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GILES KUHN was born Apr. 5, 1869, on the farm on section 19, Plymouth township, where he yet lives.  The place is endeared to him through the associations of his boyhood as well as the connections of manhood, and he is now busily engaged in the operation of the farm, which comprises one hundred and five acres of rich and productive land.  He is a son of Elijah and Julia Ann (Kirkpatrick) Kuhn, who were likewise natives of this county.  The father still resides at Shelby, but the mother died on the home farm in 1905 at the age of fifty-six years.  They were the parents of three children: Giles; Jesse, living in Plymouth township; and Mabel, who is living with her father in Shelby.
     No event of special importance occurred to vary the routine of farm life for Giles Kuhn in his boyhood and youth.  He attended the public schools and assisted his father in the operation of the home farm, which was originally owned by Samuel Kuhn, one of the earliest settlers of the county and a native of Pennsylvania.  Giles Kuhn has never sought to follow any other occupation than that to which he was reared, and in his farming operations he is meeting with success, for the fields are well tilled and annually bring forth golden harvests, yielding abundantly in return for the care and labor bestowed upon them.
     In 1896 Giles Kuhn was united in marriage to Miss Nettie Melick, who was born in Richland county, Ohio, Jan. 28, 1873, and is a daughter of Andrew and Frances Melick.  Mr. and Mrs. Kuhn are now the parents of five children: Jason, Donald, Herman, Frances and Zilla.  The parents are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, with which their children are also connected.  They belong to the Mount Pleasant church, of which Mr. Kuhn  is a trustee, and in the work of the society he takes an active and helpful part.  His political allegiance is given to the republican party, but he has never been a politician in the sense of office seeking.  On the contrary, he prefers to give his undivided time and attention to his business affairs, in which he is meeting with signal success.
     Jesse Kuhn, the younger brother of Giles Kuhn and a well-known representative of the farming interests of Plymouth township, was born on the 27th of July, 1874, and has always resided upon the farm which is yet his home.  He now has one hundred and six acres of land, which he purchased. ten years ago, it being a part of the property once owned by his grandfather, Samuel Kuhn, who came to the county in pioneer times and cast in his lot with the early settlers, aiding in laying broad and deep the foundation for the present progress and development of the county.  In his farm methods Jesse Kuhn has been practical and enterprising, and in 1898 he built a fine barn, while the other improvements and equipments upon his place are all substantial and modern.  He devotes his time and attention to the raising of both grain and stock, and is meeting with good success in his undertaking.
     It was 1898 that Jesse Kuhn was married to Miss Maggie Urich, who was born in Franklin township, this county, and is a daughter of Alfred and Lydia (Light) Urich, who are now residents of Mansfield.  Unto Mr. and Mrs. Kuhn have been born two daughters, Wanda and Luella.  Mr. Kuhn is an independent voter.  He belongs to the Mount Pleasant church of the Methodist Episcopal denomination, is a trustee in the church and takes a most active and helpful part in its work.  He represents one of the old families of the county, and his worth is widely acknowledged by those who have been brought into contact with him through business or other relations.
(Source: History of Richland Co., Ohio - from 1808 to 1908 by A. J. Baughman - Chicago: The J. S. Clarke Publishing Co. 1908 - Page 658)

(Source: History of Richland Co., Ohio - from 1808 to 1908 by A. J. Baughman - Chicago: The J. S. Clarke Publishing Co. 1908 - Page 767)

