Why is it that certain ancestors catch your fancy.  Amarilla Keller Barr is one of those people for me.  She made the move to Crawford County like some of the other Keller descendants, but she ended up being buried in Richland County, Ohio.  It took me a little bit to find her final resting place but I am glad I did.

Again I caution you to verify the information given below.

Amarilla was born 28 March 1839 in Knox Co., Ohio and she married Harrison Barr on 12 September 1858 in Sparta, So. Bloomfield Twp., Morrow Co., Ohio.  Harrison was born the 29th of October, 1833 in Clarksville, Greene Co., Pennsylvania.  His parents were James and Mary Barr both born in Pennsylvania.   Harrison had 7 other siblings: Mary J. 1827-1881 buried in Riblet Cemetery, Hannah b. 1828 m. a McCulough also buried in Riblet, George S. Barr b. 1830, Jacob N. Barr b. 1836, James H. Barr b. 1842, Ira Barr b. 1843 and Daniel Barr b. 1845).  This family appears in the 1850 U.S. Federal Census for South Bloomfield Twp., Morrow Co., Ohio.

Amarilla and Harrison Marriage in Morrow County 1858

Amarilla and Harrison Marriage in Morrow County 1858

 Keller, Amarilla to Harrison Barr 12 September, 1858, Vol 1, pg. 355 (found on Vol. 1B)

Source: Marriage Records, 1848-1951, Index 1848-1948, Morrow Co., Ohio. Marriages v. 1B-1 1854-1863 FHL#388780 (1B stops at p.45. 

Let’s get oriented to where Richland County is in relationship to Crawford County.  They butt up to each other with Crawford being west of Richland.

Ohio Counties

Ohio Counties

Here is a map of Richland County, so Sandusky Twp. is not that far from Crawford’s Polk Twp. and the city of Galion.

Richland County, Ohio

Richland County, Ohio

Amarilla appears in the 1850 U.S. Federal Census for South Bloomfield with her family and siblings with the name “Marilla” being used, which might have been a nickname?

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.

That August, Harrison buys land from his brother-in-law, Peter Keller.  I repeat this deed here from the post about Peter Keller dated May 4, 2014 “John and Mary Keller’s children:  Elizabeth, Susan & Peter Keller.

Source:  Deeds: 1840-1901: Index to deeds 1848-1912, Morrow County Ohio, Recorder of Deeds:  Peter Keller to Harrison Barr, 23 Aug, 1860, Vol. 18, page 1 & 2, FHL#388706, 25 acres, Twp. 6.

Sometimes the microfilms can be very dark and fuzzy so what you see here is the best I can do.

Peter Keller Deed to Harrison Barr
Rec’d Sept 4, 1860, Recorded Sept 15, 1860. Very dark, fuzzy and difficult to read.

Know all men by these presents that Peter Keller and Eliza Ann his wife…of the County of Morrow and State of Ohio and in consideration of the sum ____ hundred dollars in hand paid by Harrison Barr of the said county…have bargained and ___________hereby grant and convey…to said Harrison Barr his heirs and assigns forever….the premises situated in the County of Morrow and describes as follows beginning at the [north east…..half of the south west quarter of Section ten (10) ….running along this ___________(too hard to read all blacked out)…quanity of twenty five acres of land…Signed by Peter Keller and Eliza A. Keller.

Witnesses by Joseph Conway and [Malissa] Conway
23 day of August, 1860.

By 1870 they, Harrison and Amarilla,  had moved to Sandusky Twp., Richland Co., Ohio.

Line 16 – 31/29 Barr, Harrison, age 37, farmer $800, born in Pennsylvania, citizen. Barr, Emma R. age 31, keeping house, born in Ohio, James H., age 11 born in Ohio, school. Mary age 9 born in Ohio, attending school. Sarah E. age 7, born in Ohio, attending school. Roseann age 5, born in Ohio.

Source:  Barr Family, 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Sandusky Twp., Richland Co., Ohio, pg. 4, enumerated 15, October 1870, P.O. Shelby, Ohio.

In 1880 Harrison and Amarilla are still living in Sandusky Twp., Richland Co., Ohio.

89/83 Barr, Harrison, age 47, farmer, born in Pennsylvania, parents born in Pennsylvania. Keller, Emarilla age 42, keeping house, born in Ohio, parents born in Ohio. James 20 years old, laborer, single, born in Ohio, father born in Pennsylvania, mother born in Ohio. Sarah, age 17, daughter, born in Ohio. Rose Anne, age 15, daughter, at school, born in Ohio. Ida 10 years old, daughter, at school, born in Ohio. Effie, 7 years, daughter, at school born in Ohio. Gertrude 2 years, daughter, born in Ohio.

Source:  Barr Family, 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Sandusky Twp., Richland Co., Ohio, pg. 1, SD 6, ED 213 (Hard to read) Stamp page on sheet 180, enumerated on June 7th, 1880.

On the 19th of December 1883, they are part of  a partition deed selling land in Morrow County.  The names on the deed are:  John & Harriet Lacy, Henry & Martha Keller, Emma A. Helt, Charles & Anna Buckingham, Mary & Alexander Shaffer, J. H. & Caroline Van Houten, Harrison and Amarilla Barr.  I will post about this deed in the future when I review John Keller’s end of life.

Source:  Deeds, Recorder of Deeds, Morrow Co., Ohio, Grantor Henry Keller & Wife et. al. to Grantee W.F. & Ida C. Keller and Anna Buckingham, Vol. 37, pg. 529 and 593, FHL#1928221.

By the 1900 U.S. Federal Census they have migrated to Polk Twp., Crawford Co., Ohio which is technically next door.

 Line 24- 128, 129 – Harrison Barr M W b Oct 1833 age 66, m 40 yrs, born Pa parents born Pa, O F F 66; Barr Amarilla F W, b Mar 1839, age 61, m 40 yrs, nine children born 6 living, born Ohio, parents born Ohio; Barr Ida S. or L.W F b Jun 1870 age 29 single, Teacher; Barr Delphia W F, b Sep 1880 age 19 single, born Ohio, teacher; McCulough, Hanna sister W F b Sep 1824 age 75, wd. no children born O, born Pa, parents born Pa; Morton, Ansel grandson b Nov 1891, 8 yrs, single born Ohio, parents born Ohio. All yes read, yes write, yes speak, except Ansel. 

Source:  Barr Family, 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Polk Twp., Crawford Co., Ohio, SD12, ED 22, Sheet 6, 9th-11th June, 1900 Benjamin F. [Garberiole]

1910 arrives and we find Amarilla still in Polk Twp. but she is now a widow.

52/53, Barr, Amarilla, Head, F, W, 71 Wd, 3 children out of 3 living, born Ohio, Father born PA, mother born New York, Farm manager, own farm; Barr, Delpha B., daughter, F, W, 29, S, born Ohio, Father born PA, mother born Ohio, No occupation.

 Source:  Amarilla Barr Family, 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Polk Twp., Crawford County, Ohio, SD#12, ED#32, Sht# 2B, April 22, 1910, Miss Nema Baine.  I have 9 children born to Amarilla and Harrison so I am not sure what the 3 out of 3 living means?

They, Amarilla and Harrison, had a very long  life together with Harrison with his passing on 31 May 1906 and then Amarilla following several years later on 12 May 1915.

They are both buried in the Riblet Cemetery which is located in Richland County, Ohio.  You can find a picture of their tombstone on Find A Grave.  Riblet Cemetery is located on Park Ave. W. Hi 309 S. Horning Rd. 175.

Harrison Oct. 29, 1832 to May 12, 1915

his wife Amarilia his wife
March 28, 1837
May 12, 1915

Source:  Richland County, Ohio Cemeteries, Springfield Twp., Ohio Genealogical Society, Belleville, Oh (was Mansfield), 2005.  There are Barrs on page 13 and Riblet on the next page as burials in this cemetery. This book was found at the Family History Library.

Harrison Barr, Thursday 30 May, 1907, Crestline Citizen and Bucyrus News Form for June 5, 1907.

Mr. Harrison Barr, residing about four miles southeast of here, died suddenly last Thursday morning. he was a native of Pennsylvania and seventy three years of age. Funeral was Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. Snyder of the U.B. Church, Galion officiating. The deceased was the father of Miss Ida Barr, teacher in Jackson Twp., district No. 3 for a number of years and still teaching that school.

Mrs. Amarilla Barr, May 12, 1915, published in the Evening Telegraph, Saturday, May 15, 1915.

Mrs. Amarilla Barr, relict of the late Harrison Barr, died at the home on South Columbus street, at 5:30 Wednesday evening, aged 76 years, 1 month and 14 days, after a lingering illness. The funeral will be conducted from the United Brethren church Friday afternoon, Rev. Calendar officiating, and with burial in the Riblet cemetery east of this city, says the Galion Inquirer. The maiden name of the deceased was Amarilla, and she was the daughter of John and Mary Keller, born in Sparta, Morrow County, March 28, 1839. On September 20, 1858 she was united in marriage to Harrison Barr, a well known farmer, the marriage proving a happy one. The husband died April 30, 1906. Nine children were born of this union of whom four are deceased: Mrs. J.W. McCalla, Mrs. C. L. Martin, Effie and Emma Barr. The surviving children are Dephia, who lives with her mother; Mrs. E. M. Neff and Mrs. V. P. Voegele, Crestline; Mrs. H.F. Miller, east of Galion; J.H. Barr, of this city. Others surviving are two sisters Mrs. Mary Williams of Bellefontaine, and Mrs. Ellen Lacey, of Dresden, together with eleven grandchildren. The deceased was a consistent member of the United Brethren church of this city, and a woman of high Christian character who was greatly esteemed by all who knew her. For fifty years Mrs. Barr had lived in the Riblet neighborhood on the Mansfield road, four miles east of the city. About four years ago and some time after the death of her husband she removed to this city.

 Source:  Amarilla Barr, Death Certificate, #26730, May 12, 1915, Galion, Crawford Co., Ohio, Reg Dist #264, Primary Reg #8106, Reg. No. 53, S. Columbus St. 3 Ward, Bureau of Vital Statistics Ohio.

