Peter Keller of Jackson County, Ohio

Finding the deed by Polly Keller to Peter Keller (son) in Knox County was very exciting. I was standing in the Knox County Annex in 2011.  The use of the name of “Peter” was very interesting.

I have learned that there was a Peter Keller who died in Jackson County, Ohio on 19 July, 1827.  The book “Jackson County, Ohio, History and Families, 1816 – 175th Anniversary to 1991,” by the Jackson County Genealogical Society featured this man.

“Keller – Peter Keller, Sr. was a Virginia Volunteer in Dunsmore’s War, being paid off at Ft. Pitt in 1775. In 1776, he made settlement on Buffalo Creek in Ohio County, VA, now Washington Co., PA, having been granted land as early as 1773.  In 1777, Peter swore allegiance to the Commonwealth of Virginia as a soldier in the militia. Records from Fayette, PA, and Westmoreland Counties, PA as well as Virginia records in Ohio, Augusta and Yohogania Counties, VA, show Peter was a speculator in land, owner and operator of a Monongahela River Ferry, farmer and bootlegger.

Francis Keller, his presumed brother, sold his land in PA to Peter in 1793 and went to Harrison Co., VA where Francis had his settlement on the south side of the Ohio River between Parkersburg and Marietta, OH.  In 1795, Peter sold in Pennsylvania and moved to Warrenton, Jefferson Co., Ohio. He acquired land in at least four Ohio counties, over 3,000 acres, and apparently continued to deal in land until moving to Jackson County, in 1819. He died there and was buried in the Gay Street Cemetery, but was reinterred in 1900 in Fairmount Cemetery.  Peter Keller married Mary 1766-1841.

Their children were:

  • Jacob b. 1782 – He may have had a child named Reuben
  • Elizabeth b. 1783
  • Peter b. 1783/7  He had George 1828, John ??
  • Catherine b. 1790
  • Margaret b. Feb. 8, 1818
  • Mary b. m. 1824
  • Francis G. b. 1801
  • Zenas b. Oct. 17, 1803

There is a Google Book: “The Standard History of the Hanging Rock Iron Region of Ohio,”Volume 2, page 1138. John is the grandson of Peter Keller and Polly.  His father is the Peter b. 1873/7.

John Keller: Of the families which have contributed to the agricultural welfare and development of Jackson County, one of the best known and mostly highly regarded is that bearing the name of Keller, of whom a worthy representative is found in the person of John Keller, a substantial agriculturist of Scioto Township. This family was founded by Peter Keller, grandfather of John, and one of the earliest settlers of Scioto Township, where he secured a tract of land in section 36, built a log house in the wilderness, and at once commenced to clear a farm….at the time of his death was the owner of upwards of 600 acres of land….” 

Peter’s tombstone is listed at Find A Grave. According to the memorial he was born in June 1757 in New York.  At least two of his children are linked to the memorial.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Keller&GSiman=1&GScid=40781&GRid=5602376&

This senior Peter Keller is also at the DAR Ancestor Search:

http://services.dar.org/Public/DAR_Research/search_adb/default.cfm

Summary of this post:   So once again we find a Keller surname that does not appear in the census and tax records of Knox County, Ohio.  The use of the first name of Peter is very interesting.  This is a name that our John and Mary Keller used to name one of their children.  Based on the children that are listed for this senior Peter Keller we do not see that he is connected to our John or for that matter the Henry Keller of the 1830 Census and the tax records.

The deed of Polly to Peter Keller in Knox County, shows that the senior Peter had land ownership there in Knox but based on the deed we see that the land in question is not in Liberty or Wayne Twp. but in Pike Twp. which is over more towards the middle of the county.

I think that it is very interesting that this senior Peter Keller came out of Virginia but also has ties to Pennsylvania.  He speculated with Ohio lands, lived in Jefferson County, Ohio for a time and then settled permanently in Jackson County, Ohio.  I have not studied any of these locations to any great extent, including the information given in the excerpts above.

I feel that I need to do more research on this man Peter Keller because at this time I am not satisfied with the information I am finding about his past there is too much difference of opinion.  So I present him here because all the Keller surnames in Knox County need to be acknowledged and understood.

