CHRISTIAN KELLER, barber, Mound City, was born near Worms, in Osthofen, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, April 1, 1843. His father, Peter Keller, is a native of Germany, and a cooper by occupation. His wife, mother of our subject, was Kate (Ratmacher) Keller, who died in Germany, her native State. Of the children born to her, five are now living. Christian Keller received a limited education in Germany, but by observation and business experience in America has become master of the English language. When he was fourteen years of age, he bade home and friends farewell and sailed for America, landing at New Orleans, and located at St. Louis, where he apprenticed himself of the barber's trade. At the breaking-out of the late civil war, he enlisted in Company B of the Forty-third Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and was wounded at the battle of Pittsburg Landing, which made the amputation of a limb necessary to save his life. He was honorably discharged in Jackson, Tenn., in the spring of 1863. He then went to his home in St. Clair County, Ill., from where he had enlisted and where his relatives resided. In the fall of the same year, he went to Cincinnati and again resumed working at his trade. In the fall of 1865, he came to Mound City, Ill., where he has since remained. In 1867, on the 27th of October, he married Miss Elizabeth Revington, a native of Pulaski County, Ill., born September 2, 1849, and a daughter of Peter and Sarah (Thomson) Revington, the former a native of Ireland and the latter of Pulaski County, Ill. This union has been blessed with the following children: George William, born March 23, 1869; Edward J., born November 12, 1871; Lucy A. F., born March 26, 1876. Mr. Keller is a member of the Lutheran Church, and a Republican in politics.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, pages 268-269.