ANDREW KEYSER m. MARY PALMER
ANDREW KEYSER, believed to be descended
from Dirck Keyser, was born October
15, 1759, (most likely in Germantown, Philadelphia, PA) and died May 27, 1835 in
Belmont County, OH. Andrew married Henry
Palmer’s daughter MARY PALMER on
December 27, 1778, likely in Washington County PA and
not Belmont County, Ohio. Mary was born April 22,
1760 and she died on the 12th of June 1844.
They married on December 27,
1778. They migrated to Belmont County sometime around 1800,
settling in Mead Township and farming there. Andrew is
buried in a cemetery along Ramsey Road (Old Dixon Myers farm) in
Section 14, Belmont County, Mead Township. Mary is buried
alongside her husband. Andrew and Mary became the
parents of 13 children:
1. SARAH KEYSER, born
January 2 1780, Pennsylvania;
died 1850 Belmont County, OH.
Hinkle). One daughter
Margaret married Samuel Wise.
of gravestones in High
Cemetery Park OH
Christopher Hinkle Died Apr. 1, 1861 In his 84 yr.
Sarah, Wife of Christopher Hinkle, Died Feb. 8, 1850, Aged 70 yrs 16 dys.
2. HANNAH KEYSER, born 1781, Pennsylvania;
3. WILLIAM KEYSER,
born 1783; died young.
II, born May 27, 1784, Pennsylvania; died 1856 Belmont County OH.
Margaret Workman and had 10 children together.
5. ANDREW KEYSER, JR., born
Sept. 28, 1786; died 1814;
married NANCY WILLIAMS on March 14, 1811.
6. JESSE KEYSER, born
Jan. 16, 1788; died
June 14, 1825.
Nancy Dunfee on Dec. 4, 1807. They had 11 children.
"Polly" KEYSER, born
March 8, 1792; died 1885; m. JOSHUA SHAHAN Nov. 30, 1809, Belmont Co, OH
8. THOMAS KEYSER, born
Oct. 4, 1794; died
July 29, 1882;
m. Susanna Allender.
Had 12 children.
reads: "Thomas Keyser, Died July 29, 1882, Aged 87 yrs 9 mos 25
This grave is located on the farm that Thomas
and his wife Susanna Allender Keyser owned.
9. JANE KEYSER, born
August 2, 1797; married GEORGE
10 and 11. Twins born
April 25, 1800 in Pennsylvania:
ISAAC KEYSER, d. 1868 Ohio; m. (1) MARY
ANN AMBLER; m. (2) REBECCA STEENROD; Isaac died Valentine's Day, 1868.
Mary and Isaac had 8 children,
and Rebecca and Isaac had 8 more children!!
JACOB KEYSER, d. 1871; m. (1) HESTER; (2) MARGARET
(nee DUNFEE) MYERS.
12. ELIZABETH KEYSER, born
July 1802; married JOHN SCOTT,
1822, Belmont Co, OH. 9 children.
13. HENRY PALMER KEYSER, born November 23, 1805; died. June
16, 1883; m. EMMELINE "AMY" BELL 1825
(said to be 1/2 Native American).
Henry and Amy operated a farm near Wegee, Belmont County, OH, and had nine
children. Henry died on January 16, 1883 and is buried in the Keyser
Cemetery Belmont County, OH on the old Dixon Myers farm in Sec. 14, Mead
Township. One of their daughters was Nancy J. Keyser,
born March 22, 1844 and died young on December 24, 1850.
Palmer and Emmeline Bell Keyser had nine children. Seven of the
children grew up to marry and many of them raised large families
of their own. A sad story, however, emerges as one looks into
the facts behind the gravestone pictured here. Henry and
Emmeline’s second child and first daughter
was Nancy B. (probably Bell) Keyser who was born on September 2,
and died atthe
age of six on December 20, 1834 just five days before Christmas.
