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Harriet Ellen Keller was born 15 March 1852 in So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio and she died 22 March 1920 in Dresden, Muskingum County, Ohio.

1860 U.S. Federal Census for Keller Family:  Harriet is 8 years old.

House number 245, 366, line 36. John Keller, s 49 years old, male, farmer with 1980 acreage and $600 in personal fortune, born in PA (Pennsylvania); Mary Keller, is 46 years old, female, born in Ohio; John Keller is 16 years old male, farm labor, born in Ohio, attended school; Mary Keller is 13 years old, female, born in Ohio, attended school; Henry Keller is 11 years old, male, born in Ohio, not attended to school within the year; Harriet A. is 8 years old, female, born in Ohio, attending school; William D. is 4 years old,male, born in Ohio and attending school?

Source:  John Keller Family, 1860 U.S. Federal Census, So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio, pg. 43-44, enumerated 21 June, 1860. 

Line 24 176/180 Keller, John age 59, male, Farmer 2400/1325, born PA; Mary 56, Female, Keeping house, born Ohio; Henry 21, male working on the farm, born Ohio; Ellen 18, female, at home, born Ohio; William 13, male born Ohio.

Source:  John Keller Family, 1870 U.S. Federal Census, So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio, pg. 21, PO: Sparta, enumerated July 13, 1870 by Perry M. [Morris]. Note Eliza Keller and John Keller (Jr.) are also listed on this page. 

Harriett Ellen Keller married John Lacy on 3 January 1875 in Morrow Co., Ohio.

Source:  Marriage Records, 1848-1951, Index 1848-1948, Morrow Co., Ohio, Keller, Harriet E to John Lacy Vol. 3 1870-1880, pg. 287 FHL#388782, FHL#388779 Index.  Family History has the marriages online.

John Lacy was born 13 Aug 1851 in Ohio and died 8 March 1935 in Dresden, Muskingum County, Ohio. His parents were William Lacey and a Licey J.

Lacey Family History Book

Lacey Family History Book

Source:  Ancestors and Descendants of Hiram G. Lacey & Sophia Sells, by their Grandchildren, Compiled and published by Garland Howard Lacey, Washington, Illinois, 1995. Chapter G: Other Laceys – Muskingum & Coshocton pg. 149-150. This source is very detailed large book.  It gives an Eliza Jones as William’s wife. Children: Daniel, John, Richard, Mary Iva, Thomas, Carrie, Sarah F., William, Ann E., and Ella T. There may be more children? Found at the Morrow County Genealogical Society Annex in Mt. Gilead in 2011 on my second visit there.  Name is also spelled “Lacy.”  There were 44 locations where this book is listed at Worldcat.

Page 149, 6. Son of William and Eliza Jones Lacey, John Lacy – U436: 1851, OH, m.: 3 Jan 1875, OH, Morrow Co., (Harriett Ellen Keller U437 b. 1852, d. 1920, br: OH, Muskingum Co., Dresden Cem): d. 1935; br. OH, Muskingum Co., Dresden Cem.

John Lacy and Harriett, his wife, sold 20 acres land to W.F. Keller on 4 November 1882 (Vol. 36, pg. 247, Index #388692.)  I did not make a copy of this deed.

In the last post about Henry Keller’s land transactions I shared a deed done in February 1884.  Henry Keller was buying 20 acres from John Lacy and wife. (Vol. 27, pg. 461, FHL#1928211).

John Lacy & Wife Deed to
Henry Keller
Received Feb. 19, 1884 recorded 19 Dec. 1883. 
At 8.5 O’clock A.M.

Know all Men by these Presents: That the John Lacy and Harriet E. Lacy wife of the said John Lacy of Muskingum County, Ohio in Consideration of Three Hundred and Fifty $350.00 dollars to them in hand paid by Henry Keller of Morrow Co. Ohio the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged…..(Featured in the last post.)

Why this deed was done separately for the Lacy family I am not sure because it is part of the partitioning of the land of Harriet’s parents John and Mary Keller.

On that same date of 19 December 1883 to July 1884 John and Harriet Lacy are included in this other deed involving Henry Keller et. al. to W. F. Keller & Ida C. Keller.  This is that partition deed of the lands of John Keller that I keep referring too.  All the families of the children of John Keller have signed away to W. F. Franklin their interest in the land: John Lacy, Harriet E. Lacy, Henry and Martha Keller, Emma A. Helt, Charles & Anna Buckingham, Mary & Alexander Shaffer, J. & Caroline Van Houten, Harrison and Amarilla Barr.

I will feature this completed partition as a transcribed deed in a future post.

Ohio Counties

Ohio Counties – Morrow’s southeast area to the northwest area of Muskingum

John and Harriet Keller Lacy left Morrow County, Ohio about 1880 and by the 1883 partition deed of John Keller’s land had settled in Muskingum County, Ohio. I pick up their trail in the 1900 census.

Line 92, 80, 80, Lacy, John, Head, W, M. Aug. 1851, age 49 M. 25 yrs, born Ohio, father born Virginia , mother Ohio, farmer O, yes, no, yes, O, M, H, 10; Lacy, Hariet L., Wif, W, F, Mar. 1852, age 47, M 25, four children born, 4 living, born Ohio, Father PA, mother Ohio, yes, yes, yes; Lacy Carye B., daughter, W, F, Dec, 1883, age 17, Single, born Ohio, R luber hosery 0 yes, yes, yes; Lacy Bingeman H., son, W, M, Nov. 1889, 10, Single, born Ohio, day laborer, yes, yes, yes; Lacy Insines, Son, W, M, Dec. 1894, age 6, single, Born Ohio, attend school, 9 yes, no, yes; Lacy, William, Father, W, M, Sept, 1825, age 74 M, 54, born Virginia, both parents born Virginia, day laborer 6, yes, no, yes, R, H; Lacy, Licey J., Mother, W, F, Sept, 1828, age 71, M, 54, 12 children born, 10 living, born Ohio, parents born in Virginia, wife no, no, yes.

 Source:  1900 U.S. Federal Census, John Lacy Family, Dresden Village, Jefferson Twp., Muskingum Co., Ohio, SD#14, ED#51, Sheet 8/9, enumerated 8 June, 1900 by Thomas Uhich. 

Line 60, 380, 397, Lacy, John, Head, M, W, age 58 M1, 35 yrs, born Ohio, father PA, mother Ohio, English, [R Picker} Woolen Mill, W, no, yes, yes, 0 M H 4, 5, 8, 3; Lacy, Harriet E, Wife, F, W, age 58, m1, 35 yrs, 4 children born, 4 living, born Ohio, father PA, mother Ohio, English, none; Lacy, Benjamin, son, M, W, age 21, single, born Ohio, English, spinner, wollen mill w, no, 0; Lacy, Anna, daughter, F, W, age 16 single, born Ohio, English, Rum, spooler, knitting factory, w, no, 12, yes, yes, no, 17, 6, 7, 6.

