ISAAC NEWTON KEYSER, an enterprising farmer of Canter, township, well known throughout the county, was born
June 8, 1849, in this tovnship on a farm adjoining his present farm on the west. He is a son of Jesse and Martha
(Yost) Keyser, and a grandson of Jacob and Rebecca Keyser, of Pennsylvania.
Jesse Keyser was born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He later moved to Miami County, Ohio, and in 1837 located
in Mercer County, being the first of the Keyser family to locate in this county. He bought and cleared a tract
of land and built a round log cabin, later building a cabin of hewed logs. In time the latter was replaced by a
frame house and this in turn by a brick residence. He died August 29, 1895, aged 79 years, 2 months and 13 days.
Jesse Keyser's wife, Martha Yost, was a native of Pennsylvania and a daughter of Eli and Susan (Hendricks) Yost.
She died September 11, 1892, aged 73 years and 13 days. Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Keyser, namely:
Audora, Samaria, Sarah, Frances and Josiah (twins), Susan, Isaac Newton (our subject), Amanda and Celina. Audora
married Daniel Fast and with him moved to Nebraska, where her death occurred. Samaria, deceased, was the wife of
J. C. Journey, now a resident of Page County, Iowa. Sarah married J. G. Fast and lives at Rockford. Frances married
Philip Fast, of Center township. Josiah, whose death occurred July 7, 1895, at the age of 51 years, 3 months and
2 days, was married in 1895 to Margaret Wright, to which union seven children were born; his widow is now a resident
of Indianapolis, Indiana. Susan, who lives at Danville, Illinois, is the widow of W. M. Wright. Amanda married
R. G. Baker and lives, at Celina. Celina, who married Silas Harner, died January 7, 1893.
Isaac N. Keyser was reared on his father's farm in Center township and was engaged in farming the place for his
father until after the death of the latter. For the past 10 years he has been on his present 120 acre farm, which
he owns and has followed general farming and stock raising. He also followed the trade of plasterer for some time,
while still carrying on his agricultural operations. He built his present residence, a fine eight room brick house,
the main part being 16 by 34 feet in dimensions, while the two wings are 15 by 18 feet and 16 by 16. feet in size,
Mr. Keyser was married December 3, 1871, to Jennie Welch, a native of Kentucky and a daughter of John and Catherine
Welch, both natives of Ireland. TO this union have been born five children, as follows; Eva, living in Center township
three miles northeast of her father's place, who married Isaac Snavely and has three children - Stephen, Glenn
and an infant; Myrtle, living at Chicago, Illinois, who is the wife of Walter Stanbery and the mother of one child,
Kenneth; Kintz, who married William Roebuck and is now living at Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Elza and Bonnie, who
live at home with their parents.
Mr. Keyser is a Democrat and active in local affairs. He has served as supervisor, was township trustee for 15
years and was a member of the School Board for 18 years. For six years he served on the Board of Infirmary Directors.
The Town Hall at Mendon, built jointly by the township and Mendon village, and the new public school building at
Mendon were erected while he was township trustee and a member of the School Board. Although there was a hard fight
to get these buildings, they are a credit to the community and the people are now proud of them.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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