Martin KEFFER, Jr.[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13]

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  • Name Martin KEFFER 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 29 Jun 1769  Bally, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 11
    Christened 30 Jul 1769  St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, Goshenhoppen, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Sep 1847  Turbot, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 8, 11
    Buried St. Josephs Cemetery, East Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 11
    Person ID I71395  BlytheGenealogy
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2019 

    Father Martin KEFFER,   b. 1730, Strasbourg, Alsace, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1815, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Mother Maria Eva LORENTZ,   b. 20 Jun 1731, Lembach, Alsace-Lorraine, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1819, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married Abt 1765  [14, 15
    Family ID F28021  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anna Mary ADAMS,   b. Feb 1772,   d. 16 Nov 1841, Milton, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Married 1780  Berks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Children 
     1. John KEFFER,   b. Abt 22 Feb 1782,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Mary Elizabeth KEFFER,   b. 17 Oct 1785,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Anthony KIEFFER,   b. 14 Feb 1787, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Nov 1856, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     4. James KEFFER,   b. 11 Sep 1792, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1862, Kelly Township, Union County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F26304  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Both Beer's Commemorative Biographical Record, " 1898, page 901- 3 and LeRoy Keefer "Our Ancestors Our Relatives and Ourselves," 1 933/1961skip this generation and state that James was the son of Marti n (1716-1815) & Mary Eva (Lawrence) Keffer. From Union Co. deed record s it is known that the Martin & Mary who purchased the land in White D eer Twp., where James resided, lived in Turbot Twp. in 1814 and agai n in 1830. Without this generation, Martin & Mary Eva (Lawrence) woul d have been too advanced in age to have children and it would have bee n an oddity to name one of their last sons Martin rather than one of t heir first sons.

      O'Keefe, Barbara Brady, compiled. Goshenhoppen (St. Paul's Mission chu rhc of the Blessed Sacrament), Bally, Berks County, Pennsylvania," ; Microfilmed June 1, 1992, Project and Fiche # 2CCB77)S, #11894, 1982 , page 77.
      "Keffer, Martin, of Martin Keffer and his wife Mary Eva, born Jun e 29, 1769, baptized July 30 at Mons Acutus, sponsors Maurice and Mar y Apollonia, his wife."

      Was he named one of the executors for his father's Will because his si bblings were too old?

      From Marion Bale's book, "Lawrence Legacy," Nov 1999, regard ing Martin Keffer, Jr.:
      "Martin Keffer, Jr. was born on the 29th of June 1769 to Martin K effer and his wife Mary Eva in Greenwich Twp, Berks Co. The Goshenhopp en Registers, page 38, state that Martin Jr. was baptized on the 30t h of July 1769 at Mons Acutus (Home of Christian Henrich). Sponsors fo r this event were Maurice Lorenz and Mary Apollonia, his wife. Marti n Keffer, Jr. would have moved to Milton in Northumberland County wit h his parents about 1775. Martin Keffer Jr. bought land from Andrew St raub 8 Aug 1801. NCCH Book L, page 574. On the 29th of January 1802 Ma rtin Keffer Sr. and Mary Eve deeded to their son John two hundred acre s for the consideration of one hundred and fifty pounds. This propert y was in the township of Turbut of Northumberland County, PA. Due to t he fire of 1880 in Milton and the lose of the church records we only h ave the names of some of Martin Jr, and Mary Keffer's children which w ere found in cemetery and accounts records. No doubt there were others .
      "On 4 October 1814 Martin Keffer of Turbut Twp bought land in Whi te Deer from John Blackeney. He was given a mortgage for 885 pounds b y John Blakeney and terms were set down. This land was situated in Whi te Deer adjoining lands of Reuben Haines, William McClay, George Benen ger, and William Robb, containing 99 acres 50 perches. Full satisfacti on of mortgage was made by 1 November 1815 and signed by John Blakeney . This indenture is found in Book A Page 351 and 359 at Sunbury courth ouse. Martin and his wife Mary of Turbut Twp, on 18 August 1818, sol d to his brother John Keffer of Turbut Twp, 48 acres 10 perches of lan d adjoining land of Martin Keffer, Widow Bartholamew, Henry Fullmer an d John Keffer. Part of this land was patented to Martin in 1810, the o ther granted to David Ireland in 1792 and then to Martin Keffer in 181 0. On the 1810 tax list of Turbut Twp., Martin Jr. is listed with 10 0 acres and 50 acres, 2 horses and several cows. In 1820 Census of Tur but Twp, Martin has in his household 1 M 10-15, 1 M 16-18, 2 M 16-25 , 1 m 45+, 1 F -10, 2 F 10-15, 1 F 26-44, 1 F +45 and 1 foreigner. Th e 1821 tax rolls of Turbut Twp. show Martin with 100 acres, 2 horses a nd 4 cows. The 1822 tax rolls of Turbut Twp. shows Martin with 100 acr es, 2 horses, 2 cows and 66 acres. He is shown in 1825 with 160 acres , 3 horses and 3 cows. Martin and his wife Mary of Turbut Twp, on 26 N ovember 1830, sell to David Ramsey of White Deer the same 99 acres an d 50 perches bought in 1814 for the sum of $40. This land is describe d as bordering the Ramsey Fulling Mill Dam, land of said Keffer and ot her land of David Ramsey. This is found in Book H, page 508.
      "The will of Martin Keffer, Jr. is dated the 29th of June 1847. M artin signed a codicil to this will on the 26th of July 1847. Martin K effer, Jr. is listed in his will as a farmer. He requests that he be i nterred "in the burial ground near the farm on which I formerly r esided." He directs that his debts be paid and that an appraiseme nt of his wordly goods be made by three competent and impartial neighb ors. He gives to his daughter Sarah Eisenbrown, who lives with him, th e house and lot of four acres of land in Turbot Township on which he n ow resides adjoining Samuel Blain and others. He directs that all hi s estate except what has been devised to his daughter Sarah shall be s old and converted into cash. Sarah is also to have her equal share o f the estate.
      "The equal share which was to go to his daughter Mary intermarrie d with Jacob Rissel shall be put to interest by order of the Orphans c ourt of Northumberland County and the interest thereof shall be paid a nnually to Mary during her natural life and after her death to her hei rs. Martin nominates and appoints his son Wental L. Keffer and John H . Wolfinger to be executors of the estate. In a codicil to this will d ated 26 July 1847 Martin directs that any notes held against his child ren or heirs shall be deducted from their share of the estate. A Vendu e list of articles from the estate of Martin Keffer, Jr. sold to vario us people is included in his estate papers. This sale was held at th e Keffer residence. In the list of the sale of Martin Jr.'s belonging s we find the following names: Francis O'Donnel, Sarah Eisenbraun, Jac ob Riffel, William Ginter, Wendle L. Keffer, John Ireland, Jr., Jame s Keffer, John Diven, David Ireland, Philip Follmer and Himon Follmer . Also in the accounting of the estate we find a list of his land. No . 1 A Farm of about 100 acres of land in Turbut Township, Northumberla nd County, PA with dwelling house, barn thereon erected, valued at $5 0 per acre......$5000.00 No. 2 A Farm of about 100 acres of land in Wh ite Deer Township, Union County, PA with dwelling house barn thereon e rected valued at $8.00 per acre.......$800.00 Amount of Real Estate $5 800.00.
      "On 31 March 1849 Wendel L. Keffer and John F. Wolfinger, executo rs of the estate, sold to Peter Rengler 125 acres 19 perches of land i n Turbut Twp., that had belonged to Martin Keffer, Jr., to Peter Rengl er for $7,188.09. The total amount of claims upon the heirs is $1785.1 8. The final accounting was submitted to the courts on the 21st of Dec ember 1847. Martin Keffer, Jr. died sometime between the signing of th e codicil to his will 6 July 1847 and the day the Letters of Administr ation were granted to his executors on 8 November 1847. He is buried i n St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Milton. His tombstone is difficul t to read."

      1801--Deed. Northumberland Co., Milton, August 8. (notes of Brandon Ke efer)
      Martin Keffer, Jr. purchases Lot 128 on Front St., Milton from Andre w Straub for the sum of 45 lbs. This building was torn down by the flo od authority after the the 1972 Hurricane Agnes.

      1814--Deed. Union Co., Lewisburg, PA, Book A, page 351-3, dated Octobe r 4. Mtg.
      Martin Keffer of Turbut Twp. purchased 99 acres and 50 perches of lan d in White Deer Twp. from John & Margaret Blackeney.
      880 pounds, 350 pounds; 1 April 1816; satisfied Nov. 1, 1815.

