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HISTORY OF HARDIN COUNTY, OHIO
Containing
A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches,
Schools, Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Military
Record; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent
Men; History of the Northwest Territory;
History of Ohio; Miscellaneous
Matters, Etc., Etc.
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Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co.
1883.

Blanchard Twp. -
NICHOLAS KAHL, farmer, P. O. North Washington, was born Dec. 6, 1835, in Germany, and is a son of Frank and Margaret (Wagner) Kahl, the former a native of France, the latter of Germany.  The subject of this sketch was educated in Germany, and emigrated to Kenton, Ohio, in 1869.  He was married, in 1871, to Wilhelmine Hyneca, a native of Germany.  By this union there have been six children (five living), viz., Michael K., Fred, Emma, William, Eddie and Lena.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 878
Cessna Twp. -
GEORGE WASHINGTON KEEL, farmer, P. O. Kenton, was born in Philadelphia, Penn., Jan. 1, 1811, and is the youngest of a family of eight children.  His father, Peter Keel, was a native of Germany, and his mother, Nancy (Davis) Keel, was born in Dauphin County, Penn.   His father and grandfather fought in the Revolution.  On Mar. 3, 1836, our subject was married to Susanna Kyler, born Oct. 31, 1816, a daughter of Henry Kyler.  The twelve children born to them are as follows:  Thomas H., died in Pennsylvania; William Henry, also died in Pennsylvania, Barbara Ann, wife of W. S. Harris, of Hardin County; Louisa Margaret, wife of John F. Littell, Delaware, Ohio; Laura Jane, wife of Joseph Nevitt, of Kenton; Susan Mary, deceased at the age of eighteen months; Mary Elizabeth, wife of Samuel Payne, of Kenton; George W. H., at home; Hugh C., married to Emma Brooks; John Cyrus decreased at the age of eighteen months; Susan Martha, at home; and John Davis, deceased. Mr. Keel, and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Mr. Keel formerly belonged to Cumberland Lodge, No. 90, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Pennsylvania, but has never renewed his membership in this State.  He served seven years in the Light Horse Guards of Pennsylvania.  In politics, he is a Republican, and has served as School director and Supervisor, but has never sought office, desiring to cultivate his well kept and fertile farm.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 923
Blanchard Twp. -
S. KEHLER, physician, Dunkirk, was born Oct. 22, 1813, near Williamsport, Penn., and is a son of Abraham and Elizabeth (Shelby) Kehler, the former of German the latter of Low Dutch descent.  The subject of this sketch was educated in Pennsylvania; emigrated to Ohio in 1841; studied medicine and graduated, in 1845, at Willoughby, Ohio.  He has practiced for thirty-six years, spending fifteen years in Stark County.  In 1846, he was united in marriage with Mary Landon, a native of Stark County, born Feb. 16, 1825, and a daughter of Henry Landon, of Connecticut.  This union has resulted in seven children, as follows: Frances, wife of Charles Mahon, a dealer in dry goods; Josephine, wife of James Flemming, a farmer and proprietor of a saw mill near Dunkirk; George, married; Mary, deceased; Grace, a school teacher ad the wife of John Wood, clerk in Mahon's store; Anna, school teacher in Dunkirk, and Edward.  Mr. Kehler owns his residence in Dunkirk and is a prominent physician of that town.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 879
Jackson Twp. -
DANIEL KELLOGG, farmer, P. O. Patterson, is a brother of David Kellogg, under whose name the ancestral history appears.  Daniel was born in Massachusetts, Nov. 22, 1814, but since 1835, has been a resident of Ohio, mainly of Hardin County; when he came here he was just bordering on manhood, and commenced thinking of his future accumulation.  The county was .new and wild, land cheap and plenty still to be entered from the Government, but as he was poor, having nothing but energy, industry and good health to rely on, he concluded to enter a quarter-section of land now in Jackson Township, on which he resides; soon after this, he engaged by the month as farm hand in Fairfield County, and while thus engaged bought forty acres of land near Kenton, to which he returned in 1842. In 1851.  He married Caroline Eaton, and settled on his farm, where they remained until March, 1870, in which year they came to their present location in Section 35.  His entire life has been devoted to agricultural pursuits, and he raises good stock.  He and his wife have one child—H. B.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 961
