John M. Keefer, a Jackson Township farmer, was born January 23, 1847, being the third of seven children born to George and Hannah Keefer. George was reared a farmer’s boy and remained at home with his parents until he was twenty-one years of age, when he came west to Wooster, Ohio, a poor man, empty handed, and engaged at farm work. Two years later he was married to Miss Hannah Franze, and began farming on rented land near Wooster, and one year later purchased thirty acres of cleared land on which he built good buildings. He, in the spring of 1844, sold and removed to this county, and bough eighty acres of forest land for $300. He erected a log cabin and began in the woods living a life of a pioneer. He and wife were young and both worked hard and thus made their home. He is one of the energetic, strong men, and has by a well spent life made a good home. He has built good buildings and now enjoys the fruits of earlier labor. All their children are located near home and all well-to-do. John M. was born and reared in Huntington County. At the age of eighteen he enlisted in the army in Company B, One Hundred and Fifty-Third Indiana Volunteers, and served seven months, when he was discharged and returned home. He lived with his father about four years when he was married to Miss Caroline Freehafer of this county. After marriage he removed to a farm in Section 33, Jackson Township, where he still resides. He has 115 acres of good land well improved; in early days he was a hard working man and as the fruits of his labor a good home. He is a democrat. Belongs to G. A. A. post No.167, Roanoke, Ind. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Keefer three children have been born: Edwin A., Franklin M. and Pearlie I. Mr. and Mrs. Keefer are people well respected.
History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887 Biographical sketches of Jackson Township. Pages 666 and 667.