Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Carl Andrew Keller 1750-1803

7th Great Paternal Grandfather of Heather

Carl Andrew Keller
Son of Johan Peter & Anna Maria Keller
Born July 14,1750, in Germany (or switzerland?)
Died February 21, 1803, at Lancaster, PA
Barbara Judith Bigler
Daughter of
Born  August 9, 1755 in Lancaster Pa
Died August 15, 1831, at Lancaster, PA

(Nine Children, as listed in his will)
John Peter Keller 1776–1859 1st Catharine Schaeffer; 2nd Mrs. Rachel Cochran.
John Keller 1781–1816 m. Susanna Nye
Andrew Keller 1783– m. Stahl
Johan Adam Keller 1784–1863 m. Harriet Trissler,  Elizabeth Schaeffer.
Jacob Keller 1786– m. 2nd Catherine Heisley
Sophia Keller 1788– 1st David Kauffman; 2nd Samuel Kling
Michael Keller 1790–1861 m.  Margaret Schaeffer
Rev,. Benjamin Keller 1793–1864 1st Eliza Craver Schaeffer; 2nd, Maria

Carl Andrew Keller was born
Born in Germany

Carl Andrew Keller
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Mennonite Vital Records, 1750-2014

Source : Biographical annals of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania 

1760 - Came to America
with his father

1774 - Carl Andrew Keeler Married Judith Barbara Bigler
Name: Andrew Keeler
Event: Marriage
Marriage Date: 29 Apr 1774
Marriage Place: Lancaster Co., PA
Church: St. James Episcopal Church, Lancaster Co., PA
Role: Groom
Remark: License.
Household Members:
Name Role
Andrew Keeler Groom

Juda Barbara Kiebein Bride

Source Information
Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Church Records - Adams, Berks, and Lancaster Counties, 1729-1881 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.

Original data: Extracted from microfilmed transcriptions of the original church records. The microfilmed records are located at the Family History Library.

1790 Census
Andrew Keller
[Andrew Kellers] 
Home in 1790 (City, County, State): Lancaster Borough, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - Under 16: 6
Free White Persons - Males - 16 and over: 2
Free White Persons - Females: 3

Number of Household Members: 11

1799 - Andrew Wrote His Will

1800 Census
Name: Andrews Kuhler
Home in 1800 (City, County, State): Manheim, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 2
Free White Persons - Males -10 thru 15: 3
Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over: 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 5
Number of Household Members Over 25: 3

Number of Household Members: 8

1808 - Land Deed
Estate Land Deed


Name: Carl Andrew Keller
Relationship: Father
Household Members:
Name Relationship
Johann Adam Keller Head
Charles B. Keller Child
Carl Andrew Keller Father
Barbara Judith Bigler Mother
Harried Trissler Spouse

Name Range : Keefer, Dewalt - Keylor, Milton
Source InformationAncestry.com. Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Mennonite Vital Records, 1750-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
Original data: Genealogical Card File. Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

