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Posted by: Ruby Louis Date: April 02, 2000 at 23:24:50
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I am looking for the ancestors of JOSEPH ALMON KELTING. He was born October 13, 1811 in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. He married (1) ELIZABETH MARTIN. She was born April 03, 1813 in Amiddletown, Butler County, Ohio, and died May 01, 1850 in Kanesville, Weber County, Iowa. He married (2) LUCY MATILDA JOHNSON, daughter of EBER JOHNSON and SALLY GOODALE. She was born March 24, 1827 in Berkshire, Tioga, New York. He married (3) MINERVA ORILLA WOODS July 13, 1856.
Joseph’s name was changed from Johnson to Kelting around 1815. Family history says
it was changed to meet the requirements of a will. Josephs father was Simon JOHNSON and his mothers name was Elizabeth GWINNUP. They were married in Philadelphia, PA in 1808.
Simon Johnson either owned or worked on the privateer ship "Shadow". In Elizabeth's obituary, it says she owned and ran privateers during the war. Simon was in the privateer service for the United States according to Elizabeth's statement on the pension papers, from 1812 to 1813, and became a prisoner of war for eighteen months after the Shadow was taken in the Cape of Bordeau by a British man of war. He was confined in Mapleton(unclear) or Dartmoor Prison. Simon escaped and came back to the United States and shipped in the service of the United States war ship "John Adams", where he contracted a fever and died.
.              SIMON M KELTING, b. April 05, 1834, Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio; d. November 03, 1882, Colton, San Bernadino, California.
              MARY ANN KELTING, b. January 10, 1838, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio; d. March 21, 1924.

SIMON M KELTING was born April 05, 1834 in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, and died November 03, 1882 in Colton, San Bernadino, California. He married MARGARET MERIAH REEDER March 22, 1863 in San Bernadino, San Bernadino, California, daughter of WILLIAM REEDER and EMILY WATSON. She was born September 1845 in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, and died Bef. 1950 in California.
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