      1814--Mortgage. Union Co., Lewisburg, PA, Book A, page 359, dated Octo ber 4.
      Martin & Mary Keffer of Turbot Twp. to John & Margaret Blackeney.
      Satisfied November 1, 1815. 880 pounds, 350 pounds, April 1, 1816.

      1823--Deed. Union Co., White Deer Twp., PA, Book F, page 419.
      John & Catharine and Martin Kefer grant land in White Deer Twp. to Eli zabeth Luther.

      1830--Deed. Union Co., PA. Book H, page 508-9. Recorded Feb. 24, 1835.
      This Martin & Mary were residing in Turbot Township, Northumberland Co . but sold land/premise in White Deer Township, Union Co. that include d 1 A, 60 P. It was part of the 99 A 50 P of property originally purch ased in 1814. Why did five years pass between the date of the deed an d its recording??? Note: there is an old school house called, "Th e Ramsey Schoolhouse." Is this the premise? LeRoy Keefer'Our Ance stors Our Relatives, Ourselves," page 9 (James Keefer) says tha t the homestead was located about four miles west of New Columbia an d a short distance northwest of Ramsey's Schoolhouse. The home was a n old log house with a fireplace. According to Thomas Washington Keefe r's obituary (1918), he was born and died on this homestead.
      "This Indenture made 26 Nov. 1830 between Martin Keffer of Turbo t Township, Northumberland County and Mary his wife of the one part an d David Ramsey of White Deer Township, Union County of the other par t whereas John Blackney and Margaret his wife by their certain indentu re bearing date the 4 Oct. 1814 and recorded in Union Co. Deed Book A , pages 351-3, confirm unto Martin Keffer party a certain tract of lan d situate in White Deer Township containing 99 acres 50 perches and al lowances Be now this indenture witness that the said Martin Keffer an d Mary his wife for and in consideration of the sum of $40 to them i n hand paid by the said David Ramsey at and before the ensealing and d elivering hereof the receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge and th ereof acquit and forever discharge the said David Ramsey his heirs exe cutors and administrators by these presents--have granted bargained so ld released and confirmed and by these presents do grant bargain and s ell release and confirm unto the said David Ramsy and to his heirs an d assigns a certain piece or parcel of the aforesaid tract of land bou nded and described as follows viz. beginning at a post on the south si ded of said Ramsey Filling mill dam thence by land of said Keffer nort h thirty three perches to a marked maple on the south side of the ru n and north thirty six degrees east two perches to a post on the nort h bank of said run thence down the same south fifty five degrees eas t twenty two perches and two tehths of perch to a post thence by land s of said David Ramsey south eight and a half degrees west seventeen p erches and two tenths to the place of beginning containing one acre an d sixty perches and allowance of six percent and be it the same more o r less... sum of $40 in full of the consideration money for the afor e granted premises Martin Keffer witness presents... Recorded Feb. 24 , 1835.

      1835--Deed. Union Co., White Deer Twp., PA, Book H, page 508-9, date d November 6.
      Indenture made on the 26th of November 1830 between Martin & Mary Keff er of Turbut Twp. on one part and David Ramsey of White Deer Twp. on t he other part; whereas John & Margaret Blackney by their indenture bea ring date the 4th of October 1814 and recorded in the Union Co. Deed B ook A, pages 351-3 did, for the consideration therein mentioned gran t to Martin & Mary Keffer a certain tract of land situate in White Dee r Twp. containing 99 acres and 50 perches. And now (Nov. 6, 1835) th e said Martin & Mary Keffer receive the sum of $40 from David Ramsey a nd granted and released unto him a tract containing 1 acre & 60 perche s (Bounded on the southside by Ramsey Fulling mill dam, by said Keffer , by southside of a run, and other land of David Ramsey.

      1847--Will. Northumberland Co., Turbot Twp., PA, Book 4, page 81, Fil e 138, Filed November 8, 1847, Inventory & Vendue Filed December 29, 1 847, Accounts Filed July 5, 1850. (Why isn't James listed on this Will ? Was it because he had been provided adequate financial accomodation s living on his father's property in White Deer Township? Least likely , was it because son James left the Catholic faith?)
      Martin Keffer, a farmer in Turbot Twp. put his seal on the 29th day o f June 1847 and made an addition on July 26, 1847. The Will was probat ed on November 8, 1847.
      Son, Wental L. Keffer, and John H. Wolfinger were named Executors
      Daughter, Sarah Eisenbrown, who was living with him, is to receive hi s house and lot of 4 acres in Turbot Twp. The land adjoins Samuel Blai n and others.
      Daughter, Mary, who is married to Jacob Rishel

      1847--Death.
      Research of Brandon Keefer says Martin, Jr. died Sept. 12, 1847.
      Martin Keefer, died 27 April 1837 and buried at St. Joseph's Cemeter y according to research of Brandon Keefer in a different report.

      1847--Estate Sale. October 19
      Research of Brandon Keefer says Estate of Martin, Jr., listing of 10 0 acres of land in White Deer, was made. The Union Co. "Grantor&q uot; Index does not list a transaction. This is a must to see becaus e it would establish relationship to son James. Why isn't James liste d on the father's Will though? Why doesn't James occur in the Granto r Index to sell land in Union Co. also?

      OTHER Contemporary Martin Keffer's:

      1825--Estate Notice. The Miltonian, April 16, 1825, Roll 1 Misc, No. 2 6.
      "Notice Is herby given to all persons interested in the estates o f ...Martin Keffer, .... Late of the county of Northumberland, deceden ts, that the Executors and Administrators of the said estates, have fi led in the registers Office for the county aforesaid their Administrat ion accounts taken upon the estates of the said accounts will be prese nted to the Orphan's Court for confirmation and allowance on Friday th e 22nd day of April next at the Court House in Sunbury. Eli Diemer, Re gister. Register's Office, Sunbury, March 15, 1825."

      1830--Obituary. Lontz, Mary Belle. "Union Co., PA 1865-1965," ; page 27. Available at James V. Brown Library, Williamsport, PA. Fran k Stahl's personal archive, A85, page 46.
      "May 1, 1830 Lewisburg Journal Newspaper: In Turbot Tp., last Sat . Martin Keffer, Jr. died."
      * This is a very interesting obituary since it almost corresponds to t he White Deer Twp. deed above!!! According to my resource calendars, t he date of this Martin Keffer, Jr.'s death on Sat. was--April 27. Ma y 1 fell on a Wednesday.

      Here is a later one that served in the Civil War--Brower, D.H.B. " ;Danville, Montour Co., PA Past & Present," Harrisburg: Lane S. H art, 1881, page 109, Frank Stahl's personal archives, B23, page 59, av ailable at Montour Co. Court house, Danville, PA.
      Martin Keifer & William Keifer, both Company D, 7th PA volunteers of L imestone Tp.
      On page 106--David Keffer, 13th PA reserves, Danville, South Ward

      St. Joseph's Cemetery, transcribed by Franklin P. Stahl II, Summer 198 6, My personal archive file A40, page 24 and also *) A78, pages 42-44 , Summer 1988:
      (stone next Mary--upper part of stone missing), died 4/27/1837 in Chil lisquaque Tp., 61y 7m 14d He left no heirs and made danation of his pr operty to St. Joseph Church (If this is Martin, then his birth was i n 1775--however, see Mary Belle Lontz's record below)
      Mary Keefer, wife of Martin, died 11/16/1841, 69y 8m 19d (this would p lace this Mary's birth in 1772)
      Their assumed children (Sarah found next to them and others further aw ay):
      Sarah A. Gaul, daughter, 2/6/1815-5/13/1865, 50y 3m 7d
      George Keffer, son of Martin, died 2/8/1806, age 10m
      John Keffer, died 3/10/1804, age 6m 1d
      Martin Keffer, 4/16/1798-4/20/1830, age 32y
      Rosanna Keffer, wife of Martin, died 11/15/1820, age 26y 2m
      Maria Eve KEFFER d.1/12/(stone chipped) 97y 5m 2wk
      Morris Lawrence d.1792 109y 6m 21d
      John KEFFER d.10/30/1829 60y with wife Margaret KEFFER d.6/8/1818
      Martha KEFFER d.6/5/1821 15y
      Nancy KEFFER d.5/3/1860 80y
      Susannah KEFFER, daughter of Joseph d.6/5/1827 ?y) 16m 22d

