Biography of Frank P. Keith
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Keith, Frank P., is descended in regular line from Rev. James Keith, the first minister of Bridgewater. which is as follows: (1) Rev. James Keith, born 1643, died July 23, 1719; (2) Joseph Keith, born February 14, 1675, died September 27, 1730; (3) Eleazer Keith, born January 11, 1703, died April 16, 1794; (4) Lemuel Keith, born December 19, 1741, died September 13, 1821; (5) Eleazer Keith, born May 12, 1780. died May 6, 1863; (6) Charles E. Keith, born September 20, 1818, died August 27, 1897; Charles E. Keith married, November 26, 1839, Elizabeth Drake, daughter of Bartholomew and Betsey (Bonney) Drake. Mrs. Keith is still alive and a descendant from a family in England, 1360, and a lineal descendant of Thomas Drake. who settled in Weymouth, Mass., in 1635. Mrs. Keith was educated in Wheaton Female Seminary, Norton, Mass., and in her early life taught school in Easton for several years. Charles E. and Elizabeth had six children, of whom the fifth is (7) Frank P. Keith. and he was born in Easton, Mass., May 25, 1851, in the house that has been owned by the Keith family for nearly a century. The oldest house now standing in Easton was built in 1717 by Josiah, son of Rev. James Keith. His father in his early life taught school in Wrentham and Easton, but afterwards lie became a farmer. For a number of years he was a member of the superintending School Committee and in politics he was a staunch Democrat, having always voted that ticket, his first vote being for Marcus Morton, and he claimed that his vote elected him governor of the State. He missed but two gubernatorial elections and no presidential vote. Mr. Keith was an honored member of Paul Dean Lodge of Free Masons and always took a deep interest in matters pertaining to that fraternity. On November 27, 1889, he celebrated his golden wedding and the couple were the recipients of many congratulations and handsome presents. Frank P. Keith was educated at the public school and afterwards studied at the High School of Easton. He commenced work in 1869 for the O. Ames and Sons Corporation, as clerk in their store, and is still in their employ. He married, October 7, 1879, Susan E. Earl, daughter of Alexander and Sarah Drew Earl, and they have four children: Earl Wadsworth, Laurence Frank, Helen Isabelle and Kenneth Walter. Mr. Keith is a notary public and justice of the peace of the Commonweath of Massachusetts; is a director and clerk of the North Easton Boot and Shoe Manufacturing Company; has been a director of the North Easton Cooperative Bank for eight years; is chairman of the board of the Prudential Committee of the North Easton village district, and other minor offices. His is a member of Paul Dean Lodge of Free Masons of Easton, having held the position as secretary of that order for several years, and has been senior deacon of the same; is also a member of the Bay State Commandery of Knights Templar of Brockton. He takes a general interest in his town and townspeople; in politics is a Republican, and is a man of sterling and energetic qualities.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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