Keelings Arriving in Americas

KeelingThe following Keelings arrived in North America or the Caribbean before 1700. If you have information on specific individuals then please share.

LWT = Last Will and Testament

1628Thomas KeelingVirginia“Hopewell”
 This Thomas Keeling would arrive (probably) at Jamestown, and by Nov 1628 claim 100 acres of land on the ‘Backwater’. This is considered to be part of Lynhaven Bay. 100 acres means that Thomas probably had a second person in his life. It would not have been Ann Thorowgood as she was probably still in England and would have been about 10 years old in 1628. … Lower Norfolk became Princess Anne County, which is today: Lynhaven, Princess Anne area, Virginia Beach City (an independent city not part of any county).
(1635)George KeelingMaryland or Virginia 
 Little is known of this George. Settled in the James City area, just south of New Kent. May be named George Leonard Keeling; may have gone by ‘Leonard’. Relationship to the Thomas Keeling that arrived 1628/1634) is unknown.
1634 (1635)Thomas KeelingVirginia“John
& Dorothy”
 This is the Thomas Keeling that arrived in 1628. He returned to England to marry his wife Anne Thorowgood and to bring her back to Virginia. A court record exists for the arrival of ‘Anne Keeling‘ as Thomas went to court to claim 50 acres of land for bringing her to settle in Virginia. 1634 is considered the correct date for arrival, but some indexes list 1635.
1663Nicholas KeelingMaryland 
1670Ann KeelingVirginia 
1670-1679Elizabeth Keeling,
George Keeling,
Mary Keeling
South Carolina 
 Information is available on these Keelings. They settled in Charleston, Berkeley County, South Carolina. This Keeling male line died out with George’s death in 1694 (b.c1637 EN) — George did leave a LWT. Wife Elizabeth Stubbs Keeling (b.c1646 EN – aft.1695 SC) and daughter Mary Keeling Bill (1668 SC – 1750 SC), married to Thomas Bill (bef.1675 – aft.1695), are all mentioned within his LWT. It is unknown what happened to the family of Thomas and Mary Bill. No records found after father’s LWT.
1674Henry KeelingMaryland 
1674Katherine KeelingBarbados 
1674-1675Katherine Keeling
1675-1676James Keeling (Kelling)
1680Edward Keeling
Virginia, James City County 
 1680 Jul 10: … Edward Keeling transported to Virginia by Richard Clark, 736 acs., New Kent Co., S. side of Yorke Riv., at the mouth of little cr., where it falls into Skimino Cr; adj. William Whitmore; land formerly Arthur Price’s, neare the Labour in Vaine Path, &c; 10 July 1680, p. 42. Trans. of 15 pers: Samll Higins (or Stigins) [Samuel Higgins / Stigins], Walter Patso, Nich. Young, Ben. Heath [Benjamin Heath], Tim. Boyter [Timothy Boyter], Tim. Hatches [Timothy Hatches], Ed. Keeling [Edward Keeling], Rich. Gregory [Richard Gregory], Rob. Smith [Robert Smith], Jno. Hailes [Jonathan / Johnathan Cooke], Danll. Ware [Daniel Ware], Jos. Fellowes [Joseph Fellowes]; “one more”. [1]Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents, Vol Two: 1666-1695, abstracted by Nell Marion Nugent, Indexed by Caludia B. Grundman, 2004, The Library of Virginia, page 210.
1682Edward Keeling
1684Sarah KeelingVirginia 
1695Adam KeelingVirginia 
There was significant immigration by Keelings to America after 1700. Immigration Records can be found on Ancestry for 1700s: 1921800s: 6000+ … 1900s: 10,000+ … any Keelings included below are there for various reasons, sometimes just because I did some research on them. James Keeling of 1837 immigration is of particular interest as I have a yDNA match with his descendants even though our own family had already been in America some 100+ years prior.
1770 JulAndrew Keeling “Scarsdale”
 The entry for Andrew is unclear as to where he arrived: “S May T July 1770 Scarsdale” … Scarsdale was a British convict ship.
1783 DecJohn Keeling (Kellam)Baltimore, Maryland“Swift”
 Seems to have a criminal record; known to go by (alias) John Kellam and John Herbert;
arrived with Charles Keeling. Relationship is unknown.
1783 DecCharles KeelingBaltimore, Maryland“Swift”
 Arrived with Charles Keeling. Relationship is unknown.
1837James KeelingNew York 
 1803-1871 … YDNA match 67 markers (R1b DF98) with William Golden family of Newberry SC.
1921George Henry KeelingNew York “Mauratania”
 1883-1932 … Ship: Mauratania, arrived 7 May 1921 from Southampton, UK
bef 1928Edward Charles Keeling  
 b.11 Mar 1901 England … naturalized 26 Sep 1928 at LaPorte, Indiana
bef 1939George Ernest Smith
 Naturalized in Pennsylvania 8 Feb 1939

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1 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents, Vol Two: 1666-1695, abstracted by Nell Marion Nugent, Indexed by Caludia B. Grundman, 2004, The Library of Virginia, page 210.