      St. Joseph's Cemetery, transcribed by Franklin P. Stahl II, Summer 198 8 (2 years later), My personal archive file A78, pages 42-44:
      John D., son of Edward C. & Sarah Eisenbrown 2/7/1845-9/2/1816 1y 6m 2 5d
      Sarah A. Gaul dau. of Martin 2/6/1815-5/13/1865 50y 3m 7d
      W.F.
      Mary wife of Martin d.11/16/1841 69y 8m 19d
      ?) (he left behind no heirs and made a donation of his property to St . Jos. Ch. d.4/27/1837 61y 7m 14d
      Susannah wife of Jacob Spring d. 6/15/1834 54y
      Barbara Riffle d.6/10/1819 66y
      Mary Riffle, wife of Geo d.8/7/18? (stone chipped and broken)
      John Gaul 2/10/1778-2/9/1861 82y 11m 27d
      Catharine Gaul, wife 9/15/1784-11/24/1872 88y 2m 5d
      Nancy Keffer d.5/3/1869 80y
      Margt. MKEYS d.1918 (next to Nancy Keffer)
      __M. Keffer d.7/1839 1y 3m 11d
      Margaret Keffer, wife of John d. 6/8/1818
      John Keffer, d.10/30/1829 60y
      Martha Keffer, d.6/5/1827 15y
      B.R. Keffer, (near Riffle)

      Milton, PA, "Catholic Cemetery, East of Milton," transcribe d by Mary Belle Lontz, copyright 1974, pages 85-87, available at Milto n Public Library, 974.83 L
      Page 87:
      Jacob Spring d. 4/27/1837 Chillisquaque Twp. North'd Co. 61y7m14d. H e left no heirs and made a donation of his property to St. Joseph's Ch . in Turbut Twp. (She shows this as Jacob Spring, not a Martin Keefer , though they afer buried next to each other)
      Mary (W/O Martin KEEFER) died 11/16/1841 69y 8m 19d
      Mary A. CAUL (W/O Martin Keefer) 2/6/1815-5/13/1865 (typing error D/ O not W/O AND Sarah A. not Mary A.)
      John KEEFER (S/O Martin) d. _/10/1801, 6m4d (our dates and age differ)
      Martin KEEFER Jr. 4/13/1798-4/20/1830 (our birth "day" diffe rs)
      B.K. (D/O) Martin KEEFER) 9/1/1794-11/1/1820 (I did not see this one)
      Mary (W/O) Martin KEEFER) 2/19/1772-11/16/1841 (I do not know where sh e got her birthdate NOR why she has a second entry)
      John KEEFER d.10/30/1829 60 w. Margt. d.6/8/1848 83y (see duplicate be low on page 86)
      Martha KEEFER d.7/5/1827 15y
      Wendel KEEFER d.4.1.1877 74y w. Cath. d 8/3/1876 67y
      On page 86 she lists others and some duplicates:
      Nancy KEEFER d. 5/3/1869 80y
      John KEEFER d. Oct. 30, 1829 60y b.1769 w. Margt. b.1765-6/8/1848 (se e duplicate above on page 87)
      Rosanna KEEFER Sept.15, 1794-11/15/1820
      Martha KEEFER (d/o John & Margt. KEEFER) d. 6/5/1827 b. in 1812
      Barb. RIFFLE d.6/10/1819 66y
      Mary (W/O Geo. RIFFLE) d.Aug. 7, 1824 43y
      Wendel KEEFER 2/19/1803-4/4/1877 w. Cath. 11/6/1811-Aug. 3, 1876
      Geo. KEEFER d.2/8/1806 10m
      On page 85 she lists:
      Susanna (W/O Joseph KEEFER) d. 6/5/1827 (listed next to GIBSON on FLOO D)
      Cath. (W/O John CAUL) Sept. 15, 1784-11/24/1872 (Possible mother of Sa rah A. Gaul Keefer)
      John CAUL 2/10/1778-2/9/1861 (Possible father of Sarah A. Gaul Keefer)
      ** I do not see any record on these pages for Maria Eve KEFFER and he r father Morris Lawrence NOR for those listed on his Will: John H. Wol finger, executor; daughter, Sarah Eisenbrown, Samuel Blain (adjacent l andowner), and daughter, Mary (Mrs. Jacob Rishel).
      ** Other names that married to Keffers that are not listed here includ e: Weaver, Young, Lorbough

      More About Martin Keffer, Jr.:
      Date born 2: 29 Jun 1769, Birth/Baptism: Goshenhoppen Catholic Churc h Register, Washington Twp., Berks Co., PA.253
      Died 2: Bet. 26 Jul - 8 Nov 1847, Turbot Twp., Northumberland Co., PA.
      Occupation(s): Farmer.
      Other-Begin: Will dated on June 29, 1847, added to on July 26 and prob ated on November 8, 1847.
      PlaceBuried/Age: Family burial ground near own farm.
      Religion: Did he convert to Lutheranism from Catholism? It appears tha t his son James and grandson Martin L. did, at least by the year 1849 . .
      Residence 1: 19 Oct 1847, Estate of 100 Acres of land in White Deer Tw p., Union Co., PA was sold on this date.254
      Residence 2: Turbot Township, Northumberland Co., PA; Lot 128, Front S t., Milton, Northumberland Co., PA.
      Residence 3: 8 Aug 1801, Lot 128, Front St., Milton, Northumberland Co ., PA was purchased on this date.254
      Residence 4: 29 Jan 1802, Martin, Sr. deeds 200 acres to Martin, Jr. f or 150 lbs..254

      More About Martin Keffer, Jr. and Mary:
      Marriage: Probably in Northumberland Co., PA.

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      The records at Northumberland County Historical Society in Sunbury con tain this story, told by John Straub, great grandson of Andrew Straub , founder of Milton, about an encounter Martin Keffer, Jr. (when a you ng boy) and his grandfather, Moritz Lorentz, Sr., had with Indians.

      "Back about 1778 or 1779, I don't know whether it was at the tim e of the Great Runaway or the following year, when Fort Freeland was t aken by the Indians, there was a Keefer family living on what is now t he James Farm on Broadway Road. That was the former Rangeler farm . There was a Keefer family living there. Mr. Keefer, in the morni ng, took the children, the horses, and Mrs. Keefer and went to Fort Au gusta and left Grandad Lawrence and Martin Keefer, the grandson of Law rence, and they were to fetch cows and before they got away, why, th e Indians were coming down from Limestone Ridge and they had taken a b oy from between Clarence Showers and Dela Showers, and there was a Luc ky family living there. This boy was the same age as Martin Keefer a nd the Indians told the Lucky boy that he would have company as they w ere going over to get this Martin Keefer. So, they spoke English . So, they came across the Ridge to the Keefer farm. Grandpappy La wrence saw these Indians coming and he and the boy went to hide in th e sheep shed which was a log building. The Indians didn't look ther e and they went up to the cabin and there were a lot of beehives. Th e Indians disturbed the bees and the bees got after the Indians and th is made little Martin Keefer laugh and Grandpappy Lawrence stuck a han dkerchief in his mouth. If the Indians hadn't been so busy, they wou ld have found them because they would have heard the boy laughing. T hey would have killed the old man, but the boy they would have taken w ith them as prisoner. The Indians went on when they didn't find Mart in and they went up the line to the mouth of Loyalsock Creek where Mon toursville is now. They camped there for the night and they were stu ng so that they didn't bother tieing the Lucky boy, although he had be en tied on the horse first when they had first taken him prisoner. H e didn't sleep and when he found that they all were sleeping, why, h e untied his horse and got on his back and by daylight, he was home he re and by 11:00 o'clock, he was down to Fort Augusta. You see, the y were all gone at his home. Now, Grandpappy Lawrence and Martin Kee fer had already left for Fort augusta and it took them three days to g et to Fort augusta. They didn't go over Montour Ridge, the mountain , they must have gone around it, but they had to hide during the dayti me and traveled at night. They lived on huckleberries and milk . I don't know how many Indians were along, but they generally trave led with about five or six in a group. This Grandpappy Lawrence ha d a son who married my great grandfather's daughter, Esther. This wo uld be my great aunt. Now, of course, this happened long before Esth er was born and she was born after 1794. Most of this country was se ttled in the 1770's. I don't know where the Keefer log cabin stood , but in those days, everybody built near to a spring and so it was pr obably at the spring on the James farm which is just east of the Catho lic Cemetery out Broadway Road. Martin Keefer at this time was 12 ye ars old and when he grew up, he told this experience to my Pappy whe n he was a boy and Martin was in his 60's."
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      -- MERGED NOTE ------------

      Both Beer's Commemorative Biographical Record, " 1898, page 901- 3 and LeRoy Keefer'Our Ancestors Our Relatives and Ourselves," 19 33/1961skip this generation and state that James was the son of Marti n (1716-1815) & Mary Eva (Lawrence) Keffer. From Union Co. deed record s it is known that the Martin & Mary who purchased the land in White D eer Twp., where James resided, lived in Turbot Twp. in 1814 and agai n in 1830. Without this generation, Martin & Mary Eva (Lawrence) woul d have been too advanced in age to have children and it would have bee n an oddity to name one of their last sons Martin rather than one of t heir first sons.

