John Key 5th Great Grandfather

John_ii2 Key (John_i1) was born in Amherst, Virginia 1710. He married Susannah Watts about 1730. Key and Allied Families by Lane page 177. Virginia Genealogist article by Marcus M. Key M.D. Bedford County, Virginia Marriage Records Family Group Sheet submitted by Emma E. Armstrong 54 South 6 East Salt Lake City, Utah University Stake 12th Ward. Virginia Genealogist Volume 18 Number 1 Page 11 The first known residence of John Key, Jr., in old Amherst County was in Lackey’s Thoroughfare, on a branch of Davis Creek. He bought 71 acres there in 1764 from Henry Key, who was identified as his brotheer, and added to it by patents in 1765. Amherst Virginia Deed Book A page 223. Patent Book 36 page 839-840. Joun Key, Jr. and James Lackey were ordered to survey for anew road in the area in 1766. Amherst County, Virginia Order Book 1766-1769 page 14. In 1770 he sold the remainder of this land in Lakcey’s Thoroughfare to John Craighead of Amherst County and bought 59 acres on the south side of Findlay Mountain near the Glades. Deed Book C page 35 37. William Hansbrough, John Key, Jr., and others from this area were ordered to survey for a new road in 1774, and in 1776 there was a referecnce to John Key’s lines near Purgatory Swamp (below Findley Gap). Deed Book D page 337 Deed Book C page 55. John Key Jr was appointed surveyor of the road from Findlay MOuntain across the Glades to Swan Creek Mountain. Order Book 1773-1782 page 187. In November 1777 John and Agnes Key Jr sold their land (Deed Book D page 463) and probably moved to Bedford County soon thereafter, because in 1778 John Ken Jr was replaced as a road surveyor. (Order Book 1773-1782 page 217) The first tax record of John Key (Jr No longer used) in Bedford County in 1782, for six slaves and 427 acres acres, location unknown. Bedford County Personal property and land tax list) In 1783 he purchased 440 acres on the Staunton (upper Roanoke) River in Bedford County, probably near Hales’s Ford Which he and his wife sold to John Hook of Franklin County in 1788. Deed Book 8 page 110. Augusta County Virginia Deed Book page 129 21 Nov 1772 John Keys and Agnes to Walter Smiley Smelly on West side of South River a branch of James River delivered land to Mr Smiley 10 Feb 178. The Virginia Genealogist page 98 The first record of John Key Senior in Amherst County was in 1768, when Henry Key undertook (acted as surety) for him in a lawsuit. Also in 1768, he deeded his personal estate to his present wife Susannah, and her children, which indicated that he had been married previously. Amherst County records show that John Key Senior and the witnesses to his 1768 deed poll were closely associated with Henry Key and John Key, Junior. One of the witnesses William Hansbrough, lived near Henry Key John Key Jr and James Nevill in the Glades of old Amherst County and was the father in law of William Key, a witness with Henry Key and John Key, Jr. to Amherst County deeds in 1770 and 1772. John Rees, the other witness, also lived in this area and in 1767-1768 when he was involved in a lawsuit, Henry undertook for him. The last record of John Key Senior was in 1769 when he initiated a lawsuit in Amherst County Chancery Court. Susannah Key paid taxes on 100 acres in Amherst County in 1783 and 1785 as the head of a family of nine and in the personal property tax list for the Amerhst District corresponding to what is Now Nelson County) of Amherst County, for zero to two and later zero white males between 1782 and 1802. The personal property tax lists for 1788 and 1794 show that she was the mother of Dabney and Thomas. Dabney was probably born about 1767, based on first in the “over 21” column of the tax lists. Susannah Key’s maiden name is said to have been Watts possible the Watts family of Spotsylvania and Albemarle counties, which has many gaps in its genealogy Edward Watts (ca 1675-1750 patented land in St George’s Parish, Spotsylvania County in 1728 andlieft issue: Thomas (1695-1749) Edward ca 1698-1760, David 1702-1767, William 1704-1760 and John 1710=1765. from Charles B Heinemann, Watts Families Descended from early immigrants who settled in the Tidewater area or Virginia. David was a neighbor of John Key Senior of Albemarel County and owned adjoining land in that part of Louisa County which became Albemarle in 1761. Edward Watts was involved ina lawsuit with John Peartree Burks, Robert Davis and Samuel Jordan all Cabell in laws. Amherst County, Virginia Marriage Records John Key Belinda Milstred 15 Jul 1757 Father Martin Key Daughter of Elizabeth Martin Key Jr Not Named 17 Dec 1773 Thomas Key Frances Garrat(Spinster) May 4, 1773 William Waller Key Elizabeth Alford 20 Dec 1790 John Clements Jane Mills Key 20 Auy 1787 (Consent of father Martin Key) James Letcher Milly Key 6 Jan 1771 Father Henry Key John_ii Key and Susannah Watts had the following children: + 6 i. John Iii3 Key was born about 1731. 7 ii. George Key was born in Of Albemarle, Va about 1732. 8 iii. Judith Key was born in Of Albemarle, Va about 1733. 9 iv. Joseph Key was born in Of Albemarle, Va about 1734. 10 v. Price Key was born in , Va 1735. 11 vi. Barbara Ann Key was born in Of Albemarle, Va about 1736. 12 vii. Mildred Key was born in Of Albemarle, Va about 1738. 13 viii. William Waller Key was born in Of Albemarle, Va about 1739. He married Elizabeth Alford in Amherst, Va, December 20, 1790. 14 ix. Elizabeth Key was born in Of Albemarle, Va about 1742. 15 x. Martin Key was born in Of Albemarle, Va about 174

