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Submitted by Kay Kuebeler.


MABEL

Mabel Bell (Barr) Keenan

     The Keenan page is dedicated to my grandmother, Mabel Bell (Barr) Keenan Keys. She was born in Steubenville, Ohio on June 19, 1888, married Thomas James Keenan on May 15, 1906, and married Charles Roy Keys on September 17, 1917. She was the mother of Merrill Leslie Keenan and Kenneth Hannan Keenan, both sons of Thomas. She died March 28, 1975 and is buried in Toledo Memorial Cemetery in Toledo, Ohio.


GARVEY

Margaret Jane Garvey

     Margaret Jane Garvey was the second wife of John Keenan. They were married on July 24, 1890, at St. Matthews Church, Wheeling, West Virginia and resided at 2811 Chapline Street, Wheeling.


KEENAN

     This monument is in Peninsula Cemetery, Wheeling, West Virginia. The lot where the Keenans are buried belonged to the Keenan Family. The stone is very tall and four sided. On the front of the stone is the name John Keenan Sr. He was born April 30, 1847, and died October 10, 1930. On the right side of the stone is Elizabeth, wife of John, born in County Derry, Ireland, born October 28, 1849 and died January 22, 1889. Also on the right side is John Martin, son of John and Elizabeth Keenan, born February 25, 1879 and died May 21, 1879. On the back of the stone is Robert G. Keenan, born June 7, 1891 and died April 3, 1895 and William G. Keenan, born October 21, 1901, and died January 18, 1920.


KEENAN

     Grave site of Thomas James Keenan, born March 19, 1884 in Wheeling, West Virginia; died April 4, 1961, in Martins Ferry, Ohio. He was the son of John and Elizabeth (Gamble) Keenan. He was the first husband of Mabel Bell Barr of Steubenville, Ohio and father of Merrill Leslie Keenan - [PHOTO] (1907 to 1910) and Kenneth Hannan Keenan [PHOTO] (1913 to 1960). He was also the father of Howard, Thomas Jr. and Mildred by a second marriage.


RIVERSIDE

Employees at the Riverside Tin Mill. Names are not listed on photo, but the man in middle who is tallest is a Keenan.


Elizabeth "Lizzie" Gamble Keenan

     This photo, taken in 1864 in Belfast, Ireland is that of Lizzie Gamble. Elizabeth "Lizzie" Gamble was the first wife of John Keenan, both of Port Glenone, Ireland and both coming to settle in Wheeling, West Virginia. Elizabeth was the sister of Nancy Jane Gamble, who is also known as Ann Jane Gamble Keenan, both sisters marrying a Keenan. Elizabeth married John Keenan July 11, 1872 in Wheeling, West Virginia. This photo was supplied by Peter James Keenan of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia. Nancy or (Ann Jane) is Peters great grandmother and Lizzie, his great Aunt.

Nancy Jane Gamble Keenan

Nancy Jane Gamble, known as Ann Jane Gamble Keenan, is the sister of Elizabeth Gamble. Ann Jane was the wife of Henry John Keenan, marrying him in the 1860's in the Presbyterian Church of Kilrea, near Port Glenone, Ireland. Henry and Ann Jane located to Australia. See The Family of Henry & Ann Keenan.


OBITUARIES

Wheeling Register, January 23, 1889

(ELIZABETH) KEENAN--Tuesday, January 22, 1889, at 7:20 o'clock p.m. Elizabeth, wife of John Keenan, aged 39 years, 2 months and 25 days. Funeral from her late residence No. 2811 Chapline Street, Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Interment at Peninsula Cemetery. Friends of the family are invited to attend. Elizabeth Keenan died of typhoid fever.


