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Cornelius Keith - 1715-1808

 
 
Cornelius Keith - 1715-1808 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, October 11, 2008
1. Cornelius Keith - 1715-1808 Marker
Inscription.
In the cemetery of Oolenoy Baptist Church is the grave of Cornelius Keith, born in Loch Lomond, Scotland. Of royal lineage, the Keith family came to South Carolina from Virginia. Original pioneers of Oolenoy Valley, acquired land from the Cherokee Indian Chief Woolenoy. Married Juda Thompson. Progenitor of many illustrious descendants. Three sons were Revolutionary War heroes.
 
Location. 34° 59.767′ N, 82° 39.15′ W. Marker is in Pumpkintown, South Carolina, in Pickens County. Marker is on Pumpkintown Highway. Click for map. Marker is located near the Oolenoy Community Center. Marker is in this post office area: Pickens SC 29671, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pumpkintown (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cornelius Keith (approx. 0.6 miles away); Oolenoy Baptist Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Granite and Gravity (approx. 2.8 miles away); A CCC Classic (approx. 3.3 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 3.3 miles away); Beliefs Set in Stone (approx. 3.5 miles away); Parkitecture (approx. 3.5 miles away); Table Rock State Park (approx. 3.6 miles away); a different marker also named The Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 3.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pumpkintown.
 
Also see . . .
Monument to Cornelius Keith, Pioneer Settler of Oolenoy Valley image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2008
2. Monument to Cornelius Keith, Pioneer Settler of Oolenoy Valley
 Cornelius Keith Arrives In Cherokee Land. Cornelius Keith was born in 1715 in Loch Lomond, Scotland. (Submitted on October 24, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Title Correction
The subject on the marker is not Cornelius King. Instead, the marker subject is Cornelius Keith. The surname "King" did not become associated with the marker subject until the marriage of Julia Jones (my Grandmother and descendant of Cornelius Keith) to Carr Warrior King of Brevard, NC. My Great-grandmother, known to me only as "Grandma Jones", lived in Pumpkintown until her death in the late 1950's or early 1960's. I attended he funeral with my father, Cornelius Keith King, Sr. Grandma Jones is also buried in the cemetary adjacent to the Oolenoy Baptist Church.

Editor's Note: We regret the oversight and have corrected the title to read Cornelius Keith instead of Cornelius King. We appreciate your assistance in improving the marker page, and for sharing a bit of your family's history related to this marker.
    — Submitted July 27, 2010, by Cornelius Keith King of Charlotte, North Carolina.

 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.Settlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
 
Cornelius Keith Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2008
3. Cornelius Keith Plaque
Cornelius Keith
Born in Loch Lomond, Scotland
Of Royal Lineage
1715-1808
Dating from 1010 A.D.

Original pioneer of Oolenoy settlement.
Started about 1743, married Juda Thompson.
Reared twelve children. One son was
Colonel Cornelius Keith, Revolutionary
was hero whose wife was Mary Lafoone.
Oolenoy Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2008
4. Oolenoy Baptist Church
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,699 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on , by Cornelius Keith King of Charlotte, North Carolina. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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