Seeking John Keller’s Origins – Possibilities!

It has been the author’s quest to find the origins of John Keller the father of my 2nd great-grandmother Elizabeth Keller Spracklin. I am not the only one who has tried, several cousins have inspired me to search.

Sparta to Mt. Vernon Google Earth

Sparta to Mt. Vernon
Google Earth

Here is a summary of all of the posts about John Keller’s origins specifically and my attempt to find his parents and siblings.  You can use the archive box to find these posts by month and date.

Summary of posts:

1.  John Keller’s Birth and Death, dated March 1, 2015

This post discusses the sources found about John’s birth, shares about his death and features the tombstone that he shares with Mary and his son Peter.

Update: In 2011 I did a cemetery search in Morrow and Knox County, Ohio for Keller’s.  From May 20, 2011 to March 17, 2015 I wrote about these cemeteries on my BJM Cemeteries Blog – see right side of this blog for the link.  I covered these cemeteries: Bloomfield Cemetery, Forest, Rivercliff, Gambier, Maple Grove, Owl Creek and I revisited Mound View Cemetery.

2.  John Keller’s Will and Estate File, dated March 9, 2015

In this post I shared John Keller’s will and his estate file which establishes him as the father of Wm. F. Keller and Henry Keller, therefore father of the other Keller children, and husband of Mary Keller in Morrow County, Ohio.

3.  John Keller’s marriage to Mary Delano, dated March 17, 2015

In this post the marriage of John and Mary is featured.  The marriage was recorded in 1831 but took place in 1830 in Fredericktown, Knox County, Ohio.  This places John and Mary both in Knox County by early 1830.

4.  John Keller: The U.S. Census for Knox County, Ohio, dated April 6, 2015 and the page at the top of the blog about the Keller Surname Census and Tax Record Study.

In this post I go into an in-depth study of the census focusing on Knox County, Ohio and I list the Keller surnames that are present in the census in 1830 and 1840 and also 1850 in Knox County, Ohio. John Keller appears in 1840 in Liberty Twp., Knox County, Ohio and 1850 he appears in South Bloomfield Twp., Morrow County, Ohio.

Here is a list of other Keller names that appear in Knox County, Ohio in the census:

  • Benjamin Keller who is from Fairfield County, Ohio and originally from York County, Pennsylvania.  He appears in the 1830 and 1840 census in Clinton Twp., Knox County, Ohio.
  • Henry Keller appears in the 1830 Knox County, Ohio census in Wayne Twp.
  • Phillip Keller appears in the 1830 and 1840 census in Jackson County, Ohio.
  • George Keller appears in the 1840 census.
  • Jacob Keller appears in the 1840 census.

In 1850 there is an Adam Keller in Perry Twp., Morrow County, Ohio.  I believe he is the one buried in the Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown but I would have to verify that.

5.  John Keller, Ohio Tax Records and Two Deeds, 1829-1837, dated April 12, 2015

In this post we find a John Keller living on land that is shared with a Henry Keller in Wayne Twp. covering the years 1833, 1834, 1835, 1836 and 1837.  There are two deeds presented, one of a Henry Keller buying the land in 1829 and then the second deed he is selling the same land in 1835.  The deed is signed by Henry Keller, John Keller and a George King.  Then Henry disappears from Knox County.

6.  1830: Henry Keller of Knox County and a Guardianship, dated April 19, 2015

In this post I share a guardianship that is dated 1830 that I found in the Knox County records. Unfortunately, there is not enough information regarding this guardianship to make it clear whether it is connected to the Henry Keller in the tax records or in the 1830 U.S. Census.  Maybe an investigation of further court documents might reveal more. Update as of July 12, 2016 a court document has been found regarding the guardianship it will be updated on this post.

7.  John Keller and Rebecca, a Deed in Knox County, Ohio, dated April 26, 2015.

Appearing in 1833 is a deed done by a John Keller and Rebecca.  These individuals are not in the U.S. Census for 1830 nor for 1840.  This couples needs more study.

8.  Benjamin Keller of Fairfield and Knox County, Ohio 1789 to 1870! dated May 3, 2015.

This man appeared in the census for 1830 and tax records, deeds and more and this post was a further discussion of his life and sources that could be consulted.

9.  Benjamin Keller’s first wife Mary Keller – Her will 1833, dated May 5, 2015.

This was a post about Mary, Benjamin’s first wife. who might have been a Keller as well. Her will is very interesting and leads back to Pennsylvania.

10.  Deed of Polly Keller of Jackson County, Ohio recorded in Knox County, Ohio – 1836, dated May 10, 2015

This was about a deed found in the Knox County records by a Polly Keller to her son Peter. She was the widow of a Peter Keller who came from Virginia and Pennsylvania to Jefferson County, Ohio and then settled in Jackson County, Ohio. He did not appear in census nor tax records for Knox County.

11.  Peter Keller of Jackson County Ohio, dated May 17, 2015.

This was more information about Peter Keller of Jackson County and his family and origins.

12.  John Keller and his land in Morrow County, Ohio…1848 and 1849, May 27, 2015.

In this post I share the location of John’s land in Morrow County and his deeds purchasing that land. In studying the atlas and maps we might get clues to his neighbors and the possibility of searching the track books for the history of the ownership of his land maybe in order.

14.  John Keller and Washington County, Pennsylvania Research, dated May 31, 2015.

The research done in 2007 and 2008 on Washington County, Pennsylvania was done because John Keller was said to have been born there.  Because it was not known who the parents or siblings of John it was very difficult to do and the results were not that encouraging.

15.  The Keller Family of Morrow County, Ohio, dated June 7, 2015

This is a quick summation on the Keller family and how to find the posts quickly.

Where do I go from here?

The expert genealogists say it is good to write about what you know of a person and then from that you can create a research plan and a timeline of that individual.  At the Washington State Genealogical Conference in Arlington in 2014, Josh Taylor said that he concentrates on one person at a time.  So maybe focusing more specifically in is in order.

Do I feel I am closer to the origins of John Keller?  Yes, I do. There is definitely something going on with John Keller and Henry Keller but how they are related is not clear at this time.  Then how does the guardianship fit in. Is the John and Rebecca Keller at all connected to this even though their land was in southern Liberty Twp.?

If you have any thoughts or comments about the research or suggestions please feel free to leave a reply/comment at the bottom of this page.

If you are a descendant of Benjamin Keller, Peter Keller, Phillip Keller or any of the other Keller names mentioned and that appear in Knox County, Ohio records, please comment. Your knowledge of your ancestors could help greatly.

You may want to check back occasionally to see if I have added updates to this page.

BJM – June 6, 2015

Here is another way to contact me: bjmcdonell@gmail.com

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