The Keep Family
Contributions to Society
THE KEEP FAMILY CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIETY
1. The Keep Family in the Law Series
PARKMAN - WEBSTER MURDER TRIAL
Historic Testimony of Dr. Nathan Cooley Keep
The murder was committed in 1849 and the trial and
execution took place in 1850.
The details were such that they captivated everyone. There was a week-long disappearance
with daily reports flashed across the country. There was the gory, gruesome discovery of a body, described in the most
dreadful detail. The body had been dismembered and many parts burned, and science at that time was unable to provide
the means for identification.
Dr. Nathan Cooley Keep was the first ever to identify a corpse in a court of law by dental records,
not easy, and an amazing first.
Click here for the account of the famous trial.
This series will be on-going and will contain notable Keeps who have made contributions in many disciplines.
welcome. Send to Bob Warner on Contacts page.
2. The Keep Family in Education Series
Founders, Schools, Teachers, Authors
Biographical Notes of Keeps in History
~~Robert Porter Keep, very successful public servant and head of Norwich Free Academy, Connecticut, became head of the prestigious Miss Porter's School and carried on its traditions.
~~John Robinson Keep, Robert Porter Keep's father, noted for
his work with the deaf.
~~ The private school established by Margaret Eliza and Alice Mary Keep in Wollaston, England.
The Robert Browning Connection. Photos and artwork.
~~ John Keep's connection to Oberlin College, Ohio, and his work with
other institutions of higher learning.
~~ The Harvard School of Dental Medicine, founded by Dr. Nathan Cooley Keep, who was instrumental
in turning dentistry from a trade into the medical profession it is today. He became its first dean and member of the first
~~ Austin Baxter Keep, history professor and authority on colonial libraries. Author of related books.
Alice Mary Keep
Crest, Harvard School of Dentel Medicne, showing Castle Keep
3. The Keep Family in Science Technology and Industry Series
Lace Making as a Cottage Industry
~~ In England, lace making became an established cottage industry during the seventeenth century. There were two distinct areas of importance: Honiton in Devon, and the East Midlands--namely Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire
and Northamptonshire. Records reveal the names of Keep Family members who earned a living in this remarkable art/trade.
20th Century Aeronautics
~~ Captain Arthur Stuart Keep was a WW I pilot and later a test pilot until a dreadful crash ended
this part of his career. He continued in the aircraft industry until retirement.
There are some nice old airplane photos here.
to Riches to Philanthropy
~~Henry and Emma Keep, Good Samaritans
A Famous Cast Iron Inventor
~~Wiliam John Keep
A man with such a significant invention that after one-hundred years his books describing it are still in print.
Click Here for these pages of interesting Keep stories.
Most Recent Additions
~~Patented Keep Inventions
~ Henry & Emma Keep, Good Samaritans
~ Charles & Ada Keep
Keeps in Military Service from the French & Indian War through
World War II
These rosters are the first Keep family compilations of Military Service, and contain hundreds of names with ranks,
length of service, and other details.
However, it is not complete, so relatives and others should check the lists for omissions,
4. The Keep Family in Medicine Series
~~ Dr. Nathan Cooley Keep. The anesthetization of Fanny Appleton Longfellow,
wife of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The first use of anesthesia in childbirth in the western hemisphere.
Dr. Norman Nigel Keep, Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine.
~~ Dr. Anne Wight Phillips. Pioneer woman surgeon,
the first woman to perform surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. Renouned burn specialist.
~~Isabel Lovitt Keep Isabel, a former concert singer, played
in 42 films from 1918 to 1936. She was a supporting actress to many many of our favorite, famous stars, but like most actors
in this category, never had the name recognition of the leading stars. She played in movies with Laurel and Hardy,
Rudolph Valentino, Jimmy Stewart, Jack Benny, Mickey Rooney, Greta Garbo, Ronald Coleman, and others. These pages contain an
exhaustive filmography, never accumulated before.
Personal Military Experiences
See Below Under Rosters of Keep Family