Name: Joseph KEELER 1 2 3
Birth: 1684 in Norwalk, Fairfield, CT 2 3
Death: 29 NOV 1757 in Ridgefield, Fairfield, CT 2 3
Occupation: Carpenter 2 3
Burial: Ridgebury Cemetery, Ridgebury, CT 2 3
The American presidential BUSH FAMILY is descended from Joseph Keeler a nd Elizabeth Whitney (see their genealogy in this database).
GenServ submission from Richard Morgan and Robert Camer on ; Robert Cameron's sources: "Whitney Family", pa ge 16 "a carpenter, son of Samuel and Sarah (St. John) Keeler, grands on of Ralph Keeler, and Mark and Elizabeth (Stanley) St. John; and great g randson of Matthias St. John, and Timothy Stanley" -"The St. John Genealog y", Orline St. John Alexander, Graf ton Press, New York, 1908, p21.
HISTORY: From Robert Cameron's Gedcom: Settled in Ridgefield. A carpente r, and as early as 1715, by town meeting, he was appointed to repair the m eeting house, and 1716 he was elected lister and seller of weights and mea sures, and Dec 20, 1722, surveyor; and 1725 one of a committee to fix t he line betwixt Norwalk and Ridgefield. In 173 5 he was a Justice of t he Peace and town miller, and for several years thereafter. He died at 74.
"Keeler Family Genealogy", p. 16, states Joseph was an original propriat or of Ridgefield, drawing lot 19 when the new town's land was divided in 1 708. He was a carpenter and undoubtedly involved in the building of Ridge field's first homes. In 1715 he was selected at a town meeting to repa ir the meeting house. He was Ridgefield's first lister, in 1716, keepi ng a record of the town's inhabitants and property values for tax purpose s. He probably moved from Norwalk to Ridgefield to Norwalk about 170 8, 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 h aving been used in trapping woodchucks was broken in pieces. "The St. Jo hn Genealogy", Orline St. John Alexander, Grafton Press, New York, 190 8, p 21.
Father: Samuel KEELER b: ABT 1655 in Norwalk, Fairfield, CT
Mother: Sarah ST. JOHN b: 18 JAN 1657/58 in Norwalk, Fairfield, CT
Elizabeth WHITNEY b: ABT 1684 in Norwalk, Fairfield, CT
in Norwalk, Fairfield, CT 2 3
- Rachel Keeler b: 4 OCT 1706
- Elizabeth Keeler b: 18 NOV 1708
- Sarah Keeler b: 22 SEP 1710
- Joseph Keeler b: 8 APR 1713
- Isaac Keeler b: ABT 1715
- Martin Keeler b: 13 MAY 1717
- Lot KEELER b: 26 FEB 1718/19 in Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT
- Paul Keeler b: ABT 1722
- Silas Keeler b: 3 DEC 1724
- John Keeler b: 11 JAN 1724/25
- Elijah Keeler b: 17 MAR 1726/27 in Ridgefield, Fairfield, CT
- Title: Whitney Family History
- Title: updike.ged
Text: Date of Import: Feb 9, 2002
- Title: ralphroberts.ged
Text: Date of Import: Dec 15, 2003