Peter and Eliza Keller’s child: Andrew J. Keller

Peter and Eliza’s third or may fourth child was Andrew J. Keller.  He was a twin to his sister Anna and I don’t know who came first. There is a lot to cover on both, so I am concentrating on Andrew in this post and then his sister Anna in the next.

3. Andrew J. Keller he was born 29 Nov 1864 in Knox Co. and died 31, Dec. 1917 in North Bloomfield Twp., Morrow Co., Ohio.

Andrew appears in the 1870 U.S. Census with his siblings and mother.  He is also in the 1880 Census with his mother Eliza and he is 18 years old.  See Eliza’s post dated 5 May, 2014.

There is a death certificate for Andrew J. Keller, Reg Dist. 5424 #79930. This states his birth date was  29 Nov, 1864. J. P. Keller was the informant, residing in Galion, Ohio just put “Ohio” for his father’s place of birth.

Andrew is buried in the Blooming Grove Cemetery, Morrow Co., Ohio. He died of pneumonia. Find A Grave has his tombstone.  This cemetery is in northern Morrow County in North Bloomfield Twp. southeast of Galion which is in Crawford County, Ohio.  North Bloomfield is right on the southern border of Crawford County, Ohio.

Andrew married four times.  The book “History of Morrow County, Ohio: A Narrative Account…written by Abraham J. Baughman in 1911 (pg. 694-695) features Andrew. This book is at Google books.  Have fun reading this which is an amazing article with a lot of detail.  Be careful there are several versions of the Morrow County history, make sure you get the 1911 version.

Andrew J. Keller — A skilful and practical farmer of North Bloomfield township, Morrow county, Andrew J. Keller is meeting with excellent success in his operations, his agricultural labors being systematic and thorough, insuring the best possible results. A native of Morrow county, he was born November 29, 1864, in South Bloomfield township, and was there reared on a farm. His father, Peter Keller, served as a member of the One Hundred and Forty-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil war, and died about four years after its close. He married Eliza A. Everts, who was born in Knox County, Ohio, and died in Morrow county in 1907. Four children were born of their union, as follows: Belle, wife of Joseph Mill’s; Jesse C. of Kansas City, Missouri, married Eva Stromberg; and Anna M. twin sister of Andrew J., is the wife of C.E. Buckingham, of Galion, Ohio.

Spending his boyhood days in South Bloomfield township Andrew J. Keller obtained his early education at the Red Hill district, attending the winter terms of school until sixteen years old, when he began working for wages. Two years later he began farming for his Grandmother Everts, having charge of her estate for about four years. Coming to North Bloomfield township in 1889, Mr. Keller has since been advantageously engaged in agricultural pursuits, his farm of one hundred and forty-three acres being one of the best-managed and most productive in the township. It is pleasantly located about three and one-half miles southeast of Galion, and is devoted to the raising of grain and stock, profitable industries.

Mr. Keller has been four times married. He married first, December 28, 1886, Ora Howard, a daughter of Morgan and Mary (Potts) Howard, of Bennington township, Morrow county. She died May 8, 1888, and their only child, Mary D., died in infancy. Mr. Keller married second, November 16, 1889, Mrs. Mary (Loveland) Cronenwett, who was born in Kansas August 9, 1869, a daughter of Layfayette and Sarah (Southert) Loveland, natives of Huron county, Ohio. She passed to the life beyond October 9, 1901, having borne him five children, namely, Howard J., born December 11, 1890; James P., born October 31, 1892; John L., born November 27, 1895; Anna M. born March 6, 1900; and Lafayette, born October 2, 1901, died October 7, 1901. On November 26, 1902, Mr. Keller married for his third wife Mrs. Mary (Van Buskirk) Long, who was born in Huron county, Ohio, in 1872, and she died in March, 1905, leaving no children. Mr. Keller married on August 19, 1908, Miss Carrie Holman, who was born in Crawford Co., Ohio, July 15, 1872, a daughter of John and Hannah (Brown) Holman, and they have one child, Edna L., born July 27, 1909. Mrs. Keller’s father, John Holman was born in Ross Co., Ohio, November 7, 1828, and subsequently settled in Crawford county, Ohio. To him and his wife five children were born as follows: Lucilia, deceased, was the wife of Edward Norris; J.B. Holman of Findlay, Ohio; Guy C., deceased; Carrie, now Mrs. Keller; and Mertie, wife of Allen Shoup. Mr. and Mrs. Keller are trustworthy members of the United Brethren church of Galion. They belong to the Polk Grange at Galion, also being active and interested members. Politically Mr. Keller casts his vote irrespective of party relations, being independent.

