I have put together some information on my Kelchner/Keltner line please feel free to help me correct anything that is inaccurate or to source the information. Thank you!
Michael Kelchner was born about 1710 in the Lower Palatinate, Germany. He died in
Frederick County, VA before April 5, 1754, this date is when his will was proved and recorded in Frederick County, VA. Michael’s parents are unknown at this time.
Michael married Elisabeth Stapleton in Berks County, PA about 1734. Elisabeth was
the daughter of Robert Stapleton and Anna Marie Wiegand. She was born April 3,
1719 in Highland, Orange County, NY as recorded in the Trinity Lutheran Church
records. She died 1771. The Kelchner and Stapleton families lived in a community
of German immigrants, the spellings of their names can greatly vary Stebeldon,
Stibbledown Stepelton, Wygand and Wygant.
Michael arrived on the shores of Philadelphia, PA September 18, 1733. He sailed on
the Pennsylvania Merchant whose captain was John Stedman. It left from Rotterdam
to Plymouth then onto Pennsylvania. His brother Hans Gorg “George” Kelchner had
come over on the same ship with the same captain two years before on September 11,
1731, by way of Rotterdam to Dover then onto Philadelphia, PA. Tradition says that
four Kelchner brothers came to America; Hans George, Matthias, Michael and Henry.
They all settled in eastern Pennsylvania.
About 1751-1752 Michael and his father-in-law Robert Stapleton moved their families
from Oley, Berks County, PA to the Shenandoah Valley of VA.
Michael and Elisabeth had five known children:
Michael Kelchner born about 1734-1736 Berks County, PA died April 22, 1820 in
Schoenerville, Lehigh County, PA.
Eve Kelchner born about 1738 in Berks County, PA died April 21, 1815 in Dry Run, Shenandoah County, Virginia.
Henry Kelchner born about 1738-1740 in Oley, Berks County, PA m. Barbara Lindemuth
1760 died February 20/June 16, 1816 in Washington County, VA.
Anna Maria “Mary” Keltner born 1742 in Maiden Creek, Richmond Township, Berks
County, PA m. Johann George Lindemuth died about 1794 in Berks County, PA.
Elisabeth Kelchner born Sunday (May) 22, 1746 (as recorded in the Moslem Lutheran Church records) in Maiden Creek, Richmond Township, Berks County, PA died about 1793.
Anna Catherine Kelchner born November 15, 1748 Maiden Creek, Richmond Township, Berks County, PA died March 10, 1833 Gallis County, OH.
Sources: U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Trinity Lutheran Church Records, Moslem Lutheran Church records, “The Michael Kelchner Family” published by Clarice Haynes Hellums printed by Dogwood Printing of Ozark, MO, may be purchased
from the author at 931 McClure, Memphis, TN 38116, copywright 1989, Michael Kelchner's will was proved April 5, 1754, and recorded in Frederick County, Virginia Will Book 2, pgs. 221-222. The dates of the children's births and death are unverifed, aquired from other genealogists.
Henry Keltner was born about 1738-1740 in Oley, Berks County, PA. He
is believed to have died February 20/June 16, 1816 in Washington County, VA.
Henry was the son of Michael Kelchner and Elizabeth Stapleton.
Henry married Barbara Lindamood/Lindemuth/Lindenmuth in 1760.
Barbara was the daughter of George Lindamood/Lindemuth/Lindenmuth
and Maria Anna Drach. She was born about 1740 in Shenandoah County,
VA. She died about 1808-1812 in Wythe County, VA.
It is believed the Keltner families moved to Wythe County, VA between
Henry and Barbara had eight known children:
Eve Keltner born about 1761 died about 1830.
Barbara Keltner born about 1763 died about 1868.
Henry Keltner, Jr. born about 1765 died about 1829.
Christina Keltner born about 1770 died about 1857.
Sarah Luticou “Letty” Keltner.
Elizabeth Wright “Letty” Keltner born about 1773 died about 1840.
Michael Keltner born about 1776 in Shenandoah County, VA m. Sarah
Rogers on December 10, 1798 in Wythe County, VA died before May 1, 1835
in Adair County, KY.
John Henry Keltner m. Nancy Rogers December 16, 1805 in Wythe County,
Sources: Will of George Lindamood/Lindemuth, most of this information was gathered
from other genealogists unable to verify but this is the consensus.
Michael Keltner was born about 1776 in Shenandoah County, VA. He died before May 1, 1835 in Adair County, KY. This is the date of William
Rogers death. His will stated that his daughter Sarah was the widow
of Michael Keltner. Michael Keltner was the son of Henry
Keltner/Kelchner and Barbara Lindamood/Lindemuth.
Michael married Sarah “Sally” “Nancy” Rogers/Rodgers on December 10,
1798 in Wythe County, VA. Sarah was the daughter of William Rogers/Rodgers and Velleta “Letty” R. Downing. She was born 1784 in Montgomery County, VA. (Wythe County, VA was taken from Montgomery County in 1790.) She died December 1854 of old age in Adair County, KY.
In 1810 Michael and Sarah had 2 sons under the age of ten and four daughters under the age of ten. They were living in Wythe County, VA.