John Peter Keller DDS John Peter Keller was born February 20 1831 at Harrisburg Pa, He was the son of John Peter Keller February 25 1808 to December 13 1837, who was son of John Peter Keller September 28 1776 to October 1 1859 who was son of Carl Andrew Keller July 14 1750 in Switzerland to February 21 1805 at Lancaster Pa, who was son of Johann Peter Keller died January 6 1782 at Lancaster Pa who emigrated to America in 1735 from Zurich Switzerland and settled in Lancaster county Pennsylvania His mother was Lydia Kunkel November 9 18 11 at Harrisburg Pa to February 10 1866 at Harrisburg Pa who was daughter of Christian Kunkel July 10 1757 in the Palatinate Germany to September 8 1823 at Harrisburg Pa and wife Anna Maria Elizabeth Welshofer or Welshoever December 1 1773 York county Pa to July 24 1862 Harrisburg Pa Christian Kunkel was son of John Christian Kunkel who came to America from the Palatinate of Germany September 23 1766 and settled in York county Pennsylvania John Peter Keller his grandfather son of Carl Andrew Keller and wife Judith Barbara Bigler moved to Harrisburg Pa in 1796 where he began business as a brass founder and rope maker later dealing in general merchandise in all of which he was successful He was a member of the Borough Council from 18 10 to 1824 and was prominent in all the public affairs of his day taking part in various early enterprises such as the Harrisburg Bridge Company and the Harrisburg and Middletown Turnpike Company He was the last surviving member of the original Board of Directors of the Harrisburg Bank He was a man of thrift industry and indomitable energy upright honored and respected by his fellow citizens decided and influential as a Christian being one of the founders of the Lutheran Church in Harrisburg His first wife was Catharine Schaeffer daughter of Rev Frederick Schaeffer DD of Lancaster Pa He had thirteen children Christian Kunkel his maternal grandfather was reared to mercantile pursuits During the Revolutionary War 1777 he was in active service with the militia Col Slagles battalion around Philadelphia He also was one of the prime movers in the organization of the first Lutheran Church in Harrisburg He was Burgess of the borough in 1796 and frequently a member of Council elected in 1809 a director of the Bank of Philadelphia at Harrisburg and in the same year appointed by Governor Snyder one of the commissioners for the erection of a bridge over the Susquehanna river He had thirteen children Dr Keller's education was in the public schools of Harrisburg and at the Harrisburg Academy Upon its completion he spent several years as clerk in his uncle's store at Shippensburg Pa In 1849 ne chose dental surgery as his profession and studied under the direction of the late Dr JC Stock with whom he practiced until the death of the latter when he succeeded his preceptor and eventually became the leading dental practitioner of the city He retired in 1875 and lived quietly until the day of his death which occurred during the night of December 23 1907 He was married June 20 1861 to Emeline Croll daughter of John and Eliza Lauman Croll of Middle town Pa He is survived by his wife his brother Christian K Keller and the following children John Peter Jr Croll CK Jr Dr William L and Miss Helen Keller Dr Keller was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church all his life serving in its vestry in all the positions of trust and responsibility He was frequently elected a lay delegate to represent the church in the East Pennsylvania Synod and also a delegate to the General Synod of the United States held at Allegheny Pennsylvania He served several terms on the board of directors of the Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and for years was a member of the board of directors of the Lutheran Observer serving as such at the time of his death Since the inception of the Dauphin County Historical Society he was always an active and interested member serving for many years as Chairman of the Executive Committee Upon the death of the Hon JW Simonton he was elected as its President serving as such continuously until his own decease In January 1895 he was elected to membership in the Pennsylvania Society Sons of the Revolution He was the last surviving charter member of the Young Men's Christian Association of Harrisburg Pa and in its early history filled all the offices save that of president He became a member of the Pennsylvania German Society on January 13 1892 and served as its Vice president in 1 901 - HMMR 
Proceedings and Addresses, Volume 17
The Society., 1908 - German-Americans

Our Keller Line through Nina Lumbard

Johann Peter Keller
Anna Maria -1782

Barbara Judith Bigler

Anna Maria Keller

Henry Goehring Kurtz
Sarah Bauman

Ann Elizabeth Kurtz
Joseph A. Lumbard


Nina Ridge

Nina Lumbard
Carl Sulouff



The Keller's Of Lancaster
Book Title: Pennsylvania Genealogies : Index of Surnames
Title : Pennsylvania Genealogies : Index of Surnames
Source Information: Ancestry.com. North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016.

Bios: Johann Peter Keller descendants: Lancaster/Dauphin Cos, PA

1. Johann Peter Keller a native of Germany, emigrated to America prior to
 1760, and settled in Lancaster county, PA., where he died; his wife Anna
 Maria, b. Germany, died in the town of Lancaster on the 6th of January, 1782.
 They  had two children born in Germany;
 (2.)    i. Carl Andrew, b. July 14, 1750; m. Barbra Judith Bigler.
        ii. Johann Adam; nothing further is known of him.

 2. Carl Andrew Keller, (Johann Peter ) b. July 14,1750, in Germany; d.
 February 21, 1803, at Lancaster, PA; m. April, 1774, at Lancaster, Barbra
 Judith Bigler, b. August 9, 1755; d. August 15, 1831, at Lancaster, PA. They
 had issue:
 (3.)    i. John Peter, b.September 28, 1776; m., first, Catharine Schaeffer;
 secondly Mrs. Rachel Cochran.
 (4.)   ii. Adam, b. December 7, 1784; m. Elizabeth Schaeffer.
 (5.)  iii. John, m. Susanna Nye
 (6.)   iv. Andrew m. _____Stahl.
 (7.)    v. Jacob, m. First (unknown name), second; Catharine Heisley.
 (8.)   vi. Sophia, m. First, David Kauffman; second, Samuel Kling.
 (9.)  vii. Anna Maria, m. William Kurtz.
 (10.)viii. Rev. Benjamin, m. First Eliza Craver Schaeffer; secondly, Maria
        ix. Jeremiah,  d.s.p.
 (11.)   x. Michael, b. June 17, 1790; m. First Margaret Schaeffer; second;
 Barbara Margaret Schaeffer.