Description of John Key posted on Ancestry by descendant Gene Key
The description given of John Key Born 1696 who married Martha Tandy. This was found in his Revolutionary War Records — “John Key was 6’6″ tall, thin, red complexion and had a Queer Looking Face.” Of course, the word queer had a different meaning back in his day — he just looked different. And, John Key perhaps has more descendents than just about any other Colonial Virginia Key. – Gene Key [10]

Present day “Key West.” This home was built on the site of “Key West” of 1732 which was the home of John and Martha Tandy Key. It is on the banks of the Rivanna River in Charlottesville, Virginia at 405 Key West Drive.

Key West

Chiminey on Key Land pre 1930
John Key Obit

John Key (1696 – 1765)
5th great-grandfather

Martin Tandy Key (1715 – 1791)
son of John Key

William Bibb Key (1759 – 1836)
son of Martin Tandy Key

Margaret Key (1794 – 1880)
daughter of William Bibb Key

Joshua Goode (1828 – )
son of Margaret Key

Charles K Goode (1877 – 1946)
son of Joshua Goode

Ben Cates Goode (1909 – 1980)
son of Charles K Goode

Evelyn Deloris Goode
You are the daughter of Ben Cates Goode

Martin Tandy Key 4th Great Grandfather

Martin Tandy Rev

Martin Key, Sr., lived in the 1770’s near Point of Fork in present Fluvanna
County, Virginia and was the county’s first sheriff (1777). Later he moved to
property he owned on the Rivanna River adjoining land owned by Thomas
Jefferson. After his death in 1791, his widow frequently sold corn, oats and fowls
to Jefferson in the period form 1792 – 1804. There are also other Key’s, including
Walter and James (probably Martin’s sons) listed in Thomas Jefferson’s account
books as having sold corn to him during this time.
Martin Key, Sr. was an active purchaser of land and acquired an estate of several
thousand acres located between Southwest Mountain and the Rivanna, from
Edgemont on the Barboursville Road to the bend of the river below the Free
Bridge, in Albemarle County, Virginia. He patented land there in 1743, 1746 and
about 1784, and was given some of his father’s land in 1758. He acquired 1,350
acres in Fluvanna County, Virginia which was formed from Albemarle County.
Martin was one of the first vestrymen of Fluvanna Parish. About 1779 he returned
to the Southwest Mountain area of Albemarle County, where he succeeded to his
father’s home (“Key West”) and estate.
Reverend Francis Asbury was entertained as a guest in Martin Key’s home several
times while riding the Methodist circuit in Virginia. Later, however, in 1785,
another Methodist bishop, Reverend Thomas Coke, found Martin Key
inhospitable and was severely critical of him.
Martin Key was a planter and a large slave owner (he had sixty slaves in 1782),
and it was probably the abolitionist viewpoint of some of the clergy that caused
him to “shut his door against the preachers”.
Ann (Bibb) Key, daughter of Thomas Bibb, continued to live in Albemarle
County until about 1804, and then moved to Orange County, Va., where she died
about 1815.
Source: The Keys of Key West, Albemarle Co., Va.; Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 8,
