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From 1690 to 1911

By Willis T. Keese, (Cardington, Ohio, 1911.)

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    IN the early settlements of New York there were many Friends (Quakers) who came into Long Island and made settlements at Westbury, Jerico, Flushing and other places. Among those who came was a young man named John Keese. He came to Flushing some 200* years ago. There he made the acquaintance of a young woman (Friend) by the name of Mary Bowne. They were married about 1722. She was born in 1698, was the daughter of Samuel and Mary Bowne and granddaughter of John and Hannah Bowne, who built the house known as the Mansion House in those days, a picture of which graces the front page of this book. It was built in 1661 and is still standing, and is owned by lineal descendants of the Bowie family, I am told.

    This historic building, with its quaint garb and furnishings, is shown to the public for the benefit of the Flushing Hospital. The cane is also shown here with which our venerable ancestor John Bowne once killed a bear that attacked him in the woods.

    In this house John and Mary Keese lived and here a son was born and named John Keese, who in this book will. be designated as John Keese II. When he was grown to manhood he went to Jerusalem, another settlement of Friends. There he married Elizabeth Titus in the year 1749 and they settled at Ninepartners, Dutchess county, New York.

    There were eleven children born to this union, ten of whom grew to manhood and womanhood and married, and a number of them raised large families. There was no "race suicide" with them, but some of their descendants have failed in this respect in later years.

    About 1790 this family migrated northward and settled in Clinton and Essex counties near Lake Champlain not far from where Keeseville now stands. A graphic description of this settlement, written by S. K. Smith, is given in full and will be of interest to many, I trust.

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