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Charles E. Kellar , 1 South 43 West

Ann Eliza GREELEY, born 29 May 1824 in Camden, Oneida, NY and died 17 October 1907 in Wray, Colorado. She married Isaac KELLAR on 14 March 1849. 1905 "Mrs. A.E. Kellar, who for the past five years had been making her home with her sons, Chas. and Dave Kellar, left Thursday morning for Ria, Wisconsin to spend the remainder of her days with her granddaughter there."

In 1860 Columbia County, Wisconsin, Isaac Kellar is 36, Ann Eliza S. 37, Polly C. 9. Charles E. 6, Martha A. eleven months.
Isaac Kellar (2/1/1826 - 7/15/1865) m. Ann E. Greeley, buried Courtland, Columbia Cty, WI" # 20145213.
In 1870 Columbia County, Ann E. is 46, Mary 19, Charles E. 16, Matilda E. 10, and David J. 5.
In 1880, Mattie E. is 20, married to Chas A Wright, 23, with L.A. Wright 8 (must be Chas' from a past marriage. David Keller is 16, and A.E. Keller is 56, widowed.
In 1885 Seward County, Nebraska, Kate "Kanearr" is 34, a teacher, widowed, born in Wisconsin. Ann Kellar is 61, widowed, and David 20 is a farm hand.

Charles proved up a quarter in 18, 1S 43W in 1893.
Ann E. Kellar proved up 120 acres in 35, 1S 43W in 1892.
1898 "John Icker, brother of Mrs. Chas. Kellar, is here on a visit from Seward County, Nebr. He is somewhat feeble,and the pure air of Colorado may proved beneficial to him."

David I Kellar cash-claimed a quarter in 2, 2S 43W in 1891, and timber-claimed one in 11, in 1900.
In 1900 Glendale precinct, Charles Kellar born Feb 1854 in Winsocnsin, married 17 years to Addie V. July 1861 Pennsylvania, farming, have Avery J. Feb 1884 Nebraska, Harry L. April 1885 Nebraska, Bessie J. August 1886 Nebraska, Olive June 1888 Colorado, and Blanche Dec 1894 Colorado.
FindaGrave # 81577727.
1904 Wray Gazette "The fertility of Yuma county soil and the attractions it offers to those who seek homes in the West are illustrated by the career of Charles E. Kellar.

Mr. Kellar, who was born on a farm in Wisconsin, is fifty years of age. At the age of seventeen he entered the employ of a windmill factory, where he remained for eight years. In 1879 he moved to Pleasant Dale, Nebraska, near which place he bought eighty acres of land and engaged in farming. After seven years of energetic effort, he moved to Colorado and located on a homestead nearly nine miles south of Wray, his claim being situated in what was then a portion of Arapahoe county. When Mr. Kellar arrived at Wray he had a team of horses and a wagon and after paying his livery bill and hotel expenses the morning he started for his homestead on the open prairie, his cash capital amounted to just 35 cents. But with a courage that merited his future success, he faced the stern realities of life and commenced improving his claim. He found work for himself and team and gradually secured the comforts of a modest home, while he was preparing to cultivate his land. From the beginning his untiring industry and energy were rewarded by good crops of wheat, corn, oats, millet, vegetables, etc., which yielded him a handsome revenue, and enabled him to extend his farming operations. In a few years he purchased 160 acres adjoining his homestead, making a farm of 320 acres which he still owns and cultivates. He has 200 acres under cultivation, the rest of his land being used for pasture. He owns twenty-five cattle and sixteen horses, his comfortable residence, barn, sheds and generous supply of all needed agricultural implements, proclaiming the prosperity he is enjoying. And in accomplishing all this Mr. Kellar had to overcome serious misfortunes. One year after his arrival here one of his legs was broken badly, which rendered him helpless for nearly twelve months, and since then his wife died after a long sickness. In his early struggles here the gentleman's mechanical skill was of great assistance to him, as he did quite an extensive business in setting up and repairing pumps and windmills.

