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William Key

M, #208, b. 7 July 1858, d. 20 January 1924
  • Birth*: William Key was born on 7 July 1858 at Monikie, Forfarshire, Scotland.1
  • He was the son of William Key and Elisabeth Myres.
  • Occupation*: In 1884 at China, William was a missionary with the China Inland Mission.2
  • (Groom) Marriage*: He married Margaret Symon on 20 September 1886 at Tai-yuen Fu, Shansi, China; At Tai-yuen Fu, Shansi, on the 20th September by the Rev W W Cassels, William Key to Margaret Symon, both of the China Inland Mission. As reported in the North China Herald and Supremem Court & Consular Gazette; Shanghai, October 13th 1886.

    [Additionally - William is stated as 'widower' on his 1899 marriage registration in Perth, Scotland to Mary Stewart. In 1888, reporting of his parents' Golden Wedding there is mention "Besides the above mentioned members of their family, they have a daughter in America, and a son engaged as a missionary in China who together have eight children." On his death in 1924, the probate papers are lodged in favour of Lizzie Lindsay Key, spinster. The death of Elizabeth Lindsay Key aged 75 is found at Broughty Ferry in 1963 - her mother is stated as Margaret Symon.]3,4,5,6
  • (Witness) Newspaper Article: William Key and Margaret Key, James Todd, Sarah Key, David McDonald, George Key, Ann Gibson Ford, Helen Key, John Bews and Ann Key were mentioned in a newspaper article about William Key and Elisabeth Myres on 17 December 1888. GOLDEN WEDDING - Mr William Key and Mrs Key, who have resided in Monifieth for about 20 years, celebrated their golden wedding on Saturday evening. The aged couple had with them on the occasion three daughters with their husbands, and one son and his wife, together with thirteen grandchildren. The company spent a very enjoyable evening in a manner appropriate to the interesting event. It may be mentioned that Mr Key is in his 82nd year, while Mrs Key is 72 years of age, and both are hale and hearty. Besides the above mentioned members of their family, they have a daughter in America, and a son engaged as a missionary in China who together have eight children. Mr and Mrs Key have twenty-three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.4
  • Note for Web*: William Key between 7 May 1890 and 20 May 1890 at Shanghai, China, attended the General conference of the Protestant Missionaries of China held at Shanghai, May 7-20, 1890; notes in the confernce documents indicate that William Key arrived in China 1884, was currently with the China Inland Mission and stationed Sihchow .7
  • Newspaper Article*: He was mentioned in a newspaper article on 27 August 1892 at Dundee Courier and Argus, Address by Mr William Key, Missionary from China, in Y.M.C.A. Hall To-Morrow Evening, at 6.30. All Invited.
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    Address to Young Men by Mr William Key, from China, in Y.M.C.A. Hall To-Morrow Afternoon, at 5.8,9
  • Newspaper Article: He was mentioned in a newspaper article on 28 June 1898 at The Bury and Norwich Post and Suffolk Standard, The British and Forgeign Bible Society has promptly utilised the openings which are presented by recent changes in China. One of its agents, Mr. William Key, is already at Wei-hai-wei, the new British naval station, and German missionaries are also supplied with Bibles by the Society.10
  • (Informant) Death: He registered the death of William Key on 12 April 1899 at Bayfield Lodge, West Ferry, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland; 1899 deaths in the district of St Andrew in the burgh of Dundee, William Key farm grieve widower of Elizabeth Myres, 1899 April twelfth 9h 10m am Bayfield Lodge West Ferry parish of Dundee, m, 91 years, parents George Key estate joiner (dec) and Isobel Key ms Law (dec), cystitis chronic exhaustion as cert by James Gowans MBCM, William Key son 17 Park Avenue Dundee; registered 1899 April 13th at Dundee Jas Murray registrar.11
  • (Witness) Newspaper Article: William Key and Elisabeth Myres and David McDonald was mentioned in a newspaper article about William Key on 13 April 1899. Broughty Ferry - Death of a Nonagerian. - Yesterday morning there passed away at the residence of his son-in-law, Bayfield Lodge, West Ferry, one who was perhaps the oldest resident in the burgh - namely, Mr William Key, who was 91 years of age last October. Deceased in his younger days was a ploughman, and was engaged on several farms in the northern part of the parish for many years, the later period of his life previous to coming here to reside being spent in Monifieth. Mr Key, whose wife predeceased him some years ago, brought up a family of sons and daughters. One of his sons, William, has laboured for many years in China as a missionary, and he only arrived here from that country on Monday last, just in time to see his aged father before he expired.12
  • Marriage*: William Key married Mary Stewart, daughter of William Stewart and Mary Scott, on Friday, 29 September 1899 at 30 King Street, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland; 1899 marriages in the district of Perth in the county of Perth, ref 229; 1899 on the Twenty-ninth day of September at 30 King Street Perth after publications according to the forms of the Baptist Church; signed William Key foreign missionary, widower, aged 41, 17 Park Avenue Dundee, parents William Key, railway surfaceman (dec) and Elizabeth Key ms Meyers (dec); signed Mary Stewart housekeeper, spinster, aged 52, 30 King Street Perth, parents William Stewart contractor (dec) and Mary Stewart ms Scott (dec); signed J A Grant Robinson, signed John Aitchison witness; Mary Scott witness; registered 1899 September 30 at Perth, J Bridges assistant registrar.13,3
  • Newspaper Article: William Key and Mary Stewart were mentioned in a newspaper article on 31 October 1900 at London, England, The North China Herald and S C & C Gazette; page 957; Passengers Outward ... per str. Oldenburg - for London - ... Mr & Mrs William Key.10,14,15
  • (Deceased) Death*: William Key died on 20 January 1924 at Springfield, Wandsworth, Surrey, England, at age 65 1924, Key William of 35 Leghorn road Harlesden Middlesex dies 20 January 1924 at Springfield Wandsworth Surrey Administration London 5 February to LIzzie Lindsay Key spinster. Effects £61.16