Andrew and his children below are based on the above bio:

First wife – Ora Howard married 28 December, 1886

a.  Mary D. Keller ca. 1887 died young and her mother was Ora Howard.  Ora Howard was born in 1869 and died 8 May 1888 in Morrow Co., Ohio.  She is buried in the Marengo Cemetery in Marengo, Ohio per Find A Grave. Her parents were Morgan Howard and Mary Potts.  It looks like her parents are also buried in the Marengo Cemetery with additional information and photos at Find A Grave.

Second wife:  Mary Callista Loveland Cronenwett married about 1889

In 1885 Andrew J. Keller sold land to his uncle W. F. Keller and wife Martha Ida. It was 63 acres in So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio.  The deed was done on 30 November 1885, Vol. 43, pg. 57 FHL#388692, pg. 186.  I did not make a copy of this from the Morrow County Deeds, my focus at the time I did the deed research was on his grandfather John Keller.  From this point on it looks like Andrew made his home in North Bloomfield, Morrow County, Ohio.  I think this means more deed research and maybe a revisit to the Morrow County Atlases?

These next children were born with the 2nd wife, Mary Callista Loveland Cronenwett.  Mary was born 9 Aug 1869 in Kansas and died 9 October 1901 in Morrow Co., Ohio.  She is buried in the Blooming Grove Cemetery in Morrow Co., Ohio and there is a picture of her tombstone at Find A Grave.  Her parents were Lafayette Loveland and Sarah Southert.  The name “Cronenwett” implies she was married before but this would need to be verified.

Here are the children of Andrew and Mary C.

b. Howard James Keller was born 11 December, 1890 and died 7 November, 1919 in Galion, Crawford Co., Ohio.  He is buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Galion, Ohio.  See Find A Grave.

He married Pearl Ione Vollrath about 1911.  Pearl was born 7 January, 1891 in Bucyrus, Ohio to Frederick Vollrath and Emma Jackson and died 12 April 1934 in Galion, Crawford Co., Ohio. She is buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Bucyrus see Find A Grave for more details and use her remarried name to find her.

Howard and Pearl had 2 children:  Merril Keller born about 1913 and Eugenia Keller born about 1915.

Pearl remarried on 25 December, 1923 in Bucyrus to a Willard Earl Eichelberger.

Galion Inquirer Newspaper, Friday Nov. 7, 1919 “Called to the Church Triumphant After a Long Illness.”

Howard Keller, a resident of this city during the past two years, passed away this morning at 5 o’clock at his home on Summit avenue, dread tuberculosis being the cause of his death. Two years ago Mr. Keller and his family came to this city from Michigan, where he owned considerable land and was engaged in farming, being forced to abandon his work on account of ill-health.

Deceased was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Keller, who resided east of Galion and was born in that vicinity having reached the age of 29 years. About eight years ago he was united in marriage to Miss Pearl Vollrath, who made her home with the Jackson family about five miles east of the city. He was a life long member of the United Brethren church and Sunday school. Mr. Keller is survived by his widow and two children, Merril aged 6 and Eugenia, aged 4: a stepmother Mrs. Carrie Keller, First avenue; one brother John Keller, Lincoln Way east this city and a number of relatives. His brother Paul preceeded him in death last March.

The remains will be taken to the L.J. Snyder & Co., chapel on Sunday morning and private funeral services will be conducted from the chapel on Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Rev. C.O. Callender of the United Brethren Church will officiate. Interment will be made in Fairview cemetery.

c.  James Paul Keller was born 31 October 1892 in Galion, Crawford Co., Ohio and died 5 April 1919 in Galion.  He is buried in the Fairview Cemetery.  See Find A Grave for more information.

James Paul went by “Paul.”  He married Edna Leona Rhinehart on 26 March 1914 in Galion.  They had two children 1) Gerald “Jerry” Leroy Keller born about 1916 and 2) Robert Keller born about 1917.

