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Early in the '40s of last century, Michael KEIS, born February 1, 1813, and Jacob KEIS, born February 1, 1815, came to this country from Weilheim, Wurtemberg, and located in Quincy. From the old family Bible, still in existence, it is apparent that they came originally was written, KEUSS. Both brothers for many years were in business in this city, conducting a general store. Later they dissolved their partnership, Jacob continuing the business, while Michael conducted a distillery. Michael KEIS married Elizabeth WEISS in Quincy. He died March 5, 1856, while his wife survived for several years. Children living are: Mrs. Caroline MILLER, the Misses Emma and Marie KEIS, and Louis KEIS. The optician, Louis KEIS, in this city is a grandson of Michael KEIS. Jacob KEIS, the brother of Michael KEIS, in 1849 married Mary Anna PETER, born in Riegel, Baden. During the gold fever Jacob KEIS crossed the plains to California, but soon returned to Quincy. He died October 4, 1865; his wife survived him for many years. One daughter became the wife of John NOTH and moved to Davenport, Iowa, many years ago.

QUINCY AND ADAMS COUNTY HISTORY AND REPRESENTATIVE MEN by David F. Wilcox. Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1919. p. 360.

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