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A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches,
Schools, Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of
Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the
Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Map of
Brown County; Constitution of the
United States, Miscellaneous
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Published:  Chicago:  W. H. Beers & Co.



  Pleasant Twp. -
CAPT. F. R. KAUTZ, farmer, P. O. Higginsport. Prominent among the enterprising farmers of Pleasant Township is Capt. F. R. Kautz.  He was born in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 6, 1829. He is the son of George and Doratha (Lalwing) Kautz.  His parents were natives of Germany, and emigrated to America two years before our subject was born.  He is the second of a family of six children, and had four brothers and one sister.  The boys of the family were all of a military turn.  His oldest brother is Maj. Gen. A. V. Kautz, of the regular service.  He is a graduate of West Point.  George, another brother, was in the war of 1861 as a volunteer from Illinois. Albert, the youngest, is a commissioned officer in the naval service.  Capt. Kautz, in 1862, volunteered in the Fifty-ninth Ohio Infantry, Company G.  He raised the Company, was elected Captain, and was discharged in 1864 at the expiration of his term of service.  F. R. Kautz received a common school education in Georgetown, Brown Co., Ohio.  He began traveling in 1850, going to California.  He also was through Oregon and Washington Territory, and returned in 1859.  The same year, he was married to Lucinda Hill, a native of Brown County.  They have two children Louisa and Phillip SheridanMrs. Kautz is a member of the Christian Church.  In business, Mr. K., has been eminently successful.  He is the owner of 163 acres in this township, and a farm in Lewis Township.  He is an extensive tobacco raiser, and deals in it somewhat.  He is a Republican in politics, and has been for two terms Trustee of Pleasant Township.  He does not desire office, but prefers giving his attention to business.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 23
  Union Twp. -
GEORGE KAUTZ, vine grower, Ripley, was born on the Rhine, in Germany, in 1800.  In 1828, he, with his wife and one son, embarked for America.  Her maiden name was Dority Lewing, who was born in Hesse-Cassel, Germany in 1800.  He had but $10 in money when he reached the free land, but had served his time at cabinet-making.  After a residence of three years in Baltimore, Md., he removed to Cincinnati, and in the spring of 1833 located at Germantown, Brown County, where, for eleven years, he was engaged in carpentering.  In 1844, he moved to Union Township, and was the second man engaged in grape-raising in the county.  From this production, he was enabled to purchase thirty-six acres of land, which he has converted into fields of vineyards.  He ha an immense wine cellar, where he keeps constantly on hand wine of all ages.  In this business, Mr. Kautz has been eminently successful, and although past his three-score and ten, is strong and vigorous.  Of the seven children born to this aged couple six are living.  The eldest, August V., is a graduate of West Point, and has risen to the rank of Colonel of the Eighth United States Infantry, at this time located near San Francisco, Cal.  The second, Frederick R., is a farmer residing in this county.  George A. is a banker in Christian County, Ill.  Louis T. is in the lumber business at Cincinnati, Ohio.  Albert, a graduate of Annapolis United States Navy Academy is at this time Commander of the United States War Steamer Michigan.  Sophia L. is wife of A. Schafer, residing at home.  They have one child, BessieMr. Kautz was the first German resident that settled in Ripley, and throughout the county he is widely and favorably known.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 70
  Union Twp. -
VEARNER KERR (deceased) was born in Allegheny County, Penn., Dec. 1, 1809.  His parents, David and Elizabeth (Pangburn) Kerr, were natives of Pennsylvania.  He was reared to manhood on a farm.  In 1833, he came to Brown County with Samuel Pangburn and located near Red Oak.  Jan. 3, 1840, he was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Thompson, daughter of William and Agnes (Kerr) Thompson, the former a native of Ireland and the latter of Allegheny County, Penn.  Her father emigrated to the United States in 1792, and settled in Pennsylvania, where he married, and in 1808 removed to Lewis County, Ky., where he died.  Mrs. Thompson afterward married William McMichael, who came from Ireland in 1792.  In 1818, the family removed to Mason County, Ky., and in 1839 to Brown County, where Mrs. McMichael died Aug. 14, 1874.  Mr. Kerr removed to Ripley in 1855.  In 1850, he purchased an interest in the Franklin Mills and operated them up to within three years of his death, which occurred Dec. 8, 1866.  He was an honored and highly esteemed citizen of Ripley, and was a man of much enterprise.  He was successful in the pursuits of life and accumulated considerable property.  In 1872, Mrs. Kerr located on her present farm one half mile east of Ripley, where she owns two hundred and twenty-five acres of excellent land.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  71
  Pleasant Twp. -
WILLIAM KERR, farmer, P. O. Georgetown, born in Pennsylvania, Aug. 2, 1823, the son of David and Elizabeth (Pangburn) Kerr.  His parents were natives of New Jersey and of English descent.  Mr. Kerr received a common school education in his native State, and in 1849 married Josephine Lytel who is also a native of Pennsylvania.  Their children, five in number, are Elizabeth (wife of Newton Smith), Martha C. (deceased), David, Margaret and Samuel  In 1859, they emigrated from Pennsylvania to Ohio, and settled in Brown County.  Both are members of the Methodist Church.  Mr. Kerr has made farming his life occupation, and in it has been moderately successful.  He is the owner of a farm of one hundred and twenty acres of good land, which he has secured by his own exertions.  In politics, he is a Republican.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  23
