Rockland Township: From Lobachsville Rd., .5 mile
west of Lobachsville, left on Boyer Rd., approximately .7 mile beyond the Keirn farm to a new house on the right. Site is on the hillside in the back yard northeast of Keirn barn. This parcel of land appears to be in Pike Township but is actually registered in Rockland. Size: 24' x 24'
History: John Keirn, the emigrant took up land in Oley before 1718 settling near the head waters of the Manatawny Creek. (PCC, p. 69 and MHBC p. 328+, 1647) Trust exists with First Union. Part No. 008-001 John Keirn Family Burial Grounds Gravemarkers.
Observations: Burials are laying northwest to southeast. In the row nearest the gate there are 4 burials with stones and one unmarked on the side of the cedar tree. In the second row the only burial found was at the sandstone with the dates 1783-1786. This probably was not the second row but the child buried between two rows. In the top row there are 5 unmarked graves in line with the first row. 'The stone wall was repaired and the gate painted in 1997 by the summer crew of BCAGP.
Johannes (John) Keim was born about 1675 in Landau Speyer Bavarian Palatinate, Germany. He was the son of Johannes Keim.
Johannes and Bertha (Deturk) Keim immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1707. They moved into the wilderness on Manatawny Creek in Oley township. According to family traditions, Johannes had found this spot on an earlier prospecting trip. here they built a log cabin, cleared some land and planted their first seeds. His tract of land was warranted in 1720.
Johannes and Bertha had six children before Bertha died in about 1726.
Johannes married (2) Maria Elizabeth Boller in January, 1731. She was born about 1713 in Berks County. Johannes and Maria had ten children who were all born in Oley township. Johannes died in 1753 in Oley, he may be buried at the Schneider/Gheer farm cemetery, Limekiln, Oley, Pa.
His will was proven in 1754. In his will he mentions his first six children by name, but only says "his 10 children with his second wife" and does not name them. Maria died the 2nd of June, 1772 in Oley, Pa
Contributor Alice mentions that his birthplace Spyer used to be spelled Spier which is in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
Find A Grave contributor Dale Keim has made a suggestion
Hi, my name is Dale Keim and I am a direct descendent of Johannes. He was my 6th great grandfather. I have some addition info you might consider adding to his FAG memorial. I was thinking it would be nice to separate out the children by wife so today I thought I would give you what I believe to be true concerning his children with Katarina Berta DeTurk. This is what I have for them, note they were all born
on Manatawny Creek, Oley Valley, Berks County PA
Katarina b. 29 Sep 1708 d. 08 May 1793
Johannes Peter b. 07 May 1711 d. 10 Oct 1782 (my 5th ggf)
Stephen b. 28 Mat 1717 d. ?
Hans Nickel b. 02 Apr 1719 d. 02 Aug 1802 Reading, Berks, PA
Elizabeth b. Feb 1823 d. 1764
Jacob b. 24 Oct 1724 d. 18 Oct 1799 Berks, PA
Hans Nickel (who you equally correctly call Nicholas) is also listed under FAG #47594640. His brother Jacob is listed under FAG #43343883.
Of course most of this is difficult to definitively prove so please don't feel any pressure to incorporate any of this info. I just thought you might have some interest.
Johann Keim (1647 - 1732)
Katarina Bertha DeTurk Keim (1688 - 1731)*
Maria Elizabeth Boller Keim (1713 - 1772)*
Nicholas Keim (1719 - 1802)*
Jacob Keim (1724 - 1799)*
Heinrich Boller Keim (1732 - 1802)*
Susanna Keim Huff (1739 - 1809)*
Jacob Keim Farmstead Family Burial Ground
Created by: Neil D Scheidt
Record added: Oct 15, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 78488225