Amarilla Barr, Female, White, Widowed, DofB Mar 28, 1839, age 76 yrs, 1 mos. 14, days, Occupation Housekeeper. Born Ohio, Father John Keller, PA, Mother Mary Dellino, Born New Yrk State. Informant Delphia Barr, 326 Columbus, Galion. Filed May 14, 1915. A.A. Castle registrar. Died May 12, 1915, Chronic gastritis and Cholemia. POB Riblet Cemetery, Date of Burial May 14, 1915, L. J. Snyder & Co., Galion, Ohio

Seems to be a little disagreement as to the year of Amarilla’s birth, with her tombstone stating 1937 and her obituary and death certificate indicate 1839.  My date calculator has 78 years, 1 mo and 14 days if the year is 1937.  In her death certificate she is 76 yrs. 1 mos. 14 days which agrees with the 1839.

In the next post I will share what I know about their children.

Lavina and William had 8 children that I am aware of.  Please verify the information presented below and use the following as a guide. Things got a little confusing with the Grove family so I hope I have this correct.

1. Mary Elizabeth Helt was born about 12 Feb. 1856 in South Bloomfield Twp., and died 27 Jan 1945 in Gardner, Johnson Co., Kansas. She married a Charles Olen Groves. His parents were Cyrus C. Groves 1821 to 1889 and Mary Jane Foster 1883 to 1913.  Mary remarried to a Mrs. Poynter and might have married a 3rd time?

Louisiana Counties

Louisiana Counties or are they parishes?


1. Clyde Olen Groves who was born 11 Sep 1877 and died 1 March 1961 in Pollock, Louisiana.  He married Sallie Walters who was born 17 February 1878 in Louisiana and died 21 July 1950 in Meriwether, Georgia.

1.  Clyde O. Groves (Jr.) born about 1905 in Louisiana married Gladys per the 1940 Census, see below.

2. William Eugene Groves born about 1907 in Dry Prong, Louisiana.  He married Gladys Rosalie Rhodes born about 1907 in Louisiana.

Source:  1930 U.S. Federal Census, family of William Groves, Pointe Coupee (parish), Louisiana, ED #39/14, SD#7, Sht #8B, enumerated on 14 April 1930 by Julina W. Andrews. 

Line 53, 186, 186, Groves, William E., Head, R, 5, No, M, W, 23, M, 22, No, yes, Louisiana, Father born Kansas, Mother born Louisiana, yes, Bookkeeper, Lumber Mill, 6744, W, yes, No. Groves, Gladys, R, Wife-H, v, F, W, 23, M, 22, No, Yes, Louisiana, Father born Mississippi, Mother born Louisiana, yes, teacher, Public School, 9494, W, yes.

Source: 1940 U.S. Federal Census, family of William Groves, New Orleans, Louisiana, Orleans Parish Ward 14, Block No. 6, 14, SC#2, ED26-399, Sht #5A, enumerated on 8 April 1940 by Thelma Menard.  

Palmer, line 13, 2838, 98, 72, 45, No., Groves, William, Head, 0, M, W, 33, M, no, Louisiana, Same place, No, yes, 40, consulting ________, insurance. Groves, Gladys O, Wife, 1, F, W, 34, M, no, Louisiana, same place. Groves, Barbara, daughter, 2, F, W, 3, S, no, o, Louisiana

3. Mary E. Groves born about 1909 in Louisiana

4. George F. Groves born about 1911 in Louisiana

5. Alice R. Groves born about 1913 in Louisiana

6. Dorothy Ethel Groves was born 4 September, 1915, in Pollock, Louisiana. She married a Wayne Creekmore Pittman and they had James Allen Pittman born 31 August 1938 in El Pasco, Texas. He married Nancy G. Graves.

7. Margaret Groves born about 1917, Louisiana

8. Robert W. Groves born about 1921 in Louisiana

Here is the census for 1910, 1930 and 1940:

Source: 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Clyde O. Groves family, Jena, LaSalle Co., Louisiana, Plice Jury, Ward 3, SD3, ED64, Sht 1A, enumerated April 15, 1910 by John W. Ezell. 

Line 16, 3, 3, Groves, Clide O., Head, M, W, 32, M1, 6, born Ohio, Father PA, Mother Ohio, English, pharmacist, Drugstore, OH, No, O, yes, yes, O, F, H. Groves, Sallie, Wife, F, W, 32, M1, 6, 3 born 3 living, born LA, Father Indiana, Mother LA, English, yes, yes. Groves, Clide O. son, M, W, 5, S, Louisiana, Ohio, Louisiana. Groves, William E., son, M, W, 3, Louisiana, Ohio, Louisiana. Groves, Mary E., daughter, F, W, 6/12 S, Louisiana, Ohio, Louisiana. Huffman, Beulah, Servant, F, W, 32, S, Louisiana, Father Mississippi, Mother Mississippi, English, Servant, Private Family, OA, No, 16, yes, yes.

Source, 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Clyde O. Groves family, Pollock Town, Grant Co., Louisiana, Ward 2, ED22-4, SD5, Sht 4A, enumerated on April 9, 1930, by Mrs. Lillie M. Scott.

Line 26, Ivy Street, 70, 73, Groves, Clyde O. Head, 0, 3000 R1, No, M, W, 52, ___25 years, No, Yes, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, 57, yes, Salesman, Life Insurance, 8885, W, yes, No. Groves, Sallie, wife – H, F, W, 52 M, 25, no yes, born Louisiana, parents born Louisiana. Groves George F. son, M, W, 19, S, yes, yes, born Louisiana, Ohio, LA. Alice R. Daughter, F, W, 17, S, yes, yes, Louisiana, Ohio, LA. Dorothy E. daughter, F, W, 14, S, yes, yes, Louisiana, Ohio, LA. Margaret Daughter, F, W, 13, S, yes, yes, Louisiana, Ohio, LA. Robert W. Son, M, W, 9, S, yes, Louisiana, Ohio, LA. Dorsey, Rebecca, mother in law, F, W, 76 Wd., no, yes, born LA, parents born LA. Swafford, Eddie B., Boarder, M, W, 24, S, no , yes, born LA, parents born LA

Source, 1940 U.S. Federal Census, Clyde O. Groves Family, Pollock, Grant Co., Louisiana, Twp/Div 8, SD8, ED22-12, Sht, 3B, enumerated on April 3 and 4, 1940 by O. R. Davis.

South of Pollock Bentley Road, Line 55, 53/0/3000/Yes, Groves, Clyde Sr. head, O, M, W, 62, M, No, C2, 50 born Kansas, 70, same house, yes, yes, no, no, 1, 48, O, Salesman, Life Ins. Co., PW, 274, 80, 1, 52, 50001, yes, 4. Groves, Sallie O., wife, 1, F, W, 62, M, No, 44, 30, born Louisiana, 85, same place, yes, no, no, 4, 5, housewife, 0, 0, no. Groves, Alice daughter, 2, F, W, 25, S, No, C5, 80, born Louisiana, 85, same place, yes, yes, no, 1, 40, 0, teacher, public school PW, V34, 91, 2, 52, 980, yes. Groves, Robert, son, 2, M, W, 19, S, No, 44, 30, born Louisiana, 85, same place, yes, no, no, no, NP, New worker, 6, 0, 0, no. Groves Clyde Jr. son, 2, M, W, 35, M, No, 44, 30, born Louisiana, 85, same place, yes, no, no, no, no, 44, Bookkeeper, Lumber Mill, PW, 210, 09, 1, 4, 175, no. Groves Gladys, daughter in law, 5, F, W, 29, M, No, 44, 30, born Louisiana, 85, R, Rapides, Louisiana, No, no, no, no, H, 5, housewife. Groves, George, son, 2, M, W, 29, M, No, 44, 30, born Louisiana, 85, same place, yes, yes, no, no, 1, 48, 0, salesman, Life Ins. co., PW, 274, 80, 1, 52, 1200, no. Groves, Geraldine daughter in law, 5, F, W, 38, M, No, C4, 70, born Louisiana, 85, same place, no, yes, no, no, no, 1, 40, O, teacher, public school, CW, V34, 91, 2, 52, 980, No. Poynter, Mary, Mother, 3, F, W, 84, Wd, No. 42, 10, born Ohio, 59, same place, yes, no, no, no, no, U, 7, housewife.

So we have William and Clyde Jr. marrying a Gladys?

The name Groves appeared on a deed partitioning John Keller’s land.  I posted about this deed on October 8, 2011 “Partition Deed: Morrow County, Ohio 1884.” You will see the Grove’s name. This post is on my Barclay’s of Pine River blog which you can access by going to the right panel of this blog for the link under BJ’s Family History blogs.

2.  Eliza Jane Helt was born July 1858 in South Bloomfield, Morrow County.  She married a George Pearl and had Stanley William Pearl born August 1877 and Emma E. Pearl born June 1884.

George and Eliza Jane lived out their lives in South Bloomfield Twp., Morrow Co., Ohio.  I picked up George Pearl in 1870 census living with a Nancy Pearl in South Bloomfield, Ohio in the census.  My records show he was the son of Nancy Doty and William Pearl.  There is a Alvie, George, Emma along with a Levac (Isaac?) and Letitia?

In 1880 George and Jane are living with this Nancy who is still in South Bloomfield.  They have William with them who is 2 years old.  We move on to the 1900 census and George and Jane are still living in South Bloomfield and this time the whole family appears except Nancy.

Line 96, 173, 189, Pearl, George, Head, W, M, Mar 1855, age 45, M, 23 years, born Ohio, Farmer, yes, yes, yes, O FF 155. Pearl, Eliza Jane, wife. W, F, July 1858, 41 M, 23, 2 born 2 living, born Ohio. Pearl Stanley W, son W, M, Aug, 1877, age 22, S, born Ohio, farmer laborer. Pearl, Emma E., daughter, W, F, June 1884, age 15, S, born Ohio, at school. Parents of all born in Ohio.

Source: 1900 U.S. Federal Census for So. Bloomfield Twp., Morrow Co., Ohio the George Pearl Family. Sheet No. 7, SD 13, ED 107, enumerated 21 June 1900, by Thomas F. Leonard.

After this census George and Jane appear in the U.S. Federal Census for 1910, 1920 and 1930 still living in South Bloomfield.  They are well into their 70’s.

There is a tombstone photo at the Bloomfield Cemetery in Morrow Co., Ohio which features George and Jane at Find A Grave.

PEARL – George Pearl 1855 to 1934, Jane Pearl 1858 to 1931.

