Ralph Keeler

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Ralph Keeler
Born1613 [1]
DiedSeptember 10, 1672 [1] [2]
Occupationcarpenter, realtor, chimney-viewer [2]
Spouse(s)first wife unknown, Sarah Howes Whelpley, widow of Henry Whelpley, of Norwalk (m. 1663, Fairfield, Connecticut) [1] [2]
Children John Keeler, Ralph Keeler, Isabel Keeler, Rebecca Keeler, Elizabeth Keeler, Samuel Keeler [1] [2]

Ralph Keeler (also Keiler) (1613 – September 10, 1672) was a founding settler of both Hartford, and Norwalk, Connecticut, United States.

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Early life

Ralph Keeler is thought have been born in Lawford, Essex, England in 1613, perhaps the son of another Ralph Keeler who died in Essex in the early 17th century. [3]

America

He settled at Hartford in about 1639. [1] [4] His home-lot was on what is now the West Park, north of the present site of the Capitol. [4] He was chimney-viewer in 1645. [4] In 1647, he brought Nicholas Gynings to court for "a miscaridge, beateing of [his] Cow". [5] In 1648, he was accused of slander by John Webb, but the jury found in favor of Keeler. [5]

He was one of the signatories to the agreement for planting Norwalk in June 1650. [1] [2] [4]

He sold his lot in Hartford, and moved to Norwalk in 1651 or 1652, where his brother Walter Keeler also settled.

On October 21, 1662, he sold his four-acre lot to Richard Raymond. [1] On September 1, 1665, he bought the house, barn and lot of Thomas Ward. [1]

He was named a freeman in 1668. [2] [4]

He, along with Walter Hoyt, was contracted by the settlement to cut the timber and build a house for Reverend Thomas Hanford. [5] At a town meeting in September 1668, he was contracted to build forty rods of fence.

Legacy

He is listed on the Founders Stone bearing the names of the founders of Hartford in the Ancient Burying Ground in Hartford, and he is also listed on the Founders Stone bearing the names of the founders of Norwalk in the East Norwalk Historical Cemetery.[ citation needed ]

Notable descendants

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Charles Melbourne Selleck (1896). Norwalk: v. 1 and supplement. The author. p. 122.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut
  3. Keeler, Wesley B. (1985). Keeler family: Ralph Keeler of Norwalk, CT, and some of his descendants. Gateway Press.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1
  5. 1 2 3 An Historical Discourse in Commemoration of the Two-hundredth Anniversary of the Settlement of Norwalk