  Washington Twp. -
P. R. KINCAID, farmer, stock raiser and dealer, P. O. Sardinia, was born near the village of his residence, on the old Kincaid Homestead, Dec. 16, 1823.  His father, Matthew Kincaid, was born in Pennsylvania July 16, 1793, and was a son of Samuel, Matthew Kincaid, was born in Pennsylvania July 16, 1793, and was a son of Samuel Kincaid, who removed with his family         to Adams County, Ohio, in 1797.  He was killed by the Indians at Fort Meigs, May 5, 1813.  Mr. Kincaid, the father of our subject, was reared and brought up on a farm.  He served in the war of 1812, as Sergeant, and, in 1817, came to Brown County, and located near Sardinia, where he purchased fifty acres.  He was a tanner by trade, and erected a tanning establishment, which he operated for about twenty years, then retired to farming, which he pursued till his death, Jan. 9, 1871.  Mrs. Kincaid departed this life in August, 1838.  Mr. Kincaid, the subject of this sketch, is the third son and fourth child of a family of eight children, of whom three survive.  He was reared to manhood on a farm, and received his training in the common schools of the times.  In 1853, he engaged in butchering, which he followed successfully up to 1880.  Nov. 28, 1878, he removed to Sardinia, and, for the last two years, has dealt in livestock.  He was married, Aug. 9, 1847, to Miss Ruhamah Dunn, a native of Washington Township, where she was born Dec. 27, 1824.  Four sons and four daughters were the fruits of this union - Didama I., wife of A. W. Dunn; Thirsa A., wife of Robert Marshall, of New Richmond, Ohio; George L.; Angeline; William I.; Elmer M. and Emmett, twins, and Janette.  Mrs. Kincaid is a member of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, and the children of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Mr. Kincaid is identified with the Masonic fraternity of Buford.  Politically, he is a Republican.  He has served his township in various official capacities with the utmost fidelity and ability.  In 1874, he was chosen to the office of Justice of the Peace, and has since served his constituents in that capacity.  He owns a farm of sixty acres in Washington Township, and the Methodist parsonage in Sardinia, as his residence.  Mr. Kincaid is an honest, upright citizen, and a man of worthy enterprise.
The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 289
  Pleasant Twp. -
GEORGE W. KING, deceased, was born near Gettysburg, Adams County, Penn., Oct. 15, 1797, and was the sixth of ten children born to Hugh and Abigail (Voorhees) King.  His father was an Ensign in the Revolutionary war, and, being taken prisoner by the British, was kept in confinement about four years.  George W was reared on his father's farm and received a classical education in Gettysburg and Dickinson College.  He studied law for a period of three years in Gettysburg; was admitted to the bar in November, 1817, and in the following December moved to Ripley, Ohio, where he commenced the practice of his profession, he and his father-in-law, John S. Wills, being the first resident lawyers of the newly formed county of Brown.  In 1818, he was appointed the first Prosecuting Attorney of Brown County, and served in that capacity for eight consecutive yeas, when he resigned.  In 1831, he removed to Georgetown, where he continued to reside until his death.  In 1832, he was appointed Clerk of the Supreme and Common Pleas Courts of Brown County, and served eight years.  He was an able lawyer and a highly respected citizen; in politics, he was a Republican, and in religion a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  In 1818, he was married to Elizabeth M. Wills a native of Chillicothe, Ohio; eight children were born to them.  He died in September, 1879.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  23
  Sterling Twp. -
SILAS W. KING, farmer, P. O. Mt. Oreb, son of Robert and Eliza (Robinson) King, was born in Pleasant Township, Brown Co., Ohio, Sept. 13, 1836.  His father is a native of Virginia, and came to Ohio when a small boy.  His mother is a native of Ohio, daughter of Silas Robinson.  Mr. King was married, Oct. 3, 1865, to Mary E., daughter of Ephraim and Sarah E. (Berry) Dunn and a native of Ohio.  They have four children - George B., Robert L., Etta, Rufus, Wilbur.  Mr. King was the fifth man that enlisted in the three-months service in Washington Township on the breaking-out of the rebellion.  He enlisted in Capt. Foster's Independent Cavalry; was a Corporal in second company; after about a year's service, broke down and was discharged for disability.  He is a P. G. of White Oak Lodge, No. 292, I. O. O. F., and served one year as D. D. G. M.  He is a descendant of the most honored of our old pioneers, and an unwavering Democrat in politics.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  296
  Eagle Twp. -
JOACHIM KLEIN, farmer, P. O. Bernard, was born in July, 1809, in Austria; he was the son of Joseph and H. Klein.  He was raised on a farm and received a fair German education.  In March, 1847, he married Johanna Gart, by whom he had six children - Maria, Henry, Amel, Charles, Julius, and one deceased.  In 1853, with his family he immigrated to America, and came to Ohio; he first located at Ripley, where he remained but a short time; from Ripley he moved to Sardinia, Washington Township, where he remained about fourteen years.  He then located in the southwestern portion of this township, where he still resides.  Mr. Klein contributes liberally to all enterprisers which prove beneficial to the county.  Is the owner of sixty-seven acres of land.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  227



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