Jonas A. and Mary Baker Keever
Jonas Ausburne Keever, son of
James Keever and Mary Rebecca Jane Bradshaw, husband of Mary Baker.
Mary Baker, daughter of Caleb
Baker and Sophia Emma Fagans, wife of Jonas Ausburne Keever.
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When Jonas was only three months old, his parents left
Lincoln County, North Carolina with a wagon train and
traveled to Bartow County, Georgia. His father, James
Keever, had a brother, Daniel, who was already living in
Georgia. His mother's sister, Elizabeth Abernathy, and
his mother's uncle, Larkin Bradshaw, traveled to Georgia
at the same time.
They settled north of Cartersville near the Etowah River
not far from the Cherokee County line.
Jonas and Mary Baker were probably married in Cobb County
since that is where her parents were living at the time
of their marriage. This was about the same time that
Jonas enlisted in the Confederate Army.
His Civil War record is on file at the State Archives in
Atlanta. He enlisted as a Private in January 1864, and
was assigned to Company "B" (Cherokee Co), 43rd Regiment,
Georgia Volunteers, Army of Tennessee. Jonas
participated in the defense of Atlanta. After the fall
of Atlanta, he took dysentery and was left sick in
Columbus, Ga. He was on his way to rejoin the Army in
North Carolina when the war ended, and surrendered at
Greensboro, North Carolina.
In October 1910, he applied for a Civil War Pension and
made the following statement on his application: "I am
a resident of Cherokee County, Georgia and my only income
is a small crop. I own one cow worth $20.00, a wagon and
buggy worth $25.00, two horses worth $175.00, household
goods worth $50.00, and $70.00 cash."
Jonas and Mary were member of the Macedonia Primitive
Baptist Church. All that remains of this original church
site is the cemetery. A new church building was erected
in later years on the main highway between Cartersville
and Canton. The cemetery and original church site are
located in a remote wooded area on the shores of Lake
Alatoona, on property now owned by the Corps of
After Mary died in 1917, Jonas moved to Lookout Mountain
in Alabama where three of his daughters were living. He
made his home with his youngest daughter, Dellie
Chambers. However, he visited often in the homes of the
other two, Lenora Woodall and Edna Camp. Jonas lived in
Dekalb Co, Alabama about nine years before his death of
cancer. At death, his body was taken back to be buried
beside his wife at the old Macedonia Cemetery in Bartow,
Author: Mary Jo Akins, Fort Payne, AL
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