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Deed of Polly Keller of Jackson County, Ohio recorded in Knox County, Ohio – 1836

Census and tax records for Ohio don’t always show who is connected to a county. There were many who purchased land and did so, speculating.  Solomon Goss, the man who is the reason for the title of this blog, purchased land in Knox County and deeded it to his children, especially Lydia Goss Spracklin wife of John A. Spracklin. They settled in Knox County migrating from Washington County, Ohio.

Many other families did the same buying land in one county and living in another.  I stumbled upon a deed created by a Polly Keller selling land to a Peter Keller, recorded March 23, 1836 in Knox Co., Ohio.

Well the name Peter took my attention quickly for our John Keller had named his first son Peter.  So, I had to seek out more information on this man Peter Keller.

Here is the deed I found:

Polly Keller Deed to

Peter Keller

Rec. March 25, 1836

This Indenture made and concluded this Nineteenth day of March A.D. Eight hundred and thirty six between Polly Keller, widow and relict of Peter Keller Senr late of Jackson County dec’d of the first part and Peter Keller of the State of Ohio and County of Jackson of the second part, Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of three hundred dollars lawful money of the United States to her in hand paid by the said party of the second part, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, the said party of the first – has granted bargained and sold and by these present does grant, bargain, sell, alien and convey unto the said party of the second part this heirs and assigns forever during the natural life time of the said party of the first part. All that contains tract or parcel of land known and designated as Seventy acres of Land off of the West side of the North East quarter of Section No. ( 24) Twenty four Township (8) Eight and Range (11) Eleven situate in Knox County, Ohio of the unappropriated lands in the Military District of the Lands directed to be sold at Zanesville, which said tract of Land was set apart as Dower to the said party of the first part out of the Estate of the said Peter Keller dec’d. Together with all and singular the improvements and appurtenances whatsoever to the said premises belonging or in any wise  appertaining and the reversions remainders rents issues and profits thereof and all the estate right title interest property claims and demands of her the said party of the first part of in and to the said premises.

To have and to hold the lands hereby granted and conveyed with all and singular the premises and every part and parcel thereof with the appurtenances ____the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns from this time all the assignment of the said Dower for and during her natural life. In the testimony whereof the said party of the first part has herewith set her hand and seal the day and year first herein above written. Signed by Poly her X mark Keller Seal

 Signed sealed and delivered in the presents of J.B. Gilliland, Wm. Welsh.

The State of Ohio Jackson County ss: Personally appeared before be the subscriber an acting Justice of the Peace in said County Polly Keller the grantor to the within Deed of conveyance by me known to be the person she represents herself to be and acknowledges the signing and sealing thereof to be her free voluntary act and deed and that she freely done the same for the purposes therein expressed this 19th of March A.D. 1836. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal J.B. Gilliland, Justice of the Peace.

The land in question is over in the middle of Knox County.

Kinox County - The land is in Pike County lower right along the border of Pike and Monroe

Kinox County – The land is in Pike County lower right along the border of Pike and Monroe slightly right of the corner.

Summary of this post:  We have found another Keller family that is tied to Knox County, Ohio by the land. This family is living in Jackson County, Ohio which is in the southern area of the State of Ohio.  We have a mother selling land to her son who is named Peter that is located in Knox County, Ohio.  This land is in Pike Township along the southern border by Monroe Township.

In the nest post I will explain who Peter Keller, Polly’s husband, was and give a little information about their children.  Peter Keller Sr. was a land speculator.

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Benjamin Keller’s first wife Mary Keller – Her will 1833.

In the last post I shared about Benjamin Keller and his father Henry Keller of York, Pennsylvania.  Benjamin was married to Mary Keller in the year 1812. She was born May 1, 1789. It is not known if she is related to Benjamin but I think the names in her will are very interesting and the reference to the land in York County equally interesting.  I found this will in the Knox County, Ohio, probate records.