PETER KUHN.  A valuable and well improved farm property, comprising eighty acres, located on section 26, Jackson township, has been the home of Peter Kuhn since 1876, and here he is engaged in general agricultural pursuits, in which he is meeting with success.  He is a native son of Richland county, his birth having occurred on a farm in Plymouth township, De. 31, 1842.
     His paternal grandfather, David Kuhn, with born near Wurtemberg, Germany, and emigrated to America in 1754, locating on a farm in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, this tract of land having remained in the Kuhn family to the present time.  The father of our subject, Samuel Kuhn, was born on his father's farm in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, October 7, 1807.  He was married in the Keystone state to Miss Julia Ann Reymer, who was born April 10, 1812.  They were reared and married in the state of Pennsylvania, after which they came to Richland county on the 1st of June, 1833.  They established their home on a farm in Plymouth township, located midway between the villages of Shelby and Plymouth.  They made the journey to Richland county by wagon, the party also including his brother John  and his family, the brothers having married sisters.  The two families made their home on that tract of land for eight years.  When they arrived here they had no plow and drove to Mansfield, a distance of twelve miles, but could secure none and on their return stopped at the home of a farmer, who sold them a plow for twelve dollars.  They endured many hardships and privations on account of the unsettled condition of the country and bore their full share in the development and progress that was here carried on.
     The maternal grandfather of our subject, Philip Reymer, was born near Wurtemberg, Germany, and was left an orphan at the age of twelve years.  He then emigrated to America, his passage being paid upon his arrival by a man in New Jersey, with whom he made his home.  He received ill treatment and one day while in the field threshing rye a recruiting officer of the Continental army passed and asked Mr. Reymer to become a member of the army.  He was at that time only fifteen years of age, but becoming identified with the Continental army served in the Revolutionary war for seven years.  His wife bore the maiden name of Ellen Statler and their family numbered three sons and five daughters.  Mr. Reymer died in Franklin county, Pennsylvania. 
     The family of Mr. Mrs. Samuel Kuhn numbered ten children, as follows:  Louisa, the wife of John G. Hartman, of Jackson township; Ellen, the deceased wife of J. W. Huffman, also of this township; Philip, who served in the Civil war as a member of Company I, One Hundred and Twentieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry and is now deceased:  Sarah, the wife of Joseph Cairns, of Jackson township; Harriet, who died at the age of two years; Peter, of this review; Elijah, of Shelby: George and Samuel, who died in infancy; and Reymer, who makes his home in Cleveland.
Kuhn, whose name introduces this review, was reared on his father's farm and each year assisted in the plowing, planting and harvesting, remaining under the parental roof until thirty-three years of age.  At the time of the inauguration of the Civil war he enlisted on the 22d of August, 1862, as a member of Company B, One Hundred and Twenty-first Ohio Volunteer Infantry, doing service under Lieutenant Barlow, of Shelby.  He participated in the battle of Perryville, Oct. 8, 1862; Chickamauga, Sept. 20, 1863; and Kenesaw Mountain, Jun. 27, 1864; and was subsequently with Sherman on the Atlanta campaign and the celebrated march to the sea, after which he participated in the grand review at Washington, D. C.  With the exception of eight days, on account of illness, he lost no time and served for two years, nine months and twenty-seven days.  He arrived home June 19, 1865, having made a most creditable military record.
     Following the close of hostilities Mr. Kuhn returned to his home and resumed farming on his father's place - a tract of two hundred acres, which he cultivated for ten years in connection with his brother Elijah.  In 1876 he purchased his present property, comprising eighty acres of land on section 26, Jackson township.  He erected a nice country home and their are also many substantial outbuildings on the place, furnishing ample shelter for grain and stock.  Mr. Kuhn is here engaged in general farming and stock-raising and in his business follows the most modern and progressive methods.
     Mr. Kuhn was married, Feb. 27, 1858, to Miss Sarah Kirkpatrick who was born in Jackson township, May 26, 1845, a daughter of Jeremiah and Catherine (Flora) Kirkpatrick, the former born in Perry county, Pennsylvania, July 20, 1821, while the latter was born in Washington county, Maryland, Sept. 14, 1819.  Her father came here with his parents, Oct. 31, 1831, and spent his remaining days in Richland county, passing away September 15, 1904.  The mother came to Richland county with her parents in 1835 and also lived and died here, passing away Sept. 19, 1900.
     The home of Mr. and Mrs. Kuhn has been graced with eight children:  Clayson, who died at the age of sixteen years; Charles, who died when but five months old; S. H., who resides in Franklin township, is married and has two sons, Nihl and Gail; Nellie, the wife of W. C. McCracken, of Mansfield; Willis O., at home; Anna, the wife of J. A. Bricker, of Jackson township, by whom she has one son, Reymer; B. B. at home; and Henry, who died in infancy.
     Mr. Kuhn is independent in politics.  He served as assessor of Jackson township for several years and was also for a long period a member of the school board.  He is a member of Mt. Bethel Lutheran church and of the Grand Army of the Republic at Shelby.  Mr. Kuhn's life has been one of continuous activity and no blot or stain of dishonor rests upon his name for his business principles and actions have ever been governed by strict integrity and honesty of purpose.
(Source: History of Richland Co., Ohio - from 1808 to 1908 by A. J. Baughman - Chicago: The J. S. Clarke Publishing Co. 1908 - Page 800)




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