Hope you will contact me and fill in the family tree with you branch.Here's what I have after years of research and travel.
William Keepers b: 19 Mar 1793 in New Jersey d: 23 Dec 1873 in Essex, Kankakee Co, IllinoisBuried Foote Cmty, Essex, Kankakee Co., Illinois (Name & birthday from family Bible)
Have traced him through land recordsfrom Sussex Co. NJ back to Morris Co.NJ where there were other Keepers families.He is probably descended from one of four brothers who came to the area from England and worked in iron forges.New Jersey records are the pits so we'll probably never know which of those men was our William's ancestor.(They were Thomas, William, John and Joseph.Thonas had a son named William but supposedly died young)Our William was married twice but only two children from that first marriage are known for sure although the 1830 Sussex Co. NJ census shows there were more children.(Have speculations on identity of some of them.)Williamsold his half of Columbia Forge, Byram Twp., Sussex Co., NJ and with his second family moved west to Illinois in 1846 along with several other families from Byram Twp., including Daniel B. Reid, John Burd, Henry White, possibly James Cooper, and others.They settled first in Will Co., then in Kankakee Co.
Known children by first unknown wife who d: Bef. 09 Jul 1831 NJ
...... William Keepers died young
...... Charles W. Keepersb: Sep 1824 in New Jersey d: 21 Feb 1904 in Essex, Kankakee Co., Illinois
m: Abt. 1848 inNew Jersey toSusan ??? b: 24 Dec 1824 in New Jersey d: 09 Sep 1898 in Essex, KankakeeCo., Illinois (buried Foote Cmty; Charles is probably buried beside her but no tombstone for him. Had 1 child)
*2nd Wife of William Keepers:
Elizabeth Demorestb: 19 Feb 1809 in New Jersey m: 09 Jul 1831 in Byram ,Sussex Co., NJ by Esq. Lawranced: 12 Jan 1888 in Essex, Kankakee Co., Illinois bur. Foote Cmty
She was in the Bible as Elizabeth Keepers but family records state her maiden name was Demorest.Available death certificates of her children give it as Demorest in most cases with one as Demearest and one Domerest.Elizabeth has not been found in the more common spelling Demarest records of New Jersey.(List of children& birthdates from Bible; unknown if John P. Sergent was foster child or nephew? We have no knowledge of a previous marriage of Elizabeth.Some marriage dates and some spouses' names also in Bible. The rest were gathered from Will, Kankakee and Grundy Co., Illinois county recordsand census, plus visits to cemeteries and then libraries for obituaries. Palo Alto and Kossuth Co., Iowa for same.)
1. John P. Sergent b: 19 Dec 1829 in New Jersey d: 26 Oct 1903 inCuster Park, Will Co.,Illinois
........... +Phebe Clute b: Apr 1838 in New Yorkm: 26 Aug 1855 in Wilmington, Will Co., Illinois by Rev. Moses Merrill d: Bet. 1900 - 1922 in Illinois?(7 children)
2. Catharine M. Keepers b: 30 May 1832 in New Jerseyd: 12 Aug 1895 in Essex, Illinois bur. Foote Cmty
........... +Hiram A. Scroggins b: 19 Feb 1833 in Indiana m: Abt. 1853 in probably Channahon, Illinois d: 27 Mar 1918 in Kankakee Co?, Illinois bur. Foote Cmty(4 children) Father: Benjamin ScrogginsMother: Margaret ???
3. Nancy Keepers b: 31 Mar 1834 in New Jersey d: 19 Nov 1920 in Essex, Illinois Foote Cmty
........... +James S. Cooper b: 10 Sep 1827 in Sussex Co.,New Jersey m: 01 Jan 1856 in Essex, Kankakee Co., Illinois by Hamilton Keeny, J.P. d: 29 Jun 1896 in Essex, Illinois, Foote Cmty(10 children) Father: John D. Cooper Mother: Sarah Crosby
4.Abigail Keepersb: 11 Mar 1836 in New Jerseyd: 26 Apr 1932 in 1105 South Third Street, Kankakee, Illinois bur. Foote Cmty
........... +Robert M. Millerb: 26 Jan 1834 in "Lowdenville", Wayne Co., Ohio m: 01 Jan 1862 in Wilmington, Illinois d: 26 Jul 1923 in Essex, Illinois bur. Foote Cmty (2 children)Father: George Miller Mother: Elizabeth Picket
5. William Alfred Keepersb: 03 Apr 1838 in Columbia , Byram Twp., Sussex Co., NJ d: 07 Feb 1922 in Whittemore, Kossuth Co., Iowabur.Plainview Cmty, Whittemore, Iowa
........... +Mary Philena Underwood b: 20 May 1846 in Clarence Twp., Erie Co., NY m: 13 Mar 1866 in Essex, Kankakee Co., Illinois d: 07 Jan 1921 in Whittemore, Kossuth Co., Iowabur. Plainview Cmty (6 children) Father: Philander A. Underwood Mother: Philena Clementine Ball
6. Jane Keepers b: 05 Oct 1839 in Roseville,Byram Twp., Sussex Co., New Jersey d: 23 Jul 1921 in Essex, Illinois
........... +Shepherd Scroggins b: Feb 1825 in Indiana m: 08 Nov 1863 in Will Co., Illinois d: 10 Jul 1915 in Essex, Illinois ( both bur. Foote Cmty)(4 children)Father: Benjamin Scroggins?Mother: Margaret?
7. Rachel Keepersb: 07 Feb 1841 in New Jerseyd: 12 Jan 1921 in Essex, Illinois bur. Foote Cmty
........... +James S. Burd b: 1835 in New Jersey m: 03 Feb 1869 in Essex?, Kankakee Co., Illinois by Josiah Kern d: 1876 in Essex, Illinoisbur. Foote Cmty(2 children) Father: John Burd Mother: Eliza W. Sutton
8. Cornelius D. Keepers b: 08 Jan 1843 in New Jersey d: 04 Sep 1910 in Ruthven, Palo Alto Co., Iowa bur. Crown Hill Cmty, Ruthven
........... +Anna W. Bernhoftb: Bet. 17 May 1864 - 1866 in Germany m: 04 Nov 1897 in Algona, Kossuth Co., Iowa d: 21 Jan 1950 in Fairfield Rest Home, Cincinnati, Ohio (1 child d. young so adopted another) Father: Henry Bernhoft or Barnhoft Mother: Minnie Treplow
9.Morris S. Keepers b: 20 Feb 1845 in New Jersey d: 04 Oct 1846 in Channahon, Will Co., Illinois
10. Daniel Reid Keepers b: 24 Jul 1848 in Illinoisd: 29 Dec 1934 in Gardner, Grundy Co., Illinois
...........+Alice H. Spencer b: Jul 1852 in Grundy Co., Illinois m: 30 Jan 1878 in Grundy Co.,Illinois d: 02 Mar 1926 inYoungstown, Ohio ( both bur. Braceville-Gardner Cmty.2 children) Father: G. F. Spencer Mother: Eliza Crane