Mary Keller's Will & Proof

Mary Keller’s Will & Proof partial

Mary Keller’s Will and Proof

The State of Ohio, Knox County ) Be it remembered that heretofore to wit at a Court of Common Pleas holden before the Honorable Jacob Parker/Parkin resident Judge and Richard C. Harris, William Bevans and Isaac H. Richardson Associate Judges of said Court on the thirty first day of October one thousand eight hundred and forty four the last Will and Testament of Mary Keller was produced in Court and Wm. Bevans & Daniel Layman the subscribing witnesses ______ being in open Court duly sworn & interrogated depose & say that they saw the said dec. sign the said Will and heard her acknowledge the same to be her last Will and Testament and that in the presence and by the express direction of the Testatrix they signed the same as witnesses and the said witnesses being further interrogated state that the said Testatrix at the time of signing said Will was of sound mind and memory of full age and not under any restraint to the best of their belief. Therefor it appearing to the County that said Will was duly executed and the proof aforesaid being reduced to writing it in order that the Clerk record said Will proof which said Will and Proof read in the records and figures following to wit:

I Mary Keller of the County of Knox and State of Ohio do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say, First, I give devise and bequeath to my beloved husband Benjamin Keller the whole of my interest of in and to a tract of land situated in Manchester Township in York County in the State of Pennsylvania about seven miles in a northwesterly direction from the town of Little York in said York County said tract of land in the Estate of Elizabeth Keller my mother who is yet living and my interest in said tract of land in common with my sisters Nancy, Magdalene Elizabeth and Susanna and my brother Christian and contains about two hundred acres the whole of my said interest is hereby bequeathed to my husband Benjamin Keller in consideration of my love and affection toward having full confidence that he will use it with care and discretion and hereafter make such disposition of it for the benefit of our children as may best conform with their several interests and necessity,

2) I give demise and bequeath to him my said husband Benjamin Keller all and every of my estate, real or personal of every description whatsoever be the same situate either in the State of Ohio or elsewhere for his own benefit and for such uses as he may deem prudent and necessary

And lastly I hereby constitute and appoint my said husband Benjamin Keller to be the executor of this my Last Will and Testament revoking and annulling all former wills by me made and notifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this tenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-three.   Mary her X mark Keller (Seal)

Signed published and declared by the above named Mary Kelly as and for her last Will and Testament in presents of us who at request have signed as witnesses to the same. Wm. Bevans, Daniel Shaman/Lhaman.

Proof:  On the 29th day of October A.D. 1844 the last Will and Testament of Mary Keller late of the County of Knox deceased was produced in Open court and William Bevins and Daniel Layman personally appeared in Open court begin the subscribing witnesses to said will and being duly sworn and interrogated depose and say that they saw the said deceased sign the said will and heard her acknowledge the same to be her last will and testament and that in the presence and by the expressed direction of the Testatrix they signed the same as witnesses. And the said witnesses being further interrogated state that the said testatrix at the time of signing said Will was of sound mind and memory of full age and under no restraint to the best of their belief. W. Bevans and Daniel Layman. Sworn to and subscribed in open Court H.S. Miller, Dept. Clerk.  

Summary of this post:  I find this will to be very interesting.  The land in York Co., Pennsylvania is a great link back to that location.  I am also interested in her references to her family. She mentions sisters Nancy, Magdalene, Elizabeth and Susanna and a brother Christian.  It gives her mother’s name as Elizabeth Keller? Does this mean that Mary is a Keller? Unfortunately the book: The Descendants of Henry Keller does not give any details about Mary.  (Note: I believe it is two sisters names Magdalene and Elizabeth hard to tell from the handwriting.)

There is no stone for her that I can find listed on Find A Grave to verify her dates.

It is also amazing that they waited till 1844 to probate the will. She died in 1834.

I believe that taking a serious look at Benjamin Keller and Mary his wife is a good idea and the origins of both individuals.

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Benjamin Keller of Fairfield and Knox County, Ohio 1789 to 1870!

Benjamin Keller does appear in the census, tax records, and deeds of Knox County, Ohio, so we do need to take a look at him and his origins.

The book The Descendants of Henry Keller of York Co., Pennsylvania and Fairfield Co., Ohio has come across my path before at the Allen County Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana when I visited there in 2007. It was part of my first trip to Ohio.

The book: The Descendants of Henry Keller of York Co., PA is online at Heritage Quest with the use of your library card from home.  You will see that it is linked to Ancestry.com.

