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John Glasgow McKeown

Born: 17 Apr 1821 in County Londonderry, Ireland (see note 1)
Died: 9 Feb 1889 in Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa (see note 6)
Buried: in Sharon Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery, North of Mediapolis (see note 7)

Father: Alexander McKeown
Mother: Rose Glasgow

Married: 27 Feb 1849 in Des Moines County, Iowa (see note 8)

Annie Parker

Born: 21 May 1829 in Rathfriland, County Of Down, Ireland (see note 9)
Died: 7 Mar 1892 in North of Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa (see note 10)
Buried: in Sharon Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery, North of Mediapolis (see note 11)

Father: John Parker
Mother: Margarett McBride


F Child 1: Sarah Jane McKeown
Born: 13 Jan 1850
Died: 6 Jan 1930
Buried: in Sharon Reformed Presby Cem, North of Mediapolis


M Child 2: James Alexander McKeown
Born: 15 May 1851
Died: 25 Aug 1928


M Child 3: Moses Brown McKeown
Born: 31 Aug 1852
Died: 13 Oct 1852


F Child 4: Mary Lavina McKeown
Born: 14 Sept 1853
Died: 6 Apr 1908 in Mediapolis, Iowa


M Child 5: Moses Parker McKeown
Born: 1 Dec 1854
Died: May 1950 in Letts, Iowa


M Child 6: William Arthur McKeown
Born: 15 Oct 1856
Died: 9 Feb 1863


M Child 7: John Love McKeown
Born: 29 Dec 1858 in Mediapolis, Iowa
Died: 6 May 1944 in Agra, Oklahoma


F Child 8: Margaret Emily McKeown
Born: 16 Jul 1862
Died: 9 Feb 1863


F Child 9: Samantha Ann McKeown
Born: 16 Apr 1865
Died: 12 Jan 1948
F Child 10: Melinda Emily McKeown
Born: 21 April1867
Died: 1957
M Child 11: William Ira McKeown
Born: 6 Feb 1869 in Iowa
Died: 28 Dec 1922 in Winona, Minnesota
M Child 12: Albert Rutherford McKeown
Born: 22 Jan 1871 in Iowa
Died: 23 Jul 1954
Notes for: John Glasgow McKeown

From Yellow Spring and Huron: A local history. By J. W. Merrill. Published by author in 1897. Book in Wisconsin Historical Society Library. Pages 133-134. May 12, 1848, two young men, Henry and John McKeown, landed in Burlington and came directly to Yellow Spring township, and entered land. Henry entered the land on which he lived for many years. After securing his home he returned to Ohio and married. His wife came with him to his western home, but she lived only a short time. Later he made another trip to Ohio, and married Rebecca Paxton. He lived on his farm and raised his family of seven children, all of whom went to Superior, Nebraska as they became of age. The parents moved there later, where the father died in a few years. This branch of the family are all in the west. 

John married Ann Parker, daughter of John and Margaret Parker, in 1848. He lived on this original farm till 1865, when he sold to R. M. Wilson, and bought 240 acres of Wm. Lyon, on the Wapello road, where he lived till after the death of his wife which occurred March 7th, 1892. There were twelve children born to these parents; three died in childhood. Those living are Sarah J., James A., Mary L., Moses P. lives at Myrtle, Iowa, John L., Perry, Ok. , Samantha, Burlington, Emma, Ira, Eau Claire, Wis., Albert, Burlington. The father now has his home with his son James.


Notes for: Annie Parker

Morning Sun News, Morning Sun, Iowa, 11 February 1892, page 4: Mrs. John G. McKeown in the vicinity of Mediapolis is on the sick list. Her feet and lower limbs are paralized and her recovery seems to be slow. 

Morning Sun News, Morning Sun, Iowa, 10 March 1892, page 4: Mrs. John McKeown died on Sabbeth afternoon and was buried Tuesday. Rev. T. P. Robb of Sharon, conducted the services at the house, assisted by Rev. Wm. Littlejohn. Her children living were all present at the funeral except her son John from Pipestone. Miss Parker from Washington was in town attending the funeral of her sister, Mrs. McKeown. 

Memoir of Mrs. John G. McKeown. Mrs. Annie Parker McKeown died at her house north of Mediapolis, Iowa, March 6, 1892, at 12:55 P.M. She was born near Rathfriland, County of Down, Ireland, May 21, 1829, and come with her parents, John and Margaret Parker, to Rochester, New York and then to Zanesville, Ohio, where they resided until 1847, when they came to Des Moines County. She made a profession of faith and was received in Sharon (Reformed Presbyterian) congregation in 1848 and remained a consistent member until her death. She was united in marriage to John G. McKeown, Feb. 27, 1849, and was a devoted wife and mother. Twelve children were born to them. Three preceded her to the Realm of Light, and nine remain to mourn the loss of a loving, faithful mother. She had been a sufferer with creeping paralysis for some time. It had weakened her so much that she was not able to resist an attack of la grippe that seized her Jan 20, from which time she was unable to help herself, but in all her sufferings she was very patient, and able to say the Lord's will be done. She was conscious to the last, and peacefully passed away . She was ready and waiting for the summons, to enter into that Heavenly home, "an house not made with hand." Copy of memorial courtesy of Dale Thompson.