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History of Warren Co., Ohio
containing
A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Schools, Churches,
Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early
Settlers and Prominent Men; History of The North-
West Territory; History of Ohio; Map of
Warren County; Constitution of the
United States, Miscellaneous
Matters, Etc., Etc. 
- Illustrated -
Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co.,
1882

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  Union Twp. -
A. J. KEEVER, farmer; P. O. Camp Hageman; was born in turtle Creek Township in 1839; he is a son of Abraham and Anna (Longstreet) Keever.  He was born in Pennsylvania, and with his parents, Abraham and Mary (Kane) Keever, came to Ohio in an early day, and first settled in Darke Co., Ohio, and afterward became citizens of Warren Co.  Aaron and Mary (Higgins) Longstreet, parents of Anna, were natives of New Jersey, in which they were reared and married.  In 1812, he kept a public house of New Trenton, N. J.  In 1814, they came to Ohio and settled in Turtle Creek Township, where they lived till they died; his death occurred in1856; she died in 1863.  To them were born seven children, viz: Samuel (who married Betsey Corwin), Euphemia (who married ____ Simpson), Mary, (who married Andrew Burntager), Ann (who married Abraham Keever), and Mary (was married to James M. Gallager), Aaron (for his first wife married Mary Gallager, and for his second, Nancy Ward.  Abraham Keever, Sr., children were as follows:  Thomas (married P)olly Perrine), Joseph (married Mary Dugan), Anthony (married Polly Swanger), Betsy (married Phoenix See), Abraham (married Ann Longstreet), Joseph and Phalix (unmarried), Lavinia (was married to Phoenix See), George (to Eliza Lawrence), and Polly (who married George Sears).  To Aaron Keever, Jr., and wife were born four children, viz.: A. J. (married Mary Brown), Rebecca A. (was married to B. F. Gallager), Laving F. (married E. C. Doods), and Mary M. (was married to Dr. J. B. Owens, of Lebanon).  Abraham, Jr., died i 1847, aged 39 years.  Mrs. Keever was again married of John W. Hall, by whom she had one child, viz., Lurella (now Mrs. D. P. Wikoft).  She (Mrs. H.) died in 1879, aged 66 years.  Abraham, father of A. J., dealt largely in stock, and was one of the live businessmen of Warren Co., in his time, and was much respected by all who knew him; he was successful in business, and although dying young, left a farm of 200 acres.  Anna, his wife, was a consistent member of the Methodist Church; Aaron Longstreet, her father, was a Presbyterian, and a very exemplary man.  Our subject was reared on the farm, and in 1860 was married to Mary, daughter of David and Mary Brown  For four years after his marriage, he lived in the house where he was born.  In 1865, he moved onto the Hawthorne farm in Union Township.  In 1881, he came to the place where he resides, and during the summer of 1881 built a neat residence.  He owns 110 acres of land which is in good cultivation.
Source: History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 1057
  Union Twp. -
JAMES KEEVER, farmer; P. O. Mason.  The gentleman whose name heads this sketch was born in Warren Co., Ohio, Nov. 25, 1844; he is a son of James and Hester (Lamb) Keever, who settled in Ohio in an early day.  The boyhood of our subject was passed on the farm, and in the district school eh received an ordinary education.  As his father died before his birth he was deprived of that parental care and training so necessary and essential to every child, yet withal, James has succeeded and owns a farm of 106 acres, which is in the northwest quarter of Sec. 20; his land he is fixing up and improving and now bids fair to become a pleasant home.  In 1867, he was married to Mary E. Braden, by whom he has had three children - Minnie M., Clara L. and John C.  He located where he now lives (the old homestead) in 1872.  His brother, Lenoidas, enlisted in 1862, in Co. A, 79th O. V. I.; he died three months after, in December, at Gallatin, Tenn.
