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 James Wesley Key and Ruby Lee Johns

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KEYS:

James Wesley KEY was born on 29 May 1915 in Sumner Co., TN. He died on 13 Jul 1979. James Wesley KEY and Ruby Lee JOHNS were married on 13 Jul 1935 in Sumner Co., TN. Ruby Lee JOHNS was born in 1914 in Macon Co., TN.

James Wesley KEY was the son of Luke and Maud HOLDER KEY. Luke KEY was born on 7 May 1876 in Trousdale Co., TN. He died on 15 Apr 1957 in Sumner Co., TN. He was buried in Bush's Chapel Cemetery, Sumner Co., TN. Luke KEY and Maud HOLDER were married on 24 Dec 1899. Maud HOLDER was born in 1885. She died on 18 Mar 1925 in Sumner Co., TN. She was buried in the Key Graveyard, Sumner Co., TN.

*See Newspaper Tidbits, Cyclone, March 18, 1925

*See Newspaper Tidbits, Cyclone - Storm, March 18, 1925

Luke KEY and Maud HOLDER had the following eight children:

1. Jessie Franklin KEY was born on 18 Jan 1900 in Sumner Co., TN. He died on 18 Jan 1967 in Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN.

2. Joe (Jodie) Madden KEY was born on 18 Jun 1905 in Sumner Co., TN. He died on 4 Jun 1971.

3. Robert Clarence KEY was born on 9 Feb 1907 in Sumner Co., TN. He died in 1926.

4. Willie Douglas KEY was born on 11 Oct 1909 in Sumner Co., TN. He died in 2001.

5. Homer Reese KEY was born on 16 Jun 1912 in Sumner Co., TN.

6. James Wesley KEY.

7. Gracie Louise KEY was born on 10 May 1918 in Sumner Co., TN.

8. Ethel Lillian KEY was born on 1 Jan 1921 in Sumner Co., TN. She died on 25 Dec 1992.

Luke KEY married second wife, Anna Mae SUMMERS on 12 Mar 1926 in Sumner Co., TN. Anna Mae SUMMERS was born in 1905.

Anna Mae SUMMERS and Luke KEY had the following three children:

1. Nobia Hazel KEY was born on 15 Mar 1927 in Sumner Co., TN. She died in 1949.

2. James Edgar KEY was born on 7 Jun 1929 in Sumner Co., TN. He died on 5 Oct 1952 in Robertson Co., TN. He was buried in Bush's Chapel Cemetery, Sumner Co., TN. Wilkerson & Wiseman Funeral Home Records

3. Thurman Eugene KEY was born on 5 Jan 1934 in Sumner Co., TN.

*(Wilkerson & Wiseman Funeral Home, Sumner Co., TN)

Full Name: Luke Key
Died: 15th April 1957
Place of Death: Sumner County, TN District 16, Portland, TN
In Community: Life
Race or Color: White
Sex: Male
Marital Status: Married
Age: 80 years, 11 months, 8 days
Date of Birth: May 7, 1876
Place of Birth: Trousdale County, TN
Legal Residence: Sumner County, TN District 16, Portland, TN
Usual Occupation: Farmer
Full Name of Father: Frank Key
Birthplace:
Mother's Maiden Name: Matilda Maden
Birthplace:
Husband or Wife of: Anna Mae Key
Cemetery: Bush's Chapel
Place of Funeral: Home
Time of Funeral: 10:00 am
Date: April 18, 1957
Additional Comments: Wife - Mrs. Anna Mae Key - 2 daughters, Mrs. Gracie Summers, KY; Mrs. Ethel Johns, IN; 6 sons, Jess Key, IN; Jodie Key, Gallatin, TN; Willie Key, IN; Homer Key, OH; Wesley Key, IN; Thurman Key, Portland, TN; 2 Brothers, Fate Key, Gallatin, TN, Sam Key Ft. Head, TN.