By 1820 Michael, his nephew Henry and their father-in-law William
Rogers all moved their families to Adair County, KY. Michael and one
of his sons were engaged in agriculture. One son is under ten years
old, two sons are between ten and sixteen, five daughters are under ten,
one daughter is between ten and sixteen, and one daughter between
sixteen and twenty-six. In 1830 there is a male between the age of
eighty and ninety living with the family, it is unknown who he was at
this time. They have one son living at home between the age of fifteen
and twenty, one daughter between the age of twenty to thirty, three daughters between the ages of fifteen to twenty, and one daughter
between ten and fifteen.
Michael and Sarah had ten children eight are known:
Michael Keltner Jr. born December 1, 1800 in Wythe County, VA married Elizabeth
“Betsey” Rogers on December 12, 1818 in Adair County, KY.
John Richard Keltner born about 1804 in Wythe County, VA married Mary “Polly”
Coffey on December 2, 1829 in Green County, KY died about 1900 in Adair County, KY.
Sarah “Nancy” Keltner born about 1805 in Wythe County, VA married Robert White
Price died July 1866.
William Keltner born about 1806 in Wythe County, VA m1. Sally Childress m.2 Paulina Willis.
Sally “Letty” M. Keltner born about 1811/1806 in Wythe County, VA married Calvin Rogers.
Margana/Morgana “Anna” “Ann” “Annie” Keltner born about 1809 in Wythe County, VA married Zidner Coffey on January 20, 1831 died about 1882.
Elizabeth Wright Keltner born about 1819 in Adair County, KY m. Sampson Green Rogers.
Mary “Polly” Keltner born ? m. Thomas Majors in 1823 in Adair County, KY.
Sources: Federal Census Records for 1810-1830, Kentucky Death Records, 1852-1953,
Will of William Rogers.
John Richard Keltner was born about 1804 in Wythe County, VA. He died about 1900
in Adair County, KY. He was the son of Michael Keltner and Sarah “Sally” “Nancy” Rogers sometimes spelled Rodgers.
John married Mary “Polly” Coffey on December 2, 1829 in Green County, KY. Polly
was the daughter of Ananias “Nias” Coffey and Jane Hindman. She was born December
14, 1814/1815 in Green County, KY. She died February 15, 1901 in Adair County, KY.
In 1830 John and Mary were living in Adair County, KY. There is another male about
the same age as John living in the household. The Keltner, Rogers and Coffey
families are living next to them. By 1840 they had four daughters, two under five years old and two between five and ten years old. In 1850 John is farming. Their daughter Delilah and her husband and Mary’s mother Jane and her children are
living on either side of them just two doors away. In 1860 James and Sally Compton lived next door, the Keltner’s daughter Harriett would soon marry their son Peter. John was farming but soon our nation would be at war. From 1861 through 1865 John
fought for the Union in the Civil War. His rank was a Private in Company D, his regiment was the Thirteenth Kentucky Volunteers. He enlisted on September 25, 1861,
he was mustered in on December 30, 1861 at Camp Hobson KY, he mustered out on
January 12, 1865 at Louisville, KY. In 1870 they are living in Gradyville, Adair
County, KY, their daughter Delilah and her family still live close by. John is
farming. Curtis is the only child still living at home. In 1880 all the children
are married, Delilah and Curtis still live close to their parents. John is still
farming at age seventy-five.
John and Mary had eleven children, eight are known:
A daughter born between 1830-1835 in Adair County, KY.
Delilah Keltner born May 1, 1834 in Adair County, KY m. William Riley Coomer died February 19, 1922 in Adair County, KY.
Sarah Keltner born about 1836 in Adair County, KY.
Sena R. Keltner born about 1837 in Adair County, KY.
Harriett Ermine Keltner born about 1842 in Adair County, KY m. Peter Compton died before 1910 in Adair County, KY.
Ellen V. Keltner born about 1845 in Adair County, KY m. George Whitt Wilcox died
between 1886-1900 in Adair County, KY.
William R. Keltner born about 1849 in Adair County, KY died of dysentery August 1,
1852 in Adair County, KY.
Curtis Luther Keltner born December 6, 1851 in Adair County, KY m. Mary E. Nelson
died of arterial salerotic heart disease March 26, 1943 in Gradyville, Adair County,
KY buried at Morris Chapel in Columbia, KY.
Melissa Fraiser Keltner born June 16, 1854 in Leatherwood, Adair County, KY.
Obituary, Adair County News, Feb. 27, 1901
“Mrs. Mary KELTNER (nee COFFEY) was born in Green County, Ky., on Dec. 14, 1815. At
the age of 14 she was married to John KELTNER and removed to Adair County where
she lived until her death, which occurred on 15th day of Feb., 1901. Her husband was
born in Wythe County, Va., and at the time of his death lacked only a few days of
being 96 years of age. –Mrs. KELTNER was the mother of eleven children, five of
whom died when they were quite small.-- At the time of her death she had 48 grandchildren, 147 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren, making a
total of 218, including her own children. "Aunt Polly," as she was familiarly called,
was a member of the M. E. Church South, and during her long and eventful life lived
a consistent Christian. Her last years were spent at the home of her son, C. L.
KELTNER, who cared for her as a loving son should. She was near 86 years old, and
will be greatly missed.”
Sources: Federal Census Records for 1810-1890, Kentucky Birth Records, 1852-1910,
Kentucky Marriage Records, 1852-1914, Kentucky Death Records, 1852-1953, Obituary of
Mary Keltner published in the Adair County News on February 27, 1901, 1890 Veterans Schedules, Adjutant General’s Report.
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Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
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