      O'Keefe, Barbara Brady, compiled. Goshenhoppen (St. Paul's Mission chu rhc of the Blessed Sacrament), Bally, Berks County, Pennsylvania," ; Microfilmed June 1, 1992, Project and Fiche # 2CCB77)S, #11894, 1982 , page 77.
      "Keffer, Martin, of Martin Keffer and his wife Mary Eva, born Jun e 29, 1769, baptized July 30 at Mons Acutus, sponsors Maurice and Mar y Apollonia, his wife."

      Was he named one of the executors for his father's Will because his si bblings were too old?

      From Marion Bale's book, "Lawrence Legacy," Nov 1999, regard ing Martin Keffer, Jr.:
      "Martin Keffer, Jr. was born on the 29th of June 1769 to Martin K effer and his wife Mary Eva in Greenwich Twp, Berks Co. The Goshenhopp en Registers, page 38, state that Martin Jr. was baptized on the 30t h of July 1769 at Mons Acutus (Home of Christian Henrich). Sponsors fo r this event were Maurice Lorenz and Mary Apollonia, his wife. Marti n Keffer, Jr. would have moved to Milton in Northumberland County wit h his parents about 1775. Martin Keffer Jr. bought land from Andrew St raub 8 Aug 1801. NCCH Book L, page 574. On the 29th of January 1802 Ma rtin Keffer Sr. and Mary Eve deeded to their son John two hundred acre s for the consideration of one hundred and fifty pounds. This propert y was in the township of Turbut of Northumberland County, PA. Due to t he fire of 1880 in Milton and the lose of the church records we only h ave the names of some of Martin Jr, and Mary Keffer's children which w ere found in cemetery and accounts records. No doubt there were others .
      "On 4 October 1814 Martin Keffer of Turbut Twp bought land in Whi te Deer from John Blackeney. He was given a mortgage for 885 pounds b y John Blakeney and terms were set down. This land was situated in Whi te Deer adjoining lands of Reuben Haines, William McClay, George Benen ger, and William Robb, containing 99 acres 50 perches. Full satisfacti on of mortgage was made by 1 November 1815 and signed by John Blakeney . This indenture is found in Book A Page 351 and 359 at Sunbury courth ouse. Martin and his wife Mary of Turbut Twp, on 18 August 1818, sol d to his brother John Keffer of Turbut Twp, 48 acres 10 perches of lan d adjoining land of Martin Keffer, Widow Bartholamew, Henry Fullmer an d John Keffer. Part of this land was patented to Martin in 1810, the o ther granted to David Ireland in 1792 and then to Martin Keffer in 181 0. On the 1810 tax list of Turbut Twp., Martin Jr. is listed with 10 0 acres and 50 acres, 2 horses and several cows. In 1820 Census of Tur but Twp, Martin has in his household 1 M 10-15, 1 M 16-18, 2 M 16-25 , 1 m 45+, 1 F -10, 2 F 10-15, 1 F 26-44, 1 F +45 and 1 foreigner. Th e 1821 tax rolls of Turbut Twp. show Martin with 100 acres, 2 horses a nd 4 cows. The 1822 tax rolls of Turbut Twp. shows Martin with 100 acr es, 2 horses, 2 cows and 66 acres. He is shown in 1825 with 160 acres , 3 horses and 3 cows. Martin and his wife Mary of Turbut Twp, on 26 N ovember 1830, sell to David Ramsey of White Deer the same 99 acres an d 50 perches bought in 1814 for the sum of $40. This land is describe d as bordering the Ramsey Fulling Mill Dam, land of said Keffer and ot her land of David Ramsey. This is found in Book H, page 508.
      "The will of Martin Keffer, Jr. is dated the 29th of June 1847. M artin signed a codicil to this will on the 26th of July 1847. Martin K effer, Jr. is listed in his will as a farmer. He requests that he be i nterred "in the burial ground near the farm on which I formerly r esided." He directs that his debts be paid and that an appraiseme nt of his wordly goods be made by three competent and impartial neighb ors. He gives to his daughter Sarah Eisenbrown, who lives with him, th e house and lot of four acres of land in Turbot Township on which he n ow resides adjoining Samuel Blain and others. He directs that all hi s estate except what has been devised to his daughter Sarah shall be s old and converted into cash. Sarah is also to have her equal share o f the estate.
      "The equal share which was to go to his daughter Mary intermarrie d with Jacob Rissel shall be put to interest by order of the Orphans c ourt of Northumberland County and the interest thereof shall be paid a nnually to Mary during her natural life and after her death to her hei rs. Martin nominates and appoints his son Wental L. Keffer and John H . Wolfinger to be executors of the estate. In a codicil to this will d ated 26 July 1847 Martin directs that any notes held against his child ren or heirs shall be deducted from their share of the estate. A Vendu e list of articles from the estate of Martin Keffer, Jr. sold to vario us people is included in his estate papers. This sale was held at th e Keffer residence. In the list of the sale of Martin Jr.'s belonging s we find the following names: Francis O'Donnel, Sarah Eisenbraun, Jac ob Riffel, William Ginter, Wendle L. Keffer, John Ireland, Jr., Jame s Keffer, John Diven, David Ireland, Philip Follmer and Himon Follmer . Also in the accounting of the estate we find a list of his land. No . 1 A Farm of about 100 acres of land in Turbut Township, Northumberla nd County, PA with dwelling house, barn thereon erected, valued at $5 0 per acre......$5000.00 No. 2 A Farm of about 100 acres of land in Wh ite Deer Township, Union County, PA with dwelling house barn thereon e rected valued at $8.00 per acre.......$800.00 Amount of Real Estate $5 800.00.
      "On 31 March 1849 Wendel L. Keffer and John F. Wolfinger, executo rs of the estate, sold to Peter Rengler 125 acres 19 perches of land i n Turbut Twp., that had belonged to Martin Keffer, Jr., to Peter Rengl er for $7,188.09. The total amount of claims upon the heirs is $1785.1 8. The final accounting was submitted to the courts on the 21st of Dec ember 1847. Martin Keffer, Jr. died sometime between the signing of th e codicil to his will 6 July 1847 and the day the Letters of Administr ation were granted to his executors on 8 November 1847. He is buried i n St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Milton. His tombstone is difficul t to read."

      1801--Deed. Northumberland Co., Milton, August 8. (notes of Brandon Ke efer)
      Martin Keffer, Jr. purchases Lot 128 on Front St., Milton from Andre w Straub for the sum of 45 lbs. This building was torn down by the flo od authority after the the 1972 Hurricane Agnes.

      1814--Deed. Union Co., Lewisburg, PA, Book A, page 351-3, dated Octobe r 4. Mtg.
      Martin Keffer of Turbut Twp. purchased 99 acres and 50 perches of lan d in White Deer Twp. from John & Margaret Blackeney.
      880 pounds, 350 pounds; 1 April 1816; satisfied Nov. 1, 1815.

      1814--Mortgage. Union Co., Lewisburg, PA, Book A, page 359, dated Octo ber 4.
      Martin & Mary Keffer of Turbot Twp. to John & Margaret Blackeney.
      Satisfied November 1, 1815. 880 pounds, 350 pounds, April 1, 1816.

      1823--Deed. Union Co., White Deer Twp., PA, Book F, page 419.
      John & Catharine and Martin Kefer grant land in White Deer Twp. to Eli zabeth Luther.

