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Musgrave to Mosgrave by Glenna James Mosgrave. Ceramic Tumbler with Lid. That very fact, since they were all of robust constitution, increased their hap- piness. The material for their clothing was home- raised, home-spun, home-woven and home-made. The annual patch of flax, and the well-cared-for flock of sheep served well their part. Their fuel was not brought from far, and both beef and pork in season was of their own raising.
In the Fall, a deer or two, and in the Spring, now and then, a string of fish, caught by the boys, were sure to come. If water and rye-coffee were not always ac- ceptable, apples in their time furnished both cider and vinegar.
There are , military records available for the last name Keller. Grandpa Adam Keller Jr. The town of Rastadt now St. In England, it can be an occupational name for a person who made caps or cauls, deriving from the Middle English word kellere , or perhaps the name of an executioner, deriving from the Old English word cwellere. Adam and Emily Keller overlap in screen shots here. You may also want to consider posting a query to the Community Message Boards at Genealogy Today to get assistance from other researchers on your most elusive Keller ancestors.
Bread was made of rye-flour. This rye was raised in their own fields, threshed with their own flails, ground in their own mills, and baked in their own ovens. Lumber was taken from logs, grown in their own woods, and sawed on their own sawmill. Chest- nuts, hickorynuts, hazelnuts and wild plums were found in abundance in the Fall of the year. The highest mountain and the lowest marshes were for huckelberries.
The little medicine needed was prescribed by the mother from her "Herb-bed" in the garden. There were no laws yet prohibiting hunting or fishing on one's own land, or on land not yet taken up. They made little money, but that honestly, and always spent less than they made. In the Fall, the underbrush of the intended "Newground" was grubbed; in the Winter, the cord-wood of oak and hickory and pine was cut, and in the Spring, posts and rails were made of chestnut.
High grounds were for buckwheat, and low for meadows; from both "the little busy bee" gathered its sweet stores, which, if not placed in provided boxes, were later found in hollow trees. Such are a few hints in the picture of "a happy family" of the olden time.
The war is known as the "French and Indian War" and ended after seven years by the defeat of the French. The Thirteen English Colonies were located along the Atlantic, whilst France held possessions in Canada, and down along- the Mississippi. Between these two opposing powers, the early settlers had up to that time quiet possession, and there also different tribes of Indians were then swarming.
This sad condition of affairs caused those settlers long and great distress. In time of war the proverb, "might makes right," often finds application. France, par- ticularly, having a valuable fur trade with the In- dians, stirred them up against the settlers who were loyal to England. In the minutes of the Penn- sylvania German Society, Vol. Richards, of Reading, Pa. That spark came from the field of Braddock's defeat in , and, in its train, there swarmed amongst the frontier set- tlements of the Province hundreds of scalping parties, carrying death and destruction with them everywhere, whose work did not finally cease until the year At this time the Blue Mountains practically marked the limit of actual settlement on the part of the white men, and it was along this range that the storm burst in all its fury.
Standing as it did on the verge of civilization and forming in itself a natural barrier, it was but in accordance with reason to occupy it for the pur- pose of defense and to there stay the further en- croachment of the enemy. It is well here to bear in mind the fact that the attacks and depredations of the Indians were not made by large bodies or any number combined, neither were the tactics of civilized warfare followed; but parties of from three to ten or twenty would creep noiselessly past alert and watchful sentries and suddenly fall upon their unsuspecting victims and just as suddenly disappear 28 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY after their horrible work had been completed, long- before the alarm could be spread and the most active troops overtake them.
The settlers might at times en- gag-e in similar pursuit of game, but as a rule had other work to do. Father Keller was at the time eng-aged with his team in seeding, and so far from his house, that he was not aware of the raid until his return in the evening.
The bloody body of his son 14 years old found in a field at a distance from the house gave some light on the horrible event. Evidently that oldest son would also have been taken alive, but being fleet of foot, could not be captured. The probability is, that he first endeavored to hide in or behind the barn, and when that would not answer, ran across the field in the direction of Laurel Hill Bucks- Berg- along the creek. This hill was covered thickly with evergreens — laurel, spruce, etc.
