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Robert N Keller
Was born in Perry township, Gallia county, Ohio, January 22, 1837, and died August 14, 1877. His parents were Abraham and Susanah (Newsom) Keller. They both came to this county at a very early date. his father was born in 1787, and died July 11, 1846. His mother died March 21, 1851. An obituary printed in the county paper at Gallipolis, in 1846, gives the following: "Mr. Abraham Keller, aged fifty-nine years, died at his residence in Perry township, this county, on Saturday, the 11th of July. On the Monday previous, about an hour or two before sunset, he commenced cutting grass on his meadow with a sharp scythe, and with smooth ground and good grass, he indulged in the pleasure of seeing how much he could cut by sundown. The consequence was, with the thermometer at ninety, he became very much heated, and took large draughts of cold spring water, after which he laid down on the fresh cut grass, where he remained until nightfall. On getting up he felt a vivid pain in his back and went to his dwelling, complaining of great prostration. Medical aid was procured, but to no purpose. A reaction could not be produced, and he gradually sank until the Saturday following, when he closed his eyes in death, leaving a wife and seven sons and seven daughters to mourn their irreparable loss. In the various relations of life Mr. Keller performed his duty with strict fidelity. He had for many years been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and died with a full assurance that he had received in his last sickness an evidence that when the trumpet shall sound summoning the dead to judgment, that he will hear the welcome sound, 'Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.'" Robert N. Keller was married to Adeliza P. Ripley, in Perry township, August 9, 1855. She is a daughter of Ammon and Pamelia (Rekard) Ripley, and was born in Perry township, Gallia county, Ohio, August 11, 1837. She is mother of the following children: Mary, born August 4, 1856, resides at home; Calvin L., November 23, 1857, resides at Oakdale, Antelope county, Nebraska; John, August 28, 1859, resides in this township; Anise, October 31, 1861, resides at home; Robert A., May 4, 1867, at home; Birdie, October 6, 1871, at home; Rosa G., March 14, 1875, at home. Robert N. Keller was in the 100-day service in the late war, under Captain Amos Ripley. He took part in a few skirmishes with bushwackers, but was in no regular engagements. Joshua Ripley, the grandfather of Mrs. Keller, an early settler of Perry township, served in the war of 1812. Orville Ripley, a brother of Mrs. Keller, served as drum-major in the 4th Virginia Volunteer Infantry, Company G, for three years, and then reenlisted for another term, but was discharged at the close of the war. He contracted a disease of the lungs of which he has been a great sufferer ever since. His clothes were shot full of holes, but he received no wounds. The address is Sprinkle's Mills, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]



Cornelius W. Kennedy

Is a native of Gallia county, born February 1, 1826. His father, Cornelius Kennedy, was born in 1790, and died July 3,1833. His mother, Jane (Waugh) Kennedy, was born October 8, 1795, and died September 2, 1865. They were among the very earliest settlers of this county, coming here in 1800. In the boyhood days of the subject of this sketch, they had to go to Raccoon creek, a distance of fifteen miles, on horseback, to have their corn ground; through the woods they had to mark their path by blazing. The grand-parents of Mr. Kennedy had to pound corn for bread, and when the corn was soft they had to grate it on a tin grater made from some old pan. All their clothing was made from flax wool, and when they threshed wheat they laid it on the ground and had their horses tramp it out, and cleaned it with a linen sheet. Mr. Kennedy was about twenty-one years old before he saw a cook stove, his mother becoming the possessor of the first in the neighborhood. The house in which Mr. Kennedy saw his early days was constructed of hewed logs, was l6 by 18 feet, and still stands on his farm. It was the best house in the neighborhood at that time. Their principal food was corn bread and venison. They would chase deer with dogs into the river and there capture them. All their trading was done at Gallipolis and Guyandotte, West Virginia, seventeen and twenty miles distant. The first physician in the neighborhood was Joseph Shallcross, and his first patient the father of Mr. Kennedy. Mr. Kennedy was married in Harrison township, this county, November 14, 1850, to Frances E. Smith, who is a native of this county, born August 31, 1831. Her father, William Smith, was born August 15, 1786, and died November 26, 1849.   Her mother, Margaret (Waugh) Smith, was born December 22, 1794, and died June 6, 1860.  The children of Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy are:  Sallemma A., born October 18, 1851, resides in this township; Franklin M., December 27, 1853, resides in this township;  Charles D., March 25, 1856, resides in Oregon;  Andrew J., December 28, 1858, resides in this township; Elizabeth F., January 8, 1865, resides at home;  Emma F., November 12, 1867, resides at home; Leslie W., March 12, 1872, resides at home;  Fannie M., August 11, 1875, died May 18, 1877.  The grandfather of Mr. Kennedy, George Waugh, died March 8, 1858, aged 88 years, and Susan, his wife, May 10, 1855, aged 93 years.  The father of Mr. Kennedy was a soldier in the war of 1812, and the subject of this sketch was a soldier during Morgan's raid in Ohio.  He is a farmer, with his address at Swan Creek, Gallia county, Ohio. ["History of Gallia County" Gallipolis, Ohio :: Sponsored by St. Peter's Episcopal Church,, 1882]


