Ohio did not have state census but they do have tax records. Family Search has them online at their website for several counties, except Knox County. I keep hoping they will finish the database one day.


When I visited Ohio in September of 2011, I was at the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus and I slogged through the tax films for Knox.  You have to be very careful for they sort of mush together and it is easy to lose track of where you are in the years because they look so similar from page to page and they are very difficult to read being dark and fuzzy.

In 2013 when I was in Salt Lake City I looked at tax records for Knox County a second time.  It was in hopes that the films might be a little clearer.  These records are on film at the Family History Library from 1801 to 1814 series and Knox County covers 1816-1838 on 9 microfilms.  I did not do all years and I was looking for several surnames in my family, which makes it harder.

There is a book Index to Ohio Tax Records that gives each county and the years that are available.  It also lists the people’s names but you have to look at the original tax record to get the details.  There is a CD Rom at Family Search on their computers in-house:  Ohio Land and Tax Records, 1787-1840 by Genealogical Publishing Co. you can buy it from the publisher on a Family Archive CD.

In the Knox County tax records, I found a Henry Keller listed next to a John Keller. I found Henry and John Keller in the years 1833 to 1837. These tax records consist of two pages each with lots of numbers and tax categories. I have provided only the information on the first page which contains the land description.  Column titles for these tax records vary, here are a few: Name, proprietor, owner; Range, Township, Section, Lot, Lots or Quarter, Acres, Value, State Tax, [8] Tax, Whole amount.

1833: No. 19 Wayne Township Lands continued from 1833:

1833 Knox County Taxes

1833 Knox County Taxes

Keller Henry (very hard to read) R14, T7, S3, NW part, acres 140, $290

1834: No. 19 Wayne Township Personal Property for 1834

1834 Knox Co Taxes

1834 Knox Co Taxes

Keller, John, R14, T 7, S3, pt. 10, acres 07, value 014

Keller, Henry R14, T7, S3 NW prt 6, acres 140, value 290.

Again No. 19 Wayne Township personal property,

 Keller, Henry, Cattall No. 4, value 32 total 32

1835, List of Lands returned delinquent  Year 1835, with the tax interest and penalty No. 19 Wayne Township.  There are published tax duplicate booklet indexes for 1825 and 1835. I have here the original tax record on microfilm.

Keller, Henry R 14, T 7, S3, NW pt 6, 140, 290 etc.

Keller John R14, T7, S3 pt 10, 7, 14 etc.

1836 John Keller No. 19. Wayne, proprietor Keller, John, R 14, T 7, S3, pt. 10, acres 007, value 015.

1837 John Keller No. 19 page 1 and 2 for Wayne Twp., Knox Co. Owner

Names John Keller,  R14, Tp. 7 Section 3, pt. 10, 007 acres, value .

As you can see Henry has disappeared by 1836.

There are two deeds one in 1829 and then one in 1835 in the Knox County, Ohio deed records. The two deeds were typed into the clerk book, not handwritten, so they might read a little oddly. These are deeds that have been copies several times.

Marvin Tracy Auditor to 

Henry Keller entered for record

October 4, A.D. 1829

 This INDENTURE witnessth that where as proceedings were had that on the 13th day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-six William Y. Farguhar the then Auditor of Knox County in the State of Ohio, at Public Auction, sold unto Jacob M. Banning of said county one hundred and forty acres of land being part of the following described tract charged on the Duplicate of said county with the taxes thereof, in the name of Anthony Weigbert, towit: four hundred and five acres in Range 14, Township 7, Section 3, Lot 6 said 140 acres bounded as follows, towit; Beginning at the North West Corner of the above described tract, thence east 149 poles and 17 links to a stake and stone from whence a Beech 8 inches in diameter, bears N & 3 ½ W dist. 20 links, Thence south 149 poles, and 17 links to a post, from whence a Beech 9 inches diam. Bears S. 3 links distant, thence West 149 poles and 17 links to a stake and stone, from whence a Beech 10 inches diameter bears S. two links, thence North 149 poles and 17 links to the place of beginning. Which said 140 acres was sold to the said Jacob M. Banning by the said Auditor agreeable to the statute in such case made and provided to satisfy the tax interest and penalty due on the above described 405 acres, from the year 1820 to 1825, the amount of which said tax for the years aforesaid, being forty two dollars thirty seven cents and five mills, was according to law paid by the said Baning to James McGibbeny the then Treasurer of said county, the receipt of which has been duly acknowledged by said Treasurer as appears by a certificate of said sale so as aforesaid, signed by the said County Auditor and dated the 10th day of December 1826, which certificate was afterwards, towit; on the 3rd day of July 1829, assigned by the said Jacob M. Banning to Henry Keller.

Now therefore know all men by these presents, that Marvin Tracy Auditor of said County for and in consideration of the premises aforesaid by virtue of the authority in me vested, have granted, conveyed and confirmed by these presents do grant convey and confirm unto the said Hery Keller and to his heirs and assigns the said one hundred and forty acres of land, together with all improvements whatsoever to the said premises belonging, or in any wise appertaining, and the reversions, remainders and profits thereof, and all the estate, right, title and interest, (both legal and equitable) of the said Anthony Weigbert, and of all former proprietors and proprietors, owner or owners of in and to the same. To have and to hold the lands hereby conveyed with all and singular the premises and every part and parcel thereof, with the appurtenances unto the said Henry Keller, his heirs and assigns forever, in as full and ample a manner as I the said Marvin Tracy as Auditor aforesaid, by virtue of the authority vested I me, might could or ought to convey the same. In testimony whereof I the said Marvin Tracy, Auditor of the County aforesaid, have hereunto officially set my hand and seal this 4th day of July A.D. 1829.  Signed Marvin Tracy Audt. K.C. (Seal) 

Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of John Schooler, Elliott Davison

The state of Ohio, Knox Co. SS.  Personally appears before me the subscriber a Justice of the Peace for said County Marvin Tracy County Auditor of said county and acknowledged that he did officially sign the foregoing as Auditor aforesaid, for the purposes therein specified. Given under my hand and seal this fourth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-nine.  John Schooler, JP (Seal).  Vol. H. FHL#314039 pg. 159. 

Wm. H. Farquhar was the first officer to be Auditor 1820 to 1824. Mr. Marvin Tracey served from 1828 to 1834 as Auditor of Knox Co., per the History of Knox Co., Ohio page 253.  John Schooler is featured on page 471 in the same History of Knox County. He came from Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  You will find this at Google books online and at Internet Archive.

A deed was recorded in 1835 in Knox County, Ohio.

Deed 1835 Knox County

Deed 1835 Knox County

  • Henry Keller & others
  • deed to
  • J.W. A. Warden & J.C. Hall
  • Recd. Oct. 27, 1835

Know all men by these presents that I Henry Keller, John Keller and George King for an in consideration of the sum of five hundred dollars to us in hand paid by John W. Warden and Jonathan C. Hall the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, have given granted sold and conveyed and by these presents to give grant sell and convey unto the said Warden & Hall their heirs and assigns all the estate right title interest possession claim and demand of us the said parties of the first part in and to lot number six in the 3rd. quarter of the 7th Township in the 14th Range United States Military tract in Knox County Ohio with all and every the improvements on or adjoining to said lot which we now live on & hold in possession by deed from Jacob M. Banning and by tax title. To have and to hold to them the said Warden & Hall their heirs and assigns forever with all and every of the appurtenances and improvements the reunto belonging or in any wise appertaining and in as full and ample a manner as we hold the same. In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our hands & seals this 26th day of Oct. A.D. 1835. 

Signed sealed and acknowledged in presence of Thos. Irvine & Hiram Dunham.

Signed by Henry Keller (seal)

John Keller his X mark (seal)

George King (Seal).