 3. John Peter Keller, (Carl Andrew,Johann Peter), b. September 28,1776, in
 Lancaster, PA.; d. October 1, 1850, at Harrisburg, PA; learned the trade of a
 Brass founder, located at Harrisburg in 1796. In 1801 he established himself
 in business as brass-founder and rope maker, which proved successful, and
 afterwards in general merchandising. He was a member of the borough council
 almost continuously from 1810-1824, and was quite prominent and influential
 in the public affairs of his day. He was identified with with nearly all the
 early enterprises of the town, such as the Harrisburg Bridge Company,
 Harrisburg and Middletown Turnpike Company, and at his death was the last
 survivor of the original board of directors of the Harrisburg Bank. He was a
 gentleman of thrift, industry, and indomitable energy, upright, honest, and
 as decided and influential as a Christian, being one of the founders of the
 Lutheran Church in Harrisburg. He was twice married; 
 first Catherine Schaeffer, b. November 6, 1774; d. October 1, 1859, at
 Harrisburg. They had issue;
        i. Frederick, b. February, 1796; d. 1797
       ii. George, b. 1798;D. 1800
      iii. Rev. Emanuel, b. September 30, 1801; d. April 11, 1837 at Mechanicsburg,
 PA; buried in Trindle Spring Church Graveyard; he was educated in the schools
 and Academy of Harrisburg, and pursued his classical studies under the
 direction of of his Uncle, the Rev. Benjamin Keller. He subsequently entered
 Dickinson College, where he remained two years, when he began the study of 
 theology with the Rev. Dr. Lochman, of Harrisburg. In 1826 he was licensed by the
 Lutheran Synod of Pennsylvannia, and the same year began his ministerial
 labors at Manchester, MD. Thence he removed to Mechanicsburg, PA. Where he
 continued in the pastorate until a short period before his death, his
 enfeebled health obliging him to resign his charge. The Rev. Mr. Keller
 married, April 4, 1825, Sabina Selzer and had Ann Victoria,  and other
       iv. Eliza,b. June 12, 1803; m. James Boyd.
 (12.)  v. Maria, b. February 17, 1805; Lewis Plitt.
       vi. Catharibne, b. November 4, 1806;d. November 15,1836; m. James Gilliard;
           had issue; John Peter Gilliard.
 (13.)vii. John Peter, b. February 25, 1808; m. Lydia Kunkel.
     viii. Sophia, b. May 20, 1810; d. August 24 1840, at Harrisburg; m. Thomas Montgomery.
       ix. William C., b. January 24,  1812, at Harrisburg; m Camilla Lochman, and
           had Charles, d.s.p., and Annie, m. N.R. Miller, d. November 27,1892.
        x. Frederick George, b.September 14, 1814; d. At the age of sixteen years,
           having become blind.
       xi. Benjamin b.April 6, 1816, d.s.p.
      xii. Peter Charles, b. April 16, 1817, at Harrisburg;
           d. December 30, 1875, at Quincy, Ill.; engaged in life in the
           mercantile business at Harrisburg, PA., subsequently removing to
           Philadelphia, where he remained until 1874; at that time he went 
           west and located in Quincy Ill., where he became quite prominent,
           enjoying the confidence and respect of the people of that city;
           m. Eliza Wells; and had :
           Elvey, m. Robert Lockwood, Levi, and Lemuel.
     xiii. Charles Andrew, b. July 26, 1819; d. October 21, 1871, at Harrisburg;
           m. First Matilda Calder; and had, William C. who m. ____ Patterson
           and had Olie; 
           Charles Andrew secondly married Rachel Compton; and had 
           Charles C. M. who married and had a Charles.

 3. Mr.John Peter Keller married, secondly Rachel Cochran, widow of William
 Cochran, formerly sheriff of Dauphin county, who survived him thirteen years.

 4. Adam Keller, (Carl-Andrew-Johann Peter), b. December 7, 1784, at Lancaster,
 PA.; d. January 30, 1863; m. Elizabeth Schaeffer, b. June 15, 1786; d. January
 30, 1854; she was the cousin of John Peter Kellers wife. They had issue:
        i. Barbara, m. William Frick; and had; Rev. William Keller, m. Louisa Klump,
 who had William, Lillian, Norman, and Raymond.
 (14). ii. Johna Andrew, m. Herriet Tressler.
      iii. Adam, d. October 6, 1813.
       iv. Benjamin, d. At the age of nineteen years.
        v. Emanuel, m. Harriet Sharpe; and had Julia, John, and Mary.
       vi. Elizabeth,d.s.p.
      vii. Sophia, m.Frederick William Bates; and had issue; William Adama, Anna
 Maria, Edward Keller, Elizabeth Caroline, d.s.p., James Frederick, Louisa
 Catharine, and Emily Sophia, d.s.p.
     viii. Anna Maria.
       ix.  Adam Schaeffer, m. First Mary     ; m., secondly, Mary Elizabeth Snyder; and
            had issue; Adam & Elizabeth; both deceased.
        x. Louisa, d.s.p.
       xi. Margaretta, m. William E. Heinitish; and had issue; Sigmund William,
 Charles Luther,d.,Lizzie Keller, d., Walter Aguatua, William Edward, d. Margie
 Keller, John Frederick, and Louisa Keller, d.
      xii. Louisa, d. Unm.
     xiii. Samuel,d.s.p.