Census Events

Member of Household7 April 1861They was listed as a member of the household of William Key and Elisabeth Myres in the 1861 census at North Powrie Farm Cottage, Murroes, Forfarshire, Scotland. William Keay, son, 2, Forfar Monikie; William Keay, head, mar, 57, ag lab, Forfarshire Monifieth; Elisabeth M Keay, wife, mar, 43, Kincardinshire Marykirk; 2 children in school; 2 rooms with windows.17
Member of Household2 April 1871They was listed as a member of the household of William Key and Elisabeth Myres in the 1871 census at Monifieth, Forfarshire, Scotland. William Kay, son, 13, labourer at foundry, Forfar Monikie; At an unknown address (next door to Clifton Cottage), William Kay, head, mar, 59, labourer, Forfarshire Monifieth; Elisabeth Kay, wife, 52, labourer's wife, Kincardineshire Marykirk; 1 child in school; 1 room with window. Without an address, the best we can do is look to the header information for this census record which reads 'County of Forfar, registration district of Monifieth, enumeration district no 9, name of enumerator John M Walton. Description of enumeration district : N By Seaview and road leading to Nursery and Ashlude, S River Tay, E Parish of Monikie, W By road from South Grange to River Tay. This district comprises the Village of Monifieth.18'
Not Found3 April 1881William Key has not been found in the 1881 census. In China?
But may be living with others at Kinnoull in Perthshire as servant to head Grace MacIntyre aged 56, and working as a gardener?19
Not Found5 April 1891He has not been found in the 1891 census. Was he maybe in China?
Head of Household31 March 1901He was listed as head of household along with spouse Mary Stewart in the 1901 census at 10 Finchley Road, House of Rest for Christian Workers, St Marylebone, London, England. William Key, married, aged 42, Preacher, London City Missionary, b Scotland Forfarshire; Mary Key, married, aged 55, b Scotland Perth.20
Head of Household31 March 1911He was listed as head of household along with spouse Mary Stewart in the 1911 census at 35 Leghorn Road, Harlesden, London NW, England. William Key, head, 52, married, Missionary, City Mission, London, b Forfarshire Murroes NB; Mary Key, wife, 65, married 11 years 0 children, b Dron Perthshire NB.21
Last Edited: 1 Feb 2016

Parents:

Father*: William Key b. 28 Oct 1807, d. 12 Apr 1899
Mother*: Elisabeth Myres b. 21 Nov 1817, d. 25 Apr 1894

Family:

Margaret Symon b. c 1858, d. b 29 Sep 1899
  • (Groom) Marriage*: William Key married Margaret Symon on 20 September 1886 at Tai-yuen Fu, Shansi, China; At Tai-yuen Fu, Shansi, on the 20th September by the Rev W W Cassels, William Key to Margaret Symon, both of the China Inland Mission. As reported in the North China Herald and Supremem Court & Consular Gazette; Shanghai, October 13th 1886.

    [Additionally - William is stated as 'widower' on his 1899 marriage registration in Perth, Scotland to Mary Stewart. In 1888, reporting of his parents' Golden Wedding there is mention "Besides the above mentioned members of their family, they have a daughter in America, and a son engaged as a missionary in China who together have eight children." On his death in 1924, the probate papers are lodged in favour of Lizzie Lindsay Key, spinster. The death of Elizabeth Lindsay Key aged 75 is found at Broughty Ferry in 1963 - her mother is stated as Margaret Symon.]3,4,5,6

Children:

Elizabeth Lindsay Key5 b. c 1887, d. 16 Apr 1963
Alexander Symon Key22 b. c 1890

Citations

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  4. [S32] Newspaper Article, British Newspaper Archive, The Dundee Courier and Argus, Monday, December 17, 1888 [Jan 2012].
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  10. [S32] British Newspaper Archive, The Bury and Norwich Post and Suffolk Standard, June 28, 1898 [Jan 2012].
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