First Families of Louisiana: Colonial Ancestor -- Lanoux

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Colonial Ancestor: Jean Pierre Keller

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1. Jean Pierre Keller

Residence: Jean Pierre Keller was among a group of Alsatian colonists who arrived in Louisiana in the fall of 1759. He was certainly in St. John the Baptist Parish by 10 March 1760, when he sold land to Antoine Leche. He appeared on a list of militia of the Second German Coast in 1770, and in a census of the Second Coast of the Germans in 1784.

Evidence: Glenn R. Conrad, "Alsatian Emigration to Louisiana 1753-1759." IN: The Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Series in Louisiana History, Vol. I: The French Experience in Louisiana (Lafayette, Louisiana: Center for Louisiana Studies, 1995), p. 170.
     Glenn R. Conrad (ed. & trans.), Saint-Jean-Baptiste des Allemands: Abstracts of the Civil Records of St. John the Baptist Parish to 1803, 2d ed. (Lafayette, Louisiana: Center for Louisiana Studies, 1992), p. 5.
     Albert Robichaux (comp., trans., & ed.), Louisiana Census and Militia Lists, Volume I: German Coast, New Orleans, below New Orleans, and Lafourche (Harvey, Louisiana: Privately pritned, 1973), pp. 73, 85.

Birth: c.1731, probably Alsace.

Evidence: The 1770 list of the Second Company of Militia of the Coast of the Germans includes Jean Pierre Keller, fusilier, age 39, married, from Alsace. This is also another piece of evidence pointing to an origin in Alsace.
     Robichaux, Louisiana Census and Militia Lists, p. 73.

Death: 4 August (or 8 August) 1789.

Evidence: Jean Pierre drowned in the Mississippi River, apparently on the way to New Orleans, on 4August (according to the inventory of his property) or 8August (according to his burial record). His funeral took place 14 August 1789, without his body ever having been found.
     Conrad, Saint-Jean-Baptiste des Allemands, p. 90.      Burial of Ans Petre Keler, SJBED F1/23, Earl C. Woods & Charles E. Nolan (eds.), Sacramental Records of the Roman Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Vol. 4 (1784-1790) (New Orleans: Archives of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, 1989), p. 170.

Marriage (1st) to: Catherine Haron, c.1748-1757, probably in Alsace.

Evidence: The marriage record of Jean Pierre Keller fils lists his parents as Jean Pierre Keller and Catherine Haron and his place of birth as "Rochetarque, procinve of Strasbourg," so the marriage of his parents would likely have occurred in Alsace. The burial record of Jean Pierre Keller fils gives his age as 50 at the time of his death in 1798. This would establish an earliest date for the marriage of about 1748, when his father would have been about 17 years old. If the death record overstates his age, the marriage could have taken place as late as c.1757. Catherine Haron had died before Jean Pierre came to Louisiana, since he was accompanied by his 2nd wife, Catherine Waguerly, on his arrival in 1759.
     Marriage of Jean Pierre Keller fils and Marie Percle, SJBED M1/10, Earl C. Woods & Charles E. Nolan (eds.), Sacramental Records of the Roman Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Vol. 3 (1772-1783) (New Orleans: Archives of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, 1989), p. 168.
     Burial of Padro Keler, SJBED F1/44, Earl C. Woods & Charles E. Nolan (eds.), Sacramental Records of the Roman Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Vol. 6 (1796-1799) (New Orleans: Archives of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, 1991), p. 158.

Marriage (2nd) to: Catherine Waguerly, before 1759 probably in Alsace (or elsewhere in France).

Evidence: No record has yet been located. She appears as the wife of Jean Pierre Keller on their arrival in Louisiana in 1759. The inventory of the property of the late Jean Pierre Keller also names his widow as Catherine Waguerly.
     Conrad, "Alsatian Emigration to Louisiana," p. 170.
     Conrad, Saint-Jean-Baptiste des Allemands, p. 90.

2. Nicolas Keller

Evidence of Relationship to #1: No birth record for Nicolas Keller is known to exist and the record of his 1st marriage to Ynes Schexnayder does not name his parents. However, the inventory of the belongings of Catherine Waguerly, widow Keller, specifically notes that the inventory was taken at the home of Nicolas Keller, Catherine's son, and in the presence of Agnes [Ynes] Segsneider, his wife. Additionally, the record Nicolas's 2nd marriage to Angelique Delatre Rodrigue lists his parents as Jean Pierre Keller and Catherine Vairly (one of the many variants of her surname as it appears in the records).      Conrad, Saint-Jean-Baptiste des Allemands, pp. 1012.      Marriage of Nicolas Keler and Angelique Delate Rodrigue, SJBED M1/124, Earl C. Woods & Dorenda Dupont (eds.), Sacramental Records of the Roman Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Vol. 8 (1804-1806) (New Orleans: Archives of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, 1993), p. 187.

