George Keller, The Justice from Dunmore County

In The History of the Descendants of John Hottel is this sentence; “He was an outstanding citizen in the early history of Shenandoah County, having been one of the justices of the first court.” I have long believed George Keller, the husband of Barbara Anna Hottel, deserved more insight into his participation in local government than this brief mention affords him.

The early records of the colony of Virginia offer a wealth of information for those who wish to research specific individuals within the social context of their era. Through the use and study of these records, researchers can add “flesh” to a name and/or situation.

George Keller immigrated to the colony of Pennsylvania in 1732. He settled near…

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