Source: History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 1058
  Turtle Creek Twp. -
ABE KEEVER, grocer, Lebanon, was born in Turtle Creek Township, Warren Co., Ohio, Sept. 10, 1830; he is the son of Anthony and Elizabeth (Swanger) Keever, he a native of Clark Co., Ohio, where he was born in Feb. 1805, and she a native of Warren County, born Oct. 20, 1807.  Our subject received his education in Warren County; his life was spent on the farm mostly, until 1864, when he embarked in the grocery and bakery business, in Lebanon, where he is still engaged in the grocery occupation, having discontinued his bakery.  He was married, Feb. 15, 1860, to Miss Sarah E. Lamb, a native of Turtle Creek Township, and a daughter of Thompson and Ann (Benham) Lamb, the former an early settler of Warren County.  By this union six children were born of whom three - Solon, Leonidas and Ruth - are the only survivors.  Mr. Keever was a Democrat in politics until the formation of the Greenback party, since which he has been identified with the latter party.  Mr. Keever's father, Anthony, died in Turtle Creek Township May 14, 1856; he was married in Turtle Creek Township and had nine children, of whom the following three are the only survivors:  Abe, our subject; Isaac, a carpenter, of Union City, Ind., and Samuel W., a prominent farmer of Union Township, Warren Co.  Our subject's wife's father, Thompson Lamb, was born in New Jersey Sept. 21, 1794, and emigrated to Turtle Creek Township in 1801; he was the son of Joseph Jamb, born in New Jersey Oct. 20, 1756, and died in Turtle Creek Township Aug. 8, 1828.  Thompson was twice married, first, on April 18, 1816, to Caroline Stevenson, who was born July 18, 1798, and died Nov. 17, 1826, and the second time Jan. 22, 1828, to Ann Benham, who was born in Washington Co., Penn., Jun. 12, 1793, moved to Newport, Ky., 1794, and to Warren County in 1799, where she still lives.  Her husband first settled on a farm on Muddy Creek, where he lived until his death, July 22, 1849; he was an Old Line Whig and a Deacon in the Old-School Baptist Church.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 753
  Turtle Creek Twp. -
ALBERT KEEVER, farmer; P. O. Lebanon; was born in Turtle Creek Township, Warren Co., Ohio, Dec. 28, 1849; his father, Milton Keever, was an early settler of Warren, where he followed farming very successfully until his death, in 1869, at that time owning 408 acres of land, which he had acquired by his own industry, aided by the frugality of his wife, Lydia (Murphy) Keever, his son, our subject, has chosen farming for his life occupation and promises to soon reach the degree of excellence in it that his father occupied before him; he now owns 96 acres of good arable land, worth fully $100 per acre.  He was married, Oct. 8, 1872, to Ella Snook, daughter of E. K. Snook; to this union were born four children, viz., George Raymond, Lesley, Flora and Elva.  Mr. Keever is a Republican in politics, and, for four years, served as School Director of his district.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 754
  Turtle Creek Twp. -
GEORGE KEEVER (deceased) was the son of Abraham Keever, a native of Pennsylvania, who came to Ohio in an early day and located in Warren County, where our subject was born May 26, 1812; he received his education in the country schools of Warren County, where he resided until his death, which occurred in 1869; he was a man of much natural ability, and, though a farmer by occupation, could "turn his hand" to almost any kind of work requiring mechanical skill; he was a good Republican in politics, and in religion a member of the Methodist Church.  He was married, in 1855, to Miss Eliza A. Lawrence, a native of Butler County, who bore him the five following children:  J. E., George E., Warren L., Franz Seigle and William E.  Mr. Keever stood high in the esteem of his fellows and at his death left a record unspotted.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 753
  Turtle Creek Twp. -
JAMES M. KEEVER, farmer; P. O. Lebanon; was born in Turtle Creek Township, Warren Co., Ohio, Jan. 20, 1835; he is the son of Thomas and Mary A. (Perrine) Keever, whose sketches appear elsewhere in this park; he was reared on a farm and has always followed farming as an occupation.  He was married, in 1857, to Rhoda Bunnell, a native of Warren County, where she was born Aug. 29, 1838; they have seven children living, viz., Edward C., Carrie B., Lincoln, Marion, Lida E., Walter and Clarence Hayes.  Mr. Keever owns a fine farm of 160 acres in Section 22; he is a Republican and has served a term of fourteen years as a School Director, and was, for some time, one of the Board of Directors of the Wrren County Agricultural Society.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 753
