CHRISTIAN KAGEY (Mifflin) p. 320(1)

Christian Kagey was born in this township, October 24, 1833, and has always lived in the township. March 26, 1857, he was married to a Miss Hannah Ballich, who was born in Richland county, August 13, 1837. They have reared a family of eight children, six of whom are still living, and named respectively: Rufus L., born December 21, 1857; Sarah Ann, born July 29, 1859, Harriet J., born May 18, 1862; Mary B., born November 5, 1863; Jacob E., born August 15, 1866; and Olla M., born April 13, 1873. The ones deceased are Jennie, who died January 29, 1873, aged three years, eleven months, and twenty-four days; and one who died in infancy. Mr. Kagey has always paid his attention to farming, which vocation he still follows. To political matters he never paid much attention, although he has represented his township as trustee for several terms, as well as assessor, and is land appraiser for this year. He is the fourth child of Martin and Nancy Kagey, who settled in the county in 1827, and who is mentioned elsewhere. By industry and good management he has made for himself and family a good home.  (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

JOHN C. KAGEY (Montgomery) p. 365(1)

John C. Kagey, the subject of this sketch is the third child of Martin and Nancy Kagey, of whom mention is made elsewhere in this work. February 19, 1863, he was married to Elizabeth Kohler who was born June 19, 1842, in this county, which was then Richland county. To them have been born five children, four of whom are still living, and named respectively, Cora B., who was born February 6, 1865; William M., born July 18, 1867; John Tulley, born September 6, 1870; and Frederick, born July 9, 1874; all were born in this county. Mr. Kagey is one of the firm of Shearer, Kagey & Co, in the saw- and planning-mill, sash, door, blind, and bracket factory; also general dealers in all kinds of lumber. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

MARTIN KAGEY (Mifflin) p. 320(1)

Martin Kagey was born in Shenandoah county, Virginia, December 14, 1801; emigrated to Mifflin township, then in Richland county, in 1825, and located on his farm in 1827. He married Nancy Charles in 1828. He has resided on his farm ever since. Mrs. Kagey died March, 1869, aged seventy years. His family consists of five boys and two girls: John, Christian, Daniel, (died in army, 1863), Martin, and Henry; Mary, wife of John Landis, and Annie, single. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

MARTIN V. KAGEY (Montgomery) p. 365(1)

Martin V. Kagey was born June 26, 1840 and is a son of Martin Kagey of Mifflin township, one of Ashland county’s pioneers, of whose family a detailed account is given elsewhere in this work. Our subject is now one of the partners of Shearer, Kagey & Co. in the saw- and planning-mill, sash, door, blind and bracket factory at Ashland. November 27, 1862, he was married to Miss Catharine Moore, a daughter of Samuel Moore, also of Mifflin township and of whom mention is made elsewhere in the family history. The fruits of this union are two children, both of whom are living. They are Emma, who was born February 14, 1864, and Martin Herbert who was born August 14, 1873. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

SAMUEL KAGEY (Mifflin) p. 320(1)

Samuel Kagey was born in this township, December 24, 1835, and has always resided in the township. March 10, 1859, he was married to a Miss Ester Croninger, who was also born in this township, August 1, 1833. The fruits of this union are eight children, all of whom are still living, and named respectively: Martha Ann, Mary, Daniel, Austin, Flora C., William A., Ester, Elizabeth, and Martin B. Mr. Kagey is the fifth child of Martin and Nancy Kagey, of whom mention is made elsewhere in this work. Mr. Kagey has, by economy and industry, made for himself and family a good home. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

HERMAN KANE (Jackson) p. 341(1)

Herman Kane, son of J.C. and Elizabeth Kane was born in Schenectady, New York, December 15, 1840, came to Ohio in the year 1857 with his father and settled on the farm where he now lives, in Jackson township, Ashland county, Ohio. In 1859 he was married to Mary Kane. The fruit of this marriage was eleven children: William, Eugene, Ernest, Edna, Minnie, Florence, Maud, Guy C., Bertrand, Kenneth and Louie–all living but William. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

