On my trip to Ohio in 2011, I really tried to find the final resting place of John Delano Keller but I was not successful. I studied cemetery books, newspaper abstracts and more, concentrating on Knox County, Ohio.
He was born in Knox County, Ohio on 22 May 1844 and died in Fredericktown, Knox Co., Ohio on 4 June 1876. If this is a correct death date he was only 36 years old and since I have not been able to verify the death, I am open to checking more records.
Did he enlist in the Civil War like his brother Peter? He would have been about 18 years old when it occurred? I have tried searching those records but have not come up with anything of interest at this time.
John appears in the 1850 U.S. Federal Census for So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio with his parents and siblings.
2477/2517 John Keller 36 yrs., $900 value, born PA; Mary age 34, born Ohio; Elizabeth age 18, born Ohio; Peter age 15, born Ohio; Lovina age 13, born Ohio; Marilla age 11, born Ohio; Caroline age 9, born Ohio; John age 6, born Ohio; Mary age 3, born Ohio; Henry age 1, born Ohio. Peter, Lovina, Marilla and Carolina attended school.
He is with his parents and siblings again in the 1860 U.S. Federal Census for So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio:
There are 2 census pages listing this family: Pages 45 and 46. House number 245, 366, line 36. John Keller, s 49 years old, male, farmer with 1980 acreage and $600 in personal fortune, born in PA (Pennsylvania); Mary Keller, is 46 years old, female, born in Ohio; John Keller is 16 years old male, farm labor, born in Ohio, attended school; Mary Keller is 13 years old, female, born in Ohio, attended school; Henry Keller is 11 years old, male, born in Ohio, not attended to school within the year; Harriet A. is 8 years old, female, born in Ohio, attending school; William D. is 4 years old,male, born in Ohio and attending school?
Source John Keller Family, 1860 U.S. Federal Census, So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio, enumerated June 21, 1860, pg. 43 and 44.
There is a marriage record for a John Keller to a Mary L. Carson in the Morrow County records. This marriage took place 6 December 1868 in Morrow County, Ohio.
Keller, John to Mary L. Carson Vol. 2, pg. 554
Source: Marriage Records, Probate Court, Morrow Co., Ohio, 1848-1951, Index 1848-1948. General Index V1A-10, 1848-1948 #388779 Item 1, Marriages v. 1A #388779 Item 2 1848-1858, Marriages v. 1B-1 1854-1863 FHL#388780 1B stops at p.45., Marriages v 1-B FHL#317297 Item 2, Marriages v.2 1863-1869 FHL #388781, Marriages V. 3 1870-1880 FHL#388782.
The link below is an interesting comment about the Carson family at Genforum dated 2001:
John Keller appears in the 1870 U.S. Federal Census with Eliza Keller, wife of his brother Peter, and his father John.
Line 19 175/174 Keller, Eliza 31 F Keeping house 1200/250 born Ohio; Isabel age 12, Female, at home, born Ohio; Jessie, age 9 male, born Ohio; Andrew, age 5 male, born Ohio; Anna age 5, female, born in Ohio;
Line 24 176/180 Keller, John age 59, male, Farmer 2400/1325, born PA; Mary 56, Female, Keeping house, born Ohio; Henry 21, male working on the farm, born Ohio; Ellen 18, female, at home, born Ohio; William 13, male born Ohio;
Line 29, 177/181 Keller, John Jr. 25, male farmer 800/256 Ohio; Lacjua (Lovina?) 21, female, keeping house, born Ohio.
There is a death listing for a John Keller at Family Search in their index Ohio, Deaths and Burials 1854 to 1997 in which a John Keller died on 26 June 1876 in Portage, Hancock Co., Ohio who was born 1846 in Richland, Ohio and who is married. It may be a long shot that this is really him, but it is very interesting. This man is listed as butcher. FHL#961860. Find A Grave has a tombstone for this man in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in McComb, Hancock Co., Ohio.
What happened to Mary, his wife? Here is an entry for the 1880 U.S. Federal Census which is very interesting:
Line 20, 400/430, Keller, Mary L, W, F, age 32, 1, keeping house, born Ohio, father born PA, mother born Maryland; Carson, Elizabeth, W, F, age 71, mother, 1, retired, born Maryland, parents born in Maryland.
Source: Mary Keller family, 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Blanchard Twp., Hardin Co., Ohio, pg. #44, SD#2, ED#94, 1 June 1880, Charles M. Jones.
Based on the Genforum comments her parents would have been Alexander Carson and Elizabeth Disney.
The above information on John Delano Keller is very thin and needs a lot more work like a serious search of the records – vitals, deeds, death, obituaries and more, I have not been as diligent except for trying to find a burial on him in Knox and Morrow County, Ohio. At this time, this is the best I can do.
UPDATE 2/23/2016: John D. Keller may have serviced in the Mexican War, there is a pension card for Keller John, with Keller, Mary (widow) written on it. It has Co. K, 3rd LA Vols. May 3 1887, Widow #2953, 2242, Jan 29, 1887, Ohio, OW Wid Rej #22151. Of course the pension would have to be studied to verify that it is him and his wife.
The next child of John and Mary Keller to be shared about is Mary Ann Keller Shaffer.