For anyone who connects with my post:I've found quite a bit of information since.Happy to share.Also to add to the information, I believe that William Keller and his wife, Mary Shirey, died sometime before the 1880 census.Their children are found in 1880 living with relatives.In 1870 I found three of my families living in close proximity in Kosciusko County.This was an exciting find, as it gives a timeframe for the death of the elder Kellers.Their names were misspelled Keeler in the census, which is why they never came up on the index.Here is what I found:
Henry Keller (misspelling corrected)age 60 Farmer b: PA Mary age 58 born PA John H. age 21 born OH Mary J. age 14 born OH
William Keller age 27 Farmer born OH Mary age 40 born OH Eliza J. age 6 born IN Alice M. age 4 born IN John age 3 born IN Cynthia age 2 born IN Iva E. age 9-months born IN
William Shirey (misspelled Shirly) age 21 Farm Labor b:IN
Shilling, Lawrence (misspelled Shiling) day labor age 34 B: Baden Matilda age 33 born OH (She is the daughter of Henry and Mary Keller and sister of the William Keller family, listed above.) William age 13 born OH Jasper age 5 born IN Daniel age 2 born IN
By 1880 it appears that the senior Kellers are deceased.I still need to do a frame by frame search.But I do know that something happened to the William Keller family as their children were living with family members.Here is what I found:
Ida E. Keller was living with her grandmother, Silence (sometimes spelled Silance) Shirey in Kosciusko Co., Harrison Twp.William Shirey (listed as farm laborer in 1870) is now married to a woman named Millie and they have a daughter Mintie May age 5.Their nephew John Keller age 13 is living with them.
Information found elsewere suggests that Cynthia Keller married a man named Henry Adams.So she must also be living with someone, as she is only 12 in 1880.Ida E. (spelled Iva in 1870) is said to have married a William English.The two oldest girls, Eliza J. and Alice M., remain a mystery. They either perished with their parents or were farmed out or married off at an early age.Possibly Alice married at 16 and Alice went to live with her.The Lawrence Shilling family remained intact, adding John, Emanuel, and Rosanna to the list and losing Jasper and William.Jasper probably was farmed-out or deceased.William I know married.
If anyone can add to this information it would be appreciated.Willing to share whatever I have on these families.