The State of Ohio Knox County SS:

Before me the subscriber an acting justice of the peace in & for said County personally came Henry Keller John Keller and George King and severally acknowledged the within instrument to be their voluntary act and deed. Given under my hand & seal this 26th day of Oct. A.D. 1835.  Thomas Irvine J.D. (Seal). 

Summary of this post:  We have learned that a Henry Keller bought land in Knox County in 1829. We find that a John Keller and Henry Keller are living close together on the land in Knox and the tax records confirm it is the same land. In 1835 we find Henry then sells his portion of this same land and John remains and appears in 1836 and 1837 tax records.

There is definitely some relationship between this Henry Keller and John Keller.  Is Henry a brother, or a father?  I refer you to the Henry Keller 1830 Census information presented in the last post.  There was a child living in the family in the 15 to 20 range and one in the 20-30 year range which means an older brother.  Unfortunately, we don’t know for sure.

Who is George King and what is he to these two Kellers? For that matter who are any of the other persons mentioned in the deeds?

What happened to Henry Keller, did he die or leave for some other part of Ohio or beyond?

I have conducted a pretty thorough search of Knox and Morrow County cemeteries and have found no record of a Henry Keller’s death other than the one in Owl Creek a son of Benjamin Keller and Henry, John’s son (See my BJM Cemetery Discoveries blog). I have tried to search for this Henry Keller in census but not having enough information about his family grouping makes finding him difficult.

There are a lot of questions that these two deeds and the tax records and even the census have generated and at this time, I don’t have answers, just questions?  They say that writing out and putting on paper what you know helps.  The idea is to open up new venues for research.

Let’s look at a Guardianship, in the next post.  I found one in the 1830 Knox County Probate Index under bonds with the name Henry Keller on it.  Things are going to getting even more complicated.

John Keller married Mary Delano in early 1830 Knox County, Ohio.

We know that the census is statistical from 1790 to 1840 and gives only head of household with counts of numbers for other age groups.  Since John Keller was born in 1810 we know that he will not be 18 till 1828 which we can assume is the legal age for him to become an adult.  So the next census that we might find him in would be the 1830.

Be advised that this is all very complicated. You may find yourself moving up and down and scrolling to make comparisons.  I have a lot more to share that cannot be fitted into one post regarding John Keller’s origins so there is more to come in future posts.

I am going to focus on Knox County, Ohio for this post.

Let’s start with the progression of Knox County’s growth over the years. Go to the link below for a look at the township changes over the years for Knox County, Ohio.  Knox started out with only a few townships in the beginning: Wayne, Clinton, Morton and Union.  It took to 1830 for it to fill out with the townships we know.

The link below is to Diagrammatic Maps of Knox County Township formation from 1810-1850 (Diana, Goddess of the Hunt).  It is a little crude but better than nothing. It has the years and you will need to scroll through to 1840 and 1850 where it shows Knox before Morrow is carved out and then after.  It shows that Chester Twp. is directly west of Wayne Twp. and Bloomfield is directly west of Liberty butted up to each other.


Morrow County was not established till 24 February,1848, it is a mix of the following:

  • Richland (No. Bloomfield 1820, Troy 1814-15, Congress 1820-21, Perry 1812),
  • Knox (Franklin 1810, Chester 1808 and South Bloomfield 1814, some of Gilead),
  • Marion (Canaan 1821, Washington 1818-19, Cardington 1822 and most of Gilead),
  • Delaware (Westfield, Lincoln 1824, Harmony 1826, Peru 1809 and Bennington).

For supplemental information about the census, I would also like to point you to the new PAGE listed at the top of this blog titled “Keller Surname Census and Tax Study for Ohio.”  I was curious about the flow of migration of the Keller surname  into Ohio and did my own little study years ago that covers the early census of Ohio: 1820, 1830, 1840 and 1850.  Because 1850 was so large I created an alphabetical (first name) version and a county version in PDF for the Keller surname.  You can use the information in that PAGE and compare it to this post etc.

Let’s take a look at the census for Knox County, Ohio mostly.

1810:  The census did not survive for this year in Ohio except for Washington County which was rather large at the time.

1820:  In Knox County, there is one John Keller or Kelley living in Mt. Vernon, Knox Co., Ohio but there is only a few people in the household.  I cannot make out anything else.  I did a page by page and found this person.  I have tried to match it up to the headings that were supposed to be used for this census and it doesn’t fit.  I am leaning toward Kelley as the last name.

John Keller or Kelley 1820 in Mt. Vernon

John Keller or Kelley 1820 in Mt. Vernon

1830:  So what do we find in the 1830 U.S. Federal Census for Knox County, Ohio.

There is no John Keller listed in Knox Co., Ohio at this time but there are some Keller’s living in the area: Henry (Wayne Twp), Benjamin (Clinton) and Phillip (Jackson).

This map below is of 1840-1850 after Morrow was established.

Map of Knox County, Ohio townships after 1848.

Map of Knox County, Ohio townships after 1850

1.  1830 Henry Keller in Wayne Twp., Knox Co., Ohio.


  • under 5 – 0
  • 3 to 10 – 0
  • 10 to 15 – 1
  • 15 to 20 – 1 – We have a possible for John Keller at 19
  • 20 to 30 – 1 – we have an older male?
  • 30 to 40 – 0
  • 40 to 50 – 1  This is Henry himself. 
  • 50 to 60 – 0
  • 60 to 70 – 0
  • 70 to 80 – 0
  • There are no other older persons beyond Henry


  • under 5 – 3
  • 3 to 10 – 2
  • 10 to 15 – 1  – is this a possibility for Mary at 15 years old?
  • 15 to 20 – 0
  • 20 to 30 – 0
  • 30-50 – 1 – possibly Henry’s wife
  • 40 to 50 – 0
  • 50 to 60 – 0

Mary Delano might have been living with her step-father Jonathan Askins in 1830. Her mother Lovina remarried after Stephen’s death in 1819.

There is a Jonathan Askins in the 1820 census living in Bloomfield Twp. in Knox County, Ohio. Males under 10 – 1, Male 16 to 25 – 1, Females under 10 – 3, Female 26 to 44 – 1 – total 6.  The boy is probably John Askins their son and the girls are probably the Delano sisters: Mary, Alvira and Almira (the twins).

There are many Askins living in Bloomfield Twp. in 1830 (a mistake on the summary at Ancestry says Chester when it is Bloomfield on the census).  There is a Jesse, John, Reuben, Robert and William Askins. They are all right together in Bloomfield Twp.

The children of the father Reuben Askins are: Jonathan, George, John, Jesse, Robert, William, Nancy, Abraham and Rebecca.

There is no Jonathan listed in Knox in 1830, which I find very surprising.  I did do a page by page but can’t find him. However, he is listed in the 1833 and 1834 tax records for Knox County in Bloomfield with other Askins names. See my post:  Lovina Smith Delano marries to Jonathan Askins, March 14, 2014.

In this post I described the tax records for the Askins.  I referred to a family tree for more information on this family and they also are trying to figure out the missing Jonathan.

Askins Census Study for 1830 Knox County Ohio – Bloomfield Twp. of those listed.

Jesse John Reuben Robert William
Under 5 1 1 2 1
5 thru 9 2 1
20-29 1 2 1 1
30-39 1
50 – 59 1
Under 5 1 1 1
5 to 9 1 3 1    
10 to 14   1  
15 to 19 1
20 thru 29 1 1 1 1
50 to 59 1
Total 6 9 6 5 4

The census for 1830 was officially enumerated on June 1, 1830.  Alvira and Almira are twins at 13 years old in 1830  (b. 1817). There are two children for Reuben a Jonathan and John.  I feel that Jonathan is missing after a page by page search of Chester and Bloomfield, so we turn to John or the father Reuben to see if any young girls are living with them and I am not seeing that Mary’s is with them.  Besides, if true, this was enumerated months after Mary and John Keller’s marriage.

