NOTE by Frank Deis.  The text below represents the last six pages of Mary Iantha Castlio's "Some Missouri Pioneers"  Some years ago I digitized the Keithley section of her book, but not the "Honor Roll."  Because she mentions the "Honor Roll" in the text I put online people have written to ask about it, so I have made it available.  I typed in her text and I have attempted to follow her spelling, capitalization, punctuation etc. to show what is in the book.  I tried to be careful to represent Keithly or Keithley spellings as she had them, and did not correct obvious errors such as Lupbock = Lubbock or New Port Va., which must be Newport News.  I don't know what many abbreviations mean and I rather doubt that she did, either.  For what it's worth, the Francis Keithley who fought in the Revolution in Maryland is probably one of "mine."


Descendants of JACOB KEITHLY and wife BARBARA (ROLAND) KEITHLY who served their country in the army or navy:


William Keithly (1793-1883) War of 1812, in Mo.  He joined the rangers under Nathan Boone and served with them one year, then joined Capt. James Callaway's company and served during the entire war.


Levi Keithley (1794-1875) served in the Black Hawk war under Capt. Matson in 1832.  He was awarded a land grant at the close of the war.


Samuel Keithly (1789-1870) enlisted as a soldier of the war of 1812, but was not called to active service.


Joseph Bell Keithley (1830-1875) Civil war.  A Union soldier in Merrill's Horse company.  Honorably discharged at close of the war.


Corridon Keithley.  Civil war.  A Union soldier of company A, 49th Mo. Infantry.


William Ewing Keithly (1820-1864) Civil war, as a Confederate soldier.  Some of his brothers served in both the Civil and Mexican war, but I have not the records.  Sons of Absalom (1799-1879).


Joseph Fielding Keithly (1843-1900) Civil war.  Served eighteen months in Confederate army under Gen. Price.


George W. Keithly (1844-1900) Civil war.  Served through out the war as a Confederate soldier.


Samuel Keithly Audrain (1845-1911) Civil war.  Private Co. K, Spaight's (21) Regiment Texas Infantry, Confederate States Army, enlisted Feb. 25, 1865, at Camp Lupbock.  He was surrendered by Gen. E. K. Smith C. S. A. May 26, 1865, and was paroled at Alexandria, La., June 19, 1865.  Residence St. Charles Co., Mo.”  (From Adjutant General Office.)  It should be 1863 to 1865, so his son wrote.


Calvin Harrison Keithly (1846-1876) Civil war.  Confederate soldier.


Descendants of SAMUEL KEITHLY (1789-1870) who served in the World war:


Murvin Thomas Ford (1888-) A volunteer from South Dakota.  Was in camp in Texas, thence to New Port, Va., thence to Hoboken and across.  He served with the American Expeditionary forces from Aug. 5, 1917, to Dec. 30, 1918.  Served under Capt. Edmond J. Burke, and was honorably discharged as a private of the 9th Coast Company, A. S. S. C.


Wayne Hixson was with the 314 Engineers, 89 Division.  Was in the St. Mihiel and Argonne Offensive in 1918.  Honorably discharged.


Alec Davies.  Unable to get his record.


Lt. Luther Earle Keithly (1894-)  Enlisted at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., Aug 28, 1915.  Transferred to 8th cavalry, Fort Bliss, Tex., Nov. 1, 1915.  Assigned to duty Troop I, 8th U.S. cavalry, Jan. 17, 1916.  Orderly for squadron commander, Aug. 4, 1916 to Oct. 4, 1916.  Served on Mexican Border.  Duty as acting Reg. H. sergeant major, Fort Bliss, Tex., Jan.-Feb., 1917.  Transferred to Q. M. C. Fort Bliss, Tex., April 26, 1917.  Transferred for duty over seas May 28, 1917.  Sent via Ft. Sam Huston with B Ky. Company No. 9 via Hoboken N. J.  Sailed June 14, 1917, arrived St. Nazaire, France, June 26, 1917.  Arrived Nevers, France, July 10, 1917, and was assigned to duty as personal clerk Q. M. C.  Organized Hg. Inter. Sec. at Nervers, appointed chief clerk Nov., 1917.  On duty as chief until May 15, 1918.  Commissioned 2d lieutenant Q. M. C. May 1918, Hg. S. O. S. at Towrs.  Promoted to 1st lieutenant Q. M. C. Oct 4, 1918.  Relieved from duty to return to U. S. A. Nov 11, 1918.  Honorably discharged as first Lt. Q. M. C. Jan 21, 1919, at Camp Lee, Va.  Re-enlisted in 1919 and is on duty as Lt. Q. M. C., Fort Monroe, Va.


