The Keelers of Norwick, Fairfield Co., CT, - USA.

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Descendants of Ralph KEELER

Generation No. 1

1. RALPH1 KEELER was born 1612-1613 in Noddingham, England, and died 1672 in Fairfield Co., CT. He married (2) SARAH Aft June 1662 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT.

Notes !(Ref. Boughton' "Rockwell and Keeler Genealogy") In reference to the early history of Ralph Keeler, who was one of the first settlers of Norwalk, Conn., (the writer refers to the mention of him in the Whitney Genealogy, which is regarded as one of the best authorities on the events of those times), it says (p.79) Ralph Keeler was born in England about 1613 and owned a lot in Hartford, Conn., to which he went about 1639. His first wife not known, second wife married after 1651, was Sarah, Widow of Henry Whelpley, of Norwalk, Conn. The following was copied by the compiler of this work from the Fairfield Probate Court records from the will of Ralph Keeler, Sr., which is filed there. Will dated 20 Aug 1672 and probated the same year, thus proving his death to have occurred in the latter part of that year. He begins by saying he is about 59 years old. First, he bequeaths one third of his estate to his wife, Sarah; Second, to his sons John Keeler and Ralph Keeler, Jr., Samuel Keeler, Jonah Keeler, and Rebecca and Elizabeth Keeler, the remainder of his estate, to be apportioned as afterwards designated. Ralph Keeler (from whom as ancester is traced all of the Keelers embraced in this work) came from Hartford, Conn, where in 1639 the public records show that he was one of its early Puritan settlers and sold out his estate there and moved to Norwalk, as an informant says, 1651/52, where the first mention of him is in a list of those to whom grants of land were made as settlers by the town authorities. Hall's history of Norwalk says that the public records of that act bears no date, but that it is accepted that said grants were made in 1652, which was about two years after commencement of the settlement of Norwalk, Conn. He is next mentioned 18 Dec 1653 as the contractor to whom the town awarded the contract to cut the timber and build a house for Mr. Hanford the pastor of the church there at that time, said house to be 16x26 ft. He is next mentioned in a list of estates in Norwalk, in which his was valued at 150 Pounds, dated 1655. At a town meeting held at Norwalk September, 1688, he contracted to build forty rods of fence. On 20 Feb 1672 an enrollment of the children: Three were mentioned as Keelers. On 16 Dec 1684 it was agreed to aportion home lots to the inhabitants, three acres to hundred, to be drawn for, in which Ralph Keeler, Jr., received two and John Keeler three. On 3 Jan 1687 another valuation of estates was made, in which Ralph Keeler, Jr., is recorded at 170 Pounds 10s and John Keeler 100 Pounds; Samuel Keeler 103 Pounds 10s. 16 Jan 1694 Ralph Keeler, Jr., was named one of a town Committee to procure a minister and dispenser of the Gospel in Norwalk. 25 Oct 1697 Ralph, Jr., and Samuel Keeler and John Whitney were appointed to erect a support to the gallery in the meeting house--the above the last mention on public records at Norwalk of Ralph Keeler as given in Hall's History of Norwalk.

I.B. Barbour, "Families of Early Hartford, Conn.," 1977 states that he was a chimney viewer 1645, one of the signers of the agreement for planting Norwalk June 1650 and there 1652; freeman 1668: died 1672 between Aug 20 & Sept. 10.

Frost, "The Strang Family", 1915, p 150-151,

Frost, "Keeler-Wood Family", 1939, p 1-8.

Jacobus, "Faidrield CT History", 1930, Vol 1: 355-357.

Holmes, "Directory of the Ancestral Heads of New England Families 1620-1700", page 36.

!RESIDENCES: England 1613-1639 Hartford 1639-abt 1652 Norwalk 1653-1660 Jamaca,LI 1663-abt 1665 Norwalk 1665-1672

His father was probably Ralph Keeler.

