KELLER and HOYLE Families of Western North Carolina
And the allied families of Boganski, Helfrich, Smith, Crawley, Parsons, Stamey, Crowder, Boyles, Whisnant, Carpenter, Rudisill, Willis, Watkins, Farrar
and others, some of whom are descendants of Charlemagne, Holy Roman Emperor.
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As one can imagine, this project was an enormous undertaking. Tracing both the Keller and Hoyle families from Germany, through each subsequent generation, required great patience and fortitude to keep trudging through the, literally, millions of records. After a few misleads and errors in charting the branches of our family tree (as any amateur genealogist is susceptible of doing), the project finally began to grow on its own. There were many proverbial “brick walls” that required months (and in a couple cases, years) to finally overcome, but the end product is something in which I am incredibly proud to present.
This information is gathered using many resources, such as Plantagenet Ancestry by Douglas Richardson, Pedigrees of Some of the Emperor Charlemagne's Descendants, Volumes 1, 2 and 3, Elizabeth Hoyle Rucker's The Genealogy of Peter Heyl, The Heritage of Caldwell County, North Carolina, Volume 1, 1983 by E. Carl Anderson, Jr., Ancestry.com and other online databases, the family trees available at Rootsweb.com, Ancestral Family Files at Familysearch.org (a component of the Latter Day Saints and the Family History Library), as well as family oral history and contributed family GEDCOM files.
There are too many people to possible thank, but I will try to name a few. First of all, I would also like to thank Judy K. and Sharon Keller for their inputs and training tips as I began my “baby steps” into the world of genealogy.
Elizabeth P. Keller has been one of the most important family historians of our line of Kellers. Her efforts preserved a great deal of the records that would have otherwise been lost to the sands of time. Because of the Civil War, more precisely because of General William Tecumseh Sherman’s March of Destruction through the South, many of the records kept in the County Courthouses were burned and forever lost to posterity. Her contribution to the Heritage of Caldwell County mapped the path from W. Granville Keller to Martin Keller, a path I would have had enormous difficulty in otherwise finding. The subsequent proof of lineage would be confirmed through DNA testing at FamilyTree DNA, as well as AncestryDNA.
Norma Green provided very much needed help in finding the lost branches of the tree. Where I thought a few branches were broken, she pointed out that they were just hidden and, alas, she pointed me in the right direction and there they were. I still hope to see the flute/fife she possesses that George N. Keller carried to the Battle of Burgess Mill in the Petersburg Campaign of 1864.
R. Michael Murphy did the groundwork in uncovering many of the early North Carolina land grants and court records. He also put a great deal of effort in piecing together the early Keller pioneers into Wilkes, Burke and Lincoln Counties. His contributions cannot be adequately thanked enough!
Lastly, Christopher Boyle's provided much needed information about the Hoyle family and its connection to the Boyle's family. Thank You!
Perhaps one of the most well-
Invariably, there will be errors and omissions in a project of this size. I apologize in advance for any of them. Please contact me with any additions or corrections.
The Keller/Hoyle/Willis/Watkins/Farrar link to Charlemagne has, at long last, been verified and validated by the fine folks at ProGenealogists. If you are interested in the documentation, please let me know. Enjoy!
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