Peter and Eliza Keller’s children, Belle and Jesse…

Peter and Eliza Keller had four children.  Here I feature the first two Joanna/Belle and Jesse.

1.  Joanna Isabella Keller was born 17 April, 1858 in Morrow Co., Ohio. She went by the nickname “Belle.” Belle was married four times.

This is what I have been able to learn about Belle and her life but there is so much more to do, she has not been easy to track.

She appears in the 1860, 1870 and 1880 U.S. Census with her mother Eliza living in So. Bloomfield Twp., Morrow. Co., Ohio.

There is a marriage for Belle to a Milton Foust on 28 January 1888 on the Index at FamilySearch for Ohio Marriages.  Unfortunately we cannot track Belle in the 1890 census because it was destroyed in a fire and Ohio does not have state census.  I actually have not been successful with finding her in the census and maybe have to try again now that I know more about her.

In the History of Morrow County, Narrative…published in 1911, she is listed under her brother Andrew’s biography as Belle Mills. (See Andrew’s information in the next post).   In  Andrew’s obituary notice for 1918 she is listed as Belle Thompson and she was living in Cardington, Ohio.  I have not been able to determine if Belle had any children.

At Find A Grave there is a tombstone for a J. Clayton Buckingham in the Fairview cemetery who is the son of Anna Keller Buckingham, a sister, and next to his name is a Belle Frey with the date of 1858 to 1932.  She died 3 January 1933 the widow of Charles Frey.

Belle married Charles Frey 30 October 1923 in Henry Co., Ohio. He was 53 years old and the son of Martin Frey and Anna Hollingswenth.  She married him under the name Belle Mills.  He was born about 1870 in Allegheny Co., PA. On the marriage records Belle listed her three husbands: Milton Foust, Joseph Mills and C or E______ Thompson, possibly Elmer. It looks like she is a widow and maybe divorced as well?

There is a death certificate for Belle which was filled out by her sister Anna, notice the spelling of her name.

Source:  Certificate of Death, Johan Isabell Fry, Dunkirk, Hardin Co., Ohio 3, January, 1933. Reg District 536, Primary 2571, Johan Isabell Fry, Buckeye St, Female, White, Married, DOB Apl 17, 1858, 74 years 8 mos. 16 days. Housewife, POB Sparta, Morrow Co., Ohio. Father Peter Keller, born Ohio, Mother Eliza Everts., Sparta, Ohio. Informant Anna Buckingham, Galion, O. Burial in Galion Cemetery, January 5, 1933. Geiper Bros., Dunkirk, O., Died 3 January 1933. Attended from Aug 9, 1932 to Jan 3, 1933. Cancer of Breast and stomach. J.S. Hedrick, MD. Jan 3, 1933, Dunkirk, Ohio.

In October 1883, Joanna and Jesse sold land to their uncle Henry Keller.

Source:  Deeds: Morrow County, Ohio, Recorder of Deeds, Jesse C. Keller and Joanna I. Keller, 9 October 1883, Vol. 37, pg. 402, FHL#1928221, Twp., 6, 63 acres.

Their grandfather John Keller died on 4 May 1880, so the land that they are selling is their inheritance from their grandfather because Peter there father had died in 1869 eleven years before his father’s death. Remember that these pages as you see below in the photograph are from the clerk books and written in the hand of the clerk of the Registrar of Deeds and are not signed in the handwriting of the person.  The original deed was probably with the family.

Jesse & Joanna sell to Henry Keller

Jesse & Joanna sell to Henry Keller

Jessie C. Keller & Joanna I. Keller 
Quit Claim Deed  To 
Henry Keller
Received Nov. 30, 1883 

Know all Men by these presents that Mr. Jessie C. Keller and Joanna I. Keller of the County of Morrow and State of Ohio in Consideration of the sum of One Hundred Sixty Dollars. To them paid by Henry Keller the receipt wherein is hereby acknowledged. .. Revised, Release and ____________to the said Henry Keller his heirs and assigned forever the following Real Estate Situated in the County of Morrow in the State of Ohio and in the Township of South Bloomfield and bounded and described as follows viz:

The East half of the North half of the North East Quarter of Section Eleven (11) Township Six (6) and Range Fifteen (15) Containing forty (40) acres be the same more or less. Also Twenty three (23) acres of land off of the East end of the South half of the North East Quarter of Section Eleven (11) Township Six (6) and Range Fifteen (15). To Have and to Hold Said here….with all the privileges and appurtenances hereto belonging to the Said Henry Keller his heirs and assigns forever. In Witness Thereof the Said Jesse C. Keller and Joanna F. Keller have hereunto set their hands and seals this 9th day of October in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty Three.  Signed by Jesse C. Keller (Seal)  Joanna I. Keller (Seal)

Signed Sealed and Delivered
In Presence of  Susanna J. Roberts and A.J. Roberts

The State of Ohio, Morrow County ss: Be it Remembered That on this 9th day of October 1883 Before me the Subscriber a Notary Public in and for said County personally came the above named Jesse C. Keller and Joanna I. Keller the Grantors in the above Conveyance and acknowledged the signing and sealing of the same to be their voluntary act and deed for the uses and purposes therein mentioned.

In Testimony Thereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my official seal on the day and year last aforesaid.
(Seal) Andrews J. Roberts, Notary Public

Recorded this 10 day of December 1883
By C. G. Van [Linner] Recorder

2.  Jesse Clayton Keller was born on 9 June 1860 in Morrow Co., Ohio.

He appears in the 1870 and 1880 U.S. Census with his mother Eliza.  See previous post about Eliza.

There is a record of a Jesse Keller marrying a Stevannas Parrish on 12 Aug, 1878 at the Knox Co., Ohio given to me by the Knox County Genealogical Society in Mt. Vernon.  There are actual handwritten permission slips from her guardian William King and his mother Eliza A. Keller mother giving permission for this marriage.  What happened to Stevannas, I do not know.

Jesse appears with his mother Eliza Denzer in the 1880 U.S. Census and there is no Stevannas with him? See previous post about Eliza for source info.

98/102 – Denzer, Eliza A, age 41, keeping house born in Ohio, father, mother born in PA; Joana I. Keller, age 22, Ohio, daughter; Jessee C. Keller, age 20, son; Andrew Jay Keller age 18, son; Annie May Keller, age 15, daughter; Evertts, Elanathan(can’t read), age 72, born in Canada, parents born in Vermont; Evertts, Elizabeth A. age 68, born in PA, father PA, mother Ireland.

In October 1883 he co-signs a deed with his sister Joana selling land to Henry Keller, his uncle.  See the deed mentioned above under Joanna (Belle).

In the 1900 census Jesse appears in Lyon Twp., Dickensen, Kansas (SD#5, ED#43, Sht 16, enumerated on 11 June 1900 by Fred [Laphour]. He is with Eva K.  I have her name as Eva Stromberg born 1858 in Sweden.

Line 64, 341, 343 Keller, Jesse C. Head, W, M, June 1866, 39, M, 15, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, Dray ____, O, yes, yes, yes, yes, R, H. Keller Eva K. wife, W, F, Oct. 1858, 41 M, 15, 8 born, 6 living, Sweden, Sweden, 1880, 26, yes, yes, yes. Children father Ohio, mother born Sweden. Keller, Leola D. daughter, W, F. Sep 1886, 13, S, Kansas, at school, 9, yes, yes, yes. Carl C. son, W, M, July 1889, 10 S, Kansas, at school, 9, yes, yes, yes. Eva A. daughter W. F., Jan 1891, 9, S, Kansas, at school, 9, yes, yes, yes. John F. son, W, M, Oct. 1894, 5, S, Kansas. Walter D., son, W, M, July 1897, 2, S, Kansas, Brent A., son, W, M. Feb. 1900 3/12, S, Kansas. 

Ten years later he  is now in Kansas City Twp., Wyandotte Co., Kansas (SD#2, ED #1520, Sht. 4, enumerated on 18 April, 1910 by A.G. Harrod.