George’s parents are also featured at Find A Grave – William Pearl July 5, 1862 age 62 years, Nancy Pearl, Feb 9, 1808 to Aug 22, 1902. There are other members of the Pearl family listed.

3. Lavina May Helt was born 6 Sep 1860 in South Bloomfield Twp., Morrow Co., Ohio and died about 1925 in South Bloomfield Twp., Morrow Co., Ohio.  She married on 1 October 1876 in Cardington, Morrow Co., Ohio to a Franklin White Cotton born 31 July 1852 in Gambier, Knox Co., Ohio and he died 1928 in South Bloomfield Twp., Morrow Co., Ohio.  Both are buried in the Bloomfield Cemetery in Morrow County, Ohio.

Frank Cotton is featured in the “Morrow County History book:

Morrow County History http://www.heritagepursuit.com/Morrow/MorSBlo.htm Dec 2005.

FRANK COTTON, blacksmith; Sparta; was born in Knox Co., Ohio, July 31, 1852; he is the only son of Omer and Sarah (King) Cotton; the grandson of Emmett W. Cotton, and great-grandson of Harrison Cotton, one of the early pioneers of South Bloomfield Tp. The father of Frank is at present in Mobile, Alabama, a speculator in cotton; the mother lives in Illinois. Frank’s youth, until he was 14 years old, was passed at home, going to school; when he arrived at that age, he started out in life for himself, working on a farm by the month; in 1870 he commenced learning the blacksmiths’ trade at Green Valley, Knox Co., O. In the spring of 1874, he engaged to work at his trade with Abraham Herron, at Sparta, with whom he remained until 1877; he then erected a shop of his own, where he has remained until the present. Mr. Cotton’s marriage with Melissa daughter of Boyd and Ann (McKee) Clark, was celebrated Jan. 1, 1874; his wife’s death occurred July 17, 1875; his second wife was Mary, daughter of William and Lavina (Keller) Helt. 666 – SOUTH BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP to whom be was married Oct. 1, 1876; to the second marriage was born one daughter, Hallie O., born June 9, 1879. Mr. Cotton is a Democrat in politics, a Universalist in religion; besides doing a general blacksmithing business, he makes a specialty of horse-shoeing, and repairing mowing and reaping machines. Mr. Cotton is said to be one of the best blacksmiths in southern Morrow Co.

Franklin and Lavina had 8 children of which one died young. The census information is listed below.

1. Hallie Oma Cotton was born 9 June 1878 (year per the census) in South Bloomfield Twp., Morrow County, Ohio.  She appears in at least two census – 1880 and 1900.

2. Nellie Lillian Cotton was born 16 Feb 1883 in South Bloomfield Twp., Morrow County, Ohio. She appears in the 1900 census.

3. Florence Lavina Cotton was born 28 Aug 1886 in South Bloomfield Twp., Morrow County, Ohio.  She is buried in the Bloomfield Cemetery. She died 15 Mary 1888 and her name is on the same tombstone as her parents.

4. Emmett White Cotton was born Oct. 1889 in South Bloomfield Twp., Morrow County, Ohio. He died 19 Feb 1951 in San Joaquin Co., California and is buried in the Tracy Public Cemetery.  There is a memorial to him at Find A Grave but no tombstone picture.  He apparently married Mary Jane Robinson.  Emmett appears in the 1900 and 1910 census.

5.  Anna Grace Cotton was born 8 November 1892 in South Bloomfield Twp., Morrow County Ohio.  She appears in the 1900 census but a Lelia G. appears in the 1910.

6.  Frances Mary Cotton was born 22 December 1893 in Centerburg, Knox County, Ohio. She appears in the 1900 and 1910 census.

7. Helen Cotton born April 1898 in Centerburg, Hilliar Twp., Knox Co., Ohio and she appears in the 1900 and 1910 census.

8.  Esther J. Cotton was born about 1902 in Centerburg, Hilliar Twp., Knox Co., Ohio.  She appears in the 1910 census.

Frank and Lavinia Cotton are buried in Bloomfield Cemetery in Morrow Co., Ohio. Find A Grave has a picture of their shared tombstone.

Source:  1880 U.S. Federal Census, Sparta, Morrow Co., Ohio, Frank Cotton Family,  enumerated 30 June 1880 by H.D. Weaver, pg. #20.

Line 1, 22, 228, Cotton Frank, W, M, 28, Blacksmith, born Ohio, parents born Ohio. Cotton May, W, F, 19, Wife, keeping house, born Ohio, Father Michigan, mother Ohio. Cotton, Hattie, W, F, 1, dau. born Ohio, parents born Ohio

Source:  1900 U.S. Federal Census, Centerburg, Frank Cotton Family, Hilliar Twp., Knox. Co., Ohio, Sht #11, SD 13, ED 52, 25 June 1900 by Willie D. Willis.

Line 71, 280, 285, Cotton, Frank, Head, W, M, July 1851, 49, M, 23, born Ohio, father Ohio, mother Vermont, Blacksmith, O, yes, yes, yes, O M H. Cotton May L. wife, W, F, Sept. 1860, 39, M, 23, 7 born 6 living, born Ohio, parents born Ohio. yes, yes, yes. Cotton, Hallie N. daughter, W, F, June 1878, 21, S, born Ohio, school teacher 3, yes yes yes. Cotton Nellie L., daughter, W, F, Feb. 1883, 17, S, born Ohio, at school, 9, yes yes yes. Cotton Emmett W., son W, M. Oct 1888, 11, S, born Ohio, at school, 9, yes, yes, yes. Cotton Gracie, An., W. F., Nov. 1892, 7, S, born Ohio, at school 9, yes, yes, yes. Cotton Mary F. W. Daughter, W, F, Dec 1895, 4, S. born Ohio. Cotton Hellen daughter, W, F, Apr 1898, 1 yr. S, born Ohio.

Source:  1910 U.S. Federal Census, Centerburg, Frank Cotton Family, Hilliar Twp., Knox Co., Ohio, Sht 3A, SD 12, ED 65, 16-18 April 1910 by Earl Amadon.

Line 28, 70, 76, Cotton, Frank W. head, M, W, 57, M, 33, born Ohio, parents born Ohio. English, blacksmith, ower shop, OA, yes yes, O, M 28, Cotton, Lavina, wife, F, W, 49, M, 33, 8 born 7 living, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, yes yes. Cotton Emmet, son, M, W, 20, S, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, ______, On Railway, W, No, 4, yes, yes, no. O 3 X 8, Cotton Lellia G. daughter, F, W, 17 S, born Ohio, parents born Ohio. Cotton Mary F, daughter, F, W, 14, S, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, Cotton Helen E. daughter, F, W, 10?, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, Cotton Esther J. daughter, F, W, 8, S, born Ohio, parents born Ohio.

4.  John William Philander Helt was born about 1862 in South Bloomfield Twp., Morrow Co., Ohio.  John appears in the 1870 census with his parents and siblings.  There is a deed in the index for Morrow Co. Deeds where a John W. Helt buys land from W.F. Keller, Vol. 39, pg. 92, FHL#388693 pg. 308.  I do not have a copy of this deed.  I only had time to copy so many deeds.  W.F. Keller is the brother of Lavina Keller Helt.

5.  Emma Amarilla Helt was born about 1864 in South Bloomfield Twp. She married a J.F. Williams born about 1860 in Morrow County.

6.  Henry Solomon Helt was born 14 August 1866 in South Bloomfield Twp., and died in Detroit, Michigan 28 May 1842 and is buried the Chesterville Cemetery in Morrow County, Ohio.  He was married twice, first to Fannie Miller (d. 1902) and then to a Amanda Smith (d. 1939).

He married on 18 November 1888 to Fannie Miller who was born 8 April 1871 in South Bloomfield Twp., and died 27 January 1902 in Sparta, Morrow County, Ohio.  Her parents were John Miller and Elizabeth McCullough.

The children listed below are based on the census of 1900.  They were probably born in Chester Twp., Morrow Co., Ohio but that will need to be verified:

1.  John W. Helt born Aug 1889.

2.  Madge A. Helt born June 1891.

3. Frank F. Helt born Mar 1893.

4. Emma J. Helt born Aug 1895.

5.  Dewey R. Helt born Mar 1898.

6.  Mary Inez Helt who was born 11 October 1900 in Morrow County, Ohio so she does not appear in the 1900 U.S. Census.  She died March 1968 in Galion, Crawford County, Ohio.  She married Chester Arthur Johnson on 16 January 1922 in Crawford County, Ohio.  He was born 21 January 1893 in Crestline, Crawford County, Ohio and died 22 March 1951 in Galion.  They had three children: Robert Johnson, Marie Johnson and Beverly Ann Johnson.

Source: Chester A. Johnson d. Thurs, March 22, 1951, Galion Inquirer, Thurs., 22 March 1951

Chester A. Johnson III, Several Years, Dies this Morning

Following an illness of the past three years, Chester A. Johnson, 103 1/2 Harding Way East, died this morning at 1:15 o’clock at City Hospital where he had been admitted Tuesday evening. Friends may call after 7 o’clock this evening at the Snyder funeral home, where services will be held on Saturday morning at 10 o’clock. Rev. Dale Heath of the Free Methodist church will officiate, and interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery.  Mr. Johnson came to Galion 29 years ago from Mansfield. He was born near Crestline on January 21, 1893, the son of William and Nettie (Weidner) Johnson. On January 16, 1922 he was united in marriage to Mary I. Helt at Bucyrus, who survives with one son, Robert F. Johnson, of Bucyrus, and two daughters, Marie A. and Beverly A. Johnson at home. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Richard E. and Marian Lee Johnson of Bucyrus and two brothers, Harvey and Ervin Johnson whose residences are unknown.  Mr. Johnson’s last employment was as a grocery clerk, and he was a member of the Moose Lodge in Bucyrus. 

Source: Death Certificate for Chester A. Johnson, Ohio Vital Records,  #13835.

Place of Death: Ohio, Crawford Co., Galion, Lived there 29 years, Hospital Galion City Hospital. 103 1/2 Harding Way East. Died March 22, 1951, Male, White Married, DOB Jan 21, 1893, age 58. Clerk, Grocery Store, POB Crestline, Crawford Co., Ohio, father William Johnson, Mother Nettie Weidner. Informant Mrs. C.A. Johnson. COD Hypertensive Cartio Vascular disease 2 yrs, anterior sclerosis 5 yrs. From 6/10/48 to March 22, 1951 attended died at 1:15 am. by Charles J. Griebling MD, 112 So. Market, Galion, Ohio. Burial March 24, 1951 in Fairview, Galion, Crawford Co., Ohio. Embalmer Ralph L. Snyder, Funeral Directo Fred W. Heigzneau. registrar Dorothy Redden.