Galion Inquirer Newspaper, Saturday April 5, 1919, “Keller.”

Paul Keller died at his home on South Boston street this morning at 7:25 o’clock. Mr. Keller had been in comparatively good health until last Monday morning when he was taken ill with influenza, pneumonia developing later causing his death this morning. Mrs. Keller and two sons are also ill at the present with the disease.

Mr. Keller was born in this city and had reached the age of 26 years. On March 26, 1914 he was married to Miss Edna Leona Rhinehart in this city. They were blessed with two sons, Gerald, aged three and one-half years and Robert aged two years. Mr. Keller was the son of the late Andrew Keller and lived east of the city on a farm for a number of years. For some time he has been employed as electric welder at the Erie shops. He was a member of the United Brethren church. He is survived by his widow and two children, a stepmother, Mrs. Carrie Keller, two brothers, Howard and John Keller, two half-sisters, Edna and Mary Helen Keller, all of this city.

Private funeral services will be conducted from his late home on South Boston street, on Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Rev. C.C. Callender of the U.B. church will officiate. Interment will be made at Fairview cemetery.

d.  John L. Keller born was born 27 November, 1895 in North Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio and he died 6 June 1983 in Bucyrus, Ohio. He is buried in the Iberia Cemetery in Morrow Co., Ohio.  Other sources have his birth 17, November, 1895 – Morrow Co. Gen. Society 1880-1895 Births of Morrow Co., Vol. 2, A-z pg. 62 Keller.

John married Valeta Knell on 12 July 1916 in Galion.  She was the daughter of Calvin Knell and Clara Garhart.  She was born about 1894 and died 7 Aug 1965 in Galion.  She is buried in Iberia Cemetery.  There is no information at Find A Grave at this time, it is only 50% photographed for this cemetery.

Bucyrus Telegraph Forum Newspaper, Wednesday, June 8, 1983, “Death John L. Keller.”

John L. Keller, 87, 929 Harding Way East, Galion, died Monday afternoon, June 6 in Galion Community Hospital. He had been in the Galion Nursing Home several months. Mr. Keller was born in Galion, Nov. 26, 1895 to Andrew J. and Mary (Loveland) Keller. He married Valetta Knell; she died in 1963. Surviving are two granddaughters, Mrs. Russell (Michelle) Pontinen, San Antonio, Tex., and Miss Nicole Keller, Galion, one great-grandchild and two step sisters, Mrs. Edna Farina and Mary Ellen Keller, both of Galion. One son, Norwood, died in 1976. One brother also preceded him in death. Mr. Keller was owner-operator of the former Keller Dairy for 40 years, retiring in 1960. He was a member of the First Lutheran ChurchFuneral services will be held at 1 pm Thursday at the Volk-Richardson Funeral Home, Galion, with Rev. Ronald Orovitz officiating. Burial will be in Iberia Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 pm Wednesday at the funeral home.

In the above obituary they have Norwood’s death as 1976 and I think that is a mistake. This will need to be verified, see the information below which gives the year as 1958 for Norwood’s death.

Bucyrus Telegraph Forum Newspaper, Wednesday Saturday, August 7, 1965, “Mrs. V.C. Keller Succumbs Today Services Monday,”

Galion – Mrs. Valeta C. Keller, 71, succumbed at her home at 921 Harding Way E. 2:30 am this morning. The deceased was a daughter of the late Calvin and Clara Garhart Knell. She married John L. Keller July 12, 1916 who survives along with two grandchildren. Her son Norwood preceded her in death in 1958. The family has been in the dairy and delivery service business for 34 years. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday at 1 pm with the Rev. James Fresh officiating at the Volk-Richardson Funeral Home. Calling hours will be held Sunday from 2 to 5 and from 7 to 9 pm at the funeral home. Burial to be in the Iberia Cemetery.

Norwood K. Keller born 25 July 1917 in Galion to John and Valeta and died 31 March 1958 in Galion.  He is also buried in Iberia Cemetery.  Norwood married Madelon Parish on 2 September, 1935 in Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky.  They had Nikola B. and Michele J. Keller.

Bucyrus Telegraph Forum Newspaper, Tuesday, April 1, 1958 (died Mon. 31, March. 1958, “Norwood K. Keller Former Galionite, Dies in Columbus.”

