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David Howard Keller
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Birth: Aug. 20, 1872
Union County
Ohio, USA
Death: Dec. 16, 1916
Clay County
Indiana, USA

~~ David Howard Keller ~~

He was born 20 Aug 1872 in Union County, Ohio. He died 13 Dec 1916 in Brazil, Clay County, Indiana.

Father - Issac Newton Keller
Mother - Unknown.

Speculation is that David's mother died giving birth to him or she ran off shortly after as in the 1880 Census he is living with his Grandmother, Ruth Ann Keller and uncle Jacob & aunt Amanda Keller. His father, Newton, was in the military and station in Texas as this time.

David 1st married - Lucy Jackson and had a son:

1. Clearance M. Keller, he served in WWI, lived in Ohio. Per Eslie R. "Pete" Keller, he told me that he met his half brother, Clearance once when he drove to Ohio to meet him.

Lucy and David got divorced.

Family legend per Tom Keller: David was a mean man and one time, Lucy was outside barefoot sitting on the front porch and David chopped off some of her toes with a hackett. Lucy's Dad found out about it and ran David off and Lucy divorced him. David ran to Indiana where he met his second wife Flora Jane Scott.

=========================================================David 2nd married - Flora Jane Scott on 22 Dec 1901 in Grant County, Indiana.

His wife Flora Jane Scott was born 22 Dec 1880 in Oak Ridge Township, Grant County, Indiana. She died 7 Apr 1959 in Fairmount, Grant County, Indiana and was buried in Park Cemetery, Fairmount, Grant County, Indiana.

Eslie R. Pete Keller said to his daughter, Alice "that he remembers moving some thirteen times in one year".

The last place David and Flora lived was in the little town of Perth that's about 5 miles north of Brazil, Indiana. David was employed as a mine worker in Brazil, Clay County, Indiana at the time of his death.

Flora got remarried after David's death to John Raymond Askren. They had two daughters: Daisy and Betty Jane Askren.

Children of David Howard Keller and Flora Jane Scott:

1. Jacob Guy Keller, SSN 312-01-5271, b. 7 Jul 1902; d. Jan 1969 in Muncie, Delaware Co., IN.

2. Mabel Evaline Keller, b. 16 Jul 1903 in Summitville, Madison Co., IN; d. 22 Mar 1957 in Anderson, Madison Co., IN; bur. in Anderson Memorial Park, Madison Co., IN. She m. Basil Bryan Smith.

3. Newton Harold Keller, SSN 305-10-9164, b. 15 Aug 1905; d. Dec 1967 in Anderson, Madison Co., IN. He m. Mary G.

4. David Oren Keller, SSN 305-01-5604. b. 5 Jul 1908; d. Oct 1973 in Tacoma, Pierce Co, WA.

5. Eslie "Pete" Roger Keller, SSN 311-22-2927, b. 29 Oct 1910 in Parker City, Indiana; d. March 1996 in Marion, Grant Co., IN; bur. in Park Cem., Fairmount, Grant Co., IN. He m. 2 Mar 1935 Alpha Ruth Eudaly, b. 2 Mar 1914; d. Aug 1974.

6. Agnes Bell Keller, SSN 314-22-9998, b. 18 Jun 1913, d. Aug 1981 in Fairmount, Grant Co., IN. She m. Russell Carl Pace.

7. Amanda Ruth Keller, SSN 311-12-1873, b. 8 May 1916; d. 18 Feb 1995 in Elwood, Madison Co., IN; bur. in Sunset Memorial Park Cem., Elwood, Madison County, IN. She m. (1) Louis Harvey Retherford; she m. (2) 27 Mar 1935 Glen Allen Retherford, Sr.

Newspaper Story of David Howard Keller Death:

"Brazil, Ind., Dec 13, 1916.—David Howard Keller, age forty-five, an employee of the Hydraulic Press Brick Company, was shot through the abdomen last night by a man named Archibald, of St. Louis, Mo., a guard employed by the hydraulic company during the clay workers strike. Keller, in company with Elmer Rooney and a man named Bagley, employees at the plant in the daytime, had been drinking last night, police say, and went to the coal and clay mine of the company. Officials of the company say the men had no business in the yard at night. They turned on an electric pump at the mine and a volt meter in the power house showed the pump was running.

