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Family of Susan Frances PEARSON (15) & John P. KEY

38. William Neely KEY. Born on 13 Jan 1880 in Madison County, Tennessee. Occupation: Prominent lawyer in Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee.

An able and representative member of the bar of his native state, William Neely Key is engaged in the successful practice of his profession in the city of Jackson, where he was reared. He was born at Cotton Grove, on the 13th of January, 1880, a son of John P. and Susan (Pearson) Key, natives of Tennessee. His paternal grandparents were Martin B. and Violet (Puckett) Key and the maternal grandparents were John S. and Martha (Olive) Pearson. John P. Key, who has engaged in farming in Madison county for many years, is still residing on the home farm at the age of sixty-seven years.  In the acquirement of his early education William Neely Key attended the public schools of Madison county and in due time was graduated from the Jackson public school. Subsequently he enrolled in the Southwestern Baptist University, now Union University, and he was graduated from that institution in 1901, with the A. B. degree. The LL. B. degree was conferred upon him in May, 1902, by the same institution. The following year he spent in farming. In 1904 he was appointed deputy clerk and master in chancery of Madison county and he was active in those capacities until 1914, when he engaged in the practice of his chosen profession. He has devoted his attention to civil practice principally. For four years he was city attorney of Jackson, from 1915 to 1919. On the 24th of January, 1912, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Key to Miss Eloise Jackson, a native of Murfreesboro, and a daughter of Henry C. and Margaret G. Jackson. H. C. Jackson is now deceased. His widow is living, making her home in Murfreesboro. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Key four children have been born, of whom Eloise Jackson, Kate G., and Walter Jackson, are living. Since attaining his majority Mr. Key has given his political endorsement to the democratic party, having firm belief in the principles of that party as factors in good government. His religious faith is that of the Cumberland Presbyterian church and since 1910 he has been deacon and treasurer of the local church. He was likewise superintendent of the Sunday school, which position he held from 1918 to 1922. Mr. Key is interested in all religious work and is actively identified with the Y. M. C. A. as a director. Fraternally he is a thirty-second degree Mason, holding membership in St. Johns Lodge, No. 332, F. & A. M., of which he is past master; Jackson Council, No. 13; a member and past high priest of Clinton Chapter, No. 9; a member of Tennessee Consistory, No. 1; and organizing president of Albert Pike Masonic Club of Jackson. During the World war he put all personal interests aside and gave generously of his time and money in promoting the government's interests. He was active in the various drives and made many speeches in their behalf throughout the county.


On 24 Jan 1912 when William Neely was 32, he married Ella Louise JACKSON, daughter of Henry C. JACKSON.

They had the following children:
i. Margaret Jackson. Born on 5 Apr 1913. At the age of 3, Margaret Jackson died on 28 Apr 1916.

ii. Eloise Jackson. Born on 6 Jul 1916. Occupation: Teacher at the Business College in Jackson, Tennessee.

72 iii. Kate Grazelle (1917-)
73 iv. Walter Jackson (1920-)

39. John David KEY Senior. Born on 26 Aug 1886.

Made his occupation in the army. During World War I, he was at the front line of battle in France.

In 1912 when John David was 25, he first married Wilma HICKS. Born in 1892. At the age of 33, Wilma died in 1925. Buried in 1925 in Brown Church Cemetery, Madison County, Tennessee.

They had the following children:
i. Margaret Viola.

ii. Mary Frances Key. Born in 1914. At the age of 10, Mary Frances Key died in 1924. Buried in 1924 in Brown Church Cemetery, Madison County, Tennessee.

She was killed by a car.

iii. William David.

iv. Martha.

v. John David.


In 1928 when John David was 41, he second married Katherine TALLER.

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