Chester and Mary are buried in Fairview Cemetery along with other family members including their son Robert F. Johnson.  You will find some great information at Find A Grave for this family. The memorial at Find A Grave for Robert includes an obituary and photograph of him.

A study of the U.S. Census shows that Henry was living in Morrow County in 1870 (with his parents).  He appears in the 1900 census with a very big family and married to Fannie.  By 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940 he had made the move to Detroit, Michigan.

Source: Henry S. Helt Family, 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Chester Twp., Morrow Co., Ohio, SD#13, ED 98, Sht#7, 9 June 1900 by John B. Gordon.

Line 67, 182/194 Helt, Henry, Head, W, M, Aug 1868, 31, M 11, born Ohio, PA, Ohio, blacksmith, O, yes, yes, yes, O , 7, H. Helt, Fannie I, wife, W, F, April 1871, 29, M 11, born 6, living 5, born Ohio, PA, Ohio, yes, yes, yes. Helt, John W, son, W, M, Aug, 1889, 10, S, born Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, at school 9. Helt, Madge A, daughter, Jan 1891, 9, S, born Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, at school 9. Helt, Frank, son, W, M, Mar. 1893, 7, S, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, at school 5. Helt, Emma J., daughter, W, F, Aug 1898, 4, S, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio. Helt, Dewey R, son, W, M, Mar 1898, 2, S, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio. Miller, Elizabeth, Mother in law, W, F, April 1831, 69, Wd, 7 born, 5 living, born Ohio, Father Ireland, Mother PA. yes, yes, yes.

Obituary of Henry S. Helt, Thurs., May 28, 1942 Galion Inquirer Monday, 1 June 1942.

Relative of Two Galion Women, Buried Sunday

BUCYRUS – Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o”clock at the Henderson and Lutz funeral home for Henry S. Helt, 75, retired blacksmith, and former Bucyrus resident, who died in Detroit Bedford hospital Thursday afternoon. The Rev. J.W. Dowds officiated and burial was made in the Chesterville Cemetery. He was the father of Mrs. Mary Johnston and brother of Mrs. Emma Williams, of Galion. Born in Sparta, August 14, 1868 the deceased lived in Bucyrus until 35 years ago when he went to Detroit to make his home. Survivors include three other children, John of Ellenwood, Kas.; Mrs. Madge Chandler of Bucyrus, and Mrs. Emma Smith of Detroit; another sister Mrs. Martha Dunn of Waynesburg, PA, 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. 

7.  Margaret Helt was born about 1871 in South Bloomfield Twp. She may have married a Mr. Patterson who was born circa 1867 in Morrow County.

8.  Martha Minerva Helt was born 26 December 1871 in South Bloomfield Twp., Morrow County, Ohio.  She married a Washington Dunn born 1870 in Pennsylvania.

I found a 1900 Census with a Washington Dunn and a Martha M. living in Morgan Twp.,  Greene Co., Pennsylvania. The census lists 4 children born 4 living but only 3 are listed in this census?

Source:  W. Dunn Family, 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Morgan Twp., Greene Co., Pennsylvania, SD#17, ED#93, Sht#6, 11 June 1900, Thomas Thistlethwaite.  

Line 39, 105/105 Dunn, Washington L. Head, W, M, May 1870, 30 M, 6, born PA, Father PA, mother Ireland, house painter, 4, yes, yes, yes, R, H. Dunn, Martha M. wife, W, F, Dec 1871 28, M 6, 4 born, 4 living, born Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, yes, yes, yes. Dunn, Hary, Son, W, M, Jan 1895 5 yrs, born PA, PA, Ohio. Dunn, Bessie P., daughter, W, F, Jan 1897, 3 yrs, born PA, PA, Ohio. Dunn, Jessie W., Son, W, M, Jan 1899, age 1, PA, , PA, Ohio. Dunn, Sarah, Aunt, W, F, July 1854, 45 unmarried, born PA, PA, PA, yes, yes, yes.

There is so much more to do on this family of Lavina and William Helt.  I have some good information on some of the descendants and very little on others.  The research would include probate/estate, deeds, verifying vital records of birth, death and marriage, cemeteries, funeral home records and obituaries.  Unfortunately, I am behind in my posting so it is time for me to move on the next sibling is Amarilla Keller Barr.

I cannot take credit for this new information about where Lavina is buried nor what happened to William.  A cousin shared the information in the comments section of the previous post. The comments are at the end of the tags at the bottom of the post.

Lavina is in Hedding M.E. Cemetery she is behind John and Mary.  They are in Row 11 and she is in Row 12 and yes she is listed under the name Helf not Helt.

The Hedding M.E. Cemetery by the Morrow County Genealogical Society book reads: “Helf, Lavina, w/o W. C. Helf.”

I have read that cemetery book many times and missed this information totally.  Thank goodness for cousins!

Here is the link to Find A Grave where our cousin has posted photos of the tombstone and how it is in relationship to John, Mary and Peter’s tombstone.


The photos at Find A Grave are better in featuring Lavina’s tombstone.  Now I will share my photos from 2011 when I visited for the 2nd time this cemetery.  Her stone is the one in the middle back a little way, just sitting there so plain to see and just waiting to be found.

The bush that was there in 2007 when I first visited is now cut back and under control.  I also did a little more pruning this time as well.


Lavina’s tombstone to the left of John, Mary and Peter’s.


Here I am next to the stone for John, Mary and Peter and to the left in the background is Lavina’s. Sigh!

William G. Helt died in Morgan Twp., Greene Co., Pennsylvania 15 November, 1919 and is buried in Oakmont Cemetery as verified by a death certificate at Ancestry for him in Pennsylvania.  He was born 18, Sept. 1827. His father was John Helt and his mother’s maiden name was Hess.  He is said to be married but his wife’s name is not listed.  He was 92 years, 1 mos and 27 days old at his death.  The informant was a Mrs. Wm. Patterson of Waynesbury, PA.

My blog BJM Cemetery Discoveries has several posts about the Hedding M.E. cemetery you might want to check it out.  Here is the main one:


So does this mean that I have to go back to Ohio, probably. HA!

In the past post about Anna Buckingham one of Peter Keller’s daughters, I mentioned a deed and gave a list of names.  Only one name was on that deed for the Helt family. The name was Emma A. Helt.  What happened to Lovina and William Helt her parents?  Well, I have to say that I have some information on this family but not as much as I would like.

Lovina was born to John and Mary Keller on 17 February 1837 in Knox County, Ohio. Remember Morrow County was not established till 1848.  She is said to have died on 22 December 1873 in South Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio but there may be evidence that she passed in 1879 instead.

Her name is very confusing in the spelling, I have seen Lovina Lavina or maybe Lavinia. I will use Lovina till someone or the records tell me other wise?  Update: Cemetery Records have Lavina.

Lovina appears in the 1850 U.S. Census for South Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio with her family with the spelling Lovina.  She was 13 at the time.  Here is a summary of this 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.

Lovina married William Golf Helt on 17 February, 1855 in Morrow County.  The family chart below has his name as John William Helt?

pg. 554; Keller, Lovina to William G. Helt Vol. 1, pg. 2;

Source:  Marriage Records, 1848-1951, Index 1848-1948, Morrow Co., Ohio, 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.

William and Lavina's Marriage 1855

William and Lavina’s Marriage 1855

1 Feb 1855, Keller, Lovina to William G. Helt Vol. 1, pg. 2

If you click on the marriage record to see a bigger version, you will see that the names are William G. Helt and Lavina Keller. Don’t forget to hit your back button to return to this blog.

William G. Helt was born 18 Sep 1827, Knox Co., Ohio and died about 15 Nov 1919.  I have tried for an obituary notice and estate file on this man put have had no luck at this time (Updated:  He died in Pennsylvania so there would be no records of his death in Ohio.)

Below is a Family Chart done in 1980, there are several things that interest me.  Here you see the use of the name John William Helt and Lavinia Keller with her death in 1879.  This chart goes right to left ending with a James Allen Pittman.  Since I do not have a tombstone verifying Lovina nor William’s deaths this chart is very interesting?  I also find the name of Grove very interesting and will share more in the next post.

Chart with Helt & Keller

Chart with Helt & Keller

William and Lovina appear in this census:

Source:  1860 U.S. Federal Census for William Helt Family, P.O. Box Chesterville, enumerated 21 June 1860 by P.B. [Ayens].

Line 24, 330/364 Harrison Barr, 27, M. farmer, $250, $0, Pa., Emarilla Barr, 21, F, O. James H. 10/12 M., O. Ira Barr 17 M, domestic, O.

Line 28 351/350 William Helt, 39, M, brick layer, $180, $100, O, Lovina Helt, 23, F, O, Mary E, 4, F, O. Eliza J. 2, F, O.

Line 32, 352/351 Henry Brokaw 47, M, farmer, $900, 350, NJ, Louisa Brokaw 45, F, PA, Joshua, 22, M, farmer, Ind. Joanna, 20, F, domestic, Ohio. Maria, 18, F, domestic, O. Mary A. 16, F, O. William H., 14, M, O. Emeline, 13, F., O. Jackson, 11, M., O.

Before this census was a deed between William Helt and Henry Brokaw.  I do not know Henry’s relationship to Mariah Brokaw/Brocaugh the first wife of Peter Spracklen at this time.  For more information on the Brokaws see the post on this blog dated October 27, 2013 titled “A Son of John and Lydia (Goss) Spracklin – Peter Spracklen of Belle Plaine, Iowa – 1st Marriage.

Below is a transcription of the deed between Henry Brokaw and William Helt in 1860.

Source:  Registrar of Deeds, Morrow Co., Ohio, Grantor Henry Brokaw to Grantee William Helt, Vol. 13, p. 258, FHL#388702.