Source 1910:  1910 U.S. Federal Census, John Lacy Family, Dresden Village, Jefferson Twp., Muskingum Co., Ohio. SD#14, ED#66, Sht#15B, enumerated May 6, 1910 by George C. Roney. 

Line 54, X, 392, 407, Lacy, John, Head, 0 M, M, W, age 68 M, yes, yes, Ohio, father West Virginia, mother Ohio, yes, W…..Mixer, Woolen Mill, W, 532; Lacy, Harriet E, Wife, F, W, age 67, M, yes, yes, Ohio, father Virginia, mother Ohio, none; Lacy, Ines A., daughter, F, W, age 26, single, yes, yes, Ohio, knitter, Hoisery Mill, W 524.

Source: 1920 U.S. Federal Census, John Lacy Family, Dresden, Jefferson Twp., Muskingum Co., Ohio, SD#16, ED#97, Sht #14B, enumerated 21 January, 1920 by Howard A. Shipley. 

Both are buried in the Dresden Cemetery in Muskingum County, Ohio.

Row 4, Block 9 on page 38

Lacy, John 1851 -1935
Lacy, Harriet F. 1852 -1920

Source:  Dresden Cemetery, Muskingum Co., Ohio, FHL#977.191. Cemetery Inscriptions of Jefferson and Malisan Twps., pages 33-39, on page 38.

John and Harriett Lacy had four children:

1. Mary France Lacy was born about 1878 in Morrow County. She may have married a [Spring] Painter which didn’t make sense.

There is a 1910 U.S. Census for Jefferson Twp., Muskingum Co. sheets 17 and 18.  where a William Painter and Mary are living with an Esther (12) and George Spring (9) step daughter and son, then followed by a Waneta Painter (4) and Pansy Paynter (4/12).  I think it is this couple.

In the 1900 U.S. Census there is a Mary F. Spring and George H. Spring with a daughter Ester E. Spring.

Apparently, Mary F. Lacy married twice, 1st to George Spring and she remarried to William Painter, Muskingum, Ohio.

Source:  Ohio County Marriages, 1789-1997, Index and Images Family Search, George H. Spring and Mary F. Lacy 11 Nov. 1897. Image available online or on film FHL#865147 pg. 99. The second marriage was not found at this time.

2. Cora B. Lacy was born December 1883 in Morrow County. She married a Mr. Sevenns.  At Family Search under Ohio, County Marriages 1789-1997 there are references to a Cora Lacy as mother of several children:  Luella Marie Severns. The father was Corydon Severns. Another child was John Monroe Severns and the father was C.L. Severns.  No actual marriage of Cory Lacy to a Severns was found on this index.

3. Benjamin H. Lacy was born November 1888 Dresden Ohio (Family Search Marriages). He married Anna (Jones) who was born about 1891. They had 8 children: John Lacy (1913), Karl Lacy (1915), Evelyn Lacy (1919), Ethel Lacy (1922), Harrison Lacy (1922), Dorothy Lacy (1923), Everett S. Lacy (1925), and Virgil Lacy 1927.  Benjamin H. (1888-1970) is also buried in the Dresden Cemetery with his wife Anna Bell (1892-1972) and probably his children. They were married 26 November 1910.

4. Anna Inez Lacy born December 1893 in Ohio and died about 1973.  She is also buried in the Dresden Cemetery.

Find A Grave has listings for the Lacy family but not necessarily tombstone photos for the Dresden Cemetery. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=993031&CScn=Dresden&CScntry=4&CSst=37&

There is so much more research to do on this family and it would be fun to find obituary notices and see it if talks about the woolen mills where they worked?

Henry Keller was very involved in land transactions during his life.  These land transactions took place out of Morrow Co., Ohio which was established in 1848.

Henry was born in 1849 so he did not reach the age where he could buy and sell till about 1870 but according to the census of that year he was still living with his parents at that time.  However in 1871 he married Martha Kees so he was now a family man and needed to provide for them.  So this first deed of 1873 was probably the start of his land transactions.  In 1873 he would have been about 24 years old.

 Twp. 6 So. Bloomfield

Twp. 6 So. Bloomfield

NOTE:  Because of a lack of time at the Family History Library, I only copied about two deeds for Henry Keller. I was looking for partition deeds and anything that showed his father John Keller purchasing land or having his land divided up.  So some are just taken from the Deed Index for Morrow County, Ohio FHL #388692 and 388693 and would need to be verified that it is the correct Henry Keller.

1. 11 April 1873 Henry was buying land in Twp. 6 from Jone Co. Gdn (vol. 26, pg. 94.) No copy made.

2. 28 March 1882 Henry was again the Grantee and buying 52 acres from Elizabeth Everts (Vol. 36, pg. 34, FHL#19928220)  Elizabeth Everts was Eliza Everts Keller’s mother. Eliza was the widow of Henry’s brother Peter. Peter had died in 1869.

I, Elizabeth A. Evertts or Morrow County the Grantor, for and in consideration of Twenty Six hundred & Seventeen dollars fifty cents $2617.50 received in full satisfaction of Henry Keller…township of So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio.

Being a part of the West half of the South East Quarter of Section Eleven (11) Township six (6) Range fifteen (15) Bounded as follows on the North by lands of Eliza A. Keller on the East by lands of Burr Harris Joshua Harris and Sara Ann [Dusline] on the South by lands of J.W. Gardner on the West by lands of Alice Coile  and Township road and lands of Eliza Ann Keller Said described premises to contain Fifty two acres and Fifty Six rods. By our hands on the 28th day of March 1882 In the presence of [H.D. Weaver and Th. S. Weaver] Signed by Elisabeth A. Everts and Elisha Everts. Notarized and signed by the Clerk.

3.  31 March 1883 Henry Keller is the Grantor and he is selling 40 acres to a Flavin F. Brokaw, (Vol. 36 pg. 454).  The Brokaw (Brocaugh) family was known in the area. Maria Brokaw married Peter Spracklin a son of John and Lydia Spracklin. I do not know Flavin’s relationship to her.  I have posted about Peter Spracklin and his first marriage on this blog.  No copy made of the deed.

4.  31 March 1883 Grantor Eliza Jane Pearl et al., is selling 60 acres in Twp. 6 to Henry Keller. (Vol. 37, pg. 180).  Eliza is daughter of William and Lovina (Keller) Helt and she married George Pearl. No copy made.

