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David Keefer Biography

How interesting that so many in the family were flour millers!

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1887

Kenton County

David Keefer was born in Maryland, May 20, 1824, and is a son of William and Sarah (Euker) Keefer, natives, respectively, of Maryland and Pennsylvania.  William Keefer was a miller by trade.  David Keefer was educated in Maryland, and in 1844 commenced the milling business with his uncle, W. C. Landess.  In 1850 he began in the same business for himself in his native state, but in 1857 he went to Parkersburg, Virginia.  In 1861 he removed to Maysville, Kentucky, where he again engaged in the flour milling business until 1876; he then settled in Covington, where he built a large flour mill on the corner of Fifth and Craig Streets.  He married, in Maryland, in 1848, Miss Isabella Morrison, a native of Maryland, who was born in 1828, and is a daughter of David Morrison and Harriett (Landess) Morrison, the former a farmer.  Five children blessed this union, all of whom were born in Maryland:  Hattie (deceased); William Scott Keefer, who married Miss Helen Holcombe, and is now living in Covington, Kentucky, a flour miller; George M. Keefer, who married Miss Jessie Holcombe in 1882, and resides in Covington, is a miller, and works with his father; Virginia Keefer, who married, in 1877, Charles C. Dobyns, a lumber dealer in Maysville, Kentucky; and Douglas, married to James Robinson, of Maysville, also a flour miller.  The subject’s paternal grandfather was also a miller.  David Keefer is a Protestant in religion, a Democrat in politics, and is a member of the I. O. O. F.

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