Darn Prussians...there are so many ways to Anglicize the names! According to 1870 and 1880 census, they were spelling it Keister, first in Ohio and then in Indiana. Before that I am not finding anything. William (Wilhelm) Keister married Mary--and get this: as near as we know, her name was Poffenbarger. Of course, there's nothing like it; Pfeiffenberg is one possiblity. She was born in New York, and her parents in Darmstadt. William lived in the same house with a Joanna, old enough to be his mother, and Elisabeth (listed as "idiot" in the 1870 census) who was 5 years older.
Does anyone know of an easier way to search passenger lists than to read each one individually? Wheeeee!
In the meantime, I am still at it.
Happy New Year!
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