1850 Rooms at the Court House, Charles Town, Virginia.
J. Keagy was recorded in two announcements. A third announcement is recorded but it is only speculation on my part that they are the same person. The first announcement appeared on April 16, 1850 in the Spirit of Jefferson (Charles Town, Virginia). Daguerreotypes. Mr. Keagy, a daguerrean Artist of considerable merit, is now sojourning in our town, and has his rooms at the Court House. He has already taken some among the finest likenesses we have ever seen, and is prepared to do any work pertaining to the Daguerrean art.
The second announcement appeared on April 16, 1850 in the Spirit of Jefferson (Charles Town, Virginia). Daguerreotype Miniatures Taken In The Best Style By J. Keagy, Daguerrian Artist. Rooms at the Court-House, where he will remain but a short time, for the purpose of taking Miniatures by the improved Daguerrian process.
The Ladies and Gentlemen of Charlestown and Jefferson and cordially invited to call and examine Specimens which the subscriber feels confident will commend him to the patronage of all who wish good Daguerreotype Portraits.
N. B. These Miniatures are taken in all kinds of weather. Miniatures set in Lockets, Rings, etc. in the best style.
The third announcement appeared on October 15, 1855 in The Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia). … We publish elsewhere the farewell card of Mr. P. E. Gibbs, who leaves this city for Richmond. We can but express regret at the departure from us of so accomplished an artist and worthy citizen as Mr. G. [ ? ] congratulate the people of Richmond on his accession to that city. As a daguerrean artist we regard Mr. Gibbs as without a superior anywhere. He leaves the assurance that his place will be well filled in the person of his successor, Mr. Keagy.—Lynchburg Virginian, Oct. 12.
J. Keagy is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Charlestown Virginia or Lynchburg, Virginia. Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a John Keagy as being active in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania in 1860. Its unknown if they are the same person.