5.  9 October 1883 Henry is a Grantee buying land from Jesse Keller & Joanna Keller who are Grantors and the children of his brother Peter Keller. (Grantor Index, Keller, Jesse C et.al., 63 acres, Twp. 6, Vol. 37, pg. 402 FHL#1928221). I featured this deed in a post about Jesse and Joanna Keller.

Jessie and sister Joanna Keller Deed to Henry Keller

Jessie and sister Joanna Keller Deed to Henry Keller

Jessie C. Keller & Joanna I. Keller )
Quit Claim Deed To )
Henry Keller
Received Nov. 30, 1883 )

Know all Men by these presents that Mr. Jessie C. Keller and Joanna I. Keller of the County of Morrow and State of Ohio in Consideration of the sum of One Hundred Sixty Dollars. To them _____by Henry Keller the receipt wherein is hereby acknowledged. .. Revised, Release and ____________to the said Henry Keller his heirs and assigned forever the following Real Estate Situated in the County of Morrow in the State of Ohio and in the Township of South Bloomfield and bounded and described as follows viz:

The East half of the North half of the North East Quarter of Section Eleven (11) Township Six (6) and Range Fifteen (15) Containing forty (40) acres be the same more or less. Also Twenty three (23) acres of land off of the East end of the South half of the North East Quarter of Section Eleven (11) Township Six (6) and Range Fifteen (15). To Have and to Hold Said here….with all the privileges and appurtenances hereto belonging to the Said Henry Keller his heirs and assigns forever. In Witness Thereof the Said Jesse C. Keller and Joanna F. Keller have hereunto set their hands and seals this 9th day of October in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty Three.
Signed Sealed and Delivered
In Presence of ) Jesse C. Keller (Seal)
Susanna J. Roberts ) Joanna I. Keller (Seal)
A.J. Roberts

The State of Ohio, Morrow County ss: Be it Remembered That on this 9th day of October 1883 Before me the Subscriber a Notary Public in and for said County personally came the above named Jesse C. Keller and Joanna I. Keller the Grantors in the above Conveyance and acknowledged the signing and sealing of the same to be their voluntary act and deed for the uses and purposes therein mentioned.

In Testimony Thereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my official seal on the day and year last aforesaid.
(Seal) Andrews J. Roberts, Notary Public

Recorded this 10 day of December 1883
By C. G. Van Linner Recorder

6.  February 1884 Henry Keller is buying 20 acres from John Lacy and wife. (Vol. 27, pg. 461, FHL#1928211).  John Lacy married Harriet Ellen Keller a daughter of John and Mary Keller. I will post about Harriett and John in the next post. You will notice that they were living in Muskingum Co. at this time.

John Lacy & Wife Deed to
Henry Keller
Received Feb. 19, 1884
At 8.5 O’clock A.M.

Know all Men by these Presents: That the John Lacy and Harriet E. Lacy wife of the said John Lacy of Muskingum County, Ohio in Consideration of Three Hundred and Fifty $350.00 dollars to them in hand paid by Henry Keller of Morrow Co. Ohio the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged do hereby grant, bargain, sell and convey to the said Henry Keller his heirs and assigns forever the following described real estate situated in the Township of South Bloomfield, in the County of Morrow in the State of Ohio and known as being Twenty (20) acres of land ____ measure of the west side of the East half of the south wall of the Northeast quarter of section No. Eleven (11) Township No. Six (6), Range fifteen (15) and all the Estate. Right. [To the] and interest of the said Grantors in and to said premises: To have and to hold the same with all the privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging. __ Said Grantee his heirs and assigns forever and the said John Lacy and Harriett E. Lacy doth hereby covenant and warrant that the title so conveyed is clear free and unencumbered and that they will deferred the same against all lawful claims of all persons ___________. In Witness whereof the said John Lacy and Harriet E. Lacy his wife who hereby release all their right and expectancy of dower in said premises have hereunto set their hands and seals this 19 day of December in the A.D. eighteen hundred and eighty-three.

Signed by John Lacy and Harriett E. Lacy

Signed and Sealed in our presence: Serena J. Roberts and Andrews J. Roberts

NOTE: The deed continues on about the execution of the deed being of their own free will etc.

7.  19 December 1883 to July 1884 Deed: Henry Keller et. al. to W. F. Keller & Ida C. Keller.  This is a partition deed of the lands of John Keller.  All the families of the children of John Keller have signed away to W. F. Franklin their interest in the land: John Lacy, Harriet E. Lacy, Henry and Martha Keller, Emma A. Helt, Charles & Anna Buckingham, Mary & Alexander Shaffer, J. & Caroline Van Houten, Harrison and Amarilla Barr.  I will feature this deed with W. F. Keller’s posts.

Note:  Emma A. Helt is a daughter of Lovina Keller & William Helt. Anna Buckingham is a daughter of Peter and Eliza Keller.  I have written past posts on this blog about these individuals.

9. 26 March 1887 Henry is buying land from a George Jardseer – 13-36/100 acre (Vol. 41, page 192). No copy made.

10.  20 February 1892 Henry Keller is buying 20 acres from Grantor W.F. Keller, et. al., Vol. 46, pg. 461). No copy made. W.F. Keller is his younger brother and I will post about him soon.

11.  20 Feb 1892 Grantor Esther Cook et. al., to Henry Keller, 56 acres, (Vol. 46, pg. 480). No copy made.

Of course the above deeds that were not copied would have to be verified by locating them in the films with date and volume to make sure they are the correct Henry Keller.  There was another Henry Keller who married a Elizabeth Grubb living in the area. Now that I know a little more about the descendants of John and Mary (Delano) Keller it would be more interesting to find these deeds and study them. Maybe Family History Library will have these online someday as they do the probates for Ohio?

Henry Keller prepared a will and it was admitted to probate in Morrow County by his wife Martha.  Found in the clerk books was a petition for probate, a copy of the will, and the testimony of the witnesses and admitting the will to probate.

Morrow County Probate, Ohio, Index Vol. 1, 1848-1950, FHL#38871 pg. 265, 268, 269, 270, 272, 277, Letter K.

Keller, Henry No. 3175 Admin. Vol. 7, pg. 254, Journal Vol. 20, pg. 250, Record of Wills Vol. 9, pg. 101 no other docs; same page -

Application for Probate of Will, Probate Court, Morrow Co., Ohio

In the Matter of the last Will and Testament, of Henry Keller, Deceased, Application to admit to Probate

TO the Probate Court of said County, Your petitioner respectfully represents that Henry Keller late a resident of S. Bloomfield in said county, died on or about the 26 day of November, A.D. 1909, leaving an instrument in writing, herewith produced, purporting to be his last Will and Testament. That they Henry Keller died leaving Martha Keller his widow who resides in Sparta, O, and the following named persons his only next of kin, to-wit:

W.C. Keller, son, Sparta, O.