Taken from Wheeling News Register, Dec 29, 1941

DANIEL KEENAN

Yorkville Plant Employee Dies Suddenly in Wheeling on Sunday

Daniel W. Keenan, 65, veteran employe of the Yorkville plant, Wheeling Steel Corporation, and resident of this vicinity his entire life, died suddenly Sunday at the home of a cousin, Mrs. Margaret Smith, 2408 Wood Street. Mr. Keenan worked with the night shift at Yorkville Saturday. Shortly after arriving at the Smith home, where he usually spent each Sunday, he was striken and died within a short time. Born in Wheeling, August 10, 1876, a son of John and Elizabeth Gamble Keenan, he had spent his entire life in this vicinity. He had been employed at the Yorkville plant for the past 20 years. Mr. Keenan resided with a sister, Mrs. Eizabeth Burns, at Martins Ferry. He was a member of the Kain club of Wheeling. Surviving are his wife Elizabeth Waters Keenan; three daughters, Misses Margaret, Elizabeth and Catherine Keenan, all of East Liverpol, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Burns, of Martins Ferry, and Mrs. Arch Bero, of Wheeling; and five brothers; David, of Steubenville, Ohio, Thomas of Washington, PA.. John, Samuel, and Robert Keenan, all of this city. - Funeral services are to be held in the Schmeichel Funeral Home chapel Wednesday aternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. J. H. A. Bomberger, rector of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church will officiate. Interment will be in Peninsula Cemetery.


Wheeling Register, October 11, 1930

JOHN KEENAN SR. TAKEN BY DEATH

Resident of South Chapline Street for Half Century Passes Away at Home Friday Afternoon

John Keenan Sr., 83, widely known Wheeling resident, succumbed to an extended illness at 3:25 o'clock p.m. yesterday at his home, 2811 Chapline Street, where he had resided for the past 58 years. He had been in failing health for three weeks. Death was attributed to the infirmities incident to his advanced years. A native of Port Glenone, County Derry Ireland, Mr Keenan was born April 30, 1847. Coming to this country and to Wheeling when a youth, the decedent was associated with the old Riverside Iron Works and later the United States Steel corporation for nearly half a century. He retired in 1920. Always active in local fraternal circles, Mr. Keenan enjoyed a large circle of friends here. He was affiliated with the Baltimore lodge No. 6, Knghts of Pythias, the Ancient Order of United Workmen and Wheeling Lodge, Knights of Malta

. Surviving are his wife, the former Miss Margaret Jane Garvey, and the following children: Mrs. John Burns of Martins Ferry, Mrs. Arch Bero of Wheeling, David G. Keenan of Steubenville, Daniel W. at home, John Jr. of Wheeling, Thomas J. of Washington, Pa. and Robert and Samuel S. Keenan also of this city. He also leaves 17 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements for Mr Keenan were indefinite las night.

Mr Keenan's first wife was the late Elizabeth Gamble Keenan. [Married 11 Jul 1872]

The Will of John Keenan

John Keenan - Declaration of Naturalization

John Keenan - Death Certificate


Wheeling News-Register April 15, 1961

KEENAN, THOMAS J., 77, of 614 Dewey Street, Martins Ferry, died in the Martins Ferry Hospital at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday. He was admitted at 12:30 p.m. Monday after accidently catching his clothing on fire. He was born March 19, 1884 in Wheeling, West Virginia, a son of John and Elizabeth Gamble Keenan. He was a retired roller in the tin mill at Washington, Pa. Surviving are two sons, Howard and Thomas in Washington, Pa; one daughter, Mrs. Mildred Krevas of Cleveland; two brothers, Robert of Akron, and Stewart of Wheeling; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Burns of Martins Ferry, and Mrs. Mary Bero of Wheeling, West Virginia. Friends may call at the Keller Funeral Home in Martins Ferry after 7 o'clock tonight. Arrangements are incomplete. - PHOTO OF THOMAS J. KEENAN


THOMAS J. KEENAN JR

Thomas James "Bud" Keenan Jr., 85, of Washington, died at 8:30 a.m. Monday, November 12, 2001, in Horizon Senior Care, Washington following a two month illness. He was born July 9, 1916, in Washington, a son of Thomas James Sr., and Zetta Nebling Keenan. Mr Keenan attended Washington High School and was employed by Keenan Mobile Homes. He loved animals.

