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Mary Elizabeth (Auxer) Keefer (1865 - 1933)

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Mary Elizabeth Keefer formerly Auxer
Born in Pennsylvaniamap
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of [father unknown] and
Wife of — married 4 Feb 1889 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvaniamap
Died in Harrisburg, Pennsylvaniamap
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  • Born 6 FEB 1865, probably in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania[1]
  • Married John B. Keefer, of Blair County, 4 February 1889 in Harrisburg, Pennsylania [2]
  • Marriage ended in Separation. She went back to Harrisburg with the children ~ He went to Oregon and remarried. They never divorced.
  • Died 20 JUL 1933 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania[3]
  • Buried 24 JUL 1933 in East Harrisburg Cemetery, along with mother and aunt.[4]


MARRIAGE: John B. KEEFER to Mary AUXER, 1889, Blair County, PA
A marriage license was issued Monday to Dr. J. B. Keefer, of this city, and
Mary Auxer, of Harrisburg, by the clerk of Dauphin county, and he arrived
home the same evening with his bride.
Altoona Tribune, February 7, 1889
Marriage of an Estimable Young Couple
Last Evening.
The many friends of Miss Mary E. Auxer, the organist of the Second Reformed church, will be pleased to learn of her marriage last evening to Mr. John B. Keefer, a prominent young dentist of Altoona. This happy event took place at the residence of the bride's mother, No. 407 Boas street, the ceremony being performed by Rev. H.D. Lehman, of Middletown, a cousin of the bride. Mr. Edwin A. Niess was the best man and Miss Sadie R. Lehman, the bridesmaid. The Mendelssohn wedding march was played by Miss Katie A. Niess. Only the immediate relatives and friends of the bride and groom were present.
Mr. and Mrs. Keefer left on an early train this morning for Altoona, where they will make their future home, taking with them the good wishes of their host of friends.
Written in the border are: Feb. 1889
From Dauphin County Historical Society, Ingram's Obituaries and Marriages, V. 30, p. 40
Mrs. Mary E. Keefer, former resident of Altoona, died at her home, 407 Bas street, Harrisburg, Thursday evening after a lingering illness of several months. She was aged 69.
Mrs. Keefer was a lifelong member of First Church of God at Fourth Street, Harrisburg, and the pastor, Rev. H.R. Lobb, will conduct the funeral service at 2 p.m. today at the home.
Buried in E. Harrisburg Cemetery along w/sisters. Information on death
certificate supplied by Madison Keefer (son) of Progress, Pennsylvania.
1870 Census, Dauphin County, 187th Dist., 5th Ward, roll 1334, p. 34.Census taken 9 July 1870:
Line 273-284-Auxer, Philip age 60, Male, white, Wagon Maker
Mary age 57, Female, white, keeping house
Harriet, age 28, Female, white,dressmaker
Susan, age 27, Female, white, dressmaker
Sarah, age 24, Female, white, dressmaker
Abraham, age 21, Male, white, Wagon Maker
Mary, age 5, Female, white, at home
Kaylor, Susana, age 77, Female, White
From LDS film #1376904, Harrisburg City Directory, 1886
Church of God N 4th n Walnut, built 1854, Rev. Jeremiah Carvell, pastor
Auxer, Harriet, dressmaker, h 407 Boas
Auxer, Mary Q., music teacher, h 407 Boas
Auxer, Sarah, seamstress, h 407 Boas
Niess, Edwin A., clerk, 32 N 3d, h 117 Dock
Niess, Ephraim, H., bricklayer, h. 117 Dock
Niess, Harry H.helper, h 134 Hanna
From LDS film #1376905, Harrisburg City Directory, 1887
Church of God N 4th n Walnut, built 1854, Rev. Jeremiah Carvell, pastor
Auxer, Harriet, dressmaker, h 407 Boas
Auxer, Mary E., music teacher, h 407 Boas
Auxer, Sarah, seamstress, h 407 Boas
Carvell, Jeremiah M., Rev., h 314 Cumberland
Niess, Edwin A., clerk, 32 N 3d, h 117 Dock
Niess, Ephraim, H., bricklayer, h. 117 Dock
Niess, Harry H., helper, h. 134 Hanna
From LDS film #1376904, Harrisburg City Directory, 1888
Auxer, Harriet, dressmaker, h 407 Boas
Auxer, Mary E., music teacher, h 407 Boas
Auxer, Sarah, seamstress, h 407 Boas
Niess, Edwin A., student, h 117 Dock
Niess, Ephraim, H., fireman, h. 117 Dock
Niess, Harry H,.helper, h 134 State
I'm almost positive Harriet Auxer is her mother! The more I thought about it, the more it has to be!
  • Harriet's age (22) at Mary's birth vs. her mother's age (52).
  • The fact that her mother's last child had been born more than 15 years earlier, and prior to that she had been having children every two to three years!
  • This would be the right age (24) to have had a boyfriend/fiancée who went off to war and never came home. You know about those "good-byes" that produced so many children during any of the Wars!
  • Harriet's guilt upon Church membership.
  • Mary E. being named after Harriet's mother, following the custom of the day.
  • Mary's daughter was named HARRIET! following the custom of the day in naming first born daughter after mother! At least this is what this family did!!!
  • The fact that Mary is buried with Harriet now makes a lot more sense!!!
  • On 1 April 1878, Philip Auxer made an indenture of property to William D. and Susan B. Lucas, Leander and Anna Lehman, Ephraim and Catharine Niess and Sarah and Harriet Auxer. No mention of Mary E. leading me to believe that she was really his grand-daughter, not his daughter. If he grant deeded property to the other children, why not her? Because she wasn't a child!


  • Source: S18 Title: Death certificate in file. Title: death certificate
  • Source: S268 Title: Deana Keefer, g-grand-daughter-in-law
  • Source: S6 Title: Marriage record
  • Source: S94Title: Ancestral File (R) Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Publication: Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998 Text: NS14513
  • Source: Pennsylvania Death Certificate #64174, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, 24 July 1933. Source Information: Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1963. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
  • Source: Altoona Tribune, Altoona, PA, Monday, July 26, 1923; viewed at Pennsylvania State Library, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 2005
  1. Source: #S18
  2. Source: #S6
  3. Source: #S18
  4. Source: #S18

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