I have jumped on this recently and was interested to see your postings. Years ago I also researched my branch of the Keever/Kever's. I got stuck on Jacob Kever, who is listed as one of the first settlers of Van Wert Co. in 1837. I also found that by 1850 he had died. In the household were Anne 51, (I had Anna as the daughter of Aaron and Elizabeth Hoagland) their first son Aaron 22 and his wife Sarah 21 from VA, the other children of Jacob and Anne living there were Elizabeth 24, Margaret 19, Susan 17, John 14, Jacob 10, Matilda 8.
By 1860 Aaron and Sarah had 3 children Samuel 10, Alexander 9, Henry 7, and William 6.
Henry married Mary (Molly) Mangan, (whose parents Anthony and Marie Mangan were born in Kilrush Ireland in 1833 and 1841 respectively,) and had a daughter and a son Henry born in Dixon in 1882. Henry farmed 40 acres of the original 80 that Jacon had pioneered. In 1883, Henry Sr. and their daughter died possibly in a typhoid epidemic. Mary (Molly) Mangan Kever sold the farm and moved to Fort Wayne , IN. Henry Keever married Mary A. Niebuhr on feb 2, 1904 at St. Mary's Church in Fort Wayne. The fourth of their 8 children was my Grandmother Ruth Keever Smith.
Can you now definitly trace Jacob's line? I would appreciate any info you can give. I also think that unless you have documentation you cant claim it. Oral tradition has it that the Keevers came from a Hessian soldier who stayed here after the Revolutionary war, although I havent checked that out yet. Time is always a problem.
Any help would be appreciated.
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