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Father: Henry Lewis KEENS (*23 Dec 1799 +1 Feb 1865)
Mother: Mary Celestine DE LA ROCHE (*15 Sep 1801 +28 Nov 1883)

Cornelius James KEENS (*27 Nov 1828 +18 Jul 1905)

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                               _Thomas KEENS ________________|
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 _Henry Lewis KEENS __________|
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|                             |_Sophia ROBINSON _____________|
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|--Cornelius James KEENS 
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|                              _Pierre Simon DE LA ROCHE ____|
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|_Mary Celestine DE LA ROCHE _|
                              |                               _ DE LA ROCHE _
                              |_Marie Celestine DE LA ROCHE _|
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[2241] Canon Cornelius James Keens was known as "the great church builder" . He was responsible for founding eight Catholic churches in central London. He became Senior Canon of the Archdiocese of Westminster.

He was also a composer of music and amongst his best works are "Ave Maria" and "Cor Jesu in Agonia factum" and "Vini Sancte Spiritus" which is sung on the Feast of Pentecost.

The Church 'Star of the Sea' in Tilbury (foundation stones laid in June 1906) was built in memory of Canon Keens who had built the
school chapel in 1887 and many other churches in the area including St Thomas' at Grays.

[2244] Lisbon, Portugal

[2246] Roman Catholic priest

[2249] Clergy House, Finsbury, London

[2252] Canon of RC diocese of Westminster

[2242] Whitechapel, London

[2254] Brighton

[2237] [S177] Earl Dugan

[2238] [S206] Kate Keens

[2245] [S206] Kate Keens

[2247] [S25] 1871 Census

[2248] [S206] Kate Keens

[2250] [S25] 1871 Census

[2251] [S206] Kate Keens

[2253] [S68] Death Certificate

[2239] [S8] Madeleine Ellis

[2240] [S68] Death Certificate

[2243] [S206] Kate Keens

[2255] [S206] Kate Keens