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    1. KEENE Family Photograph
    2. Shelley Cardiel
    3. I've "rescued" an old cabinet card photograph of Mr. & Mrs. William KEENE and their children Leland and Willie which was taken at the J. M. McMurry Studio in Port Townsend, WA. The photograph appears to have been taken in the 1880's with the couple likely in their 20's or 30's and the children about 4 - 8 years old at the time. Based on limited research I was able to locate the following information regarding this family: Alda Ione KENWORTHY was b. May 1862 in Illinois to parents James Thomas KENWORTHY (1820-1905) and Mary or Maria Elizabeth WHELDEN (1829-1888). Alda had three half-siblings including, Rosamond S. MERWIN, William K. MERWIN, and Ann M. MERWIN all born between 1848 and 1858. Alda married William James or M. KEENE (1852-1900) and the couple had three children including, William Kenworthy; Leland Rosamond; and Ben Hur KEENE, all born between 1882 and 1893. Alda had two other spouses including, Elizur or Elizus BEACH (1837-1915) and Harvey Ambrose HORTON (1867-1944). Alda died 8 Nov 1938 in Seattle, WA and is buried in the Lake View Cemetery in Seattle, WA. Her daughter Leland R. KEENE was born in 1887 and married three times, first to Guy Omer STEVENS (1885-1954) on 5 May 1906 in Seattle, WA with whom she had a son, Richard Omer STEVENS (1908-1991). Her second marriage was to Arthur Leroy PORTER (1874-1938) and her third was to Lee Roy TAYLOR (1901-1986). Leland died 15 May 1969 in Seattle, WA and is also buried in the Lake View Cemetery in Seattle, WA. Alda and Williams' son William Kenworthy was b. 5 Jun 1882 in Washington and married Laura Alice ULMER (b. 1886) and they had a daughter, Ada L. KEENE b. 1905. William was married a second time to Catherine KEENE (1893-1944). William died 12 Nov 1949 in Tacoma, WA. William M. or James KEENE was b. 1852 in Maine to parents William C. KEENE (b. 1821) and Louise MILLER (b. 1822) and he died 26 Nov 1926 in Seattle, WA and is buried in the Mountain View Cemetery in Seattle. He is a bit of a mystery in that it appears he was actually born 28 Apr 1848 in Maine and married Carrie Amelia PRENTIS in Augusta, ME on 9 Feb 1867. The couple moved to Pittston, ME where their first child, Emily Weston KEENE was born 23 Nov 1867. Their second daughter, Daisy Louise KEENE was b. abt 1874 in Pittston, ME as well. William moved the family to Mendocino, CA shortly after Emily's birth. A third daughter, Lena Geneva KEENE was born in Mendocino, CA on 12 Sept 1876. In 1878 William left his ailing wife and three daughters and they never saw him again. Carrie divorced him for desertion one year later and she died in 1881 from TB. Years later it was learned that William had moved to Seattle, WA to be close to his childhood friend John MCGRAW an early governor of Washington State. This appears to be when he married Alda and they had three children who had no knowledge of the family in California that William had left behind. William and Alda were divorced and he then married Alma L. KEENE. William's obituary listed his children as Mrs. Leland R. PORTER of Seattle, WA; William K. KEENE of Los Angeles, CA; and Ben Hur KEENE of Santa Barbara, CA. Siblings were noted as Alice PREBLE of Lowell, MA; and Charles KEENE of Rumford, ME. William and his third wife Alma had lived in Nome, AK for a time where they owned a Tailor Shop and a Machinery Company named W. J. KEENE. Census records provide the following details: 1880 census of Seattle, WA: William KEENE, age 28, a Carpenter, born ME, parents born ME Alda I. KEENE, wife, age 18, Keeping House, born IL, parents born England/NY 1900 census of Seattle, WA: Alda KEENE, age 38, a widow, born May 1862, born IL, parents born England/IL William K. KEENE, son, age 18, born Jun 1881, born WA, parents born England/IL, a Student Leland R. KEENE, dau, age 12, born Nov 1887, born WA, parents born England/IL, at School Ben Hur KEENE, son, age 6, born Nov 1893, born WA, parents born England/IL, at School James F. KENWORTHY, father, age 80, born Apr 1820, born England, parents born England, to USA 1855, Retired + 1 Lodger and 1 Waif who is adopted 1910 census of Seattle, WA: Alda I. BEACH, age 48, divorced, 3 children/3 living, born IL, parents born England/IL Benhur KEENE, son, age 16, born WA, parents born ME/IL, a Student Guy O. STEVENS, son-in-law, age 29, married 4 years, born KS, parents born IL, a Merchant Leland STEVENS, dau, age 22, married 4 years, 1 child/1 living, born WA, parents born ME/IL Richard O. STEVENS, grandson, age 1 years + 8 months, born WA William K. KEENE, son, age 28, married 7 years, born WA, parents born ME/IL, a Bank Bookkeeper Laura A. KEENE, dau-in-law, age 24, married 7 years, 1 child/1 living, born KS, parents born KS Alda L. KEENE, granddau, age 5, born WA I am hoping to locate someone from this KEENE Family so that the photograph can be returned to the care of family. If you are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me. Thanks, Shelley

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