I have been sharing my visit to the Owl Creek Cemetery in Ankenytown, which is north of Fredericktown, Ohio on my BJM Cemeteries blog: http://bjmcemeterydiscoveries.blogspot.com/

The Henry Keller (1829-1903) that is buried there in the Owl Creek Cemetery was the son of Benjamin Keller per the book I have sited above and this book “The Church of the Brethren in Northeastern Ohio,” by Edgar G. Diehm, pg. 304. There is a short biography and a picture of this Henry Keller who looks a lot like Benjamin. This is online at Internet Archive. https://archive.org/details/BrethrenInNortheasternOhio

Henry Keller was born in Knox County, Ohio, on April 14, 1829, the son of Benjamin Keller a minister in the Rivercliff Brethren Church….”

Online family trees are all over the place with this Henry Keller family of Owl Creek and some have this Henry as Benjamin’s son and some don’t, so beware.

The information at Find A Grave does not have the link of Benjamin, in Pleasant Hill, to Henry in the Owl Creek Cemetery.

According to the book “Henry Keller...”, Benjamin Keller came from York Co., Pennsylvania and settled with his family, parents and siblings in Fairfield County, Ohio.

York PA, Google Maps

York PA, Google Maps – Getting and idea where Benjamin grew up…

Benjamin’s father was named Henry Keller, born 13 May 1755 at the family homestead which is about six and half miles south and a little east of York, Pennsylvania. The exact location has been lost because of the move to Ohio. The wife and mother were Catherine Seitz.

Here is a list of Henry and Catherine Keller’s children.  I have indicated the oldest child’s birth dates:

  • John 1785 – Levi 1806, Lewis 1808, 2 daug then David 1816
  • Jacob 1787 his Oldest son Abraham 1811, Diane 1813
  • Benjamin 1789 see his children below
  • Elizabeth 1791,
  • Henry 1793 oldest son Noah born 1825.
  • Joseph 1795 oldest son Reuben born 1833
  • Daniel 1797 oldest son Simon born 1825
  • Catherine 1800,
  • Magdalena 1801,
  • Mary 1803.

This Henry Keller born in 1755 was in the Revolutionary War. I had studied the Keller listings in the DAR Patriot Index comparing them to the DAR Ancestor Index online in hopes of finding a link to our Kellers a while back.

Below is the link to the DAR Ancestor Search for Henry Keller.

http://services.dar.org/public/dar_research/search_adb/?action=full&p_id=A064272  

Benjamin Keller was born in 1789 and he married twice, first to Mary and then to Sarah.  He had 8 children with each wife.

Benjamin Keller’s children are:

  • Jacob 1813,
  • Elizabeth 1815,
  • Christian 1817,
  • Catherine 1819,
  • Mary 1823,
  • Leah 1825,
  • Benj. 1827 – 1832,
  • Henry 1829 – The one in Owl Creek Cemetery 
    • Benjamin’s 1st wife Mary dies and he remarried to Sarah Layman.
  • Caroline 1836,
  • Solomon 1838,
  • John L. 1841,
  • George Washington 1844,
  • Grace, 1847,
  • Isaac, 1847,
  • Margaret Jane, 1851,
  • Daniel Jefferson, 1857,
  • infant.

This map below shows Knox County, then going south you find Licking, then Fairfield.

Knox and Fairfield's locations

Knox and Fairfield’s locations

Benjamin Keller does not appear in the 1850 census for Knox nor Fairfield but he does appears in the 1860 U.S. Federal Census in Pleasant Twp., Fairfield Co., Ohio.  So he went back to Fairfield County, Ohio.

Line 29, 1648, 1620, Benjamin Keller, 71, M, $1440, $400, born Pennsylvania, Keller, Sarah, 47, F. born Virginia. Line 1: John Keller, 18 male, farm hand born Ohio, Isaac Keller, 13, M, born Ohio, Margaret Keller 8, F, born Ohio, Daniel D. Keller age 5, M, born Ohio. 

Source: 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Pleasant, Fairfield Co., Ohio, page 238, PO Lancaster, 7 Sept. 1860, Samuel Ewing. 

