Franz Joseph was the son of Georg PERSON




Michael was a good looking man and his 1st wife dies and left him with 7 children. He Helena Parsons first husband was a sailor and died at sea of colera.

{sjt#1-23}Notes Lenore Bringham Keitzer made for Roberta Kelsey:
Probate court Tiffin, Ohio on 2nd day of Sept 1859, Seneca Co. Michael Keitzer, a native of Germany and a subject of the Grand Duke of Hessen became a naturalized citezen of the U.S.

In one place it is Hesse and in another it is Hessen. I copied the above and I am not sure it is Authentic. (I found a little information about the Kleckner and Levengood family which I can send you later. I hope to get a little more)

Henry Keitzer May 2, 1856 to Jan 13, 1944. Marietta Freese Keitzer Apr 20, 1864 to Nov 2, 1938.

Kleckner was the maiden name of Elizabeth Freese who had the daughter Marietta Freese Keitzer. Levengood is Elizabeth's grandsmothers name on her mothers side. Lenore died before more information was sent. -SJT

{sjt #1-7}From Ancestors of Henry Keitzer sheet provided by Bob Keitzer Jr.:
Michel K. Keutzer  b. Feb 15, 1817 in Upper Hesse, Germany d. Oct 6, 1872 in Pulaski Co. Indiana.
Helena Parsons b. July 8, 1813 in ?, Baden, Germany d. Dec 12, 1894 in Pulaski Co., Indiana.
Peter Parsons (Father of Helena Parsons) b in Baden Germany.

Note he changes Helena Parsons father in a later email. -SJT

{sjt#1-7} From Family Group Sheet provided by Bob Keitzer Jr.:

Michael Keitzer (Johannes Michael Keutzer) Born: Feb 15, 1817 in Frischborn, Upper Hesse, Germany. Married about 1837 near Baltimore Maryland. Died Oct. 6, 1872 in Monterey, Pulaski Co., Indiana. Father was Johannes Keutzer, Mother was Anna Margaretha Wienold. He was naturalized on Sept 2, 1859 in the Probate Court, Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio. Was a subject of the Grand Duke of Hesse in Darmstadt Germany. He was a farmer. His nationality was German, Religion was Roman Catholic. German family book says DOB=17/02/1817. He came to the USA in 1833.

Helena Parsons: Born July 8, 1813 in Baden Germany, died Dec 12, 1894 in Monterey, Pulaski Co., Indiana. Father was Peter Parsons, other husband was Voglein. Buried in Old Catholic Cemetery, Monterey, Indiana. Her husband owned 80 acres NW corner of section #11 of big Spring Twsp., Seneca Co., Ohio. Her nationality/religion was German/Catholic. She came to the USA in 1833. Came to Monterey in 1867 from New Riegle, Seneca Co., Ohio.

{sjt#1-28} Part of a hand written note from Lenore Bringham Keitzer:

Michel Keitzer came from Hesse. Was a subject of the Grand Duke of Hesse. Was naturalized at Fostoria Ohio. Married Helena (Helen) Parsons. She was English and had settled in Baltimore where her first husband died. [Sailor, died of cholera] Michael was a weaver and was T.B. They were the parents of Henry Keitzer. The Keitzers were Lutherans and Michaels brother was a L. preacher and settled in Burlington Iowa. Michael was a convert to Catholeicism. He came to Ind. from New Riegle, Ohio. I think that is in Senica Co.

From the files of Tammy and Kathleen Richter (probably originaly provided by Bob Keitzer Jr.):

Michael K Keitzer was born Feb. 15, 1817 in Dormstad (Hesse) Germany. He lived  in Germany then Maryland then Seneca Ohio then finally in Monterey Indiana. In germany he was the subject of the Grand Duke of Hesse. He was naturalized Sept. 2, 1859 in probate court of Tefine Ohio. In 1860 he purchased 80 acres of land in Seneca Ohio. He was a farmer and weaver by trade.  He died Oct 6, 1872 in Monterey Indiana.

Helen was born July 8, 1813 in Bohen Germany. She moved from Germany to England to Baltimore to Maryland to Seneca Ohio and finaly to Monterey Indiana. She immegrated from England with her first husband (Schuer[sp?])who died on the boat. She died December 18, 149 in Monterey. She owned 100 acres of land in Monterey which eventually became the town of Monterey.

Note that Helenas first husband was Vogelein, not Scheuer.- SJT

{sjt#1-18} Photocopies of notes by Roberta Kelsey:

John Keitzer was father of Frank Keitzer (wife Molly Keller Keitzer), Children were Eileen, Gerald, Janet (married Charlie Dilts), Clara, Paul.

