These three family groups are closely linked and in some
Keller (of Wilkinson Co., MS),
Scott (earlier of West and also earlier of East Feliciana Parish, LA), and
Rose (earlier of St. Tammany Parish, LA). A good many of the
surviving families migrated to the Republic of Texas to what later became
Harrison Co., TX. They earlier may have been in Shelby Co., TX.
Preparer: E. W. Wallace
Rev May 2003
Revised slightly 1/09
MARTHA KELLER. (2 Feb 1799-d. after 1850)
Martha Keller's birthdate is
found in the George Keller Bible Record as published by the
Mississippi Genealogical Society., in Cemetery and Bible Records, George
Keller Bible Record (Jackson: MS Genealogical Society, V II).
What little is known of the George Keller family is found mainly in a
transcribed "George Keller Bible Record," published by the
Mississippi Genealogical Society in CEMETERY AND BIBLE RECORDS, V. II
(Jackson: Nov 1955). The interpretation is that the
Bible had long been held by Nancy or Ann Keller, who was married 2nd) to
Ephraim Carnes. The vital statistics of her family are included in
the Bible. Then the Bible seemed to pass to a daughter who married
a Wade. At the time of transcription, the Bible was held by a woman
in or near Copiah Co., MS, the last known home of the widow Carnes.
Bible record gives the names, birthdates, some marriage dates, and death
dates of children of George Keller and his wife Jane [Moore?], but does
not give places of these events. Copies of transcribed pages of the
Bible, as they appear in the above publication, are in writer's
Martha Keller married
William A. Alexander 16 Sep 1817, Wilkinson Co., MS. ret. 19 Sep 1817 by
N. Waddell, J. P.
Martha Keller Alexander had at
least two children, one of whom is named in this deed of gift of Jane
Keller, widow of George Keller, Sr. and mother of Martha, to Martha's
Jane Keller's Deed - Mother of
From Wilkinson Co., MS DB
D-265, made 18 May 1824; rec. 24 May 1824:
Keller of Wilkinson Co., MS, for a valuable consideration to me ....
convey ... a certain Negro woman Rose aged about 18 to the lawful heirs
[not named] of the body of my daughter Martha Alexander ... (s)
Jane [her X mark] Keller.
(Abstracted from film
FHL 876,533, Wilkinson Co. MS deeds)
This newspaper item refers to
the marriage of the daughter of William Alexander and Martha Keller:
This notice appears in The
Southern Star (newspaper of Gallatin, MS):
January 26, 1839 "Married in this county, on Thursday evening
last, by Geo. Rea., Esq., Mr. Asa Potter to Miss Matilda, daughter of Wm.
Alexander, Esq., all of this county."
(Betty Couch Wiltshire, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS FROM MISSISSIPPI NEWSPAPERS,
V. 3, 1813-1850, Bowie, MD: 1989)
(An e-mail message Jan 2003
gives information about George Rea, who was married to Sarah Simpson, a
daughter of one of the Keller daughters who married Samuel Simpson.
Refer to Rea's biography.)
In the 1850 census, Copiah
Co., MS, one Martha Alexander, age 59, born in South Carolina, appears in
the household of her son-in-law, Asa L. Potter and his wife Melinda L.
Potter, the latter the former Melinda Alexander.
Dwelling 198, 1850 census,
Copiah Co., MS. The census needs to be reviewed more thoroughly for
Asa L. Potter, age 35, b
Melinda L Potter, age 30, b
Peninah, age 11, b MS
Charles W., age 9, b MS
Martha E., age 4, b MS
Martha Alexander, age 60, b SC
However, the 1860 census,
Copiah Co., MS for the household of A. L. Potter gives Martha's age as
59, born South Carolina.
Page 795 & following page
[handwritten], 1860 census, Copiah Co., MS
Line 34, Family 143
A. L. Potter, age 45,
M-Meth.Ministry-$5,000; $2,000, b. SC
age 40, F b Miss
age 18 "
age 15 "
age 10 " )
age 8 "
) [these attended school
age 6 " )
age 3 "
age 1 "
Martha Alexander age
59 born SC
confusing entry is found under deaths in the Keller Bible record, as
"Martha A. M. Keller departed this life March 21, 1814."
This is believed to refer to the daughter of Thomas Keller and his wife
Sarah M. Keller, who died as a young child. It cannot refer to the
woman who married in 1817. As stated, the item is confusing.
There is at least one error in the transcription of the Bible record by
the Mississippi Genealogical Society: it named Martha
"Margaret" whereas the Wilkinson Co. marriage bonds show Martha
as the one who married William M. Alexander. Other records bear out
that the name was Martha.
Margaret Keller, Martha's sister, on the other hand, was the wife of
Thomas Keller to whom she was married 18 July 1816 (Marriage bonds), who
probably is her cousin. There were other Kellers in
early Wilkinson Co., but their relationship to each other, if any,
to date has not been revealed in records of Wilkinson Co., MS. This
Thomas Keller is NOT the same Thomas Keller, early probate judge of
Copiah Co. That Thomas Keller is the brother of Martha Keller
Alexander. There may be other errors in the transcription of the
George Keller Bible, but which have not been detected by this writer.
Alexander and his estranged
wife and his son and daughter [were there other children?] appear in
Copiah Co., MS records.
believe some of the Alexander children migrated to Harrison Co., TX as a
number of Alexanders appear in the 1850 census, the first US census taken
in Texas after it joined the Union. The children may have been of a
previous marriage of Alexander's however, as they seem to have been born
in TN and not in LA or MS.
there were some early Texas marriages of Alexander grooms in Harrison Co.
and Jefferson Co., TX; i.e., Esquire T. C. [sic] Alexander, 1850,
Harrison Co., TX; Thomas K. Alexander, 1850, Jefferson Co., TX.
More research is needed.