He is also in the 1870 census:

Line 12, 149, 152, Keller, Benjamin, 81, M, W, Infirm, $2500, $600, Pennsylvania, Keller, Sarah, 55 G, W, keeps home, born Virginia, Keller, Isaac 22, M, W, farmer, born Ohio, Keller, Margaret, 18, F, W, Helps mother, born Ohio, Keller, Daniel, 14, M, W, helps on farm, born Ohio.

Source: 1870 U.S. Census, Pleasant Twp., Fairfield Co., Ohio, page 22, PO Lancaster, 11 August 1870 by Lewis C. Black. 

Benjamin Keller appears in the Fairfield and Knox Co. tax records in, 1825, 1830, 1835, 1836:

1825:  Keller, Benjamin, Fairfield, C, 69 from Tax List Duplicate.

1830:  Keller, Benjamin Clinton Twp. Personal property, 3, 120, 3, 24, 136 and 13, 6, 1 ___14, 207, 1449

1835:  Keller, Benjamin No. 15 Clinton Twp. 13, 6, 2 N_ pt 14, 201, 1449

1836:  Keller, Benjamin No. 15 Clinton Twp., 13, 6, 1, N  14, 207, 1449

There are six deeds in Knox County, Ohio that have Benjamin Keller buying and selling land.

1825:  Recorded Aug 27, 1826 –  Jacob Winters Grantor to Benjamin Keller Grantee, they are both living in Fairfield County, $400 dollars for that tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Knox State of Ohio being a part of the second quarter of the sixth Township in the thirteenth Range of the United States Military tract… it does on to describe it in great detail.  Witnessed by Daniel Kellar and Benjamin Winter. Signed by Jacob Winter.

1835:  Recorded March 11, 1838 – Benjamin Keller and Wife Grantor and a Mortgage Deed to the Ohio Life Insurance and Trust Co. Benjamin Keller and Sarah his wife in the County of Knox….that tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in the County of Knox, State aforesaid and being part of the second quarter of the sixth township in the  thirteenth range of the United States Military Tract and bounded as follows…..Witnessed by J. Beach and Thos. Irvine.  Signed by Benjamin Keller and Sarah Keller on the 11 day of March 1835.

1837:  Recorded August 8, 1837 – Benjamin Keller & Wife, Grantor to George Shaw Grantee, both of Knox County, State of Ohio….all that tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Knox, State of Ohio and more particularly described….

1838:  Recorded June 11, 1839:  Benjamin Keller & wife, Grantor and Henry Shelhorn, Grantee, 9th of June 1838, Benjamin Keller and Sarah his wife County of Fairfield, State of Ohio and Henry She;horn of the County Knox, State of Ohio, $100 that lot or parcel of land lying and being in the Township of Clinton in the County of Knox…the second quarter of the sixth Township and thirteenth Range United States Military tract and being that of the same farm the Joseph Eaton now resides…..

1843:  Recorded December 1st, 1843:  Benj. Keller & wife (Sarah) Deed to John Welch.  Benj. Keller and Sarah of the County of Knox and John Welch of the County of Knox, State of Ohio….sum of $5000 situate and lying and being in the County of Knox in the State of Ohio and being the second quarter sixth township and thirteenth range of the United Military tract….

1843:  Recorded December 12, 1843 Jacob Garber & wife to Benjamin Keller. Jacob and Sarah Garber of the County of Richland and State of Ohio to Benjamin Keller of the County of Knox, receipt of two thousand dollars….To wit: being the south half of the west half of the Northwest quarter of Section four and the south half of the East half of the Northeast quarter of Section five of the eight Township and Twelfth Range of the unappropriated Military lands offered for sale at Chillicothe…..

Summary of this post:  We know that the Benjamin Keller of Fairfield County, Ohio was the son of Henry Keller of York County, Pennsylvania via the books I have mentioned in this post.  We know he first settled in Fairfield and then moved up to Knox County, Ohio for a time, then returned to Fairfield.  He is buried in Fairfield County, see Find A Grave.

I have identified the Henry Keller buried in Owl Creek Cemetery in Knox County and married to Elizabeth Grubb as Benjamin’s son.  I refer you to the two books I have mentioned above.  Of course more research is needed to verify this link.

Looking at Benjamin’s children I do not see any connection to our John Keller nor the Henry Keller who appears in the 1830 Knox County Census.  In looking at Benjamin’s siblings we also don’t see a connection either.

