Lydia (Richmond) Keele

Lydia (Richmond) Keele (1757 - 1849)

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Lydia Keele formerly Richmond
Born in Virginiamap
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Sister of and [half]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died in Woodbury, Cannon, Tennessee, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 23 Aug 2014
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Lydia was born in 1757 in Henry County, Virginia. [1] to parents John Richmond and Mary Margaret Cook.

Name: Lydia Richmond; Gender: Female; First Marriage Date: 1777; Spouse: Richard Keele; Child: John Keele[2]

Sometime in the late 1770's or early 1780's Lydia and husband Richard settled in the Cherokee creek area by the Nolichucky River. They were some of the earliest landowners in the area. [3]

Lydia was a member of the Cherokee Creek Meeting House, a Baptist church that was started about 1780 or earlier. The first recorded meeting took place April 2. 1783 when the Reverend William Murphy was installed as pastor. By September 4, 1783, the members of Cherokee Church had pledged that “we do not look upon ourselves (as) infallible (but) we still look to be further taught by the word and spirit of God….and in testimony of our sincerity and that we have no reserve, we have hereunto set our hand.” There were several signers of this covenant, including Richard Keele, Lydia Keele and James Keele brother to Richard, who was also a minister at the church. [3][4]

Lydia died in 1849 and is buried in the Keele-Bivins Cemetery in Bedford County, Tennessee, near Beech Grove, Coffee, Tennessee, USA.[1]

Research Notes

Mother Mary Margaret Cook needs to be verified with a source.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 15 September 2018), memorial page for Lydia Richmond Keele (1757–1849), Find A Grave Memorial no. 93827758, citing Keele-Bivins Cemetery, Bedford County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Barbra Keele-Barnes Lloyd (contributor 47668971). Url:
  2. Shelton, Cecil and Louise. Descendants of Jessee Shelton and Some Related Families, Drake, Foster, Gibson, Hamby, Keele, Martin. Fresno, CA: Pioneer Publishing Co., 1977. Page 479.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Campbell, Billy H. "Cherokee Creek". Watuga Association of Genealogists ~ Northeast Tennessee, 2018. Website: Article:
  4. Greenwell, Geraldine. "Cherokee Baptist Church". Welcome to Washington County TNGenWeb. Url:

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On 28 Jun 2018 at 03:55 GMT Katherine Gregory wrote:

Richmond-1121 and Richmond-2764 appear to represent the same person because: Same dates and husband

Lydia is 19 degrees from Walter Morrison, 28 degrees from Alison Wilkins and 16 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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