In 1883, at Lincoln, Neb., Mr. Kellar married Miss Addie V. Ickes, an estimable lady who died last October, leaving two sons and three daughters to mourn the loss of a tender-hearted mother and a faithful devoted wife.
Mr. Kellar is a charter member of the Wray lodge of Odd Fellows, of which he was the first noble grand and was re-elected for a second term. He has filled all the offices in the lodge except treasurer, which he declined.

Last December a mining expert pronounced the country in which Mr. Kellar's farm is located rich in coal and oil and the gentleman is now sinking a test shaft on his land. Should his hopes be realized his farm will be very valuable property.

Personally, Mr. Kellar is a genial honorable gentleman, who is highly esteemed by all who know him because of his many estimable traits of character. "

1914 "Miss Blanch Keller was a passenger to Lincoln, Neb. last Monday night, called to that city by the death of her grandfather."
1919 "Joe Minchow from Pleasant Dale, Nebraska, has rented the farm eidht miles south of town formerly belonging to Dick Hadlock who is now deceased. Joe Minchow is a brother-in-law of Chas. Kellar."

Charles died 1923, and is buried with Addie in Wray # 81577766.

1923 "Mrs. Henry Oxley of Lincoln, Neb., is visiting her nieces, the Kellar girls in Wray."
1927 Roseburg, Oregon "Mrs. Lee Kellar received the sad nows Monday of the death of her father, Mr. Bolenrter, in Wray. Colorado, and left that night for Colorado, accompanied by Junior Taylor. "

"Alberta Virginia King passed away at the Wray Community Hospital in Wray, Colorado on April 15, 2013, at the age of 97.
Alberta was born to Albert John Wessel and Bessie Jamima (Kellar) Wessel on January 8, 1916 in her grandfather Kellar's home at 827 Blake St, Wray, Colorado. The first of two children, Alberta had one sister, Ilene (Wessel) Renzelman. Alberta's first years were spent on a farm near Vernon, Colorado. She attended Radnor School with her sister for her first 8 years. She graduated from Wray High School in 1934.
On November 17, 1935, she was married to Gordon William King and lived in Haigler, Nebraska, while Gordon worked for the railroad. They moved to Vernon, Co. in 1937 and were active members of the Vernon community while Gordon held partial ownership and worked in several local businesses.
Alberta, Gordon, and infant son, Daryl, moved to Wray, Colorado in 1945 where Alberta was a traditional housewife and mother. Their second son, Stanley Gordon, was born on Aug. 1, 1951. Alberta delighted in all the things of wife and motherhood: clean clothes on the line, hot meals ready on the table, fresh vegetables from the household garden, and keeping house and yard neat. Family and friends were important to Alberta, and she kept track of Gordon’s many brothers and sisters, cousins around Wray, and people she came to know in the decades she lived in Vernon and Wray.
Alberta was baptized into the Methodist Church in Vernon, Colorado in 1922. She was a member of this church until transferring to the Wray Methodist Church in 1945 where she remained a member until her death. Alberta taught Sunday School and was a faithful member of the Methodist Women's group, gathering for lessons, serving many dinners and funeral lunches, and visiting shut-ins.
She was an active member of the Rebekah Lodge from 1948 until the Wray Lodge dissolved. She was a member for 48 years and was a past Noble Grand. Alberta and Gordon were foster parents to six children, three boys and three girls. These children varied in age from two weeks to sixteen years.
She is survived by sons, Daryl and wife, Kathleen, of Jackson Missouri and Stanley and wife, Gail, of Springville, Utah; grandchildren, Matthew King and wife, Jill, of Jackson, Missouri, Andrea Miller and husband, Grant of Kansas City, Missouri, Rebecca Acx and husband Steve of Naples, Florida, David King of Springville, Utah and William King of Springville, Utah; foster sister, Irene Kruger, of Arvada, Colorado. Alberta had six great grandchildren, Kade, Halle, and Libby King of Jackson, Missouri, Maxwell Miller, of Kansas City, Missouri, and twin girls, Avery and Addison Acx of Naples Florida. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services was held on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 10:00 a.m., at the Wray United Methodist Church in Wray, Colorado, with Reverend Norman Stott officiating. Burial was in the Grandview Cemetery, Wray, Colorado. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home of Wray, Colorado was in charge of the arrangements. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Wray United Methodist Church of Wray, Colorado. "


