Carroll County Biographies

Freedom Township

David Keister of Freedom Township is pursuing the even tenor of his way, at a snug homestead on section 12, operating a well-regulated farm of 120 acres. A quiet and unassuming citizen,he is content to make but little stir in the world, aiming to perform his duty to his family and his fellow-men, giving his aid to those less fortunate, as opportunity occurs, and making the rcord of an honest man and a good citizen.

The native place of our subject was near the little town of Suffield, Portage County Ohio and the date of his birth, June 2, 1844. His parents were Jacob and Harriet (McCloughen) Keister, who were probably natives of PA. They l eft the Buckeye State about 1850, coming to Stephenson County IL and settling in Loran Township, where they sojourned for about 35 years. They then crossed the Mississippi into Keokuk County Iowa whee they still live, being quite well advanced in years, and the father engaged in farming. Their family consisted of ten children, five of whom are living, and located mostly in Illinois and Iowa.

The subject of this sketch was the eldest child of his parents and was a lad of seven or eight years when they came to IL. He developed to manhood in Loran Township, and until after the outbreak of the rebellion, was engaged in agricultural pursuits. He watched the conflict between the North and the South until the latter part of 1862, then resolved to proffer his services to assist in the preservation of the Union. He enlisted on the 9th of August in Co D 93rd IL Inf. and served two years and ten months when the war had nearly closed. In the meantime he had participated in some important engagements, and at the battle of Champion Hill was seriously wounded, on account of which he now receives a pension. He was given his honorable discharge at Chicago, 8 June 1865.

Returning now to Stephenson County, Mr. Keister resumed farming in Loran Twp, June, 1868 then coming to this county, located in Freedom Twp. of which he has since been a resident. He had been married in Stephenson County, Mary 24, 1868 to Dorothy Behringer and the young people soon set out for their new home. Mrs. Keister is a native of the Kingdom of Wurtemburg, Germany, and was born Aug. 26, 1849. She came to America with her parents when 14 years old and lived in Stephenson County until her marriage. Of this union there have been 8 children - William H., Ida M., Ella Junia, Harriet, David E., Mary M., George C., and Jacob F.

Mr. Keister votes the Republican ticket, bu aside from officiating as School Director in his district, has avoided the responsibilities of office. He is connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Portraits & Biographical Carroll County 1889 Pg 875

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