J. W. KEYT, farmer; P.O. Piqua: was born in Piqua in 1822, and is a son of John Keyt, who was born in New Jersey
about 1788; the elder Mr. Keyt removed, in 1808, to New York City, where he engaged in carpentering until 1814,
at which time he came to Piqua, continuing the same trade; in 1817, he married Margaret Widney, who was born in
Pennsylvania on April 21, 1799; eight children were born to them, of whom five are now living; in the spring of
1850, John Keyt went to the Far West with a view of obtaining gold. and in the following July he passed from the
stage of life; his widow survived in Piqua until March 9, 1857, when she, too, passed away. Our subject was brought
up to agricultural pursuits, which has been his chief occupation; in 1846, he bought his present farm in Sec. 31,
and has since added to it by purchase, until he now owns 165 acres, from which he receives a good annual income.
In February, 1846, he married Rachel Barrington: she was bornin Piqua in 1824; they had five children. all now
living - John W., William R., Sarah J., Caroline R. and Emma E. The parents of Mrs. Keyt, William and Jane (Robb)
Barrington, were natives of Philadelphia, and in 1820, immigrated to Ohio and settled in Piqua, where Mr. Barrington
started the first weekly publication of the place, in 1824, entitled the Piqua Gazette; he severed his final connection
as editor of this paper in 1839, when he retired from the press and was elected Justice of the Peace, which office
he was holding at his death in 1840; Mrs. Barrington survived him until 1859, when she, too, passed away.
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