Alphretta Jackson, daughter, Mt. Vernon, O.

Your petitioner offers said Will for Probate and prays that a time may be fixed for the proving of the same, and that said above named persons resident in this State may be notified according to law of the pendeney of said proceedings.  Martha Keller

The State of Ohio, Morrow Co., Ss.

The above named Martha Keller being first dully sworn, says that the facts stated and allegations in the foregoing application contained, are true as she verily believes. Martha Keller

Sworn to before me and signed in my presence this 2 day of Dec. 1909. J.W. Glauner, Probate Judge, by D.D. Booher Dept. Clerk.

LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of

Henry Keller

In the name of the Benevo Lent Father of All,

I, Henry Keller, of the township of S. Bloomfield County of Morrow and State of Ohio, being about 64 years of age, and being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making null and void all other last wills and testaments by me made heretofor;

First: My will is that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall be paid out of my estate, as soon after my decease as shall be found convenient.

Second: I give, devise and bequeath to my wife Martha Keller, during her natural life time the sum of all my real estate and personal property with privilege of selling personal property, (Except one acre and one half deeded to my son W.C. Keller.)

Item Three: – I give devise and bequeath to my son Wm. C. Keller after the death of my wife the farm on which I now live purported to contain fifty four acres more or less (in fee simple.)

Item Four:  ( after the death of  my wife Martha Keller) I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Alpharetta Jackson fifty six acres of land that I bought from Easter and Polly Doty, (in fee simple).

Item Five: (after the death of my wife) I will and bequeath and devise that all of my property, real estate or personal (not here in before disposed of and remaining) shall be equally divided (share and share alike) between my children W.C. Keller and Alpherretta Jackson.

Item Six: I hereby nominate and appoint Wm. C. Keller and Alpherretta Jackson Executor and Executrix of this my last will and testament.

In Testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand to this last will and testament at Sparta, this 30 day of August in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and nine.  Henry Keller

The foregoing instrument was signed by the said Henry Keller in our presence and by him published and declared as and for this last will and testament, and at his request, and in his presence and in the presence of each other, we hereunto subscribe our names as attesting witnesses at Sparta this 30 day of August A.D. 1909. Wm. Stanley Pearl, Residing at Sparta, Morrow Co., Ohio and S.B. Marvin, Residing at Sparta, Morrow Co., Ohio.

The above documents were typed into the court clerk books.  This was not the probate packet which might reveal more. Family History Library has placed the probates of Ohio online so you could go and see if you could not find more documents. You will have to browse they are not indexed.

It is now time to resume my posting on the children of John Keller and Mary (Delano) Keller.

I left off with Mary Anne Keller Shaffer the eighth child of my third great grandparents.  Remember their oldest daughter Elizabeth Keller married Daniel D. Spracklin in Ohio in 1852 and these two individuals are my great grandparents.

I resume with a son and brother Henry Keller:

Henry Keller was born 29 March 1849 in So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio.  He died in August 1909.  He married Martha Kees on the 28 of October 1871 in Morrow Co., Ohio.

Martha was born 23 October 1847 in Morrow Co. (not yet a county till 1848).  She died 29 September 1927. Both are buried in the Bloomfield Cemetery in So. Bloomfield, Ohio.

Source:  Marriage Record, Morrow County, Ohio, Henry Keller and Martha Keys he is 21 years and had no wife living, and that Martha Keese is of the age of 18 years.  Signed by Henry Keller, Sworn to and subscribed on 28 October, 1871 by A.A. Gardner, Probate Judge, #268, page 32

Henry & Martha's Tombstone

Henry & Martha’s Tombstone

See my BJM Cemeteries Discoveries Blog where I share my photos of Bloomfield Cemetery:  Post is dated July 22, 2014, Tombstone Tuesday: Bloomfield Cemetery – Henry Keller Family.

http://bjmcemeterydiscoveries.blogspot.com/2014/07/tombstone-tuesday-bloomfield-cemetery.html

Martha was the daughter of Samuel Kees and Margaret Hadley.

752 and 755 – BENNINGTON TOWNSHIP – History of Morrow Co., BENNINGTON TOWNSHIP – Found online 2004

AARON B. KEES, farmer and stock-dealer; P. 0., Bloomfield. Samuel Kees, the son of Russel Kees, was born in Ohio, in Oct. 1811. He was married to Margaret, daughter of John and Sophia (Luce) Hadley, June 20, 1833. To this union was born a family of ten children-Samantha M., born Nov. 20, 1834; Minerva J., March 23, 1837; Thomas J., Sept. 3, 1839; Aaron B., Oct. 13, 1841; Sophia E., July 6, 1844; Angeline, Oct. 23, 1847; Mary and Martha, twins, March 23, 1851; Margaret A., Jan. 15,1854, and Kate A., March 19,1857.

Thomas died May 20,1874; Samantha married Osgood Duston, the first blacksmith in Sparta; Minerva married Mathias McKinstry, and lives in Hardin Co., Ohio; Sophia married James Carson, and lives in Sandusky Co., Ohio; Angeline married James Gage, and lives in Iowa; Martha married Henry Keller, and lives in Morrow Co.; Margaret married Jacob Berry, and lives in Illinois; Mary and Katie are single, and live at home with their mother; the mother was born Sept. 2, 1816; the father died July 27, 1875; his son, Aaron B., passed his youth and early manhood at’ home with his parents. When twenty years of age, he enlisted in Co. B., 43 Reg. O. V. I. This was Nov. 22, 1861; he first went into camp at Mt. Vernon, where he stayed until February the following year; he was then sent to Missouri; he was, until the battle of Vicksburg, in “Fuller’s Brigade,” and after that time was with Sherman on his March to the Sea. He was in the battles of New Madrid, Island Number 10, Iuka, Kenasaw, Corinth, Resacca, Atlanta, Dallas, etc. He was discharged July 13, 1865, having served all through the war, without being wounded. The latter part of the war he held the rank of corporal. He was united in marriage Dec. 21, 1865, to Miss Huldah Sprague, daughter of Alpheus and Jane (Courtright). Sprague, and by her has the following family: Flora B., born Nov. 4, 1866; in D., born March 6, 1868; Charley C., March 12, 1870; Carrie D., July 26, 1876, and Maggie M., August 1, 1879. All of these are living at home with their parents. Mr. Kees’s folks owns 220 acres of nice land; and Mr. Kees himself own forty-nine acres adjoining the old homestead. He is a Republican, and he and his wife are members of the M. E. Church at Bloomfield.