GEORGE KANTZER JR. (Lake) p. 284(1)

George Kantzer Jr., was born in Ellsos, France, December 22, 1824. He came to America with his father in 1840, and in 1849 married Catharine Taber, who was born in Ellsos, France, in 1825. He was a shoemaker by trade, but soon gave it up and engaged in farming. He is a prominent member of the German Lutheran church, in which he takes great interest, and has held every office except that of elder, and is at present one of the trustees, and contributes largely to its support. He is the father of ten children: Catharine, wife of George Kreiffer, of Wayne county, Ohio; Saloma; John P., deceased; Emma M.; George F.; Annie B.; Matilda M.; Caroline; Helena; and Minnie I. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

GEORGE KANTZER SR. (Lake) p. 284(1)

George Kantzer Sr., born in Ellsos, France, September 27, 1792; came to America in 1840, and settled on the farm now owned by his son George. He was a shoemaker, but when he came to America he gave up his trade and engaged in farming. He married Saloma Schmidt, who was born August 12, 1797, in Ellsos, France. She died in January, 1879. He was a member of the German Lutheran church, and in politics a Democrat. He was the father of five children. George, who married Catharine Taber; Salmona, who is the wife of Peter B. Long; Sophia, deceased, who was the wife of John Coble; John, who married Barbara Reinhardt, and afterward married Sophia Shaffer; and Margaret, who married Daniel Coble. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

JOHN KANTZER (Lake) p. 284(1)

John Kantzer, was born in Ellsos, France, in 1832; came to Ohio with his father, and in 1855 married Barbara Reinhardt, who died in 1874. In 1876 he married Sophia Shaffer. He is a farmer. He has been township treasurer for three years, and justice of the peace for four years. He is a member of the German Lutheran church, and has been one of the trustees for two years. In politics he is a Democrat. He is the father of nine children, six of whom are living: John B., Salmona C.; Sophia M.; William B.; Walter and Bertha. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

J.D. KARNS (Mohican) p. 357(1)

J.D. Karns was born in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, on the 17th day of April 1812, and in March 1832, he came to Wayne, now Ashland, county, Ohio where he now lives. February 4, 1834 he married Mary Hale, daughter of Joseph Hale, and by this marriage had eight children: Amelia, Lydia, Eliza Jane, Jasper; Joseph, who died August 12, 1847;  Emily, Susan and Joel. October 10, 1860, his wife died, and on October 15, 1861 he was married to Catharine Leidigh, daughter of Peter Leidigh. Mr. Karns has held the offices of township trustee and assessor. By occupation he is a farmer and in politics is a Democrat. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

DANIEL KAUFFMAN (Mifflin) p. 315(1)

Daniel Kauffman was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, June 30, 1810. He is the fifth child of Dr. John and Anna Kauffman, who were also born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. His father was born August 22, 1764; his mother, May 28, 1768. They resided in Pennsylvania until the year 1827, when they removed to this county and located in Mifflin township, Richland county, a part of this township before Ashland county was formed, where they lived until their deaths. His father died June 16, 1845, aged eighty years nine months and twenty-four days; and his mother died September 7, 1849, aged eighty-one years three months and nine days. Daniel Kauffman came here with his parents and made his home with them until he was married, which was on March 25, 1841, since which time he has resided in this township. He was married to Miss Linda Cronninger, who was born in this township, August 21, 1818. She is the fifth child of Leonard and Elizabeth Cronninger, of whom mention is made elsewhere in this work. The fruits of this union are seven children: Maria M., who was born January 12, 1842, and was married to a Mr. Stephen M. Cole, March 14, 1870; Elizabeth C., born October 23, 1843, and married to Samuel C. Fry, April 21, 1871; Anna B. born February 7, 1847, and married to Milton Charles, September 20, 1866; Sarah D., born January 12, 1853; Alice G., born December 21, 1857, and married to B.B. Hout, October 20, 1878. The ones deceased were John F. and Henry C. John F. departed this life January 4, 1869, aged twenty-three years eleven months and twenty-one days; Henry C. died March 17, 1879, aged twenty-four years and twenty-four days. Mr. Kauffman is a millwright by trade, and made that business a specialty for a period of thirty years; but for the past twenty years he has paid all of his attention to farming. Mr. Kauffman’s grandfather was also born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania; his great-grandfather was born in Switzerland, and came to Lancaster county, Pennsylvania in 1717. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

