Lebanon County, Pennsylvania
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The county seat is Lebanon, established in February 1813 from Dauphin County.. Rudolph and Anthony Kelker are mentioned on the Lebanon County Historical Society Historical Annuals page.
My third great-grandparents David KELKER 1801-1872 Lebanon County, Pennsylvania to Goshen, Mahoning County to Delphos, Allen County, Ohio to Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana and Mary HOUSER 1802-1883 Pennsylvania to Mahoning County to Delphos, Allen County, Ohio to Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana.
David's parents John KELKER after 1768 to after 1808 to Lebanon County, Pennsylvania and Barbara ZIMMERMAN about 1773-1855 was 92 years old when she died in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.
John's parents Rudolph KELKER 1747-1826 Lebanon County, Pennsylvania and Maria WEIDMAN about 1750 Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.
Rudolph's parents Henry KELKER (Heinrich KÖLLIKER) 1705-1762 Zurich, Switzerland to Lancaster now Lebanon County, Pennsylvania and Regula BRÄETSCHER Andelfingen, Switzerland to Lancaster now Lebanon County, Pennsylvania
- Ancient and Historic Landmarks in the Lebanon Valley list many Kelkers as a prominent and numerous early Swiss family. Immigrant Henry Kelker memorial page 313, also 180, 219, 220, 235, 255, 259, 312, 313, 314.
- A Collection of Upward of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch...by Israel Daniel Rupp page 167 gives a brief history of the arrival of the Kelker's from Switzerland. Similar information on AncestorSearch.
- History of the Counties of Dauphin and Lebanon
- Lebanon County, PA GenWeb
- Historical Society
- A History of Tabor First Reformed Church - mentions Kelker's Rudolph and Anthony on pages 8, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 26, 30, and 31. Anthony was a brother of my Rudolph Kelker of Hill Lutheran Church on N Mill Road.
- Rudolph F. Kelker Treasurer of the Synod of the German Reformed Church in the United States of York, Pennsylvania October 1866.
- Rudolph F. Kelker was an abolitionist and conductor on the Underground Railroad at 9 Front Street, now the Dauphin County Courthouse.
- Rudolph Kelker jun. ran an ad July 8th, 1796 in Pennsylvania newspapers for a runaway slave named Dick from the Cornwall Iron Furnace