John Pope Keith was born about 1834 in Harrison Co. Ky. to John Keith and Mary “Polly” Duncan. He was about 21 years old when he moved with his family to Christian Co. Ill. At age 26 he married Sarah E. Tabler. Sarah’s brother and sister, Alfred and Betty also married John Pope’s brother and sister, Henry and Margaret.
John Pope and Sarah Tabler Keith had a daughter Alice Morgan born in 1864. But during the birth of a son in 1866, the child and mother died. John Pope worked as a farm laborer and his mother helped care for Alice. As Alice reached her teenage years, her grandmother died in 1878.
On June 15, 1880 John Pope Keith married Mary Catherine Cochran Weiger. He was 45 years old and she was only 24, and had a 2 year old son, Bob.
In Sept of 1881 John Pope and Mary Catherine had a son that died as an infant. In November of 1881, John Pope’s father died. Shortly thereafter, John Pope moved his family to Texas. Their son, Jacob Duncan was born near Gainesville in 1884. Daughters, Phoebe and Icy were born at Pilot Point in 1887 and 1890.
John Pope died in 1893 at age 59 near Pilot Point, Texas. He is buried in an unmarked grave at Tyson Cemetery, near Pilot Point.
We are now in the process of erecting a monument at the site.