Joseph Valentine KEEN

Joseph Valentine KEEN

Male 1860 - 1951  (90 years)

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  • Name Joseph Valentine KEEN 
    Born 2 May 1860  Maugersbury, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Baptised 25 May 1860  Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Census Apr 1861  Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census Apr 1871  Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Occupation From 1881 to 1948 
    a domestic gardener 
    Census Apr 1881  Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Census Apr 1891  Copse Hill, Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Move Jan 1894  Laverstoke, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Move 1901  Limerstone, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census Mar 1901  Laverstoke, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Census Apr 1911  Limerstone Cottage, Brighstone, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1913  Limerstone Cottage, Brighstone, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1917  School House, Brighstone, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Move 1948  Meadowbrook, Yard, Godshill, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 16 Apr 1951  Yard, Newport Road, Godshill, Isle Of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10, 11, 12
    Cause: (1a) Myocardial degeneration (b) Arteriosclerosis 
    Buried 20 Apr 1951  Brighstone, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Siblings
    1. Harry Valentine KEEN,   b. 11 Jan 1863, Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1936, Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     
    Notes 
    • Unable to find details of Joseph's father. Have not managed to discover birth record in ONS.
      Interestingly there is no evidence to suggest Joseph was originally named Joseph Valentine Keen. The only official reference to V or Valentine is at or after his death. Baptism, Census and Marriage records do not contain any reference to this middle name.

      May 25, 1860: Stow on the Wold Baptism Record 933, Joseph Keen, son of Mary Ann Keen, in the Workhouse of the Parish of Lower Slaughter. Baptised by J O Hill, Chaplain of the Workhouse.

      1861 Census: Lower Slaughter, Age 10m, Grandson, Stow. Living with Grandparents and Mother.

      After the 1861 census, Joseph's mother, Mary Ann, left Lower Slaughter (probably sent away), and in 1862 gave birth again to Harry Valentine Keen in Stourbridge.

      1864: Joseph was enrolled in Lower Slaughter school in October 1864 (pupil 13), having previously attended Bourton on the Water school (if this is Joseph V Keen he would only have been at B/W for a year). Parent/guardian is listed as Thomas Castle, of Lower Slaughter. Date of birth not included in School Register.

      1871 Census: Lower Slaughter
      Thos Castle Head Mar 61 Stone Mason Donnington
      Amelia Castle Wife Mar 59 Slaughter
      Jos Keen Nephew 11 Scholar Stow

      31 Jan 1873: Left Lower Slaughter school (reason not stated), while in Class II, at the age of 12 (which suggests it is Joseph V Keen, the other Joseph Keen would have been nearly 17 by this time).

      1881 Census: Lower Slaughter
      Class: RG11; Piece: 2562; Folio: 111; Page: 6
      Thomas Castle Head Wid 72 Shoemaker Donnington Gloucestershire
      Joseph Keen Lodger Single 20 Gardener Lower Slaughter

      December 25 (Xmas Day) 1883, at the Parish Church in the Parish of Badsey, Worcester, Entry No 157: Joseph Keen (23, Bachelor, Gardener of Lower Slaughter), Father Valentine Keen, Gamekeeper (Decd) to Mary Anne (sic) Walker (Age 23, Spinster, Domestic Servant of Badsey), Father John Walker, Labourer. In the presence of George Geden and Sarah Elizabeth Geden (Sarah was sister of Mary Ann, George was her husband) Note: Joseph recorded his grandfather as his father. This may indicate that his mother had died before his marriage. Valentine was also not officially a gamekeeper (he does not appear in the Gamekeeper records at Gloucester Record Office). What is Joseph's connection with Badsey? How did he and Polly meet? Its possible there are Keen family members there.