      1830--Deed. Union Co., PA. Book H, page 508-9. Recorded Feb. 24, 1835.
      This Martin & Mary were residing in Turbot Township, Northumberland Co . but sold land/premise in White Deer Township, Union Co. that include d 1 A, 60 P. It was part of the 99 A 50 P of property originally purch ased in 1814. Why did five years pass between the date of the deed an d its recording??? Note: there is an old school house called, "Th e Ramsey Schoolhouse." Is this the premise? LeRoy Keefer'Our Ance stors Our Relatives, Ourselves," page 9 (James Keefer) says tha t the homestead was located about four miles west of New Columbia an d a short distance northwest of Ramsey's Schoolhouse. The home was a n old log house with a fireplace. According to Thomas Washington Keefe r's obituary (1918), he was born and died on this homestead.
      "This Indenture made 26 Nov. 1830 between Martin Keffer of Turbo t Township, Northumberland County and Mary his wife of the one part an d David Ramsey of White Deer Township, Union County of the other par t whereas John Blackney and Margaret his wife by their certain indentu re bearing date the 4 Oct. 1814 and recorded in Union Co. Deed Book A , pages 351-3, confirm unto Martin Keffer party a certain tract of lan d situate in White Deer Township containing 99 acres 50 perches and al lowances Be now this indenture witness that the said Martin Keffer an d Mary his wife for and in consideration of the sum of $40 to them i n hand paid by the said David Ramsey at and before the ensealing and d elivering hereof the receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge and th ereof acquit and forever discharge the said David Ramsey his heirs exe cutors and administrators by these presents--have granted bargained so ld released and confirmed and by these presents do grant bargain and s ell release and confirm unto the said David Ramsy and to his heirs an d assigns a certain piece or parcel of the aforesaid tract of land bou nded and described as follows viz. beginning at a post on the south si ded of said Ramsey Filling mill dam thence by land of said Keffer nort h thirty three perches to a marked maple on the south side of the ru n and north thirty six degrees east two perches to a post on the nort h bank of said run thence down the same south fifty five degrees eas t twenty two perches and two tehths of perch to a post thence by land s of said David Ramsey south eight and a half degrees west seventeen p erches and two tenths to the place of beginning containing one acre an d sixty perches and allowance of six percent and be it the same more o r less... sum of $40 in full of the consideration money for the afor e granted premises Martin Keffer witness presents... Recorded Feb. 24 , 1835.

      1835--Deed. Union Co., White Deer Twp., PA, Book H, page 508-9, date d November 6.
      Indenture made on the 26th of November 1830 between Martin & Mary Keff er of Turbut Twp. on one part and David Ramsey of White Deer Twp. on t he other part; whereas John & Margaret Blackney by their indenture bea ring date the 4th of October 1814 and recorded in the Union Co. Deed B ook A, pages 351-3 did, for the consideration therein mentioned gran t to Martin & Mary Keffer a certain tract of land situate in White Dee r Twp. containing 99 acres and 50 perches. And now (Nov. 6, 1835) th e said Martin & Mary Keffer receive the sum of $40 from David Ramsey a nd granted and released unto him a tract containing 1 acre & 60 perche s (Bounded on the southside by Ramsey Fulling mill dam, by said Keffer , by southside of a run, and other land of David Ramsey.

      1847--Will. Northumberland Co., Turbot Twp., PA, Book 4, page 81, Fil e 138, Filed November 8, 1847, Inventory & Vendue Filed December 29, 1 847, Accounts Filed July 5, 1850. (Why isn't James listed on this Will ? Was it because he had been provided adequate financial accomodation s living on his father's property in White Deer Township? Least likely , was it because son James left the Catholic faith?)
      Martin Keffer, a farmer in Turbot Twp. put his seal on the 29th day o f June 1847 and made an addition on July 26, 1847. The Will was probat ed on November 8, 1847.
      Son, Wental L. Keffer, and John H. Wolfinger were named Executors
      Daughter, Sarah Eisenbrown, who was living with him, is to receive hi s house and lot of 4 acres in Turbot Twp. The land adjoins Samuel Blai n and others.
      Daughter, Mary, who is married to Jacob Rishel

      1847--Death.
      Research of Brandon Keefer says Martin, Jr. died Sept. 12, 1847.
      Martin Keefer, died 27 April 1837 and buried at St. Joseph's Cemeter y according to research of Brandon Keefer in a different report.

      1847--Estate Sale. October 19
      Research of Brandon Keefer says Estate of Martin, Jr., listing of 10 0 acres of land in White Deer, was made. The Union Co. "Grantor&q uot; Index does not list a transaction. This is a must to see becaus e it would establish relationship to son James. Why isn't James liste d on the father's Will though? Why doesn't James occur in the Granto r Index to sell land in Union Co. also?

      OTHER Contemporary Martin Keffer's:

      1825--Estate Notice. The Miltonian, April 16, 1825, Roll 1 Misc, No. 2 6.
      "Notice Is herby given to all persons interested in the estates o f ...Martin Keffer, .... Late of the county of Northumberland, deceden ts, that the Executors and Administrators of the said estates, have fi led in the registers Office for the county aforesaid their Administrat ion accounts taken upon the estates of the said accounts will be prese nted to the Orphan's Court for confirmation and allowance on Friday th e 22nd day of April next at the Court House in Sunbury. Eli Diemer, Re gister. Register's Office, Sunbury, March 15, 1825."

      1830--Obituary. Lontz, Mary Belle. "Union Co., PA 1865-1965," ; page 27. Available at James V. Brown Library, Williamsport, PA. Fran k Stahl's personal archive, A85, page 46.
      "May 1, 1830 Lewisburg Journal Newspaper: In Turbot Tp., last Sat . Martin Keffer, Jr. died."
      * This is a very interesting obituary since it almost corresponds to t he White Deer Twp. deed above!!! According to my resource calendars, t he date of this Martin Keffer, Jr.'s death on Sat. was--April 27. Ma y 1 fell on a Wednesday.

      Here is a later one that served in the Civil War--Brower, D.H.B. " ;Danville, Montour Co., PA Past & Present," Harrisburg: Lane S. H art, 1881, page 109, Frank Stahl's personal archives, B23, page 59, av ailable at Montour Co. Court house, Danville, PA.
      Martin Keifer & William Keifer, both Company D, 7th PA volunteers of L imestone Tp.
      On page 106--David Keffer, 13th PA reserves, Danville, South Ward

      St. Joseph's Cemetery, transcribed by Franklin P. Stahl II, Summer 198 6, My personal archive file A40, page 24 and also *) A78, pages 42-44 , Summer 1988:
      (stone next Mary--upper part of stone missing), died 4/27/1837 in Chil lisquaque Tp., 61y 7m 14d He left no heirs and made danation of his pr operty to St. Joseph Church (If this is Martin, then his birth was i n 1775--however, see Mary Belle Lontz's record below)
      Mary Keefer, wife of Martin, died 11/16/1841, 69y 8m 19d (this would p lace this Mary's birth in 1772)
      Their assumed children (Sarah found next to them and others further aw ay):
      Sarah A. Gaul, daughter, 2/6/1815-5/13/1865, 50y 3m 7d
      George Keffer, son of Martin, died 2/8/1806, age 10m
      John Keffer, died 3/10/1804, age 6m 1d
      Martin Keffer, 4/16/1798-4/20/1830, age 32y
      Rosanna Keffer, wife of Martin, died 11/15/1820, age 26y 2m
      Maria Eve KEFFER d.1/12/(stone chipped) 97y 5m 2wk
      Morris Lawrence d.1792 109y 6m 21d
      John KEFFER d.10/30/1829 60y with wife Margaret KEFFER d.6/8/1818
      Martha KEFFER d.6/5/1821 15y
      Nancy KEFFER d.5/3/1860 80y
      Susannah KEFFER, daughter of Joseph d.6/5/1827 ?y) 16m 22d

      St. Joseph's Cemetery, transcribed by Franklin P. Stahl II, Summer 198 8 (2 years later), My personal archive file A78, pages 42-44:
      John D., son of Edward C. & Sarah Eisenbrown 2/7/1845-9/2/1816 1y 6m 2 5d
      Sarah A. Gaul dau. of Martin 2/6/1815-5/13/1865 50y 3m 7d
      W.F.
      Mary wife of Martin d.11/16/1841 69y 8m 19d
      ?) (he left behind no heirs and made a donation of his property to St . Jos. Ch. d.4/27/1837 61y 7m 14d
      Susannah wife of Jacob Spring d. 6/15/1834 54y
      Barbara Riffle d.6/10/1819 66y
      Mary Riffle, wife of Geo d.8/7/18? (stone chipped and broken)
      John Gaul 2/10/1778-2/9/1861 82y 11m 27d
      Catharine Gaul, wife 9/15/1784-11/24/1872 88y 2m 5d
      Nancy Keffer d.5/3/1869 80y
      Margt. MKEYS d.1918 (next to Nancy Keffer)
      __M. Keffer d.7/1839 1y 3m 11d
      Margaret Keffer, wife of John d. 6/8/1818
      John Keffer, d.10/30/1829 60y
      Martha Keffer, d.6/5/1827 15y
      B.R. Keffer, (near Riffle)

