My Unknown Kin, Rider or Wills Lines, Kanawha County, WV

Photo or Sketch of Unknown Rider Wills KeenanPosting a drawing here that just came into my hands (an electronic version that is).  It was owned by my great aunt, Marcelene Rider Keenan, the daughter of Ulrich Rider (aka Honzura “Poppy” Rider) and Lottie Mae Wills.  This man is presumed to be connected on either the Rider or Wills line of the family.  It could also be from the Keenan line, Marcelene’s spouse was Ralph Keenan. Ralph was the son of Arthur Jennings Keenan and Rebecca Elizabeth O’Dell. Marcelene passed away and this photo has no labeling on the back.  Hoping to find a relative who might be able to shed some light on his identity.

Marcelene and her parents resided in and near the Blakely, Pond Gap, Mammoth & Cedar Grove areas of Kanawha County, WV. Ralph’s family is also from the area. This relative was likely from the area as well but only guessing.  Some of the surnames on Lotties line that also offer possibilities are Dearien (of Campbell’s Creek WV), Barker (briefly in Kanawha County), and Butterworth.  I really doubt it will be anything other than Rider, Wills or Keenan.

Any help is welcomed and appreciated.

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  1. Donna

    I am unsure who this man is, but he has a resemblance to a picture that I have of James William Wills (who, if his parents are who you mentioned, would be a cousin).

  2. Timothy F White

    I was told this is Marcelene Rider Keenan’s brother Ivin Rider. Info given to me by Marcelene’s son Roger. I also was told it looks like Freddie Rider…I could not research because my susbscription to has expired.

    • Lisa

      Thanks Timothy! Marcelene is the person this photo belonged to, she was my father’s aunt (Marcelene’s brother Virgil is my grandfather). I saw this photo once quite a number of years ago but couldn’t recall anything about it. After she passed away, her daughter loaned it to my cousin so he could have it scanned and he sent me a copy of it. Her daughter wasn’t sure who it was in the photo and it isn’t labeled. I will explore the two possibilities you mention. Ivan died in a car crash when he was very young. I am not familiar with Frederick though…

  3. Timothy F White

    Lottie Wills Rider was my grandfather Lemuel J Wills sister. My mother was Mary Magdalene Wills White. I have a small family tree but don’t belong to at the present time. I also was related to Virgil Rider.

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