It had to be heartbreaking for them as they made funeral
arrangements for their daughter while trying to have some kind
of Christmas for the other four children. Almost ten years
later, Emmeline gives birth to their last child on March 29,
1844. She is a beautiful little girl and they name her Nancy
Jane. Tragically, Nancy Jane dies the day before Christmas in
1850 also at the age of six years.
The grief that befell the family put a
pall of sadness on Christmas for
many years thereafter.
on Ray Ramsey Road, Mead Township
Photos: Henry Palmer and Amy Bell Keyser:
WILLIAM KEYSER m. MARGARET "PEGGY"
This line continues with WILLIAM KEYSER II
May 27, 1784 in Germantown, Pennsylvania, and died November 17, 1856 in Belmont County
OH. William married MARGARET "PEGGY" WORKMAN
19, 1805 in Belmont County, daughter of William
Workman and Phoebe Critchfield.
Peggy was born about 1784 in
Maryland. Her line is traced back to Richard John Workman (Dirk Jan
Woertman) who came to America in 1647 from Amsterdam. Peggy and
William's graves are below:
The 12 children of William Keyser and MARGARET WORKMAN are:
1. AMOS W. KEYSER,
b. 1807, Belmont County; d. May 13, 1889, Limestone, Marshall County,
2. JANE KEYSER, who was born after 1807.
3. SMILEY KEYSER, who married twice: (1)
MARGARET GALLOWAY; m. (2) ELIZABETH BAKER.
4. SARAH KEYSER who married JOSEPH HARRIS
5. WILLIAM KEYSER, died 1856; buried at Rock
Hill Cem, Bellaire, OH. He had married HANNAH RANKIN.
6. ANDREW KEYSER, born 1809 in Ohio; m. ANN
HARRIS 1831 WV.
7. SYLVIA OR SYBYL KEYSER, b. 1811; m. JOHN
C. HARRIS, April 14, 1831.
8. JOSHUA KEYSER, (1814-1884 Ohio)
9. ALEXANDER KEYSER, b. Bef 1820.
10. ELIZABETH OR ELIZA KEYSER, b. 1820; m. WILLIAM
11. MARY ANNE KEYSER, b. 1826.
12. ROBINSON KEYSER, b. 1827 Ohio; m. ELIZABETH
(Note: Contact Skip Maygar to
see his death certificate which states that his father was "born in
Germantown, Pa. This would place Andrew and his wife there in 1784 and support
those who say that Andrew is descended from the Dirck Keyser (1635-1714) of
Amsterdam who emmigrated to Germantown in 1688.")
AMOS KEYSER m. MARGARET WHITE
AMOS W. KEYSER, a farmer, was born
1807 in Belmont County OH, and died May 13, 1889 in Limestone, Marshall
County, WV. He married MARGARET WHITE April 02, 1829 in Marshall County, WV, daughter of
James White and Elizabeth McDoll.
Amos’ Will was dated 30th day of May 1888, one year prior to his death.
Children of Amos and Margaret Keyser are:
WILLIAM KEYSER, 1831-1889.
Line 1) ELIZABETH KEYSER, 1832-1870
MARY JANE KEYSER, 1835-1875; m. SHIPLEY V. FISHER.
JAMES KEYSER, 1837-after May 1888.
MARGARET ANNE KEYSER, 1839-1866; m. WILSON SNYDER.
JOHN LOVE KEYSER,
Graves Reg. Card from Skip Maygar.
HANNAH KEYSER (TWIN), born 1845; d. before 1888; m. BENJAMIN
SARAH HARRIS KEYSER (TWIN), b. 1845; d. 1914, m.
(1) WILLIAM MARTIN COFFIELD m. (2) RUBLE.
DUAL LINES FROM ANDREW KEYSER:
ELIZABETH KEYSER AND JOHN NULL
+ JOHN LOVE KEYSER AND MARTHA HEATON
ELIZABETH KEYSER was
born 1832 in Belmont County, Ohio, and died 1870 in WV. She married
JOHN H. NULL in West Virginia in 1856.
John H. Null was
the son of JOHN NULL and ANN LINVILL.
