“Rev. John Keeling, a native of Washington County, Ky., was born July 28, 1810. His parents, James and Mary Keeling, were natives of Kentucky, of Scotch and German parentage. Rev. Keeling came to Shelby County with his parents when seven years old. He was married January 30, 1831, to Miss Rebecca Farrall., who was a native of Virginia, born August 25, 1808. She was the daughter of John and Eleanor Farrall, of Virginia, of Irish parentage. Mr. Keeling was taught industry in early life, and was a hard working man. He started in life very poor, but by hard work saved some money and entered eighty acres of land at Flatrock. He lived here nineteen years, then sold out and went to Switzerland County, where he first began doing ministerial work in 1840, with the Separate Baptists. After this he moved to his present home, where he owns 100 acres of well cultivated land. During the last three years he has accepted no regular pastoral work, but previous to this time had three or four churches. He has been a great revivalist. He is the father of eight children, three sons and five daughters. Rev. Keeling and wife are among the leading citizens of their county, and highly
esteemed by all who know them."
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Brant & Fuller, 1887, "Noble
Submitted by Don T. Mitchell