JACOB J. KAUFFMAN (Montgomery) p. 366(1)

Jacob J. Kauffman was born in Canton, Stark county, Ohio June 20, 1839, where he resided until the year 1858, when he removed to Hancock county, Ohio, where he was engaged in the dry goods business for three years. From thence he entered the United States army. In the late war he was a member of company D, Ninety-ninth Ohio volunteer infantry. He enlisted August 2, 1862, and was mustered out of the service July 19, 1865, since which time his home has been in Ashland. His business here has been in the stove and tin trade for eight years. But for the past six years he has paid all of his attention to the bed spring bottom trade. He is one of the firm of Kauffman & Beer, and they are doing a very extensive business. Our subject was married November 9, 1865, to Miss Annie E. Willis who was born in Stark county, October 17, 1840. To them have been born three children, all of whom are still living, and named respectively: Elizabeth C., born November 17, 1866; Edward S., born in September 1871, and Harry, born June 30, 1873. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

EMANUEL KAUFMAN (Perry) p. 334(1)

Emanuel Kaufman, the only son of Rudolph and Elizabeth Swartz Kaufman, was born in Wayne county (now Ashland), July 31, 1824. In the year 1822, his father immigrated to the State of Ohio, from Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and made settlement on the farm now owned by his son Emanuel, and there resided until the time of his death on March 24, leaving his only child and a devoted wife. Mrs. Kaufman was married again February 3, 1828, to Jacob R. Swartz. The fruit of this union was six children–three sons and three daughters: Henry, Elizabeth Ann, Amanda, Catharine, Owen and Joseph, all living but Henry and Amanda. Emanuel was married June 10, 1851, to Miss May Webster. To them were born twelve children—six sons and six daughters: Errin C., Henry W., Emma A., Elmore B., David N., Mary E., William S., Della M., Ora E., Sarah V., Emanuel G., and one who died in infancy, unnamed. Mr. Kaufman and his wife are both earnest members of the Lutheran church. The names of those who died are: Elmore, who died in early childhood, at the age of seven; Mary, who died at the age of three years; Della, who died in infancy, and Henry who died just before reaching his majority. His loss was deeply felt by the fond parents. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

HENRY KAYLER (Lake) p. 288(1)

Henry Kayler, born in Ellsos, France, in 1790, came to America in 1829, and first settled in New York, where he remained seven years, when he moved to Holmes county, Ohio, where he bought a farm and remained until his death, which occurred in 1843. He was the father of eight children, all of whom are living. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

JACOB KAYLER (Lake) p. 288(1)

Jacob Kayler, son of Henry Kayler, was born in Ellsos, France in 1823, and came to America with his father, and first settled in Ashland county in 1846. He was a distiller by trade and was engaged in that business twenty years, but gave it up on account of the Rebellion, and has since been engaged in farming. In 1842 he married Charlotte Hans, a native of Baier, Germany. He has been township trustee two terms, supervisor four terms, and school director fourteen years; is a member of the old Lutheran church, in which he has been trustee for ten years. When he commenced life he had comparatively nothing, but by industry and economy, has accumulated a large fortune and is highly respected by all who know him. In politics he is a Democrat. He is the father of ten children: Jacob H., who died when twenty-three years old; George, who married Sallie Long; Matilda C., who is the wife of John Wolf; John, who married Sarah Rominger; Daniel, who died when six years old; Emeline; Adam; Solomon, (deceased); Charlotte M.; Jonas P. (deceased). (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

