While reading my latest issue of Everton’s Genealogy, I found an announcement of a new book related to Blount County: Revolutionary War Veteran William Keeble of Blount County, Tennessee and His Heirs by Albert W. Docker, Jr. The book is available from Heritage Books.
The description from the website reads:
“William Keeble, Sr. (1755-1834) enlisted as a Revolutionary War soldier in Fauquier County, Virginia, and was the first owner of the soil that now covers his remains in Blount County, Tennessee. The majority of this extensively researched book is devoted to six generations of William and Mary Keeble’s descendants. The background of William Keeble and an examination of Mary Keeble’s Bible precede the genealogical sketches of their heirs. The background of William Keeble includes: wartime records, his first family, his life from 1782 to 1799, marriage records, his will, and declarations to the government. The examination of Mary Keeble’s Bible includes: her family and her life; declarations to the government, her will, the settlement of her estate, and the disposition of Keeble land. In 1945, Albert Dockter married Dorothy Kathryn Gredig. He found it remarkable that his wife’s ancestors in the Keeble line had been residents of Blount County, Tennessee, for several generations. After the birth of their first child in 1948, he decided to “secure the baby’s lineage.” For over half a century, Mr. Dockter gathered vital statistics on the Keeble family from the Maryland Hall of Records; the New York, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia state libraries; the McClung collection in Knoxville; all the surrounding county courthouses; and numerous cemeteries. He also conducted personal interviews and “some of the first folks interviewed remembered the children of William Keeble, Revolutionary War veteran.” A full name index adds to the value of this work. 2007, 8½x11, paper, index, 272 pp.”
Looks like a great resource! Heritage Books also has a smaller book on William Keeble and descendants for sale too – this one is just titled William Keeble of Blount Tennessee but is also by Docker and also published in 2007.
I did a little exploration and found some info on Keeble and his family on the Blount County site. Using the handy little search widget I added to search across all Blount County cemeteries in FindAGrave, I quickly found Keeble’s headstone.
He is buried in the family cemetery, Keebles Chapel Cemetery, in Walland (of note, there are currently almost 200 names for this cemetery on FindAGrave, but no names on the Blount County site – another reason to check FindAGrave!)
Both books have entries in WorldCat, but it appears no libraries have yet added them to their collection.