Peter Keeding Papers

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17

1434 THL

Inventory created by Archives Staff 06/2018. Revised 01/2019

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EXTENT: 0.21 linear feet

DATE: 1786-1992

SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection contains family records from Bibles owned by Peter Keeding and David Samuel Rhodes, as well as a diary and other papers belonging to Peter Keeding. The collection also includes a biographical sketch of George Adam Geeting (Keeding) and some of his descendants. The diary kept by Peter Keeding of Stephens City, Va. from 1832 to 1836 consists of notes about current events and other observations.  Keeding's records consist of receipts for transactions made by Peter Keeding, including his discharge from the military on November 11, 1794. 

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Peter Keeding was born Oct. 3, 1766 in Frederick County, Maryland (now Washington County, Maryland).  On December 20, 1790, he married Christina Rodes and moved to Stephens City, Virginia. It is believed he was a wagon maker by trade and owned many tracts of land.  Keeding died April 1, 1852.  George Adam Geeting was born Feb. 6, 1741.  He was one of three founders of the United Brethren Church in Maryland and Pennsylvania.  He married Barbara Ann Bishop and had six sons and four daughters.  By trade Geeting was a farmer and minister.  He died February 5, 1842.

The Bible was printed in 1814 and likely bought by Peter Keeding (1766-1852) shortly thereafter. Keeding lived in Stephens City, Frederick County, Virginia. Upon his death, his grandson, William Henry Weaver (1814-1880) inherited the Bible. The Bible is often known as the Weaver Bible because Peter Keeding’s immediate descendants had the last name Weaver. 

CITE AS: Peter Keeding Papers, 1434 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives , Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.



BOX 1 

Peter Keeding Family Bible Records (includes title page), 1786-1885, 8 leaves, typescript

Keeding, Peter – Notebook (diary), 1832-36

Peter Keeding Records, 1797 – 1823, 47 leaves, manuscript (photocopy)

Rhodes, David Samuel, Bible Records (includes title page), 1824-1964, 24 leaves, printed.

Article, Jones, Guy M. Jr., “George Adam Geeting (1741-1812): A Biographical Sketch of Some of his Descendants,” Western Maryland Genealogy 8, no. 4 (Ocotber 1992), 1 item, typescript (photocopy); plus manuscript with notes