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Floyd's Northumberland County Genealogy Pages 827 thru 850
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"EZRA C. KELLER, proprietor of the "State Road Hotel" at Weigh Scales, in Ralpho township, has been there a
comparatively brief time, but he has had considerable experience in the hotel business, and his establishment has shown great improvement under his management. Mr. Keller was born Oct. 19, 1867, at Strausstown, Berks Co., Pa., son of George W. Keller and grandson of John O. Keller, and he comes of an old family of Berks county.
The Keller family of Rockland is of German extraction, being descended from John Christophel (Christoffel) Keller, better
known as "Steffel" Keller, who was born in Nitsche, Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany, son of Jacob Keller, a well known
weaver who resided at that place.
Jacob Keller was the father of six children, two of whom died in childhood. Two sons, both named Johan Adam, were
distinguished by being called "der grosse Johan" (Big John) and "der kleine Johan" (Little John). John Christophel came
next, and there was one daughter, Elizabeth Catharine. In 1764 John Christophel Keller, then seventeen years of age, came to America. His father gave him considerable money in gold, which he sewed in a belt and carried on his body. He made the voyage on the "Brittania", Captain Arnot, from Rotterdam to Philadelphia, where young Keller landed September 26th. From Philadelphia he walked to Rockland township, Berks county, where he found a home with the Reichert family, who werealso from Nitsche, Mrs. Reichert having at one time worked for his father. With them he followed his trade of weaver. In 1765, at the age of eighteen, he married Catharine Delp, daughter of John Nicholas Delp, a large landholder of Rockland,and soon after his marriage secured a tract of land from his father-in-law. He began to clear this land, and it is said his wife
assisted in the work. This home remained in the connection for over one hundred years, and the old log house, built before 1770, is still standing and in good condition. Stoffel Keller died there, in November, 1834, at which time he was living with his son-in-law, Squire Joseph Specht. His property in Rockland comprised about forty acres. He was a man of great force of character and considerable intelligence, was a school teacher, and preserved his mental vigor to the last. He served in the war of the Revolution. His wife, Catharine, died over ten years before him. Their children were as follows: (1) Maria, 1767-1850, married Michael Welder and had nine children. (2) Jacob married Betsy, daughter of John Specht, and they lived and died near Pricetown. They had children: John, who married Elizabeth Wahl; Catharine, wife of Henry Noll; Rebecca, Mrs. Buskirk; Lydia, Mrs. Wahl; and Daniel. (3) Catharine married Daniel Specht and (second) Peter Muthart, and had five children. (4) Conrad married Polly Neiman, whose first husband was killed by the Indians in 1781. Their children were John, who married Esther Clouser; George, who married Lucy Bast; David, who married and lived in New York City; Charles, a prominent citizen of Berks county and later of Montgomery county (where he died March 7, 1897, aged eighty years), who married Harriet Moyer. (5) Elisabeth married Henry Moyer and had seven children. (6) Susan married Joseph Specht, Esq., and they had seven children. She died in 1832 and he subsequently married a Muthart, by whom he had two sons. He died in 1854. (7) George married Kate Keller and they lived and died near Pricetown. Their children were Abraham, Magdalena and Joseph. (8) Magdalena married Henry Sterner and had six children. (9) Abraham married Magdalena Specht, daughter of John and sister of Squire Joseph Specht, and they had two children, both of whom married, and both moved to Wauseon, Ohio, where their descendants reside. (Benjamin who was married four times, last time to Mrs. Sarah DeLong, daughter of Squire Joseph Specht, was a son or a brother of Abraham.) (10) Samuel died unmarried at the age of twenty-six years. (11) John married Betsy Egolf. They had no children. (12) Mary (Peggy), 1799-1879, married Jacob
Sterner and had eight children.
From this source came John O. Keller, grandfather of Ezra C. Keller. He was born in Rockland township, Berks county, and
followed farming at Pricetown, that county, where he died. He and his wife Sarah had children: Jacob, John, Joel, Henry, Daniel, George W., Sarah, Mrs. Reinheimer, Mrs. David Welder and David.
George W. Keller, son of John O. Keller, was a stationary engineer as well as farmer. For eighteen years he lived upon a
farm near Fleetwood, Berks county. He subsequently farmed at Shaefferstown and thence moved to Strausstown, Berks county, where he still makes his home. He has continued to follow farming to the present. He has been twice married, his
first union being with Henrietta Sheaffer, daughter of Daniel Sheaffer, his second to Leanda Gerhert. His children, all by the first union, were: Mary, Oscar and Ezra C., the last named being the only survivor.
Ezra C. Keller was reared upon the farm. After spending four years at Akron, Lancaster Co., Pa., he returned home and went to school for a year. He then located at Helfenstein, Schuylkill county, where he was engaged as a clerk for John Purcel & Co. two years, at the end of that time going to Shamokin, where he became a clerk for P. A. Haas. He was thus employed for four months, after which he took a position as clerk at the "Eagle Hotel," where he remained three years and seven months, having charge of the stables for two years. In 1896 he bought the "Eagle Hotel," which he conducted for two years, selling out to George Brewer. For the next four and one half years he conducted the "Mansion House," and then for a similar periodhad the "Forks Hotel." On Nov. 1, 1907, he bought his present place, the "State Road Hotel" at Weigh Scales, where he has made many friends during the short time he has been at that point. Under his direction the establishment has been vastly improved, and travelers are given special attention. His hotel is a popular place for dinner and supper parties, and the patronage is steady. Mr. Keller has won the respect of the community, where he is regarded as a most desirable citizen. He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and of the Improved Order of Red Men, and is a Republican in political sentiment.
Mr. Keller married Mary A. Gross, daughter of Eberhart and Lena (Hater) Gross, and they have three children: Viola H.,
Lena H. and Catharine I. The family are Lutherans in religious connection."
At this time, I have no connection to this family. Susan