      1891 Census: Gas Works Cottages, Copse Hill, Upper Slaughter
      RG12/2037/74/11/54
      Joseph Keen Head Mar 30 Gardener Domestic Serv Stow on the Wold
      Mary Ann Keen Wife Mar 30 Steeple Aston, Oxon
      Edward V Keen Son 6 Scholar Lower Slaughter
      Amelia H Keen Daur 3 Lower Swell
      Edgar V Keen Son 1 Copse Hill
      James T Mapley Boarder Mar 37 Groom Newport Pagnell, Bucks
      Lucy Mapley Boarder Mar 27 Maidstone Kent

      Granpy Keen referred to Aunt Lucy. James Thomas Mapley married Lucy Chittenden in Maidstone District, Kent in Dec 1886.

      The family must have moved around a bit in the preceding few years as the 3 children were all born at different places in the locality.

      1894: Edward and Amelia both left Lower Slaughter school on 19 Jan 1894, when they "left the neighbourhood", so assume this is when they moved to Hampshire. Cecil was christened in Freefolk in Jan 1896.

      1896 - 1901: Gardener, Freefolk

      1901 census: Laverstoke, Freefolk Cottages (Record 630)
      Class: RG13; Piece: 1112; Folio: 91; Page: 12
      Joseph Keen 40 Gloster Lower Slaughter Head Gardener
      Mary Keen 40 Oxford Steeple Aston Wife
      Edward Keen 16 Gloster Lower Slaughter Son Paper Mill Hand
      Amelia Keen 13 Gloster Lower Swell Daur
      Edgar Keen 11 Gloster Upper Slaughter Son
      Cecil Keen 5 Hants Whitchurch Son
      Joseph Keen 2 Hants Whitchurch Son
      Albert Keen 1 Hants Whitchurch Son
      Florence Beck 20 Berks Reading Boarder Paper Mill Hand

      Florence Beck could be the niece of Mary Ann Keen, I already had a Florence Beck, born abt 1880 in Sulham, Berkshire. Bit of a coincidence?
      Note that Ted and Florence were Paper Mill Hands, they would have been employed by Henri Portal's paper mill in Laverstoke. The Portal Estate built the 18 thatched cottages in Freefok, to house workers, but this was in 1938, so the Freefolk Cottages referenced in the 1901 census must have been elsewhere.

      1901: Moved to Limerstone, IoW. At about this time, Joseph became gardener to the Revd Silver, Rector of Brighstone. Not sure if this was why he moved to the Island, or whether he found this job after he moved. Incidentally Edgar Silver appears to be in Portswood in 1901 census, aged 71.

      [13Mar2003: Found entry for Revd Silver in Crockfords 1909, his name was actually Ernest Wollaston Silver (not Edgar). Became Rector of Brighstone in 1903, so the Keens were already on the Island by this time. Checking again in the 1881 census, Ernest W Silver was a boarder, aged 18, at Marlborough College, Wiltshire, and his birthplace was given as Isle of Wight. Ernest's qualifications: C.C.C Ox. B.A. (2nd cl. Lit. hum) 1885, M.A. 1888. Leeds Clergy Sch. 1885; C of St Paul, Haggerston, 1887-1895; Dioc Insp Win 1895-1902; C of Michelmersh 1902-03. FreeBMD shows Ernest Wollaston Silver born Dec Qtr 1862, Isle of Wight 2b 487. Edgar St George & Agnes Silver were born Isle of Wight 1861 & 1862 respectively] Died 28 Mar 1935 at Ryde of Lindisfarne, Totland Bay, aged 72. 1871 Edgar Silver was at Egypt House School Cowes, aged 10, birth place given as Cowes

      1909: Moved house

      Note: Joseph had a cousin, A Wragg, who wrote to him from Lower Slaughter in 1910. Emily Wragg, nee Johnson, inherited the shop previously owned by Joseph Johnson and later his wife Elizabeth (Emily was their daughter). A Wragg is most likely Emily's daughter Ada?