In 1900 Juneau County, Wisconsin, David Kellar born June 1864 in Wisconsin, is married ten years to Mabele E. 24, Pennsylvania. They have Annie E. Kellar 8 born in COlorado.

1901 "David Kellar of Neceda, Wis., is located on his claim on the Black Wolf."

1902 1907 Vernon items "Dave Kellar, a former resident has concluded Colorado is the best place yet and returned from Wisconsin."
In 1920 Goshen County, Wyoming David R. Kellar is 55, widowed.

1923 "Dave Kellar came from his home at Fort Laramie, Wyo., last week, called here on account of the illness and death of his brother, Chas. Kellar."
In 1930 Goshen County, David is 65, living alone, still farming.

One tree said Polly (Kate) married Jacob Knarr, and they're in Dodge County Wisconsin in 1880, with Christian 13, Hulda Knarr 11, Philopene 9, and Josephena 7.
In 1880 Dodge County, Wisconsin, Kate is 29, married to Jacob Knarr, 36, with Christian Knarr 13, Hulda 11, Philopene 9 and Josephena 7. One tree said that they ahd married in 1876, so the four kids are from a previous marriage.
In 1885 Seward County, Nebraska, she was a teacher, with mother Ann and brother Dave with her.
Mrs. K. Kneaer, age 44, married Joseph Travis, age 54, February 20, 1889, recorded in Washington County (Wray was in Washington County at that time.)
The ceremony was performed in Yuma by William Marshall, a minister, of Yuma.

An Ancestry tree says Kate died in Yuma County in 1890.
But Kate Knearr cash-claimed a tract in sections 3 and 4, 2S 43W in 1891.
In 1895 "Josephine Travis, infant child of Kate Travis, deceased, formerly Kate P. Knearr" claimed a quarter in 34, 1S 43W.
Because the "Unknown Travis" in Wray Grandview is in the same section as Charles and Addie Kellar, this is almost certainly Kate, her husband Joseph, or both.
In 1900 Mitchell County, Kansas, Josephine, born Nov 1889 in Colorado, father Pennsylvania, mother Wisconsin, is living with widowed Harriet Chritton "sister" born August 1869 in Illinois.
In 1880 Nemeha County, Kansas, Joseph Travis is 45, a carpenter, married to Margaret 46. With them are Robert M. 20 a carpenter, Ulysses G. working on farm, HARRIETT L. 14, Frank P. 12, Mary J. 7, and Hannah M. 4.
Margaret died 1884 in Nemaha County, and is buried there # 42195856.
In 1885 Nemaha County, Joseph Travis is widowed, born about 1832.

"Joseph William Travis born Nov. 22, 1831 in Plumville, Indiana County Pa., the son of William P. and Jane McPherson Travis of Indiana County Pa. Joseph married Susan Travis and had 3 children: William B., Anna Bell Travis Swartz and Robert Travis.
He moved from Indiana county to Shelby Co. Ill., Nemaha Co. Kansas, and died Aug. 23, 1891 in Wray, Colorado.
Submitted by Mary Jane Olson-Martin, great granddaughter "
Josephine C. (Travis) Pfaff 1889-1949 is buried in Roseburg, Oregon # 110630759.
1922 "Mrs. Herschel Taylor, who will be remembered as Miss Blanche Kellar, arrived from Casper, Wyo a few days ago for a visit with home folks."

1923 1911 "Mr. and Mrs. Lee Kellar who have been residing south of town moved to North Yakama(sic) Washington where they expect to make their home. He is a son of C. E. Kellar, who lives in the south part of town."

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