Death place of Cyprian Keyes, Jr?

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I believe that Cyprian Keyes, husband of Martha Bush, lived in or near Princeton, MA until after his first two sons died in the Revolution. Cyprian Keyes, the younger, apparently died of Small pox at Valley Forge in Jan of 1778. I believe that David, the elder, also died of Small pox, where I have not found an indication, in 1775, perhaps during the Siege of Boston. Cyprian and Martha apparently had another son in c 1777-1778 that they named David for the boy they lost in 1775. Cyprian and his family show up in the 1790 census of Berkshire County, MA. 

1790 Census of Pittsfield, Berkshire County, MA, Taken on 2 August, 1790

                                M over  M Un      F

                                    16        16 

Keyes, Cyprian           2         1         3         0         0      32 

Cyprian and Martha Keyes joined the First Church of Pittsfield, [Berkshire Co., MA] in 1791. 

In 1800 Census a Siplan Keyes was living in Worcester, Otsego County, NY with 1 male over 45 and 1 female over 45 next to David Keyes who was between 26 and 45 and 1 woman 16 to 26 and 1 male to 10. (Is this David Keyes, the younger, named for his brother who died in 1775. He would have been around 23 or 24 years of age if born in 1777.

This could be about Cyprian Keyes in Otsego County, NY

Old Mr. Keyes & Family of Bennington, Vt. came in 1790. He had a son by the name of Pebody Keyes, who was married & occupied the same farm with his father. William Scott of Vermont married his daughter Martha, purchased Pebody's right & remained on the same until 1859 & he died. (Note that Bennington, Vermont is quite close to Pittsfield, MA). 

The Rev. Josiah Morris & Family

Rev. Josiah Morris was a Baptist Clergyman who emigrated from Wales, soon after the Revolution & settled in Rhode Island & in 1800 migrated to Milford Centre.

Mr. Morris purchased a farm a little below the Centre. Soon after he made his purchase & became permanently settled he instituted measures for the Organization of a Baptist Church which he fully accomplished. On Mar. 13, 1805 with eleven charter members: namely himself & lady; his son Charles & wife; his son Josiah, Jr. Old Mr. Keyes & wife; John Crydenwise Stukely Whitford & wife; & Mr. James Westcott which constituted the number. 

Baptist Church of MilfordOrganization of the Baptist Church of Milford by the Rev. Josiah Morris, the 13 and 14 of March 1805. Rev. Josiah Morris and lady Charles Morris and lady, Josiah Morris Jr., Mr. Keyes and lady, James Westcott, John Crydenwise and lady, Stukely Whitford. 

In the 1855 NY State Census, David Keyes age 73 and Nelson Keyes age 42 are listed in Windsor, Broome County. Nelson Keyes says that he was born in Otsego County.

In the 1850 US Census David Keyes and Nelson Keyes are living in the same household with Ruby (born in Vermont). This indicates to me that this is the David Keyes by Seplin Keyes in Otsego in 1800 census. This David Keyes married Ruby Adams. Ruby Adams and some of her siblings were born in Pawlet,Rutland Co.Vermont. and then many of her family moved to the Milford area of Otsego County, NY.

A Cyprian Keyes is buried in Windsor, Broome County, NY. So I think when David Keyes and Ruby moved from Otsego to Broome County, they brought the old man with them and he is buried in the same cemetery as they are.

A Peabody Keyes died in Tioga County, Pennsylvania across the border from Elmira, NY which is relatively close to Broome County, NY A Peabody Keyes shows up in the 1790 census of Rutland, Vermont. 

It is possible that Cyprian lived in between censuses of 1790 and 1800 in or around Rutland, Vermont/or a bit farther down the valley in Bennington.

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According to U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970

Pittsfield, Massachusetts


I believe the Cyprian in windsor Broome County NY is actually Cyprian Kies born about 1842 in New York according to the 1860 Census

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