Joshua Keyes
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Joshua Keyes (1775 - 1854)

Joshua Keyes aka Keys
Born in Surry, North Carolinamap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1799 (to 1842) in North Carolina, United Statesmap
Husband of — married 22 Jul 1844 in Monroe, Mississippi, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Covington County, Mississippimap
Profile last modified | Created 9 Feb 2011 | Last significant change: 16 Apr 2021
23:09: Lawana (Mills) Puderer edited the Primary Photo for Joshua Keyes (1775-1854). [Thank Lawana for this]
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  • "United States Census, 1830," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 22 August 2017), Joshua Keys, Covington, Mississippi, United States; citing 145, NARA microfilm publication M19, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 70; FHL microfilm 14,838.
  • "United States Census, 1840," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 15 August 2017), Joshua Keyes, Covington, Mississippi, United States; citing p. 141, NARA microfilm publication M704, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 213; FHL microfilm 14,840.
  • "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Joshua Keys, Covington county, Covington, Mississippi, United States; citing family 28, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • "North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 K Keyes Genealogy : Robert Keyes of Watertown, Massachusetts, 1633 : Solomon Keyes of Newbury and Chelmsford"


  • "Joshua Keyes will 1775-1854 Valeria Fiorello

Valeria Fiorello originally shared this on 08 Jan 2010" [2]


This person was created through the import of JDS_09_17_10.ged on 09 February 2011.

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I found this record on the site mentioned below. This is the first I've heard that Joshua's wife was a Cherokee Indian. I'm posting this information here so that anyone interested can see it. I'm not changing the records until and unless this information can be verified.

The following information was found at this link:

Joshua Keyes's second wife was Mary Ann Bailey (daughter of William Bailey), not Jane Howell.They married July 22, 1844 in Monroe County, MS, and had three daughters, Elizabeth (1844), Charity (1846), and Tabitha (1849), all born in either Covington or Smith County, MS.I read another e-mail you sent about how they name changed.Your mother is right.A set of brothers fought, but I don't know if they were Joshua's sons or he and his brothers.One brother even took the name Kees (Simpson County, MS).We descend through Joshua's oldest son, Joseph Berry Keys.As for Joshua's first wife, Sarah, she was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian from North Carolina.She may not have had a last name. In fact, Sarah may be a name that she was given at the time of her marriage.It is thought that Sarah is buried somewhere in South Carolina since he married Mary Ann shortly after migrating to Mississippi.A lot of work has been done on this family by several different people.I hope you find what you need. posted by Virginia Keys

posted by Lawana (Mills) Puderer
The Keyes line that comes down to Joshua and Rachel Sarah IS NOT the same Keys line for Joseph Keys and Mary Piggott.

Joshua who married Rachel Sarah can be traced back to James Keyes, BIRTH 13 SEP 1670 • Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts DEATH 25 SEP 1746 • Bolton, Massachusetts and Hannah White Divoll BIRTH 12 JUN 1667 • Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA DEATH 1712 • Bolton, Massachusetts

Then to: Matthias Keyes (his twin Jonathan died at birth) 1698–1798 BIRTH 10 JUN 1698 • Marlborough, Massachusetts DEATH 15 AUG 1798 • Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

Who married Sarah Annis 1694–1759 BIRTH 16 MAR 1694 • Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA DEATH 1759 • Bolton, Massachusetts

Whose son is: Joseph Annis Keyes 1754– BIRTH 16 MAY 1754 • Bolton, Massachusetts DEATH North Carolina, USA

Who married:


Whose son is:

Joshua Keyes 1775–1854 BIRTH 1775 • Surrey, North Carolina, United States DEATH JUNE 1854 • Covington County, Mississippi, USA

Who married:

Rachel Sarah Harvey 1773–1842 BIRTH 12 MAR 1773 • Guilford County, North Carolina, USA DEATH 1842 • South Carolina, USA

and can be found in the following book:

North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 K Keyes Genealogy : Robert Keyes of Watertown, Massachusetts, 1633 : Solomon Keyes of Newbury and Chelmsfor

At this link:

The OTHER Keys family who is NOT related, and includes the marriage of Joseph Keys to Mary Piggott ancestry is: (please remove any relationships between the Keyes and Keys families you may have since the progenitor of the Keys family was an orphan and his last name is Keys not Keyes) Joseph Keys Sr 1740–1808 BIRTH ABT. 1740 • Pennsylvania, USA DEATH 10 APR 1808 • Deep Creek, Surry, North Carolina (Joseph was an orphan who was left on a doorstep with a chain of keys around his neck which is where the last name began)

Who married:

Rebecca Mullen 1731–1801 BIRTH 1731 • Pennsylvania DEATH 30 JUL 1801 • Deep Creek, Surry, North Carolina

Whose son is:

Joseph Keys Jr 1769–1854 BIRTH 5 APR 1769 • Surry County, North Carolina, United States of America DEATH 6 OCT 1854 • White River, Randolph, Indiana, USA

Who married:

Mary Piggott 1767–1820 BIRTH 9 APR 1767 • Surry County, North Carolina, United States of America DEATH 17 FEBRUARY 1820 • Yadkin County, North Carolina, United States of America

Information can be found here:

And here:

posted on Keys-11 (merged) by Lawana (Mills) Puderer
edited by Lawana (Mills) Puderer
We do not know the parents of Joshua Keyes/Keys.

Joseph Keys and Mary Piggott Keys were not the parents of Joshua. Mary would have been 8 years old when Joshua was born.

posted on Keys-11 (merged) by David Keys
Please see the comments I added on Joshua's (1775) profile about the Keyes and Keys families
posted on Keys-11 (merged) by Lawana (Mills) Puderer

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