Eliza Keller is now on her own after the death of her husband Peter Keller. She has several small children to care for and raise. She is living close to Peter’s parents John and Mary Keller and a sibling of Peter’s in 1870. Her parents are living near by as well.
The 1870 U.S. Census lists Eliza Keller but no Peter.
Source: 1870 U.S. Census, So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio, pg. 21, Post Office: Sparta, July 13, 1870, by Perry M. [Morris].
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; [Lovina], 21, female, keeping house, born Ohio.
A very interesting event occurs by the 1880 U.S. Federal Census. We find Eliza still living in Morrow County but she has a different last name.
1880 U.S. Federal Census, So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio, pg. 9, SD 5, ED 133, Sheet A. 348.
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 name could be Elisha), 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.
It looks like Eliza remarried but where is the husband, Mr. Denzer? In this census Eliza’s parents are living with her. Mr. Denzer is very mysterious.
Eliza’s mother Elizabeth sells land to Henry Keller on the 28th of March, 1882.
Source: Deeds, Morrow Co., Ohio, Vol. 36, pg. 34, FHL#1928220. Have we found a possible brother by the name of Elisha or is that her father. I am leaning toward this Elisha as being a brother because father would be listed on this deed with Elizabeth as the wife. This is not the case. I have not done any searching for the Evertts family which needs to be done.
I, Elizabeth A. Evertts or Morrow County the Grantor, for and in consideration of Twenty Six hundred & Seventeen dollars fifty cents $2617.50 received in full satisfaction of Henry Keller…township of So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio. Being a part of the West half of the South East Quarter of Section Eleven (11) Township six (6) Range fifteen (15) Bounded as follows on the North by lands of Eliza A. Keller on the East by lands of Burr Harris Joshua Harris and Sara Ann [Dusline] on the South by lands of J.W. Gardner on West by lands of Alice Coile and Township road and lands of Eliza Ann Keller Said described premises to contain Fifty two acres and Fifty Six rods. By our hands on the 28th day of March 1882 In the presence of [H.D. Weaver and Th. S. Weaver] Signed by Elisabeth A. Everts and Elisha Everts. Notarized and signed by the Clerk.
Peter served in the Civil War for a brief time and in 1890 Eliza shows up in the special census that was done in 1890. Someday, I just might get Peter’s Civil War service and pension file to see what it will reveal if anything, they cost a lot now but maybe I can get some help.
Eliza appears on the 189o Special Schedule, Surviving Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, Widows etc. S.D. 5, ED 229, Bennington Twp. Eliza is listed on line 39: 172/194 Eliza A. widow of Keller Peter, Rank, Private, Company, A, Name of Regmt., 142, Ohio, N. ls, Date of Enlistment, 12 May 1864, Date of Discharge 1 Sept 1864, Length of Service – 3, 20.
Remarried Widow: Denzer, Eliza A., Peter Keller soldier, A.142 Ohio Inf. #187992, filed on October 5, 1901. Index to Remarried Widow Pension Applications 1860-1934.
Tracking Eliza further she is still in Morrow Co., Ohio in the 1900 U.S. Federal Census.
Source: 1900 U.S. Census, Sparta Village, SD13, ED 107, Sheet 10, Thomas F. Leonard 27th Day of June, 1900. This time she is using her Keller name and her mother is listed as head.
Line 4, 234, 256, Evarts, Elizabeth A. Head, W, F, Jan 1812, age 88 Wd, 5 children born 1 survives, born PA, father born PA, mother born Ireland, R, H.; 257 Keller, Eliza A. Daughter W, F. Mar. 1839, age 61 wd, 4 children born 4 survive, born Ohio, father born Vermont, mother born PA, both yes, yes, yes.
There is a tombstone at Find A Grave featured in the Fairview Cemetery in Galion, Crawford Co., Ohio plot: Section 11, that has an Eliza Keller name, if this is truly her she lived a long life dying at age 68. Unfortunately online indexes start in 1908 so I have not been able to find a death record for her.
Eliza A. Keller 1839 to 1907