 5. John Keller (Carl-Andrew, Johann Peter). B. In Lancaster, PA.; d. At
 Harrisburg in 1816; m. Susanna Nye, b. March 6, 1777; d. February 7, 1855, at
 Easton, PA., daughter of Johannes and Maria Magdelena Nye, of Lancaster. They
 had issue:
        i. Henry, d. At Easton, PA.; had five children.
       ii. Andrew, d. At Easton, PA.
      iii. Barbara Ann, b. 1807, Reading; m. Charles A. Snyder; and had seven children.
       iv. John, b. At Reading; drowned at Harrisburg.
        v. Susan, b. At Harrisburg; d. At Easton, m.        Abel.

 6. Andrew Keller, (Carl-Andrew, Johann Peter).b. in Lancaster, PA. Where he
     died; m.      Stahl. They had issue:
        i. George, m. Catharine Strine; and had Mary, m. Mr. Fordney; Andrew, d.s.p.,
           Adam, d.s.p., George, m. Miss Vondersmith; had Kate, m. Herry Diller.
       ii. Maria, m. Charles Demuth; and had; Annie, m. Peter Regenaus, Josephine, m.
 William E. Kreider; Emma, m. Dr. William Tabaret, Caorline, d.s.p., Amelia, m.
 Oliver Sturges, Maria, m. Albert Zahm; and William, d. Unm.

 7.Jacob Keller, (Carl-Andrew, Johann Peter).b. in Lancaster, PA.; d. At
 Frederick, MD.; was twice married-by first wife he had;
        i. Sophia, m. Rev. Harper
       ii. Elizabeth, m. Rev, James Harkley.

 Jacob Keller secondly married Catharine Heisley, b. April, 22, 1797; d. At
 Frederick, MD; daughter of Frederick Heisley and Catharine Julian Hoff. They
        i. Charles, m. Miss Hunt.
       ii. Frederick.
      iii. Benjamin
       iv. Caroline, m. Henry Handshue.
        v. Jacob.
       vi. Muhlenburg.

 8.  Sophia Keller, (Carl-Andrew, Johann Peter).b. in Lancaster, PA.; was twice
     married; first to David Kauffman. They had issue;
        i. Rosanna, m. Samuel Brumbaugh. Had issue:
                a. Wihlemina, m. Spencer Barrett.
                b. Mary, m. John Thomas, had issue: Elvin and William.
                c. Samuel.
                d. Emma, m. George J. Bolton and had issue: Jennie-E., Roas, George J.,
                    Monroe K., and Emma Gertrude.
       ii. William, m. Ann McClone; had William.
      iii. David.
       iv. Benjamin, m. Had nine children.
        v. Sophia, d.s.p.
           Sophia married, secondly, Samuel Kling. They had issue;
       vi. Susanna B. m. John D. Miller; and had issue:
                a. Samuel Carroll, m. Henrietta Zahm Killough.
                b. Eugene Jasper, m. Nellie Schram.
                C. Ella Frances, m. George Allbright.
      vii. Eliza K., resides at Harrisburg, PA. M. Joseph Jackson, d. October 18, 1858.
     viii. Mary, m. William Halfman had; George, Frank and seven others.
       ix. Henrietta, m. William M. Buchanan, had; John Chambers, Martha Weir, Anna
 Eliza, Augusta, David.
        x. Lydia, d.s.p.
       xi. Louisa, m. Jesse I. Kays; ha
na Maria Keller, (Carl Andrew, Johann Peter). B. In Lancaster, PA.; m.
           William Kurtz. They had issue (and several died in in infancy):
        i. William,m. Ellen McCue and had: Mary ann, Margaretta and three sons.
       ii. George, m. Mary Vandivender.
      iii. Goehring, m. Sarah Bowman.
       iv. Anthony, m.first Susan Kauffman-no children, Secondly Miss Holzworth had;
           Wesly, m. Ann Baunn, Martin Anthony, Frank, m. Miss Hubley, Susan, Annie,
           Keller, and a son who died at Pittsburgh.
        v. Israel, m. Caroline Oswald.
       vi. Rev. Michael was twice married and had Sarah Ann,Emma d.s.p., Thomas,
           William, M-Olin, Alexander, and Edwin, d.s.p.
      vii. Harriet, m. Andrew Porter and had: Mary, Charles, Nellie and Scott.
     viii. Sarah, m. Simon Young had; Emma, Eliza, Mary, Henrietta, Sarah, William
           and Baker.
       ix. Sophia, m.   Seibert; and had issue; Edward William, John, Emma, Ann, Mary.
        x. Maria, m. First, Mr. Mansfeild; secondly Mr. Rossiter and had issue.