Unfortunately the origins of Henry Keller of York are vague according to the book about the descendants: The Descendants of Henry Keller of York Co., PA. This book was published in 1924 so this means that 91 years have passed and maybe there is more information on this family and its origins too seek out? Of course, I need to read the book about Benjamin’s father thoroughly and that is on my to do list.

In the next post I will share the will of Mary Keller whose maiden name may have been Keller. She was the first wife of Benjamin Keller.  The will is very interesting.

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John Keller and Rebecca, a Deed In Knox County in 1832

Not all people living or owning land in Ohio were in the census.  I found this deed created by a John Kellar and Rebecca who sold land to Samuel Thatcher in 1832 but it was not recorded till 1851. This land is in the southwest corner of Liberty Twp., Knox Co., Ohio.

Deed Keller to Thatcher 1833.

Deed Keller to Thatcher 1833 top portion of the deed.

Vol. KK page 430 FHL#0314054 #181

John Kellar DEED to

Samuel Thatcher

Recorded Sept 5, 1851 

Know all men by these presents that John Kellar and Rebecca his wife of the county of Knox and State of Ohio for and in consideration of the sum of seventy five dollars to them in hand paid at and before the ensealing and delivering hereof by Samuel Thatcher of county & state aforesaid the receipt thereof is hereby acknowledged, being therewith con______ed & satisfied have granted bargained sold aliened & conveyed & confirmed & by these presents do freely give grant bargain sell alien & convey & confirm unto the Samuel Thatcher his heirs and afsigns forever all that parcel of land laying in the said county of Knox & state of Ohio being part of section No. three in township No. six in the fourteeth range U.S. Military land formerly owned by the heirs of Lucy Woodbridge & sold to Joseph Higgins by deed bearing date December the 15th 1819.  To commence at the south west corner of sd track running thence east along the line between Jefse  Severe’s land & the above mentioned tract seventeen rods.  Thence running north to the Columbus road. Thence west to the line of sd tract. Thence south along the line of said tract to the place of beginning including three acres of land be the same more or lefs.  To have and to hold the said bargained & granted premises with all & singular the appurtenances & privileges & commodities thereunto belonging or in any with appertaining to him the said Grantee his heirs & afsings forever to his own proper use & benefit & behoof forever as a good perfect and absolute estate in fee simple and the said grantors for themselves heirs executors & administrators do covenant with the said Saml Thacher his heirs & afsigns that they are lawfully seized in fee of the said granted premises that they are free from all incumbrances & that they will warrant & defend the same to the grantee & thence forever against all lawful claims of all persons .  In witnefs whereof we have herunto set our hands & seals this 20th day of April in the year of our Lord 1832. Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of  Fred R. Carey, George [ZonKaus]

signed by  John Kellar and Rebecca Kelar

The State of Ohio Knox County = Personally appeared before me the subscriber one of the acting Justices of the Peace for the aforesaid County John Kellar and Rebecca his wife, he being personally known to me as to be the person that he represents himself to be.  She being separate and apart by me examined from him her said husband acknowledge that she signed the within deed without fear threats or persuasion of her said husband or by any other person, and also the said John Kellar acknowledged the written deed of conveyance to be his free voluntary act and deed.  Given under my hand and seal this 2nd day of April 1832. Fred Carey, JP. seal

There are a lot of John Kellers in Ohio at this time of 1830 but they are not listed as heads in Knox County, Ohio.

Summary of this post:  I have identified another Keller surname in Knox County, Ohio.  They are a John Kellar and Rebecca.  The above deed states they are of Knox County, Ohio, but they are not appearing in the 1830 U.S. Census.   They are the grantors selling land to Samuel Thatcher grantee.

We have more names Lucy Woodbridge and Joseph Higgins to ponder. Learning about Samuel Thatcher might be interesting as well and who are the witnesses? The land is in the southwestern part of Liberty Twp., Knox County, Ohio which is south of Wayne Twp. and east of Bloomfield later to become South Bloomfield.

They executed this land transaction in 1832 and didn’t record the deed till 1851.  Very interesting?

I do not find them in the 1850 U.S. Census in Knox Co. At this point I will need to do further searches to see if I can get a fix on this couple but it will be difficult because not having a feel for their family’s make up will make it hard.