Henry Brokaw Deed William Helt, Received for Record May 28, 1860 and Recorded May 29, 1860 by Silas Holt. This Indenture 7th day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty between Henry Brokaw —-Brokaw his wife of the County of Morrow and State of Ohio, party of the first part and William Helt of the County of Morrow and State of Ohio party of the second part Witnesfeth that the said party of the first pary for an in consideration of the sume of one hundred and twenty five dollar to them in hand will and truly paid by the said party of the second part the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged do _________ presents give, grant, bargain sell, alien, release, convey and confirm unto the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns forever a certain lot or parcel of land fifteen (15) in the County of Morrow and State of Ohio and a part of the North East quarter and a part of the North West quarter of Section thirteen (13) Bounded as follows. Commencing at the center of the Chesterville road where the [Sheldon] road intersects the said road. Thence running north 12 1/2 west Thirty seven rods (37) and thirty two (32) poles. Thence north 30 (maybe 38) West eight rods (8) and thirty two (32) poles. Thence West 88 1/4 (degrees) North Twelve (12) rods and thirty seven (37) poles. Thence South 1″ west forthy two (42) rods eighty-four (84) poles. Thence east 26 rods to the place of beginning making five (5) acres after deducting ten feet from road.

To have and hold the premises hereby conveyed with all the privileges and appurtenances there unto belonging… (missing 2nd page and rest of the deed).

Tracing William and Lovina Helt in the census we find:

Source:  1870 U.S. Federal Census for William and Lovina Helt, So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio #463, July 8, 1870, by Perry M. Wood, PO. Sparta, page no 15/11:

Line 12, 124, 127 Helt William, 42, M W [Plasterer] $800/125 born Ohio. Helt, Lovina age 31, F, W, keeping house, born Ohio. Helt, Mary, age 14 F, W, at home, attended school. Helt, Eliza age 12, F, W, at home, attended school. Helt, May age 10, F, W, at home, attended school. Helt, John age 7, M, W, at home, attended school. Helt, Emma, age 4 F, W. Helt, Solomon, age 2, M, W. All born in Ohio.  

William Helt is supposed to have lived till 1919 which means that he may have remarried. There is a William Helt with a Lydia living in Chester Township in Morrow Co., Ohio in June of 1880 page 1, SD 5, ED 134.  The names of the children don’t seem to match with previous records and their ages do not fit if Lovina died in 1873.  So what happened to William is still a bit of a mystery.

Line 9, 4/4, Helt, William W, M. 52, Stone mason, Lydia W, F, 42, Wife, Keeping House, Samuel H. W. M. 11 son, At School., Mary W, F, 9 daughter, At School, 5/3 Marcus L. W, M. 1 son, At home. 

There is a great deal more to do on this family but I have to move on. In the next post I will share what I know about William and Lovina’s children. UPDATE:  In the next post I share information that was shared with me about the final resting place of this couple.

Peter and Eliza Keller’s child Anna was a twin with her brother Andrew. Anna married once and lived in Crawford County her whole life.

4. Anna May/Mae Keller was born on 24 Nov 1864 in Morrow County, Ohio.

She married a Charles E. Buckingham on 5 December 1888  1882 probably in Morrow Co., Ohio.  They had at least three children:

Information about J. Clayton and Clara can be found at Find A Grave.  They are buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Galion, Ohio.

a. J. Clayton Buckingham born 13, October 1883, died 14 Sep 1921 and is buried in the Fairview Cemetery and shares the same tombstone as his Aunt Belle.

b. Alfred Ernest Buckingham b. 1887. He appears in obituaries but I can’t locate his grave at this time.

c.  Clara Mae Buckingham 1906-1949. Clara married a Mrs. Murdock. She is buried in Fairview Cemetery.

That December of 1883 another deed was created where Charles and Anna Buckingham sold land to W.F. Keller on 19 Dec. 1883.  I will present this deed in full when I share about W.F. Keller in a future post.  This deed involved John and Harriett Lacy, Henry and Martha Keller, the Buckinghams, Emma Helt, A. and Mary Shaffer, Joseph and Caroline Van Houten, Harrison and Amarilla Barr.  They were selling land to W. F. Keller and wife Ida C. Keller on the 19th of  December, 1883 in So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio. It involved 63 acres, FHL#1928211 Vol. 37, pg. 592.

Anna and Charles Buckingham appear in the 1870 with her mother and siblings, 1880 she is 15 years old in this census.  In the 1900 Anna is with Charles, Claty and Ernest.  This is the only census that Ernest appears with the family and they are in Morrow County at this time.

By 1910 the family includes Charles, Anna, Clate and Clara and they are living in Galion, Crawford Co. Charles, Anna and Clara are featured in the 1920 census.  In 1930 Charles and Anna are still together in Crawford County but they have a border by the name of Paul Yochem who is from Russia.  Charles is 66 years old and Anna is 65 so they are getting up in years.   The 1940 census has Anna by herself widowed.

Anna died on 28 August, 1946.  Her Certificate of Death #46838, Galion, Crawford Co., Ohio.

Reg Dist. N. 264, Primary 8106, Reg No. 82, Place of Death Crawford, Galion, 215 First Ave. in Community 43 years. Anna M. Buckingham, Female, W, Widowed, Charles E. Buckingham, Date of Birth Nov. 29, 1864, 81 yrs, 8 mos. 29 days. Born in Morrow Co., Ohio, Housework own home, Name of father unknown, Name of mother Eliza Keller, place of birth unknown. Informant A.E. Buckingham, 340 High St., Elyria, Ohio, Burial Aug. 31, 1946 in Fairview Cemetery, Galion, Ohio, Funeral Direct Fred W. Heitzman, #2394, Galion, Ohio. Died August 28, 1946 3:15 pm. Term of treatment Jan 5, 1946 to Aug 28, 1946. Carcinoma of pancreas. A. R. Kackley M.D., Galion, Ohio Aug. 29, 1946.

Galion Inquirer, Death of Anna Buckingham, Weds, August, 28, 1946.

Following ill-health for the past nine months, Mrs. Anna M. Buckingham passed away on Wednesday afternoon at 3:15 o’clock at her home 215 First avenue. Funeral Services will be held in First United Brethren church on Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock with Rev. C.V. Roop D.D. officiating. Interment will be made in Fairview cemetery. Friends may call at the Snyder funeral home. Mrs. Buckingham was born on Nov. 29, 1864 in Morrow county and 43 years ago she came to reside in Galion. She held membership in the United Brethren church, the Ladies Aid and Missionary Societies. Well Doers class of the Sunday school, and was prominently identified with the W.C.T.U. serving as director of the Flower and Relief department of the county organization. She was also a life member of Dick Morris Woman’s Relief Corps No. 160. The deceased was united in marriage on December 5, 1882 to Charles E. Buckingham who passed away on June 10, 1937. Surviving is one son, Alfred E. Buckingham, Elyria, and one daughter, Mrs. Clara Mae Murdock of this city. One granddaughter Mrs. Catherine Ver Soy, resides in Elyria, and one brother, Jes. Keller, at Mt. Gilead. A son, J. Clayton Buckingham, one sister and one brother are deceased.

Charles E. Buckingham, Anna’s husband, was born 1 March 1863 in Ohio and died 10 June 1937 in Galion, Ohio.  He is buried in Fairview Cemetery in Galion.

Galion Inquirer Newspaper, Thursday, June 10, 1937 “Charles E. Buckingham.”

Charles Edgar Buckingham, 74, well know Galion resident, and for the past 20 years stationary fireman at the electric light plant, died at 2:20 am today following an illness of two months duration. He came here from Sparta 34 years ago and had resided recently at 211 First Avenue. Mr. Buckingham was a member of the First United Brethren church, charter member of the Knights of Pythias and member of the National Association of Fireman Engineers. He was born in Knox County on March 1, 1863, the son of Joseph and Mary (Moxley) Buckingham. On Dec. 5, 1882 he was united in marriage to Miss Anna Mae Keller, who survives. A son, A Ernest Buckingham of Elyria, and daughter, Mrs. Clara Mae Murdock, Galion, two grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Ida McHenry, Hornbrook, Calif., and Mrs. Ada Crosby, Mt. Liberty, survive. One son preceded in death. Funeral services will be held at the family home Saturday at 2:30 pm. Rev. Fay M. Bowman, pastor of the U.B. Church, will officiate and interment will be made in Fairview cemetery by the Snyder Funeral Home. Friends may call at the home at any time.

In addition to the above an obituary there was a funeral description for Charles appears in the Galion paper Thursday, June 10, 1937, titled “Buckingham.

I am going to spread out the names of those who attended the funeral of Charles.

 Many relatives and friends attended the funeral services of the late Charles E. Buckingham, who passed away Thursday, following an illness of two months duration and which were held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock in the family home, 211 First Avenue.

The Rev. Fay M. Bowman, pastor of the U.B. church officiated, with the K of P. lodge conducting their services at the grave. Interment was made in Fairview cemetery in charge of the Snyder funeral home.

The pallbearers were: J. Lewis Gugler, Ira Williams, J.R. Rhodebeck, Harry Dye, Walter Williams and Harold Foos.

Those attending the services from out of the city were:

Mr. and Mrs. A. Ernest Buckingham, Elyria;

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Versoy, Cleveland;

Mrs. Ada Crosby, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Tucker, Roger Turner, Mr. and Mrs. Geneous Cramer, LeRoy Cramer, Mt. Liberty;

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Pearl, Mr. and Mrs. Clint D. Vail, Mrs. Hattie Sheeman, Miss Grace Sheeman, Miss Mabel Ewalt, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Cramer, Mrs. Dwight Cramer, Mt. Vernon;

Mr. and Mrs. Allen Ludwig, Gibsonburg;

Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Van Houten, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Romick, Dunkirk;

Mr. and Mrs. Orla Bair, Merril Keller, Mrs. C.B. Garst, Bucyrus;

Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Keller, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Keller, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Keller, Mrs. Ora Butler, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Slack, Miss Elsie Slack, Fern Slack, Sparta;

Fred Panasuck, Sharon, Pa.;

Mrs. Bertha Marlow, Marion;

Mr. and Mrs. Baker, Shelby; Mr. and Mrs. F.P. Vogel,

Mrs. Delpha Barr, Crestline.

With a little bit of effort I can identify these people at least some of them as part of the Keller family.  It is a very wonderful list.