      1911 census: Limerstone Cottage, Brighstone
      RG14PN5767 RG78PN263 RD93 SD6 ED1 SN72
      Joseph Keen Head 50 Married Gardener Domestic Worker Gloucestershire Lower Slaughter
      Mary Ann Keen Wife 50 Married 27 6 6 0 Oxon Steeple Aston
      Cecil F Keen Son Single 15 Garden Lab Worker Hants Freefolk
      Harold Keen Son Single 12 School Hants Freefolk
      Albert Keen Son Single 11 School Hants Freefolk

      1913: Limerstone Cottage, Brighstone

      1917: Teacher's House, Brighstone

      Sep 1928: Still lived at School House, Brighstone, when Revd Silver wrote to him from Gloucestershire, after Joseph had visited Silver, and some "frightful" event had occurred on the way back to the Island.

      1939 Register: The Bungalow North Street, Brighstone, Isle of Wight
      Ref: RG101/2658A/006/26
      Joseph V Keen 09 May 1860 Male Gardener Retired Widowed 50 1
      Cecil F Keen 29 Nov 1895 Male Gardener (Jobbing) Single 50 2

      1948 (approx): Moved to Meadowbrook, following death of his son, Cecil.

      1951: Died at Meadowbrook, Newport Road, Godshill (home of his son Albert), in his 91st year. Registered by Audrey Keen (daughter in law) on 18 April 1951. Death Certificate - IM 347118 (Entry No 346 in Register Book of Deaths)

      1 Jun 1951 Probate:
      KEEN Joseph Valentine of Meadowbrook Godshill Isle of Wight died 16 April 1951. Probate Winchester 1 June to Albert John Keen Lorry Driver. Effects GBP155 4s.
    Person ID I152  Baker Family Tree
    Last Modified 25 May 2016 

    Mother Mary Ann KEEN,   b. Dec 1841, Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1920, Belle Vue, Wordsley, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Family ID F118  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Father Thomas CASTLE,   b. 1811, Donnington, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 13 Apr 1891, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 80 years) 
    Relationship guardian 
    Mother Amelia JOHNSON,   b. 1811, Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1879, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Relationship guardian 
    Married 21 Aug 1850  Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F257  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Ann (Pollie) WALKER,   b. 3 Aug 1860, Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1938, Brighstone, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1883  Badsey, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Notes 
    • December 25 (Xmas Day) 1883, at the Parish Church in the Parish of Badsey, Worcester, Entry No 157
      Joseph Keen (23, Bachelor, Gardener of Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire), Father Valentine Keen (Decd), Gamekeeper to Mary Anne (sic) Walker (Age 23, Spinster, Domestic Servant of Badsey), Father John Walker, Labourer. In the presence of George Geden and Sarah Elizabeth Geden (Sarah was sister of Mary Ann, George was her husband).

      Note: Joseph cited his grandfather as his father. This presumably means that he did not know who she was. Valentine was also not officially a gamekeeper (he does not appear in the Gamekeeper records at Gloucester Record Office).