Birth: c.1767 probably St. John the Baptist Parish.

Evidence: The burial record of Nicolas Keler (son of Pierre and Catherine Wkerine) gives his age at his death in 1807 as 40 years, hence a birthdate of about 1767. Since his parents lived in St. John the Baptist Parish from 1759 until their deaths in 1789 and 1790, he almost certainly was born there.
     Burial of Nicolas Keler, SJBED F1/88, Earl C. Woods & Charles E. Nolan (eds.), Sacramental Records of the Roman Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Vol. 9 (1807-1809) (New Orleans: Archives of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, 1994), p. 198.

Death/Burial: 28 January 1807 St. John the Baptist Parish; buried 29 January 1807 St. John the Baptist Church, Edgard, Louisiana.

Evidence: Burial of Nicolas Keler, SJBED F1/88, Woods & Nolan, Sacramental Records, 9:198.

Married (1st) to: Ynes Cescenieder, 4 July 1786 St. John the Baptist Church, Edgard, Louisiana.

Evidence: Marriage of Nicolas Keler and Ynes Cesceneider, SJBED M1/128, Woods & Nolan, Sacramental Records, 4:170.

Married (2nd) to: Angelique Delatre Rodrigue, 14 January 1805 St. John the Baptist Church, Edgard, Louisiana.

Evidence: Marriage of Nicolas Keler and Angelique Delatre Rodrique, SJBED M1/124, Charles C. Nolan & Dorenda Dupont (eds.), Sacramental Records of the Roman Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Vol. 8 (1804-1806) (New Orleans: Archives of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, 1993), p. 187.

3. Nicolas Keller fils

Evidence of Relationship to #2: The baptismal record of Nicolas Keller fils states that his parents were Nicolas Keler and Ines Sexner.
     Baptism of Nicolas Keler, SJBED B1/93, Woods & Nolan, Sacramental Records, 4:170.

Birth: 1 September 1787 probably in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana. Baptized 4 October 1787 St. John the Baptist Church, Edgard, Louisiana.

Evidence: Baptism of Nicolas Keler, SJBED B1/93, Woods & Nolan, Sacramental Records, 4:170. One of his sponsors was his grandfather, Ans Petre [Jean Pierre] Keller.

Burial: 27 September 1864 St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Edgard, Louisiana. Probably died that day or the day before, age 77 years.

Evidence: Shirley Cassagne Terrio, "List of Burials of Edgard, La., St. John the Baptist Church, Jan. 2, 1864-Dec. 26, 1864," Les Voyageurs 4 (September 1985):198.

Married (1st) to: Eufrosine Delate, 20 April 1807 St. James Church, St. James Parish, Louisiana.

Evidence: Nicolas Keller, native of St. John the Baptist Parish, married Eufrosine Delate, native of St. John the Baptist Parish, daughter of Jean Louis Delate, deceased, and Angelique Rodry (the second wife of Nicolas Keller père).
     Marriage of Nicolas Keller and Eufrosine Delate, SJA 2/104, Archives of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church Records 1804-1819, Vol. 3 (Baton Rouge: Archives of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, 1982), p. 459.

Married (2nd) to: Agnes Webre, 15 November 1814 St. John the Baptist Church, Edgard, Louisiana.

Evidence: Nicolas Keller (son of Nicolas, dec., and Agnes Sexchnaidre, dec.), married Agnes Webre.
     Marriage of Nicolas Keler and Agnes Vebre, SJBED M2/40, Charles E. Nolan & Dorenda Dupont (eds), Sacramental Records of the Roman Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Vol. 11 (1813-1814) (New Orleans: Archives of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, 1996), p. 236.

Married (3rd) to: Catherine Emerante Webre (sister of his 2nd wife), 6 July 1835 probably at St. John the Baptist Church, Edgard, Louisiana.

Evidence: [no author], "The Webre Family," New Orleans Genesis 10 (March 1964):15263.

4. Pierre Oscar Keller

Evidence of Relationship to #3: His baptismal record lists his parents as Nicolas Kellaire and Agnes Webre.

Birth: 28 January 1830 probably St. John the Baptist Parish; baptized 18 February 1830 St. John the Baptist Church, Edgard, Louisiana.

Evidence: Baptism of Pierre Oscar Kellaire, Book V, Baptisms, 1828-1839: Act 230, p. 54.

Death/Burial: 15 November 1919 Hahnville, St. Charles Parish, Louisiana.

Evidence: Pierre Oscar Keller, death certificate, Vol. 30, No. 13591, Louisiana State Archives, Baton Rouge.

Married (1st) to: Louise Clara Darensbourg, 25 April 1850 St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana.

Evidence: Marriage license, St. John the Baptist Clerk of Court, Edgard, Louisiana.




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