2.  Benjamin Keller in Clinton Twp., Knox Co., Ohio 1830.  This man was married twice and had many children and some were much older. A list of his children is given below. It is very interesting because it looks like more than just his family.


  • Under 5 – 2   – Benj. 3 yrs, Henry 1 yr.
  • 3 to 10 – 0
  • 10 to 15 – 1 – Christian 13 yrs.
  • 15 to 20 – 1 – Jacob 17 yrs.
  • 20-30 – 1  Unknown
  • 30 to 40 – 0
  • 40 to 50 – 2 – Two males – one is Benjamin at 41 yrs.
  • 50 to 60 – 0
  • 60 to 70 – 0
  • 70 – 80 – 0 no other older males


  • under 5 – 0
  • 3  to 10 – 3  – Leah 5 yrs, Mary 7 yrs. and unknown child
  • 10  to 15 – 1 – Catherine 11 yrs.
  • 15  to 20 – 1 – Elizabeth 15 yrs
  • 20 to  30 – 0
  • 30 to  40 – 0
  • 40 to 50 – 1 – Benjamin’s wife – Mary she died 1834
  • 50 to 60 – 0
  • 60 to  70 – 0 no other older females

There is a Benjamin Keller who came from York County, Pennsylvania and settled with his family and siblings in Fairfield County, Ohio. His father was Henry Keller of York County, Pennsylvania. Benjamin later moved up to Knox County according to the book featured below.

It is looking like a Henry Keller who was born in 1829 and who married Elizabeth Grubb may be a son of this Benjamin.  Henry and his wife are buried in Owl Creek Cemetery in Ankenytown, Knox. Co. Owl Creek is a United Brethren Church. See my BJM Cemeteries Blog for more details on this family.

I refer you to the book The Descendants of Henry Keller of York County, Pennsylvania which is online at Heritage Quest with the use of your library card from home.  You will see that it is linked to Ancestry.com.

Based on the above book, Benjamin Keller’s children are: Jacob 1813, Elizabeth 1815, Christian 1817, Catherine 1819, Mary 1823, Leah 1825, Benj. 1827 – 1832, Henry 1829, Caroline 1836, Solomon 1838, John L. 1841, George Washington 1844, Grace, 1847, Isaac, 1847, Margaret Jane, 1851, Daniel Jefferson, 1857, infant.

I will discuss this Benjamin Keller and his son Henry in a future post.  I have more information about him.

3.  Phillip Keller in Jackson Twp., Knox Co., Ohio 1830.  This man also appears in 1840, see below and he is in the 40-50 age range.


  • Under 5 – 1
  • 3 to 10 – 1
  • 10 to 15 – 0
  • 15 to 20 – 0
  • 20 – 30 – 0
  • 30 to 40 – 1  Phillip Keller
  • 40 to 50 – 0
  • 50 to 60 – 0
  • 60 to 70 – 0 no other older males


  • Under 5 – 1
  • 3 to 10 – 1
  • 10 to 15 – 0
  • 15 to 20 – 0
  • 20 to 30 – 1  Phillip’s wife
  • 30 to 40 – 0
  • 40 – 50 – 0
  • 50 – 60 – 0
  • 60 – 70 – 0 no other older females  Total 6 members of this family

1840 census:  We have five Keller/Kellars living in Knox in 1840:  Benjamin, George, Jacob, Phillip and John.

1. Benjamin Keller in Pike Twp. with 7 persons:

males 1 under 5 – Solomon 2 yrs old

1 in 10-14 – Henry of Owl Creek born 1829 is 11 years old now.

1 in 20-29  – Christian 23 yrs old

1 in 50-59 – Benjamin Keller is 51 yrs old

females 1 under 5, Caroline if 4 yrs. old

1 in 10-14,  Leah is 15

1 in 20-29, Sarah Layman his new wife who is young.

2 persons employed in agriculture, 4 under 20, 2 in 20-49 age range.  He moved from Clinton to northern Knox County and it is right next to Berlin Twp. where Owl Creek is located.  By 1840 the townships in Knox were pretty defined.

I am guessing of course about the people who may be at home with Benjamin?

2. George Keller in Mt. Vernon with 5 persons:  male 2 under 5, 1 in 30-40, female 1 under 5, 1 in 20-30 age range.

A George Kellar appears in the 1850 Census in Mt. Vernon and he is born in Germany in 1812 (38) teamster, he has living with him:  Mary (38) born France, John (15), George (12), Mary (10), Adam (8), William (6), Louisa (5), Elizabeth (4) and Sophia (1).  Children are all born in Knox Co., Ohio as written in the census.

3. Jacob Keller in Pike Twp. with 2 persons: male 1 in 20-30, female 1 in 20-30.

This man is not in the 1850 Knox Co. census.

4. Phillip Keller is still in Jackson Twp. with 9 family members:

  • males 2 under 5
  • 1 in 3-10
  • 1 in 15-20
  • 1 in 20-30
  • 1 in 40-50 – Phillip Keller
  • females:
  • 1 in 10-15,
  • 1 in 15-20,
  • 1 in 40-50. – Phillip’s wife

Unfortunately, I cannot find out more about this Phillip Keller based on my online searches. Jackson Twp. is right on the southeastern tip of Knox County. Phillip Keller does not appear in the 1850 census for Knox Co.

5. John Kellar in Liberty Twp. with 7 persons. See below.

There is definitely a John Kellar (note spelling) living in Knox County, Ohio in 1840.

This is a statistical census with only the head of household’s name but we can compare the names of the known children and place them into the age ranges, so we can do our own study.

1840 John Kellar near John Spracklin

1840 John Kellar near John Spracklin

John Kellar is listed below John Spracklin.  John Spracklin is my 3rd great-grandfather. Elizabeth Keller (b. Aug. 1831) oldest daughter of John and Mary married Daniel Spracklin (b. Feb. 1830) son of John Spracklin and Lydia Goss on 31, Dec 1852.  John Keller had not relocated to his land in Morrow Co. till at least 1847-48.

John Kellar is in Liberty Twp., Knox Co., Ohio 1840 U.S. Federal census, my census study using the family members ages to place them in the age ranges.

Free White Males
Under 5
5-10 1 Peter 6 years
15-20 0
20-30 1 John Kellar 30 years(1810)
Free white Females
Under 5 2 Lavina  3 yrs and Amarilla 1 yrs
5-10 1 Elizabeth 9 yrs.
20-30 1 Mary Delano Kellar 26 yrs.  (1814)

Here is a list of the children of John and Mary Delano Keller:

    • *Elizabeth 1831-1859  in 1840 – 9 years old
    • *Susan 1832-1834 died young – 2 years when she died
    • *Peter 1834-1869  – 6 years in 1840
    • *Lovina 1837-1873 – 3 years old
    • *Amarilla 1839 – 1 year old
  • After 1840
    • Caroline Keller 1841-1902
    • John Delano Keller 1844-1876
    • Mary Ann Keller 1846-1900+
    • Henry Keller 1849-1909
    • Harriet Ellen 1852
    • William F. Keller 1855-1911

I believe that this John Kellar in the 1840 census is our John Keller. So this means he was in Knox County prior to 1830 and is still there in 1840.

On May 13, 1839 John Keller witnesses a deed for Grantor Wine Rood to Grantee John Spracklin in Knox County, Ohio, FHL#314047, Vol. V. pg. 135-136.