Galion – Norwood Keith Keller, 40 year old salesman for different manufacturing concerns who resided at 513 N. Columbus St., died Monday at 2:40 pm in University Hospital Columbus. He had been ill three months. A native of Galion, Mr. Keller was born July 25, 1917, the son of John L. and Valeta Knell Keller. He was married Sept 2, 1935 to Madelon Parish at Louisville, Ky. Surviving are his widow, two daughters, Nikola B. and Michelle J. Keller, both at home, and his parents Mr. and Mrs. John L. Keller of 929 Harding Way E, Galion. Mr. Keller was formerly employed with the Galion All-Steel Body Company. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:30 pm in the Snyder Funeral Home in charge is the Rev. R.R. Elliker, pastor of the First United Church of Christ of which Mr. Keller was a member. Burial will be in the Iberia Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home.

Galion Inquirer paper also had his obituary notice with some repetition, Tuesday, April 1, 1958, here is shorten version:

Norwood Knell Keller, 40, died at 2:30 pm Monday in the University Hospital, Columbus, where he was admitted on March 28. His residence was at 518 N. Columbus St. He was the son of John L. and Valeta Knell Keller of 929 Harding Way E. He was born in Galion on July 25, 1917. On Sept. 2, 1939, he was united in marriage to the former Madelon Parish who survives, along with the parents. Also surviving are two daughters, Nicole D. and Michele J. Keller, both at home. Mr. Keller had lived here all of his life. He was a member of the First United Church of Christ and of the Galion Elks Lodge No. 1191…

e.  Anna May (Mae) Keller was born 6 March, 1900 probably Morrow Co., Ohio and died 14 December, 1912 in Morrow Co., Ohio.  She is buried in Blooming Grove Cemetery in Morrow Co. Ohio.

 Anna May Keller died at the home of her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Goldsmith at 1 o’clock this morning, aged 12 years, 3 months and 8 days. Funeral at the Goldsmith home on East Main street, Monday morning at 10 o’clock conducted by Rev. A. Snider, with interment in Blooming Grove. Taken ill with a severe attack of la grippe, last January, Miss Kellar was compelled to leave school…The deceased was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Keller, and was born March 6, [1900]. Her mother dying when Anna was but twenty months old, the little one was taken by her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Goldsmith with whom she has ever since made her home… She is survived by her father, Andrew J. Keller, two half-sisters, Edna and Mary Kellar, four brothers Howard, Paul, John and LaFayette and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Goldsmith.

This article implies that Mary’s mother Sarah remarried to a Mr. Goldsmith?

f.  Lafayette Keller born 2 October 1901 in North Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio and died 7 October 1901.

Andrews family in 1900

Andrews family in 1900

Source:  1900 U.S. Federal Census, North Bloomfield Twp., Morrow Co., Ohio, SD#13, ED#104, Sht #7, enumerated on 18-19 June, 1900 by David K. Mitchell

Andrew and Mary C in 1900.  The only census where they appear together.

Line 95, 173, 175 Keller Andrew, Head, w, M, Nov. 1864, 35, M, 11, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, Farmer, O, yes, yes, ys, O, 7, &, 151. Keller, Mary C., wife, w, F, July 1869, 30 M, 11, 4/4, Kansas, Ohio, New Jersey, housewife, O, yes, yes, yes. Keller, Howard J. son, w, M, Dec 1890, 9, S, Ohio, Ohio, Kansas, at School, O, yes, yes, yes. Keller, James P. son, w, M, Oct 1892, 7 S, Ohio, Ohio, Kansas, at School, O, yes, yes, yes. Keller, John L, son w, M, Nov. 1895, 4 S, Ohio, Ohio, Kansas, O, no, no, yes. Keller, Anna M, daughter, w, F, Mar 1900, 2/12, S, Ohio, Ohio, Kansas.

Third wife:  Mary Van Buskirk Long

Andrew had no children with the 3rd wife Mary Van Buskirk Long.  Mary was born about 1872 in Huron Co., Ohio and died about March 1905.

Fourth wife:  Carry A. Holman

In 1908 he married for the 4th time to  Carry A. Holman and had several more children. Carry was the daughter of John Holman.  In her obit and death certificate her mother is listed as Hannah Brown.  However, the marriage license says Anna Bauer?