Jackson Twp. -
DAVID KELLOGG, farmer, P. O. Forest, is a son of David Kellogg, Sr., and a grandson of Daniel Kellogg.  The latter was born in Massachusetts, but died in Connecticut.  He was a farmer near North Hampton.  Of his sons, David was the youngest, born in Hampshire County, Mass, about 1785, and died near Kenton, Hardin County, during the late war.  He married, in his native State, Abigail Ward, and soon after was called in the service of the 1812 war.  After a short service at Boston, he returned home, but not until 1835 did he conclude to make his home in the West.  In that year, he settled near Kenton, this county, where he bought 40 acres and entered 160 acres.  He was a stout, robust man, and able to withstand all the privations subject to those early days.  He lived a widower several years.  Of his children, David, our subject, is the second eldest, and was born in Mass. in 1816, but since 1835, has lived in Hardin County, and now owns 80 acres of land, which he has cleared and improved.  His wife was Isabelle Howey, who died in 1841, leaving four children—Mary, Maggie, John and Jane.  His second wife was Miss Sarah Reichert, of Pennsylvania, but for a number of years a resident of Ohio.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 960
Blanchard Twp.
JAMES M. KINSEY, book-keeper and salesman, was born Feb. 7, 1854, in Dunkirk, Ohio.  He is a son of George and Jane (Shuff) Kinsey.  His paternal grandparents were Christian and Nancy (Martin) Kinsey, descended from the Pennsylvania Dutch; his maternal grandparents, Jesse and Margaret McCavery, were of Irish and German ancestry.  The mother of our subject was born October 10, 1817, in Frederick County, Md., and the father was born in Frederick County, Md., Sept. 21, 1813.  He lived in his native place until thirty-three years of age.  He married, Feb. 21, 1837, and had nine children, viz., Mary C. (deceased), J. T., G. M., Susan J. (wife of J. C. Leslie), A. E., James M., Melvin S., Melinda and an infant (deceased).  Mr. Kinsey, Sr., has resided in this county since 1849.  He was a carpenter for several years, and for ten years carried on the grocery business, but is now retired from all business.  The subject of this sketch was the second male child born in the town of Dunkirk.  He received a common school education, and was married, May 30, 1876, to Flo Tanner, who was born Apr. 24, 1858, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Aurand) Tanner.  Her father was a native of Rhode Island, her mother of Hancock County, Ohio, and both of English descent.  Mr. J. M. Kinsey is the father of two children - Ruth, born Dec. 8, 1877, and Mode, born Mar. 4, 1881.  For over ten years, Mr. J. M. Kinsey has been a salesman and book-keeper in the hardware store of S. T. Bosserman, Dunkirk.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 879
Blanchard Twp. -
WILLIAM KIRCHOFFER, farmer, P. O. Dunkirk, was born Sept. 19, 1959, in Pleasant Township, Hardin Co., Ohio, and is a son of Frank and Elizabeth (Glucker) Kirchhoffer.  His grandfather was killed in an oil mill in Mertzehausen, Germany.  His father, a native of Germany, and a cabinet-maker by trade, died in Blanchard Township in 1873, at the age of forty-six years.  His mother died on his farm, Dec. 26, 1876, at the age of forty-five years; she was twice married.  By her second husband - Jacob Schrittner - she had one child - Emma, a resident of Pleasant Township.  The subject of this sketch has two sisters - Minnie and Elizabeth.  He was engaged in farming and sawing, and owns forty acres of land in Section 31, Range 11, where he has resided for nineteen years.  He was married, Mar. 30, 1882, to Alice, a native of Ohio, where she was born June 6, 1864, and is a daughter of James and Elizabeth ( Davis) Fisher.  He is the father of one child - Judson, born Feb. 9, 1883, died Mar. 26, 1883.  His wife's father is a farmer and has reared a family of five children, one of whom - Jessie - died May 25, 1879.  The three remaining at home are Maggie, Millie and Blanche.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 879
Liberty Twp. -
