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Leonard Martin Keller
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Birth: Nov. 6, 1809
Konstanzer Landkreis
Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death: May 22, 1890
Gillespie County
Texas, USA


Born - 11/6/1809
Place of Birth - Talheim, W of Tengen, SW of Engen, Tengen parish, Konstanz District (Landkreis), Freiburg Regierungsbezirk, Hegau Region, Baden-Württemberg (Bundesland), Germany (formerly Baden, West Germany)


Parents -- Matthaus and Barbara [Frank] Keller

Paternal Grandparents -- Johannes and Anna Maria [Eisenscher] Keller
Maternal Grandparents -- Sebastian and Helena [Giesinger] Frank

Paternal G-Grandparents -- Johann and Magdalena [Scheu] Keller
Maternal G-Grandparents -- Johannes and Verena [Shonlin] Frank
Maternal G-Grandparents -- Melchior and Anna Maria [Mayer] Geisinger

Paternal G-G-Grandparents -- Martin and Helena [Keller] Keller
Maternal G-G-Grandparents -- Sebastian and Anna Maria [Andelfinger] Shonlin
Maternal G-G-Grandparents -- Melchior and Eva [Weber] Geisinger

Paternal G-G-G-Grandparents -- Vitus and Barbara [Spaeth] Keller
Maternal G-G-G-Grandparents -- Udalricus and Ursula [Bickhlin] Geisinger

Maternal G-G-G-G-Grandparents -- Ulrich and Eva [Thalamer] Geisinger


Emigrated to USA - 6/1838
Port of Departure - La Havre, France
Ship - Packet Ship "Havre"
Ship Captain -- A. C. Ainsworth

Immigrated to USA - 7/8/1838
Port of Arrival - New York, New York, U.S.A.

Ship List Ref: National Archives Series #M237, Microfilm #39, List #460


A total of 2,677 German emigrants out of 4,122 total emigrants (64.8 pct) left the port of La Havre, France in 1838. Leonard Martin Keller immigrated alone with no family.


Resided in Galveston, Galveston County, Texas, U.S.A. between 1838 and 1850.

Moved to Fredericksburg, Gillespie County, Texas, U.S.A. in 1850 to claim his unconditional land grant from the state of Texas for 320 acres (arrived as a single man in 1838 to Texas).


Marriage #1 - 2/18/1845
Place of Marriage - Galveston, Galveston County, Texas, U.S.A. (St. Mary Catholic Cathedral Basilica)

Spouse - Catharina Burrer (1823-9/15/1846), daughter of Georg and Catharina [Caret] Burrer, from Canton of Solothurn, Switzerland


Marriage #2 - 10/2/1847
Place of Marriage - Galveston, Galveston County, Texas, U.S.A. (St. Mary Catholic Cathedral Basilica)

Spouse - Henrietta Dorothea Schmidtzensky (12/15/1815-2/12/1908), daughter of Johannes and Antoinetta [Schinne] Schmidtzensky, from Hildesheim, Hildesheim Kreis, Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), Germany (formerly Hanover, Prussia)


Died - 5/22/1890
Place of Death - Fredericksburg, Gillespie County, Texas, U.S.A.


Talheim is situated below the "Worberg" -- nestling in a narrow valley -- close to the town of Tengen. The first mention of this village was in a document in the year 830. At that time, the small village was called "Talun". In the course of history the village's affiliation to various aristocratic families changed. From 1488, Talheim belonged to the Teutonic commander of the knightly order of Mainau (domain Blumenfeld). Prior to that date, Talheim was administered by the Canton of Zurich.


The Tengen Catholic Parish Church (St. Laurentius Catholic Church), the parish church serving the small village of Talheim about a mile to the west of Tengen, is located in the Konstance district (W-NW of Konstanz) a few miles north of the border to Switzerland (formerly the Cantons of the Swiss Federation). The slightly elevated position of the Church refers to a former function as a fortified church . The present building is the essence of early Gothic (13th Century) architecture , which can be seen on small walled-arched windows on the south wall. The interior appearance of the church today has a uniform, baroque appearance.

Several modifications have greatly changed the original church:
1518 -- New building of the tower added.
1730 -- Comprehensive renovation and Baroque renovation (Barockisierung).
1880 -- Initial restoration of the church.
1909 -- 2nd restoration of the church.
1929-1930 -- Massive expansion of the church by building new choir, transept, and sacristy.
1934 -- Increase in the size of the tower.


Packet boats were small boats designed for domestic mail, passenger, and freight transportation in European countries and their colonies, including North American rivers and canals. They were used extensively during the 18th and 19th centuries and featured regularly scheduled service.

Family links: 
  Matthaus Keller (1759 - 1821)
  Barbara Frank Keller (1766 - 1830)
  Catharina Burrer Keller (1823 - 1846)
  Henrietta Dorothea Schmidtzensky Keller (1815 - 1908)
  Josephine Keller Schairer (1846 - 1924)*
  William Keller (1847 - 1911)*
  Maria Henrietta Keller Kunz (1848 - 1939)*
  Joseph Keller (1850 - 1925)*
  Louisa Keller Hertzberg (1852 - 1922)*
  Catharina Keller (1852 - 1853)*
  Martin Keller (1855 - 1936)*
*Calculated relationship
Der Stadt Friedhof Cemetery
Gillespie County
Texas, USA
Created by: Andy Bily
Record added: Feb 01, 2014
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Leonard Martin Keller
Added by: Andy Bily
Leonard Martin Keller
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Leonard Martin Keller
Added by: Andy Bily
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