Deed from Wine Rood of Knox Co. to John Spracklin of Knox Co., Ohio for $600 dated May 13, 1839 and recorded 21, 1839. Witnessed by a John Kellar and a Joseph Shaw JP. Description of the Land: “that parcel of land lying and being in the county of Knox and State of Ohio and more particularly described as follows to wit situate lying and being in the fourteenth range sixth township and second quarter of the United States Military lands and containing fifty acres be the same more or less-bounded as follows beginning at the Northwest Corner of said lot and on the line of William Hoggs? Land thence east twenty four chains thence south twenty chains 83 1/3 links thence west twenty four chains thence north twenty chains back to the place of beginning and is bounded on the north by lands of Cyrus Howett? thence by lands owed by James Thatcher? To have and hold the said lands with all the privileges…”

John Spracklin was born in Somerset, England. Wine Rood was his uncle. He married John’s aunt Anne Andrews. Wine Rood and John Spracklin came over from England in 1817 and settled in Marietta, Washington Co., Ohio.  John later moved up to Knox Co. after he married Lydia Goss, Solomon Goss’ daughter. The Wine Rood in this deed is the son of the man who migrated in 1817 and died in 1822 in Marietta. I have posted about all this in past posts on this blog.

We now shift to Morrow County where John Keller relocated to by 1848.

1850:  This is the first U.S. Federal Census in which we see John Keller and his family. It lists Mary and the children.  By 1850 John and Mary are now in Morrow County.  I have deeds to share regarding his purchasing of the land in Morrow.  The census study in the PAGE above is for Knox, not for Morrow Co.

I am the one calculating the year of birth per this census, I thought it would be interesting to compare it to future census for this family.

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

2477/2517 John Keller 36/38 yrs., $900 value, born PA – (1814/1812 estimated) 

All the following born in Ohio

Keller Mary age 34/35, born Ohio  – (1816 estimated) 

Keller, Elizabeth age 18, born Ohio – (1832 estimated)

Keller, Peter age 15, born Ohio – (1835 estimated) 

Keller, Lovina age 13, born Ohio – (1837 estimated)

Keller, Marilla age 11, born Ohio – (1839 estimated) 

Keller, Caroline age 9, born Ohio – (1841 estimated) 

Keller, John age 6, born Ohio – (1844 estimated) 

Keller, Mary age 3, born Ohio – (1847 estimated) 

Keller, Henry age 1, born Ohio – (1849 estimated) 

Peter, Lovina, Marilla and Carolina attended school.

There is a family living in Perry Twp. with the Keller surname in 1850:  Adam Keller age 47 born about 1803 in Pennsylvania, living with him are Sarah age 25 born PA, Franklin, Perry all born PA.  The remaining children are born in Ohio:  Emanuel age 14, with Jeremiah, Mary, Jasper N. born Iowa age 3 and a separate family Alexander age 22 born PA and Eloy age 18 born Ohio.  I believe Adam and Sarah are the couple buried in the Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown but I would have to make sure.  See BJM Cemetery Discoveries for more information.  As far as I can tell this is the only Keller family living in Morrow in 1850.

1860 Census:  John and Mary Keller appear in 1860 as well.

Source 1860 U.S. Federal census, S. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio, pg. 43 and 44, June 21, 1860,

House number 245, 366, line 36. John Keller, 49 years old, male, farmer with 1980 acreage and $600 in personal fortune, born in PA (Pennsylvania) (estimated year of birth 1811) 

Mary Keller, is 46 years old, female, born in Ohio; (estimated birth year 1814). 

John Keller is 16 years old male, farm labor, born in Ohio, attended school (estimated birth year 1844). 

Mary Keller is 13 years old, female, born in Ohio, attended school (estimated birth year 1847)

Henry Keller is 11 years old, male, born in Ohio, (estimated birth year 1849)

Harriet A. Keller is 8 years old, female, born in Ohio, attended school (estimated birth year 1852)

William [L]. is 4 years old,male, born in Ohio, attended school (estimated birth year 1856). 

1870 Census:  John and Mary Keller appear in 1870:  Source 1870 U.S. Federal Census, S. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio,  pg. 21, PO: Sparta, July 13, 1870, by Perry M. [Morris]

Line 24 176/180 Keller, John age 59, male, Farmer 2400/1325, born PA (estimated birth year 1811) 

Mary Keller 56, Female, Keeping house, born Ohio (estimated birth year 1814)

Henry Keller 21, male working on the farm, born Ohio (estimated birth year 1849)

Ellen Keller 18, female, at home, born Ohio (estimated birth year 1852)

William Keller 13, male born Ohio (estimated birth year 1857) 

1880 census:  Mary Keller is living as a widow in South Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio. She has son Wm. F. Keller and a granddaughter Emma Helt living with her.  Her son Henry Keller is living next door.

Summary of this post:  We have taken a look at the US census for Knox Co., Ohio in this post and we have compared all the Keller/Kellars living in Knox Co. in 1820, 1830, and 1840 and a little of 1850.  The statistical census is not easy to interpret but it is worth it to study them together and compare the families.  Not all Keller names were enumerated in the census, with all the land speculation going on they didn’t always live in the area or they came and went.  I have evidence of other Kellers doing business in Knox County in the early years and will share in future posts.

The compiler believes that the John Kellar in the 1840 census in Liberty Twp., Knox. Co. is our John Keller.  This is based on a comparison of his children’s’ ages to the census data, the deed witnessed by John Kellar in 1839 for John Spracklin and the 1840 census has him living close to John Spracklin whose son will marry a Keller daughter.

We are starting to get to know the different Kellers in the area like Benjamin Keller who is a son of Henry Keller of York Co., Pennsylvania and that they migrated to Fairfield Co., Ohio placing Benjamin in Ohio by 1825.  We have others in the area to identify like Philip, Jacob and George Keller and we can hopefully find out more about them.

The Henry Keller who is in the 1830 census in Wayne Twp., Knox County is a strong possibility for being connected to our John Keller.  John and Mary’s marriage in early 1830 places them in the area. The question is how are they connected and can we find more evidence that there might be a stronger bond?

The Census and Tax Study page at the top of this blog may provide us with more information to continue studying the census for Keller/Kellar connections.

In the next posts there will be a discussion of the tax records of Knox County, a deed and a guardianship involving a Henry Keller and John Keller.

One of the earliest records we have of John Keller’s presence in the State of Ohio, is his marriage to Mary Anne Delano in 1830. This places him in Knox County, Ohio at Fredericktown which is north of Mt. Vernon.

Downtown Fredericktown by Nyttend

Downtown Fredericktown by Nyttend

The Delano history book on page 426 gives their marriage as 15 February 1830 in Fredericktown, John born PA.

The Genealogy, History and Alliances of the American House of Delano, 1621-1899

Here is Internet Archives version:  https://archive.org/details/genealogyhistory13dela

Another link at Internet Archive under Genealogy, History and Alliances of the American House of Delano – On openlibrary.org.  The title is on two pages:   “Genealogy of Delano 1621-1899 pt. 4-6, Part 4 Lt. Jonathan Delano (the 4th son) and his descendants.”  It has typed written additions as well.


The green book titled Philip Delano of the Fortune 1621 etc. Part Three Family Numbers 500-561 page 86, gives 15 February 1830 at Fredericktown, has their marriage with no mention of John’s birth date nor place of birth.


The Knox County Ohio record books for marriage give the date of 15 Mar 1830 with the recording the following year 6 April 1831. Family Search has the original pieces of paper.  https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-17958-61196-48?cc=1614804  The photo is of the court clerk book.


So we have February vs. March as a month for John and Mary’s marriage.  I have seen in indexes online that use the recorded date of their marriage in 1831.

Summary of this post:  Dates can always be disputed or different for our ancestor and we do need to record these discrepancies. I am most interested in placing John Keller in Ohio.  So this marriage is very important.  When did John get to Ohio? This implies that he was probably living in Ohio at an earlier time.  John Keller would need to meet and get to know Mary and then court her. Using the year 1810 as his birth year he would be about 19 years old in 1830 since his birthday month was in November. So he is old enough to be an independent young man.

