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Ralph Keeler, Sr.

Ralph Keeler, Sr.

Male 1613 - 1672  (59 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document    Has no ancestors but 48 descendants in this family tree.


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  • Relationshipwith Mathias St. John
    Born 1613  Lawford, Essex, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Sep 1672  Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age 59 years 
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    • Ralph Keeler
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      Ralph Keeler
      Born 1613[1]
      Lawford, Essex, England
      Died September 10, 1672[1][2]
      Norwalk, Connecticut Colony
      Residence Norwalk, Connecticut Colony [1]
      Occupation carpenter, realtor, chimney-viewer[2]
      Spouse(s) first wife unknown, Sarah Howes Whelpley, widow of Henry Whelpley, of Norwalk (m. 1663, Fairfield, Connecticut)[1][2]
      Children John Keeler, Ralph Keeler, Isabel Keeler, Rebecca Keeler, Elizabeth Keeler, Samuel Keeler[1][2]
      Ralph Keeler (also Keiler) (1613 ? September 10, 1672) was a founding settler of both Hartford, and Norwalk, Connecticut, United States.

      Contents [hide]
      1 Early life
      2 America
      3 Legacy
      4 Notable descendants
      5 References
      Early life[edit]
      Ralph Keeler is thought have been born in Lawford, Essex, England in 1613, perhaps the son of another Ralph Keeler who died in Essex in the early 17th century.[3]

      America[edit]
      He settled at Hartford in about 1639.[1][4] His home-lot was on what is now the West Park, north of the present site of the Capitol.[4] He was chimney-viewer in 1645.[4] In 1647, he brought Nicholas Gynings to court for "a miscaridge, beateing of [his] Cow".[5] In 1648, he was accused of slander by John Webb, but the jury found in favor of Keeler.[5]

      He was one of the signatories to the agreement for planting Norwalk in June 1650.[1][2][4]

      He sold his lot in Hartford, and moved to Norwalk in 1651 or 1652, where his brother Walter Keeler also settled.

      On October 21, 1662, he sold his four-acre lot to Richard Raymond.[1] On September 1, 1665, he bought the house, barn and lot of Thomas Ward.[1]

      He was named a freeman in 1668.[2][4]

      He, along with Walter Hoyt, was contracted by the settlement to cut the timber and build a house for Reverend Thomas Hanford.[5] At a town meeting in September 1668, he was contracted to build forty rods of fence.

      Legacy[edit]
      He is listed on the Founders Stone bearing the names of the founders of Hartford in the Ancient Burying Ground in Hartford, and he is also listed on the Founders Stone bearing the names of the founders of Norwalk in the East Norwalk Historical Cemetery.[citation needed]

      Notable descendants[edit]
      Edwin O. Keeler, first mayor of Norwalk after the city's incorporation from 1893 to 1894, Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut from 1901 to 1903.
      Anson F. Keeler, mayor of Norwalk from 1927 to 1930, member of the Connecticut Senate in 1931, Connecticut State Comptroller from 1933 to 1935
      Norman Rockwell, American painter
      References[edit]
      ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g h i Charles Melbourne Selleck (1896). Norwalk: v. 1 and supplement. The author. p. 122.
      ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut
      Jump up ^ Keeler, Wesley B. (1985). Keeler family: Ralph Keeler of Norwalk, CT, and some of his descendants. Gateway Press.
      ^ Jump up to: a b c d e The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1
      ^ Jump up to: a b c An Historical Discourse in Commemoration of the Two-hundredth Anniversary of the Settlement of Norwalk
    Person ID SSH2558  St. John Origin and Ancestry DNA Database
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2018 

    Children 
    +1. John Keeler,   b. 9 Feb 1654, Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1717, Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    +2. Ralph Keeler, Jr.  [Birth]
     3. Isabel Keeler  [Birth]
     4. Rebecca Keeler
     5. Elizabeth Keeler
    +6. Samuel Keeler,   b. 1655, Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1713, Ridgefield, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)  [Birth]
    Sarah St. John, m. 10 Mar 1681
    Last Modified 22 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F5336  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1613 - Lawford, Essex, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - John Keeler - 9 Feb 1654 - Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Samuel Keeler - 1655 - Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Sep 1672 - Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth
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