Henry and Martha had the following children:

1.  William C. Keller b. 8 March 1873 in South Bloomfield Twp., Morrow Co., Ohio and he died in 1966 .  He married Grace O. Robertson b. July 1876 and died 1946.  They are buried in the Bloomfield Cemetery.

1940 U.S. Federal Census:  Family of William C. Keller and others, South Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio, SD#8, ED No. 59-20, Sheet No. 3A, enumerated on April 15, 1940, by Paul K. Belcher.

Line 4, 54, O, 1250, yes, Keller, Jay R., Head, M, W, 54, m, no, H-1, Ohio, same house, yes, 60, Farmer, Farming, OA, 52, 0, yes, 48. Keller, Bessie, wife, F, w, 54, m, no, , H-1, born Ohio, same house, no, no, no, no, H, o, o, yes. Keller, Paul, son, M, w, 20, S, no, H-4, born in Ohio, same house, yes, 60, farmer, farming, OA, 52, 0, yes.Robertson, Paul, brother-in-law, M, w, 58, wd, no, H-2, born Ohio, Mt. Vernon, Knox, Ohio, no, yes, 20, laborer, Farming, PW, 44, 320, no. 

Line 8, 55, 0, 1000, yes, Slack, Glen A., Head, M, W, 52, m, no, H-1, born Ohio, same house, yes, 5, farmer, farming, OA, 52, 0, yes, 49.  Slack, Floy M, wife, F, 2, 50, M, n0, 8, born Ohio, same house, no, no, no, no, 4, o, o, no. Slack, Elsie M., daughter, F, W, 28, S, no, H-4, born Ohio, same house, yes, 40, house keeper, private home, 36, 180, yes.

Line 14, 54, o, 1000, yes, Keller, Walter, Head, M, W, 44, m, no, H-4, born Ohio, same house, yes, 60, farmer, farming, OA, 52, o, yes, 51.  Keller, Josephine, wife, F, W, 41, m, no, H-4, born Ohio, same house, no, no, no, no, H, o, o, no. Keller, Homer D. son, M, W, 17, S, yes, H-2, born Ohio, same house, no, no, no. no. S, family worker, farming, NP, 62, o, yes. Keller, Martha Jean, dau, F, W, 10, S, yes, 5, born Ohio, same house.  Keller, Francis, son, M,w, 9, S, yes, 3, born Ohio, same house. 

Line 19 59, o, 1500 yes, Keller, William C. head, M, W, 67, M, No, 8, born Ohio. same house, yes, 30, Farmer, farming, OA, 40, 0, yes. Keller, Grace, wife, F, W, 64, M, No., 8, born Ohio, same house, no, no, no, no, H, 0, 0, yes. 

There were several other Robertsons listed on this page:  Nilton K. Robertson and a Mitchel Robertson and family.  The 1940 Census is very interesting and we have other Keller’s listed of the Wm. Franklin Keller family.

They had:

a. Walter H. Keller born 7 July 1895 in So. Bloomfield Twp. and died in 1970.  He married a Josephine E. who was born about 1898 and died 1962.  They are also buried in the Bloomfield Cemetery.

He and his wife had:  Homer, Martha Jean and Francis.

b. Laura Etta Keller was born 6 October 1897 in South Bloomfield.

c. Grace O. Keller was born about May 1899 in South Bloomfield.

2. Apharetta Keller was born about 1877 and she married a Clifton Jackson about 1898 who was born circa 1869. They appear with other Jackson family in the 1900 U.S. Federal Census in Knox County, Ohio.  They are buried in the Mount Liberty Cemetery in Knox County, Ohio.  They are listed at Find A Grave.  She is under Etta.

a.  Cecil was born January 1900, and is only 4/12 in the 1900 Census.

Source:  1900 U.S. Federal Census, Knox County, Liberty Twp., SD#13, ED#56, Sht #1, 2nd day of June 1900, by Wm. B. Magill. 

Line 96, 25, 26, Jackson, Clifton, head, W, M, July 1869, 30, M, 2, born Indiana, father Ohio, mother Ohio, farmer, O, yes, yes, yes, O, F,F, 23. Jackson, Alfa E. wife, W, F, Aug, 1877, 22, M, 2, 1, 1, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, yes, yes, yes. Jackson, Cecil, son, W, M, Jan 1900, 4/12, S, born Ohio, father born Indiana, mother born Ohio. 

We go back into Henry Keller’s past and we find him living with his parents in the 1850, and 1860  U.S. Federal Census:

2477/2517 John Keller 36 yrs., $900 value, born PA; Mary age 34, born Ohio; Elizabeth age 18, born Ohio; Peter age 15, born Ohio; Lovina age 13, born Ohio; Marilla age 11, born Ohio; Caroline age 9, born Ohio; John age 6, born Ohio; Mary age 3, born Ohio; Henry age 1, born Ohio. Peter, Lovina, Marilla and Carolina attended school.

Source:  1850 U.S. Federal Census for John Keller family, So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio. Enumerated 11 Sept, 1850 by Jas B. Shaw, Ass’t Marshall. 

1860 U.S. Federal Census for the John Keller Family in South Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio.

There are 2 census pages listing this family: Pages 45 and 46. House number 245, 366, line 36. John Keller, s 49 years old, male, farmer with 1980 acreage and $600 in personal fortune, born in PA (Pennsylvania); Mary Keller, is 46 years old, female, born in Ohio; John Keller is 16 years old male, farm labor, born in Ohio, attended school; Mary Keller is 13 years old, female, born in Ohio, attended school; Henry Keller is 11 years old, male, born in Ohio, not attended to school within the year; Harriet A. is 8 years old, female, born in Ohio, attending school; William D. is 4 years old,male, born in Ohio and attending school?

Source:  1860 U.S. Federal Census, John Keller Family, So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio, enumerated  June 21, 1860, pgs. 43 and 44. 

In 1870 he is 21 years old and working on the farm:

Line 19 175/174 Keller, Eliza 31 F Keeping house 1200/250 born Ohio; Isabel age 12, Female, at home, born Ohio; Jessie, age 9 male, born Ohio; Andrew, age 5 male, born Ohio; Anna age 5, female, born in Ohio;

Line 24 176/180 Keller, John age 59, male, Farmer 2400/1325, born PA; Mary 56, Female, Keeping house, born Ohio; Henry 21, male working on the farm, born Ohio; Ellen 18, female, at home, born Ohio; William 13, male born Ohio;

177/181 Keller, John Jr. 25, male farmer 800/256 Ohio; Lacjua (Lovina?) 21, female, keeping house, born Ohio.