Howard Clinger Shelton (1896-) Enlisted June 25, 1918, at Smith Center, Kansas, as private, 1stt class.  Served in Company A, 313 American Forces.  Battles, engagements, skirmishes, expeditions:  Center Sector, Haute, Alsace, France, Oct. 18 to Nov. 4, 1918.  Remarks: NO AWOL or absence under G. O. 45-14-32-12.  Discharged at Camp Funston, Kans., June 12, 1919.  Character good.  Physical condition good and one gold chevron;  six months foreign service.


DeWitt Talmage Keithly (1891-)  Served seventeen months World war.


Elbert Parker Audrain, son of Lewis Audrain, served over seas during the World war and came home so broken in health that he has since passed away.


Richard Loyd Cottle (1899-) Volunteered shortly before the Armistice.  He was in training at Paris Island, S. C., then on guard duty at Portsmouth, N. H.  He served eight months.


Crestus Cottle Adams (1899-)  Volunteered shortly before the Armistice.  He was in training at Paris Island S. C., then on guard duty in Philadelphia.  He served seven months.


Descendants of Daniel Keithly (1796-1860) who served in the World war:


Norvel J. Soutee, Company B 6th Training Battalion, Signal Corps.  Officer Loyd Swanson.  He was not over seas.  Was in Camp Funston, Leavenworth and Mead.  Honorably discharged from Fort Logan, Colorado.


John Wildberger, tried to enlist in the army but was rejected because of poor eye sight.  Later was drafter and served on the Mexican border at Fort McIntosh, for fifteen months.


Bryan Wildberger enlisted in the navy.  Became an expert radio operator, serving on the oil tanker, John D. Rockefeller, which made trips along the eastern coast of North and South America.  He served twenty-one months.


Ollie and Oswald Keithly, brothers, served.  I have not their records.


Descendants of Absalom Keithly (1799-1879) who served in the world war.


Robert Keithly Sieben (1900-) Enlisted at Fort Rosecrans, Calif., April 17, 1917, at the age of seventeen.  Joined the 5th company Coast Artillery.  Left for over seas Feb. 28, 1918 with Battery B, 65 Art. C. A. C.  From San Francisco, via Panama Canal to N. Y., thence to Liverpool.  Trained in Limoges and Nixon, France.  He was in the St. Mihiel Drive.  He was injured Sept. 21, 1918, while stringing telephone wires and was gassed in the Argonne, on the way to the Evacuation Hospital.  When in the Convalescent Hospital at Roawne, France, “He was taken into the homes of some of the finest people and treated as a son.  He was privileged to be there when the Armistice was signed and celebrated with them and witnessed their joy.”  Thence to the replacement camp at St. Aignnan.  Sailed from Marseilles March 1, 1919 on the steamer Francesce – a slow vessel – reaching N. Y. March 26.  He was mustered out of the service April 24, 1919, at San Francisco.


Leslie Keithly Barbee (1891-)  Enlisted at St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 1, 1917, in the engineer department of the navy, Dec. 6, was sent to the Great Lakes Training Station for two days, thence to Philadelphia to receiving station for twenty-one days.  Called aboard the U.S.S. Maine for sea service.  Was in the carpenter department for six weeks during two trips to Cuba.  Home port at this time was Yorktown, Ca.  Call to N. Y. and held at receiving ship C. W. Morse.  Then drafted for U. S. S. Hospital ship, Comfort, on which he served entire time.  Summer of 1918 was anchored off Staten Island.  Oct., 1918, sailed for Brest, France, thence to St. Nazaire.  Took wounded soldiers aboard and started for U. S. A.   Was in Brest Nov. 11.  Returned to N. Y. with wounded, took on fresh supplies.  To Plymouth, England, and returned with wounded.  To Bordeaux, France, and returned to Hoboken with 400 wounded.  May 29, 1919, carried sick from N. Y. to Norfolk, Va., and Charleston S. C.  On all these trips Leslie worked in the boiler and engine room and mast time and shift on Vaporatore.  To San Francisco via Panama Canal and landed at Golden Gate Harbor July 30, 1919.  Was promoted to Ship Fitter.  To Mare Island.  To St. Louis Aug. 5, and demobilized Aug. 11, 1919.


James Howard Denham (1886-)  Enlisted at Hanford, King Co., Calif., March 18, 1918.  Drove an ammunition truck and was in the Argonne Offensive and with the army of occupation in Germany.  Discharged at the Presidio, San Francisco, Aug. 7, 1919.


Earnest Verner Denham (1894-)  Enlisted at Hanford, King Co., Calif., July 16, 1918.  He went no farther than New York.  Discharged at the Presidio, San Francisco, Dec. 21, 1918.


