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.


George and Jane (Helt) Pearl’s son Stanley continued to live in the Morrow County, Ohio area and later he moved to Mount Vernon.

Pearl Family - Alice (Wintermute), Stanley, Irene, Les, and Anna

Pearl Family – Alice (Wintermute), Stanley, Irene, Les, and Anna

Stanley married Anna Sensel and had three children:

1.  Irene born about 1903 died in 1929 in childbirth.  She married a Charles Higgins.  She is buried in the Saint John’s Cemetery in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.

2. Alice born about 1906 and died in 1986.  She married John R. Wintermute.

Here is the tombstone for John R. 1904-1968 and Alice J. 1906 to 1986, Wintermute, in Canton, Ohio at the Sunset Hill Masonic Garden Cemetery.  It is on Find A Grave and listed as Sunset Hills Burial Park.

John and Alice Wintermutes tombstone

John and Alice Wintermute’s tombstone, courtesy of R. Dana

3. Les born about 1909 and died 1990. Lester changed the spelling of his last name from Pearl back to the original Perril.

Here is a Memorial Record showing the death of Anna Eliza Pearl, followed by more information about William Stanley Pearl and Anna.

Memorial Record

Memorial Record

For Anna Eliza Pearl

For Anna Eliza Pearl death

Anna and Wm. Stanley Pearl vitals.

Anna and Wm. Stanley Pearl vitals.

Find A Grave has a picture of the tombstone of Anna and Wm. Stanley Pearl in the Saint John Cemetery in Mount Vernon, Knox Co., Ohio, their daughter Irene Higgins shares the stone click on her link: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Pearl&GSiman=1&GScid=43115&GRid=82402371&

I got curious as to where this cemetery was located and it is definitely south of Mount Vernon on Hwy 586 on Martinsburg Road. It is out by the Mt. Vernon Country Club.  I did not travel this road when visiting Mt. Vernon for a second time so that is why I missed it.  Of course, I was looking for Keller surnames not Pearl or Wintermute.


Wintermute-Pearl Families

Wintermute-Pearl Families

I will offer my theory of who is in this photo.  It is Jane and George Pearl on the left standing in the background.  Stanley is in the foreground on the ground and to his left are his son, Lester, and wife, Anna. Maybe the lady in the center and large man to right are Anna’s parents?  So I got only two people correct. HA!

UPDATE January 26, 2015:  Richard writes that it is Alice Pearl Wintermute with John Wintermute, their son, and John R. Wintermute sitting on the ground in front. Behind them is Anna (Sensel) Pearl in the middle and to her right is Stanley the large man standing on the right. Jane and George are on the left and standing.  The photo was taken sometime in the 1930’s when John Wintermute was born.

Richard has notes from his grandmother that Anna was a size 0 and weighed about 90 pounds when she married Stanley.  She was a pioneer for women’s rights and was trained as a teacher.  

We have three generations in this photo and that is very good.  I suddenly want to meet Anna and have a great chat about the women’s movement. 

Anna Pearl playing a mandelyn

Anna Pearl playing a mandelyn

Two houses of the family:

House were Grandma Alice and Irene were born in Mt. Gilead

House were Grandma Alice and Irene were born in Mt. Gilead

Pearl House in Chesterville...

Pearl House in Chesterville…

When you look at the photo above of the house in Chesterville it looks like the gable to the left is part of the house but I think it is a separate building.  Now look at the photo below and you can see that this is the same house.

The Pearl house in 2014

The Pearl house in 2014

Stanley Pearl's store in Chesterville before he moved to Mt. Vernon

Stanley Pearl’s store in Chesterville before he moved to Mt. Vernon…this looks familiar to me I think I drove by it…

The above photos and documents are courtesy of Richard Dana a descendant. He is a 4th cousin once removed to the writer of this post.

Richard would like to give credit to his grandmother Alice Jane (Pearl) Wintermute and to his mother Marilou (Wintermute) Dana for keeping and preserving these and many more treasures for the family.

There is more to come on the Helt/Pearl and Wintermute families.  If you know any of these people or are related please comment we would love to hear from you.

Before I post about the end of John Keller and Mary (Delano) Keller lives, I want to return to the Helt and Pearl family connection. They are descendants of John and Mary through their daughter Lavina Keller Helt. A cousin has kindly shared his research with me and given me permission to post.

John and Mary Keller’s daughter Lavina Keller died in 1873.  She had married William G. Helt in 1855 and they had eight children.  I refer you to the posts on this blog written about this family.

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

Here is a picture of W. G. Helt and he looks quite imposing:

W.G. Helt father of Jane Helt

W.G. Helt father of Jane Helt, courtsey R. Dana

The focus here is on Eliza Jane Helt, a daughter of Lavina and William Helt, who married George Pearl and had two children, Stanley William Pearl and Emma E. Pearl.