Mary was born at the end of April of 1814 so she is 15 years old and soon be to 16.  I am surprised that her age is not a problem and that there is no other document giving permission for her to marry? Her mother Lovina Smith Delano Askins is living in Knox County in 1830.  She and her husband Jonathan have not yet migrated to Illinois.

See my post dated March 4, 2014 “Lovina Smith Delano remarries to Jonathan Askins.”

We would have to look at the laws for Ohio at the time to see at what age a young girl could marry. Currently, the law in Ohio is 16 with permission and the presence of a parent.

Being 19 and old enough to be out on his own it is interesting that John Keller marries in 1830 but he does not appear in the 1830 U.S. Federal census for Knox Co., Ohio. This is a statistical census only listing the head of a household. Knox County is in the middle of the State of Ohio, he has to be there. In the next posts I will review John Keller and the census.

Ohio 1895

Ohio 1895

It was not to hard to find John Keller’s will in the Morrow County, Ohio probate records. The problem was trying to read the court clerks handwriting which was very difficult and one of the worst I have ever seen. Going back to my notes, I see that there was a lot of mistakes in the pages and indexes.  You can tell I had a hard time because of the underlines which represent words I cannot read.

Source:  Record of Wills, Morrow County Ohio Probate Court, Vol. 3 pg. 297 and pg. 298, Film #388713.  

The Last Will & Testament of John Keller

“In the name of the Benevolent Father of all I John Keller of the County of Morrow and State of Ohio Being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this Frail and transitory life do therefore make ordain Publish and declare this to be my Last Will and Testament-:

That is to say: That I desire that my funeral expenses be made and paid out of any Personal Estate.

Item 2. I desire that all my just and lawful debts be paid and discharged out of my personal estate.

Item 3. After all my lawful debts are paid and discharged the residue of my estate both real and personal – I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Keller during the time of her natural life and after her death to be divided equally among any heirs share and share alike.

Item 4. I make constitute and appoint my beloved wife Mary Keller and my respected sons Henry and Wm. F. Keller to be executors of this my last will and testament.

In witness whereas I have hereunto Subscribed my name and affixed my seal the 19th day of April in the year of Our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and eighty. John X Keller Seal”,

Attest – Andrew J. Roberts

Signed sealed Published and declared by the said John Keller as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at the request of the said John Keller and in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names and respective place of residence as witnesses on the day and year said above mentioned. Reuben Coil Sparta, Morrow Co., OH, and John Coe Sparta, Morrow Co., OH.

Proof of Will (same page as 297)
The State of Ohio}
Morrow County }
Personally appeared in open court Reuben Coile and John Coe, subscribing witnesses to the last will and testament of John Keller late of said county, deceased who being duly sworn according to law depose and say that the fore going is the last will and testament of said John Keller deceased: That they subscribe their names thereto as the attending witnesses at the request of said testator, and in his presence and in the presence of each other and that the signed the same in their presence and acknowledged the same to be his last will and Testament That said Testator at the time of executing the same was of full age sound mind and memory and not under any restraint.
Reuben Coile and John Coe

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 2nd day of June AD 1880
W.D. Mathews, Probate Judge

Reuben Coile was born in Virginia about 1821 and he was in the 1880 U.S. Census for So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio.  He married Margaret Prosser and had 11 children.  John Coe purchased land from son Peter Keller years before. When you look at the atlas’ for Morrow County you can find Coe living nearby.  If anyone knows anything about these men please comment.

Probate of Will, page 298 FHL #388713
Probate Court of Morrow County, Ohio June 21, 1880
In the matter of the Last will and Testament of John Keller, deceased. Probate of Will.

This day in open Court came Mary A. Keller and offered for probate herein the last will and testament of John Keller late of South Bloomfield Township, Morrow County, Ohio, deceased.

And at the same time came the subscribing witnesses to said will to wit: Reuben Coile and John Coe who After being duly sworn were examined in open court and their testimony reduced to writing by their respectively signed and filed in this court. And the court being fully advised in the premises do find from the testimony so taken that said instrument of writing is the last will and testament of John Keller late of said county deceased. That the same was duly executed and attested, and that I the time of executing the same the said testator was of full age of sound mind and memory and not under and restraint. It is therefore ordered that said will be admitted to probate and that the same together with the testimony so taken be recorded.
W. D. Mathews, Probate Judge

Source:  The Matter of the Estate, pg. 445, FHL # 388724 Note:  This does not compare to the index – Affidavit (very difficult to read the clerks scrawl.)

Probate Court of Morrow County, Ohio April 7th, 1880 – In the matter of the estate of John Keller deceased) Filing _____Affr. This day in open court came Henry Keller and et. al. executor of the last will and testament of John Keller deceased and filed herein verified by their invt and appraiser of said estate the court having examined the same correct and ordered the same recorded.  [W.D. McHenry] Probate Judge. 

Probate Court of Morrow county this Dec. 19, 1882 in the matter of the estate of John Keller late of Morrow county, Ohio deceased – Filing of Sale Bill.

This day of the court came Henry Keller executor of the last will and testament of John Keller of the county of Morrow ____________________verified by his affidavit this sale of bill of the personal of said estate the court hereby examined ____________
W. Mathews JP.

Source information: I was able to find John Keller’s will at the Family History Library under #388711 for the Index to Probate Records and #388713 for the actual will and supporting papers. No. 1376, Admin. Docket Vol. 3, pg. 171, Journal Vol. 6, pg. 391, Record of Wills Vol. 3, pg. 297-98 (Found will) , Record of Accounts Vol. 8, pg. 352 and Record of Bonds Vol. 4, pg. 18.

They have the probate records online at the Family Search website in browse form (very difficult to search) but there are no packets listed. What you see above is the court clerks entries into the court books. It is possible there is more to this estate if the file/packet was found. I did not seek out the packet file.

In past posts I have written about the partition deeds I found in the Morrow County Deed Indexes that deal with the distribution to the heirs-at-law of John Keller’s land from his estate and probate.  I refer you to the post written as follows:

John and Mary Keller’s Son William Franklin Keller and land, January 5, 2015.

Here is a list of heirs that appear in the partition deeds:  John Lacy and Harriett Ellen Keller Lacy, Charles P. Groves, Mary E. Groves of Johnson Co., Kansas, George Barclay and Amarilla Barclay, State of Minnesota, Henry F. Spracklin and Elizabeth Spracklin, of Muscatine, Iowa and Wm. F. Keller and Ida C. Keller of Morrow Co., Ohio, Henry & Martha Keller, Harrison & Amarilla Barr, A.H. Shaffer and Mary Shaffer, J.H. Vanhouten and Caroline Vanhouten, Charles & Anna M. Buckingham, and Emma A. Helt.

A summary of this post:  This will and estate file does not tell us of John Keller’s origins but it does tell us that he is the husband of Mary Keller and connects him to two of his sons Henry and Wm. F. Keller and places him in Morrow County in 1880.  Adding in the partition deeds we now have the heirs of John Keller.

Starting in this post, I am going to post about John Keller, my 3rd great grandfather and dig into what I know about this man.  Let’s start with his birth and death.

The date of birth for John Keller is given as 18 November 1810 in Pennsylvania according to the book the American House of Delano, page 426.   In the front of the book Mr. Joel Delano talks about the families that contributed information and he does mention some individuals but there is nothing indicating he talked with Mary Delano Keller (d. 1882) or her sisters, Alvira (d. 1886) and Almira Delano (d. 1906).  The book was published in 1899 and we do not know how long he labored on it.  So his source is unknown.


American House of Delano pg426

Source:  The Genealogy History and Alliances of the American House of Delano 1621 to 1899, Compiled by Major Joel Andrew Delano, with the History and Heraldry of the Maison De Franchimont and De Lannoy to Delano, 1096 to 1621, Arranged by Mortimer Delano De Lannoy. Includes Part IV Lt. Jonathan Delano, the 4th Son and his descendants.  The Stephen Delano Sr. genealogy is on pages 426 to 431.  This is online at Internet Archive.

