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Posted by: maria simmons kagee (ID *****3136) Date: October 27, 2004 at 02:11:04
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ADAM KEEVER, a prominent resident of Monroe Township, Randolph County, Ind., was born in Preble County, Ohio, December 4, 1827. He is the son of Adam Keever and Mary (Fudge) Keever. His great grandparents on his father's side came from Germany, and on his mother's from England. His grandfather and grandmother both cam to Ohio from Pennsylvania and there married, and were the parents of ten children, on of whom was the father of our subject. Adam, the father, was reared to Manhood on the farm and was married at Lebanon and then located in Preble County, where he purchased a farm of 140 acres in the wilderness. He erected his log cabin and made the customary provisions for living the life of a pioneer. In March 1839, he left Preble County and came to Delaware County, Ind., Near Albany, and made an entry of 200 acres of government land, and again started anew in the woods. Twelve children were born to the father, all of whom were reared to maturity. The names of the living are as follows: Sarah Keever, wife of John Alexander; Rachel Keever, wife of Hiram Danes; Eliza Keever, wife of John Isenhart; Daniel Keever, a farmer; Cynthia Keever, wife of John Burdon; George Keever, a farmer; Adam Keever, the subject of this biography.

The mother of these children died in 1829, and was buried in Preble County. The father remained single for a period of two years, and was then united in marriage to Mary Holly. In this second marriage four children were born -- Nancy Keever, wife of John Hobbs; Martha Keever, wife of Jerry Westley; Mary Keever, deceased, and Lucas Keever, killed in the war of the rebellion. The father spent the greater portion of his days after coming to Indiana in Delaware County, and the last six years of this life were passed with his son Adam. He passed away in the fall of 1873, his remains being interred in the Fairfield Cemetery. The second wife died in 1863, and was laid to rest in the same place. However, the father married a third time, in 1865, but his wife survived only tow years, dying in 1867, and was buried beside the other two. The father was a hard working industrious man, and was universally respected.

Adam, one of the four generations, was reared on the farm, with no advantages of education. He was put to the wheel almost in his infancy, and remained at home until he arrived at his majority, after which, for four or five years, he "worked out" by the month as a farm hand. When twenty-five years of age he was married to Miss Martha Jonakin, daughter of Eli and Mary Jonakin. He then located on the tract of land -- 140 acres -- which his father gave him. This was in a complete state of nature, the primitive forests still standing. For fifteen years he lived in his rude log cabin, at the end of which time he built his present house, which marks his early home. As a keepsake he still holds the 140 acres given him by his father, and it is now a fine and handsomely improved farm. Six children were born to him and his estimable help mate: Eliza J. Keever, wife of Will Wallace; John Keever, deceased; Frank Keever, a farmer; Anna Keever, wife of Ed Morrill; Sigle Keever, a farmer, and Miss Nina Keever. The wife and mother was laid to rest in May 1891, in the Macksville Cemetery. The father, one son and one daughter still live in the old homestead to keep the latchstring out to many of their warm and appreciative friends. Here they may be found enjoying life, with the consciousness that their enjoyment was justly earned. The family are members of the Methodist Church, and the father and son Republican in politics. The family is all held in the highest respect by the community of the township, none are more deserving of the estimation that is accorded them.

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