Thomas Key

Male 1745 - 1843  (98 years)


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  • Name Thomas Key 
    Born 1745  VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1843 
    Notes 
    • 1767, Aug -- Land Grant #1489 & 0489, Cumberland County, NC
      Francis Tidwell recieved a 200 acre Land Grant located on Dry Creek and Horse Creek. Thomas Key and Samuel Tidwell were chain carriers.

      1769, May 25 -- Deed Book 3 Page 381, Cumberland County, NC
      John Donahoe deeded Nicholas Newton 200 acres located on Wet Creek. Samuel Williams, Jesse Riter and Thomas Keys were witnesses.

      1772, Apr 30 -- 1755-1779 County Court Minutes, Cumberland County, NC
      Edward Cox appointed overseer of the road that leads from Thomas Donahoe's to Sandhill Smith's and have the following hands to work: Jacob McLendall, Thos. Moore, Wm. Barrett, Wm. Smith, Sr., John Kees, Archibd. Gibson, Nick Newton, Richd. Dunn, Robt. Grahams, Jas. Grahams, Francis Tedwell, John Cocks, Andrew Ingram, Willm. Ingram, Joel McLendall, Thos. Kees, Jas. Gibson and Robt. Cocks.

      1777 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC
      Thomas Keys listed $L 160 in Captain John Cox's District

      1778, Jul 31 -- 1755-1779 County Court Minutes, Cumberland County, NC
      Thomas Kees record his mark

      1783 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC
      Thomas Keyes listed $L 120 in Captain John Cox's District

      1790 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 155
      Thomas Keys
      (16+) 2M
      (0-16) 7M
      3F

      1790, Feb 16 -- 1784-1795 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 255
      A deed from John Keys to Thos. Keys was proven by Ezekiel Dunn

      1790, Feb 16 -- 1784-1795 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 257
      A deed from Richard and Isaac Dunn was proven by Thos. Keys

      1790, Feb 16 -- 1784-1795 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 257
      Ordered that Robert Pattison by appointed overseer in place of Nich. Newton and have the following hands to work: Wm. Dunn, Bar. Dunn, Nathl. Melton, Norman Matheson, Murdock McLeod, Hecotr McLean, Thos. Kee, Moses Kee, Wm. Kee, Alex Morrison, Jno. McAulay, Wm. Newton, Mur. McAulay, Ezk. Dun, Hector McLean, Thomas Graham and John Bethune.

      1793, May 23 -- 1784-1795 County Court Minutes, Moore
      County, NC
      Ordered that a road be laid from Mr. Gardiners to the White Ponds and have the following hand to work: Lewis Gardener, David Kennedy, John Morgan, John Sheffield Jur., John Sheffield Sr., William Morgan[Capt.], Peter Shamburger, William Williamson, William Smith Jur., Lewis Sowell, Everet Smith, Thos. Key, John Morgan and Danl. Manners.

      1793, Aug 21 -- 1784-1795 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC
      Ordered that the following hands work on the road from the County Line near John Garner to the Black Ponds: John Sheffield Jur., Lewis Sowell, Joseph Allen, William Smith Jur., William Newton,John Hair, Thomas Keys, Wm. Williamson, Danl. Mainus, David Kennedy, Wm. Morgan Jur., Wm. Morgan[Capt.], Geo. Cagle (son of John) and William Mainus.

      1793, Dec-Jan 1794 -- General Assembly Session Records
      Petition to form Alfordstown as County Seat for Moore County, NC
      Thos. Keys, Wm. Keys, John Keys and Cornelias Keys listed as signers (Petition failed)

      1800 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 69
      Thomas Keas
      (45+) 1M 1F
      (16-26) 1M 2F
      (10-16) 3M

      1810 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 606
      Sarah Kee
      ***unclear if Sarah is widow/daughter of Thomas
      (45+) 1F
      (26-45) 2M 2F
      (16-26) 1M

      1833, Jul 9-Aug 13 -- Notice, Fayetteville Weekly Observer [Fayetteville, NC] Newspaper
      Moore County, NC - Joseph Davis and wife Ellender v. William Kees, John Kees, Vinson Kees, James Kees, Samuel Kees, Thomas Kees, Cornelius Kees and Sally Kees. Appearing that defendants Vinson Kees, Corneilus Kees and William Kees reside out of state, they are summoned to appear at the courthouse in Carthage on the third Monday in August. [Editor's Note - likely a suit regarding settlement of Thomas Key, Sen.'s estate]