I have not found any bible records except for the Slack Bible that I wrote about regarding Wm. Franklin Keller.  That bible unfortunately did not reveal anything about John or Mary Keller.  I looked for vital records and church records that give the birth information for John Keller with so far not luck.  The problem with John Keller is getting a link to his parents or even a siblings.

The tombstone of John Keller is in the Hedding Methodist Episcopal Cemetery in Morrow County, Ohio, not far from his land.  Find A Grave has photos of John and Mary’s tombstone with close-ups but they are not easy to read.

John, Mary & Peter's tombstone in H.E. Hedding Cemetery, Morrow Co., Ohio

John, Mary & Peter’s tombstone in H.E. Hedding Cemetery, Morrow Co., Ohio 2011 – Lavina’s stone is to the left back behind.  Here I am visiting for the 2nd time.

John Keller's inscription up closer

John Keller’s inscription up closer

Here again is the Morrow County Cemetery book published reading of his tombstone.  Let’s focus on John this time.

Keller, John d. May 4, 1880 Age 60 y. 5 m. 10d.

John Kellers inscription, Hedding ME Cemetery

John Keller’s inscription, Hedding ME Cemetery Courtesy Cousin Jan

Note:  To open the file up, click on it and it should get bigger.  Then remember to click your back button to return.

We have to keep in mind from the photos that reading this stone is very difficult because of the time and wear on the inscriptions and the mold that has taken hold.

Okay, let’s take the 60 y. 5 m. and 10 d in the publication above and I will do a calculation.  If I run this through my Legacy database calculator for dates, I get the date of 24 November 1819 as his birth using the information provided.  If he was born in 1810 he would have to be 69 years old at death? Could it be that the reading is incorrect?

Note:  My Legacy database is my family history software that I use to keep track of all this and it has great features. http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/  It has a gadget that is a calendar calculator.

John Keller appears on the death registration records for Morrow County, Ohio.

John Keller's Death in Morrow Co., Ohio

John Keller’s Death in Morrow Co., Ohio

Keller, John, Male, date of Death: May 4, 1880, Married, age 69 yrs. 5 mos. 6, days., died in S. Bloomfield, Born in Wash. Co., PA. ; occupation farmer; died of cancer of stomach, residence S. Bloomfield. 

Source:  Death Records of Morrow Co., Ohio 1856-1909, 1940, Vol. II, pg. 242 FHL#388730.

So we see that this has 69 yrs, 5 mos and 6 days.  Go back and read the tombstone.  What do you think?  I say it reads 69 not 60.

Again I put this death and birth date into the Legacy database calculator and the birth date would be 28 November 1810.  Okay we now have the day of 28 vs. 18?

If I put the date of birth of 18 November 1810 and the date of death of 4 May 1880, I get 69 yrs 5 mos 16 days.  This works.

So this just means that there is some confusion regarding John Keller’s date of birth in published records.  When I read the tombstone I see 69 years.  However, tombstones can be incorrect because they are done by family members and considered secondary sources.

The death registration information states that he was born in Washington Co., PA. This is very specific information. It only states he was born in PA in the American House of Delano book.  I am assuming it was Mary his wife who was the informant but they don’t indicate that in the death register.  She would be closer to him but still it means it is a secondary source.

While writing about John’s descendants, in past posts, I started to see a trend.  John’s children were leaving Morrow County for Crawford and Richland counties where there was a United Brethren Church in Galion.  This got me to thinking that maybe he was of this religion and much to my delight I found a United Brethren Journal online at Huntington University in Indiana at the United Brethren Archives.

John Keller's Obituary in the Religious Telescope

John Keller’s Obituary in the Religious Telescope

This journal had an article about John Keller.  This is one of the first pieces of documentation that I have found about my 3rd great-grandfather that tells us a little about his personality.  Happy Genealogy Dance!  Enjoy!

John Keller died on May 5th, 1880, aged 69 years, 5 months and 16 days. He was converted and joined the United Brethren Church in Morrow County, Ohio, forty-seven years ago. He was a subscriber for the Telescope when published in Circleville, Ohio; and although his class was at one time dissolved for nine years, during which time he saw none of our preachers, yet, when Bro. D.F. Conder passed through his neighborhood more than a year ago he found him with his Christian zeal unabated. Our church paper all these years came regularly to his house. I visited him a few days before his death. He said he had set his “house in order” and was ready, just waiting for the “chariot.” He did not wait long, and his end was peace. Such was his devotion to the right that those who knew him best praise him most. His wife and children are all members of the Church, and feel that, although they miss him at home, he has only gone where “it is far better.” May the peace of God keep their hearts and minds. H.A. Bovey.

Source:  John Keller Obituary, 5 May, 1880, The Religious Telescope, Publication of the United Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio, Published Wednesday, May 19, 1880, Vol. XLVI – No. 35, Whole No. 2086, page 6, 3rd column at the top.

Unfortunately, Huntington University in Indiana has changed their website and it is not easy to find this journal at this time.  They have also changed their policy on inquiries at the archive.

Here is the link: http://ub.org/contact/geneology-requests/

So we learn that John was in good spirits before his death even though he had cancer of the stomach according to his death registration.  He was a devote United Brethren member and that he had been of this religion since 1833 if we calculate it. Unfortunately, they don’t say what religion he was previously. They also have his age as 69 yr 5 mos and 16 days.  I am a little more comfortable with this version of John’s age.

When I visited the Family History Library in October 2014 I tried to find sources and documents on the United Brethren Church in Crawford County but was unsuccessful.  The CD that was offered was more about the history of the church.  The Crawford County Genealogical Society has some publications but I am a little wary of ordering it until I learn more about what is in the information. What I want are the church registers of the United Brethren Church in Galion. Of course, it is a longshot that they will have John or Mary Keller listed but it is still worth trying to find them.

Before I knew of the above information about John Keller, I tried to find out what church John and Mary Keller attended in Morrow County.  He, John, was buried in the Hedding Methodist Episcopal Cemetery so I searched for a church of that name and found this source about the early churches of Morrow County, Ohio.  I realized that I had taken a picture of the information about the United Brethren Church listed in this source as well.  Here is what I found.

Source: Morrow County Earliest Churches 1800’s through 1940’s, Ohio, by Cecil Graham, February 2003, Morrow County Genealogical Society. This source has maps and pictures and is very good.  

page 95-A Hedding Chapel Methodist burned to the ground date unknown located northeast of the village of Sparta on State Route 229 near the Knox County Line, the cemetery is 1 mile east of where the church was. 

On page 98 is the United Brethren both church are South Bloomfield organized in 1820 in the southern part of the township, no meeting records exist. Located 3 miles southeast of Sparta and 2 miles south of the cemetery. Lapsed in 1880.

Another step I took was to contact the Archives of Ohio United Methodism, Ohio Wesleyan University, Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave., Delaware, Ohio.  I emailed the Archivist and they were in the middle of a renovation.  She was not encouraging.  I asked her about Solomon Goss, John Spracklin, John Keller and Stephen Delano, Mary’s father. She said that they had more on the pastors  then the individual members. She mentioned some newspapers but my time frame was much earlier.

Just recently I tried the email link for genealogy at the United Brethren archive site above and inquired about John Keller.  This is a summary of the response.

After checking with the United Brethren in Christ archivist, it was believed that we do not have the information you requested. 

I pressed further:

It is usually more difficult to find records of laymen than clergy in our files. Pastors are usually found in our minutes or in other sources, but parishioners are usually not mentioned. I am sorry that the family records seem to be lost to us.

So it appears that I have not been able to find church records that might help us at the archives for the United Brethren and the Methodist.  I am still hopeful.

