John Charles Keating (c.1831 – 1896)

Frostburg Happenings.[…]

Mr. John Keating, of this city, but recently an inmate of an asylum, died there yesterday. He will be brought to this city for interment.

Source: Frostburg Happenings, The Evening Times, Cumberland, Maryland, 3 September 1896, p. 6.


At Sylvan Retreat asylum Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1896, Mr. John Keating, of this place, at an advanced age. Funeral at St. Michael’s church yesterday morning and interment in the church cemetery.

Source: Died, Frostburg Mining Journal, Frostburg, Maryland, 5 September 1896.


The Journal erred last week in stating that John Keating died at Sylvan Retreat, this county. He died at Mt. Hope retreat, Baltimore county. The Journal was fortunate in getting the name right, as the first report that reached the office was “John Cain died in Cumberland yesterday.” The “intelligent” informant is often to blame for such mistakes.

Source: Died, Frostburg Mining Journal, Frostburg, Maryland, 12 September 1896.

John Charles Keating was my great-great-grandfather. While working for the railroad in western Maryland, he was thrown from a rail-car, breaking his skull. Although he recovered enough to work, the fall eventually killed him, causing a cerebral hemorrhage.

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