I share this with you so that we know about all the possible Keller’s that may have been in the area of Knox County in the 1830’s.  Who are John and Rebecca Keller, well I don’t know at this time. So we have more puzzles.

 

 

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1830: Henry Keller of Knox County, Ohio and a Guardianship!

In the Knox County, Ohio, Probate records there is a guardianship that appears in the year 1830.  The name of the deceased person is Henry Keller.

1830 Guardianship

1830 Guardianship Knox Co., Ohio

Probate records are online at Family Search.  So you can go and take a look.  I was really excited to find this and then disappointed because there wasn’t much there.

There were six pieces of paper, five of the pieces of paper were almost all the same in format – FHL#2118293 Box 37 under Probate Records 1808-1832, #570.

Note: If you see an underline in the transcriptions below that means the information was handwritten.

1.  Cover page #570 Henry Keller et. al. To Bond, State of Ohio as Guardian

2.  Appointed guardian to Said Henry Keller  The same three men sign all the other similar forms.  The first signature is difficult to decipher.

Henry Keller - bond

Henry Keller – bond a portion of one of the originals

Know all men by these presents that we  Henry Keller, Solomon Myers and John Ewalt are held and firmly bound to the state of Ohio in the sum of one hundred dollars, and for the faithful payment and performance of which, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors &c. scaled with our seals and dated the 26 day of October 1830

The conditions of the foregoing obligations are such, that the above bound Henry Keller Elizabeth Keller has by the court of common pleas been appointed guardian to infant said Henry.  NOW said Henry Keller  shall discharge with fidelity the trust reposed in him and shall render an accurate statement of all his transactions with a just account of the profits arising or accruing from the real or personal estate of his ward, & to deliver up the same to the court when thereunto required — then in that case this obligation shall be void, otherwise to be and remain in full force and virtue in law. 

WITNESS Alex. Elliott    

Signed 

_______ (difficult to read)

John Ewalt  (seal)

Solomon Myers (seal)

3.  Appointed guardian to John Keller, minor

Know all men by these presents that we  Henry Keller, Solomon Myers and John Ewalt are held and firmly bound to the state of Ohio in the sum of one hundred dollars, and for the faithful payment and performance of which, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors &c. scaled with our seals and dated the 26 day of October 1830

The conditions of the foregoing obligations are such, that the above bound Henry Keller has by the court of common pleas been appointed guardian to John Keller, minor infant orphan of Son of Henry Keller.  NOW said Henry Keller  shall discharge with fidelity the trust reposed in him and shall render an accurate statement of all his transactions with a just account of the profits arising or accruing from the real or personal estate of his ward, & to deliver up the same to the court when thereunto required — then in that case this obligation shall be void, otherwise to be and remain in full force and virtue in law. 

WITNESS Alex. Elliott    

Signed 

_______ (difficult to read)

John Ewalt  (seal)

Solomon Myers (seal)

4.  Appointed guardian of Jacob Keller, minor

Know all men by these presents that we  Henry Keller, Solomon Myers and John Ewalt are held and firmly bound to the state of Ohio in the sum of one hundred dollars, and for the faithful payment and performance of which, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors &c. scaled with our seals and dated the 26 day of October 1830

The conditions of the foregoing obligations are such, that the above bound Henry Keller has by the court of common pleas been appointed guardian Jacob Keller Minor  infant orphan of  son of Henry.  NOW said Henry Keller  shall discharge with fidelity the trust reposed in him and shall render an accurate statement of all his transactions with a just account of the profits arising or accruing from the real or personal estate of his ward, & to deliver up the same to the court when thereunto required — then in that case this obligation shall be void, otherwise to be and remain in full force and virtue in law. 

