|GEORGE KEENAN, farmer, Sec. 20; P.O. McFarland; a native of Ireland; was born in Kings County, in August, 1818; when 16 years of age, he, with two brothers and two sisters, emigrated to America; their parents, John and Catherine, had previously died in Ireland. The family of five children settled in La Grange Co., Ind., where the subject of this sketch worked at the boot and shoe maker’s trade for four years; Mr. Keenan was married in La Grange Co., Ind., in 1839, to Miss Matilda, daughter of William and Ellen Fox, a native of Ireland, and who came to America in 1852; soon after marriage, Mr. Keenan, with his wife, a brother and sister, et al. emigrated to Dane Co. Wis., and located in the town of Fitchburg, whence, in 1857, he removed to Sec. 20 of this town, where he has since lived; he now owns a farm of 680 acres on Sec. 16, 20 and 21.Mr. and Mrs. K. have had eight children-Catherine, now Mrs. John Colladay, and lives with her parents; Anthony, who died at the age of 28 years; Charlotte, Mrs. Horace Colladay, who lives in this town; William, a farmer in this town; Carrie, at home; George, a student at the State University; Fannie and Adeline, at home. Mrs. Keenan had the pleasure of buying the first washtub ever bought in Madison.
Ref. 1880 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, page 1206.