Charles W Kerr
A resident of Springfield township, is a son of John N. and Caroline (Cherington) Kerr, and was born in this county April 22, 1851. His wife, Ibbie J., daughter of Ross S. and Susan (Bunger) Watts, was born in Greenbrier county, West Virginia, April 2, 1855, and married to him in this county November 6, 1873. They have four children, all of whom are at home: Frank, born August 20, 1874; Homer, April 24, 1876; Ross, February 5, 1879; Merrill, November 16, 1881. Mrs. Kerr's parents settled in this county in 1852. Mr. Kerr has a grocery and provision store at Kerr Station, on the Hocking Valley & Toledo Railroad. He is employed by that railroad company as ticket and freight agent, and is also postmaster at that station, is an active and honorable business man and is liked by all who know and deal with him. Address, Kerr post office, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Frederick H J Keye
Son of Henry and Frederica (Nierenberg) Keye, was born in Hasselfeld, Brunswick, Germany, February 10, 1824. His wife, Christina F. W., daughter of ---- and Wilhelmiena Kroter, was born in Rothzithe Warningerrode, Germany, 1828. They were married in Hasselfeld, Brunswick, Germany, June, 1852. She died in 1867 in Germany. Their children are: Frederick G. T., born March 19, 1855, at home; Charley T. F., March 22, 1857, at home; Frederica J. W., March 8, 1859, died June 13, 1859; Wilhelmiena A. J. (Rose), April 27, 1860, lies in Gallia county; Dora W. K., June 10, 1863, at home. Mr. Keye removed his family (all of his children having been born in Germany), from Germany to Gallipolis in 1868, living there four years, when he bought a farm in Springfield township, and has been farming ever since. His son, Charles T. F., was elected supervisor in Springfield township, in 1879, for one year, and was again elected in 1882. Address, Heatly postoffice, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


John Nisewanger Kerr
A resident of this township, has been married twice. He married his first wife, Isabella Morrison, in this county, April 11, 1827. She was born in Gallia county, Ohio, and died September 16, 1845. Her parents, William and Ann (Ireland) Morrison, are both deceased. The following are his children by this marriage: Mary A. (Powell), born January 23, 1828, resides in Gallia county, Ohio; August P., August 12, 1829, died April 8, 1878; John R., April 25, 1831, died February 13, 1841; Maria C. (Walker), September 27, 1833; James M., December 15, 1835; Susan C. (Blake), August 6, 1838, resides in Gallia county; William M., July 22, 1840; Samuel J., January 25, 1843, lives in Gallia county. His second wife, Caroline, daughter of John and Ruth (Knox) Cherrington, was married to him in this county August 25, 1846. She was born in Gallia county, October 6, 1821. Seven children are the result of this union, namely: Charles W., born July 15, 1847, died July 8, 1848; Harriet I. (Mills), Jul 10, 1849, resides in this county; Charles Warren, April 22, 1851, lives in this county; Fannie H. (Hutsinpiller), February 4, 1853, resides in Ironton, Lawrence county, Ohio; Edward E., March 16, 1855, lives in Gallia county; Cassius C., April 15, 1857, residence in this county; Aleri M., January 27, 1860, died August 15, 1865. Mr. Kerr's son Samuel, enlisted as a private in the late civil conflict, August 28, 1862, in the 7th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. He was taken prisoner at Rogersville, Tennessee, November 6, 1863, and was confined in the following Southern prisons: First, at Belle Island, Virginia, where he remained four months. He was then taken to Andersonville, where he was kept about seven months; thence to Savannah, Georgia; from there to Millen Station, at Camp Kotton; then again to Savannah; there he was paroled, November 26, 1864, returned home, remaining there until exchanged, when he returned to his regiment and served to the close of the war. He was honorably discharged July, 1866. Mr. Kerr is a son of John and Christina (Nisewanger) Kerr, and was born in this county December 15, 1804. Both his and his wife's parents settled here in 1802. His father is one of the earliest settlers in this county, and cut the first tree in Green township on the farm where he lived. John N. Kerr held the office of county commissioner for twelve years. Business, farming. Address, Kerr post office, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


