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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


2006 Temple Square SLC

Last year in October 2013, I took the Sources for Tracing Pre-mid-Nineteeth Cemetery Ancestors course offered by the British Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, which is sponsored by the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. http://www.isbgfh.org/  This course was very relevant to this blog and its subject the Goss family, Spracklins and more.

The course was excellent and one of my teachers appeared on an episode this last year of “Who Do You Think You Are?”  I was very excited when I saw Paul Blake on the show.  http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are

I spent some of the time searching for my Spracklin ancestors in the Somerset and Dorset area of England.  It was very interesting.  My father’s grandmother was Amarilla Spracklin Barclay.  I was also trying to get more evidence for John Keller’s origins, he is a 3rd great grandfather.

Family History Library 2006

Family History Library 2006

This year in 2014, I will be attending the Institute again in Salt Lake City and taking Scottish Research: The Fundamentals and Beyond, by Paul Milner.  It is time for me to get serious about Scottish research. Now it does not necessarily affect the research on this blog but it is still important to my other family lines. So I am currently in the process of preparing to attend this course and getting ready for the trip. I also plan to take advantage of the opportunity to do more of the research at the Family History Library.  It will be a very intense week of classes and researching.

I will be getting back to posting on this blog some time in November 2014 and I will finish up the family of John Keller and Mary Delano Keller then the family of John and Lydia G0ss Spracklin, the rest of their children.  After this couple I will share about Peter Spracklin and Elizabeth Andrews and then start into the past of Solomon Goss himself.  There is a lot more to come.

The Line at opening to the Family History Library

The Line at opening to the Family History Library

This will be my sixth trip to Salt Lake City and the Family History Library.  https://familysearch.org/locations/saltlakecity-library  This library and their online website for their records has contributed greatly to my research successes.  https://familysearch.org/search  I do know of people who have gone there more than six times.

2009 3rd Floor Family History Library

2009 3rd Floor Family History Library

At the National Genealogical Society Conference held in Salt Lake City in 2010 Family Search announced that they would digitize their whole collection and it would take 100 years but they had created ways to improve digital transfer so they could do it in 10 years.  I was amazed.  Every time I go to their website it changes and gets better and better and sometimes more complicated.

2013 British Institute

2013 British Institute getting ready…

2013 British Institute Class

2013 British Institute Class

Well it is time to get back to planning for this trip.  One of the requirements is to read a book on Scottish History, so I best go and get my two chapters in.

The History of Scotland,” by Peter & Fiona Somerset Fry, reprinted several times 1997.

Over the last several months I have been preparing for a major trip to Ontario, my second.  This of course has to do with other lines in my family tree that are not the old New England connections of my father through his mother Grace and grandmother Amarilla that I am sharing on this specific blog about Solomon Goss.   It also has to do with my Dad’s surname of MacDonald and the possibilities that there were Loyalists with that surname.

At this time, I am currently traveling in Ontario and I started my trip in Niagara Falls, New York crossing the border into Canada and driving over the Rainbow Bridge to the Canadian side and enjoying the area.  I encourage you to go to my blog The Boardmans and Browns of Winnipeg, which covers my mother’s side of my family tree.  There you can follow me along as I seek out information and visit historical family sites for the  families of Boardman, Brown, Ward and more:  http://boardmanbrown.wordpress.com/

Horseshoe Falls, Ontario

Horseshoe Falls, Ontario

My Dad’s surname of MacDonald follows his father’s side and I have traveled in Ontario and Quebec seeking information and visiting areas where my grandfather Ronald was from.  That trip took place in 2012.  This is my second trip to Ontario, Quebec and nearby areas to learn more about my Canadian families, I have really deep roots in Canada. I will be posting my finds and travels on the blog I mentioned above and also on The Man Who Lived Airplanes the blog about my Dad’s side of the family.  http://macdonellfamily.wordpress.com/

You may remember my post about my visit to Ottawa where I stood next to the statue of Lt. Colonel John Butler.  Yes, the very man who brought his Rangers and a band of Indians to the Wyoming Valley and attacked the forts and was instrumental in creating the Wyoming Massacre that took place in Pennsylvania near the Wilkes-Barre area.  This event involved our Goss family.  My interest in John Butler is to see if he can reveal more details about the events that occurred around the Wyoming Massacre.

I will be writing posts on my travels that have to do with the Loyalists and they will be part of “The Man Who Lived Airplanes” blog because a great many McDonalds were Loyalists and I am trying to find my Dad’s family and make the connections back to Scotland.  Yes, it is possible that my McD’s fought against the Goss family in the Revolution another side of my Dad’s family.  How about that?


