Index page for the ancestors of David Keene

In 2019, when he was seriously ill, David reflected on the fact that he knew virtually nothing abou, and had no photos of, his grandparents and beyond.: thus, in his hospital bed, so that at least his 5 grand daughters would not have the same blank about him. he spent 3 months writing an account of his life

Leaving the Arena, a story of Bar and Bench, was published in 2020.

This website (started 31/07/2022 . Site last updated 31/12/2022) will give these grand daughters more insight of their ancestors

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Click on a person in the above fanchart or click on their name below to read their life story

Paternal Side

David Wolfe Keene 1941 Q C & judge . . Edward Henry Wolfe Keene bank manager 1912-1987 . . .Archibald Douglas Wolfe Keene army 1885-1922 . . . Samuel Wolfe Keene corn merchant 1836-1903 . .. . William Charles Lever Keene barrister 1793-1843 . . . Samuel Keene solicitor 1764-1828

Mary Elizabeth Barry alias "May Barrett" wife of Archibald D W Keene 1890->1924 . . James Barry royal navy NCO ~1865-1914 . . Patrick Barry~1840-<1890 servant, coachman

Children of Archibald Keene & Mary E Barry

Children of Samuel Wolfe Keene

Mary Cronin wife of James Barry 1869-?1919?. . John Cronin carpenter ~ 1836- >1911

Children of James Barry & Mary Cronin

Jane Thomson1845-1907 2nd wife of Samuel W Keene 1845-1907 . . Andrew Thomson professor of music 1792-1860 . . Andrew Thomson snr ~ 1767-1814 . . likely John Thomson, musician

Charlotte Wolfe wife of William C L Keene ~1800-1850 . . maybe, but no proof!, Joseph Wolfe 1770-1835

Grace Lever wife of Samuel Keene snr 1765-1837

Isabella McKinley wife of Andrew Thomson 1809-1858 . . Alexander McKinlay tide waiter 1770s->1822 . Alexander McKinlay custom House Officer 1750s>1808

Mary Driscoll wife of Patrick Barry

Sarah Dickens wife of Joseph Wolfe 1770-1850

Mary McLea wife of Alexander McKinlay 1778->1822

Jannet Millarpwife of Andrew Thomson snr

Summary of the paternal ancestors :

The direct Keene line all came from around London, but Archibald Keene married a girl from Cork- so this quadrant presumably all Irish- and his father, Samuel W Keene married a girl from Glasgow. So 7( out of 16) Scottish ancesters here

Maternal Side

Lilian Marjorie Conway wife of Edward Keene 1915- 2000. . . Herbert Conway 1880 - 1918 mechanic .. Harry Conway omnibus driver1849-1922 . . . Charles Conway coachman ~1812-1893 . . Charles Conway snr stable keeper

Children of Herbert Conway and Annie Robb Thompson

Annie Robb Thompson wife of Herbert Conway 1876-1953 . . Mary Robb, single mother, 1852- 1928 . . . John Robb farm servant 1817-1874 . . . Charles Robb blacksmith . maybe 1779->1817

Jane Wise wife of Harry Conway 1855-1930 . . Edward Wise cow keeper 1826-1873 . . Thomas Wise cow keeper 1785-1850? . . William Wise

Caroline Cobb Preshus wife of Charles Conway jnr 1814 -1900 . . . William Cobb Preshus veterinary surgeon / farrier 1782-1820

David Gow, cited as father to illegitimate Annie Robb 1859-1921 . . William Gow agricultural labourer 1820-1892. . . Alexander Gow weaver crofter 1787-1864

Ann Robb wife of John Robb 1821-1883 . . . Thomas Robb ag. lab.1788-<1851

Janet Smith wife of Charles Robb ~1779->1817

Rebecca Dearling wife of William Cobb Preshus 1790~ -1848

Susan Paul wife of Edward Wise 1829-1906 . . William Paul Ag Labourer 1793-1867. . James Paul

Jane Spare cow keeper wife of Thomas Wise 1796-1857??

Martha Brown wife of William Paul 1796-1874

Betty McKenzie wife of William Gow 1833-1908 . . Alexander McKenzie Ag. Labourer 1804- 1880s

Helen Gow wife of Alexander Gow 17 -1855

Ann Melvill wife of Alexander McKenzie 1807-1881

Mary Coutts wife of Thomas Robb 1793-1874

Summary of the maternal ancestors :

Half of these- those of Annie Robb- were Scottish. The other half were mainly from around London, with the exception of Susan Paul who was born Dorset to Dorset parents , and Jane Spare who was born Essex

Thus David W Keene is roughly 3/8ths Scottish, 1/4 Irish and 3/8ths English

I wonder if his DNA confirms this!!!