James M Kerr
Residing in Gallipolis, is a native of that city, born in 1835. He is a son of John N. and Isabella (Morrison) Kerr, who were both born and live in this county. Emily A. Andrews, born in Gallipolis in 1850, became the wife of Mr. James M. Kerr, in the place of her nativity, in January, 1880. Her parents were William C. and Kate (Haward) Andrews, both deceased. By a preceding wife Mr. Kerr had the following children: Frederick H., born December 30, 1860; Mary E., September 13, 1865; Nora B., December 6, 1868; James M., April 5, 1870. Mr. James M. Kerr was United States gauger for eight years under U.S. Grant. His grandfather, John Kerr, was a soldier in the revolutionary war. The subject of this sketch is a wholesale and retail hardware dealer, and his postoffice address, Gallipolis, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Samuel J Kerr
Has been twice married. His first wife, Sarah E., daughter of Benjamin F. and Agnes Mills, was born November 6, 1845, and died October 21, 1872. Two children were the result of this marriage: Benjamin F., born March 6, 1868, resides at home; Anna B., May 20, 1871, died April 12, 1873. His second wife, Margaret A., daughter of Ross S. and Susan (Bunger) Watts, was born in this county, May 23, 1853. Her parents came to the county in 1852. She was married to him in Gallia county, Ohio, November 10, 1874. They have three children, all residing at home: Nellie M., born March 27, 1876; Augustus P., December 26, 1878; Ibbie, July 7, 1880. Mr. Kerr was born in this county, January 25, 1843. He is a son of John and Isabella (Morrison) Kerr, who were born in this county in 1804. He served in the late war, enlisting in the 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, August 28, 1862. He was taken prisoner at Rogersville, Tennessee Cavalry, August 28, 1862. He was taken prisoner at Rogersville, Tennessee, November 6, 1863, and confined in the following Southern prisons: First at Belle Island, Virginia, where he remained four months. He was then taken to Andersonville, where he was kept about seven months; thence to Savannah, Georgia, from there to Millen Station, at Camp Kotton, then again to Savannah, where he was paroled, November 26, 1864; returned home, remaining there until exchanged, when he returned to his regiment, and served to the close of the war receiving an honorable discharge July 7, 1865. Mr. Kerr is a resident of Springfield township, and his occupation is farming. Address, Kerr post office, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Moses A King
Moses A King and Margaret V. Pollock were married in Gallia county, Ohio, November 19, 1844. He is a son of Enos and Phebe (Pugh) King, both of whom are deceased, and was born in Preston county, West Virginia, January 23, 1820. Mrs. King was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, September 25, 1819. Her parents were Stephen and Anna (Denham) Pollock, both deceased. The children of Mr. and Mrs. King are: Stephen E., born January 21, 1846, deceased; Thomas A., August 31, 1847, resides in West Virginia; Mary S., March 1, 1853, deceased; Charles C., January 8, 1856, resides in West Virginia; Mordecai W., March 26, 1858, resides in Gallipolis. Mr. King filled the office of trustee in Ohio Township for two terms, from 1865 to 1867. His son, Stephen E., was a soldier in the late war, enlisting in November, 1863, in Company I, 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was lost on Hunter's retreat from Lynchburg, and it was supposed he was killed in the mountains new Newcastle, West Virginia. Mr. King came to Gallipolis in 1881, where he is proprietor of the Ecker House, and where he should be addressed.  [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


William A. King
Farmer, was born in Ohio township, Gallia county, February 29 1845. His parents, Enos, deceased, and Elizabeth (Sanders) King, moved to this county in 1825. He was united in marriage with Mary A., daughter of Evan and Eliza (Edwards) Evans, the former deceased, in Gallia county, October 20, 1868. She had a child by a former husband, Cornelius Chambers, born May 10, 1865, living at home. She had six children by her second husband, as follows: Louisa, born November 10, 1869, lives at home; John H, February 16, 1871, at home; Charles L., August 11, 1873, at home; Albert, April 29, 1875 at home; Carrie G., April 14, 1877, at home; Samantha A., February 19, 1880, at home. His wife was born in Ohio township, Gallia county, November 25, 1840. He served nineteen months in the 33d Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He fought in several very hard contested battles, and contracted disease that will remain with him through life. Postoffice address, Eureka, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


Freddrick Klages
A farmer and stock-raiser in Walnut township, was born in Dorste, Ostrode county, Germany, April 1, 1846, and settled in this county with his parents in 1862. He was united in marriage with Augusta, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth (Schrieber) Wedemeyer, in Gallia county, September 3, 1868. Four children are the result of this union: Lena J., born May 10 1869; Henry W., May 10, 1869; Freddrick H., March 14, 1872; Albert, April 14, 1881. His wife was born in Dorste, Ostrode county, September 12, 1846, and came to this county in 1862, with her parents. Mr. Klages enlisted in the late war, in Company B, 173d Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in 1864, and served to the close. When his parents, Freddrick and Justine (Wese) Klages, settled on their farm it was nearly all heavily timbered. They knew nothing about farming, but soon succeeded in clearing it up nicely. They have two hundred and thirty acres of land. Address, Patriot, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]


John J Knight
Was born in Wittenburg, Germany, January 25, 1838, and moved to America in 1852. His parents were Jacob and Barbara (Hummel) Knight. They first settled in Gallia county in 1860. On the first day of September, 1863, the subject of this biographical sketch took unto himself a wife, in the person of Hannah Goff, who was born in Canada, August 31, 1846. Eight children blessed their union, in the order given below: Charles, born September 10, 1864, resides in Gallia county, Ohio; Barbara, December 27, 1866, resides at home; Mary, January 13, 1868; Viola, December 29, 18 ; Albert, May 25, 1872; Effie, May 15, 1875; Caroline, June 24, 1878, and Christian, December 14, 1880, died December 20, 1880. The parents of Mrs. Knight were Abraham and Mary (Fair) Goff. Mr. Knight's brother, Martin, served in the Union cause during the late war, enlisting in the 2d Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. John J. Knight follows the pursuits of agriculture for a livelihood, and may be addressed at Gallipolis, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]

 


 



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