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Henry Holman Sr. of Kent, Co. Md. is as far as we have been able to trace to date. His daughter Rosetta Holman was born Jan. 13, 1763, and died in Callaway Co. Mo. Nov. 13, 1848. She married David Darst Jan. 12, 1784, in Lincoln Co. Kentucky. David Darst was born in Shenandoah Co. Virginia, Dec. 17, 1757, and died in Mo. Dec. 2, 1826. He came to Ky. in 1784, thence to Mo. in 1798 and settled in what has since been known as Darst Bottom in St. Charles Co. Mo. Their son, David H. Darst, born Nov. 26, 1795, in Ky. died in Mo. Nov. 15, 1869. He married Mary Thompson (1800-1864). Their children: Violet, Rosetta, Margaret R., Elizabeth, Nancy E. who married Samuel Keithly (1819-1883), Harriet (1828-1904) who married Willis Bryan Hays, Mary T. born Jan 22, who married Murvin Keithly (1825-1899), David A., Lorena, who married Mr. Sherry, Henry, Martha, born Feb. 9, 1839, and married Frederick Mathews, William, Julia and Jane, who married Isaac McCormick. Write Serena Hays for Revolutionary Service.

JACOB KEITHLY and his wife BARBARA (ROLAND) KEITHLY visit Missouri

"About 1824, when grandfather was seventy years old, he and grandmother concluded to visit their children in Missouri. It was a long journey for the old people, fully two hundred and sixty miles, and through a sparsely settled wilderness. But their children and other pioneers had gone before and blazed the way. They had braved the dangers of high waters, rough roads, wild Indians and wild animals. After many misgivings the old people made up their minds to make the venture to see the loved ones who had gone through the hardships and toils to hew out for themselves homes in a new country . . . So after their packs were made ready and their good horses saddled, they mounted and bade farewell to their children and home for a long journey of two hundred and sixty miles to see once more their loved ones in a far country.

They would travel over hills, through valleys, across creeks and rivers without bridges and always keeping a sharp lookout for blazed trees of the pioneers who had preceded them. At night they would stop at log cabins or inns by the way for entertainment. And the next morning after purchasing some provisions for their dinner would move on to the next stopping place. And so they proceeded day after day on their weary way until they came to the Mississippi River, two hundred and forty miles on their journey. They crossed this river on a ferry boat to St. Louis, then a small French town . . They were now on the soil of the new country which they sought, with only about thirty-five or forty miles to travel before their journey ended at the homes of their long absent children. With hearts full of emotion and gratitude to God for His protection during their travels, pursued their way joyfully till they reached the bank of the big Missouri River opposite the little town of St. Charles . . . After traveling a few miles further they were at their destination and were received with joyful acclamations from their children.

They were now entertained by their children in a wilderness country, lately vacated by Indians at whose hands their eldest son, Abraham had fallen a victim near Fort Femme Osage. They visited his grave and mourned the loss of their first born son: they smote their breasts and returned to their living children who comforted them in their sorrow.

They went to see all of their children and grandchildren in St. Charles and Pike counties. . . After a joyful visit of some weeks in the new country of their children's adop- tion . . .they prepared for the return journey. Their packs made ready and provisions put up for their comfort; and after a sad farewell, for they expected to see their faces no more, they mounted their horses and probably with an escort of some of their children they turned their faces homeward. After crossing the two great rivers at St. Charles and St. Louis, the escort bade them farewell and left them to pursue their homeward way alone. The roughness of the road and the weary way to their home was doubtless relieved by the reflection that they had been permitted to see their children and grandchildren one more before they died.

Grandfather and grandmother lived many years after this visit; grandfather to about ninety years of age. He died of old age sitting in his chair. Grandmother outlived him some time and grew fleshy and almost helpless . . Thus these old people 'Came to their graves in full age, as a shock of corn cometh in his season.' They were the ancestors of a numerous progeny counted by thousands and spread over Missouri and all the western states. Thus we see one generation passes away and another takes its place as the world moves on. And so it shall continue to be 'until the Angel Gabriel shall descend from heaven and put one foot upon the land and the other upon the sea and swear by Him who liveth forever that time shall be no longer! Revelation 10:5,6."

J. C. Keithley's History, 1910.


A Chapter from "Some Pioneers of Missouri"

by Mary Iantha Castlio (1923)

containing excerpts from "The History of Jacob Carter Keithley" (1910)

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