 10. Rev. Benjamin Keller, D.D. (Carl Andrew, Johann Peter), was twice married;
 m, first, Catharine Eliza (Craver) Schaeffer. Widow of Frederick Schaeffer,
 D.D. They had issue;
        i. Mary Ann Barbara, d.s.p.
       ii. Rev. Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg, b. April 28, 1819 at 
           Carlisle, PA.; d. March 18,1864, in Reading, PA. Educated at
           Pennsylvannia College, Gettysburg, from which he graduated in 1838; 
           studied theology, and licensed to preach in 1840; founded St. James
           Lutheran Church at Reading, serving it until his death; during the
           war for the Union he was in service; m. In 1848, Susan Hunter 
           and had issue:
           Charles H, and Sarah.
 (15.)iii. Anna Cecelia, m. Herman Haupt.
       iv. Mary Elizabeth, m. Charles C. Norton; and had issue William Benjamin
           d.s.p., Anna Cecelia, m. John Henry Hensel; Mr. Norton had by a
           former wife, Charles d., m. Maggie S. Brown, and had Mary Ada.
        v. Frederick Emanuel, d.s.p.
 (16.) vi. Louisa Caroline, m. Lewis Haupt.
      vii. Peter Paul, (twin), b. October 25, 1830; d. April 29, 1880; m. September, 1857
           Emma Hassal and had: Joseph Henry, Pierre Paul and Paul Hassal.
     viii. Paul Peter; (twin), b. October 25, 1830; m. May 15, 1855, 
           Cornelia M. Morris, of Philadelphia; and had Jane Morris, d.s.p.
       ix. Catharine Elizabeth, n. Henry W. Knauff; had issue Sarah Emily and
           Muhlenberg Keller.

    Rev. Benjamin Keller, D.D. married secondly, Maria Stroup with no issue.

 11. Michael Keller (Carl Andrew, Johann Peter) b. June 24, 1790 in Lancaster
     PA, d. August 21 1861, in Washington DC; was twice married; first Margaret
     Schaeffer, who was the sister of John Peter Kelleršs wife. They had issue;
        i. Rosannah, b. June 8, 1812; d. August 29, 1848; m. William P. Hays. 
 (17.) ii. Harriet, b. September 9, 1814; m. Samuel D. Finckle.
      iii. George F., b. December 11, 1814 d. May 16, 1855, and had Michael, d.s.p.,
           Ann, d.s.p., Samuel, John and Anna.
       iv. Caroline, b. December 29,1818, m. Samuel Berlin; and had issue; Emma.
        v. Mary Ann, d.s.p.

 Michael Keller married secondly, Barbra Margaret Schaeffer and they had issue;
       vi. Luther, d.s.p.
      vii. Louisa, d.s.p.
     viii. Margaret, b. October 20, 1827; m. Noble D. Larner; and had issue;
           Harry, John, Charles, and Philip.
       ix. Adaline, d.s.p.
        x. Philip, b. July 1, 1831; m. Sarah M. Davy and had Ella, Robert and Gertrude.
       xi. Cecelia, d. Unm.
      xii. Anna Mary, m. John P. Stone; and had issue John, d.s.p.

 13. John Peter Keller (John Peter, Carl Andrew, Johann Peter) c. February 25,
     1808, at Harrisburg, PA; d. December 13, 1837. M. May 6, 1830, Lydia Kunkel,
      b. November 9, 1811; d. February 9, 1866. (See Kunkel record). They had issue;
        i. John Peter, b. February 20, 1831; eductated in the public schools and
 Harrisburg Academy; studied dentistry with Dr. J.C. Stouch; resides in
 Harrisburg, PA. M. June 21, 1861, Emaline Hannah Croll, daughter of John Croll
 and Eliza Lauman, of Middletown PA, and had issue: John Peter, Croll, Helen
 Lydia, Christian Kunkel, and William Lauman.
       ii. Christian Kunkel, b. October 1, 1832; educated in public schools of
 Harrisburg and Pennsylvania College; by profession, a drugust, residing in
      iii. Ann Ellen, d.s.p.
       iv. Emily Clarissa, d.s.p.