AUGUSTUS C. KEAN (Lake) p. 286(1)

Augustus C. Kean, born in Wayne county, Ohio, in 1838, received a common school education, and in 1869 settled in Ashland county on the farm on which he now lives. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and in politics is a Republican. In 1861 he married Nancy Brubaker, who died in 1877. They had five children: Alice E., Mary G., Gary W., and two who died in infancy. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

HENRY KEEVER (Milton) p. 348(1)

Henry Keever, one of the early settlers of Milton township, was born in Frederick county, Maryland, in the year 1803. He was the oldest child of Andrew and Margaret Keever. Both of his parents died when he was but a lad. He then went to live with his grandfather, and moved with him to Ohio, in the year 1811, and first settled in Harrison county; here the grandfather died, and Henry, who was then a young man of sixteen, removed with his grandmother and sister to Milton township, Richland county, now Ashland county. His first purchase was a tract of land in Milton township, where he still resides. His settlement in Ashland county dates back to about the year 1819. In 1832 or 1833 he was married to Caroline Baum. They have had ten children–Eliza, Mary, Philip, Sarah, Henry P., Aaron, Susan A., Caroline, Franklin and John; all of whom reside within the State. He and his wife have lived together for nearly a half century, upon the same place where they first set up housekeeping, and both are well preserved, and in full possession of their faculties. A grubbing hoe, a horse, and one dollar and fifty cents comprised his capital, when he first started in life. He is now one of the substantial farmers of Milton township. His life has been a frugal and industrious one, and he enjoys the esteem of his fellow citizens. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

ROBISON KEFFER (Mifflin) p. 319(1)

Robison Keffer was born November 12, 1804, in Dauphin county, Pennsylvania, and came to Ashland April 18, 1834, where he worked at the trade of boot and shoe making about fifteen years. About 1857 he commenced keeping tavern in Mifflin, and in 1865 to 1868 kept store and gave up the hotel in 1874. About 1878 he returned to his present residence, and a son engaged in the hotel business. In 1820 he was married to Sarah Dyer, by whom he had seven children–three boys and four girls (and two who died) all grown and married. Mr. Keffer is not now engaged in regular business. He possesses good health and seems to have a good memory. He has had much experience as a hotel keeper, and made many acquaintances. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

SAMUEL KEISER (Mohican) p. 363(1)

Samuel Keiser is a son of Joseph and Susannah Keiser, and was born in Paint township, Wayne county, Ohio October 22, 1820. His parents were born in Pennsylvania, came to Ohio in 1803, and settled in Jefferson county, where they lived for fifteen years, when they moved to Wayne county, where our subject was born. He started out for himself at the age of sixteen, and in 1844 engaged in the mercantile business, which he followed until 1858; since that time he has followed farming up to the present time. June 16, 1846, he married Mary A., daughter of George and Elizabeth Harpster, of Mohican township, Ashland county, where they now reside. Mr. and Mrs. Keiser are members of the Disciple church. In politics he is a Democrat. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

JOHN KELLER (Montgomery) p. 373(1)

John Keller, son of John and Mary (Johnson) Keller from Northampton, now Monroe county, Pennsylvania, who removed to Ashland county, Ohio, then Richland county, in the fall of 1829, was born October 12, 1823, in Northampton county, Pennsylvania. John Keller sr., was among the pioneer settlers, and did much toward clearing up this section, being a farmer by occupation. He was the sixth in a family of nine children, consisting of four brothers and four sisters, and was married December 2, 1852, to Abby Maria, daughter of Simon Wertman of Ashland county. To them have been born four children: Orlando W., John, George W., and William H., three of whom are living at home; John S. residing east of Ashland some three miles. Mr. Keller is a farmer, owning eighty acres of land. In politics he is a Democrat. Mr. and Mrs. Keller joined the Lutheran church of Ashland in 1859, and their sympathies are still with that body. Mr. Keller is now, and for some time past has been, quite indisposed from attendance upon the sick and hard labor, though he still manages his farm. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