Oct-Dec. 1964, pgs. 177 – 180, by Marcus M. Key; The Virginia Genealogist, Vol.
18, Apr. – Jun. 1974, pg. 102; The Virginia Gen. Vol. 29, July-Sep, 1985; Key and
Allied Families by Mrs. Julian C. Lane; Barbara Milligan, Administrator Ass’t. –
Monticello (Home of T. Jefferson); Martin Key, Sr’s. will 1785; Albemarle
County in Virginia, by Rev. Edgar Woods. pg. 245.
Martin Key built a house north of Red Bud Creek, known today as “Windy
Knowe”. It states in Historic Homes of Charlottesville, that the house was
originally built as a hunting lodge and place of carousal by a number of
Englishmen and Martin Key. The house, or hunting lodge, originally consisted of
one large room, with a smaller one above. The house is located about one half
mile north of John Key’s house, now called “Franklin” and is just off State Hwy.
20, or Elks Drive. Elk’s Drive was once “Old Stoney Point Road”. Mr. and Mrs.
Frederick Nolting lived in the house in 1980. A complete handwritten copy of
Martin Key’s will is available.
Martin Key’s WILL, dated April 14, 1791, was made in Fredericksville Parish,
Albemarle, Co., Virginia. It lists land, money, and slaves to be given to certain of
his children. One son, Henry, was willed 340 acres provided he “entirely declines
the vicious practices of gaming and excessive drinking.”
Martin Key, Sr. – Albemarle Co., Virginia. Prov. 1791. Mentions wife, Anne,
Sons: John, Martin, Tandy, Joshua, William Bibb, Henry, Jesse, James, Walter and
Thomas. Daughters: Elizabeth Daniel, and Martha. Grandson, Jesse, son of John.
(Key Court Records). (Kenneth N. Key has a copy of the Will).
Martin Key, Sr., was also concerned about the education of his youngest son,
Walter. Martin Jr. and John were lawyers. Many of Martin’s sons were
instrumental in the layout and building of roads and bridges in the area, as noted
in Historic Roads of Virginia, concerning the Three Notched Road.
Source: The Keys of Albemarle, James Leonard Owens, Oakman, Alabama.

Windy Knoll Mtn Lodge

Originally the property of John Key, Sr. (1696 – after 1758) “Windie Knowe” stood near his mansion house “Key West”‘ which was built on land he patented in 1732 – 1741, on Albemarle County, Virginia. “Windie Knowe” was a kind of gentleman’s lodge.
Martin Key, eldest son of John Key, Sr., fell heir to this property, and later his son, Martin Key, Jr., inherited it, whose widow sold it to Richmond Terrell about 1840.
“Windie Knowe”, today (1950), is among the many places of interest and beauty given in “Jefferson’s Albemarle” a guide to Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville, Virginia, page 121: Four tenths of a mile from “Windie Knowe” is the entrance to the Site of Key West, occupied now by a mid – nineteenth – century dwelling. Here stood once the mansion house built by John Key, Sr., on the land he patented in 1732 – 1741.
This picture of “Windie Knowe” was copied from the one which appears in Mary Rawlings book, “Ante-Bellum Albemarle” which is in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. and contributed to this book of the Key Family records by: Marcus M. Key, Jr. of Ind. and NewYork and Mrs. John E. Dance (Frances Pyron Dance) of Atlanta, GA, October, 1950.

