The Record of Olden Times Biographical Department - Putnam County

Transcribed by Nancy Piper


Edward Jakes

Page 662 Magnolia Township

Mr. Jakes is a farmer, whose post office address is Ox Bow, although he resides on section 13, Hennepin township. He was born in Northamptonshire, England, in 1817, came to this country in 1835, and after a brief sojourn in New York state, enlisted in the Fourth Infantry, regular army, under Col. Zach. Taylor, and served three years in the war against the Seminole, Creek and Cherokee Indians in Alabama, Florida and Tennessee. He was discharged at Paducah, Ky., in 1838, and in 1843 married in that state, Mrs. Margaret Dunbar (Young). She was a native of Ohio, and had three children by a former marriage, - Clarissa, Elizabeth and Clarinda. Mr. jakes owns 180 acres of land in good state of cultivation.

Aaron Jeffers

Page 671 Senachwine Township

Mr. Jeffers was born in Chester county Pa., in 1836, and is a son of Isaiah and Elizabeth Jeffers. He came to Michigan in 1857 and enlisted in the 19th Michigan Vol. Inft., served nearly three years and was honorably discharged at the close of the war. March 6, 1863, he was captured at Thompson's Station and paroled the following month from Libby prison. Re-entering the service after exchange, he took part in the fight at Resaca, Ga., at Cassville, at Burnt Hickory, and at Peach Tree Creek, where Hood was so severely whipped, the captured Johnnies reporting he had but "one good killing left." After this he followed Sherman "to the sea," and thence to Goldsboro, N.C., Richmond, Washington, and finally home. In 1865 he came to Chillicothe, Ill., where he lived until 1869, when he went to Iowa, and returning went into the service of the T.P.&W. at Peoria, where he lived until coming to Putnam county. He married Celia Ann Thompson and has one child, born in 1875. (Since the above was written Mr. J. has died.)


Mrs. Rahel Kays

Page 657 Magnolia Township

Mrs. Kays is the widow of Henry Kays who died in February, 1877* She was born in Kentucky in 1820, and came to Indiana with her parents when four years old. Mr. Kays was one of the most successful farmers in the county and owned at the time of his death 887 acres of land. They had six children lining. - Jane (Mrs. Bobbit), Marene V., Columbus, John A., Emery, Clara E., and three are dead. Mr. Kays was supervisor of his township two terms and was a man of more than usual ability. Before his death he gave each of his children 80 acres of land. His family are members of the M. E. church.

*Actual date of death is February 13, 1878

William A. Kays

Page 640

Mr. Kays is a native of Indiana, where he was born in 1828 and came to Knox county in 1835, removing to Hennepin in 1857. In 1850 he married Miss Olive Hailey, who was born in Putnam county. They have eight children, Ellen, Jane, Sarah, James, Alice, William, Olive and Wesley. He belongs to the Masonic order, and himself and wife are members of the M. E. church. Mr. Kays owns a hundred acres of land, is a good farmer, and breeder of fine blooded hogs. Three of his brothers served in the army, and one was killed in battle.

John F. Kuhne

Page 668 Granville Township

Farmer, Granville, Putnam County, Ill.

Adam Kunkel

Page 666 Granville Township

Mr. Kunkel is a farmer on section 33, and his post office address is Granville. He was born in Germany in 1812 and came to America in 1856. He married Anna Mary Stonas in 1838 and to them have been given five children, John, Mary, Peter, Tracy and Henry. They are members of the Catholic church. Mr. Kunkel is a large farmer and owns 300 acres of tillable, pasture and timber land. His home is very pleasant and finely situated.

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