      Note: The Marriage Certificate is a copy of entry 157 in the Marriage Register Books made by William Carmont Allsehook of Badsey Vicarage on 1 May 1914.
    Children 
     1. Edward Valentine (Ted) KEEN,   b. 3 Jan 1885, Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1961, Medina, King, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     2. Amelia Hannah (Millie) KEEN,   b. 3 Oct 1887, Lower Swell, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1971, Hendon, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +3. Edgar Victor KEEN,   b. 21 Jun 1889, Copse Hill, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1969, Ramsden Road, Wandsworth, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     4. Cecil Ferguson KEEN,   b. 29 Nov 1895, Laverstoke, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1948, Whitecroft, Newport, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
    +5. Joseph Harold Frederick (Harold) KEEN,   b. 2 Jul 1898, Laverstoke, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1988, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    +6. Albert John (Dink) KEEN,   b. 19 Dec 1899, Laverstoke, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1983, Palmers Road, Wootton, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    Family ID F10  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 May 1860 - Maugersbury, Gloucestershire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptised - 25 May 1860 - Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Apr 1861 - Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Apr 1871 - Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Apr 1881 - Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Dec 1883 - Badsey, Worcestershire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Edward Valentine (Ted) KEEN - 3 Jan 1885 - Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Amelia Hannah (Millie) KEEN - 3 Oct 1887 - Lower Swell, Gloucestershire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Edgar Victor KEEN - 21 Jun 1889 - Copse Hill, Gloucestershire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Apr 1891 - Copse Hill, Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMove - Jan 1894 - Laverstoke, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Cecil Ferguson KEEN - 29 Nov 1895 - Laverstoke, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Joseph Harold Frederick (Harold) KEEN - 2 Jul 1898 - Laverstoke, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Albert John (Dink) KEEN - 19 Dec 1899 - Laverstoke, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMove - 1901 - Limerstone, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Mar 1901 - Laverstoke, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Apr 1911 - Limerstone Cottage, Brighstone, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1913 - Limerstone Cottage, Brighstone, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1917 - School House, Brighstone, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMove - 1948 - Meadowbrook, Yard, Godshill, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: (1a) Myocardial degeneration (b) Arteriosclerosis - 16 Apr 1951 - Yard, Newport Road, Godshill, Isle Of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 20 Apr 1951 - Brighstone, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Three Generations, Edgar Victor Keen, John Victor Keen and (front) Joseph Valentine Keen
    Three Generations, Edgar Victor Keen, John Victor Keen and (front) Joseph Valentine Keen
    Joseph Valentine Keen
    Joseph Valentine Keen
    Joseph Keen & Mary Ann Walker
    Joseph Keen & Mary Ann Walker
    Lower Slaughter School Teachers & Pupils
    Lower Slaughter School Teachers & Pupils
    School Photograph of Lower Slaughter School teachers and pupils believed to date from 1868. Joseph Valentine Keen is in the picture, believed to be middle row 3rd from left (in front of the male teacher)

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    Headstones
    Joseph Valentine Keen (1860-1951) & Mary Ann Walker (1860-1938)
    Joseph Valentine Keen (1860-1951) & Mary Ann Walker (1860-1938)
    Headstone in extension of Brighstone Cemetery

  • Sources 
    1. [S14] Family Knowledge.
      Gladys Keen gives date of birth as 2nd May. No documents to prove this. 1939 Register has 9th May.

    2. [S396] The 1939 National Register, (FindMyPast), 25 May 2016.
      1939 Register: The Bungalow North Street, Brighstone, Isle of Wight
      Ref: RG101/2658A/006/26
      Joseph V Keen 09 May 1860 Male Gardener Retired Widowed 50 1

    3. [S3] Parish Register, 933, 25 May 1860.
      Stow on the Wold

    4. [S15] 1861 Census.

    5. [S52] 1871 Census.

    6. [S9] 1881 Census.

    7. [S39] 1891 Census.

    8. [S43] 1901 Census, Class: RG13; Piece: 1112; Folio: 91; Page: 12.

    9. [S6] Death Certificate.

    10. [S8] Isle of Wight County Press, 21 Apr 1951.
      KEEN - April 16, at Meadowbrook, Godshill, Joseph V Keen (late of Brighstone), aged 90

    11. [S141] IOW FHS Searchable Registered Death Index, Isle Of Wight Family History Society, (http://www.isle-of-wight-fhs.co.uk/bmd_1/deaths/bmd_d_search.html), S1/E346, 1951.
      South District; Joseph Valentine Keen, 90

    12. [S292] National Probate Calendar, (Ancestry) (Reliability: 2), 15 Dec 2014.
      KEEN Joseph Valentine of Meadowbrook Godshill Isle of Wight died 16 April 1951. Probate Winchester 1 June to Albert John Keen Lorry Driver. Effects 155 4s.

    13. [S8] Isle of Wight County Press, 21 Apr 1951.
      BRIGHSTONE. Death of Mr J V Keen. the death of Mr Joseph V Keen occurred on Monday at the residence of his son at Godshill, at the age of 90. He was born in Gloucestershire and came to live here in 1903 [sic, actually in 1900]. He was well known as an expert horticulturist and was gardener to the rector (the late Rev E W Silver) for 33 years. He often judged at local horticultural shows, and, although he never competed, he frequently exhibited specimens of his own produce. For the last two years he had been living at Godshill. The funeral took place yesterday.

    14. [S22] Marriage Certificate.