In Summary of this post:  John died 4 May 1880 if you look at the death register and his birth looks like it fits the 18 November 1810 based on my study.  The death registration says he was born in Washington Co., PA but we don’t know who gave witness to this information.  I am very interested in a birth record or a bible record of his birth.  I think his death is good, however.

We have learned that the religious archives of the Methodist and United Brethren are more about the pastors and their activities then the individual members.  This does not mean we are done with religious archives we still do not know what religion John was prior to his conversion in 1833?

Finding the obituary was the best for me because there has been no personal information about John Keller until now.  We know now that he was of the United Brethren religion and maybe there are more records out there that need to be found?

Mary Anne (Delano) Keller passed several years after the death of her husband John Keller. Mary’s end of life has been a bit troublesome.  There is no death registration for her in the Morrow County records.  I have checked several times.  John Keller, her husband, is listed in the death registers and I will share about his death in a future post. The only death information is the tombstone in the H.E. Hedding Methodist Cemetery in Morrow County and the American House of Delano book on page 426 gives her death as 3 August 1882.



John, Mary & Peter's tombstone in H.E. Hedding Cemetery, Morrow Co., Ohio

John, Mary & Peter’s tombstone in H.E. Hedding Cemetery, Morrow Co., Ohio 2011

John, Mary and Peter Keller

John, Mary and Peter Keller 2007

The Morrow County Genealogical Society cemetery book that was published reads, H.E. Hedding Methodist Cemetery, Morrow Co., Ohio.

Keller, John d. May 4, 1880 Age 60 y. 5 m. 10d.

Mary A., w/o J. Keller, D. Aug. 3, 188?? – A – 68y3m3d,

Peter, d. May 22, 1863  Aged 34y 5m 24d.  

There are mistakes in this above publication and understandable because of the nature of the stone make it very difficult to read.  I will discuss John’s death in a future post.  Peter died in 1869, not 1863.  He was involved with several needs through the 1860’s.

Unfortunately I do not have a really good close up photo which reveals the inscription but I feel her death year is 1882.

Close up of Mary's inscription difficult to read the year.

Close up of Mary’s inscription difficult to read the year. BJM 2011

Mary's inscription close up, Courtesy of Cousin Jan.

Mary’s inscription close up, Courtesy of Cousin Jan.

Mary was involved with the administration of John’s estate but her name is listed as Mary “Henry” not “Keller.”This is an “Executor’s Notice,” in the Morrow County Sentinel, June 10, 1880. John died in early May so this ad was published a month and a half later. When I share John’s estate file, you will see that Wm. Franklin, Henry and Mary were appointed as John’s Executors for his will. So I am wondering if the newspaper mixed it up and confused Henry’s name with his mother’s last name and combined the two names?

Wm & Mary are administrators of John's estate

Wm & Mary are administrators of John’s estate

Newspapers in Ohio are spotty in coverage especially in the early years meaning there are lots of gaps in dates. It is also slogging work and slow research.  The next problem is trying to read the poor quality microfilm copies. I visited the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus in 2011 and it has a great newspaper collection.  I spent hours trying to locate obituaries. It was not very successful.

The Mt. Vernon public library and Morrow County Genealogical Society in Mt. Gilead has newspapers as well, some not on microfilm. I was unable to find an obituary notice in any of these local Morrow or Knox County newspapers for either John nor Mary. I tried twice and even had a researcher at Morrow Genealogical society help.  I keep hoping as more newspapers come online that something will show up, however, 1880 is pretty early for obituaries which really didn’t start becoming popular till a bit later.  There published newspaper abstract books for newspapers and I searched them as well.

Mary was a Delano and I have written about this connection on this blog.  I have gone back to Philip Delano.  I have attempted to point the way to Mayflower and DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) based on the lineage to Philip Delano who came on the “Fortune” to Plymouth. John and Mary’s daughter Elizabeth Keller Spracklin is the key for my road to DAR and Mayflower. As I have discussed the children I have shown with the help of cousins other lineages back to DAR and Mayflower on other lines that have intersected with the Keller/Delano families.

Here is a list of posts on this blog about the Delano and Keller connection and I want to caution you that I don’t have all of the connections nailed down.

Daniel’s In-Laws John & Mary (Delano) Keller a connection to DAR and to the “Fortune.” Feb. 12, 2014

The Keller and Delano Family Connection,” February 20, 2014

Stephen Delano Jr. His Untimely Death…”, February 23, 2014

Lovina Smith Delano remarries to Jonathan Askins,” March 4, 2014. Not really Mayflower but I am so curious what happened to her and see doesn’t seem to have parents.

Delano Sources for Further Study, a tangle weave of lineages,” March 11, 2014

The Stephen Delano Sr. Family…,” March 30, 2014

Oliver Delano, a Brother!” April 7, 2014

Columbus and Cornelius Delano of Ohio and other Delano Family,” April 13, 2014.  I was hoping I would find links.

Stephen Delano’s Lineage to Philip Delano,” April 20, 2014

Below is a brief summary of the lives of the children born to John and Mary (Delano) Keller. I will also list the posts I wrote about them and their descendants. It took me a year to do the Keller family so you can look at posts from 2014 to the early 2015 for posts.

Note: To get to posts on this blog use the search engine box.  The other is to use the Archives pull down box to find a date of a post. These are on the right side panel of this blog.  Categories under surname is another option.  Blogs are not like a book they read oldest to most current post.

John and Mary Keller had eleven (11) children.  Elizabeth Keller was their oldest. Remember she is my second great-grandmother the one who married Daniel D. Spracklin in 1852 and migrated with him to Iowa.

1. Elizabeth Keller born 4 Aug 1831, probably Sparta, Knox Co., Ohio married Daniel D. Spracklin 28 December 1852 in Sparta, Morrow Co., Ohio and died in Benson Co., Iowa near Blairstown in February 1859.  She is buried in the Titler Cemetery northwest of Marengo, Iowa. This is Amarilla’s mother.

“John and Mary Keller’s Children: Elizabeth, Susan and Peter Keller, May 4, 2014.

2. Susan Keller born 3 Nov. 1832, Sparta, Knox Co., Ohio d. 20 June 1834, Sparta, Knox Co., Ohio, burial unknown.  This indicates she was a good year and half old when she died, while the Helt family regarding the “The Delano Chronology” has her only 7 months old.

3.  Peter Keller born 28 Nov. 1834, Sparta, Knox Co., Ohio married Eliza Ann Everts 6 July 1957 in Sparta, Morrow Co., Ohio.  Peter died 22 May 1869 in So. Bloomfield Twp., Morrow Co., Ohio and is buried with his parents in the Hedding M.E. Cemetery. His information is listed on the left side of the parent’s tombstone.   Peter and Eliza had 5 children.  It is possible she remarried to a Mr. Denzer but I cannot find any more information. Peter served in the Civil War.  I have not obtained his Civil War service or pension record which could be interesting.

“John and Mary Keller’s Children: Elizabeth, Susan and Peter Keller, May 4, 2014.

“Eliza Keller, what was her fate? May 5, 2014

Peter and Eliza Keller’s children, Belle and Jesse,” May 11, 2014

Peter and Eliza Keller’s child: Andrew J. Keller,” May 12, 2014

Peter and Eliza Keller’s child: Anna Keller Buckingham,” May 19, 2014

4.  Lovinia Lavinia Keller was born 17 Feb 1837 in Sparta, Morrow Co., married William G. Helt on 17 Feb 1855 in Morrow Co., Ohio and died 22 Dec 1837 in Sparta, Morrow Co., Ohio. Her tombstone is right behind her parents in the H.E. Hedding Cemetery.  They had 8 children.  William Helt died  15 November 1919 and is buried in Oakmont Cemetery in Greene Co., Pennsylvania.

