|Birth: ||Jan. 15, 1751|
|Death: ||Apr. 15, 1832|
5 ch of Joseph & Mary Engle Drumm Keller. Captured by Indians age 5. Rev War age 20. Mar Maria Andre. 11 ch. Hist of Keller Fam 1905.
Thanks to Find A Grave contributor, Erin Proctor, for the following story:
From the Keller Family History Book: Joseph was "Exactly five years old at the time of the (Indian) raid." "With his mother and younger brother, he was taken to Montreal. Lower Canada, by the Indians. How he stood the long journey of about three hundred miles, of which the mother had complained, we are not told. According to the most reliable information handed down traditionally in his own family, he was among the Indians eight years. " "It is reported that the daughter of an Indian Chief, having lost her brother by death, asked and obtained from her father our lost brother." "It is true he that he did not wish to come back when directed by the British authority to do so. The main reason was that he had the promise of receiving a rifle in the near future, whilst up to that time he had to be contented with the bow and arrow, in the use of which, however, he had acquired great skill. It is reported he would hide in the bushes, and mimic the voices of various birds, enticing them at will into reach, and then shoot them down. Thus once after his return, he called from a distance to a friend, asking to be allowed to shoot an arrow at him. The one thus requested, thinking himself safe by reason of the great distance, granted the request. Scarcely was the word said, when the arrow from the bow whirred past him- terribly near. The man shot at always believed that the young Keller shot exactly where he had kindly aimed."
"At the time of the Revolutionary War, being some twenty years of age, our Joseph Keller enlisted as a so-called "Seven-Month-Man" but how long he was in the service of the colonies is not known."
Joseph Keller (1719 - 1800)
Mary Engle Drumm Keller (1718 - 1802)
Maria Magalene Andre Keller (1758 - 1835)*
Joseph Keller (1783 - 1861)*
Peter Keller (1794 - 1878)*
Cherry Valley United Methodist Church Cemetery
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Record added: Jun 15, 2008
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