Ed Kellers sister was Molly Keller Keitzer.
Will Keitzer is a brother of Dora Keitzer Keller (Dorie Keller) (lived on a farm).
Frank Keitzer had a brother John who lived in Logansport.
Joe and Maggie Keller (maggie was a Hortsman[sp?]) had the children Laura Keller, Joe Keller, Clem Keller.
Ambrose Keitzer is the father of Will Keitzer (wife is Doris Keitzer (they lived next block (2 houses from aunt Lenore and Uncle Charlie.
Henry Keitzer married marietta Freese Keitzer (my Grandparents) Children were: Augusta, Mildred, Wilbur, Charlie, (Arlis)Robert.

{sjt#1-29}Robert Arlis Keitzer Jr writes:

(July 96): Augustus has fallen off the world in my research. I have a tax receipt from 1879 but nothing after that. I think he may have moved back to Ohio.
(July 96): I was looking for the passanger list for the Keitzer's coming over in the 1830's. I ahd thought they had came through Baltimore, but it was New York instead, according to the Keitzers in Iowa.

{sjt#1-30}From a letter from Robert Arlis Keitzer Jr (Nov 1995):  I hope to acquire more information on the Parson family. That is Great Grandma Hellena (Parson) Keitzer's parents. I have a copy of the ship's passanger list when they sailed from LeHavre, France in 1834. She came over with her parents, brother and sisters. I don't have a clue as to how they traveled from Baden, Germany to LeHavre or from Baltimore, MD, to Seneca County Ohio. Family tradition has it that Michael and Hellena were married in Baltimore in 1837.

Rosie Widmen, (?)  Shire were two of Henrys sisters, Shires married Hunneshagen

An Email I recived from  Bob Keitzer 11/19/99:  

Johannes Michael Keitzer (nee Keutzer) Born: 15 Feb 1817  in Frischborn, Germany Died  6 Oct 1872 in Germany Monterey, IN
His parents were Johannes Keutzer and Anna Margaretha Wienold.

Hellena Pa(e)rson(s)  Born  8 July 1813  Baden, Germany  Died in 12 Dec 1894.
Her parents were Joseph Anton Pa(e)rson(s) and Helena Ruschmann.

They had 10 children. The first one was from the first marriage of Hellena whose husband died just after the baby's birth. He was Martin Voglien. Hellena and Michael were married near Baltimore (as tradition says it anyway) in abt 1837-39.

Elizabeth Voglien b. 20 Oct 1838 near Baltimore MD, d. 15 Feb 1920 and is buried in the St. Anne Cemetery in Monterey, IN. She married Dominic Scheuer in 1858 and he died in 1911. They were farmers and had 12 children.

Here is a blurb on Josaphines husband. Says some things about Michael. -SJT

PETER A. FOLLMAR was born in Germany August 6, 1851, and is one of the six children born to Joseph and Mary (Brockman) Follmar. The names of the children were Catharine, Peter, Andrew, Mary, John and John A. Catharine, Andrew and the two Johns are deceased. The father was born in 1820; he was a shoe-maker, came to America in 1860, engaged in farming, and died in this county in 1868. Peter A. came here with his father, and worked on the farm until 1878, when he began shoe-making, at which he continued about a year. In 1879, he came to Monterey, and shortly afterward erected a fine two-storied brick hotel and saloon, with commodious stable, at a cost of $3,700. He was married, October 14, 1872, to Josephina Keitzer, who has borne him four children - Mary, Victor, Bertha and Joseph. Bertha is dead. Mr. Follmar has acted in the capacity of Justice of the Peace of Monterey for seven and a half years, and is a man of intelligence and worth.

"Counties of White and Pulaski Counties, Indiana - Tippecanoe Township" by F.A. Battey & Co. - published in 1883

Here is a query I ran across. I replied 2/25/01. The info he sent was usd to make the family page for Ambrose and Mary. -SJT

Posted by Bob Wallace <> on Wed, 29 Dec 1999
Surname: KEITZER
I'd like to contact relatives of Michael and Ambrose KEITZER. Michael is my gg grandfather, and Ambrose is my great grandfather. Ambrose had 5 children: Mary Jane (Jennie), William, Dora, Caroline, and Anna Martha.