Source:  1870 U.S. Federal Census, Keller Families, So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio, pg. 21, PO: Sparta, July 13, 1870, by Perry M. [Morris],

Both Henry and Martha appear in the 1880 U.S. Federal Census with other members of the family:

98/102 – Denzer, Eliza A, age 41, keeping house born in Ohio, father, mother born in PA; Joana I. Keller, age 22, Ohio, daughter; Jessee C. Keller, age 20, son; Andrew Jay Keller age 18, son; Annie May Keller, age 15, daughter; Evertts, Elanathan(can’t read), age 72, born in Canada, parents born in Vermont; Evertts, Elizabeth A. age 68, born in PA, father PA, mother Ireland.

103/107 Mary Anne Keller age 66, widowed, keeping house, born in Ohio, father born in New York, mother born in Vermont. Keller, William F., son age 24, farmer, born in Ohio, father born in Pennsylvania, mother born in Ohio. Helt, Emma, grand-daughter, age 14, helping with housework, born Ohio, father born Ohio and mother born Ohio.

104/107 Keller, Henry, 31 years, farmer, born Ohio; Keller, Martha, 28, wife, keeping house, born Ohio, parents born Pennsylvania; Keller, William age 8, son, born Ohio; Keller, Alfaretha age 2, born Ohio.

Source:  1880 U.S. Federal Census, Denzer and Keller Families, So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio, pg. 9, SD 5, ED 133, Sheet A. 348.

Henry and Martha Keller are still living in South Bloomfield. His brother W. F. Keller is on-line 12 above him.

Line 17, 153/168 Keller, Henry Head, W, M. Mar. 1849, age 51, m. 28, born Ohio, father born PA, mother born Ohio, farmer, O, yes, yes, yes, O, F, F, 135; Keller, Martha, wife, W, F, Mar. 1851, age 49, M, 28, 2 children born 2 alive, born Ohio, father and mother born PA, yes, yes, yes.

Line 12 – Keller, William C. Head, W, M, May 1873, age 27, m, 5, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, farmer, O, yes, yes, yes, R, Keller, Grace O., wife, W, F, July 1876, age 23, m, 5, three children born 3 alive, born Ohio, father born Ohio, mother born New York, yes, yes, yes; Keller, Walter H. Son, W, M. July 1895, age 4 single, born Ohio; Keller, Laura E, daughter W, F, Oct 1897, age 2, single, born Ohio; Keller, Grace O., Daughter, W, F, May 1889, age 1, single, Ohio.

Source:  1900 U.S. Federal Census for the Henry Keller Family and the William C. Keller Family, SD#13, ED #107, Sheet #7, 20th Day of June 1900, Thomas F. Leonard.

In the Union Register, Mt. Gilead, Ohio newspaper, Wednesday, October 5, 1927 I found a short obituary notice for Martha Keller.  This newspaper can be found in the original at the Morrow County Genealogical Society in Mt. Gilead. It has not been microfilmed according to the volunteer.

Mrs. Martha Keller Called by Death

Mrs. Martha Keller, 76 years of age, died Thursday afternoon at the home of her son, William C. Keller, north of Mt. Liberty, following a serious illness of two days. The deceased, who was the widow of Henry Keller, is survived by her son, William C. Keller, one daughter Mrs. Clifton Jackson of Mt. Liberty, one sister, Mrs. Mary Howes of Centerburg, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Burial was made in Bloomfield cemetery. 

Henry Keller’s death certificate states the following:

Place of Death Morrow County, Twp of South Bloomfield, Reg Dist. 426, File No. 58206, Primary Registration District #3898, Reg #13, Henry Keller, Male, White, born march 29, 1849, 60 years, 7 mos. 27 days, Married, Born in Ohio, farmer, Father John Keller, born PA, mother Mary Ann Delano born PA. Died Nov. 26, 1909 at 8 pm. Attended from Dec. 1907 to Nov. 1909. Cause of Death: pernicious anemia, contributing chronic gastritis. Signed by J.B. Larmire, MD etc. Informant Mrs. Henry Keller of Sparta, Ohio. Buried Bloomfield 11/28/1909. 

More research on the Henry Keller family could be done, like a thorough census search of each of the children. Obituaries would be helpful, however, time is at a premium and I will move on to share more about Henry’s estate and his involvement with deeds of the family.

On my trip to Canada this year in 2014, I did a quick stop in Chatham, Kent Co., Ontario.  Levi Goss was supposed to have a tavern on the Thames River near Chatham.  Levi was a brother to Lydia (Goss) Spracklin and a son of Solomon and Olive (Scott) Goss.

I have written about Levi in past posts on this blog:

  • Levi Goss, Soldier in the War of 1812!, July 6, 2012
  • Levi Goss, youngest son receives land from his Father!, August 12, 2012
  • Levi Goss and Sophia (Rummerfield) Goss’ Family, September 9, 2012
  • Levi Goss: The Road leads to Lenawee County!, September 24, 2012
  • 1872: Levi Goss of Lenawee County, Michigan, October 6, 2012

I would like to refer you to the one post I bolded above.  In this post I shared about the possibility of Levi Goss having a tavern near Chatham.  To find these posts use the search box or the archives to the right side of this blog.

In that post I refer to the book: Pioneer Inns and Taverns, pages 232 and 149 where the Goss Tavern is mentioned. Here are the excerpts from the Pioneer Inns and Taverns book I mentioned above, pg. 232:

At Tiffanyville (Delaware) he found ‘a pretty good’ tavern, and eight miles farther on towards Detroit was Griffith’s stage-house.  Seventeen miles onward was Ward’s, and twenty miles beyond was a tavern at Howard’s Bridge.  The state then became an uncovered sleigh, and the occupants were all glad to warm themselves when a stop was made at a store and post office at McGregor’s Mill.  There was another house at Chatham, and as the snow was gone by the time they reached the L. Goss’s Tavern on the bank of the Thames River, the driver took to the ice of the river and torn along at a great rate to a stage-house twenty-three miles beyond.

Under Benjamin Lundy’s trip page 149.

“From Chatham the travellers proceeded five miles down the [Thames] to a tavern on the south bank kept by L. Goss.  Here horses were changed, and, the snow being pretty well gone, the sleigh took to the [river] ice.  The ice was strong, and good time was made.”

In a letter written to Mrs. Flora M. Osborn a descendant of Levi (See above page at top of this blog on Flora) there is source for Levi’s tavern license.

