The Families of Adam Keith

The Founders and Pioneers


Washington Twp., Kosciusko Co. IN

Lewis Keith [1806-1872]


Ancestry: Adam Keith1>Adam Keith2>Lewis Keith3>Lewis Keith4


John Sleeper Smith [1806-1869]/Rosanna Keith Smith [1809-1890]


Ancestry: Adam Keith1>Adam Keith2>Lewis Keith3>Rosanna [Keith] m. [John Sleeper] Smith4

Washington Twp [Kosciusko Co. IN] formed in March 1838


The first election was held at the house of Martin Braysted in April 1838, and Lewis Keith was elected justice of the peace.


Dec. 6, 1852 -- Pierceton, the second largest town in the county [Kosciusko Co. IN], was laid out Dec. 6, 1852, by Lewis Keith and John B. Chapman on the north part of the northwest quarter of Section 27, and christened Pierceton in honor of President Franklin Pierce.


By the adoption of the Constitution the Society was named the Kosciusko County Historical Society, by which name it will hereafter be known.


Membership being the next thing in order, on motion of Hon. James S. Frazer, those knowing themselves to be Old Settlers under the Constitution, were requested to come forward, subscribe their names and pay the initiation fee of twenty-five cents. At the same time they were requested to give the date of their settlement in the county. The following persons complied with the requirements of the Constitution and became members:


... Lewis Keith September 1837 ...

History of Kosicusko County [IN] 1886


JOHN SLEEPER SMITH, deceased, who was one of the old and honored pioneers of Kosciusko County, was born near Hagerstown, Maryland, in 1808, and was of German ancestry. He remained in his native county until nine years of age, when he was taken by his parents to Bedford County, Pennsylvania, and there he was reared to the avocation of a farmer. At the age of eighteen years he began to do for himself, and to care for his parents. He was married in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, March 9, 1830, to Miss Rose Ann Keith, who was a native of Pennsylvania, and of German and Irish parentage. She is a sister of Lewis Keith, who was the original owner of the land on which Pierceton is situated. Of the eleven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Smith, eight still survive - Mrs. Mary McLoughan, Missouri; Mrs. Marsha Workman of Sumner County, Kansas. Mrs. Lucy Baker of Mercer County, Missouri. Mrs. Catherine Ringer, of Kosciusko County, Indiana; Daniel J., a farmer of Wayne County, Iowa; Mrs. Rose Ann Perry of Pierceton; John K., of Washington township, and Godfrey J., also living in Washington township. Lewis Henry died March 12, 1835, aged fourteen months; Mrs. Hannah Elder died May 10, 1860, aged twenty-eight years and Mrs. Rachel Baker died at the age of twenty years, July 7, 1866. In 1838 Mr. Smith came with his young family to Kosciusko County, Indiana, and settled in an unbroken wilderness in Washington township, and there they experienced many of the hardships and privations incident to life in a new country. lndians were the principal inhabitants, few white people having settled in the county at that time. Hannah Warsing, Margaret and Nancy Rhodes and Lewis Elder came with the Smith family from Pennsylvania, all making the journey partly on foot and partly by team, being on the way for several weeks. After crossing the Ohio line they had to cut their own road and construct bridges to cross streams. On coming to Washington township Mr. Smith entered land from the Government, which he improved and cultivated, the land being still owned by his heirs. His death occurred in Oct., 1869, in his sixty-fourth year. In his religious views he was a Presbyterian, and was one of first members of the church at Pierceton. His widow is still a member of the same church. She still makes her home on the old homestead in Washington Township, being now seventy-seven years old.