      Milton, PA, "Catholic Cemetery, East of Milton," transcribe d by Mary Belle Lontz, copyright 1974, pages 85-87, available at Milto n Public Library, 974.83 L
      Page 87:
      Jacob Spring d. 4/27/1837 Chillisquaque Twp. North'd Co. 61y7m14d. H e left no heirs and made a donation of his property to St. Joseph's Ch . in Turbut Twp. (She shows this as Jacob Spring, not a Martin Keefer , though they afer buried next to each other)
      Mary (W/O Martin KEEFER) died 11/16/1841 69y 8m 19d
      Mary A. CAUL (W/O Martin Keefer) 2/6/1815-5/13/1865 (typing error D/ O not W/O AND Sarah A. not Mary A.)
      John KEEFER (S/O Martin) d. _/10/1801, 6m4d (our dates and age differ)
      Martin KEEFER Jr. 4/13/1798-4/20/1830 (our birth "day" diffe rs)
      B.K. (D/O) Martin KEEFER) 9/1/1794-11/1/1820 (I did not see this one)
      Mary (W/O) Martin KEEFER) 2/19/1772-11/16/1841 (I do not know where sh e got her birthdate NOR why she has a second entry)
      John KEEFER d.10/30/1829 60 w. Margt. d.6/8/1848 83y (see duplicate be low on page 86)
      Martha KEEFER d.7/5/1827 15y
      Wendel KEEFER d.4.1.1877 74y w. Cath. d 8/3/1876 67y
      On page 86 she lists others and some duplicates:
      Nancy KEEFER d. 5/3/1869 80y
      John KEEFER d. Oct. 30, 1829 60y b.1769 w. Margt. b.1765-6/8/1848 (se e duplicate above on page 87)
      Rosanna KEEFER Sept.15, 1794-11/15/1820
      Martha KEEFER (d/o John & Margt. KEEFER) d. 6/5/1827 b. in 1812
      Barb. RIFFLE d.6/10/1819 66y
      Mary (W/O Geo. RIFFLE) d.Aug. 7, 1824 43y
      Wendel KEEFER 2/19/1803-4/4/1877 w. Cath. 11/6/1811-Aug. 3, 1876
      Geo. KEEFER d.2/8/1806 10m
      On page 85 she lists:
      Susanna (W/O Joseph KEEFER) d. 6/5/1827 (listed next to GIBSON on FLOO D)
      Cath. (W/O John CAUL) Sept. 15, 1784-11/24/1872 (Possible mother of Sa rah A. Gaul Keefer)
      John CAUL 2/10/1778-2/9/1861 (Possible father of Sarah A. Gaul Keefer)
      ** I do not see any record on these pages for Maria Eve KEFFER and he r father Morris Lawrence NOR for those listed on his Will: John H. Wol finger, executor; daughter, Sarah Eisenbrown, Samuel Blain (adjacent l andowner), and daughter, Mary (Mrs. Jacob Rishel).
      ** Other names that married to Keffers that are not listed here includ e: Weaver, Young, Lorbough

      More About Martin Keffer, Jr.:
      Date born 2: 29 Jun 1769, Birth/Baptism: Goshenhoppen Catholic Churc h Register, Washington Twp., Berks Co., PA.253
      Died 2: Bet. 26 Jul - 8 Nov 1847, Turbot Twp., Northumberland Co., PA.
      Occupation(s): Farmer.
      Other-Begin: Will dated on June 29, 1847, added to on July 26 and prob ated on November 8, 1847.
      PlaceBuried/Age: Family burial ground near own farm.
      Religion: Did he convert to Lutheranism from Catholism? It appears tha t his son James and grandson Martin L. did, at least by the year 1849 . .
      Residence 1: 19 Oct 1847, Estate of 100 Acres of land in White Deer Tw p., Union Co., PA was sold on this date.254
      Residence 2: Turbot Township, Northumberland Co., PA; Lot 128, Front S t., Milton, Northumberland Co., PA.
      Residence 3: 8 Aug 1801, Lot 128, Front St., Milton, Northumberland Co ., PA was purchased on this date.254
      Residence 4: 29 Jan 1802, Martin, Sr. deeds 200 acres to Martin, Jr. f or 150 lbs..254

      More About Martin Keffer, Jr. and Mary:
      Marriage: Probably in Northumberland Co., PA.

      ________________

      The records at Northumberland County Historical Society in Sunbury con tain this story, told by John Straub, great grandson of Andrew Straub , founder of Milton, about an encounter Martin Keffer, Jr. (when a you ng boy) and his grandfather, Moritz Lorentz, Sr., had with Indians.

      "Back about 1778 or 1779, I don't know whether it was at the tim e of the Great Runaway or the following year, when Fort Freeland was t aken by the Indians, there was a Keefer family living on what is now t he James Farm on Broadway Road. That was the former Rangeler farm . There was a Keefer family living there. Mr. Keefer, in the morni ng, took the children, the horses, and Mrs. Keefer and went to Fort Au gusta and left Grandad Lawrence and Martin Keefer, the grandson of Law rence, and they were to fetch cows and before they got away, why, th e Indians were coming down from Limestone Ridge and they had taken a b oy from between Clarence Showers and Dela Showers, and there was a Luc ky family living there. This boy was the same age as Martin Keefer a nd the Indians told the Lucky boy that he would have company as they w ere going over to get this Martin Keefer. So, they spoke English . So, they came across the Ridge to the Keefer farm. Grandpappy La wrence saw these Indians coming and he and the boy went to hide in th e sheep shed which was a log building. The Indians didn't look ther e and they went up to the cabin and there were a lot of beehives. Th e Indians disturbed the bees and the bees got after the Indians and th is made little Martin Keefer laugh and Grandpappy Lawrence stuck a han dkerchief in his mouth. If the Indians hadn't been so busy, they wou ld have found them because they would have heard the boy laughing. T hey would have killed the old man, but the boy they would have taken w ith them as prisoner. The Indians went on when they didn't find Mart in and they went up the line to the mouth of Loyalsock Creek where Mon toursville is now. They camped there for the night and they were stu ng so that they didn't bother tieing the Lucky boy, although he had be en tied on the horse first when they had first taken him prisoner. H e didn't sleep and when he found that they all were sleeping, why, h e untied his horse and got on his back and by daylight, he was home he re and by 11:00 o'clock, he was down to Fort Augusta. You see, the y were all gone at his home. Now, Grandpappy Lawrence and Martin Kee fer had already left for Fort augusta and it took them three days to g et to Fort augusta. They didn't go over Montour Ridge, the mountain , they must have gone around it, but they had to hide during the dayti me and traveled at night. They lived on huckleberries and milk . I don't know how many Indians were along, but they generally trave led with about five or six in a group. This Grandpappy Lawrence ha d a son who married my great grandfather's daughter, Esther. This wo uld be my great aunt. Now, of course, this happened long before Esth er was born and she was born after 1794. Most of this country was se ttled in the 1770's. I don't know where the Keefer log cabin stood , but in those days, everybody built near to a spring and so it was pr obably at the spring on the James farm which is just east of the Catho lic Cemetery out Broadway Road. Martin Keefer at this time was 12 ye ars old and when he grew up, he told this experience to my Pappy whe n he was a boy and Martin was in his 60's."
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      Birth: Jun. 29, 1769
      Bally
      Berks County
      Pennsylvania, USA
      Death: Sep. 12, 1847
      Turbotville
      Northumberland County
      Pennsylvania, USA

      Both Beer's Commemorative Biographical Record, " 1898, page 901- 3 and LeRoy Keefer'Our Ancestors Our Relatives and Ourselves," 19 33/1961skip this generation and state that James was the son of Marti n (1716-1815) & Mary Eva (Lawrence) Keffer. From Union Co. deed record s it is known that the Martin & Mary who purchased the land in White D eer Twp., where James resided, lived in Turbot Twp. in 1814 and agai n in 1830. Without this generation, Martin & Mary Eva (Lawrence) woul d have been too advanced in age to have children and it would have bee n an oddity to name one of their last sons Martin rather than one of t heir first sons.

      O'Keefe, Barbara Brady, compiled. Goshenhoppen (St. Paul's Mission chu rhc of the Blessed Sacrament), Bally, Berks County, Pennsylvania," ; Microfilmed June 1, 1992, Project and Fiche # 2CCB77)S, #11894, 1982 , page 77.
      "Keffer, Martin, of Martin Keffer and his wife Mary Eva, born Jun e 29, 1769, baptized July 30 at Mons Acutus, sponsors Maurice and Mar y Apollonia, his wife."

      Was he named one of the executors for his father's Will because his si bblings were too old?