Children of Elizabeth Keyser and John Null are:
MARY MARGARET, Anna or Ida, Elmer,
Alexander, and Eliza Null.
LOVE KEYSER was born 1842, and died in 1896. He is buried
at Unity Cem., New Athens, OH. John married MARTHA
HEATON 1865. John was a Private in the Sixth
Regiment of West Virginia Infantry Volunteers, from which he was
discharged in June 1865. It is my understanding that John Love fought
for the Union in the Civil War, and his brothers William and James
were part of the Confederate troops. Family tradition
says that John Love helped his brothers escape from a military prison and
then suffered his own imprisonment for that offense. John Love had 8 children: Emma Viola, Amos Elmer,
Charles White, ALVA GRANT, William
Chalmer, John Calvin, Carrie Jane and Annie Laurie Keyser.
John Love & Martha A.
Photo courtesy of Beverly Bugge
& Larry Perkins.
John L. Keyser
July 6, 1842
Oct. 24, 1896
Martha A. Keyser
Feb. 16, 1845
Mar. 17, 1897
Photo thanks to
Census for Washington, Marshall, WV [My database info]
Jno. L. KEYSER
[John Love Keyser], 37 year old Head of
Household, was born in Ohio and resided in WV. His father was born
in Ohio and his mother was born in Ireland. His wife, Martha
Keyser [Martha Mae Hutton Keyser] was born in WV; age 31,
Their children residing with them in 1880 were:
Emma V. KEYSER,
age 14, born in WV [Emma Viola Keyser, 1866-1952]
Amos KEYSER, age
12, born in WV [Amos Elmer Keyser, 1867-1926]
age and birthplace not listed in the Census
[This child in my database is Charles White Keyser, 1870 (age 10)
age 5, born in WV. [William Chalmer Keyser 1875-1953]
Jno. C. KEYSER,
age 1, born in WV [John Calvin Keyser 1878-1882]
Alva G. KEYSER,
age 7 is listed as a "daughter" (Not!). Born in WV.
[Alva Grant Keyser 1872-1956 m. Amanda Leona Jefferson 1898]
2 children not yet born:
CARRIE JANE KEYSER 1882 & ANNIE LAURIE KEYSER 1889.
DUAL LINES CONTINUED
MARGARET NULL, who married
HAMILTON JEFFERSON, believed to be a part of the Thomas Jefferson
lineage. Mary and John were the parents
of AMANDA LEONA JEFFERSON, who was born to them in 1879
in WV. Amanda married her cousin Alva
Grant Keyser. Amanda died in 1956 in Ohio.
Census for Webster, Marshall, WV [My database info]
John JEFFERSON, age 30, Farmer
[John Hamilton Jefferson, born 1854]
Maggie JEFFERSON, age 26, " House Keeper"
[Mary Margaret Null,
Jerrie JEFFERSON Son age 6 [Jerry E. Jefferson]
John JEFFERSON Son age 4
Franklin Hamilton Jefferson]
Manda JEFFERSON Daughter age 3
Leona Jefferson m. Alva Grant Keyser 1898]
6 children not yet born:
William, Adda, Russell, Charles, Earl and Bessie
Line 2 continued)
Alva and Leona Keyser:
Young Amanda. Lovely. ==>
<== Young Alva
Grant Keyser. Handsome.
ALVA GRANT KEYSER was born in 1872,
and died in 1956 in OH. He married his first
cousin once removed AMANDA LEONA JEFFERSON
in 1898. Alva and “Leona” became dairy
farmers in Northampton, OH.
The Keyser home in Cuyahoga was
originally built by the Best family in 1877 with J. C. Johnston, an in-law
and master builder erected the farmhouse. In 1905 the Keyser family
purchased the home. The Keysers sold a portion of their land to the
City of Cuyahoga Falls in 1986, and then the final portion in 1993. This
property is now known as Keyser Park, in Cuyahoga Falls and is named in
honor of Alva. This is the last home in the area (783 West Bath Road)
which has "Italianate and Eastlake style influence" per
Carrie Keyser Swain was a local historian and instrumental in forming the
society. She led the restoration of "Old Center Schoolhouse" as a
meeting place and museum for citizens. The one-room schoolhouse was
destroyed by a tornado on July 12, 1992 that took the schoolhouse off of its
foundation and carried it 75 feet away, smashing it flat. Artifacts
were strewn afar also.