Line 90, 346, 75, 79, Keller, Jesse C., Head, M, W, 49, M1, 24, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, English, Laborer, Farm, W, No. 40, yes, yes, R, H, 2, 1, 0, 0. Keller, Eva, wife, F, W, 51, M1 24, 8, 5, Sweden, Sweden, Sweden, 1880 Na., English, none, yes, yes. Keller, Dott, Daughter, F, W, 23, S, Kansas, Ohio, Sweden, English, Stenographer, General, W, yes, O, Yes, Yes, No, 10, 8, 4, x. Keller, Clayton C., son, M, W, 20, S, Kansas, Ohio, Sweden, English, Clerk, Office, W, No. O, yes, yes, No. Keller, John, son, M, W, 16, S, Kansas, Ohio, Sweden, English, Clerk, Drug, W, No. 2nd, yes, yes, No. Keller, Bert E., son, M, W, 10, S, Kansas, Ohio, Sweden, English, None, yes, yes, yes,

Kansas State census for 1915 has him in Bonner Springs, Wyandotte, Kansas with just Eva, Clayton and Bert remaining.

In 1940 he is living in Galion, Crawford Co., Ohio and alone.

Source: 1940 U.S. Federal Census, Jesse C. Keller, Galion, Crawford Co., Ohio, Twp. Polk, Ward 3 SD8, ED 17-25, Sht 5B, May 3, 1940 by Roland E. Ireland.

502/128/R/5/No, Keller, Jessee C. Head, M, W, 79 WD, No. 8, Ohio, Same House, no, no, no, yes, 0, 0, yes

Jesse died in Galion, Ohio in 15 Jan 1952 and is buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Galion. You will find his grave at Find A Grave under Jess Clayton Keller.

Source:  Death Certificate, Jesse Clayton Keller, #05263, Morrow Co., Ohio,

Place of Death Morrow County, Mt. Gilead, 7 months at the Morrow County Home, 125 So. Rich St. Jesse Clayton Keller, DOD Jan. 14, 1952, Male, White, Divorced, DOB June 9, 1860, age 91. Transfer and Livery Ret. POB Morrow Co., Ohio. Father Peter Keller, Mother Elizabeth Anna Evert. Informant CC Keller. Died of Coronary Thrombosis, arterio sclerosis. Attended from Dec 23, 1951 to Jan 14, 1952 death at 1:20 pm, Joseph P. Ingmire MD. Mt. Gilead, O. 1/14/52 Burial Jan 17, 1952 Fairview, Galion, Crawford Co., Ohio. Funeral Director Fred W. Heitzman #2394.

Galion Inquirer Tuesday January 15, 1952.

An illness of several years duration caused the death yesterday at 1:20 pm of Jesse Clayton Keller, 91 year old Morrow County man. A former resident of 125 South Rich street, Mt. Gilead, Mr. Keller passed away in the Morrow County Home where he was admitted last May. He was a retired transfer and livery business proprietor and was born in Morrow county June 9, 1860, son of Peter and Elizabeth Anna Evert Keller. Surviving are two sons and two daughters: Mrs. Andrew Ostrum, Edinburg, Texas, C.C. Keller, Overland Park, Kansas, Mrs. J.E. Swenson, Biloxi, Miss., and Bert E. Keller, Kansas City, Kans.; 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. There are also several nephews and nieces remaining. A brother and two sisters are deceased. Friends may call at the Snyder funeral home after 7 o’clock this evening. Services will be conducted at the funeral home Thursday at 2 pm followed by burial in Fairview Cemetery. 

Jesse and Eva had the following children based on the census and other source documents.  I have not tried to dig further into the whereabouts of Jesse’s children and his wife Eva, it probably means researching in Kansas.

