Category Archives: Baltimore, MD

Melchior Keener

Melchior Keener (c. 1720-1798) was born in Saarbruken, Alsace Lorraine, France in 1720. Conditions were difficult due to wars and religious intolerance. At age 19, he emigrated by sea to York County, Pennsylvania in 1739. He was industrious and later … Continue reading

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John Keener

John Keener (c. 1755- ) was probably born Maryland or Pennsylvania.  Little is known about his life. His father was Melchoir Keener (1720-1798), a founder of Baltimore City.  John is not mentioned in his father’s will which suggests that he … Continue reading

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James Robert Collins

James Robert Collins (c. 1866-1947) was born on December 28, 1866 in Atlanta, Georgia.  His life history remains enigmatic.  The most that is known comes from a newspaper clipping and his death certificate.  Following an elaborate wedding, the birth of … Continue reading

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Ducas Clemens

Ducas Clemens (c. 1790-?) of French heritage and born either in France or possibly in Haiti around the time of the French Revolution.  His father was from the Alsace Lorraine area of Nancy, Lorraine, France. According to multiple family sources, … Continue reading

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William Clayton Bordley, Jr.

William Clayton BORDLEY, Jr. (c. 1800-1883) was born about 1800 in Chesterfield, Queen Anne’s County, Maryland. His parents were William Clayton Bordley, Sr.(c. 1770-1803) and Margaret Keener. William lost his father when he was about three years old.  His father’s … Continue reading

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William Clayton Bordley, Sr.

William Clayton BORDLEY, Sr. (c. 1770 -1803) was born about 1770 in Chesterfield, Queen Anne’s County, Maryland.  He had a brother James two years older and a younger sister Sarah. His parents were William Bordley (1742-1786) and Mary Clayton.  Mary … Continue reading

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James Bryden

James Bryden was born in Scotland probably about 1725. The identity of his parents is unknown.  James Bryden married Elspeth Chalmers on May 7, 1758 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Elspeth was from Deskford, small town on the Moray Coast (the northern coast … Continue reading

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Augustus Ducas Clemens, Sr.

Augustus Ducas Clemens, Sr. (1818-1897) was born on July 22, 1818 in Baltimore, Maryland.  Except for two years, he lived there for his entire life. Augustus’ father Ducas Clemens was on the French fleet during the Revolution and most of … Continue reading

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Augustus Ducas Clemens, Jr.

Augustus Ducas Clemens, Jr. (1845-1909) was born January 17, 1845 in Baltimore, Maryland.  He was christened at age 6 on May 25, 1851 at the First German Reformed Church, Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland. His parents were Augustus Ducas Clemens, Sr.(1818-1898) and … Continue reading

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