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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JOHN CALVIN KELLER, M. D., the genial and well known physician and surgeon of Wind Gap, Northampton County, was born in Bellevue, Huron County, Ohio, December 29, 1864. He is the son of Rev. Eli and Emma Keller, the former a minister in the German Reformed Church, who for eleven years held a pastorate at Bellevue, and afterward accepted a call to a church in Zionsville, Lehigh County. J. Calvin was reared in the Buckeye State until nine years of age, since which time he has been a resident of Pennsylvania. His education was received in the public schools of both states, though mainly in the Perkiomen Seminary in Montgomery County, Pa., which he attended, though not regularly, for four years.

Entering upon the study of medicine, our subject became a student in what was then known as the Columbus Medical College of Columbus, Ohio, but which in 1893 was merged into the Starling Medical College. Pursuing his studies with diligence, he was graduated in medicine in 1886, and shortly afterward located in Bangor, Pa., where he assisted his brother in the practice of his profession. However, he remained in that city but a few months, when, concluding that Wind Gap would be a more favorable location, he came hither, opened an office, and has since carried on a general practice.

The cultured wife of Dr. Keller bore the maiden name of Lillian Leibert, and is a daughter of George Leibert, of Wind Gap. Though devoting his time mainly to professional duties, the Doctor is also interested in everything pertaining to the welfare of the community, and in politics is a Republican. At the present time he fills the position of local examiner for the New York Life Insurance Company and the Pennsylvania Mutual Life Insurance Company. He is a close student of his profession, and his skill and ability have won for him a high reputation, not only among his patrons, but also in the fraternity. He is a wide-awake and enterprising young man, and this community finds in him a valued citizen, who manifests a commendable interest in everything pertaining to its welfare and advancement.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

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