Matthew Keeler

14 March 1717–1797 (Age 79)
Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States

The Life Summary of Matthew

When Matthew Keeler was born on 14 March 1717, in Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States, his father, Samuel Keeler II, was 34 and his mother, Sarah Betts, was 30. He married Sarah Grumman about 1740. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 7 daughters. He died in 1797, in his hometown, at the age of 80.

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Family Time Line

Matthew Keeler
Sarah Grumman
Marriage: about 1740
Samuel Keeler
Sarah Keeler
Hannah Keeler
Mary Keeler
Abigail Keeler
Anna Keeler
Thomas Keeler
Elizabeth Keeler
Matthew Keeler Jr
Stephen Keeler
Rebecca Keeler
Isaac Keeler
Aaron Keeler
William Keeler

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    about 1740
  • Children


    +9 More Children

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    +1 More Child

    World Events (4)

    Age 59
    Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
    1776 · The Declaration to the King
    Age 59
    """At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
    1781 · The First Constitution
    Age 64
    Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

    Name Meaning

    English (mainly Kent): probably an occupational name from Middle English keler ‘keelman, bargeman’, an agent derivative of Middle English kele ‘flat-bottomed ship, barge, lighter’ (from Middle Dutch kiel). The sense would seem to be ‘crewman of a keel’ rather than ‘shipwright’.Americanized form of German Kühler, from a variant of an old personal name (see Keeling ) or a variant of Kuhl .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (5)

    • Matthew in entry for Sarah Mrs. Keeler, "Connecticut, Deaths, 1640-1955"
    • Matthew Keeler, "Connecticut, Births and Christenings, 1649-1906"
    • Matthew Keeler, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"

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