Luke KEY was the son of Frank and Matilda B. MADDEN KEY. Frank KEY was born in Aug 1840 in TN. He died before 1910. Frank married Matilda B. MADDEN. She was born in Sep 1850 in Smith Co., TN. She died on 18 Mar 1925 in Sumner Co., TN. Matilda B. MADDEN was the daughter of Tucker Woodson and Mary V. GRANT MADDEN. Tucker Woodson MADDEN was born on 5 Apr 1811 in Smith Co., TN. He died after 1891 in Trousdale Co., TN. He was buried in Madden Cemetery, Smith Co., TN.  Mary V. GRANT was born in 1816. She died in 1894 in Smith Co., TN. She was buried in Madden Cemetery, Smith Co., TN.  

Frank KEY and Matilda B. MADDEN had the following eight children:

1. Richard Woodson KEY was born on 15 Oct 1867 in Trousdale Co., TN. He died on 5 Oct 1934 in Sumner Co., TN. He was buried in Key Burial Ground, Sumner Co., TN. (Alexander Funeral Home Records, Sumner Co., TN)

2. Wilson KEY was born in Feb 1875 in TN.

3. Luke KEY.

4. William KEY was born in May 1880 in Trousdale Co., TN.

5. James Elvidge (Kink) KEY was born on 14 May 1880 in Trousdale Co., TN. He died on 28 May 1937 in Sumner Co., TN. He was buried in Blackmore Cemetery, Sumner Co., TN. (Alexander Funeral Home Records, Sumner Co., TN)

6. Lafayette (Fate) KEY was born in May 1884 in Trousdale Co., TN.

7. Sam B. KEY was born in Mar 1889 in Trousdale Co., TN.

8. Robert KEY was born in 1893 in TN.

JOHNS:

Ruby Lee JOHNS was the daughter of Joe Cephus and Tallie Katherine HAUSKINS JOHNS.  Joe Cephus JOHNS was born on 4 Apr 1878 in Macon Co., TN. He died in 1934 in Sumner Co., TN. He was buried in 1934 in Eulia Baptist Church Cemetery, Eulia, Macon Co., TN. (Joe Cephus JOHNS Registration Card - 12 Sep 1918 - Hartsville, Macon Co., TN, Brown eyes, Black hair. Talley Catherine Johns was the one to sign for next of kin.) Joe Cephus JOHNS and Tallie Katherine HAUSKINS were married on 4 Apr 1911 in Macon Co., TN. Tallie Katherine HAUSKINS was born on 12 Jul 1888 in Macon Co., TN. She died on 5 Nov 1969 in TN. She was buried in Nov 1969 in Eulia Baptist Church Cemetery, Eulia, Macon Co., TN.

Joe Cephus JOHNS and Tallie Katherine HAUSKINS had the following seven children:

1. Carl JOHNS was born in 1912 in TN.

2. Ruby Lee JOHNS.

3. Earl JOHNS was born in 1916 in TN.

4. Reece JOHNS was born in 1919 in TN.

5. Jannie JOHNS was born in 1921 in TN.

6. Carrie JOHNS was born in 1923 in TN.

7. Arthur JOHNS was born in 1926 in TN.

Joe Cephus JOHNS was the son of James Thomas and Nancy B. (Betty) PATTERSON JOHNS. James Thomas JOHNS was born in May 1846 in NC. He died about 1920. He married Nancy B. (Betty) PATTERSON. Betty was born in 1848. She died in 1882. (1900 in Simpson Co., KY - married to Sarah. 1910 in Warren Co., KY - He was widowed.)

James Thomas JOHNS and Nancy B. (Betty) PATTERSON had the following two children:

1. George Washington JOHNS was born on 13 Mar 1873 in Macon Co., TN. He died on 17 Jun 1948 in Sumner Co., TN. He was buried in Eulia Baptist Church Cemetery, Eulia, Macon Co., TN. (Alexander Funeral Home Records)