Surviving are a brother, Howard W. Keenan, of Washington, a sister Mildred Krevas of Willowick, Ohio, and a niece and three nephews. Deceased are two half brothers Kenneth and Merrill Keenan, sons of Thomas James Keenan Sr.'s first marriage.


Kenneth Hannan Keenan, born September 16, 1915 and died September 7, 1960. He was the son of Thomas James Keenan, and grandson of John Keenan of Wheeling, West Virginia.

Obit & Photo of Kenneth Hannan Keenan


FROM THE BIBLE OF JOHN JAMES KEENAN

Keenan Marriages

BIRTHS:

DAVID J. KEENAN - BORN DEC 29, 1873
DANIEL W. KEENAN - BORN AUGUST 10, 1876
JOHN MARTIN KEENAN - BORN FEB 25, 1879
JOHN KEENAN - BORN JULY 30, 1880
THOMAS JAMES KEENAN - BORN MARCH 19, 1884
ELIZABETH KEENAN - BORN NOV 17, 1886
ROBERT KEENAN - BORN JUNE 7, 1891 -
SAMUEL STEWART - BORN JULY 1893
MARY KEENAN - BORN JAN 30, 1896
ROBERT KEENAN - BORN AUG. 16, 1898 - [PHOTO - Robert, James & Rose] - [PHOTO]
WILLIAM G. KEENAN - BORN OCT 21, 1901
ARCH BERO - BORN NOV 6, 1883
ROBERT GEORGE BERO - BORN AUG 29, 1927
ARCH BERO - BORN AUG 1, 1929
NANCY JANE BERO - BORN OCT 18, 1931


DEATHS:

DANIEL KEENAN - DIED DEC 22, 1872
ELIZA KEENAN - DIED FEB 1, 1877
JOHN MARTIN KEENAN - DIED MAY 5, 1879
DAVID GAMBLE - DIED JUNE 17, 1882
ELIZABETH KEENAN - DIED JAN 22, 1889
ROBERT KEENAN - DIED APRIL 3, 1895
NANCY KEENAN - DIED JAN 2, 1916
MOLLIE KEENAN - DIED JAN 7, 1916
BELL KEENAN - DIED NOV 1, 1909
ANNE JANE KEENAN - DIED NOV 23, 1875
WILLIAM ( NAME BLURRED) - DIED JUNE 1877
REBECCA CLARK - DIED JAN 30, 1916
ROBERT GARVEY - DIED JUNE
PAULINE KEENAN - DIED JAN 16, 1918
GEORGE W. KEENAN - DIED JAN 18, 1920
JAMIE KEENAN - DIED OCT 1930
JOHN KEENAN SR - DIED OCT 10, 1930
MARGARET JANE GARVEY KEENAN - DIED NOV 4, 1933


KEENAN FAMILY HOME
2811 Chapline Street, Wheeling, West Virginia

It has long been rumored that John Keenan Sr. built this house - [PHOTO] from bricks he carried home in his lunch box. This home, which set the scene for marriage of the young irish immigrants in 1872, to the births of most of their children, and the children that would follow from the second marriage, is soon to be demolished.

CHURCH OF IRELAND
Near Innisrush, Ireland, County Derry

This is the Church of Ireland - [PHOTO] located in the countryside near the town of Innisrush, Ireland, County Derry. This is the place where Daniel Keenan, father of John Keenan, is buried. John Keenan's mother, Elizabeth Wallace Keenan, is also buried here in the family plot. [TOMBSTONE PHOTO] - [CLOSEUP]

John Keenan left Ireland in his youth and went to Wheeling, West Virginia and spent most of his life at 2811 Chapline Street in that city.

Keenan's Restaurant and Bar in Ireland. - [PHOTO] These pictures were made by James Keenan, who just returned home from Ireland 28 May 2004.

CHURCH CHOIR

St Matthews Episcopal Church, in 1890, was home to this men's and boy's choir [PHOTO] . About the third row up and second from the right stands Thomas James Keenan, age six, and his brother John Keenan. They are both the sons of John Keenan and Elizabeth Gamble Keenan of Chapline Street, Wheeling, West Virginia.


Web Page by Linda Cunningham Fluharty.

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