"The guard knew at once that some one was in the mine and supposed it to be strikers intending to commit violence. Hearing the men down in the mine, he called to them to come out. There was no response. Archard, the guard, saw the glitter of a rifle barrel carried by one of the men and fired into the darkness of the mine. The bullet struck Keller in the abdomen. The other two men then called to the guard not to shoot again. When it was learned that Keller was seriously wounded Archard ran away and has not been seen since, the heavy snow which fell covering up his tracks. Keller lives near the plant, and has a wife and seven children. The men declare that they did not go into the mine for the purpose of committing violence, but merely to see the electric pump run."

Source: The Indianapolis News, 13 Dec 1917, p. 8.

Two days later (15 Dec), the newspaper reported that Keller had died and that Archard had not yet been found.


Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941 about David H. Keller
Name: David H. Keller
Spouse Name: Flora J. Scott
Marriage Date: 22 Dec 1901
Marriage County: Grant
Source Title 1: Grant County, Indiana
Source Title 2: Marriage Records Volume III Book 12 (Mar 1898-Mar
Source Title 3: Compiled by--Grant County Genealogy Club
Book: 13
OS Page: 488

Indiana Deaths, 1882-1920 about David H. Kellar
Name: David H. Kellar
Date: 13 Dec 1916
Location: Perth
Age: 44 Yr
Gender: Male
Race: White
Source Location: City Health Office Brazil
Source notes: The source of this record is the book H-19 on page 27 within the series produced by the Indiana Works Progress Administration.

U.S., Adjutant General Military Records, 1631-1976 about David Keller
Name: David Keller
Report Year: 1900
Service State: Lewis P.O., Clay County, Indiana

U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 about David H Keller
Name: David H Keller
Gender: Male
Residence Year: 1908
Street Address: 715 e First
Residence Place: Marion, Indiana
Occupation: Sta. Fireman
Spouse: Flora J Keller
Publication Title: Marion, Indiana, City Directory, 1908

1880 United States Federal Census about David H. Keller
Name: David H. Keller
Age: 7
Birth Year: abt 1873
Birthplace: Ohio
Home in 1880: Taylor, Union, Ohio
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Grandson
Marital Status: Single
Father's Name: Jacob Keller
Father's Birthplace: Virginia
Mother's Birthplace: Ohio
Household Members:
Name Age
Ruth Anna Keller 54
Jacob Keller 32
David H. Keller 7

1910 United States Federal Census about David H Keller
Name: David H Keller
Age in 1910: 33
Birth Year: 1877
Birthplace: Ohio
Home in 1910: Monroe, Randolph, Indiana
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Flora J Keller
Father's Birthplace: Virginia
Mother's Birthplace: United States of America
[United States]
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
David H Keller 33
Flora J Keller 29 (Pregnet with Eslie R. Keller at time of Census)
Guy J Keller 7
Mabel E Keller 6
Harold N Keller 4
Oren D Keller 1 8/12

Family links: 
  Isaac Newton Keller (1851 - 1914)
  Flora Jane Scott Keller Askren (1880 - 1959)
  Lucy Florence Jackson Disbennett (1878 - 1947)*
  Clarence McKinley Keller (1896 - 1979)*
  Jacob Guy Keller (1902 - 1969)*
  Mabel Evaline Keller Smith (1903 - 1957)*
  Newton Harold Keller (1905 - 1967)*
  David Oren Keller (1908 - 1973)*
  Eslie Roger Keller (1910 - 1996)*
  Agnes Belle Keller Pace (1913 - 1981)*
  Amanda Ruth Keller Retherford (1916 - 1995)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Death record in Clay Co. (Index of Deaths to 1920) David H. Keller, age 44, Perth, Book 3, Page 27. Cottage Hill Cemetery, Book does not list a stone for him. Many of the stones are missing or unreadable.
Cottage Hill Cemetery
Clay County
Indiana, USA
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Record added: Jul 24, 2009
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- Little Lady
 Added: May. 8, 2015
RIP Great Grandpa Keller
- Hoosier Medic
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- LesK
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