    • Leola Dott b. 1886 married Andrew Ostrum from what I can figure out from obituary notices.
    • Carl Clayton Keller born 1889 died 1921. after his father passed in 1952.
    • Eva Keller b. 1891 married J.E. Swensen, from what I can figure out from obituary notices.
    • John T. Keller b. 1894
    • Walter D. Keller b. 1897 died before 1910
    • Bert E. Keller b. 1900

It would be great to do more on each of these two individuals and their descendants for there are a lot of possibilities in the above information, but it is time to move onto share about their two siblings Andrew and Anna.  Please double check all this information, I do try to be accurate but it can get overwhelming.

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4 Responses to Peter and Eliza Keller’s children, Belle and Jesse…

  1. Jan Daniel says:

    Well, well, well… This family may actually provide some links. I’ll be particularly interested to see the next two siblings and then will cull the names to go back to my Dad and his siblings. Dad remembers, that while growing up, they went to family reunions in Galion at one if the community parks. I often felt there ought to be something/someone there that would lead to John’s parents. Yay!!

    • bonmac says:

      Hello cuz…do you know anything about the United Brethren church there in Galion? I find it very fascinating that many of this family of Peter and Eliza ended up in Crawford County, Ohio and Crawford County seems tied to Richland County and that whole area of Ohio is like some kind of area with the northern part of Morrow being included. You will see what I mean when I write about Andrew and Anna which are coming. Then you add the other children of John and Mary and it gets real interesting. I did not go far enough in my search for Kellers when there. I did not go to Crawford County nor Richland and I should have when I was there. I drove through them HA! I know about the reunions but I am seeing that as the years go buy the descendants are loosing their memory of the past.

      • Jan Daniel says:

        For my Dad’s generation, I think it’s less forgetting and more that the relatively distant relatives just weren’t a large part of their lives. Or at least for my family, relationships beyond 1st cousins didn’t seem to matter so much. Plus, they kept their business to themselves and didn’t gossip a lot. Example. There was an older, one armed guy-Lester Bishop- whom I adored, that was the caretaker of the Sparta Advent Christian Church I attended as a child. My Hendrickson family were the ministers, my Keller grandparents the Treasurer and Secretary. Grandma Keller said he was some sort of a relative. It was only many, many years later -after all of that generation had passed – that I found out Lester was the grandson of William Bishop and Esther Bottenfield, William being the son of Gardner Bishop and Amelia Young. Mary Ella Bishop (my 2x great grandmother), who married Edme Robertson, was the daughter of Daniel Bishop, and granddaughter of Gardner making Lester’s father the Uncle of my 2x great grandmother Mary Ella Bishop Robertson. Granted, it is confusing, but Grandma had no idea the connection. The Bishop and Robertson families were both prominent so maybe you’ll find something thru them.
        My direct Keller family largely remained in farming or ran their own businesses so it was hard to get away. I remember when I was little that it was an “event” that took some planning just to go to “town” which meant Mt. Vernon – an entire 12 miles/15 minutes away. They were frugal and I don’t think anyone had a lot of money plus their every day was filled with the activities of daily living – adjusted seasonally – that left them no time anyway. It certainly got better with the advent of technology and processed foods/goods but they also had the wars, the Great Depression, and major pandemics (influenzas, polio) impacting travel. Even still, there were party line phones until early 1970’s and it was a 2day delivery from FedEx into the late ’70s/ early ’80s. I have an Uncle in Bucyrus (Crawford), an Aunt that lived in Mansfield (Richland) and my Dad is currently in Ashland Co but has also lived in Richland. They followed jobs or spouses. There were a couple of prominent Keller Families in the 1st half of the 1800s who had descendents I corresponded with for years trying to find a connection but at that time we had no luck.
        In groupings and in order: Morrow, Knox, Delaware; Richland, Crawford; Licking, Franklin; Marion; and to a much lesser degree Wyondot and Ashland were the expanding spheres I remember on the Keller side. I was born in Knox, Keller grandparents were Morrow, lived for awhile with other grandparents in Delaware, and lived in both Franklin and Licking Co growing up. The 30-40 miles from home to each grandparent’s happened at most 2x month.

      • bonmac says:

        Thanks for sharing all this information. Yes, they definitely moved around a lot much more than we think. Thanks again Jan.

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