John Keller and Mary Delano Keller purchased land in So. Bloomfield, Morrow County, Ohio and settled there.
The earliest atlas that I have been able to get my hands on is of Knox County, Ohio for 1847. It was on sale for $5.00 at the Knox County Annex in Mt. Vernon in the Register of Deeds office. It was huge in size so I had to break it down into the individual townships. There is no index for this atlas so you have to read the names. This is no easy task for some are just initials and the quality of print is not great.
Below is the 1847 atlas/map of Wayne Twp., Knox County, Ohio. As far as I can tell there is no Keller name listed.
This map below is 1847 Liberty Twp., Knox County, Ohio. You can see that I am able to find John Spracklin’s land. I cannot find a Keller name.
This next map is 1847 Bloomfield Twp., Knox Co., Ohio. Again I find no Keller names.
Here is a side by side of Liberty Twp. with Bloomfield Twp. in 1847.
The next Atlas for Morrow County was published in 1857 but there is no John Keller listed. Find the town of Sparta and go to the right to where So. Bloomfield and Liberty meet each other. There is J. Kelley listed on what I believe to be John Keller’s land. It is my belief this is a misprint because John had purchased his land in Morrow County in July 1848 and early 1849. Why he is not appearing is very puzzling because the atlas is 10 years later.
Source: 1857 Map of Morrow Co., Ohio, From Actual Surveys by Harwood and Watson, Woodford & Bartlett, Philadelphia, 1857.
Here again is So. Bloomfield Twp. as it was divided into by sections.
Here are the two deeds of John Keller:
Deed # 1: July 1848
Jerome Terrill & Wife, And Elijah Terrell Deed to
John Keller, Recorded Aug 2, 1848 by Sam’l Poland, Recorder
This Indenture made this twenty-fourth day of July 1848 in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight Hundred and forty eight between Jerome P. Terrell and Aia Anne Terrill his wife and Elijah Terrill of the County of Knox and State of Ohio party of the first part and John Keller of the County of Knox and State of Ohio party of the second part Witnesseth that the said party of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred and seventy dollars to them in hand well and truly paid by the said party of the second part the receipt of whereof is herby acknowledged do by the those presents give grant bargain sell alien release convey and confirm unto the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns forever, all that lot or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Morrow formerly in Knox County, Ohio and being part and parcel of the east half of the northwest quarter of Section Eleven (11) in Township Six (6) and Range fifteen United State Military lands in the Chillicothe district of lands bounded as follows.
Beginning at a post at the north-west corner of said lot and running thence south Eighty rods or half the length of said Eighty acres lot thence East Eighty rods to Samuel Tuckers West line thence north along said Tucker West line Eighty roads to the section corner being half of the se’d Eighty acre lot estimated to Contain forty acres more or less being the same conveyed by Allen Barr & wife to Snyder & Drake and by then to Elijah Terrell and by Elijah Terrell to the above grantor by deed dated November the third 1845 The above named Elijah Terrell hereby relinquished all his right title interest and claim to or in any wise acquiring from a life Estate heretofore held in the premises.
To have and to hold the premises hereby conveyed with all the privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging unto the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns forever, and the said party of the first part their heirs Executors and administrators do covenant to and with the party of the second part their heirs and assigns that they are well seized of the premises hereby granted and have good right and lawful authority to sell and convey the same in [manor] and from aforesaid and that the same are free and clear of all incumbrances, and the said party of the first their heirs Executors and Administrators will forever warrant and defend the aforesaid premises with the appurtenances, and every part and parcel thereof unto the said party of the second his heirs and assigns, against all persons claiming or to claim by from or under them or by from or under any other person or persons whomsoever.
In witness whereof the said party of the first part have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above written.
Signed sealed and acknowledged, And delivered in presence of witness to E. Terrell, Signature
Witness to Jerome Terrell & his wife, Signature, W. Cotton, Daniel McFarland, Christopher Wolfe, Louisa Brokaw
Signed Jerome P. Terrell (seal), [Aia] Terrell (Seal), Elijah Terrell (Seal
State of Ohio Knox County ) ss
On the twenty-fourth day of July A.D. 1848 before the subscriber a Christopher Wolfe within and for said County personally appeared the above named grantors who signed sealed the foregoing deed and acknowledged the signing and sealing thereof to be their voluntary act and deed and the said [Ayardnn] Terrill wife of the said Jerome Terrell being by me examined separate and apart from her said husband and the contents of said deed being fully made known to her according to law did declare upon such separate examination that she did voluntarily sign seal and acknowledge the same and that she is still satisfied therewith. Given under my hand and seal the day and year aforesaid. Christopher Wolfe J.P. (Seal).
