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 was either disinherited or deceased by the time of the writing of Melchoir Keener’s final will.
John Keener had two known daughters, Maria and Margaret. His wife is unknown.
|Maria Keener||William Hopper Bordley 29 Nov 1803|
|Margaret Keener||c. 1777||William Clayton Bordley, Sr. 11 Jul 1798 Old St. Paul’s Church, Baltimore|
John Keener’s name is found on the Muster Roll of Capt. Geo. P. Keeport’s Company of the First German Battalion Continental Troops, commanded by Colonel Nicholas Husacker. Philadelphia, Sept. 19th, 1776.
ENLISTED. NAMES. 1776
July 15 Jacob Smith, 1st Serjt.
30 Henry Speck, 2nd
Aug. 19 John Keener, 3rd Serjt.
Christn. Kearns, 4th
John Keener is somewhat of a mystery with no records citing details of his life. What is known is that his daughter Maria presided over the old Bordley homestead “Bordlington” near Centerville. The deed of the house is dated back to 1774.
John’s daughter Margaret Keener lost her husband and their lands of the Clayton homestead in 1803. She moved to Baltimore and opened a fashionable boarding house where she enjoyed entertaining. It seems that Margaret’s son John Keener Melchoir Bordley was named after her father and grandfather. He died at age 19 in a duel.
It is possible that John Keener and his wife never survived to see their children marry and have children. The burial place of John Keener and his wife remains unknown.
Bordley Pedigree compiled by Bryden Bordley Hyde
Muster Rolls and Other Records of Service of Maryland Troops in the American Revolution, Archives of Maryland, Volume 18, page 262