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Betsey Anne Stone

Betsey Anne Stone[1, 2]

Female 1833 - 1909  (75 years)

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  • Name Betsey Anne Stone  [3
    Born 7 Jun 1833  Elizabethtown, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Female 
    FamilySearch ID KL1G-F3C 
    Relationship Laurence Stone (b. ~1735) Descendants & Spouses 
    Died 12 May 1909  Bushy Park, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried W McKeough plot Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I799  Main
    Last Modified 20 Sep 2018 

    Father John Stone,   b. 6 Jun 1798, County Carlow, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1877, Kent County, Ontario, Canada near Highgate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Mary Burns,   b. Dec 1806, Ferns, Wexford, Leinster, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1899  (Age ~ 92 years) 
    Married 3 May 1826  [4
    Family ID F108  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family William McKeough,   b. 1 May 1824, Thurles, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Dec 1888, Bushy Park, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 22 Nov 1854  Residence of her uncle Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • At the residence of the bride's uncle James Burns by Rev. J. Hutchinson. [5]
    +1. Dr. George Thomas McKeough,   b. 13 Oct 1855, Chatham, Kent County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1931  (Age 75 years)
     2. John Franklin McKeough,   b. 8 Dec 1857,   d. 18 May 1924  (Age 66 years)
    +3. William Edward McKeough,   b. 12 Feb 1860, Chatham, Kent County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Dec 1929  (Age 69 years)
     4. Alice Maude McKeough,   b. 3 Jun 1862,   d. 5 May 1935  (Age 72 years)
    Last Modified 11 Oct 2004 
    Family ID F354  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Jun 1833 - Elizabethtown, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 May 1909 - Bushy Park, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Four Generation photo - McKeough/Stone
    Four Generation photo - McKeough/Stone
    From right to left:
    Mary Blanche Franklin McKeough (Elliot) (1884-1975)
    Dr. George Thomas McKeough (1855-1931)
    Mary Burns Stone (sister of James Burns) (1807-1899)
    Bessie Honora McKeough Higginbotham (1891-1982)
    Betsy Ann Stone McKeough (1833-1909)
    Betsy Ann Stone McKeough (1833 - 1909)
cir. 1895 photo
    Betsy Ann Stone McKeough (1833 - 1909) cir. 1895 photo
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.

    Betsey Anne Stone -- death record
    Betsey Anne Stone -- death record

  • Notes 
    • Not sure of the source of the following:

      Mrs. McKeough was married in 1854 to the late Win. McKeough, who during his lifetime was a prosperous merchant of the city, and a man of broad intelligence, who took a very active part in municipal affairs and questions pertaining to the advancement of both his city and his country, he being ex-Mayor of the City and having served on the School Board for over thirty years. He was in his eleventh years as chairman of that board when he died, and his place on the board was then taken by his son, Dr. George T. McKeough, who has since also served the city faithfully for thirty years. William McKeough passed away about twenty years ago.

      From her youth up until the time when she was quite advanced in years, Mrs. McKeough had a very sweet soprano voice, and during the early times in Chatham she was considered one of the best singers in this peninsula. She was a member of the old Methodist Church choir when the church was situated on King street Her children are still in possession of an address which was presented to her by the choir, at the time of her marriage, fifty-five years ago. The address was signed by the late R. 0. Smith. Among those who were members of the choir at the time, Chief of Police John Holmes is about the only one still residing in the city.

      Deceased was the oldest member of the Park Street Methodist church. She was one of the members when it was founded over sixty years ago. She has been active in church work all of her life. She has been a member of the Ladies' Aid ever since its inception and was for many years president therof she was an active member of the Women's Missionary society since its inception and was for a number of years Treasurer of this society; and she was also one of the women who first took over the work of the Home of the Friendless, and one who assisted in the task of building up that institution until it is now in a very propering condition.

      The deceased lady has been ailing for sometime. For over a year she has been in failing health, and three weeks ago she was taken seriously ill. She seemed to recover somewhat but she gradually became weaker, and she slept away last night about three o'clock. Mrs. McKeough and lived in her present home, which was the old homestead, for forty-five years or more. When she first took up her residence there, there was a large ten acre orchard at the rear, surrounded bu a fence of sold walnut trees. Beyond this there was nothing.

      There are few women of today who live to reach the mature old age as that attained by Mrs. McKeough and there are few who have been able to accomplish more real good during a natural lifetime. It is hard to estimate the work of a good mother, but it is probably evidenced in the most of cases in the children who succeed her. In his regard the late Mrs. McKeough leaves undoubted testimony as to her uprightness and purity of character and her estimable worth to the community.'

      W. D. McKeough notes:

      Gravestone Betsey Ann (not Anne); obituaries Betsy (not Betsey)

      1851 Census City of Chatham:

      Eliza Stone living w James Burns, her uncle b. Canada W., Methodist, age 18

      In the files - Letter 29/1211894 - W.E.McK (E500) to S. R. Warren & Son, Organ Builders, Toronto - re a new organ for Park Street Methodist Church - $2,650.00 and historical sketches of the work of the Ladie's Aid Society of Park Street, Methodist Church Chatham 1841-1897

      1891 Census - lists Betst A., Widow, b. Ont., parents b. Ont. -2 sons John F. & Wm E., Alice M. - b. Ont parents - both born Ireland
      Children - father born Ireland, mother (Betsy) Ontario also I general servant

      There is a placque in Park Street Methodist Church in her memory.

      Funeral at 2:30 14/0511909 from her
      residence on Grand Ave - Rev. W. L. Rutledge
      D.D. of London assisted by Rev. George Daniels
      D.D. of Park Street Methodist Church

      Betsey Anne Stone is also referred to a Elizabeth Stone. (Note - gravestone Betsey Ann - no "e on Ann; obituaries no e" in Betsey.)

      "Obit - Planet - 12/05/1909


      Mrs. McKeough Passed Peacefully Away at Early Hour This Morning

      A Long Life of Usefulness Terminated at a Mature Old Age

      Mrs. Betsy Anne McKeough, relict of the late William McKeough, and one of the very oldest pioneer residents of this city, passed away early this morning at her home on Grand Avenue. The deceased woman was seventy-six years of age, and has been well known and highly respected in this city and community for over half a century She was born at Elizabethtown, near Brockville in 1833, the daughter of the late John Stone, of Orford She moved with her parents to Orford when she was five years of age, and when she was ten years old she came to Chatham and lived with her uncle, the late James Bums, who at that time was a prominent merchant of Chatham. Mrs. McKeough in her childhood days in this city attended the old Central school, where her own children afterwards also got their early educational training. Of her school mates who were in attendance at the Central at that time, Captain W. Steinhoff, of Wallaceburg, is the only known to be surviving. [6]

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  • Sources 
    1. [S468] Darcy McKeough, W. Darcy McKeough, Letter to Ned D. Howell Jan 18, 1994 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (

    3. [S1735], The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((, accessed 15 Sep 2018), entry for Betsey Anne Stone, person ID KL1G-F3C. (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S791] Maggie Stone's Delano to Stone History, Margaret Stone (1851-1958), (Aug. 1931

    5. [S468] Darcy McKeough, W. Darcy McKeough, Letter to JSHJr dated Sep 24, 2004 with Stone Tree draft (Reliability: 0).

    6. [S468] Darcy McKeough, W. Darcy McKeough, provided the notes. (Reliability: 3).