  Turtle Creek Twp. -
NATHAN KEEVER, (deceased) was born in Turtle Creek Township, Warren Co., Ohio, Aug. 6, 1818; he was a son of John and Elizabeth ('Rgers) Keever, natives of Pennsylvania, of German descent; he received a limited education and spent his life on the farm, where he died Oct. 30, 1880; having been injured in the left arm when quite young, he was unable to do but little of the labor of the farm, but, by his counsel and foresight, the work was prosecuted with considerable success.  He was a stanch Republican and held several offices of trust in the county, among which were County Commissioners six years, and Justice of the Peace several years.  In the year of his death, he was appointed Receiver of the Miami Valley Narrow Gauge Railway.  He was a man of intelligence and good business qualifications.  He was married, Nov. 2, 1858, to Mary J. Monfort, a native of Warren County, and daughter of Arthur Monfort, of New Jersey; they had five children, viz., Elbert M. (deceased), Merrilla (deceased), Hattie L., Clarence W. and Nellie E.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 753
  Turtle Creek Twp. -
THOMAS KEEVER, farmer; P. O. Lebanon; was born in Warren Co., Ohio, Sept. 2, 1802; his parents were Abraham Keever, a native of Pennsylvania, of German decent, and Margaret (Irons) Keever, a native of Pennsylvania, of Scotch descent; they were among the early settlers of Warren County, whither they emigrated in the year 1802 and settled in what is now Clear Creek Township, and later, the husband served in the war of 1812.  Our subject received such education as could be obtained in the pioneer schools of Warren and Clark Counties and early commenced working on a farm, at which employment he has since continued.  In 1827, he was married to Mary Ann Perrine, a native of Kentucky, by whom he had nine children, six of whom are now  living, viz., John P., Mary E., James M., Margaret Ann, Alvira W. and Martha L.  Mrs. Keever died in 1851, and our subject afterward went to live with his daughter, Martha L., who married James A. Thompson, of Warren County, in 1866; the latter was born in Warren County and is a farmer.  In the second year of the late war, he enlisted in Company B, 79th O. V. I.; he has had, by this marriage, two children - Clifford and Charley.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 752
  Turtle Creek Twp. -
WILLIAM OSCAR KEEVER, farmer; P. O. Lebanon; was bornin Ohio Aug. 20, 1847; he is the son of Milton and Lydia (Murphy) Keever, natives of Ohio, she of Irish and he of German descent; they were the parents of six children, viz., Ellen (the deceased wife of John Monfort, Esq.), Elizabeth, wife of Peter Monfort, Eliza W., George (deceased), William O. our subject, and Albert, all the survivors being citizens of Warren County.  William O. attended the Normal School at Lebanon, where he completed his education and then returned to farming; he was married, in 1869, to Miss Ella Monfort, daughter of Stout Monfort, of Warren County; they have four children - Pearl, Milton S., Emma Maude and John M.  Mr. Keever is one of Warren County's successful farmers; he owns a farm of 173 acres of land well improved, lying near Lebanon.  He is a Republican in politics, but confines himself to simply voting the ticket of his party, never aspiring to any of its official honors.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 753
  Union Twp. -
HENRY B. KELLEY, South Lebanon, of the firm of Kelley & Dunham, pacers and driers of sugar corn.  Mr. Kelley was born in New York in 1844; his early life was passed in the nurseries of Rochester, in his native State, one of which he had charge when only 17 years old.  The rudiments of his education were received in the common schools, which was afterward quite fully developed in higher institutions of learning.  In 1871, he came to Ohio and located at Foster's Crossing, in Warren Co., where he began drying sweet corn.  The following year he located at his present site.  Mr. W. H. Poor and he were the discoverers and originators of their new process of drying corn.  He was married in Ohio, in 1867, to Rosa, daughter of Orson Murray, who was borne him children as follows - Cannie, Carlos, Horace and George.  Mr. Kelley belongs to all Masonic bodies, being a member of Lebanon Lodge, No. 26, Chapter No. 5, and to the Miami Commandery.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 1058
  Clear Creek Twp.