Wesley Keeler, "Ralph Keeler of Norwalk, CT", Albany NY, 1980. Vol 1.

From "Ralph Keeler of Norwalk, Conn. and his Descendants" Vol 1, Compiled by Wesley B. Keeler, Albany, NY., 1980. Beginning on page 3:

"The identity of Ralph's first wife, the mother of his children, is unknown and Selleck commented that the discovery, 'if ever made ....will be an interesting disclosure.' In his unpublished "History of Wilton, G. Evans Hubbard said Ralph's wife "seems to have been a daughter of Stephen Beckwith who was also a purchaser of Norwalk". He did not say how he reached his conclusions. this Stephen Beckwith had no sons, but may have had daughters. Ralph's second wife was SARAH WHELPLEY, widow of Henry Whelpley. Sarah, whose maiden name is unknown, was married to Edward Treadwell of Huntington, L. I., when he died in 1660 ("Descendants of Edward Treadwell,". New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, 42:177). She then married Henry Whelpley of Fairfield, Conn., who was dead by 6 June 1662. Sarah then married Ralph and after his death in 1672 she married Thomas Skidmore of Fairfield, who died in 1684. Sarah died 14 days later. The Keeler-Wood genealogy (Frost, Josephine C., "Ancestors of Evelyn Wood Keeler", privately printed, 1939) overlooks the fact that Whelpley married the widow of John Whitlock "before" he married the widow of Edward Treadwell (Jacobus, Donald Lines, "History and Genealogy of Families of Old Fairfield" I:684) and assumes that it is Whitlock's widow who later married Ralph Keeler. This leads the author to the faulty conclusion that it was not Sarah Whelpley who was married to Ralph Keeler at the time of his death.

On 27 October 1662 Ralph Keeler of Norwalk sold to "Richard Raimond" of Salem his homelot, dwelling house and four acres adjoining [Norwalk TR 1:64-65]. "The Great migration Begins", Robert Charles Anderson, 1995, Vol. III, p 1564.

Children of Ralph KEELER are: i. REBECCA2 KEELER, b. Hartford, Hartford Co., CT; d. Aft 1699; m. (1) BENJAMIN TURNEY, November 16, 1671, Fairfield, Fairfield Co., CT; m. (2) JOHN HULL, September 21, 1699, Wallingford, New Haven Co., CT. ii. RALPH KEELER, b. 1646-1648, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT; d. Abt 1721, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT; m. GRACE LINDALL, Abt 1673, Norwalk, CT. iii. ISABELLA KEELER, b. 1648, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT; d. Aft 1682; m. THOMAS MOREHOUSE, November 05, 1672. 2. iv. JOHN KEELER, b. Bef 1650, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT; d. Bef May 03, 1720, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT. 3. v. SAMUEL KEELER, b. 1656, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT; d. May 19, 1713, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT. vi. JONAH KEELER, b. 1658, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT; d. 1673-1674. vii. ELIZABETH KEELER, b. 1660, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT; m. (1) SAMUEL HAYES, Aft July 1673; m. (2) JAMES PICKETT, July 17, 1673, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT.

Generation No. 2

2. JOHN2 KEELER (RALPH1) was born Bef 1650 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT, and died Bef May 03, 1720 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT. He married (1) BECKWITH Bef March 19, 1677/78. He married (2) MEHITABLE ROCKWELL June 18, 1678 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT.

Notes !See p. 5 of Boughton's Rockwell Genealogy where he said that they settled at Norwalk, where they probably spent their lives. See also p. 5 of Keeler Family Genealogy.

Wesley B. Keeler, "Keeler Family: Ralph Keeler of NorwalkCT, and some of his Desdendants", 2nd Edition, Baltimore, Gateway Press 1985--Order from the compiler 1283 Maple Hill Rd., Castleton NY 12033, page 5. .