 14. John Andrew Keller, (Adam, Carl Andrew, Johann Peter) m. Harriet
     Tressler; both lived and died in Lancaster, PA. They had issue:
        i. Samuel, d.s.p.
       ii. Benjamin Schaeffer, m. Miss Leiby; all deceased.
      iii. William Augustus, m. Mary Smith and had Paul, William, d.s.p. Maggie,
           d.s.p., Lillian and Harry.
       iv. Clara, d. Unm.
        v. John Adam, m. Annie Garrigan
       vi. Lizzie, m. John Frederick Sener and had Frank & Rosa.
      vii. Kate, d. Unm.
     viii. Harriet Maria
       ix. Ella, m. David Early and had issue; Leah, Harriet, Lizzie, Benjamin and
        x. Emanuel, d.s.p.
       xi. Charles Butcher. M. Harriet Leech; had two children.

 15. Anna Cecelia Keller (Rev. Benjamin, Carl Andrew, Johann Peter) m. Herman
 Haupt; was a celebrated civil engineer on the Pennsylvania railroad during
 its original construction. They had issue;
        i. John Stenger, d.s.p.
       ii. Jacob Benjamin, m. Mary E. Zeigler and had issue; Charles Zeigler,
           Edward, Kate and Anna Cecelia.
      iii. Louis Muhlenberg, m. Belle C. Cromwell.
       iv. Mary Cecelia
        v. Ella Catharine, m. Frank Chapman; and had issue Herman, Lucy Lord and
           Marion Norton.
       vi. Herman
      vii. Adelaide, d.s.p.
     viii. Charles Edgar, m. Mary Griffiths
       ix. Frank Spangler
        x. Alexander James Derbyshire
       xi. Grace Hermania, d.s.p.

 16. Louisa Caroline Keller, (Rev. Benjamin, Carl Andrew, Johann Peter). M.
 Lewis Haupt, by profession a civil engineer; resided in the city of
 Philadelphia. They had issue;
        i. A son who died in infancy.
       ii. Rev. Charles Elvin, m. Mary M. Geissinger and had issue Charles Elvin and
           David Gerald.
      iii. Henry Eugene, m. Melli H. White.
       iv. William Keller.
        v. A son who died in infancy.
       vi. Fannie Gertrude
      vii. Mary Louisa, m. Richard Cannarow.

 17. Harriet Keller (Michael, Carl Andrew, Johann Peter) b. September 9, 1814,
     at Harrisburg PA; m. In 1832 Rev. Samuel D. Finckle, D.D., b. February 11,
     1811; d. February 13, 1873 in Washington DC; a minister of the Lutheran
     Church; had charge of the congregation at Middletown, PA, and for upwards of
     twenty years pastor of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Washington
     city; for many years occupied an honourable and responsible position in the
     Government while serving his congregation; his life was one of incessant
     labor and usefulness in church and State. They had issue:
        i. Caroline
       ii. George
      iii. Louisa
       iv. Annie-deceased.
        v. Rev. Samuel G., b. February 22,1845, In Cumberland, MD.
       vi. William
      vii. Luther
     viii. Ruth-deceased
       ix. Lillie-deceased
        x. Frank
       xi. Henrietta, d.s.p.
      xii. Ezra, d.s.p.

William Kurtz 1766-1816

Heather's 6th Great Paternal Grandfather

Wilhelm Lebrecht Kurtz
son of Wilhelm & Regina Kurtz
Born 1766 
Died 1816 
Anna Maria Keller
Daughter of Carl Andrew & Barbara Judith (Bigler) Keller

William Kurtz m. Ellen McCue
George Kurtz m. Mary Vandivender
Anthony Kurtz m. Susan Kauffman
Israel Kurtz m. Caroline Oswald
Rev. Michael Kurtz m.
Harriet Kurtz m. Andrew Porter
Sarah Kurtz m. Simon Young
Sophia Kurtz m. Seibert
Maria Kurtz m. Mansfield, then Rossiter

1766 - Wilhelm "William" Lebrecht Kurtz was born
August 4 1766

Baptized September 7 1766

Wilhelm Lebrecht Kurtz
Pennsylvania Births and Christenings
Name Wilhelm Lebrecht Kurtz
Gender Male
Event Type Christening
Event Date 07 Sep 1766
Event Place Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Holland, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Birth Date 04 Aug 1766
Birthplace New Holland, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Father's Name Wilhelm Kurtz
Mother's Name Regina

Abt. 1780 Anna Maria Keller was born

1808 - Land Deed
Estate Deed Transfer


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Robert Bowles 1773-1829

Heather's Paternal 6th Great Grandparents

Robert Bowles
Son of
Born 1773
Died Jan 1829
Mary Eyre
Daughter of

Jane Bowles 1796
Elizabeth Bowles 1803 - 

1773 - Robert Bowles Was Born
Name: Robert Bowles
Age: 56
Birth Year: abt 1773
Burial Date: 11 Jan 1829
Burial Place: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
Parish as it Appears: Great Yarmouth
(from the parish burial record(

