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KELKER, JOHN, fourth son of Anthony Kelker and Mary Magdalena Meister, was born at Annville, Pa., June 12, 1776. He received a good education, or rather such as the country afforded during the Revolutionary era, and was brought up to mercantile pursuits, and learned the trade of a hatter. In 1812 he was elected sheriff of Dauphin county, and permanently removed to Harrisburg April 29, 1813. He was appointed deputy marshal for the county, and took the census thereof in 1830, and served as county treasurer from 1829 to 1832. Mr. Kelker was an officer of the Reformed church, Harrisburg, and one of the building committee when the present church was erected. He died at Harrisburg April 29, 1859, at the age of eighty-three. "In social life," wrote a contemporary, "he was an example of urbane manners, of warm and genial friendship, of generous hospitality, and was everywhere welcomed as a man of courteous and kind disposition." Mr. Kelker married, in 1798, Sabina, daughter of Henry Shantz and Sabina Meily, of Lebanon, who died at Harrisburg, December 26, 1853, and had issue.