Census and tax records for Ohio don’t always show who is connected to a county. There were many who purchased land and did so, speculating. Solomon Goss, the man who is the reason for the title of this blog, purchased land in Knox County and deeded it to his children, especially Lydia Goss Spracklin wife of John A. Spracklin. They settled in Knox County migrating from Washington County, Ohio.
Many other families did the same buying land in one county and living in another. I stumbled upon a deed created by a Polly Keller selling land to a Peter Keller, recorded March 23, 1836 in Knox Co., Ohio.
Well the name Peter took my attention quickly for our John Keller had named his first son Peter. So, I had to seek out more information on this man Peter Keller.
Here is the deed I found:
Polly Keller Deed to
Rec. March 25, 1836
This Indenture made and concluded this Nineteenth day of March A.D. Eight hundred and thirty six between Polly Keller, widow and relict of Peter Keller Senr late of Jackson County dec’d of the first part and Peter Keller of the State of Ohio and County of Jackson of the second part, Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of three hundred dollars lawful money of the United States to her in hand paid by the said party of the second part, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, the said party of the first – has granted bargained and sold and by these present does grant, bargain, sell, alien and convey unto the said party of the second part this heirs and assigns forever during the natural life time of the said party of the first part. All that contains tract or parcel of land known and designated as Seventy acres of Land off of the West side of the North East quarter of Section No. ( 24) Twenty four Township (8) Eight and Range (11) Eleven situate in Knox County, Ohio of the unappropriated lands in the Military District of the Lands directed to be sold at Zanesville, which said tract of Land was set apart as Dower to the said party of the first part out of the Estate of the said Peter Keller dec’d. Together with all and singular the improvements and appurtenances whatsoever to the said premises belonging or in any wise appertaining and the reversions remainders rents issues and profits thereof and all the estate right title interest property claims and demands of her the said party of the first part of in and to the said premises.
To have and to hold the lands hereby granted and conveyed with all and singular the premises and every part and parcel thereof with the appurtenances ____the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns from this time all the assignment of the said Dower for and during her natural life. In the testimony whereof the said party of the first part has herewith set her hand and seal the day and year first herein above written. Signed by Poly her X mark Keller Seal
Signed sealed and delivered in the presents of J.B. Gilliland, Wm. Welsh.
The State of Ohio Jackson County ss: Personally appeared before be the subscriber an acting Justice of the Peace in said County Polly Keller the grantor to the within Deed of conveyance by me known to be the person she represents herself to be and acknowledges the signing and sealing thereof to be her free voluntary act and deed and that she freely done the same for the purposes therein expressed this 19th of March A.D. 1836. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal J.B. Gilliland, Justice of the Peace.
The land in question is over in the middle of Knox County.
Summary of this post: We have found another Keller family that is tied to Knox County, Ohio by the land. This family is living in Jackson County, Ohio which is in the southern area of the State of Ohio. We have a mother selling land to her son who is named Peter that is located in Knox County, Ohio. This land is in Pike Township along the southern border by Monroe Township.
In the nest post I will explain who Peter Keller, Polly’s husband, was and give a little information about their children. Peter Keller Sr. was a land speculator.