!See Keeler Family Genealogy, p. 5. "He married (1) ___________Beckwith, daughter of Stephen Beckwith, as early settler in Norwalk. A Norwalk deed (4:552) dated 14 Mar. 1714/5 gave land to John's son, John, in return for a quitclaim to the "homelot that was his grandfather Stephen Beckwith's". John married second 18 Jun 1679 in Norwalk Mehitabel Rockwell, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Weed) Rockwell of Stamford."

!Page 4, "Keeler Family Genealogy", When her father's estate was divided among her brother Jonah's three brothers it was on the condition that they pay four pounds each to Jonah's four sisters, who were not named (Patterson). See p. 6 of Boughton's Rockwell Genealogy.

Children of John KEELER and Mehitable ROCKWELL are: i. JEMIMA3 KEELER. ii. SARAH KEELER. iii. ELIZABETH KEELER, b. March 19, 1679/80. iv. JOHN KEELER, b. December 26, 1682. v. MEHITABLE KEELER, b. Abt 1685; d. March 21, 1755. vi. HANNAH KEELER, b. Abt 1687; d. June 29, 1767. vii. DAVID KEELER, b. Abt 1692. viii. DANIEL KEELER, b. Abt 1694. ix. RUTH KEELER, b. Abt 1702; d. September 25, 1763.

3. SAMUEL2 KEELER (RALPH1) was born 1656 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT, and died May 19, 1713 in Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT. He married SARAH SENTION/ST. JOHN March 10, 1681/82 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT, daughter of Mark St. John and Elizabeth Stanley.

Notes !IGI Batch t998353, Sheet 0140. His was one of the first deaths recorded in Ridgefield. He took part in the "Direful Swamp Fight" (Hall, p. 66) of 19 Dec, 1675 in which men from the colonies of Massachusetts, Plymouth and Connecticut successfully attacked a strongly fortified encampment of Indians near Narragansett Bay. The Indians were being led by Philip Sachem of the Wampanoags, in an uprising against the colonists, known as King Philip's War. For his services, Samuel received from the town "one parcell of land lying upon Clapboard Hill, so called, containing twelve acres more or less..." (ivid. p. 64). Samuel and his brother Ralph were among a group of ten Norwalk residents whose names appear on a 1697 petition seeking to "Purchase of the Indians a certain tract. His estate was settled in 1716, as found at Fairfield on probate records, his inventory being dated March 29, 1716. It is said that late in their lives they moved to Ridgefield. See p. 6 of BOUGHTON"S Rockwell Genealogy. See p. 7 of Keeler Family Genealogy. See p. 357, Vol I, "The Families of Old Fairfield", Jacobus.

!DEATH: Records of Vital Statistics of Ridgefield, G. L. Rockwell, "History of Ridgefield, Ct., 1927, page 514.

In the public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, when in 1697 the following motion was granted: "Unon motion of Samuel Haise, Sr., John Belden, John Whitney, Ralph Keeler, Jachin Gregorie, John Nash, Samuel Keeler, William Lees, Zerubbabel Hoyt, Will Hains, to purchase of the Indians a certain tract of land lying about 14 miles Northward of the town of Norwalk to settle a plantation there............on September 1708 this purchase was made, the deed being as follows": "Know ye that I Catoonah Sachem of Ramapoo Indians and Associates within her Majesties province of New York in America. For in consideration of ye sum of One Hundred Pounds as current money of said province. To us in hand before the ensealing hereof will and Truly Paid by John Belden, Samuell Keeler Sen., Matthew Seamor, James Brown, Benjamin Wilson, Joseph Birchard, John Whitne Sen., Matthias Saint John, Benjamin Hickcock, John Beebe, Samuel Saint John, John Bouton, Joseph Keeler, Samuel Smith, Jr., Jonathan Stevens, Daniell Olmsted, Richaard Olmsted, John Stirdevant, Samuel Keeler, Jr., Joseph Bouton, Jonathan Rockwell, Edmond Wareing, Joseph Whitne, Daniel Hait, Thomas Hyott, James Benedick, Joseph Crampton, Ebenezer Sension, Matthew Saint John, all of the Town of Norwalk inye County of Fairfield within her Majesties Colony of Connecticut in New England, and Thomas Smith, Thomas Canfield, and Samuell Smith of the Town of Milford in ye County of New Haven & Colony aforesaid..................."

