was still in school. Ellen owned her home, but it was mortgaged (1910 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 80, Town of Palo Alto, Palo Alto Township, Santa Clara County, California, sheet 7A, 19 April 1910).

Baltis Ernest Keen and Hannah Ellen Pierson had 6 children born betweeen circa 1878 and circa 1894. Total identified descendants equals 6.

Baltis Ernest Keen and Hannah Ellen Pierson

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CHILDREN OF BALTIS ERNEST KEEN AND HANNAH ELLEN PIERSON:

3089. (i.) ORRIN H. KEEN6, was born circa 1878 in Iowa and died before 1910. He appears on the 1880 census as a two year old child living with his parents in Lone Tree Village in Johnson County, Iowa (1880 United States Federal Census, Lone Tree Village, Freemont Township, Johnson County, Iowa, page 264C, 4 June 1880). The 1910 federal census states that Ellen Keen was the mother of six children, four of whom had died before 1910. The two living children were Sadie and Elsie. It is assumed that Orrin H. Keen died before 1910 (1910 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 80, Town of Palo Alto, Palo Alto Township, Santa Clara County, California, sheet 7A, 19 April 1910)

3090. (ii.) CHILD KEEN6, was born between 1880 and 1910 and died before 1910. The 1910 federal census states that Ellen Keen was the mother of six children, four of whom had died before 1910 (1910 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 80, Town of Palo Alto, Palo Alto Township, Santa Clara County, California, sheet 7A, 19 April 1910)

3091. (iii.) CHILD KEEN6, was born between 1880 and 1910 and died before 1910. The 1910 federal census states that Ellen Keen was the mother of six children, four of whom had died before 1910 (1910 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 80, Town of Palo Alto, Palo Alto Township, Santa Clara County, California, sheet 7A, 19 April 1910)

3092. (iv.) CHILD KEEN6, was born between 1880 and 1910 and died before 1910. The 1910 federal census states that Ellen Keen was the mother of six children, four of whom had died before 1910 (1910 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 80, Town of Palo Alto, Palo Alto Township, Santa Clara County, California, sheet 7A, 19 April 1910)

3093. (v.) SADIE E. KEEN6, was born circa 1886 in California, possibly in Los Angeles County and died unknown. In 1910, she lived with her widowed mother and younger sister Elsie in Palo Alto, California. Sadie was 23 years old and was employed as a stenographer in a professor's office (1910 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 80, Town of Palo Alto, Palo Alto Township, Santa Clara County, California, sheet 7A, 19 April 1910).

3094. (vi.) ELSIE LYDIA KEEN6, was born 4 July 1894 in California and died 27 October 1947 in Sacramento, Sacramento County, California (California Death Index). She was probably named after her grandmother Elsie Wintermute Pierson and either her great-grandmother Lydia Read Martin or great-aunt Lidia Martin Wintermute. In 1910, she lived with her widowed mother and older sister Sadie in Palo Alto, California. Elsie was 15 years old and was in school (1910 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 80, Town of Palo Alto, Palo Alto Township, Santa Clara County, California, sheet 7A, 19 April 1910). She married on 10 June 1918 in California, Thomas William Labadie, the son of Peter Anthony Labadie and Mary Ann Norman. He was born 1 July 1894 in Fiddletown, Amador County, California (Latter Day Saints, hereinafter LDS AFN:4FMN-4F). His father was French Canadian and his mother was a native Californian. Shortly after their marriage, the couple was living in Plymouth, California. Elsie was not employed and Thomas worked as a machinist in a gold mine. The couple owned their home free and clear of all mortgages. Thomas's sister Elizabeth Labadie resided next-door to Thomas and Elsie. She was married to John R. McBeth and they had several children. The youngest child was named Elsie. The other children were Leola, Willa, Russell, and Moria. John McBeth also worked in the gold mine (1920 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 10, Eastside Ward, Plymouth City, Township 5, Amador County, California, sheet 1B, 6 January 1920; California Death Index for Russell Labadie McBeth). By 1930, Elsie and Thomas had moved to Sacramento, Califonia. They owned a home at 2674 20th Street, which was valued at $4250. Thomas was employed as a trouble shooter for the gas company and Elsie was a school teacher. The couple did not have children. The census states that Thomas was a World I Veteran (1930 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 24-93, Assembly District 15, Sacramento City, Sacramento County, California, sheet 4B, 11 April 1930). Elsie died in 1947. After her death, Thomas married Katherine Iona Ramp (LDS AFN:CNS2-6J). She was born 20 June 1903 in Indiana (her mother's maiden name was Helbig) and died 26 September 1984 in Sacramento, California (California Death Index). Her social security number was issued in Indiana before 1951 (Social Security Death Index). Thomas lived until 14 February 1978. He also died in Sacramento, California (California Death Index).

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REFERENCES

PRIMARY

Census

1860 United States Federal Census
Sweetland Township, Muscatine County, Iowa, page 528.

1870 United States Federal Census
Sweetland Township, Muscatine County, Iowa, page 304.

1880 United States Federal Census
Enumeration District 234, Lone Tree Village, Freemont Township, Johnson County, Iowa, page 264C.

1910 United States Federal Census
Enumeration District 80, Town of Palo Alto, Palo Alto Township, Santa Clara County, California, sheet 7A.

1920 United States Federal Census

Enumeration District 10, Eastside Ward, Plymouth City, Township 5, Amador County, California, sheet 1B

1930 United States Federal Census

Enumeration District 24-93, Assembly District 15, Sacremento City, Sacremento County, California, sheet 4B.

Directories

Anon

1888 Los Angeles Directory for 1888. No publisher, Los Angeles, CA.

Anon

1890 Los Angeles Directory for 1890. No publisher, Los Angeles, CA.

Marriages

Iowa Marriages

n.d. Muscatine County, Iowa Marriage Register, 1851-1900. County court records located at Muscatine, Iowa or Family History Library microfilm #1003359-1003361 and #1003489-1003490.
Available on line through
Ancestry.com, or through Church of the Latter Day Saints,

Vital Records

California Death Index

Available on line through Ancestry.com,

Social Security Death Index

Available on line through Ancestry.com, Church of the Latter Day Saints, or through Family Tree Maker

SECONDARY

Anon

1879 History of Muscatine County: A History of it Cities Towns, etc. Western Historical Co. Chicago.

Latter Day Saints (LDS)

n.d. Ancestorial Files Number 4FMN-4F and CN52-6J, on file, Family History Library, Church of the Latter Day Saints, Salt Lake City.

WEB SITES

Porritt, John L.

2002 Porritt/Emericks/Heinz/Brant/Wales/Sigler Family Tree.

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