HARRISON KIRBY, farmer; P. O. Dodds; born on the old Kirby farm, in Clear Creek Township, Dec. 6, 1836; is a son of Jonathan and Elizabeth Kirby, natives of New Jersey, and were among the early settlers of this county, locating here about 1813, and here resided till their death.  Harrison was married, Oct. 1, 1860, to Rachel, daughter of Arthur and Sarah Venable, natives of New Jersey.  Rachel was born in Warren County, Dec. 19, 1840, by her Mr. Kirby has had four children, two now survive - Era Alice and Moses E.  His wife died in October, 1876.  On Feb. 7, 1878, he married for his second wife Elizabeth A., daughter of David and Sarah (Spraight) Wills, natives of Warren Co., Ohio.  The grandfather was James Wills, a native of New Jersey, but who emigrated to Ohio and settled in Warren County prior to 1800, being one of the early pioneers.  David Wills died in January, 1875, aged 75 years; he was the father of five children, four now survive - Unity, Elizabeth, Hannah, Jane and James B.  Mr. Wills was twice married: by his first wife he had one son, who is now living - William, married Hannah Venable, by whom he had six children, five now living - Hannah, Unity Charles Ada and Myrtle.  His wife died in June, 1880.  James B. Wills, youngest son of David and Sarah Wills, married Florence Crane, by whom he has three children - Mattie Mary, David L. and Joseph Walter.  Mr. Kirby, after his marriage located on the old home place, where he lived five years; thence located on the place where he now lives and has since resided.  Mr. Kirby has never held or sought office, but they are among the "well-to-do" and substantial farmers of Clear Creek Township, are kind and accommodating neighbors, and among our county's best citizens.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 911
  Clear Creek Twp. -
SAMUEL KIRBY, farmer; P. O. Pekin; born in Warren Co., Nov. 27, 1828; is a son of Samuel and Mary (Miller) Kirby, he a native of Warren County, and she of Virginia.  The grandfather was Richard Kirby, a native of New Jersey but who became a resident of Warren Co., Ohio, where he lived and died.  Samuel, the father, grew to manhood on the home place of his father in Turtle Creek Township; was married to Mary daughter of Jacob Miller, and located on the home place where he lived and died.  He died in the prime of his life, aged 36 years; his wife survived him till August, 1879, aged 72 years.  They had seven children children, five now survive - Cordelia, now Mrs. Shrimp; Elizabeth Ann, now Mrs. Braden; Mary Ellen, now Mrs. Davis; Ecick and Samuel.  The subject of this sketch was but a small child when his father died, but remained with his mother till 12 years of age, when he started out in the world for himself and worked here and there as he could find work and a home till 24 years of age; was married, Mar. 3, 1852, to Sarah, daughter of Francis and Cassie Graham, natives of this county, by which union they have five children - Arsamus, born Oct. 31, 1853, Horace, Jan. 30, 1859; Niles, Aug. 15, 1860; Lamar, Jan. 7, 1867; and Jennie, Jan. 1, 1872.  Mr. Kirby after his marriage resided two years on a portion of the old home farm; thence three years on Dr. Keever's place; thence, in 1857, he bought and located on the William Kirby farm.  In 1869, he bought the farm where he now lives, of the heirs of Henry King, and in spring of 1870 moved on to it; here he ha erected all the buildings on the place and now has a fine home and residence.  Mr. Kirby is an energetic, active man, and by his industry and general business tact has become owner of two farms, embracing 155 acres of good land, and is now well situated to enjoy the comforts of life.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 910
  Turtle Creek Twp. -
JOHN KNOX (deceased) was born in Ireland in 1809, and emigrated to America in 1818 with his parents, who settled in Turtle Creek Township in the section where they now live; he obtained his education in the village of Lebanon and followed farming until his death; he was a very industrious and hardworking man, full of the vigor and energy that characterizes the people of his nativity.  He was married, in Dec., 1836, to Miss Mary Jane Cowan, a native of Turtle Creek Township, and a sister of David Cowan of Warren County; they had four children, three girls and one boy, viz., Margaret J. of Butler Co., Ohio; Mary E., the wife of Boyd Forman, a farmer of Turtle Creek Township, and Charles C., who has attended to the home farm since his father's death.  Mr. and Mrs. Knox were both members of the Presbyterian Church.
Source:  History of Warren Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882 - Page 753

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