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“Washington Oneal McKeown (b. 1-19- 1835; d. 5-31-1918) was the fifth of ten children born to Hugh Seed McKeown (b. 12- 25-1799; d. 6-22-1858) and Susannah Wilson McKeown (b. 10-26-1802; d. 1869). He was born and lived through his young adulthood in the log house built many years earlier by his grandfather, Samuel (“Long Sam”) McKeown. Even when he left this home, it was to move into a large two-story home he had built about 1880 on the original property settled by his forebears but alongside the machine shop, sawmill, grist mill and cotton gin house he and two of his sons had established.
Both homes still stand today (1981). The Washington McKeown house now belongs to, and is the residence of, the widow of Washington Oneal’s grandson, William Oneal, and Washington O’s great grandson, William Oneal McKeown, Jr. It is located on the west side of the Chester to Columbia highway (U.S. Hwy. 321), approximately a mile north of the community of Cornwell, South Carolina. At one time its location could be identified by a Southern Railway Siding named “McKeown,” which served the “W.O. McKeown & Sons” business. The log home is located approximately one mile west of the home identified above, on a small dead end county road which serves several county residents. When Washington Oneal married Esther James McKeown (b. 6-13-1837; d. 2-5-1911) on July 23, 1855, he brought his bride to this home, where all nine of their children were born.”
(Information in part from: Chester County Heritage Book, Vol. I, Edt. by Collins – Knox, Published by the Chester Co Hist. Society – Jostens Printing, 1982)
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