KELKER, Anthony
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Kelker, Anthony, son of Henry Kelker and Regula Braetscher, was a native of Herrleberg, near Zurich, Switzerland, born on December 30, 1733. At the age of ten years, in 1743, his parents emigrated to America and located in Lebanon township, Lancaster county, now Lebanon county, Pa., four miles north of the town of Lebanon. Anthony was brought up on his father’s farm, receiving the meager advantages of the schools of that period. He was commissioned August 28, 1775, lieutenant in the Second battalion of Lancaster county associators, and was in active service during the campaign of 1776. In 1777 he was an officer in the militia at Brandywine and Germantown. He was appointed January 19, 1778, wagon-master of Colonel Greenawalt’s battalion, and the same year was sent on a secret expedition to Virginia and Maryland. Until the close of the war Captain Kelker was an active participant. He was deputy sheriff of Lancaster county in 1781-82, and upon the formation of the county of Dauphin was commissioned the first sheriff in 1785, and subsequently elected, serving until 1788. He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives 1793-94. He was a very active member and vestryman of the German Reformed church, and treasurer of the same during the erection of the old (First) Reformed church in 1794. Mr. Kelker died at Lebanon March 10, 1812. He married Mary Magdalene, daughter of George Meister, a Moravian. She died at Lebanon, December 30, 1818. Mr. Kelker was a man of strict integrity, an unflinching patriot, and highly esteemed by his fellow-citizens.


Transcribed by: Lynne Ranieri

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