Levi Goss, Raleigh Township, received Inkeeper’s licence in 1832 (Askin Papers,  Canadian Archives Ottawa, vol. 32) 

Note:  I think this is the collection, which was very difficult to find now that they have changed the website, make a copy quickly it could go away.

http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000000006.pdf

I was in Chatham very briefly (prounounced Chat  hem, not Chath  em).  Now back in the 1830’s Chatham may have been small and therefore five miles out-of-town then was more in the wilderness then it is today and the course of the river could have changed some from natural causes and man-made.  I went west following the Thames River and found a lovely spot to stop and take a picture.  I was surprised to find the river was very brown.  There were houses on the north of the road with large green lawns.

Thames River at Chatham

Thames River at Chatham looking east

Thames River looking West

Thames River looking West

I was not going to be in Ottawa this time nor visit Libraries and Archives (Canadian Archives) but I was going to be at the Archives of Ontario in Toronto and I was going to look at the Township Papers for Chatham, Western District.  I did not find Levi’s tavern license but I did find that he must have been a prominent person in the town because he was signing other men’s tavern licenses and petitions for tavern licenses.

The first petition was extremely difficult to read.  The second was much better.

First Petition:

1. Recomendation of Wm. Desmond as an InnKeeper

First Petition names

First Petition names

We the undersigned  having a knowledge of the necessity of an Inn required in this township do recommend and think the Wm. Desmond on old place ______situated for ________and him fit person to attend to it.  Therefore we pray your _______the Magistrates at Sandwich assembled do ______him license as retail _____________Talbot Road April 7th 1831

  • Josp Brineton
  • C. Arnote
  • Thos. M. Crae
  • E. Brereton
  • Levi Gofs
  • Jeruel Smith
  • Robert Nilson
  • D. Warren
  • John Unsworth
  • Robert Wood
  • James Coll
  • ______H. Lee
  • Peter Hosier
  • P. Joseph Albernathy
  • Jesse Call
  • Andrew Zlum…
  • David Heron
  • Jesse Polnet
  •  License granted……

Second Petition:

2.  Chatham Dec. 30, 1834

We the undersigned do hereby recommend Mr. Norman L. Freeman as a fit and suitable person to keep a public Inn in the town of Chatham, County of Kent and Western District of Upper Canada.

Duncan McGlegory

Geo. P. Kirby

James Read

H. Van Allen

Levi Gofs

John Dobsen

Levi left the area probably around 1835 and headed to Michigan settling in Lenawee County.  I did try to see if I could find birth records for his children in Ontario but Levi was probably Methodist so I will have to go to the United Church records to see if they are recorded in those records.  I did not find him in the Wesleyan Methodist Records but they were not early enough and that may be the problem because it gets harder to find records before 1835.

 

Schmon Tower - Special Collections

Schmon Tower – Special Collections

On my trip to Canada in September 2014, I stopped at Brock University to visit their Special Collections where the Loyalist Collection is housed.

http://www.brocku.ca/library/collections/special-collections-archives

Brock University, Entrance

Brock University, Entrance

Here is a listing of the collection:  http://www.brockloyalisthistorycollection.ca/detail.html

I found this list at this website:  Friends of the Loyalist Collection website: http://www.brockloyalisthistorycollection.ca/index.html  To get to the collections link above just click the collections tab at the top of the website.

There were many sources I was interested in looking at from this collection but the most important one was under the book collection towards the bottom of the page.

Source:  The Butler Papers (4 volumes), William A. Smy, 1994,  FC3154.45 B84 S69 1994.  Volume II is at Google Books but it is not a full copy. This site gives more information:  http://www.archivescanada.ca/english/search/ItemDisplay.asp?sessionKey=999999999_142&l=0&lvl=0&v=0&coll=0&itm=264047&rt=1&bill=1

I probably could get this set of papers elsewhere but then I would not have gone to see Niagara Falls.

Why am I so interested in the Butler Papers?  It is because I have been trying to see if I could find more information about the involvement of Solomon Goss, his brothers and father, in the Revolutionary War in the Wyoming Valley in 1776 to 1783. Solomon Goss was held prisoner in Forty-Fort but he is said to have escaped according to local history books.  I was hoping that these papers by Butler would tell us about prisoners or other events regarding the Goss family.

Based on what I read and studied during my visit to Brock University, I came to the conclusion that Capt. John Butler or as they call him in Canada Lt. Colonel John Butler was only interested in presenting to his superiors the successes of his mission.  He was not interested in reporting information of a personal nature about the families in the locales he attacked.

There were four volumes of the Butler Papers.

Butler Papers Four Volumes Brock University

Butler Papers Four Volumes Brock University

1.  Part I covers the years 1711 to 1777

2.  Part II covers the years 1778 to 1779 and it is this one that I focused on.  These are published transcriptions of the collection probably the one at the Library and Archives Canada (National Archives).  Mr. Smy included letters and documents from a variety of individuals not just Capt. Butler. I believe he was pretty thorough.  There are several letters that are of particular interest in this book.  It looks like I may have to do some transcribing at some point.  The page numbers were changed.

a.  Major John Butler to Captain Foy 1 February 1778 Niagara – Corps of Rangers to Serve with the Indians, Commanded by Major John Butler page 212.   See the An Annotated Nominal Roll of Butler’s Rangers below.  It is probably the whole story.

b.  Major John Butler to Lieutenant Col. Mason Bolton, Lacawanack 8 July 1778 pg. 243. He describes is arrival and what happened in at Wyoming and gives the Capitulation Articles.

c.  Extract from the Journal of Richard Cartwright, 1778 page 235-236

d. Extract from the Journal of Richard McGinnis, May-July 1778 about the Wyoming expedition, pages 236 to 238

e.  Organization and Distribution of the 24th Connecticut Regiment 1 July 1778, page 238.

f.  Extract from the Quebec Gazette, 2 July, 1778, page 239

g.  Wyoming, 3 July, 1778 Orders Issued by Lt. Colonel Zebulon Butler who was on the US side, page 239.

h.  Account of Captain John Franklin, 24th Connecticut Regiment 3 July 1778 page 239.

i.  Major John Butler to Lt. Elisha Scovell, Westmoreland, 5 July 1778, page 239 – The cattle taken.

j.  From the Annals of Niagara, Wyoming 3 July 1778, Major David Secord, page 239.

k.  Extract from the Journal of Adam Crysler, July 1778, page 239 to 240.

l.  Citizens of Goshen to Governor George Clinton, 5 July, 1778, page 240.

m.  Extract:  Statement of James Armitage, Albany 6 July 1778 page 240.