1793 - Robert Bowles Married Mary Eyre (Are)
Name: Robert Bowels
Gender: Male
Marriage Date: 12 May 1793
Marriage Place: Christ Church, Tynemouth, Northumberland, England
Spouse: Mary Are

FHL Film Number: 1068928

1796 - Daughter Jane Bowles Was Born
born July 11 1796

1801 - Daughter Mary Bowles was born
In the England & Wales Christening Index:
Name: Mary
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 13 Jan 1801
Baptism Date: 26 Apr 1801
Baptism Place: Hebron, Northumberland, England
Father: Robert Bowles
Mother: Mary Eyre
FHL Film Number: 1068615

She married Nicholas Gregson.  You can read more about them here:

The Registers of Bothal with Hebburn (Hebburn), in the ..., Volume 5, Part 2

By Hebburn (England : Chapelry), William Charles Ellis, Herbert Maxwell Wood

1803 - Daughter Elizabeth Bowles was Born
Name: Elizabeth Bowles
Gender: Female
Christening Age: 0
Birth Date: 22 Oct 1803
Christening Date: 25 Dec 1803
Christening Place: Hebburn (near Morpeth), Northumberland, England
Father: Robert Bowles
Mother: Mary Eyre

1829 - Robert Died
Parish records:
Name Robert Bowles
Age 56
Birth Year 1773
Burial Date 11 Jan 1829
Burial Place Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
Parish as it Appears Great Yarmouth

The Gregson Coat Of Arms

In almost all cases, when you see a Coat Of Arms for a surname, it's made up to sell products.  There are very few real coat of arms. And even if someone in your family does have one, that does not mean you have the right to bear it. There are all sorts of rules.

"However, actually having a coat of arms or family crest is much rarer than you might imagine. Having the hereditary right to use it is even rarer. While there are many companies out there that are willing to sell you all kinds of merchandise with your supposed “family crest” on it, the vast majority of these companies are not engaged in legitimate genealogical research. The coat of arms or crest you get may or may not belong to your family (and it might be made up completely by the company selling it to you), or you may not have the hereditary right to use it. If you really want to know something about heraldry (the art of studying coats of arms and crests) and how it applies to your family, read on. It’s a fascinating tale." Read the rest here - http://www.ancestralfindings.com/real-truth-behind-coats-arms-family-crests/

There is definitely a "real" Gregson coat of Arms.  So who received, it, why, and how does it apply to our family line?

From Page 19 of the pdf found here: http://falkenburg-genealogy.com/manuscript/gregson.pdf  an excerpt from Falkenburg, Donald R., The Falkenburgs, a Colonial American Family,Willow Glen Publishing, San Jose, 2016

The Knight family branch of the Gregsons is the focus of the above book. Anthony Gregson’s will dated 7 OCT 1831 states: "“I give and devise All my Real Estate of which I die possessed of unto ...The Reverend Thomas Knight of Ford Rectory... Upon Trust to receive the rents issues and profits thereof until Henry Knight the eldest son of the said Thomas Knight attains his age of twenty one years... [Henry Knight] shall be in possession of the same Estate and for ever thereafter Assume and take upon himself and continue to use the Surname of Gregson only and no other Surname and bear the Coat Of Arms of that family...”   

We are not descendants of the Knight branch of the Gregson line.  The memoirs of James Gregson, brother of Nicholas, tell us ""I was born in England and came as a boy of twelve years to Philadelphia" October 1834 Nicholas & James emmigated to america with their parents.  Although they had the Gregson name, and were in England in 1831 when Anthony Gregson wrote his will, the estate was given to a closer relative, who did not bear the Gregson name, but took the name, and the Coat Of Arms.

So although there is a coat of arms for our Gregson family, we have no actual rights to it.  

Ok, so it's not "my" coat of arms - it still belonged to my Gregson ancestors, and I find it interesting.  So how did they get it?

The Gregson History referred to in the document above is the History Of The Gregson Family in Whalley Lancashire.  The page referenced is shown below:

That didn't really tell me much, but it's all I could find.

What do the symbols on the crest mean?

