The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951 Page: 257
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daughter, helped most. Commodore [?] Barney and General John
Stricker appealed to Mrs. Pickersgill to make the flag, and the
floor of a malthouse opposite the mansion of Charles Carroll of
Carrollton provided the space on which the work of sewing was
How Francis Scott Key happened to be so near the scene of
the bombardment of Fort McHenry that gave him so much to
see is too long a story to tell here. Suffice it to say that together
with John S. Skinner he had gone to the British admiral in
command of the fleet to secure the release of Dr. Beanes of
Bladensburg. They were detained long enough to see the "broad
stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight," to let "the
rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air" give "proof through
the night that [their] flag was still there," and to "see by the
dawn's early light what so proudly [they had] hailed at the
twilight's last gleaming."
Besides being a story of the writing of "The Star-Spangled
Banner," this book is an account of the Key and related families.
The Francis Scott Key genealogy in the United States goes back
to Philip Key, who was born on March 21, 1696, the son of
Richard and Mary Cartwright Key. Philip Key, who settled on
the north bank of the Potomac River near Leonardtown, was the
great-grandfather of Francis Scott Key. The index contains the
surname Key for fifteen pages, three columns to the page. At a
conservative estimate to avoid making an actual count, this should
total at least sixteen hundred Keys. Other surnames which appear
numerously in the index are Bell, Bibb, Clark, Howard, Jones,
Kay, Kea, Keay, Kee, Keyes, Marshall, Martin, Scott, Smith, and
White. All told the index contains eighty-two pages and should
supply many a reader with information about some ancestor. Of
special interest to Texans who know the Key family is the list
which is given of descendants of Francis Scott Key in Texas.
RUDOLPH L. BIESELE
The University of Texas
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