    Person ID I17185  Moore County Wallaces
    Last Modified 17 May 2015 

    DNA Tests  Y-DNA-118183 Lance Edward Key

    Family Abigail,   b. 1750,   d. 1830  (Age 80 years)  [1
    Children 
    +1. John Key,   b. 20 Feb 1776, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1850, Kemper County, MS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     2. Eleanor Key,   b. 1778
     3. Sallie Key,   b. 1780
     4. Vinson Key,   b. 1785,   d. 4 Nov 1848, Iredell County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     5. Samuel Key,   b. 1788
     6. Thomas Key,   b. 1789
    +7. James Key,   b. 1790,   d. Bef Feb 1845  (Age 55 years)
    Last Modified 25 Mar 2015 
    Family ID F12306  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    1767 Land Grant #1489 & 0489, Cumberland County, NC - Francis Tedwell
    1767 Land Grant #1489 & 0489, Cumberland County, NC - Francis Tedwell
    1769 Deed Book 3 Page 381, Cumberland County, NC - John Donahue to Nicholas Newton
    1769 Deed Book 3 Page 381, Cumberland County, NC - John Donahue to Nicholas Newton
    1790 Land Grant #296, Moore County, NC - John Key
    1790 Land Grant #296, Moore County, NC - John Key
    1793 Land Grant #479, Moore County, NC - Thomas Key
    1793 Land Grant #479, Moore County, NC - Thomas Key
    1804 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #1953 - Levi Deaton
    1804 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #1953 - Levi Deaton
    1830 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #2851 - Simon McNeill
    1830 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #2851 - Simon McNeill
    1778 Oath of Allegiance, Cumberland County, NC
    1778 Oath of Allegiance, Cumberland County, NC
    Jul 1778 signers of the Oath of Allegiance renouncing the King of England

    Histories
    1793/1794 Petition for new Moore County Courthouse in Alfordstown
    1793/1794 Petition for new Moore County Courthouse in Alfordstown
    Contains hundreds of signatures of early Moore County residents. Petition to the NC General Assembly to establish "Alfordstown" and move the courthouse there. Petition ultimately failed. Very large document, similar to a Tax List, and it may take additional time to load. Typed abstract at conclusion of the document courtesy of Central North Carolina Journal, September 1993 [Edited and published by James V. Comer]. Original documents courtesy of NC Archives.
    1777 Tax List, Cumberland County, NC [Captain John Cox and Captain Jacob Duckworth's Military Districts only]
    1777 Tax List, Cumberland County, NC [Captain John Cox and Captain Jacob Duckworth's Military Districts only]
    Captain Cox and Captain Duckworth's Military District encompass present day upper Moore County [see attached map]. Courtesy of the NC Archives. Map courtesy of the Cumberland County Genealogical Society.
    1783 Tax List, Cumberland County, NC [Captain John Cox and Captain John Hunnicutt's Military Districts only]
    1783 Tax List, Cumberland County, NC [Captain John Cox and Captain John Hunnicutt's Military Districts only]
    Captain Cox and Captain Hunnicutt's[formerly Duckworth] Military District encompass present day upper Moore County [see attached map]. Courtesy of the NC Archives. Map courtesy of the Cumberland County Genealogical Society.
    Moore County, NC Y-DNA Project
    Moore County, NC Y-DNA Project
    DNA Results and Analysis for Moore County families including Allen, Bean, Brewer, Britt, Brown, Caddell, Cagle, Cockman, Cole, Davis, Deaton, Furr, Garner, Horner, Hunsucker, Jackson, Key, Maness, McIntosh, McNeill, Melton, Monroe, Moore, Morgan, Nall, Richardson, Ritter, Sanders, Sheffield, Smith, Stewart, Sullivan, Wallace, Williams and Williamson.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1047] Lance Key [lkey@lipan.net].
      Based on information left by Burrel Deaton, we have been able to identify James Key's parents as THOMAS KEY and ABIGAIL (?). In a handwritten note found in 1980, in a drawer of his home in Moore County, NC, Mr Deaton wrote, "My g-grandfather, TOM KEY (English) was from Virginia, a close relative of Francis Scott Key--Methodist and Whig and farmer, about 98, very musical. My g-grandmother, ABIGAIL KEY--musical and good housewife--age 80-Methodist. My grandfather, JIM KEY, Methodist, Democrat, farmer--very quiet man, age 68. My grandmother, SABILLE KEY, Methodist, very kind and considerate--good singer-85. The Deatons were not much musical, but Keys were all musical, both instrumental and vocal--All were born and raised in Moore Co., NC.