Source: Registrar of Deeds, Morrow Co., Ohio, John Keller from Jerome Terrell, FHL# 3886941, pg. 111 and 112.
Deed No. 2 – 15 January 1849:
Grantor Thomas Hulse & Wife To
(Recorded April 7, 1849 by Samuel Poland, Recorder)
Know all men by these presents that we, Thomas Hulse and Catherine Hulse wife of said Thomas Hulse of the County of Morrow and State of Ohio in consideration of the sum of four hundred and thirty dollars in hand paid by John Keller of the County of Knox and State of Ohio have bargained and sold and do hereby grant, bargain, sell and convey unto the said John Keller his heirs and assigns forever, the [full] owing premises situate in the County of Morrow and State of Ohio and in the Township of South Bloomsfield, and bounded and described as follows.
It being part and parcel of the East half of the north East Quarter of Section number eleven 11, Township number Six (6) of Range number Fifteen beginning at the south-east corner of said tract and running north on said line to the center of said tract thence west through the middle of said lot to the west line thence south on said line to the south line of said lot, thence on said south line, east to the place of beginning containing forty acres more of less, and being the same lot or parcel of land which John HELT and wife by their deed dated the fifth day of October [ ] one thousand eight hundred and forty-one and recorded in the office of the recording of deeds at Mt. Vernon in the State of Ohio in deed Book [Y] page [162 to 163] sold and conveyed unto Jacob [Huntillford]
To have and to hold said premise with the appurtenances unto the said John Keller his heirs and assigns forever and the said Thomas Hulse and Catherine his wife for themselves and heirs do hereby covenant with said John Keller his heirs and assigns that they are lawfully seized of the premises aforesaid that the premises and clear from all incumbrances whatsoever except a certain __________Israel Hamilton dated December fourteenth 1848 which the said John Keller __________after and that he will forever warrant and defend the same with the appurtenances with the said John Keller his heirs and assigns against _____________claims of all persons whomsoever.
______________________where of the said Thomas Hulse and Catherine Hulse have hereunto signed with their hands and seals, this fifteenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-nine.
Executed in presence of M. Eaton, Wm. Hulse, Signed by Thomas (his mark) Hulse (seal) and Katherine W. Hulse (seal)
State of Ohio Morrow County is
Before me C.M. Eaton, a justice of the Peace in and for said County personally appeared the above name Thomas Hulse and Katherine his wife and acknowledged the signing and sealing of the above deed to be their voluntary act and deed; and the said Katherine being of the same time examined by me separate and apart from her said husband and the contents of said deed being made known to her by me she then declared that she did voluntarily sign seal and acknowledge the same and that she is still satisfied therewith this fifteenth day of January A.D. 1849. Signed E.M. Eaton, J.P.
Source: Registrar of Deeds, Morrow Co., Ohio, Thomas Hulse to John Keller, FHL#388694 Vol. 1 pg. 427 and 428.
Finally, in the Atlas of 1871 for Morrow County we do find John Keller listed along with his son.
Source: Atlas of Morrow Co., Ohio, From actual Surveys by and under the directions of D.J. Lake CE, Published C.O., Titus, Philadelphia, PA, 1871.
In 1901 Wm. F. Keller and Henry Keller are in possession of the land in Morrow Co., Ohio.
Summary of this post: As you can see I am a little frustrated because John Keller is not showing up anywhere in Knox County. The two deeds above indicated that he is a resident of Knox County in 1848 and early 1849. Morrow County had been established in early 1848.
I am also a little disappointed that he does not show in the 1857 Morrow County Atlas and ponder why it reads J. Kelley and not J. Keller. We know from the 1850 U.S. Census that John Keller is living in South Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio. See the post on John Keller and the Census. So by 1850 he is definitely in Morrow County.
Who are Thomas Hulse and Elijah Terrell. Is there any family connection to John Keller? I do not know at this time. There are other names in the deeds that could be of interest as well. The township maps also reveal names that we have seen before.
I do not have a copy of the deed of John Helt mentioned in Deed #2. It might be interesting to read. Who is this John Helt and what relationship does he have to William G. Helt husband of Lovina Keller. UPDATE: This John Helt might be William’s father?
So we know when John Keller purchased his land and where it was in South Bloomfield Twp. There is one other possibility and that is to find the tract books for John’s land and see what names show up. It still may not go back far enough. This will require some digging but I have done tract books before.