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John Ross Key (1754 - 1831)

John Ross Key
Born in Redland, Frederick, Marylandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 19 Oct 1775 in Frederick, Marylandmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 77 in Frederick, Frederick, Maryland, United Statesmap
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John Key born on 19 Sep 1754 Redland, Frederick, Maryland, son of Francis & Ann Arnold (Ross) Key [1][2]

John served as an American Revolutionary Captain with the Army.

Occupation - Lawyer.

He married Ann Phoebe Charlton on 19 Oct 1775 Frederick, Maryland by Rev Bartholomew Booth, an Anglican clergyman who had no official authority to perform marriages. [3]


  1. a daughter died an infant
  2. Francis Scott Key b Aug 1779
  3. Catherine b 15 Dec 1781 died July 1782
  4. Ann Phoebe Charlton Key born 13 June 1783 married Roger Brooke Taney [p 65]
  5. John Alfred Key died at Edgefield, South Carolina

John Key died on 11 OCT 1821 in Frederick city, Maryland, USA


  1. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  2. In 1776 Frederick county was subdivided in smaller counties, Redland is now in Montgomery county.
  3. "The Lost World of Francis Scott Key" by Sina Dubovoy publ 2014 p 43
  • "Biography of John Ross Key (1754-1821)" Papenfuse, Edward C. et. al. A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, 1635-1789. (Johns Hopkins University Press: Baltimore, 1979) Maryland Archives Online, pdf

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Wikipedia shows another generation between parents. They suggest these parents are actually his grandparents. Click the Show button beneath the box labeled “Ancestors of Francis Scott Key” to show the pedigree.

Rejected matches › John Samuel Key (1857-1951)