WITNESS Alex. Elliott    

Signed 

_______ (difficult to read)

John Ewalt  (seal)

Solomon Myers (seal)

5.  Appointed guardian of Peter Keller, minor crossed off infant and orphan “son of Henry Keller.”

Know all men by these presents that we  Henry Keller, Solomon Myers and John Ewalt are held and firmly bound to the state of Ohio in the sum of one hundred dollars, and for the faithful payment and performance of which, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors &c. scaled with our seals and dated the 26 day of October 1830

The conditions of the foregoing obligations are such, that the above bound Henry Keller  has by the court of common pleas been appointed guardian to Peter Keller, Minor infant orphan of son of said Henry.  NOW said Henry Keller  shall discharge with fidelity the trust reposed in him and shall render an accurate statement of all his transactions with a just account of the profits arising or accruing from the real or personal estate of his ward, & to deliver up the same to the court when thereunto required — then in that case this obligation shall be void, otherwise to be and remain in full force and virtue in law. 

WITNESS Alex. Elliott    

Signed 

_______ (difficult to read)

John Ewalt  (seal)

Solomon Myers (seal)

6.  Appointed guardian of Susannah Keller, minor

 Know all men by these presents that we  Henry Keller, Solomon Myers and John Ewalt are held and firmly bound to the state of Ohio in the sum of one hundred dollars, and for the faithful payment and performance of which, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors &c. scaled with our seals and dated the 26 day of October 1830

The conditions of the foregoing obligations are such, that the above bound Henry Keller has by the court of common pleas been appointed guardian to Susannah Keller infant orphan of  minor.  NOW said Henry Keller  shall discharge with fidelity the trust reposed in him and shall render an accurate statement of all his transactions with a just account of the profits arising or accruing from the real or personal estate of his ward, & to deliver up the same to the court when thereunto required — then in that case this obligation shall be void, otherwise to be and remain in full force and virtue in law. 

WITNESS Alex. Elliott    

Signed 

_______ (difficult to read)

John Ewalt  (seal)

Solomon Myers (seal)

In looking at these documents we see that we may have a family described as. I am not sure I am reading the above correctly.

Henry Keller and Elizabeth becoming guardians of: Henry, Jacob, John, Peter, Susannah.

Revisiting the 1830 Henry Keller census for Knox County.  The date of the guardianship is in October and the census was done in June of the 1830.

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

Males

  • under 5 – 0,
  • 3 to 10 – 0,
  • 10 to 15 – 1,
  • 15 to 20 – 1 –
  • 20 to 30 – 1 –
  • 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

Females

  • under 5 – 3
  • 3 to 10 – 2
  • 10 to 15 – 1
  • 15 to 20 – 0,
  • 20 to 30 – 0,
  • 30-50 – 1 – possibly Henry’s wife

Summary:  I am very frustrated with this guardianship and revisited the Family Search records for Knox County probate and estates to see if I could find more.  I found the same papers. I had trouble finding them again because they don’t list the film numbers beside the titles.  See the film number above for a link.

If you look at the Family History listing for Knox County Probates online you will notice that an index for A to P is missing. They have Q to Z.  I believe it is there in the first selection which is titled:  Administration bonds and letters 1808-1928 vol. 1 (A-P).

When I visited the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, I spent a great deal of time trying to figure out the films for Knox County estates and probates and it was not easy.  I was searching for many surnames at the time and trying to find documents.  I was unable to locate any estate for Noah Goss who died in 1833.  I am saying that my concern is that the coverage for earlier documents maybe be wanting?

There must be further court records about this guardianship but at this time I do not know. It does mention the Court of Common Pleas.  Court records would be separate from the probate records and there are listings in the catalog at Family Search but they are not online at this time.

If John Keller is age 19 in 1830, he would not be included in a guardianship from my viewpoint and there is a John listed as a minor.  I am not familiar with Ohio probate laws of the time and the requirements for minors.

The names in the guardianship are similar to the names given to John and Mary Keller’s children except for Jacob.

I am having trouble fitting the children into the census for the Henry Keller of 1830 and almost believe this is another family? Perhaps there was a change in the family grouping from the taking of the census in June to the month of October but that may be a stretch on my part?

The other interesting thing is that Henry doesn’t sign the document only the three men do: John Ewalt, Solomon Myers and ___________.  I have tried comparing each piece of paper and the signatures for the first man but the signature does not improve and, in fact, gets worse.  What relationship they have to the family is unknown at this time.

So basically I am once again stumped as to what is going on and if in fact this guardianship is even tied to the Henry Keller of the 1830 U.S. Census in Ohio or for that matter our John Keller. I can see more research is needed.

AUUGH!!!

 

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