AMOS KLINGLER, farmer, P. O. Ada, was born in Perry County, Ohio, July 12, 1842.  He is a son of D. A. and Sarah (Brosius) Klinger.  Both parents are natives of Ohio, and are of German lineage.  His father came to Hardin County in 1848, and settled in Liberty Township, which at that time was all a wilderness, where he followed farming the rest of his life.  Our subject was brought up on the farm, and received a limited education from the common schools.  In his youth he chose the occupation of farmer, and has pursued it ever since.  He now owns a farm of eighty acres of well-improved land.  In1862, he married Lucinda M. Greenawalt, a daughter of John and Mary Greenawalt, the former a prominent and wealthy farmer of Allen County.  Mr. and Mrs. Klingler are both members of the Reformed Church. Mr. Klingler is a Democrat in politics.  In 1879, he was the President of the board that drained Hog Creek, Marsh.  He is a Trustee and Deacon in the church, in which he is also a Sabbath school teacher.  He is a member of the Grange society, No. 909, of Liberty Township.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 1008
Liberty Twp. -
R. H. KLINGLER, farmer, P. O. Ada, was born in Perry County, Ohio, May 23, 1844.  He is a son of David and Sarah (Proshia) Klingler.  Our subject, the second child of a family of eighteen, received his education in this county and learned farming for his occupation.  He also worked at the shoe-maker's trade, but only continued at it for a year and a half.  He enlisted in 1862 in the One Hundred and Eighteenth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company A, and served till the close of the war.  He was always ready for duty, fought in fourteen battles and was discharged at Salisbury, N. C.  In 1868, he married Margaret Fisher, a daughter of David Fisher, of German lineage.  They have six children, viz., Rosetta, William L., David E., Charles E., Elva L. and Cora E.  Mrs. Klingler is a member of the Lutheran Church and Mr. Klingler of the Reformed Church, in which he has been a Deacon.  He is a member of the Grange Association, a Democrat in politics and is a successful business man.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 1008
Cessna Twp. -
CHARLES KRAFT, farmer P. O. Dunkirk, was born in Washington Township, Hardin County, Ohio, Feb. 3, 1840.  He is a son of William and Louisa (Strassman) Kraft.  His father was a native of Germany.  He emigrated from Hanover in 1835 and the following year located in Hardin County, Ohio.  Our subject received a common school education, and was married Oct. 20, 1867, to Catherine Serson, born Sept. 9, 1846, a native of Germany.  She emigrated to Ohio in the year 1862.  They have five children, viz., Albert, born Jan. 30, 1869; Frank, born Oct. 3, 1871, Lizzie, born Nov. 30, 1873; Emma, born June 23, 1876; and William, born Jan. 3, 1879.  Mr. Kraft enlisted in the Eighty-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Nov. 4, 1861, and served three years and eight months.  He was first in McDowell's division, and took part in the following engagements:  Cedar Mountain, second Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg.  At the last-named battle, he was wounded in the left breast, and confined for eighteen weeks to the hospital.  He was then transferred to the Western Division; was in the battle of Missionary Ridge, and closed with Sherman's march to the sea.  Mr. Kraft settled on his present farm in 1873 and has pursued faring for his occupation.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 924
Blanchard Twp. -
JOHN U. KURT, farmer, P. O. Dunkirk, was born July 4, 1836, in Wangen County, Switzerland, and is a son of Jacob Kurt.  He received his education in Switzerland and in Licking County, Ohio, to which place he emigrated at the age of nineteen years.  His parents came the following year.  He pursues farming for an occupation, and is the owner of 160 acres of land in Section 29, Blanchard Township.  He was married, Apr. 4, 1867, to Mary Kellerhals, born in this county, Goshen Township, six miles east of Kenton, Oct. 28, 1847, and daughter of  John U. Kellerhals.  Nine children have been born to them, five living - Fred William, William Henry, Samuel A., Phillip and LusiJohn J. (deceased) was killed by a horse.  Mr. Kurt and his wife belong to the German Reformed Church, of which the former has been a member since his boyhood, and is now an Elder.  In politics, he is a Democrat, and is one of the prosperous farmers of Blanchard Township.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 880

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