Mary J. Collius Keiser
Mary J Collius Keiser was born February 7, 1820 in Pennsylvania, and passed into the eternal world from Lena, Illinois July 19, 1895. In her girlhood she came with her parents to Johnson's Corners, Summit County, Ohio. Here she was married to Jeremiah Keiser. In 1852 they removed to Wisconsin and in 1853 came to the farm on Yellow Creek and five miles southwest of Lena (IL). Here her husband died twelve years ago. She then moved to Lena. When a mere child she became a Christian, joining the M. E. Church. This act also brought her own parents and others to embrace religion. She has been faithful all the way until thus called home. Of late years her bodily infirmities have been many, preventing her attendance at the church. But she repeatedly expressed a Christian's readiness to meet her God. We doubt not she is in her heavenly home. She leaves five children: Morris Keiser of Lincoln, Neb., Mrs. Darias Haggart, and Mrs Abner Clingman, both of Jewel County Kansas, Mrs Charles H Albrith, who resides south of Lena, and Mrs Albert Coomber, of Kent. She was a good mother, neighbor and Christian. Funeral services were held at the Yellow Creek Dunkard church. Dr Robinson, of Lena, delivering the discourse. Near there she was interred by the side of her husband.
This appeared in the Lena Star, Lena, IL, of July 26, 1895. This is my great-great grandmother, Helen Leola Keiser Haggart. I believe the name Albrith should be Albright. I still am searching for the parents of both Mary J Collius (and I believe I have only seen it Collius here, every other place it is shown as COLLINS) and Jeremiah Keiser. Submitted by: Mary L. Stiny, Denver, CO, on 7 Feb 2000