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Keturah Kepner Lutz PA 1834-1901
Posted by: Beverly Cayford (ID *****2138) Date: January 14, 2005 at 00:56:58
In Reply to: Enoch Lutz and Wife Keturah (?) by Kimberly Kelly of 1687

I've been looking for years, unsuccessfully, for the ancestors of Keturah Kepner. She married Enoch Myers Lutz, son of Samuel Lutz and Sarah Myers. A short biography of Enoch says he married Keturah Kepner of Juniata Co. on Dec. 28, 1858. She died May 27, 1901, in Shirley Twp, Huntingdon Co, PA, and is buried in Germany Valley Cemetery. According to her death record, she was 66 years old and born in Millertown, Perry Co, PA. Regrettably, her parents were left blank. The tombstone of Enoch M. Lutz and "Keturah Kepner his wife" says she died aged 66 years, 7 months, and 10 days, which would put her birth at Oct. 17, 1834. She married into a Brethren (Dunkard) family, but hers may have been Lutheran.
I have searched through Juniata, Perry, and Huntingdon counties for her family, and I have tried to trace the family lines of all the Pennsylvania Kepners to identify which might be possible. The census records appear to be incomplete, since the same families do not appear in successive censuses. No 1850 census lists her, although the most likely county used initials for family members instead of full names and hers might be among them. I haven't found a Kepner will or probate record listing her. I haven't found her actual marriage record. I was told there was a newspaper record of the marriage, but I don't know where, and the state newspaper collection was indefinitely quarantined when I was searching. I haven't found an obituary. I did find one typescript compilation of Kepner families containing her name, but the dates of the parents she was assigned to didn't fit. Is there a Bible record anywhere with her name?
Can anyone help?

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