Henry Ulmer Denham enlisted at Hanford, King Co., Calif., Nov. 3, 1917.  He was in the Veterinary Dept.  Was in the Argonne Offensive and with the army of occupation in Germany.  Discharged at the Presidio, San Francisco, July 21, 1919.


Franklin Denham (1901-) is at present (1924) with the Asiatic Fleet, doing duty in the Philippines.




Descendants of JOHN KEITHLEY, SR., (1750-1835) and wife  . . . (RIBLEN) KEITHLEY who served their country in the army or navy:


Henry Harrison Keithley (1844-1924) Civil war.  Enlisted Sept. 1864 in Company E, 41th Reg. Infantry of Missouri Volunteers, and was discharged therefrom at Benton Barracks, Mo., July 11, 1865.  A Union soldier.


A. Delbert Joseph Keithley (1844-) Civil war.  Served in the 38th Indiana Volunteers.  He was wounded in the battle of Lookout Mountain.  Union army.


JOHN KEITHLEY'S descendants who served in the World War are:  Lt. Joseph A. Keithley, M. D.  He was born in 1874.  Wilson H. Davis, Artillery.  Was at Metz when Armistice was declared.  Clarence Genung.  Kenneth Keithley was a sailor.  Cohen Keithley and J. W. Dodds.  No copy of the service records of the above was obtainable.




St. Louis Republic, May 29, 1914:  Verona, Mo., May 28: "The heroism in the Philippines of Fernando Keithly, an Ozark soldier, is to be commemorated by the United States Government with a bronze tablet, to be placed in the Capitol at Washington, according to a letter received today by Postmaster Harris from the war Department.


Keithly passed his boyhood on a farm near here.  While a member of Company H., Twenty-eight Infantry, he was killed by Moros at Camp Marohui, November 14, 1903.  He was on outpost duty with three comrades when they were attacked.  After his companions had been killed he fought the Moros alone, killing twenty of them before they outnumbered him.  Camp Keithly, a military post in the Philippines, was named for him."  From a newspaper this:  Manila, Sept. 12, 1923.  "It was reported to the governor general yesterday that Moros in the Lake Lanao country had pulled down a Fillipino flag at the Keithly garrison and issued a warning against raising it again and declaring that they wanted an American instead of a Fillipino governor . . ."  From the War Dept., Washington, D. C., Adjutant General Office, July 14, 1924.  The above service is verified adding: "His emergency address was recorded as follows: Willis Keithley, Monett, Mo., or Mrs. M. J. Keithley, Lock Box 281, Monett, Mo.  The name of this soldier is recorded on the records as Furnando Keithley."  I have written to Monett twice and to Verona.  My letters have been returned.




William Keithly.  American Revolution.  Served as Matross in Capt. Cushing's Company of Mass. Militia, Col. Paul Revere's Reg.  Served from May 1, 1778 to Dec. 31, 1779.  Mass. Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolutionary War, Vol. 9, p. 42, 1902.


Francis Keithley.  American Revolution.  Private in the 7th Reg. of Maryland Troops in Continental Army. Service, June 30, 1778 to Nov. 1, 1780.  "A petition from Francis Keithley, prisoner in Anrundall Co. goal praying to be released." From Maryland Arch., p. 229.  And Md. Arch. Vol. 18, Muster Rolls of Md. Troops in American Revolution, p. 222, Baltimore.  I have no records that prove these two above Revolution soldiers to be related to us.  The Keathley line claims there were three brothers who were soldiers in the American Revolution.  If this Keathley line are descendants of "Samuel Keithley who lived and died in Tenn. (and they say their ancestor lived in Powell Valley, Tenn.) it is possible they may be the other two.  John Keithley (1750-1835) being the third one, for while John's descendants cannot find documentary proof of his service they know he served in the American Revolution."


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On Fernando P. Keithley of McDowell, Cassville Democrat.


Sgt. Keithley was in the army of occupation of the Phillippines when there was considerable trouble with the natives.  Keithley and his companions were stationed in a zone in which the population was composed of Moros, known as fearless warriors.  The fighting was thick, fast, and of a fierce nature.


The Moros used knives and such weapons.  Commanding officers gave the order that no Moros were to be permitted to get their hands on any Army guns.  Sgt. Keithley and his comrades were attacked.  His comrades were about all killed or badly injured before reinforcements arrived.


With the arrival of other Americans soldiers, seeking the men in the jungle, they were guided to Sgt. Keithley's whereabouts by the bodies of dead Moros.  When located, Keithley was in a dying condition but by his side were piled the firearms of his comrades safe from the enemies hands.


McDowell, Barry Co., Mo.