Name: George Washington Johns
Place of Death: at home, Dist 9, Sumner Co., Tennessee
Color, Sex: White, Male
Marital Status: Married
Date of Birth: Mar 13, 1873
Birthplace: Macon Co., Tennessee
Date of Death: Jun 17, 1948
Age: 75 years 3 months 4 days
Occupation: Farmer
Name of Spouse: Edna (Gregory) Johns - 65
Name of Father: Tom Johns - Macon Co., Tennessee
Name of Mother: Betty Patterson - Macon Co., Tennessee
Physician: C. D. Giles
Date, Time, Place of Service: Jun 18, 1948 1pm Eulia
Name of Cemetery: Eulia
Clergyman: Floyd Lambert
Near Relatives: children: Mrs. Cozy Lawson - Lafayette, Mrs. Eva Shrum - Westmoreland, Mrs. Mary Sullivan - Holland, Kentucky, Mrs. Myrtle Ragland - Lafayette, Mrs. Fannie O'Neil - Bethpage, Mrs. Clemmie Durham, Benton Johns - Gallatin, Jack Johns - Westmoreland, Raymond Johns - Gallatin, Jimmy Johns - Rt 4, Gallatin
Informant: Mrs. Edna Johns, Rt 3, Gallatin, Tennessee

2. Joe Cephus JOHNS.

Tallie Katherine HAUSKINS was the daughter of John Wesley and Malinda J. HAUSKINS.  John Wesley HAUSKINS was born about May 1850 in TN. He died in 1938 in TN. He was buried in 1938 in Shrum/Alvis Cemetery, Peddlers Ridge, Macon Co., TN. John Wesley HAUSKINS and Malinda J. were married about 1884. Malinda J. was born in Feb 1865 in KY.

John Wesley HAUSKINS and Malinda J. HAUSKINS had the following seven children:

1. Albert HAUSKINS was born in Aug 1882 in TN.

2. Molly HAUSKINS was born in Feb 1884.

3. Tallie Katherine HAUSKINS.

4. Maude B. HAUSKINS was born in Aug 1891.

5. Fannie HAUSKINS was born in Jul 1893.

6. Rachel HAUSKINS was born in Sep 1896.

7. Nettie HAUSKINS was born in Jun 1899.

Some of the sources:

1860, 1870, 1880, Macon Co., TN Census Records

1930 Sumner Census - 11th district

1870 Smith Co., TN. Census Records

1880 Trousdale Co., TN Census Records

1900 Trousdale Co., TN Census - 2nd District

1910 Sumner Co., TN Census

Wilkerson & Wiseman Funeral Home Records, Sumner Co., TN

Alexander Funeral Home Records, Sumner Co., TN

Newby Funeral Home Records, Sumner Co., TN

Rosalie Key gave most of the information on this family. She received the family Bible from Ethel in 1971. This Family Bible was found miles away in a field after the Cyclone/Tornado in March of 1925. (Sumner Co., TN)

1900 Trousdale Co., TN Census - district 3 (Shows Luke being married 1 time. Luke is in the same household with his parents. Maude is not listed.)

1910 Sumner Co., TN Census - district 14 (Shows Luke and Maud being married 2 times.) His mother is living next door with granddaughter Matilda Key.

1930 Sumner Co., TN Census - district 14, South Tunnel (Luke with 2nd wife Anna Mae.)

Luke KEY's Registration Card - 12 Sep 1918, Route 2, Fountain Head, Sumner County, TN, Farming, Maud Key signed as next of kin, eyes brown, and hair black.

March 18, 1925 in Cyclone, Sumner Co., TN - See newspaper article.

Funeral of: Maud Key Birth: Died: March 18, 1925 Burial: March 20, 1925, Key Graveyard Age: about 45 Sex: Female Nationality: White Married: Married Place of death: Keytown, Ridge (killed in storm) Physician: Funeral from: House Services held at: House Conducted by: Additional Comments: Luke Key is listed at the top. This next funeral home record was confusing in its notations. The index listed "Key Infants" and three male names (sons of M. Key) were given beside "Funeral of". However the information across the top listed "The Estate of Matilda Key" along with 3 male names and the information was that of an elderly woman. * Mrs. Matilda Key is Maud Key's mother in law. They were killed by the storm on March 18, 1925. Her sons were Richard, Wills, Luke, Kink. Fate, & Sam. Luke was Maud's husband. They are my husband's grandmother and great grandmother. (That is Maud and Matilda.) * Rosalie Key


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