James Joseph Keppel married Mary Discoe Hamilton about 1887 in Maine. This information was obtained from the 1900 census. I haven’t been able to find any information on this, but am still looking. Mary was born November 22, 1862 on Chebeague Island, Cumberland County, Maine. The records I’ve found show her as the daughter of Andrew J. Hamilton and Amelia M. Ross. Family history indicates that Andrew was killed in the Civil War, possibly dying in Louisiana prison, but I haven’t found anything to substantiate this yet.
The records from the Salvation Army indicate that the family moved several times while serving the organization:
February 1, 1887 West Pennsylvania District
July 4, 1887 New Jersey and New York Division - Major
August 15, 1889 Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska Division, Iowa and Dakota Division
November 1, 1892 Pacific Coast Division
Their first son, Charles, was born in Mississippi. Their daughter Louise was born in Ohio. My grandmother, Kathleen, was born in Oakland, California. Bert told me that James and Mary went on horseback to the rural areas to preach. Their next son Robert was also born in California. Their last son George was born in Darby, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
In 1896, James broke from the Salvation Army with Ballington Booth and helped form the Volunteers of America. Their last son George was born in Darby, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
About 1940, just before the war, Mary moved to California with her daughter, Louise and her husband Joe Boylan, and their daughter Kathleen (Cara), to be near son Charles. She died 28 April 1949. Her obituary states”
Beloved mother of Mrs. Louise K. Boylan, Charles J. and George H. Keppel, sister of Mrs. Nellie Price: also survived by 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Services Saturday at the Church of the Recessional. Forest Lawn Mortuary in charge. from Los Angeles Times April 29, 1949 part 1 page 21
Since I was born in 1947, naturally I wonder if she knew about me. My mother remembers writing to a Keppel, but doesn’t remember much more than that.
(Photo is Mary Hamilton Keppel on the right, her daughter Kathleen (my grandmother) in the middle, and Kathleen’s sister, Louise.)