At this time I come to the end of my posts on Peter and Eliza (Evertts) Keller’s family. There is so much more to do on this family such as estate papers, court documents, a revisit to the deeds for Morrow and now Crawford County, funeral records, cemetery records, followed by marriage and death and even more census work.  I feel I have left a lot undone but it is time to move on and share about more of Peter’s siblings.


Peter and Eliza’s third or may fourth child was Andrew J. Keller.  He was a twin to his sister Anna and I don’t know who came first. There is a lot to cover on both, so I am concentrating on Andrew in this post and then his sister Anna in the next.

3. Andrew J. Keller he was born 29 Nov 1864 in Knox Co. and died 31, Dec. 1917 in North Bloomfield Twp., Morrow Co., Ohio.

Andrew appears in the 1870 U.S. Census with his siblings and mother.  He is also in the 1880 Census with his mother Eliza and he is 18 years old.  See Eliza’s post dated 5 May, 2014.

There is a death certificate for Andrew J. Keller, Reg Dist. 5424 #79930. This states his birth date was  29 Nov, 1864. J. P. Keller was the informant, residing in Galion, Ohio just put “Ohio” for his father’s place of birth.

Andrew is buried in the Blooming Grove Cemetery, Morrow Co., Ohio. He died of pneumonia. Find A Grave has his tombstone.  This cemetery is in northern Morrow County in North Bloomfield Twp. southeast of Galion which is in Crawford County, Ohio.  North Bloomfield is right on the southern border of Crawford County, Ohio.

Andrew married four times.  The book “History of Morrow County, Ohio: A Narrative Account…written by Abraham J. Baughman in 1911 (pg. 694-695) features Andrew. This book is at Google books.  Have fun reading this which is an amazing article with a lot of detail.  Be careful there are several versions of the Morrow County history, make sure you get the 1911 version.

Andrew J. Keller — A skilful and practical farmer of North Bloomfield township, Morrow county, Andrew J. Keller is meeting with excellent success in his operations, his agricultural labors being systematic and thorough, insuring the best possible results. A native of Morrow county, he was born November 29, 1864, in South Bloomfield township, and was there reared on a farm. His father, Peter Keller, served as a member of the One Hundred and Forty-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil war, and died about four years after its close. He married Eliza A. Everts, who was born in Knox County, Ohio, and died in Morrow county in 1907. Four children were born of their union, as follows: Belle, wife of Joseph Mill’s; Jesse C. of Kansas City, Missouri, married Eva Stromberg; and Anna M. twin sister of Andrew J., is the wife of C.E. Buckingham, of Galion, Ohio.

Spending his boyhood days in South Bloomfield township Andrew J. Keller obtained his early education at the Red Hill district, attending the winter terms of school until sixteen years old, when he began working for wages. Two years later he began farming for his Grandmother Everts, having charge of her estate for about four years. Coming to North Bloomfield township in 1889, Mr. Keller has since been advantageously engaged in agricultural pursuits, his farm of one hundred and forty-three acres being one of the best-managed and most productive in the township. It is pleasantly located about three and one-half miles southeast of Galion, and is devoted to the raising of grain and stock, profitable industries.

Mr. Keller has been four times married. He married first, December 28, 1886, Ora Howard, a daughter of Morgan and Mary (Potts) Howard, of Bennington township, Morrow county. She died May 8, 1888, and their only child, Mary D., died in infancy. Mr. Keller married second, November 16, 1889, Mrs. Mary (Loveland) Cronenwett, who was born in Kansas August 9, 1869, a daughter of Layfayette and Sarah (Southert) Loveland, natives of Huron county, Ohio. She passed to the life beyond October 9, 1901, having borne him five children, namely, Howard J., born December 11, 1890; James P., born October 31, 1892; John L., born November 27, 1895; Anna M. born March 6, 1900; and Lafayette, born October 2, 1901, died October 7, 1901. On November 26, 1902, Mr. Keller married for his third wife Mrs. Mary (Van Buskirk) Long, who was born in Huron county, Ohio, in 1872, and she died in March, 1905, leaving no children. Mr. Keller married on August 19, 1908, Miss Carrie Holman, who was born in Crawford Co., Ohio, July 15, 1872, a daughter of John and Hannah (Brown) Holman, and they have one child, Edna L., born July 27, 1909. Mrs. Keller’s father, John Holman was born in Ross Co., Ohio, November 7, 1828, and subsequently settled in Crawford county, Ohio. To him and his wife five children were born as follows: Lucilia, deceased, was the wife of Edward Norris; J.B. Holman of Findlay, Ohio; Guy C., deceased; Carrie, now Mrs. Keller; and Mertie, wife of Allen Shoup. Mr. and Mrs. Keller are trustworthy members of the United Brethren church of Galion. They belong to the Polk Grange at Galion, also being active and interested members. Politically Mr. Keller casts his vote irrespective of party relations, being independent.

Andrew and his children below are based on the above bio:

First wife – Ora Howard married 28 December, 1886

a.  Mary D. Keller ca. 1887 died young and her mother was Ora Howard.  Ora Howard was born in 1869 and died 8 May 1888 in Morrow Co., Ohio.  She is buried in the Marengo Cemetery in Marengo, Ohio per Find A Grave. Her parents were Morgan Howard and Mary Potts.  It looks like her parents are also buried in the Marengo Cemetery with additional information and photos at Find A Grave.

Second wife:  Mary Callista Loveland Cronenwett married about 1889

In 1885 Andrew J. Keller sold land to his uncle W. F. Keller and wife Martha.  It was 63 acres in So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio.  The deed was done on 30 November 1885, Vol. 43, pg. 57 FHL#388692, pg. 186.  I did not make a copy of this from the Morrow County Deeds, my focus at the time I did the deed research was on his grandfather John Keller.  From this point on it looks like Andrew made his home in North Bloomfield, Morrow County, Ohio.  I think this means more deed research and maybe a revisit to the Morrow County Atlases?

These next children were born with the 2nd wife, Mary Callista Loveland Cronenwett.  Mary was born 9 Aug 1869 in Kansas and died 9 October 1901 in Morrow Co., Ohio.  She is buried in the Blooming Grove Cemetery in Morrow Co., Ohio and there is a picture of her tombstone at Find A Grave.  Her parents were Lafayette Loveland and Sarah Southert.  The name “Cronenwett” implies she was married before but this would need to be verified.

Here are the children of Andrew and Mary C.

b. Howard James Keller was born 11 December, 1890 and died 7 November, 1919 in Galion, Crawford Co., Ohio.  He is buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Galion, Ohio.  See Find A Grave.

He married Pearl Ione Vollrath about 1911.  Pearl was born 7 January, 1891 in Bucyrus, Ohio to Frederick Vollrath and Emma Jackson and died 12 April 1934 in Galion, Crawford Co., Ohio. She is buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Bucyrus see Find A Grave for more details and use her remarried name to find her.

Howard and Pearl had 2 children:  Merril Keller born about 1913 and Eugenia Keller born about 1915.

Pearl remarried on 25 December, 1923 in Bucyrus to a Willard Earl Eichelberger.

Galion Inquirer Newspaper, Friday Nov. 7, 1919 “Called to the Church Triumphant After a Long Illness.”

Howard Keller, a resident of this city during the past two years, passed away this morning at 5 o’clock at his home on Summit avenue, dread tuberculosis being the cause of his death. Two years ago Mr. Keller and his family came to this city from Michigan, where he owned considerable land and was engaged in farming, being forced to abandon his work on account of ill-health.

Deceased was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Keller, who resided east of Galion and was born in that vicinity having reached the age of 29 years. About eight years ago he was united in marriage to Miss Pearl Vollrath, who made her home with the Jackson family about five miles east of the city. He was a life long member of the United Brethren church and Sunday school. Mr. Keller is survived by his widow and two children, Merril aged 6 and Eugenia, aged 4: a stepmother Mrs. Carrie Keller, First avenue; one brother John Keller, Lincoln Way east this city and a number of relatives. His brother Paul preceeded him in death last March.

The remains will be taken to the L.J. Snyder & Co., chapel on Sunday morning and private funeral services will be conducted from the chapel on Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Rev. C.O. Callender of the United Brethren Church will officiate. Interment will be made in Fairview cemetery.

c.  James Paul Keller was born 31 October 1892 in Galion, Crawford Co., Ohio and died 5 April 1919 in Galion.  He is buried in the Fairview Cemetery.  See Find A Grave for more information.

James Paul went by “Paul.”  He married Edna Leona Rhinehart on 26 March 1914 in Galion.  They had two children 1) Gerald “Jerry” Leroy Keller born about 1916 and 2) Robert Keller born about 1917.

Galion Inquirer Newspaper, Saturday April 5, 1919, “Keller.”

Paul Keller died at his home on South Boston street this morning at 7:25 o’clock. Mr. Keller had been in comparatively good health until last Monday morning when he was taken ill with influenza, pneumonia developing later causing his death this morning. Mrs. Keller and two sons are also ill at the present with the disease.

Mr. Keller was born in this city and had reached the age of 26 years. On March 26, 1914 he was married to Miss Edna Leona Rhinehart in this city. They were blessed with two sons, Gerald, aged three and one-half years and Robert aged two years. Mr. Keller was the son of the late Andrew Keller and lived east of the city on a farm for a number of years. For some time he has been employed as electric welder at the Erie shops. He was a member of the United Brethren church. He is survived by his widow and two children, a stepmother, Mrs. Carrie Keller, two brothers, Howard and John Keller, two half-sisters, Edna and Mary Helen Keller, all of this city.

Private funeral services will be conducted from his late home on South Boston street, on Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Rev. C.C. Callender of the U.B. church will officiate. Interment will be made at Fairview cemetery.

d.  John L. Keller born was born 27 November, 1895 in North Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio and he died 6 June 1983 in Bucyrus, Ohio. He is buried in the Iberia Cemetery in Morrow Co., Ohio.  Other sources have his birth 17, November, 1895 – Morrow Co. Gen. Society 1880-1895 Births of Morrow Co., Vol. 2, A-z pg. 62 Keller.

John married Valeta Knell on 12 July 1916 in Galion.  She was the daughter of Calvin Knell and Clara Garhart.  She was born about 1894 and died 7 Aug 1965 in Galion.  She is buried in Iberia Cemetery.  There is no information at Find A Grave at this time, it is only 50% photographed for this cemetery.

Bucyrus Telegraph Forum Newspaper, Wednesday, June 8, 1983, “Death John L. Keller.”

