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Moses KEEN
Ms. __?__
Mary __?__
WARNING:  this family group sheet is hypothetical and with minimal evidence to support it.
Husband:  Moses KEAN/KEEN
Birth:  1770, VA
Death:  prob. Conway Co., AR
Marriage-1:  10 Jun or 12 Mar 1800/01/02, Monroe Co., VA/WV
Wife-1:  Rhoda SIERS
Birth:  bef. 1778, prob. VA
Death:  bef. 1830, VA/WV
Father:  John SIERS
Mother:  Sarah PAUL
Marriage-2:  probably bef. 1830
Wife-2:  Ms. __?__
Death:  bef. 1840
Marriage-3:  bet. 1840 and 1850
Wife-3:  Mary __?__
Children with Rhoda SIERS:
Children with Wife-2 born in VA [presumably now WV]:
1.  William Johnson "John" KEEN, b. 1830, VA
2.  (Daughter A) KEEN, b. 1830-35 (married or died bef. 1850)
3.  William Jasper KEEN, b. 1837/8, VA; d. 6 Mar 1884, Florence, Fremont Co., CO; m1. Laura Jane PRINCE; m2. Docia HILL; m3. Sarah M.E. HOOKER
Children with Mary:
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1a.  Jordan R. Dodd.  1997.  Virginia Marriages to 1800.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (online at Ancestry.com).
Keen, Moses married Siers, Rhoda on 10 Jun 1800 in Monroe County, Virginia
Mann, Moses married Siers, Rhoda on 10 Jun 1800 in Monroe County, Virginia
All I can guess is that the transcriber was uncertain of Moses's surname, so gave it both ways, though how "Keen" and "Mann" could look like one another is a mystery to me.  And if that weren't mystery enough...

1b.  Jordan R. Dodd, et al.  19xx.  Early American Marriages: Virginia to 1850.  Precision Indexing Publishers, Bountiful, UT (online at Ancestry.com):
Moses Keen Rhoda Simms 10 June 1802 Monroe Co.

1c.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  Virginia Marriages: Early to 1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-229):
Keen, Moses Siers, Rhoda Jun 10, 1800 Monroe Co.
Keen, Moses Simms, Rhoda Jun 10, 1802 Monroe Co.

1d.  Marriage Bonds by Bride, 1799-1819 - Monroe Co. WV (online in the Archives of the Monroe County WVGenWeb site):
Keen, Moses Sim, Rhoda 3/12/1801

2.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1810 (Broderbund CD-313):  the 1810 VA/WV census was lost.

3.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1820 (Broderbund CD-314):  can't find.  Based on the children's birthplaces, he should still be in VA/WV.

4.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1830 (Broderbund CD-315):  can't find.  Based on the children's birthplaces, he should still be in VA/WV.

5a.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1840 (Broderbund CD-316):
1840 Kearn, Moses AR Conway Co. Petit Jean Twp. p. 60
1841 Kearn, Moses AR Conway Co. Petit Jean Twp.  

6b.  Conway County, AR, 1840 Federal Census (online at the Conway County ARGenWeb site; transcribed by Sondra Johnson):
1840 AR Conway Co. Pg. 60 Ln. 9 Kean Moses 110 000 001 - 010 000 000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 4 or under 1835-1840 = Jasper (b. 1837/8)
1 male 5-9 1830-1835 = John (b. 1830)
1 male 60-69 1770-1780 = Moses (b. 1770)
1 female 5-9 1830-1835 = Daughter A
Rhoda was too old to have children much past 1825-30.  Therefore, while John might have been Rhoda's child, Jasper and Daughter A certainly were not.  This fact suggests there was a second wife, after Rhoda, who has died before 1840.  It is also possible, but I believe much less likely, that these are his orphaned grandchildren.  My reasoning is that saddling a grandfather who is just shy of 70 years old with three children under 10 years of age is much less likely than that the orphans would be taken in by one of their aunts or uncles or even some younger couple in the community.  The most obvious and most compeling reason I can think of for three small children to be living with an elderly man would be that they were his children.  And my guess is that Moses, with three young children needing care, didn't remain a widower for long.  That is, that Wife-2 died not much before the 1840 Census (perhaps in 1838, giving birth to Jasper) and that Moses remarried shortly after the census.

6.  1850 Census Index/Microfilm (online at GenealogyLibrary.com):  Griffin Township, Conway Co., AR, p. 262, 489/489, enumerated 8 Dec 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Moses Kean 80 M stone mason   Virginia
Mary   " 40 F     "
John   " 20 M     "
Jasper " 12 M     "
Because Mary was not in the household in 1840, she it is unlikely that she is an unmarried daughter.  It is most likely that Mary is a third wife of Moses, and there are any number of reasons why she might not have any children of her own, either with Moses or a previous husband, if there was one.

7.  Ancestry World Trees (online at Ancestry.com).  Says the two younger males in the 1850 Census are William Johnson SIERS and William Jasper SIERS.

8. Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Deed Book 2, 1798-1803, p. 126.  LDS FHL Film No. 0593545.  Quoting Anderson:
p. 126 16 May 1798 John Siers sold livestock and personal property to James Graham in Greenbrier co...
Rhoda Siers witness...
Rhoda had to be 21 to witness a deed, so she must have been born in or bef. 1777.  It seems odd to me that a man would have had his daughter witness a deed, if indeed she is his daughter.

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