KEPLINGER - The Keplingers seem to have come to this country from Bavaria before the Revolutionary War, since one Peter Keplinger served in a Pennsylvania regiment during that war. The Keplingers have been regarded as among the worthiest citizens of Morgan County, both in pioneer and later times.
JOHN KEPLINGER and wife Elizabeth ruble, and ten children, came to Morgan County from Tennessee in 1828 in covered wagons; one wagon drawn by five horses, another by four, and with a one-horse gig. Mr. Keplinger's family consisted of eight sons, Jacob, Samuel, Isaac, Peter, John E., George, Michael Shunk, and Richard (the last two by a second wife) and four daughters - Mrs. T. J. Harris, Waverly, Ill.; Mrs. James York, of Macoupin County, Ill.; Mrs. B. B. Harris; and Mrs. Wilburn Rohrer, Waverly, Ill. All lived to maturity, most of them living to a good old age.
SAMUEL KEPLINGER married Permelia Green in 1833. After his marriage he followed the blacksmith trade in Jacksonville four years, when he entered and bought land near Franklin, and, erecting a shop on his farm, followed his trade, in that way earning the money to pay for his land, which amounted to 400 acres. That place continued to be his home until his death, which occurred in 1886, at the age of seventy-seven years. His wife died in 1883, aged seventy-two years. Eight of their children lived to adult age: Mrs. Gen. John Irving Rinaker, Carlinville, Ill.; Hardin Green, Franklin, Ill.; Lewis W., Kansas City, Kans.; M. Luther, Carlinville, Ill.; Mrs. M. A. Smith, of California; Mrs. John W. Smith, of DeGraff, Kans.; and Mrs. Alex. VanWinkle, who died in Wisconsin in 1870.
PETER KEPLINGER lived and died in Macoupin County, Ill.
JOHN E. KEPLINGER died at Waverly, Ill., in 1890.
The Keplingers, on their mother's side (Ruble), are related to the Borings and Pitners, who also were among the early and valuable pioneer immigrants to Morgan County. The chief motive that led the original family to come to Illinois was the desire to remove the presence and influence of slavery. The patriotic record of the family is truly noble. One, Peter Keplinger, served in a Pennsylvania regiment in the Revolutionary War. Two sons of John Keplinger, John E. and Michael Shunk, served in the War of the Rebellion. Two sons of Samuel Keplinger, Hardin G., and Lewis W., and two sons-in-law - Gen. John I. Rinaker and Alex. VanWinkle, all that were of military age - and two sons of Peter Keplinger, served in the Civil War.