Robert Keitzer writes (April 2008):  Dear Family:  Sure was surprized to hear about this house. As many times as I have been to Monterey I don't remember anyone pointing it out to me. Sure would be great to get it back in the family. I did get a copy of the "This Old House" magazine and will send a copy of the picture of the house when I get a good enough copy. Let me know what you think.  Robert Keitzer

Historic home needs preservation-minded owner
Lifestyles Editor, The Sentinel

A unique Italianate farmhouse near Monterey is for sale, but only if its architectural features are important enough to the buyer to preserve.
The Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana hosts an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the home, 6071 E. Washington St. It is featured in the current edition of "This Old House" magazine.
"The exterior is unusual. It's an Italianate. The date is about 1870. This is like a big city, grown-up fancy Victorian, out in a cornfield. It's very small and compact for the Italianate style. The exterior is 100 percent original," said Paul Hayden, a community preservation specialist for the Landmarks Foundation.
According to, an ornamented cornice, a large frieze under the eaves and porches are among outside details of the home.
"It does have all these architectural features on a farmhouse out in the middle of a field," Hayden said when asked what is outstanding about the home. It also has a newer roof and a separate brick smokehouse.
The two-story house is 2,400-square-feet on .8 acre with Second Empire, Queen Anne and Stick Style features. It includes two large parlors, a dining room, kitchen and pantry on the lower level with three large rooms upstairs. There is one full bathroom with room to add a second one.
"It's unaltered, which is a good thing, and it's unaltered, which is a bad thing," Hayden said. "The house has not seen any remodeling or updating for a very long time." It will need updated electric, plumbing and a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system. Water and sewer hookup is available.
"A neighborhood resident told us about the house," he said. "We bought the property, did some repair and put it on the market to get back what we put into it." It is offered for $35,000.
Potential buyers must show they can afford to restore the home. The purchaser will be required to submit a complete restoration plan and follow it, making significant progress within two years. Hayden said the Landmarks Foundation will approve the preservation plan for the exterior; the interior may be remodeled as the buyer wishes.
"The date of construction appears to be 1868, for a man named Michael Keitzer," Hayden said. "They were there about 20-plus years." Michael was married to Helena. They had children named John, Joseph, Ambrose, August, Henry, Rose, Margaret, Helen and Josephine.
"The Baurers we bought it from bought it back in the 1940s. Three generations lived there," he added.
Anyone with additional information about the house and the families who lived there is welcome to stop at the open house or call Hayden at 574-232-4534.
A previous open house was on Dec. 16, but only a few neighbors stopped in due to a snowstorm that day.

Update, July 2010: In 2009 the house had the "For Sale" sign in the front yard. By June 2010 the sign was gone. -SJT



Born abt march 31, 1840 in New Riegel, Ohio. Married Conrad J. Widmann on April 6, 1858 in St. Boniface, New Riegel, Ohio.


Born May 15, 1842 in New Riegel, Ohio. Married Benedict Smith on Nov. 6, 1842 in St. Boniface, New Riegel, Ohio. Died Feb 19, 1903 in Monterey Indiana.


Born Oct 6, 1843 in New Riegel, Ohio. Married Anna Maraquis May 1, 1865. Died Sept 14, 1935 in Fostoria, Ohio.


Born abt Aug. 24, 1845 in New Riegel, Ohio. Married Peter Huard June 10, 1862 in St. Boniface, New Riegel, Ohio. Died 1906 in Williams Co. Ohio.


Born about May 2, 1847 in New Riegel, Ohio. Married Matilda Mohler. Died March 1877 in Monterey Indiana at the age of 29y, 9m. He worked in a saw mill and cut his head off. Had 2 children John and Frank.



Born about March 5, 1850 in New Riegel, Ohio. Married Mary Elizabeth Brucker Nov 10, 1874 in Monterey IN. Died about 1927 in Monterey IN. 5 Children: MARY JANE5 KEITZER, WILLIAM KEITZER, DORA JOESPHINE KEITZER, CAROLINE I. KEITZER,ANNA MARTHA KEITZER.

{sjt#1-10} Notes of Roberta Thomas: Ambrose Keitzer is the father of Will Keitzer (wife Doris).



Born about April 30, 1852 in New Riegel, Ohio.


Born July 12, 1853 in New Riegel, Ohio. Married Peter A. Follmar Oct 12 1873 in Monterey IN. Died March 30, 1895 in Monterey IN. Child was Vic who married Anna and they had the child Annabel.


Born May 2, 1856 in Big Spring Twsp, Seneca Co., Ohio. Married Marietta Freese Sep. 6, 1883 in Monterey, IN. Died Jan 13, 1944 in Monterey, IN.


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