The Indian in pursuit of him, fearing that the neighborhood might be alarmed, shot and killed him with an arrow, then took his scalp as a trophy. Simon II, 5 was keeping" the wild pigeons away from some g-round already sown, and thus escaped.
How Anna Marg-aret II, 2 twelve and one-half years old escaped is not known. The Lord had pity and spared her to comfort and assist especially the little brother II, 10 left in the cradle, not yet one- half year old. The captives were hurried away along and across the mountain. The Indians kindled a fire the same night, the air being cold. The mother had the agony of seeing the scalp which she recog- nized of her first-born being dried by the fire. Montreal, Canada was the point aimed at fully three hundred miles away. The mother was bar- tered ofif to some French officers whom as a captive she served three years, yet was always treated with respect and kindness.
This whole raid was un- doubtedly planned; and if the Indians were hired to bring just such a German woman to attend to such service, could any one be surprised? John Jacob, 3 years and 2 months old, was lost. Of Joseph, account will be given later. What each member of this once happy family, and especially the mother, had to suffer in those three years, tongue cannot tell nor pen describe. Prompted by this feel- ing-, the "Teed Blockhouse," about one and one- half mile southward, was erected without delay, where the settlers, old and young-, gathered in the evening- for safety during- the night.
Frontier Forts, Vol. For three long years the motto, "What is home without a mother? A deep solitude and sadness, like a pall, rested over those smitten hearts. Equally, and possibly more forsaken, must have been the mother in her captivity. Finally, the English gained telling victories over the French in Canada. On September 6, , nearly ten thousand British troops advanced against the city, and two days later it was taken. The prisoners of war kept there were at once discharged.
The iron cag-e was broken, and the birds put to their wings to find their homes again. At that time, the settlers of Northampton County, Pa. It once thus so happened that Father Keller was on his way to market with a load of grain, and, by accident, heard of the re- turning prisoners of war.
A new hope kindled in his soul ; he could not continue his journey; but unhitching his team, he hastened his return on horseback. As the good Lord had willed, his wife, well preserved, had reached home sooner than he himself.
The 3 Rastatt's - The Story of the Keller Family History (Germany, Russia, The census also shows that this branch of the family (the. (14) HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 15 whose rills and rivulets, Erbacli river is formed, and flows down the valley to the Saar and the Mosel rivers. Near by.
What such a meeting was October 20, can never be told. Five years later Joseph also effected a safe re- turn from his Indian captivity. More than two years after the mother's return, another child II, 11 was added to the family. About this time, Anna Margaret, the only daughter, was married to a Mr. Miller II, 3 , who later served as a captain under Gen. George Washington.
During- the Revolutionary War, Joseph also II, 7 served in the army — a so-called "Seven Months Man" Taking- all these thing's into consideration, we can easily see that their cup was often one of sor- row. The deep wounds, smitten by the Indian raid, could heal over, but, like the wounds in the heart-wood of a tree, could never heal out. The first part was restless and often miserable, the second quiet and happy. It may be compared to the famous River Rhine — almost eig-ht hundred miles in length — rolling-, tossing and tumbling- down the Mountains of Grisons in Switzerland; then quietly and majestically moving- forward in its deep channel throug-h the Netherlands to the North Sea.
He lived in his own house, by the side of the never-failing- spring- of pure water. The terrors of the seven-year French and Indian War passed over — the seven-year Revolutionary War shook the colonies from center to circumference, but it also passed away. Whatever clouds dark- ened the horizon, the sun finally, because of that darkness, shone forth with increased splendor. At that time the Plainfield Reformed Congre- gation not yet union was organized, and the first church erected. There the family found a spir- itual home, and were permitted to share the rich comforts of Christian fellowship in the means of grace.
About that time, likely, a second dwelling house was built only a few rods to the north of the present fourth house, built by the late Mr. Reich- ard. North of that some rods farther, all in line with the spring-, stood the low double log- barn, also built long- before, as its decaj' testified.