"The St. John Genealogy", Orline St. John Alexander, Grafton Press, New York, 1908, p 21,

Children of Samuel KEELER and Sarah Sention/St. John are: i. SAMUEL3 KEELER, b. 1682, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT; d. August 08, 1763; m. (1) REBECCA BENEDICT, January 18, 1703/04; m. (2) SARAH BETTS, December 11, 1712. 4. ii. JOSEPH KEELER, b. 1683, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT; d. November 29, 1757, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT. iii. BENJAMIN KEELER, b. 1685, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT; d. Abt February 1718/19; m. HANNAH. iv. JONAH KEELER, b. 1690, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT; d. May 24, 1767, Ridgefield, CT; m. (1) RUTH SMITH, November 05, 1713, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT; m. (2) SARAH KENDRICK, November 01, 1755, Ridgefield, CT. v. TIMOTHY KEELER, b. 1695, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT; d. August 30, 1748; m. (1) ABIGAIL OSBORNE, May 19, 1720; m. (2) SARAH (WIDOW) COUCH, November 10, 1736.

Generation No. 3

4. JOSEPH3 KEELER (SAMUEL2, RALPH1) was born 1683 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT, and died November 29, 1757 in Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT. He married ELIZABETH WHITNEY 1705 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT, daughter of John WHITNEY and Elizabeth SMITH.

Notes !Settled in Ridgefield. A carpenter, and as early as 1715, by town meeting, he was appointed to repair the meeting house, and 1716 he was elected lister and selaler of weights and measures, and Dec 20, 1722, surveyor; and 1725 one of a committee to fix the line betwixt Norwalk and Ridgefield. In 1735 he was a Justice of the Peace and town miller, and for several years thereafter. He died @ 74. "Keeler Family Genealogy", p. 16, states Joseph was an original propriator of Ridgefield, drawing lot 19 when the new town's land was divided in 1708. He was a carpenter and undoubtly involved in the building of Ridgefield's first homes. In 1715 he selected at a town meeting to repair the meeting house. He was Ridgefield's first lister, in 1716, keeping a record of the town's inhabitants and property values for tax purposes. He probably moved from Norwalk to Ridgefield to Norwalk about 1708, or at the age of 25.

Boughton, "Rockwell and Keeler Genealogy", p 9 & 14.

"Whitney Family", page 16.

Their [Elizabeth and Joseph's] gravestones were visible in 1875; but his haven been used in trapping woodchucks was broken in pieces.

"The St. John Genealogy", Orline St. John Alexander, Grafton Press, New York, 1908, p 21,

Children of Joseph KEELER and Elizabeth WHITNEY are: i. RACHEL4 KEELER, b. October 04, 1706, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT; d. Aft 1750; m. (1) DAVID OSBORN; m. (2) LEMUEL MOREHOUSE, June 06, 1750, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT. 5. ii. ELIZABETH KEELER, b. November 18, 1708, Ridgefield Twp., Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT; d. Bef 1769. iii. SARAH KEELER, b. September 22, 1710, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT. iv. JOSEPH KEELER, b. April 08, 1713, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT; d. February 26, 1735/36; m. JANE WILSON, February 22, 1735/36, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT. v. ISAAC KEELER, b. Abt 1715, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT; d. Aft 1752; m. (1) MARY WHITNEY, 1738; m. (2) ANN STEBBINS, April 29, 1752; m. (3) RACHEL NORTHRUP, 1760, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT. 6. vi. MARTIN KEELER, b. May 13, 1717, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT; d. February 20, 1765, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT. vii. LOT KEELER, b. February 26, 1719/20, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT; m. ELIZABETH GOODENOUGH. viii. PAUL KEELER, b. 1722-1723, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT; d. April 27, 1787, South Salem; m. (1) SARAH WOOD; m. (2) SMITH. 7. ix. SILAS KEELER, b. December 03, 1724, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT; d. May 02, 1774, Ridgefield, CT. x. JOHN KEELER, b. January 11, 1725/26, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT; d. June 02, 1782; m. SARAH NORTHUP, May 30, 1750. xi. ELIJAH KEELER, b. March 17, 1726/27, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT.

