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Elizabeth Keller Crecelius
Birth: Feb. 28, 1828
Harrison County
Indiana, USA
Death: Oct. 5, 1870
Grundy County
Iowa, USA

Elizabeth Keller was the third daughter of Henry Keller II & Rebecca Muck, but the first one to reach adulthood. Her older sisters Mary Ann and Margaret--named after their grandmothers--both died in childhood. At age 24, Elizabeth married on April 8, 1852, in Harrison County, Indiana, to J. George Crecelius, second son of John Godhard Crecelius Jr. & Diana Wilson.

In 1856, George & Elizabeth moved with their two small sons Will and Allen to central Iowa, where five more children were born: Jacob, May, Etta, Charles, and Minerva. Elizabeth died in 1870 at the age of 42, leaving George with seven children under age 17. George never remarried, living for 49 more years, when he was finally laid to rest beside his beloved Elizabeth.

In the same Crecelius plot lie his daughter Etta and her husband Aaron Coulter; a grandson Verne Alonzo Crecelius who lived for only two weeks in April 1892; a great-granddaughter Darleen Coulter Vajgrt and her husband Leonard; and a great-great-grandson Stanley Dickenson, who died in 1951, age 21 months.

Elizabeth's granite headstone---with her name misspelled Elizebeth---is not her original 1870 marker, which was locally-quarried soft limestone that weathered badly. Half a century later, her daughter Etta Coulter replaced the worn headstone with a durable grey granite one that matched that of Elizabeth's husband George, who died in 1919. Etta also paid for perpetual care for the Crecelius lot when she learned that had never been bought back when the burial ground was a private family cemetery for the Conrads & Creceliuses & their neighbors in the 1860s & '70s. 
Family links: 
  Henry Keller (1789 - 1837)
  Rebecca Muck Keller (1803 - 1881)
  George Crecelius (1828 - 1919)
  William Theophilus Crecelius (1853 - 1944)*
  Allen Alpheus Crecelius (1855 - 1933)*
  Jacob Lewis Crecelius (1858 - 1934)*
  Rebecca Maria Crecelius Simpson (1860 - 1930)*
  Etta Eliza Crecelius Coulter (1862 - 1946)*
  Charles Marcus Crecelius (1864 - 1946)*
  Minerva Ellen Crecelius Pruner (1866 - 1941)*
  Jacob Keller (1822 - 1910)*
  Mary Ann Keller (1823 - 1829)*
  Margaret Keller (1825 - 1835)*
  Elizabeth Keller Crecelius (1828 - 1870)
  George Washington Keller (1830 - 1920)*
  Eliza Keller Windle Bottles (1833 - 1918)*
  John Muck Keller (1836 - 1912)*
  Samuel Henry Keller (1838 - 1851)*
*Calculated relationship
Conrad Cemetery
Grundy County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Section 1, Lot 2
Created by: steven coulter
Record added: Sep 25, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21767818
Elizabeth <i>Keller</i> Crecelius
Added by: steven coulter
Elizabeth <i>Keller</i> Crecelius
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Added by: Becky Crout
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One of my 2nd great grandmothers & a woman not to be forgotten! You've set up a beautiful memorial for her, Steven!
- Syd Gardner
 Added: Aug. 7, 2012

- Sarah Martin Neely
 Added: Sep. 29, 2007
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