I found this, written by Val Edwards, in an online forum:
Regarding the Gregson coat of arms. Recently, I have questioned myself on the reason for the symbols contained therein. While it is commonly believed that the saltire is the preserve of St Andrew - this, as we know, is a white cross on a blue background whereas the saltire on the Gregson shield is red on silver. This led me to the fact that the symbol for St Patrick was a red saltire on white (or silver?) and therefore the symbolism of the Gregson arms is with possibly the connection of the Norman barons' colonisation of parts of southern Ireland. The arms of the medieval Norman-Irish family Fitzgerald bears a red saltire on a White background. As Gregory de Normanton received a knighthood presumably for military service in the mid 13th century may I suggest that the symbolism used on the Gregson coat of arms links back to the English and Welsh military battles in Ireland. The axe and the red colour are said to signify military strength, the couped arm - a symbol of leadership and possibly the canton chequy a symbol of colonisation of parts of Ireland. 

Additionally, it is interesting that the de Lacy family had strong connections with Ireland after the Norman invasions there. I read that it was a Henry de Lacy of Halton, near Chester who agreed to the rebuilding of the Cisterian abbey in Whalley after that on the banks of the River Mersey had been damaged by fire and flood and that the first stone was laid in 1296. 

Henry added the symbol of oak - meaning heroism. Why he added the dots of ermine to the canton - I am not sure why. I believe the Rain Gregsons had ermine dots on their coat of arms. This, I believed, was to signify their connection to the Royal blood line of the Clarence line through Caroline Dalton who married John Gregson of Murton and Burdon. (1805-1879)(see Duvigny), son of Rain Gregson. But perhaps I have misunderstood the significance of ermine.

But then again, maybe NONE of this applies.

I found  the following in a Gregson Forum online, written by Val Edwards:

Re A "Visitation of Yorkshire in 1567 and 1568" taken by a William Flower, Norroy of the College of Arms, which the Harleian Society in 1881 (a society of Genealogists) undertook to transcribe. It is edited by Charles Norcliffe and it is obtainable in digitised form.

On page 147-148 is a Pedigree (without dates) of Boland, Normanton and Gregson which shows that Thomasyne Boland married John Normanton. Thereafter it shows descendants as far as a Richard Gregson who married Grace daughter of John Cowell - Richard being the son of John and Margaret Gregson. There is no mention of a coat of arms of Gregson or Normanton for this pedigree the time scale of which goes to circa 1513.

This Pedigree seems to concur with Reid's in his "History of the Gregson's of Whalley" in a pamphlet lodged with the College of Arms (link given by Don Falkenburg in his draft working document on the Knight Gregsons dated March 2013 in his Appendix 10-A under the title "Connecting the Gregsons to the de Normanton Family " - the link is named 'Don Frankenburg's family web' )

I have a problem with Reid's account. Far be it for me to cast aspersions on an account accepted into the British College of Arms but - here comes the 'However' ! The account is carefully crafted and throws in citations such as Whitaker's History of Whalley, Ashmolean Manuscript 834 and various books on heraldry. However when I have tried to tie down these citations to anything relevant to the Gregsons of Whalley, I have drawn a blank. Has anyone else tried to tie Reid's citations to actual facts regarding the Gregson de Normantons and their coat of arms and crest and a link to Whalley?

Reid refers to the Arms of the de Normantons by referencing a Visitation dated 1533. The 1533 Visitation by William Fellows (Lancaster Herald) was to Lancashire. As I began, above, the Yorkshire visitation by William Flower shows the de Normantons who became Gregsons firmly established in Yorkshire in 1567 and 1568. How could they be in two places at once? On page 16 of Reid's account he says that in the 1533 Visitation to Lancashire there is a mention of the Crest of the Gregsons. My research on the web of a transcription of this visitation made by the Chetham Society gives no reference to Gregsons, Normantons or indeed a Gregson crest - why should there have been when the de Normanton Gregsons were in Yorkshire? I do not know which version of the 1533 Visitation Reid has researched. 

What 'connects' the Gregson (de Normantons) to the Gregsons mentioned by Reid in the parish records of Whalley dated from 1538 (p 16)? when he recounts that by then Gregsons were resident in Whalley in Lancash ire? I also see that a John Gregson is cited as a son to Richard and Grace Cowell on the pedigree of James Gregson of California at the back of Reid's account with a birthdate of 'before 1538'. Where is this information from? Where was this John born?

On p19 of his account he writes that Matthew Gregson the Antiquarian of Liverpool the author of Fragments of Lancashire who, seemingly, traces his family to Whalley "deduces" that he is descended from Richard Gregson sixth son of John and Margaret Gregson (as shown in the Yorkshire Visitation by Flower). How does he make the connection?

There are a lot of propositions in Reid's account but it is difficult to find actual connecting threads as one progresses through it.

There are many transcriptions by different societies on the Visitations to Lancashire from 1533 into the 17th century. Of the versions I have found, not one cites anything about the Gregsons only in the Visitation to York-shire as I have cited above.
Val Edwards