Generation No. 4

5. ELIZABETH4 KEELER (JOSEPH3, SAMUEL2, RALPH1) was born November 18, 1708 in Ridgefield Twp., Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT, and died Bef 1769. She married ENSIGN JOHN ROCKWELL September 03, 1731 in Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT.

Notes !IGI Batch 8132203, sheet 49, batch 7450343, sheet 0.]

Boughton, "Rockwell and Keeler Genealogy", p 11: ......"The record is that Sept. 23, 1743, Joseph Keeler deeded land to said John Rockwell for in consideration of 'yt Love and Goodwill and fatherly affection which I have and do bear to my son-in-law John Rockwell of Ridgefield' ".

!BIRTH: G.L. Rockwell, "History of Ridgefield, CT", 1927, privately printed by the Author, Ridgefield CT., p 451.

!MARRIAGE: Records of Vital Statistics of Ridgefield, G. L. Rockwell, "History of Ridgefield, Ct., 1927, page 511.

Children of Elizabeth KEELER and Ensign ROCKWELL are: i. ELIZABETH5 ROCKWELL, b. July 25, 1732, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT; d. Aft 1798. ii. JOHN ROCKWELL, b. May 12, 1734, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT; d. September 06, 1825, Cornwall, Addison Co., VT. iii. DANIEL ROCKWELL, b. February 27, 1735/36, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT; d. June 13, 1795, Ridgebury, Fairfield Co., CT. iv. MEHITABEL ROCKWELL, b. April 11, 1738, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT; d. Aft 1760. v. RACHEL ROCKWELL, b. April 09, 1740, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT; d. July 05, 1825, Miry Brook. vi. SILAS ROCKWELL, b. September 25, 1742, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT; d. November 20, 1760, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT. vii. ELIJAH ROCKWELL, b. March 30, 1745, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT; d. Aft 1820. viii. SARAH ROCKWELL, b. July 24, 1747, Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT; d. January 08, 1832, Ridgebury, Fairfield Co., CT. ix. ABRAHAM ROCKWELL, b. October 05, 1749, Ridgebury, Fairfield Co., CT; d. August 07, 1818, Ridgebury, Fairfield Co., CT. x. ELEANOR ROCKWELL, b. July 13, 1752, Ridgebury, Fairfield Co., CT; d. September 22, 1811, Ridgebury, Fairfield Co., CT.

6. MARTIN4 KEELER (JOSEPH3, SAMUEL2, RALPH1) was born May 13, 1717 in Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT, and died February 20, 1765 in Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT. He married ESTHER BURR.

Child of Martin KEELER and Esther BURR is: i. JABEZ5 KEELER.

7. SILAS4 KEELER (JOSEPH3, SAMUEL2, RALPH1) was born December 03, 1724 in Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT, and died May 02, 1774 in Ridgefield, CT. He married ABIGAIL ELMER April 14, 1746 in Wilton, Unknown, Cn.

Notes !See p. 14 of Boughton's Rockwell Genealogy.

Child of Silas KEELER and Abigail Elmer is: i. BETTY5 KEELER, b. January 03, 1747/48, Ridgeford, Fairfield, CT; d. January 08, 1838, Sharon, Litchfield, CT.

 
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