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NOTE: This page has been adapted for the Website from Donald Coburn’s My Line. Use of the first person is in relation to Donald and not the webmaster/author of the site. Subscript index numbers (ex. Moses4) refer to generations after the family’s arrival in North America. Edward Colborne being generation 1.


MARY7 (MANE) COBURN (Thomas6 David5, Moses4, Moses3, Joseph2, Edward1) b. 1870 d. 1950 daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth A. (Burpee) Coburn m. David Herman McKeen b. 1865 d. 1945 son of Joseph and Mary Jane (Clark) McKeen.

Mame was born at Upper Keswick Ridge just south of the top of Sheridan Hill. She probably attended Upper Keswick Ridge School which was established in 1872. After Mame and Herman were married, they lived on and farmed his father Joseph McKeen’s place. That house is presently the home of Terrence and Pamela (Miller) Gallagher. John and Jessica’ (Coburn) Robinson have a Christmas Tree farm on the land.

Before Herman’s uncle John died, John had deeded his place jointly to his brother Joseph’s sons, Herman and Hedley McKeen. Joint ownership proved less than satisfactory. Hedley’s wife Mabel(McKeen) McKeen later commented that a partnership was the worst kind of vessel to sail in. Herman had a sense of humour but Mame was more serious. They insisted to their children that there was no Santa Claus. So Aunt Annie and Uncle Moses Mitchell became their Santas.

The McKeen graves are in the Pickard-Merrithew Cemetery.