Tandy Key Home

Martin Tandy Key (1715 – 1791
4th great-grandfather

William Bibb Key (1759 – 1836)
son of Martin Tandy Key

Margaret Key (1794 – 1880)
daughter of William Bibb Key

Joshua Goode (1828 – )
son of Margaret Key

Charles K Goode (1877 – 1946)
son of Joshua Goode

Ben Cates Goode (1909 – 1980)
son of Charles K Goode

Evelyn Deloris Goode
You are the daughter of Ben Cates Goode

William Bibb Key 3rd Great Grandfather

American Revolutionary Soilder“WILLIAM BIBB KEY, b. Albemarle Co., Va., Oct. 2, 1759; d. Dec 7, 1836, Elbert Co., Ga. Served as a REV. SOLDIER. Received bounty grant of land for his services. Married Mourning Clark, b. Aug. 12, 1764 (dau. of CHRISTOPHER CLARK, REV. SOLDIER of Ga., and his wife Millicent Terrell).
1. Charles, b. 1784; mar. Mary Ann Clark.
2. Martha, mar. Nicholas Good.
3. James, b. 1788; mar. Rebecca Grizzle.
4. Milly, b. 1790; mar. Humphrey Posey.
5. Nancy, mar. Simeon Glenn.
6. Elizabeth, mar. Thomas Bell.
7. Margaret, mar. Thomas Good.
8. Keturah, mar. James Hamm.
9. Mary (Polly), mar. Joseph Bell.
10. Henry, d. y.
11. Thomas, d. y.
12. Susan, b. 1799; mar. James Bell, Jr.
13. Jane, b. 1801; mar. John Grizzle.
14. Sarah, b. 1803; mar. Thomas C. Elliott.
15. Lucy, b. 1809; mar. Nathan Mattox.”
Source: McCall, Mrs. Howard H., Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia (Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004), Volume III, page 136.

William Bibb Key married Mourning Clark on 23 Dec 1782 in Albemarle County, Virginia, USA.

When William Bibb Key died he was buried in the Key Family Cemetery. His burial is marked with a ledger stone. He and his wife had been married nearly 54 years.

William Bibb Key is listed on the Revolutionary War Soldiers Memorial monument in Elbert County, Georgia which was dedicated on November 11, 1994 by the Stephen Heard Chapter of the NSDAR.

In Memory of WM. B. KEY Who was born In Albemarle Co., Virginia
October 2nd, 1759
And Died in Elbert Co., Georgia
December 7th, 1836
Aged 77 years, 2 months & 5 days
Erected by N. & L. Mattox, 1850

The Pictures below were taken at a recent grave marking for William Bibb Key. The Sons Of The American Revolution placed the marker September 2, 2017

Note: One of the only two identifiable graves in this cemetery.
Key Family Cemetery
Elbert County
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William Bibb Key (1759 – 1836)
3rd great-grandfather

Margaret Key (1794 – 1880)
daughter of William Bibb Key

Joshua Goode (1828 – )
son of Margaret Key

Charles Key Goode (1877 – 1946)
son of Joshua Goode

Ben Cates Goode (1909 – 1980)
son of Charles K Goode

Evelyn Deloris Goode
You are the daughter of Ben Cates Goode

Finding my Roots/Key branch


History of the Key Family

When surnames were brought into use not every person could read or write, merely pronounce their names, and we find various ways in which all surnames are spelt, caused by the persons writing them and by provincial or dialectic pronunciation, which accounts for many of the variations in the spelling of key (Kei, Kee, Kea, Kay, Keese, keyes and so on.)

