John Keplar was the 4th great grandfather of my girlfriend Joan. Here is how she relates:
When John F. Keplar was born on January 1, 1743, in Stockholm, Sweden, his father, Johannes, was 33 and his mother, Barbara von Muhleck, was 23. He married Helen Catherine DeAvarie of Paris, France in 1780. They had two children during their marriage. He died having lived for more than 100 years. He died on December 12, 1845, in Winchester, Indiana, at the age of 102.
John came to America before the Revolutionary War and served in that war. He was a private in Capt. John Arndt’s company, 1st battalion Northhampton County, PA, militia.
John’s wife, Catherine DeAvarie, died either in childbirth or just days after her daughter Nancy Kepler was born. According to my research, John did not remarry and spent much of his life as a widower.