John L. Keller, 87, 929 Harding Way East, Galion, died Monday afternoon, June 6 in Galion Community Hospital. He had been in the Galion Nursing Home several months. Mr. Keller was born in Galion, Nov. 26, 1895 to Andrew J. and Mary (Loveland) Keller. He married Valetta Knell; she died in 1963. Surviving are two granddaughters, Mrs. Russell (Michelle) Pontinen, San Antonio, Tex., and Miss Nicole Keller, Galion, one great-grandchild and two step sisters, Mrs. Edna Farina and Mary Ellen Keller, both of Galion. One son, Norwood, died in 1976. One brother also preceded him in death. Mr. Keller was owner-operator of the former Keller Dairy for 40 years, retiring in 1960. He was a member of the First Lutheran ChurchFuneral services will be held at 1 pm Thursday at the Volk-Richardson Funeral Home, Galion, with Rev. Ronald Orovitz officiating. Burial will be in Iberia Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 pm Wednesday at the funeral home.

In the above obituary they have Norwood’s death as 1976 and I think that is a mistake. This will need to be verified, see the information below which gives the year as 1958 for Norwood’s death.

Bucyrus Telegraph Forum Newspaper, Wednesday Saturday, August 7, 1965, “Mrs. V.C. Keller Succumbs Today Services Monday,”

Galion – Mrs. Valeta C. Keller, 71, succumbed at her home at 921 Harding Way E. 2:30 am this morning. The deceased was a daughter of the late Calvin and Clara Garhart Knell. She married John L. Keller July 12, 1916 who survives along with two grandchildren. Her son Norwood preceded her in death in 1958. The family has been in the dairy and delivery service business for 34 years. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday at 1 pm with the Rev. James Fresh officiating at the Volk-Richardson Funeral Home. Calling hours will be held Sunday from 2 to 5 and from 7 to 9 pm at the funeral home. Burial to be in the Iberia Cemetery.

Norwood K. Keller born 25 July 1917 in Galion to John and Valeta and died 31 March 1958 in Galion.  He is also buried in Iberia Cemetery.  Norwood married Madelon Parish on 2 September, 1935 in Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky.  They had Nikola B. and Michele J. Keller.

Bucyrus Telegraph Forum Newspaper, Tuesday, April 1, 1958 (died Mon. 31, March. 1958, “Norwood K. Keller Former Galionite, Dies in Columbus.”

Galion – Norwood Keith Keller, 40 year old salesman for different manufacturing concerns who resided at 513 N. Columbus St., died Monday at 2:40 pm in University Hospital Columbus. He had been ill three months. A native of Galion, Mr. Keller was born July 25, 1917, the son of John L. and Valeta Knell Keller. He was married Sept 2, 1935 to Madelon Parish at Louisville, Ky. Surviving are his widow, two daughters, Nikola B. and Michelle J. Keller, both at home, and his parents Mr. and Mrs. John L. Keller of 929 Harding Way E, Galion. Mr. Keller was formerly employed with the Galion All-Steel Body Company. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:30 pm in the Snyder Funeral Home in charge is the Rev. R.R. Elliker, pastor of the First United Church of Christ of which Mr. Keller was a member. Burial will be in the Iberia Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home.

Galion Inquirer paper also had his obituary notice with some repetition, Tuesday, April 1, 1958, here is shorten version:

Norwood Knell Keller, 40, died at 2:30 pm Monday in the University Hospital, Columbus, where he was admitted on March 28. His residence was at 518 N. Columbus St. He was the son of John L. and Valeta Knell Keller of 929 Harding Way E. He was born in Galion on July 25, 1917. On Sept. 2, 1939, he was united in marriage to the former Madelon Parish who survives, along with the parents. Also surviving are two daughters, Nicole D. and Michele J. Keller, both at home. Mr. Keller had lived here all of his life. He was a member of the First United Church of Christ and of the Galion Elks Lodge No. 1191…

e.  Anna May (Mae) Keller was born 6 March, 1900 probably Morrow Co., Ohio and died 14 December, 1912 in Morrow Co., Ohio.  She is buried in Blooming Grove Cemetery in Morrow Co. Ohio.

 Anna May Keller died at the home of her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Goldsmith at 1 o’clock this morning, aged 12 years, 3 months and 8 days. Funeral at the Goldsmith home on East Main street, Monday morning at 10 o’clock conducted by Rev. A. Snider, with interment in Blooming Grove. Taken ill with a severe attack of la grippe, last January, Miss Kellar was compelled to leave school…The deceased was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Keller, and was born March 6, [1900]. Her mother dying when Anna was but twenty months old, the little one was taken by her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Goldsmith with whom she has ever since made her home… She is survived by her father, Andrew J. Keller, two half-sisters, Edna and Mary Kellar, four brothers Howard, Paul, John and LaFayette and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Goldsmith.

This article implies that Mary’s mother Sarah remarried to a Mr. Goldsmith?

f.  Lafayette Keller born 2 October 1901 in North Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio and died 7 October 1901.

Andrews family in 1900

Andrews family in 1900

Source:  1900 U.S. Federal Census, North Bloomfield Twp., Morrow Co., Ohio, SD#13, ED#104, Sht #7, enumerated on 18-19 June, 1900 by David K. Mitchell

Andrew and Mary C in 1900.  The only census where they appear together.

Line 95, 173, 175 Keller Andrew, Head, w, M, Nov. 1864, 35, M, 11, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, Farmer, O, yes, yes, ys, O, 7, &, 151. Keller, Mary C., wife, w, F, July 1869, 30 M, 11, 4/4, Kansas, Ohio, New Jersey, housewife, O, yes, yes, yes. Keller, Howard J. son, w, M, Dec 1890, 9, S, Ohio, Ohio, Kansas, at School, O, yes, yes, yes. Keller, James P. son, w, M, Oct 1892, 7 S, Ohio, Ohio, Kansas, at School, O, yes, yes, yes. Keller, John L, son w, M, Nov. 1895, 4 S, Ohio, Ohio, Kansas, O, no, no, yes. Keller, Anna M, daughter, w, F, Mar 1900, 2/12, S, Ohio, Ohio, Kansas.

Third wife:  Mary Van Buskirk Long

Andrew had no children with the 3rd wife Mary Van Buskirk Long.  Mary was born about 1872 in Huron Co., Ohio and died about March 1905.

Fourth wife:  Carry A. Holman

In 1908 he married for the 4th time to  Carry A. Holman and had several more children. Carry was the daughter of John Holman.  In her obit and death certificate her mother is listed as Hannah Brown.  However, the marriage license says Anna Bauer?

She was born 15 July 1872 in Spore, Crawford Co., Ohio and died 16 May 1938 in Galion.  She is buried in the Spore Cemetery (Bethel) in Spore, Ohio.

Source:  Marriage License Application Record #219, Probate Court, Crawford Co., Ohio.

Andrew J. Keller to Carrie Holman.  Andrew J. Keller, 43 years, 29 November 1907 residence Morrow Co., Ohio and place of birth Morrow Co. Ohio, Farmer, father Peter Keller, mother Eliza Ann Evrets, married 3 times previously. Carrie Holman, 36 years of age on 10 July, 1908 residence Bucyrus, Crawford Co., Ohio. Her place of birth Holmes Tp., no occupation, father John Holman and mother Anna Bauer. not previously married and is not a widow or divorced. By Rev. J. O. Knepp on 19 day August, 1908. 

Andrews and Carrie’s children:

e.  Edna Keller born 27 July 1909 in Crawford Co., Ohio.

d.  Mary Ellen Keller.  I do not know much about Mary. She was not married at the death of her mother Carrie in 1938.

Certificate of Death for Mrs. Carrie Alverde Keller #27075, May 16, 1938

Crawford Co, City of Galion, Reg Dist# 264, Primary Reg. 8106, 139 South Riblet St. Mr.s Carrie Alverde Keller, Female, White, Widow, Andrew J. Keller, DOB July 15, 1872, 75, 10 mos, 1 day, Housewife. POB 6 miles West of Bucyrus, Ohio. Father John Holman, born Ross Co., Ohio. Mother Hannah Brown born Canada. Informant Mary Ellen Keller, same address in Galion. Burial in Bethel Cemetery May 18, 1938. Funeral Firm Whittridge Mortuary, etc. Date of Death May 16, 1938. In care from May 16, 1936 to May 16, 1938. Death occurred 2:30 pm. Cause of death unreadable but maybe stroke and contributing cause arteriosclerosis. Signed by A.R.[Kackly], 5/16/1938, Galion, Ohio. 

Galion Inquirer newspaper, Tuesday, May 17, 1938 “Carrie Keller Funeral Services, Wednesday 1 pm.

Services for Mrs. Carrie Keller, 65, who passed away at her home at 139 South Riblet street, yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock will be held from the late home Wednesday afternoon at one o’clock. Rev. H.K. Freeman of the First Baptist church will officiate and interment will be made in the Bethel cemetery at Spore. Mrs. Keller had been bedfast since two years ago last March and complications caused her death. She was the daughter of John and Hannah (Brown) Holman and was born at Spore, six miles northwest of Bucyrus on July 15, 1872. Her marriage to Andrew J. Keller who passed away December 17, 1917, was on August 19, 1908 at Bucyrus. Mrs. Keller had made her home in Galion and vicinity since her marriage. Surviving are two daughters at home, Edna and Mary Ellen, and one step-son, John L. Keller of Galion; a sister, Mrs. Allen Shupp of Milan, Michigan. A sister and two brothers are deceased.

Source: 1910 U.S. Federal Census North Bloomfield Twp., Morrow Co., Ohio SD#13, ED#157, Sht 9A, 6 May, 1910 by R. Hayes Cramer.   This appears to be the only census for Carrie and Andrew together.

Line 14, 207, 208, Keller, Andrew J., M, W, age 45, M[ ], one year, Born Ohio, parents born Ohio, farmer, general; Keller, Carry A., wife, F, W, age 47 m1, 1, 1, 1, Born Ohio, father Ohio, mother [ ] ; Keller, James P, son, M, W, age 17 single, Ohio, farm laborer, general farm; Keller, John S., son, M, W age 14, single, Ohio. Keller, Edna [ ], daughter, F, W, 4/12, Single, Ohio; Heofman/Hoefmin, John, Father in law, M, W, age 81 Wd, Ohio, parents PA.

