From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 486-487, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Peyton R. Keith, a prominent farmer of section 29, Missouri
township, is a native of that same township, having been born here,
July 26, 1856. His father, Peyton A. Keith, was born in Kentucky,
January 15, 1824, was a son of Peyton R., who reared a family of the
following children: Isham, James, John, Alexander, Peyton A., Mary,
Eliza A., America, Susan, Caroline and Mary J. The grandfather of our
subject lost his wife in Kentucky, and in the fall of 1837, came to
Illinois and passed the winter of 1837-‘38 in Missouri township. He
then rented land in Mt. Sterling township and later purchased land in
the same place, becoming the owner of a good farm, where he finally
died. His body rests in Mt. Sterling. His son, father of subject, was
only a boy of thirteen when he came to Illinois, and continued to live
at home during his father's life, settling his estate after his death.
He married Mary Moses, a native of Ohio, born in September, 1830,
daughter of William and Rhoda Moses, pioneers of 185_. After his
marriage, the father settled on section 33, Missouri township, where he
became the owner of 320 acres, improving it considerably. He lived here
for many years, dealing in live stock, but the last fifteen years of
his life he was an invalid and so was unable to carry on the work of
his farm. His death occurred January 12, 1887, but his wife is still
living, on the old homestead. He was a stanch Republican, but was no
office seeker. He lived and died in the faith of the Christian Church.
He and his good wife had eleven children, as follows: Peyton; John A.,
resident of Pea Ridge township; Joseph D. is on part of the old
homestead; Francis Marion is on the old homestead with his mother;
Charles I. is also with his mother; Mary J. is the wife of John W.
Bell, and they are residents of Missouri township; and the other
children all died in childhood.
Peyton, the namesake of his grandfather, was reared in his
native county, where he attended the district schools and learned the
vocation of farming. He remained at home until his marriage, when he
settled on his present farm, where he owns 100 acres of fine land and
carries on mixed farming.
Mr. Keith was married January 5, 1880, to Mary E. Bell, daughter
of Ira and Emeline Bell. Mr. and Mrs. Keith have three children, Bertie
Arthur, William Austin and Ira Anderson.
Mrs. Keith has nine brothers and sister, namely: Isham died in
Columbus, Indiana; James died in Missouri; Alexander, resident of
California; Mary married James Kirk and died in Iowa, 1891; Mary J.
married Richard Bruce and died in Iowa; Eliza died in Mt. Sterling;
America and Susan, married are both deceased; and Caroline, who married
General H. Roberts and died in Missouri township.
Mr. Keith is a strong Republican in politics and always supports
the principles of his party. He is a worthy member of the Christian
Church, and he and his estimable wife enjoy the respect and esteem of
all their fellow citizens.