The earliest records of the family are found in England. On the Fabric Roll of York Minister and the wills and inventories, John Kay appears, and on the Old Hundred Rolls, Jordan Kay’s name is inscribed. Later records show that a Nicholas Kay (1420) lived near London and who was probably the father of John Key, the poet laureate of Edward IV. This John Key is noted as having committed to posterity an English prose translation of a Latin history of the siege of Roads, in the title of which, dedicating his work to Edward IV, in 1442 he called himself “hys humble Poet Laureate.”

Thomas Key, son of Gilbert Key of Kent, resided in Forest Place, where he died about 1525. He left issue among who was Richard Key, Sergt.-at-arms to Henry VIII, and Capt. Sandgate Castle 1540. Richard Key married Mrs. Mildred Diggs, daughter of Sir John Scott and the widow of John Diggs. Richard and Mildred Key had the following children: Thomas, William, Edward, Reginald, and Sibbell.

Thomas Key,(1540-1578), son of Richard was Queen Elizabeth’s Sergeant Porter. He married (1)___? and had two children Thomas and Isabell Key. In August 1565, he secretly married Mary Grey, a maid of honor at Queens Court. She was the daughter of Henry and Francis (Brandon) Grey and granddaughter of Charles Brandon Duke of Suffolk, and his wife Mary daughter of Henry VII, and sister of Lady Jane Grey. (Reg. Dictionary of National Biography Vol. 31, p. 87.)

John Kaye of Woodsome, who was advanced to the dignity of baronet by King Charles1,Feb.4, 1641.

John Key of Milcombe in Oxfordshire, had two sons (Probably others), Richard and Josiah. The latter applied in 1688 for a grant of arms, and his petition was supported by Lord Clarendon in whose service he was, and by John Thornicroft who married Josiah’s daughter and heir, Elizabeth Key. Josiah
is described as a man of good repute and ample fortune, well able to support the charges and position of a gentlemen. The petition was granted. The coat-ofarms conferred being; argent, two bendlets humetty purpure. Josiah Key died in 1695 leaving a sum of money to his brother Richard, and his estate to his son-in-law, John Thornicroft. In 1701, the later petitioned to leave the bendlets in the arms, granted to his late father-in-law, changed from purpure to stable, and his petition was granted but Sir Arthur of Yorkshire, who bore two bendlets sable, opposed the grant as the new arms resembled his own too closely. Accordingly in 1704, the Earl Marshall granted to the Key; Argent two bendlets pean (black and gold fur), the bendlets being know longer huetty.

Richard, son of John Key of Oxfordshire, England married Mary Cartwright, and had issue, vis: Phillip, born in Loundon, March 21,1696, Henry and perhaps other children.* Henry and Phillip came to America and settled on the north bank of the Potomac River, near Leonardtown, Henry is said to have died young and unmarried. Phillip was the great grandfather of Francis Scott Key, the author of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”


“God sifted many nations that He might bring good seed into this wilderness.”

From the very beginning of the English settlement in America we find among the colonists, the name Key and from then until 1720 there were at least seventy-five emigrants of the Key family. of whom were John Key of Main, Robert and Solomon of Massachusetts, John and Moses of Pennsylvania, William, Peter, and Phillip in Maryland, Daniel, Thomas, Adam, William, Martin, and Robert in Virginia, and John, William, and Thomas in the Barbados. They were decedents from a long line of noble ancestry, distinguished in the military annals of their kingdom from the days of the first Crusade.

Those Pioneers of this Country, with their heroic virtues helped to make the wilderness to blossom as a rose and become the greatest habitation on the face of the globe for us who now enjoy its bountiful inheritance, Surely,

“Theirs were deeds which should not pass away,
And their names which must not Wither.”

Source: Key And Allied Families – By Mrs. Julian C. Lane