Note:  At some point I will have to transcribe some of these because they are pretty interesting.

3, Part III covers 1780-1782.  I did look through this for any other information about the Goss family but didn’t find anything that would be of interest.

4.  Part IV covers 1783 to 1977

Here are a couple of titles I looked while I was there, in addition.  I am always reading about a McDonald if I find them to see who they are.

The Burning of the Valleys, Daring Raids from Canada Against the New York Frontier in the fall of 1780,” by Gavin K. Watt was a nice book, a little late for my Goss family but very interesting.  They seemed to think that the area of the Susquehannah was a disputed land with New York.  My understanding is that it was between Pennsylvania and Connecticut?

An Annotated Nominal Roll of Butler’s rangers 1777-1784 with Documentary Sources,” compiled and arranged by Lt. Col. William A. Smy, OMM, CD, UE. This listed the soldiers and then gave information about them.  I was particularly interested in McDonell’s.

Loyalists & Early Settler on the Niagara River Parkway,” by Gail Woodruff U.E., 1968.  This book was well done and I really liked the sources which can give you ideas for research.  Here is a brief list:  Crown land papers, books about the subject and specific locations, Haldimand Collection, 17th report of the report of the Dept. of Public Records Archives of Ontario, The Niagara Gleaner (newspapers), wills, Heir and Devisee Commission etc.

The U.E.L. Association also has a page listing sources and that is a good place to start: http://www.uelac.org/

For those researching the very early years of the Glengarry area (Eastern or Lunenburg districts).  The McNiff Map is a must see.  This is an index on CD Rom about that map.

McNiff Index CD

Index to the 1786 McNiff Maps of the Townships of Lancaster, Charlottenburgh, Cornwall, Osnabruck, Williamsburgh and Matilda (The Loyalist Maps),”  This is a CD and it is very good and it also includes information from the book  “Lunenburgh or the Old Eastern District Its Settlement and Early Progress.”  This last book is at Internet Archive.

There is so much more that one could research in this Loyalist collection.  I did find in my travels that libraries, genealogical societies and archives would also have a collection of Loyalist titles and a compilation of local Loyalists if done.  I saw a very nice one at the London-Middlesex Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.  So make sure you check the archive you plan to visit before you go.

The other part of this interest in Loyalists has to do with my father’s MacDonald side as you can tell from the above comments.  Yeah, I know the McD’s probably fought against the Goss’ at one time. HA!

I did ask about the submission papers that an applicant would prepare and give to a Loyalist organization.  I wanted to know where they keep these applications and how do you access them?  The special collections attendants didn’t know but I have seen books that abstract these applications and I assume that there may be privacy issues.  I also assume you may have to be a member to access them?  I do know that some Loyalist were just given the letters as an honor to them whether papers where submitted later I do not know? If I figure it out I will post about it.

I found this book:  Loyalist Lineages 1984, Volume I and 2, with index and additions and corrections of Vol. 1 in Vol. 2, by the United Empire Loyalist’s Association of Canada, Toronto Branch.

There is a CD review at the UEL of Canada website titled: Biographical Sketches of Loyalists of the American Revolution with an Historical Essay, by Lorenzo Sabine, 1864, Dated 2006, Archive DC Books USA that looks very interesting, it looks like this was a two volume book at one time.

Of course this is just a beginning regarding the Loyalist area of research.

If you would like to read the post that I prepared while on my trip go to my The Man Who Lived Airplanes blog about my visit to Brock University here is the post:  Ontario Musings: Brock University and the Loyalist Collection, September 16, 2014.

http://macdonellfamily.wordpress.com/

You can use the Search box on the right or scroll to the Archives listing box by date.

Before I visited Brock University, I stopped to view the statue of Capt. John Butler and his grave site. These posts would be at The Man Who Lived Airplanes under Ontario Wanderings: Loyalists and the Niagara Area Part I and II, dated September 12 and 13, 2014.

My obsession with Capt. Butler has been going on a while and I posted about visiting his statute in Ottawa on this blog on my last trip there in 2012.  Revolution, Canada and the new United States!, June 12, 2012.  Remember one country’s hero is another’s villain.

During my class on Scottish Research in Salt Lake City, my teacher made the statement that when the British left at the end of the Revolutionary War they left their records in Canada at the Library and Archives in Ottawa.  So if I was to do more digging on this idea of trying to find out more about the Goss family’s involvement it looks like I will have to revisit that archive.

Travels Completed….

Well, I am done with traveling for a while.  I completed my trip to Canada in September and then my time in Salt Lake City came to and end.  I am very pleased with the course on Scottish Records that I took at the British Institute.  It was very good and I learned a lot.  Here is the link to the British Institute.  They will be posting for next years courses soon.  http://www.isbgfh.org/  It is sponsored by the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History, so it covers all of the British Isles.

Although the Scottish course does not really help me regarding this blog’s focus, the English course that I took last year did because it covered sources before 1850 and one of my interests is where did the original Philip Goss come from in England?

My teacher was Paul Milner and he was very good and knowledgeable.  Taking the Scottish course after the English course from last year is a good progression so I am pleased. He has a blog where he discusses sources which cover Scotland and England:  http://www.milnergenealogy.com/

Salt Lake City has changed withe creation of the City Creek Shopping area which is filled with tall condo buildings, shops and restaurants and now a Harmon’s Grocery store which make is easy to stock up.  It is fun to explore.

Fountain in City Creek

Fountain in City Creek

Here is sunset over Salt Lake City, can you find the Temple? I took this through the hotel window so it might have some glare.

Sunset in Salt Lake City

Sunset in Salt Lake City

So it is now time to resume the research and postings.  I left off with the John and Mary Keller family. Remember their daughter Elizabeth Keller married Daniel D. Spracklin (my 2nd greats). I have Henry, Harriett and W. Franklin to cover, Elizabeth’s younger siblings.

Once that is done I will return to John and Lydia Spracklin’s family which will cover Daniel’s younger siblings Olive, John Jr., and the youngest Lydia Sophia.  I will complete the Spracklins by sharing what I know about John’s father Peter and his mother Elizabeth or affectionately “Betty.” There will be my findings in England for the Spracklins as well.

The research will then return to Solomon Goss and I will go back in time in his life to his parents and siblings and all the way to Philip Goss of Roxbury and Lancaster in the late 1600’s.  It will be amazing and will take a lot of work.  So be patient.

I do want to share my findings on my recent trips with you, so I will be doing that before I totally resume the children of John and Mary Keller.  There was my visit to Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario where they have  a Loyalist Collection. There is some new information about Solomon and Olive Goss’ son Levi Goss in Chatham, Kent Co., Ontario.

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