Elisha M. Keeling and Mary Alice Perkins

Mary Alice Perkins and Elisha M. Keeling were married November 4, 1900, in Washington County, Kentucky.

Mary Alice, born March 31, 1883, was the daughter of John H. Perkins and Tabitha L. Mobley, who married June 8, 1870, also in Washington County.  Mary Alice came from a family of 6 children that included Henry R., Bessie A., John O, Richard D. and William E. Perkins.

Elisha Keeling was the son of John D. Keeling and Jane R. White, who married December 12, 1872, in Washington County.  Elisha was born in March of 1881.  He came from a family of 7 children that included Lucy, Rebecca A., Mary E., Sarah C., Uriah and Hugh Keeling.

Elisha and Mary Alice Keeling had 3 children:  John, Marvin and an infant daughter that died at birth.  Mary Alice died at the young age of 33.  Elisha lived another 25 years, passing away on June 8, 1941.  Both are buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Willisburg, Kentucky.

Elisha was first married to Elsa Adkins, with whom he had three children.  After Mary Alice died he married Pearl H. Everton, with whom he had eight children.

Elisha’s obituary taken from The Springfield Sun, June 12, 1941 (it does not list wife #2, but I do know they were marred):


Elisha Keeling Died Friday Night at Louisville Infirmary of Abscess of The Lung:  Funeral and Burial at Willisburg

Elisha M. Keeling, age 60 years, died at 11:10 Friday night, June 6, 1941, at Norton Memorial Infirmary in Louisville, death being attributed to an abscessed lung.  He had been ill several months and had been under treatment at Norton’s the past two weeks.

Mr. Keeling’s body was brought to Sutherland Funeral Home in this city until morning and prepared for burial; being removed later to the family home near Willisburg, where it was viewed by many admiring friends.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. J. C. Raikes, were held at the Baptist Church at Willisburg at two o’clock Sunday afternoon, interment following at Evergreen Cemetery at Willisburg.

The son of John D. and Jane White Keeling, both deceased, Mr. Keeling was born and reared this county and for many years had been successfully engaged in agricultural pursuits.  He was a member of the Baptist Church and was for years active in church affairs.  He was twice married, the first marriage being to Miss Elsa Adkins from which union three children survive, Mrs. Irene Martin and ? Keeling, Louisville, and Stanley Keeling, now in the U.S. Army.  His second marriage was to Mrs. Pearl H. Everton.  From this union six children survive.  They are Misses Juanita and Doris Keeling, Leon, Melvin, James and Joseph Keeling, all of this county; eight grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Tom Colvin, Willisburg; Mrs. W. M. Kays, this city, and Mrs. Kays, DeKalb, Ill., and two brothers, Hugh Keeling, Willisburg, and Uriah Keeling, DeKalb, Ill.

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