Mary Ann Keller was born 16 December 1846 in Knox Co., Ohio.  She married Alexander Shaffer on 24 June 1866, in Morrow County, Ohio. He was born about June 1840 in Ohio.

Marriage Shaffer & Keller

Marriage Shaffer & Keller

Keller, Mary A. to Alexander Shaffer Vol. 2, pg. 278;

Source:  Marriage Records 1848 to 1951, Index 1848-1948, Morrow Co. Court of the Probate, General Index V1A-10, 1848-1948 #388779 Item 1, Marriages v. 1A #388779 Item 2 1848-1858, Marriages v. 1B-1 1854-1863 FHL#388780 1B stops at p.45., Marriages v 1-B FHL#317297 Item 2, Marriages v.2 1863-1869 FHL #388781, Marriages V. 3 1870-1880 FHL#388782.  Note:  apparently the bride’s father, John Keller, had to sign.

Mary Ann appears in the 1850 with her parents and siblings in South Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio.

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 she appears in Sandusky Twp., Richland County, Ohio near her sister Caroline who appears on line 6 of the census.

Line 23 80/76 Shaffer, Alexander age 30 male, white, Farmer, born in Ohio, citizen. Mary age 28 female, white, keeping house, born in Ohio and Charles age 3 male, white born in Ohio.

Source:  1870 U.S. Federal Census, Alexander Shaffer Family, Sandusky Twp., Richland Co., Ohio, pg. 10, PO Shelby, Ohio, 19 Oct 1870 by C. P. Seiler(?).

They are also featured in the December 1883 partition deed of John Keller’s land and I will post about that deed when I share about John Keller’s end of life.

Logan County, Ohio

Logan County, Ohio

Alex and Mary A. migrate to Logan County, Ohio by the 1880 census, they may be living with the James Barr family in Logan who appear above him.

Line 39, ___116 Shafer, Alex. H. W, M, 42, M, Farmer, Shaffer, Mary A., W, F, 33, wife, M, keeping house

Shafer, Albert D., W, M, 13, son, Single, at school, Shafer, Laura, W, F, 10, daughter, Shafer, Frank, W, M, 8, son, Shafer, Mary E., W, F, 6 Daughter, Shafer, Lewis, W, M, 4 son, Iva J., W, F, 2, daughter, all born Ohio and parents born Ohio.

Source:  Alexander Shaffer Family, 1880 U.S. Federal Census, McArthur Twp., Logan Co., Ohio, enumerated 10th of June 1880 by C.C. Cook, #130, page 13, SD#2, ED#118.

They are still in Logan County, Ohio in 1900:

Line 26, 347, 347, Shaffer, Alexander, head, W, M, June 1838, 62, M, 40, born Ohio, father PA, mother Ohio, Shaffer, Mary, wife, W, F, Dec, 1846, 54, M, 40, 6 born, 4 living, born Ohio, parents born Ohio. Shaffer, Emma, A. daughter, W, F, June 1884, 15, S, born Ohio, parents born Ohio. Shaffer, Nellie, daughter, W, F, Aug, 1886, 14, S, All Ohio born and parents too. Shaffer, Rena, daughter-in-law, W, F, July 1878, 21 M, 2, 1, 1. Shaffer, Imagene, Gd daughter, W, F, Nov. 1897, 3, S.

Source: Alexander Shaffer Family, 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Bellefontaine, Lake Twp., Logan Co., Ohio, SD#7, ED#111, Sht #15, Ward of City 2, enumerated 18 June 1900, Frank A. Epps.

 They had about 9 children:

1. Charles Shaffer born about 1867 in Ohio.

2. Albert Shaffer born about Oct. 1868 in Ohio.

3. Laura Etta Shaffer born about 1870 in Ohio.

4.  Frank Shaffer born about 1872 in Ohio.

5. Mary E. Shaffer born about 1874 in Ohio

6. Lewis Shaffer born about 1876 in Ohio

7. Iva J. Shaffer born about 1878 in Ohio.  She may have married a Mr. Hadley.

8. Emma A. Shaffer born about June 1878 in McArthur Twp., Logan Co., Ohio and may have married a Mr. Ellis who was born about 1880 in the same township.

9. Lillian Nellie Shaffer born Aug 1886 in McArthur Twp., Logan Co., Ohio and may have married a Mr. Hobson also born in the same township in about 1882.

Note:  Take time to examine the list of children above and then review the census above and you can see that one of the children died?

There is a memorial at the Zanesville Cemetery on Find A Grave that might be Alexander Shaffer’s but I would need to do more to verify it. He would then have died July 27, 1903.  It references Civil war service which might offer information about his life.


Here is a stone for Mary Anne Keller Shaffer?  If so she died in 1925.


I am very excited that I was able to locate this couple in Logan County but as you can see there is more to be done in the research.


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