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.

Here is a descendant chart sent by a Mrs. Edward Philip Scharf of Lucas, Ohio to Alice Wintermute.  It is the Chronology of the Delano Family.  I am happy to say that the lineage looks pretty good. Here are the green books that follow our line through Mary Delano Keller.

Source:  Philip Delano of the “Fortune” 1621 and His Descendants for Four Generations compiled by Muriel Curtis Cushing, Published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1999. This is a Green Book.  This book goes from Philip Delano to Jonathan Delano on page 109 to page 110. It gives a list of his children including Stephen Delano but ends there.

Source:  Philip Delano of the “Fortune” 1621 and His Descendants in the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Generations, compiled by Muriel Curtis Cushing, Part Three Family #500-561, Published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2012. #528 Stephen Delano pages 85 to 89. This is a Green Book as well.

This is the older book that was published.  You can find it online broken up into parts at Internet Archive, but I have my own complete copy now and it is heavy. This is what the Delano Kindred it trying to update with the above books.

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 book is a complete set of all of the Delano Genealogy for 1899 and the original.

In the Chronology of Delano below, I would probably change Doxbury to Duxbury. I particularly like the last paragraph starting with Elizabeth Spraklin (the c is left out of the spelling of the name) and listing the Keller children and descendants. They do not mention John Delano Keller?

I have very little information about Susan one of the Keller children. In the information about Mary found on the document, it states she died at 7 months although the death dates I have her age at 1.5 years at death.

As with all compilations like this, please check it carefully and use it as a guide.

Delano Family, Keller, Helt and more.

Permission to post given by Richard Dana a descendant of Alice Pearl Wintermute.

This Mayflower lineage given above is from Mary Delano Keller to Philip Delano who came on the second ship the “Fortune,” however, in the Keller to Helt to Pearl to Doty lineage that has been shared in the last few posts on this blog, there is an ancestry to Mayflower with Edward Doty of the Mayflower.

Here is a link to the book:  Doty-Doten Family in America, by Ethan Allen Doty at Internet Archive.  You will find Nancy Doty on pg. 335 #3524.  With a bit of effort you can trace the family back to Edward Doty and Faith Clarke. It goes Edward Doty, to Samuel, to John to Isaac to Peter to Nancy Doty who married William Pearl.


This means that we need to go the Mayflower Silver books to check this lineage.  So onto the To Do List is goes.

More to come on the Helt, Pearl, and Wintermute families.


Below are photographs of several family reunions for the Helt and Pearl families.

This photo is for the reunion taken about 1903.  Irene, Stanley Pearl’s daughter, was born in 1903. To open, click on the photo and remember to hit your back button or close the tab to return.

Stanley is hold his daughter (Irene) daughter Anna Pearl to the left circa early part of the 1900's

Stanley is holding his daughter (Irene) daughter Anna Pearl to the left. Count 4 children from left in the front row and back to man in hat with the baby.

Years later another reunion took place 29 July, 1928 held at the Morrow County Fairgrounds near Mt. Gilead.  A possible newspaper article appeared that may have been titled: “Doty – Perrel Family Reunion,” and below that was “Pioneer Ancestry Traced Back to Days of Revolution.” I made an attempt to locate this article using my online newspaper sources but they lack coverage in the heart of Ohio where I need to look.

Stanley in the straw hat, 1928 Helt/Pearl Reunion

Stanley in the straw hat, 1928 Helt/Pearl Reunion

Richard is having trouble identify the people in these photos.  In the 1928 reunion photo he says Stanley is the one in the straw hat.

The next reunion was to occur the last Sunday in July of 1929 at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph McCloud west of Mt. Vernon.  Oscar Pearl was listed as reunion president with Dora Pearl as its secretary.

If you recognize anyone please let us know by leaving a comment. Richard can read the comments but I will have to get him in touch with you, so please take the time to share.

Here is a family history written by Anna Pearl for this reunion.

History of the Peter Doty and William Perrel Families,

written for the

Pearl Reunion of July 29, 1928.

Click her for a copy of the original in PDF: DotyPerrel History

In the pioneer days of our country, while the colonists were fighting for our independence, and the army under George Washington was quartered at Valley Forge, a mother, Mrs. Boyle of New Jersey, with the help of her daughter, baked bread for the soldiers.  One young soldier Peter Doty found the daughter attractive and they were married.  Later they came to Ohio to live in Knox County some where near Hunt’s Station, on Feb 9, 1808, their youngest daughter, Nancy Doty, was born. There were only a few rude cabins at this time where they city of Mt. Vernon now stands. Indians were frequent and welcome visitors in their home.

Nancy well remembered when her brother departed from their home to take part in the war of 1812. The mother’s sorrow and the weaving of blankets for the soldier brother made a lasting impression on the mind of the child Nancy.

On April 10, when 20 yrs of age Nancy married William Perrel, whose ancestors lived in Maryland.

Soon after their marriage, they moved to S. Bloomfield Twp., Knox Co., Ohio, where land was cleared and a cabin built.  On May 30, 1833, at Chillicothe, Ohio a deed was obtained from the President of the United States, Andrew Jackson for 62 and 90/100 acres of land.  This farm was two miles west of Sparta and known as the Pearl Farm for many years.  After building the necessary home on their land they lived here and the most of their children were born here and all attended the same school.  Nine boys and two girls were born to this family.

They are as follows:

  1. Johnnie, who died when 1 year old.
  2. Peter
  3. Alexander
  4. Jackson
  5. William
  6. James
  7. Jane 
  8. Ellen
  9. Isaac  
  10. Alvin
  11. George

 All are grandchildren of a Revolutionary soldier.

When the father and mother wished to go visiting they made the trip in their ox cart.

William Perrel, husband of Nancy Doty Perrel, died July 5, 1863 at the age of 63 years.  Nancy kept her family together on the farm and earned the living by her carpet weaving.  The Doty family are noted for their long lives. Peter Doty, father of Nancy, was born January 8, 1718 and lived to be 104 years of age. Nancy died August 2, 1902, at the age of 94 years. 6 months. and 13 days.

The oldest living son is 96 yrs of age and the ages of the four living children, Peter, Jane, Ellen and George total 336 years.  Among the interesting family keepsakes are the original deed of the Perrel farm, signed by Andrew Jackson, President which is in the home of George Pearl, near Sparta, the youngest son. The Family Bible owned by Joe Pearl, near Sparta son of Alexander. The old clock, which is at least 100 yrs. old and told the time to this entire family is still running in the home of Fred Pearl of Michigan, son of William Perrel Jr.  The old rifle used by William Perrel Sr. to bring down many a wild turkey and deer is owned by Frank Pearl, of Fulton, son of James. Also the gun carried in the Revolutionary War by Peter Doty father of Nancy Doty Perrel is owned by Lawrence Inscho, the great grandson of the original owner.

 This family, today, spell the name with the English spelling, Pearl, instead of the French word Perrel, but whatever the spelling we are proud to belong to such ancestors. 

W.S. Pearl, per A.E.P.

Transcribed by Bonnie Jean MacDonald with permission 1/3/2015.

Please note that Bloomfield township was in Knox County till 1848 when it became part of Morrow County as South Bloomfield so in the above it should read Knox Co. Bloomfield Twp. It is important if you are searching for records to know where to look. The date for Peter Doty’s birth is not right.  So please read this history with caution.  I refer you to the DAR and Revolutionary War sources for more information on Peter Doty.

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

There is still more to come on the Helt and Pearl family.



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