      From Marion Bale's book, "Lawrence Legacy," Nov 1999, regard ing Martin Keffer, Jr.:
      "Martin Keffer, Jr. was born on the 29th of June 1769 to Martin K effer and his wife Mary Eva in Greenwich Twp, Berks Co. The Goshenhopp en Registers, page 38, state that Martin Jr. was baptized on the 30t h of July 1769 at Mons Acutus (Home of Christian Henrich). Sponsors fo r this event were Maurice Lorenz and Mary Apollonia, his wife. Marti n Keffer, Jr. would have moved to Milton in Northumberland County wit h his parents about 1775. Martin Keffer Jr. bought land from Andrew St raub 8 Aug 1801. NCCH Book L, page 574. On the 29th of January 1802 Ma rtin Keffer Sr. and Mary Eve deeded to their son John two hundred acre s for the consideration of one hundred and fifty pounds. This propert y was in the township of Turbut of Northumberland County, PA. Due to t he fire of 1880 in Milton and the lose of the church records we only h ave the names of some of Martin Jr, and Mary Keffer's children which w ere found in cemetery and accounts records. No doubt there were others .
      "On 4 October 1814 Martin Keffer of Turbut Twp bought land in Whi te Deer from John Blackeney. He was given a mortgage for 885 pounds b y John Blakeney and terms were set down. This land was situated in Whi te Deer adjoining lands of Reuben Haines, William McClay, George Benen ger, and William Robb, containing 99 acres 50 perches. Full satisfacti on of mortgage was made by 1 November 1815 and signed by John Blakeney . This indenture is found in Book A Page 351 and 359 at Sunbury courth ouse. Martin and his wife Mary of Turbut Twp, on 18 August 1818, sol d to his brother John Keffer of Turbut Twp, 48 acres 10 perches of lan d adjoining land of Martin Keffer, Widow Bartholamew, Henry Fullmer an d John Keffer. Part of this land was patented to Martin in 1810, the o ther granted to David Ireland in 1792 and then to Martin Keffer in 181 0. On the 1810 tax list of Turbut Twp., Martin Jr. is listed with 10 0 acres and 50 acres, 2 horses and several cows. In 1820 Census of Tur but Twp, Martin has in his household 1 M 10-15, 1 M 16-18, 2 M 16-25 , 1 m 45+, 1 F -10, 2 F 10-15, 1 F 26-44, 1 F +45 and 1 foreigner. Th e 1821 tax rolls of Turbut Twp. show Martin with 100 acres, 2 horses a nd 4 cows. The 1822 tax rolls of Turbut Twp. shows Martin with 100 acr es, 2 horses, 2 cows and 66 acres. He is shown in 1825 with 160 acres , 3 horses and 3 cows. Martin and his wife Mary of Turbut Twp, on 26 N ovember 1830, sell to David Ramsey of White Deer the same 99 acres an d 50 perches bought in 1814 for the sum of $40. This land is describe d as bordering the Ramsey Fulling Mill Dam, land of said Keffer and ot her land of David Ramsey. This is found in Book H, page 508.
      "The will of Martin Keffer, Jr. is dated the 29th of June 1847. M artin signed a codicil to this will on the 26th of July 1847. Martin K effer, Jr. is listed in his will as a farmer. He requests that he be i nterred "in the burial ground near the farm on which I formerly r esided." He directs that his debts be paid and that an appraiseme nt of his wordly goods be made by three competent and impartial neighb ors. He gives to his daughter Sarah Eisenbrown, who lives with him, th e house and lot of four acres of land in Turbot Township on which he n ow resides adjoining Samuel Blain and others. He directs that all hi s estate except what has been devised to his daughter Sarah shall be s old and converted into cash. Sarah is also to have her equal share o f the estate.
      "The equal share which was to go to his daughter Mary intermarrie d with Jacob Rissel shall be put to interest by order of the Orphans c ourt of Northumberland County and the interest thereof shall be paid a nnually to Mary during her natural life and after her death to her hei rs. Martin nominates and appoints his son Wental L. Keffer and John H . Wolfinger to be executors of the estate. In a codicil to this will d ated 26 July 1847 Martin directs that any notes held against his child ren or heirs shall be deducted from their share of the estate. A Vendu e list of articles from the estate of Martin Keffer, Jr. sold to vario us people is included in his estate papers. This sale was held at th e Keffer residence. In the list of the sale of Martin Jr.'s belonging s we find the following names: Francis O'Donnel, Sarah Eisenbraun, Jac ob Riffel, William Ginter, Wendle L. Keffer, John Ireland, Jr., Jame s Keffer, John Diven, David Ireland, Philip Follmer and Himon Follmer . Also in the accounting of the estate we find a list of his land. No . 1 A Farm of about 100 acres of land in Turbut Township, Northumberla nd County, PA with dwelling house, barn thereon erected, valued at $5 0 per acre......$5000.00 No. 2 A Farm of about 100 acres of land in Wh ite Deer Township, Union County, PA with dwelling house barn thereon e rected valued at $8.00 per acre.......$800.00 Amount of Real Estate $5 800.00.
      "On 31 March 1849 Wendel L. Keffer and John F. Wolfinger, executo rs of the estate, sold to Peter Rengler 125 acres 19 perches of land i n Turbut Twp., that had belonged to Martin Keffer, Jr., to Peter Rengl er for $7,188.09. The total amount of claims upon the heirs is $1785.1 8. The final accounting was submitted to the courts on the 21st of Dec ember 1847. Martin Keffer, Jr. died sometime between the signing of th e codicil to his will 6 July 1847 and the day the Letters of Administr ation were granted to his executors on 8 November 1847. He is buried i n St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Milton. His tombstone is difficul t to read."

      1801--Deed. Northumberland Co., Milton, August 8. (notes of Brandon Ke efer)
      Martin Keffer, Jr. purchases Lot 128 on Front St., Milton from Andre w Straub for the sum of 45 lbs. This building was torn down by the flo od authority after the the 1972 Hurricane Agnes.

      1814--Deed. Union Co., Lewisburg, PA, Book A, page 351-3, dated Octobe r 4. Mtg.
      Martin Keffer of Turbut Twp. purchased 99 acres and 50 perches of lan d in White Deer Twp. from John & Margaret Blackeney.
      880 pounds, 350 pounds; 1 April 1816; satisfied Nov. 1, 1815.

      1814--Mortgage. Union Co., Lewisburg, PA, Book A, page 359, dated Octo ber 4.
      Martin & Mary Keffer of Turbot Twp. to John & Margaret Blackeney.
      Satisfied November 1, 1815. 880 pounds, 350 pounds, April 1, 1816.

      1823--Deed. Union Co., White Deer Twp., PA, Book F, page 419.
      John & Catharine and Martin Kefer grant land in White Deer Twp. to Eli zabeth Luther.

      1830--Deed. Union Co., PA. Book H, page 508-9. Recorded Feb. 24, 1835.
      This Martin & Mary were residing in Turbot Township, Northumberland Co . but sold land/premise in White Deer Township, Union Co. that include d 1 A, 60 P. It was part of the 99 A 50 P of property originally purch ased in 1814. Why did five years pass between the date of the deed an d its recording??? Note: there is an old school house called, "Th e Ramsey Schoolhouse." Is this the premise? LeRoy Keefer'Our Ance stors Our Relatives, Ourselves," page 9 (James Keefer) says tha t the homestead was located about four miles west of New Columbia an d a short distance northwest of Ramsey's Schoolhouse. The home was a n old log house with a fireplace. According to Thomas Washington Keefe r's obituary (1918), he was born and died on this homestead.
      "This Indenture made 26 Nov. 1830 between Martin Keffer of Turbo t Township, Northumberland County and Mary his wife of the one part an d David Ramsey of White Deer Township, Union County of the other par t whereas John Blackney and Margaret his wife by their certain indentu re bearing date the 4 Oct. 1814 and recorded in Union Co. Deed Book A , pages 351-3, confirm unto Martin Keffer party a certain tract of lan d situate in White Deer Township containing 99 acres 50 perches and al lowances Be now this indenture witness that the said Martin Keffer an d Mary his wife for and in consideration of the sum of $40 to them i n hand paid by the said David Ramsey at and before the ensealing and d elivering hereof the receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge and th ereof acquit and forever discharge the said David Ramsey his heirs exe cutors and administrators by these presents--have granted bargained so ld released and confirmed and by these presents do grant bargain and s ell release and confirm unto the said David Ramsy and to his heirs an d assigns a certain piece or parcel of the aforesaid tract of land bou nded and described as follows viz. beginning at a post on the south si ded of said Ramsey Filling mill dam thence by land of said Keffer nort h thirty three perches to a marked maple on the south side of the ru n and north thirty six degrees east two perches to a post on the nort h bank of said run thence down the same south fifty f

      From "Lawrence Legacy" p125 p.125 ...he (Moritz Lorentz) spe nt the last chater of his life - Milton,Northumberland County, PA. W e don't know exactly when he moved up toMilton, but evidence has bee n found that he lived with his daughter MaryEva Lorentz Keffer, her hu sband Martin Keffer and their family. TheMartin Keffer family moved fr om Greenwich Twp, Berks Co., to Miltonsometime around 1775. The eviden ce for this was found in a document filedat the Reading courthouse whi ch refers to, "Martin Keffer, late ofGreenwich Township in Berk s County but now of Northumberland County inthe province of Pennsylvan ia, Yoeman." This document shows Martin Kefferselling his land t o William Green on the 5th of December 1775. But thedeed is not record ed at the Berks County Courthouse until the 13th ofMarch 1790. From th is document we conclude that the Keffer family movedto Milton either i n 1775 or the following year 1776. We cannot be surethat Moritz Loren tz, Sr. went with the family at this time, but if he didnot, surely h e followed very soon afterwards.