She was born 15 July 1872 in Spore, Crawford Co., Ohio and died 16 May 1938 in Galion.  She is buried in the Spore Cemetery (Bethel) in Spore, Ohio.

Source:  Marriage License Application Record #219, Probate Court, Crawford Co., Ohio.

Andrew J. Keller to Carrie Holman.  Andrew J. Keller, 43 years, 29 November 1907 residence Morrow Co., Ohio and place of birth Morrow Co. Ohio, Farmer, father Peter Keller, mother Eliza Ann Evrets, married 3 times previously. Carrie Holman, 36 years of age on 10 July, 1908 residence Bucyrus, Crawford Co., Ohio. Her place of birth Holmes Tp., no occupation, father John Holman and mother Anna Bauer. not previously married and is not a widow or divorced. By Rev. J. O. Knepp on 19 day August, 1908. 

Andrews and Carrie’s children:

e.  Edna Keller born 27 July 1909 in Crawford Co., Ohio.

d.  Mary Ellen Keller.  I do not know much about Mary. She was not married at the death of her mother Carrie in 1938.

Certificate of Death for Mrs. Carrie Alverde Keller #27075, May 16, 1938

Crawford Co, City of Galion, Reg Dist# 264, Primary Reg. 8106, 139 South Riblet St. Mr.s Carrie Alverde Keller, Female, White, Widow, Andrew J. Keller, DOB July 15, 1872, 75, 10 mos, 1 day, Housewife. POB 6 miles West of Bucyrus, Ohio. Father John Holman, born Ross Co., Ohio. Mother Hannah Brown born Canada. Informant Mary Ellen Keller, same address in Galion. Burial in Bethel Cemetery May 18, 1938. Funeral Firm Whittridge Mortuary, etc. Date of Death May 16, 1938. In care from May 16, 1936 to May 16, 1938. Death occurred 2:30 pm. Cause of death unreadable but maybe stroke and contributing cause arteriosclerosis. Signed by A.R.[Kackly], 5/16/1938, Galion, Ohio. 

Galion Inquirer newspaper, Tuesday, May 17, 1938 “Carrie Keller Funeral Services, Wednesday 1 pm.

Services for Mrs. Carrie Keller, 65, who passed away at her home at 139 South Riblet street, yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock will be held from the late home Wednesday afternoon at one o’clock. Rev. H.K. Freeman of the First Baptist church will officiate and interment will be made in the Bethel cemetery at Spore. Mrs. Keller had been bedfast since two years ago last March and complications caused her death. She was the daughter of John and Hannah (Brown) Holman and was born at Spore, six miles northwest of Bucyrus on July 15, 1872. Her marriage to Andrew J. Keller who passed away December 17, 1917, was on August 19, 1908 at Bucyrus. Mrs. Keller had made her home in Galion and vicinity since her marriage. Surviving are two daughters at home, Edna and Mary Ellen, and one step-son, John L. Keller of Galion; a sister, Mrs. Allen Shupp of Milan, Michigan. A sister and two brothers are deceased.

Source: 1910 U.S. Federal Census North Bloomfield Twp., Morrow Co., Ohio SD#13, ED#157, Sht 9A, 6 May, 1910 by R. Hayes Cramer.   This appears to be the only census for Carrie and Andrew together.

Line 14, 207, 208, Keller, Andrew J., M, W, age 45, M[ ], one year, Born Ohio, parents born Ohio, farmer, general; Keller, Carry A., wife, F, W, age 47 m1, 1, 1, 1, Born Ohio, father Ohio, mother [ ] ; Keller, James P, son, M, W, age 17 single, Ohio, farm laborer, general farm; Keller, John S., son, M, W age 14, single, Ohio. Keller, Edna [ ], daughter, F, W, 4/12, Single, Ohio; Heofman/Hoefmin, John, Father in law, M, W, age 81 Wd, Ohio, parents PA.

There is so much more to be done regarding Andrew and his family which includes a more in-depth census study of his descendants.  Other sources to search are  probate research on Andrew and who he acted as Executor or Administrator for.  Revisiting deeds and land records would be in order and digging into vital records and obituary notices for more of the descendants.

However, it is now time to move on and share about his sister Anna Keller Buckingham.

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