SAMUEL KEEL, retired farmer, P. 0. Benton Ridge, Ohio, is one of the representative pioneers of this county,
born in Perry County, Penn., March 1, 1813, son of Henry and Catharine (Bosler) Keel, natives of Pennsylvania,
where they were married and first settled. About 1820 they moved to Fairfield County, Ohio, locating there until
1827, at which time they came to Jackson Township, this county, where they remained six years, then moved to Eagle
Township, this county, and here remained until their death. Henry Keel departed this life in 1853, his widow following
him in 1857. They were the parents of eleven children, of whom only four survive, Samuel being the fifth. Our subject
came with his parents to this county, and was united in marriage May 10, 1838, with Mary Povenmire, who was born
in Westmoreland County, Penn., October 24, 1810, daughter of John and Sarah (Wagoner) Povenmire, natives of Pennsylvania,
where they married and first settled, and remained until 1812, in which year they immigrated to Fairfield County,
Ohio, thence moved to Pickaway County, where they located until 1837, after which time they moved to Liberty Township,
this county, and here remained until their death. Mr. Povenmire departed this life first, and his widow died some
years afterward. They were the parents of thirteen children, only five of whom survive, Mrs. Keel being the eldest
in the family. Mr. and Mrs. Keel are the parents of seven children: Sarah. wife of Phethus Brown: Susanna and Christena,
at home; Philip, married to Nancy Seitz; John, married to Martha Stover; Abraham, married to Margaret Eck, and
Marvel, married to Mary Rudisill. All reside in this county except Philip, who is in Putnam County, Ohio. Mr. Keel,
before he was married, entered eighty acres of land in this county. This land he afterward sold and bought another
eighty acre tract, to which he has since added until he now owns 160 acres of land. He also owns town property
in this county, and 100 acres of land in Putnam County, Ohio, besides having helped his children very liberally.
Mr. Keel took part in the muster of early days. He has filled various offices in Jackson, Union and Blanchard Townships.
During his early life he was a Democrat, but when Pierce became a candidate for the Presidency he changed his politics.
He has followed farming all his life His wife has been a church member for forty years. They reside in Benton Ridge,
and are among the leading families of this county.
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886
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