05 February 2015

Wedding Wednesday - Barth & Keller

The State of Ohio, Lorain County, SS. Mr. F. J. Keller and Mrs. Katie L. Burt were joined in MARRIAGE by me on the 5th day of February A. D. 1887. C. H. Doolittle, J. P. Filed and recorded this 21st day of Feby 1887. Attest E. H. Hinman, Probate Judge

And so begins the marriage of Frederick Jacob Keller and Catherine Elizabeth Barth.  Frederick Keller is my husband's first cousin five times removed.  He was born 7 OCT 1859 in Liverpool Township, Medina County, Ohio and dies 28 JUN 1917 in Brunswick Township, Medina County, Ohio. 

Catherine Elizabeth Barth was born 6 AUG 1864 Grafton, Lorain County, Ohio and dies 17 AUG 1941 in Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio. 

Together they were the parents of 9 children -
  Albert George "Bert" Keller  1887-1967
  Joseph Keller  1890 - 1972
  Ella Keller 1892 - 1944
  Harley Keller  1894 - 1988
  Royal Frank Keller  1896 - 1964
  Frederick Keller  1899 - 1984
  Irene Keller  1900 - 1985
  Rose Marie Keller  1902 - 1986
  Velma Keller 1904 - 1990

All the children married and had families except for Ella. 

From the Medina County (Ohio) Gazette, 6 JUL 1917 -
   Fred. J. Keller
  Fred Jacob Keller,  son of Martin and Christina Keller, was born in Liverpool, Oct. 7, 1859.  At the age of 16 he was confirmed  in Zion Lutheran church at Liverpool of which he remained a member until his death.  The most of his life was spent in Liverpool and Brunswick. He has been a member of the the K.O.T. M. since 1903.
  He was united in marriage to Katherine Elizabeth Barth on Feb. 6, 1887.  To this union  were born nine children, Bert, Joe, Ella, Harley, Royal, Fred, Irene, Rosie and Velma.   On Dec. 31, 1916, he was afflicted with a stroke of paralysis, which left him in failing health and caused him much suffering.  He departed this life June 28, 1917.
  He leaves a wife, nine children, two grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Regina Reutter, Mrs. Elizabeth Bay and Mrs. Carrie Fahrion, also two brothers Martin Keller and Philip Geiger besides a host of friends to mourn his loss.

From the Medina County (Ohio) Gazette,  2 SEP 1941 -
  Mother of Nine Dies In Brunswick, Sunday
   Mrs. Katherine Keller, mother of nine children, died in her home just west of Brunswick, Sunday night, after being in poor health for about a year.  She was 76 years old.  Her husband, Fred Keller, died 22 years ago.
  Funeral services will be held in the Waite Funeral Home, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with burial in Myrtle Hill cemetery in Liverpool Township.
  Surviving are the following children:  Albert, Joe, Ella, Harley, Royal, Fred and Irene Keller, all of Brunswick, and Rose Fenn of Medina and Velma Tibbitts of Brunswick; a sister, Mary Funk of Chicago, and a brother, Joe Barth of Litchfield.

Both Frederick J. & Catherine E. Keller are buried in Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Liverpool Township, Medina County, Ohio. 

02 January 2015

2015 - Out With The Old & In With The New

Happy New Year!

We were talking with some friends the other day about just how quickly time passes.  Seems like yesterday we were all wondering what the effects of going from 1999 to 2000 would be.  Hard to believe that it is now 2015.  Time sure flies!

This year will bring a (hopefully soon) new grandson for us.  He's due in late January.  What a great thing that will be! 

As many of you have done we've been cleaning - the bringing of the new year some how seems to make us want to make changes.  We've been emptying closets, donating "stuff",  reorganizing and rethinking how we do things.  Makes for lots of changes in our household.  Mostly good things.  

Every year I am always anxious to see what new information for genealogy is going to appear on line.  Will this be the year I discover the ancestry of John McCune?  John Hess?  John Peterman?  (see a pattern here?).  One can only hope that perhaps one of those walls will be coming down.  I can only hope. 

I'm hoping this year to be more informative on the blog, more consistancy with the posts, more information in the posts.  My goal right now is to redefine the way my office is organized,  be more efficient with my time useage,  and more organized with the way I do things.  Somehow we always seem to think that we have everything the way we want it, then something happens and a lightbulb comes on in our heads.  Suddenly everything isn't as efficient as we'd like it to be.  And so it goes.

So what genealogy related projects are you going to work on this year?