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Keener family


John Christian Keener (1819-1906) was a minister and bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated from Wesleyan University. In 1843, he joined the Alabama Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1848, he transferred to the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Keener joined the Centenary College of Louisiana board of trustees in 1850 and was president of the board from 1866 to 1906. During the Civil War, he served as superintendent of the Confederate States Army Chaplains west of the Mississippi River. From 1866 to 1870, he was editor of the New Orleans Christian Advocate newspaper. In 1870, he was elected bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. He is the author of the books Post Oak Circuit (1857), Studies of Bible Truths (1899), and The Garden of Eden and the Flood (1900).

In 1842, Keener married Mary Anna Spencer (1821-1903), daughter of Richard (1796-1868) and Anna Baker Spencer (1800-1853). The Keeners had eight children, which included Mary Keener Wilkinson (1843-1894), Rebecca Keener (1844-1845), Emma Holcombe Keener (1846-1896), Christian Keener (1847-1897), John Ormand Keener (1854-1898), and Samuel Spencer Keener (1857-1912).

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Sarah Baker Austin Joyner letter

Identifier: SC-Cent. Misc. Mss. 28
Scope and Contents Letter corrects errors published in William Hamilton Nelson’s A Burning Torch and a Flaming Fire: The Story of Centenary College of Louisiana (Nashville: Methodist Publishing House, 1931). Corrections relate to Centenary College of Louisiana (Jackson, La.) and concern the Keener and Holcombe families as well as the college’s library book collection.
Dates: circa 1960

Keener family papers

Identifier: SC-Mss. Coll. 50
Scope and Contents The Kenner family papers consist of approximately 100 letters, dating from 1825 to 1861, addressed to John Christian Keener or to his wife, Mary Anna Spencer Keener, by members of Mrs. Keener's family. Mrs. Keener's parents, Anna Baker and Richard Spencer, had moved from Maryland, settled first in Georgia, and later Alabama. At the time of the early letters, the Spencers were farming a plantation in Dallas County, Alabama, called Davenport Place. They raised cotton, corn, peaches, and melons,...
Dates: 1825 - 1861