John & Mary Anne Delano Keller’s Children: Lovina Lavina Keller Helt – 1837 to 1873,” June 30, 2014.

Lavina Helt and William G. Helt’s Final Resting Place,” July 7, 2014

John and Mary Keller Descendants: Lavina & William Helt’s Children,” July 17, 2014

John and Mary Keller: Revisiting the Helt, Pearl/Perrill and Doty Family,” January 18, 2015

Stanley William Pearl Family, a son of George and Jane Pearl,” January 25, 2015

“The Helt and Pearl Family Reunions,” February 1, 2015

The Delano Chronology Given to Alice Wintermute,” February 8, 2015

Pearl or Wintermute Family Photo Mysteries,” February 15, 2015

5.  Amarilla Keller born 28 Mar 1839 in Sparta, Morrow Co., Ohio and married Harrison Barr on 12 September, 1858 in Sparta, Morrow Co., Ohio.  They had about 9 children.  Amarilla died 12 May 1915 in Galion, Crawford Co., Ohio and Harrison Barr died 31 May 1906 and they are buried in the Riblet Cemetery, in Richland Co., Ohio.

John and Mary Keller’s daughter Amarilla Keller Barr – 1839 to 1915,” July 28, 2014

John and Mary Keller’s descendants: Amarilla and Harrison Barr’s children,” August 3, 2014

6.  Caroline Keller born 28 Nov 1841 in Sparta, Knox Co., Ohio married Joseph Higgs Van Houten on 1 Dec 1857 in Morrow Co., Ohio.  They had 5 children.  Caroline died 2 Jun 1902 in Washington Twp., Hardin Co., Ohio and Joseph followed in 29 Jan 1903 in the same location.  Caroline, Joseph and their children are buried in Dunkirk Cemetery in Hardin Co., Ohio.  It is north of Kenton, Ohio.

John and Mary Anne Delano Keller’s Children: Caroline Keller Van Houten,” August 11, 2014

See the BJM Cemetery Discoveries blog for more on Dunkirk Cemetery, find link on the right side of this blog.

7.  John Delano Keller Jr. was born 22 May 1844 in Sparta, Morrow Co., Ohio and he probably married Mary L. Carson about 6 Dec 1868 in Morrow Co., Ohio.  He died 4 Jun 1876 in Fredericktown, Knox Co., Ohio.  I do not know where John is buried although I did a very thorough search to try to find him.

John and Mary Delano Keller’s another son: John Delano Keller,” August 17, 2014

8.  Mary Ann Keller was born 16 Dec 1846 in Sparta, Morrow Co., Ohio and died sometime after 1925 in Logan Co., Ohio.  She married an Alexander Shaffer on 24 Jun 1866 in Morrow Co., Ohio.  They had about 9 children.  Alexander probably died on 27 July 1903 in Logan Co., Ohio and is buried in the Zanesville Cemetery there.

John and Mary Anne Delano Keller’s Children:  Mary Ann Keller Shaffer,” August 30, 2014

9.  Henry Keller was born 29 Mar 1849 in Sparta, Morrow Co., Ohio and married Martha Kees (Keyes) 28 Oct 1871 in Morrow Co., Ohio.  Henry died after Aug 1909 in Morrow Co. and Martha followed in about 1927.  They had 2 children.  He and his wife are buried in Bloomfield Cemetery in Morrow Co., Ohio.

John and Mary Delano Keller’s Children: Henry Keller and wife Martha Kees,” November 23, 2014

John and Mary Keller’s Son Henry Keller: His Estate,” December 1, 2014

John and Mary Keller’s Son Henry Keller: Buying and Selling Land,” December 10, 2014

10.  Harriet Ellen Keller was born 15 Mar 1852 in Morrow Co., Ohio and married 3 Jan 1875 in Morrow Co. to John Lacy.  She died 22 Mar 1920 in Dresden, Muskingum Co., Ohio and John died 8 March, 1935. They are both buried in the Dresden Cemetery in Muskingum Co., Ohio. They had about 4 children.

“John and Mary Anne Delano Keller’s children: Harriet Ellen Keller Lacy,” December 15, 2014

11.  William Franklin Keller was born 15 Sep 1855 in Fredericktown, Knox Co., Ohio and married on 22 December, 1880 in Galion, Crawford Co., Ohio to Ida Catherine Riblet.  They had 3 children.  He died 2 Feb 1911 in Morrow Co., Ohio and she followed on 16 November, 1930.  Ida and Frank are buried in the H.E. Hedding Cemetery in Morrow Co., Ohio near his parents.

John and Mary Delano Keller’s youngest son:  William Franklin Keller and his wife Ida Riblet.” December 23, 2014

Wm. Franklin Keller and the Slack Family Bible,” December 26, 2014

John and Mary Keller’s Son William Franklin Keller and land,” January 5, 2015

I have come the end of what I know about John and Mary Anne (Delano) Keller’s descendants. The research on these families is by no means done and updates and corrections can take place so please check the category for “Updates and corrections” on occasion to see if new information has been added. If you see something is missing or there is a glitch please let me know.  I believe in making corrections. Genealogy is ongoing and can change and evolve and is never really finished. Also check the comments because sometimes a cousin or reader finds this blog and shares.

John Keller’s life and origins

It is now time to share what I know about John Keller the father of the children listed above. John’s ancestry is unknown and I have spent a great deal of time trying to figure out his origins and placing him in Ohio as early as I can. I am not alone, other cousins have been trying as well.

All these posts about his children and descendants was in hope that I might find that one piece of information that will open the door to his past and origins.  I am still hoping that descendants of the children might have some piece of information that will help like a letter, bible, estate/probate, a deed, a family history and would be willing to leave a comment and share.

Richard shared some old tintype photographs (1860’s and 1870’s) that he has of the Pearl and Wintermute families. I was raised in the Puget Sound area and I have no memories or connections to Ohio except for my travels there and all my research.  I do not have the deep ties my cousin has nor all the photos and memorabilia. So I hope you can help us identify these photographs.

In the following photos it is unclear who these photographs depict. They were found in a large box of materials of Richard’s grandmother, Alice Jane (Pearl) Wintermute who kept them over the course of decades then gave them to his mother.

The picture of the young boy might be George Pearl/Perril, husband to Jane Helt Pearl.

Unknown - possibly George Perril

Unknown – possibly George Perril

 The the woman in the bonnet is unknown.
Unknown Pearl or Wintermute family member

Unknown Pearl or Wintermute family member

The picture of the young girl is a mystery.

Another unknown Pearl or Wintermute Family member

Another unknown Pearl or Wintermute Family member

The side-by-side photos of the couple could be George’s parents, William (1800-1863) and Nancy Doty Pearl (1807 – 1902).  The dates for when these persons were alive, and their apparent ages, would make sense with the dates of this type of photography.

Unknown Pearl or Wintermute Family members - possibily William Pearl and Nancy Doty Perril.

Unknown Pearl or Wintermute Family members – possibly William Pearl and Nancy Doty Perril.

If you recognize any of these individuals please leave a comment, Richard can read and make comments too, however, I have access and can get you in touch with him.

I didn’t realize it would take me over a year to make it through the Keller and Delano families and descendants of this line.  As I have built the posts about the ancestors and descendants of John and Mary (Delano) Keller I was struck by the fact that the memories of who these people are is fading or has faded. The migrations of the children out of the Morrow County area has caused a disconnect. Hopefully, I have opened a door with these past posts and maybe sparked a connection for someone.  If you are a descendant please comment.

Thanks to Richard for his generosity. By the way Richard has many more stories to share about the Helt, Pearl, Doty and Wintermute families and I would be happy to get you in touch with him. Lavina Keller Helt, daughter of John and Mary, would be very pleased to know that her descendants have done well.  She was only 36 years old at her death.


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