There is so much more to be done regarding Andrew and his family which includes a more in-depth census study of his descendants.  Other sources to search are  probate research on Andrew and who he acted as Executor or Administrator for.  Revisiting deeds and land records would be in order and digging into vital records and obituary notices for more of the descendants.

However, it is now time to move on and share about his sister Anna Keller Buckingham.

Peter and Eliza Keller had four children.  Here I feature the first two Joanna/Belle and Jesse.

1.  Joanna Isabella Keller was born 17 April, 1858 in Morrow Co., Ohio. She went by the nickname “Belle.” Belle was married four times.

This is what I have been able to learn about Belle and her life but there is so much more to do, she has not been easy to track.

She appears in the 1860, 1870 and 1880 U.S. Census with her mother Eliza living in So. Bloomfield Twp., Morrow. Co., Ohio.

There is a marriage for Belle to a Milton Foust on 28 January 1888 on the Index at FamilySearch for Ohio Marriages.  Unfortunately we cannot track Belle in the 1890 census because it was destroyed in a fire and Ohio does not have state census.  I actually have not been successful with finding her in the census and maybe have to try again now that I know more about her.

In the History of Morrow County, Narrative…published in 1911, she is listed under her brother Andrew’s biography as Belle Mills. (See Andrew’s information in the next post).   In  Andrew’s obituary notice for 1918 she is listed as Belle Thompson and she was living in Cardington, Ohio.  I have not been able to determine if Belle had any children.

At Find A Grave there is a tombstone for a J. Clayton Buckingham in the Fairview cemetery who is the son of Anna Keller Buckingham, a sister, and next to his name is a Belle Frey with the date of 1858 to 1932.  She died 3 January 1933 the widow of Charles Frey.

Belle married Charles Frey 30 October 1923 in Henry Co., Ohio. He was 53 years old and the son of Martin Frey and Anna Hollingswenth.  She married him under the name Belle Mills.  He was born about 1870 in Allegheny Co., PA. On the marriage records Belle listed her three husbands: Milton Foust, Joseph Mills and C or E______ Thompson, possibly Elmer. It looks like she is a widow and maybe divorced as well?

There is a death certificate for Belle which was filled out by her sister Anna, notice the spelling of her name.

Source:  Certificate of Death, Johan Isabell Fry, Dunkirk, Hardin Co., Ohio 3, January, 1933. Reg District 536, Primary 2571, Johan Isabell Fry, Buckeye St, Female, White, Married, DOB Apl 17, 1858, 74 years 8 mos. 16 days. Housewife, POB Sparta, Morrow Co., Ohio. Father Peter Keller, born Ohio, Mother Eliza Everts., Sparta, Ohio. Informant Anna Buckingham, Galion, O. Burial in Galion Cemetery, January 5, 1933. Geiper Bros., Dunkirk, O., Died 3 January 1933. Attended from Aug 9, 1932 to Jan 3, 1933. Cancer of Breast and stomach. J.S. Hedrick, MD. Jan 3, 1933, Dunkirk, Ohio.

In October 1883, Joanna and Jesse sold land to their uncle Henry Keller.

Source:  Deeds: Morrow County, Ohio, Recorder of Deeds, Jesse C. Keller and Joanna I. Keller, 9 October 1883, Vol. 37, pg. 402, FHL#1928221, Twp., 6, 63 acres.

Their grandfather John Keller died on 4 May 1880, so the land that they are selling is their inheritance from their grandfather because Peter there father had died in 1869 eleven years before his father’s death. Remember that these pages as you see below in the photograph are from the clerk books and written in the hand of the clerk of the Registrar of Deeds and are not signed in the handwriting of the person.  The original deed was probably with the family.

Jesse & Joanna sell to Henry Keller

Jesse & Joanna sell 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 paid 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 by Jesse C. Keller (Seal)  Joanna I. Keller (Seal)

Signed Sealed and Delivered
In Presence of  Susanna J. Roberts and 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

2.  Jesse Clayton Keller was born on 9 June 1860 in Morrow Co., Ohio.

He appears in the 1870 and 1880 U.S. Census with his mother Eliza.  See previous post about Eliza.

There is a record of a Jesse Keller marrying a Stevannas Parrish on 12 Aug, 1878 at the Knox Co., Ohio given to me by the Knox County Genealogical Society in Mt. Vernon.  There are actual handwritten permission slips from her guardian William King and his mother Eliza A. Keller mother giving permission for this marriage.  What happened to Stevannas, I do not know.

Jesse appears with his mother Eliza Denzer in the 1880 U.S. Census and there is no Stevannas with him? See previous post about Eliza for source info.

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.

In October 1883 he co-signs a deed with his sister Joana selling land to Henry Keller, his uncle.  See the deed mentioned above under Joanna (Belle).

In the 1900 census Jesse appears in Lyon Twp., Dickensen, Kansas (SD#5, ED#43, Sht 16, enumerated on 11 June 1900 by Fred [Laphour]. He is with Eva K.  I have her name as Eva Stromberg born 1858 in Sweden.

Line 64, 341, 343 Keller, Jesse C. Head, W, M, June 1866, 39, M, 15, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, Dray ____, O, yes, yes, yes, yes, R, H. Keller Eva K. wife, W, F, Oct. 1858, 41 M, 15, 8 born, 6 living, Sweden, Sweden, 1880, 26, yes, yes, yes. Children father Ohio, mother born Sweden. Keller, Leola D. daughter, W, F. Sep 1886, 13, S, Kansas, at school, 9, yes, yes, yes. Carl C. son, W, M, July 1889, 10 S, Kansas, at school, 9, yes, yes, yes. Eva A. daughter W. F., Jan 1891, 9, S, Kansas, at school, 9, yes, yes, yes. John F. son, W, M, Oct. 1894, 5, S, Kansas. Walter D., son, W, M, July 1897, 2, S, Kansas, Brent A., son, W, M. Feb. 1900 3/12, S, Kansas. 

Ten years later he  is now in Kansas City Twp., Wyandotte Co., Kansas (SD#2, ED #1520, Sht. 4, enumerated on 18 April, 1910 by A.G. Harrod.

Line 90, 346, 75, 79, Keller, Jesse C., Head, M, W, 49, M1, 24, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, English, Laborer, Farm, W, No. 40, yes, yes, R, H, 2, 1, 0, 0. Keller, Eva, wife, F, W, 51, M1 24, 8, 5, Sweden, Sweden, Sweden, 1880 Na., English, none, yes, yes. Keller, Dott, Daughter, F, W, 23, S, Kansas, Ohio, Sweden, English, Stenographer, General, W, yes, O, Yes, Yes, No, 10, 8, 4, x. Keller, Clayton C., son, M, W, 20, S, Kansas, Ohio, Sweden, English, Clerk, Office, W, No. O, yes, yes, No. Keller, John, son, M, W, 16, S, Kansas, Ohio, Sweden, English, Clerk, Drug, W, No. 2nd, yes, yes, No. Keller, Bert E., son, M, W, 10, S, Kansas, Ohio, Sweden, English, None, yes, yes, yes,

Kansas State census for 1915 has him in Bonner Springs, Wyandotte, Kansas with just Eva, Clayton and Bert remaining.

In 1940 he is living in Galion, Crawford Co., Ohio and alone.

Source: 1940 U.S. Federal Census, Jesse C. Keller, Galion, Crawford Co., Ohio, Twp. Polk, Ward 3 SD8, ED 17-25, Sht 5B, May 3, 1940 by Roland E. Ireland.

502/128/R/5/No, Keller, Jessee C. Head, M, W, 79 WD, No. 8, Ohio, Same House, no, no, no, yes, 0, 0, yes

Jesse died in Galion, Ohio in 15 Jan 1952 and is buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Galion. You will find his grave at Find A Grave under Jess Clayton Keller.

Source:  Death Certificate, Jesse Clayton Keller, #05263, Morrow Co., Ohio,

Place of Death Morrow County, Mt. Gilead, 7 months at the Morrow County Home, 125 So. Rich St. Jesse Clayton Keller, DOD Jan. 14, 1952, Male, White, Divorced, DOB June 9, 1860, age 91. Transfer and Livery Ret. POB Morrow Co., Ohio. Father Peter Keller, Mother Elizabeth Anna Evert. Informant CC Keller. Died of Coronary Thrombosis, arterio sclerosis. Attended from Dec 23, 1951 to Jan 14, 1952 death at 1:20 pm, Joseph P. Ingmire MD. Mt. Gilead, O. 1/14/52 Burial Jan 17, 1952 Fairview, Galion, Crawford Co., Ohio. Funeral Director Fred W. Heitzman #2394.

Galion Inquirer Tuesday January 15, 1952.

An illness of several years duration caused the death yesterday at 1:20 pm of Jesse Clayton Keller, 91 year old Morrow County man. A former resident of 125 South Rich street, Mt. Gilead, Mr. Keller passed away in the Morrow County Home where he was admitted last May. He was a retired transfer and livery business proprietor and was born in Morrow county June 9, 1860, son of Peter and Elizabeth Anna Evert Keller. Surviving are two sons and two daughters: Mrs. Andrew Ostrum, Edinburg, Texas, C.C. Keller, Overland Park, Kansas, Mrs. J.E. Swenson, Biloxi, Miss., and Bert E. Keller, Kansas City, Kans.; 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. There are also several nephews and nieces remaining. A brother and two sisters are deceased. Friends may call at the Snyder funeral home after 7 o’clock this evening. Services will be conducted at the funeral home Thursday at 2 pm followed by burial in Fairview Cemetery. 

Jesse and Eva had the following children based on the census and other source documents.  I have not tried to dig further into the whereabouts of Jesse’s children and his wife Eva, it probably means researching in Kansas.

    • Leola Dott b. 1886 married Andrew Ostrum from what I can figure out from obituary notices.
    • Carl Clayton Keller born 1889 died 1921.
    • Eva Keller b. 1891 married J.E. Swensen, from what I can figure out from obituary notices.
    • John T. Keller b. 1894
    • Walter D. Keller b. 1897 died before 1910
    • Bert E. Keller b. 1900

It would be great to do more on each of these two individuals and their descendants for there are a lot of possibilities in the above information, but it is time to move onto share about their two siblings Andrew and Anna.  Please double check all this information, I do try to be accurate but it can get overwhelming.


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