      -- MERGED NOTE ------------

      Both Beer's Commemorative Biographical Record, " 1898, page 901- 3 and LeRoy Keefer'Our Ancestors Our Relatives and Ourselves," 19 33/1961skip this generation and state that James was the son of Marti n (1716-1815) & Mary Eva (Lawrence) Keffer. From Union Co. deed record s it is known that the Martin & Mary who purchased the land in White D eer Twp., where James resided, lived in Turbot Twp. in 1814 and agai n in 1830. Without this generation, Martin & Mary Eva (Lawrence) woul d have been too advanced in age to have children and it would have bee n an oddity to name one of their last sons Martin rather than one of t heir first sons.

      O'Keefe, Barbara Brady, compiled. Goshenhoppen (St. Paul's Mission chu rhc of the Blessed Sacrament), Bally, Berks County, Pennsylvania," ; Microfilmed June 1, 1992, Project and Fiche # 2CCB77)S, #11894, 1982 , page 77.
      "Keffer, Martin, of Martin Keffer and his wife Mary Eva, born Jun e 29, 1769, baptized July 30 at Mons Acutus, sponsors Maurice and Mar y Apollonia, his wife."

      Was he named one of the executors for his father's Will because his si bblings were too old?

      From Marion Bale's book, "Lawrence Legacy," Nov 1999, regard ing Martin Keffer, Jr.:
      "Martin Keffer, Jr. was born on the 29th of June 1769 to Martin K effer and his wife Mary Eva in Greenwich Twp, Berks Co. The Goshenhopp en Registers, page 38, state that Martin Jr. was baptized on the 30t h of July 1769 at Mons Acutus (Home of Christian Henrich). Sponsors fo r this event were Maurice Lorenz and Mary Apollonia, his wife. Marti n Keffer, Jr. would have moved to Milton in Northumberland County wit h his parents about 1775. Martin Keffer Jr. bought land from Andrew St raub 8 Aug 1801. NCCH Book L, page 574. On the 29th of January 1802 Ma rtin Keffer Sr. and Mary Eve deeded to their son John two hundred acre s for the consideration of one hundred and fifty pounds. This propert y was in the township of Turbut of Northumberland County, PA. Due to t he fire of 1880 in Milton and the lose of the church records we only h ave the names of some of Martin Jr, and Mary Keffer's children which w ere found in cemetery and accounts records. No doubt there were others .
      "On 4 October 1814 Martin Keffer of Turbut Twp bought land in Whi te Deer from John Blackeney. He was given a mortgage for 885 pounds b y John Blakeney and terms were set down. This land was situated in Whi te Deer adjoining lands of Reuben Haines, William McClay, George Benen ger, and William Robb, containing 99 acres 50 perches. Full satisfacti on of mortgage was made by 1 November 1815 and signed by John Blakeney . This indenture is found in Book A Page 351 and 359 at Sunbury courth ouse. Martin and his wife Mary of Turbut Twp, on 18 August 1818, sol d to his brother John Keffer of Turbut Twp, 48 acres 10 perches of lan d adjoining land of Martin Keffer, Widow Bartholamew, Henry Fullmer an d John Keffer. Part of this land was patented to Martin in 1810, the o ther granted to David Ireland in 1792 and then to Martin Keffer in 181 0. On the 1810 tax list of Turbut Twp., Martin Jr. is listed with 10 0 acres and 50 acres, 2 horses and several cows. In 1820 Census of Tur but Twp, Martin has in his household 1 M 10-15, 1 M 16-18, 2 M 16-25 , 1 m 45+, 1 F -10, 2 F 10-15, 1 F 26-44, 1 F +45 and 1 foreigner. Th e 1821 tax rolls of Turbut Twp. show Martin with 100 acres, 2 horses a nd 4 cows. The 1822 tax rolls of Turbut Twp. shows Martin with 100 acr es, 2 horses, 2 cows and 66 acres. He is shown in 1825 with 160 acres , 3 horses and 3 cows. Martin and his wife Mary of Turbut Twp, on 26 N ovember 1830, sell to David Ramsey of White Deer the same 99 acres an d 50 perches bought in 1814 for the sum of $40. This land is describe d as bordering the Ramsey Fulling Mill Dam, land of said Keffer and ot her land of David Ramsey. This is found in Book H, page 508.
      "The will of Martin Keffer, Jr. is dated the 29th of June 1847. M artin signed a codicil to this will on the 26th of July 1847. Martin K effer, Jr. is listed in his will as a farmer. He requests that he be i nterred "in the burial ground near the farm on which I formerly r esided." He directs that his debts be paid and that an appraiseme nt of his wordly goods be made by three competent and impartial neighb ors. He gives to his daughter Sarah Eisenbrown, who lives with him, th e house and lot of four acres of land in Turbot Township on which he n ow resides adjoining Samuel Blain and others. He directs that all hi s estate except what has been devised to his daughter Sarah shall be s old and converted into cash. Sarah is also to have her equal share o f the estate.
      "The equal share which was to go to his daughter Mary intermarrie d with Jacob Rissel shall be put to interest by order of the Orphans c ourt of Northumberland County and the interest thereof shall be paid a nnually to Mary during her natural life and after her death to her hei rs. Martin nominates and appoints his son Wental L. Keffer and John H . Wolfinger to be executors of the estate. In a codicil to this will d ated 26 July 1847 Martin directs that any notes held against his child ren or heirs shall be deducted from their share of the estate. A Vendu e list of articles from the estate of Martin Keffer, Jr. sold to vario us people is included in his estate papers. This sale was held at th e Keffer residence. In the list of the sale of Martin Jr.'s belonging s we find the following names: Francis O'Donnel, Sarah Eisenbraun, Jac ob Riffel, William Ginter, Wendle L. Keffer, John Ireland, Jr., Jame s Keffer, John Diven, David Ireland, Philip Follmer and Himon Follmer . Also in the accounting of the estate we find a list of his land. No . 1 A Farm of about 100 acres of land in Turbut Township, Northumberla nd County, PA with dwelling house, barn thereon erected, valued at $5 0 per acre......$5000.00 No. 2 A Farm of about 100 acres of land in Wh ite Deer Township, Union County, PA with dwelling house barn thereon e rected valued at $8.00 per acre.......$800.00 Amount of Real Estate $5 800.00.
      "On 31 March 1849 Wendel L. Keffer and John F. Wolfinger, executo rs of the estate, sold to Peter Rengler 125 acres 19 perches of land i n Turbut Twp., that had belonged to Martin Keffer, Jr., to Peter Rengl er for $7,188.09. The total amount of claims upon the heirs is $1785.1 8. The final accounting was submitted to the courts on the 21st of Dec ember 1847. Martin Keffer, Jr. died sometime between the signing of th e codicil to his will 6 July 1847 and the day the Letters of Administr ation were granted to his executors on 8 November 1847. He is buried i n St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Milton. His tombstone is difficul t to read."

      1801--Deed. Northumberland Co., Milton, August 8. (notes of Brandon Ke efer)
      Martin Keffer, Jr. purchases Lot 128 on Front St., Milton from Andre w Straub for the sum of 45 lbs. This building was torn down by the flo od authority after the the 1972 Hurricane Agnes.

      1814--Deed. Union Co., Lewisburg, PA, Book A, page 351-3, dated Octobe r 4. Mtg.
      Martin Keffer of Turbut Twp. purchased 99 acres and 50 perches of lan d in White Deer Twp. from John & Margaret Blackeney.
      880 pounds, 350 pounds; 1 April 1816; satisfied Nov. 1, 1815.

      1814--Mortgage. Union Co., Lewisburg, PA, Book A, page 359, dated Octo ber 4.
      Martin & Mary Keffer of Turbot Twp. to John & Margaret Blackeney.
      Satisfied November 1, 1815. 880 pounds, 350 pounds, April 1, 1816.

      1823--Deed. Union Co., White Deer Twp., PA, Book F, page 419.
      John & Catharine and Martin Kefer grant land in White Deer Twp. to Eli zabeth Luther.

      1830--Deed. Union Co., PA. Book

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