Alva Grant Keyser and Amanda
Leona Jefferson were
the parents of Eula Ruth, Carrie Margaret, Martha Mae, Gladys Marie,
and William Erwin as well as John
John Earl, nicknamed “Jack”, was born in 1907 in Ohio.
He was married twice.
<==The first time to Edna Gardner.
The second time to Barbara
Marriage License for Jack and Barbara Bernert Keyser
warm and loving woman, is the one who helped me originally with my research of the Keyser
and Bernert lines. Barbara is a descendant of names such as
Manton, Joseph Martin Bernert, Christian Bernert, Maria Roff.
Barbara passed away October 22, 2003; I miss
1300 SE 10 Street, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33315
NEW: WWI REGISTRATION CARD FOR CHRIST
BERNERT OF 328 RESPELLE ST, DETROIT.
Crist was born
8/10/1881 in Hungary. He was working at the Dodge Bros. shop as a tool
and die maker.
NEW: WWII REGISTRATION CARD FOR CHRIST
1920 Wayne County MI Federal Census taken on January 13th. ED 223,
318 Rapolle Street?
Chris Bernert, Head, Age 40 (born 1880), emigrated to American
in 1913. Still listed as "Alien" versus "Naturalized"
in 1920. Chris, his wife Mary (age 38), his daughter Lizzie (age 14), his
son Peter (age 12) and his daughter Barbara (age 10) all were born in Hungary to
Hungarian parents. It is listed that Mary could not read nor write, but
the others could. Chris was a factory laborer, and Mary did day
He passed away after a traffic accident at Moross and 7 Mile Rd. He was a
passenger and received a large bump on the head that lead to his death.
Peter Bernert SR -
brother of Crist Bernert:
NEW: 1940 Wayne County
MI Federal Census. 5131 Cooper Ave. in Detroit.
Jack lived in Akron OH in 1935.
Barbara in Detroit. Jack in 1940 was a Repairman of radios and washing
machines, household appliances, etc. Barbara was a secretary for a
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footstone marks Andrew Keyser's grave at Keyser Cem.,
Mary Palmer Keyser, wife of Andrew; Keyser Cemetery
on Ray Ramsey Road, Mead Twnshp, Ohio
Henry Palmer Keyser was the 13th and last child born to
Andrew and Mary Palmer Keyser. He married Amy Emmeline Bell in 1825.
Keyser Cemetery, OH
Isaac Andrew Keyser, b. March 11, 1834 to Henry Palmer and
Emmeline Bell Keyser. Isaac married Rosannah Dunfee on April 5,
1860, was a Civil War veteran and died on October 18, 1891.
Isaac's wife, Rosanna Dunfee Keyser with son, James Henry
Keyser. Rosanna b. 1838 Mead Township; d. April 2, 1897.
Amos Elmer Keyser, son of John Love
Keyser. b.14 Dec 1867; d. 28 Apr 1926 Greenville, PA; Buried Unity
Cem., New Athens OH
Alva Grant Keyser Cutting Corn at Keyser farm, Northampton
Township. Now Keyser Park in Cuyahoga Falls.
Alva Grant Keyser 1932
Alva Grant Keyser (on left) and his first cousin Ross
Emmett Keyser. They were both grandsons of Amos W. Keyser.
1/2 ft. carving erected at Keyser Park of Chief Pontiac, Ottawa Indian.
Keyser Park is near Northampton and West Bath roads in Cuyahoga Falls,
Keyser Family Farm in Cuyahoga Ohio
for Grant Keyser, a son of John and Barbara Keyser
Martha Keyser Shaw
Harold Shaw, Martha Keyser Shaw's husband and president of Vaughn
John Love Keyser's Home