Melville C. Keeling
Melville Keeling was born in Williamsburg, Va. on October 7, 1838. His family moved to Norfolk and at age 20, Keeling joined the Norfolk Light Artillery Blues. He served during the American Civil War and was wounded two times at Chancellorsville and Crater. He was taken captured several times during the war. After the war, he served as the captain of his company and was a well-respected citizen in Berkley, participating in the many public Civil War commemorations. In 1899, Keeling was elected to serve as the mayor of Berkley and as president of the council. In addition to military and political service, he was an active Freemason and a superintendent of a local Sunday-school. Keeling died in 1933.
William H. Stewart, History of Norfolk County Virginia and Representative Citizens, (Chicago: Biographical Publishing Company, 1902), 865.
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