Here is the marriage license in two parts for George Perril and Eliza Jane Helt:

Perril - Helt Marriage 1876 top part

Perril – Helt Marriage 1876 top part

Perril-Helt Marriage Record, 1876

Perril-Helt Marriage Record, October 14, 1876

The two children of George and Jane Helt Perril/Pearl are:

1.  Wm. Stanley Pearl was born in August 1877 in Sparta, So. Bloomfield Twp. Morrow Co., Ohio.

2.  Emma E. Pearl was born June 1884 in Sparta.

George Perril/Pearl is looking very pleased in this picture.

George Perril

George Perril

George with his sisters. UPDATE 1/26/2015:  We have George with his sisters one is Ellen and the other is Mary Jane but we do not know which is on what side of George.

Grandfather Pearl and sister Ellen and another sister.

Grandfather (George) Pearl and sister Ellen and another sister.

Grandma and Grandpa Pearl, George and Eliza Jane…

Grandma and Grandpa Pearl

Grandma and Grandpa Pearl

George Pearl was born in March of 1855 in Ohio and died about 1934 in Morrow Co., Ohio.  Eliza Jane Helt Pearl was born July 1858 and died 1931. Both she and George are buried in the Bloomfield Cemetery in Morrow County. Find A Grave has another picture of their tombstone. Jane’s uncle Henry Keller and his family are also buried in Bloomfield. See my BJM Cemetery Discoveries Blog for more information. You can find a link on the right side of this blog.

George and Jane Pearl's Headstone in Bloomfield Cemetery

George and Jane Pearl’s Headstone in Bloomfield Cemetery, courtesy R. Dana

George’s parents were William Pearl b. 1800, died 5 July 1862 and Nancy Doty, born 9 February 1808 and died 22 August 1902.  They are buried in Bloomfield Cemetery in Morrow County as well.  There is another photo of the tombstone at Find A Grave.

Tombstone of William and Nancy Pearl

Tombstone of William and Nancy Pearl, Courtesy of R. Dana

Nancy appears in two census the 1870 and 1880 U.S. Federal and I have shared this information in the post I listed above about the Helt children.

Nancy Doty Pearl was a member of the DAR. Here is a link to an online copy of the Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, Volume 25, pg. 758 American Monthly Magazine where she is featured: Mrs. Nancy Doty Pearl plus photograph.

This is the transcription of the DAR article about Nancy Doty Pearl:

Mrs Nancy Doty Pearl:   Mrs Nancy Pearl daughter of Peter Doty and Susanna M Boils was born in Pleasant township Knox county Ohio February 9, 1808 Her father served in the Revolutionary war from Sussex county New Jersey He was born in France May 5, 1757 and died in Morrow county Ohio March 18, 1848. Nancy Doty had little opportunity for education living in Ohio at a time when schools were little thought about. Indians were frequent visitors at their home and one of her earliest recollections was of her mother crying as she prepared a blanket for a son who was a soldier in the War of 1812. She was married to William Pearl April 10. 1825 and removed to Fulton county where her family of eleven children nine sons and two daughters were born nine of whom are still living. Mr Pearl died in 1862 and Mrs. Pearl in 1902 at the age of ninety four years and six months surviving her husband forty years. She was a member of the Christian church for fifty five years and at the time of her death her casket was borne by six of her sons. She became a member of New Connecticut Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution of Painesville, Ohio shortly before her death.

Here is a link to the DAR search at their website.  Use Peter Doty’s name and you will find the application: #A033528, Doty, Peter, New Jersey. If you want a copy it will cost $15.00 unless they have increased the price.


Nancy’s father Peter Doty is featured in the book:  Revolutionary War Patriots of Knox County, Ohio, Daughters of the American Revolution, Lucy Knox Chapter, Mount Vernon, Ohio, Peter Doty, page. 56-57. Here is a list of those patriots included in the book: http://www.lucyknoxdar.org/page04.html.

The information in the book covers his birth, death, where he is buried, marriage, and children. A list of the children is included and it gives information about them: John, Joanna, Frazy, Ephraim, Martha, Peter, Susannah and Nancy. It goes on to cover his service in the Revolution, pension and more.

Peter’s wife Susannah Magdalen Boyle is buried in the Chester Baptist Cemetery in Morrow Co., Ohio.  Find A Grave has several very nice photos of her tombstone. Peter’s stone is missing but it is suspected that he is buried next to her. This cemetery is not far from the large Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville on Hwy 95, just turn left onto Hwy 314 in the middle of Chesterville and head south to Penlan Road or Hwy 179.  Be warned that this cemetery is in very bad shape, John Doty the son’s tombstone is all broken in the photos at Find A Grave.  Frazy also has a tombstone photo at Find A Grave.

Susannah Doty May 12, 1766 to Jan. 26, 1846 Chester Baptist Cemetery, Morrow Co., Ohio

Susannah Doty
May 12, 1766 to Jan. 26, 1846 Chester Baptist Cemetery, Morrow Co., Ohio

Susannah Doty Tombstone,

Susannah Doty Tombstone, a little closer

The above photos and documents are courtesy of Richard Dana a descendant of the Pearl Family.  Please comment if you have knowledge of these families. There are more posts to follow about the Helt/Pearl family connections.


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