MRS. PATRICK KELLY (Vermillion) p. 304(1)

Mrs. Kelly, widow of Patrick Kelly, is a daughter of John and Rosa McNaull, who were among Ashland county’s pioneers. He father has been dead about twelve years, and her mother is living with Mrs. Kelly, and is upwards of eighty years of age. Mr. Kelly came to Ohio from Pennsylvania when he was a boy, and saw many of the privations of the early settlers. June 20, 1839, Mr. And Mrs. Kelly were married, and commenced life in earnest for themselves. They bought land in Vermillion township, and by perseverance, secured an elegant home in the northwest portion of the township. They have nine children–Rosa, Mary, Susan, John, James, Sarah, Emily, William, and Michael; of these eight are living; Susan, the third child, died at the age of eight years and nine months. Mary is the wife of John Harper, son of Thomas Harper, of Vermillion township–they live in Abilene Kansas; Sarah is the wife of Henry Sheller, of Vermillion township; the six unmarried children are at home, or at least recognize their mother’s house a welcome home, when business does not call them elsewhere. Mr. Kelly died February 18, 1859. Since his death Mrs. Kelly has managed the farm, and as her children grew to an age to be of assistance, they cheerfully took their part. They certainly deserve much credit for good management. Mrs. Kelly now owns over two hundred and fifty acres of well-improved land in Ashland county. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

DR. E.V. KENDIG (Vermillion) p. 305(1)

E.V. Kendig was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, January 11, 1838. He came to Ohio in 1861 and located in Hayesville, Ashland county. Shortly after arriving in Hayesville he commenced the study of medicine with Dr. Samuel Glass of that village. Here he remained and prosecuted his studies with unflinching determination, and in March, 1864, graduated from University Medical college of New York city. Returning at once to Hayesville, he enlisted as assistant surgeon in the Second Ohio heavy artillery, and served his country faithfully in this position for a period of one year, when the war closed, and he again returned to Hayesville and began the practice of medicine. September 21, 1865, he married Miss Mariah Kauffman of Richland county, Ohio. They have three sons, Harry, Willard, and Ralph. The doctor, by his untiring energy and ability, has secured a very large practice. As a physician Dr. Kendig ranks high, and by his kind manner is much beloved by his many patients. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

JOHN KEENER Jr. (Jackson) p. 339(1)

John Keener jr. was the first son of John Keener, sr., and was born in Pennsylvania December 5, 1801. In April 1820 he came to Ashland county with his father and settled in Mohican township, and in 1828 moved to Jackson township. He has been twice married. First to Margaret Worst, on October 16, 1828. The fruit of this marriage was twelve children, six living and six dead. He was married the second time to Sarah Fast, on the eighteenth day of February 1872. Mr. And Mrs. Keener are both members of the Disciple church. Mr. Keener has held the office of constable and supervisor of Jackson township for several years. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

JAMES KILGORE (Clearcreek) p. 232(1)

JAMES KILGORE was born in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, December 21, 1795. He removed with his parents, to Fairfield county Ohio, in December, 1809, when about fourteen years of age. In 1810, his father located in Franklin county, on Alum creek, about two miles east of the present site of Columbus. He resided in a cabin, at this point, when the city of Columbus was surveyed and numbered in lots, and helped erect the first cabin, in 1811. This cabin was owned by Adam Hare, and stood on the corner of Broad and High streets. The Kilgores helped cut the trees and roll the logs on Broad and High streets, and hauled the stone for the foundation of the old capitol building from Black Lick, nine miles east of Columbus.

In 1812, after the surrender of General Hull at Detroit, a great panic took place in the county of Delaware, and extended to Franklin, resulting from what was then known as Drake’s defeat, in the southern part of what is now Marion county. Captain Drake was leading a new company of pioneer settlers from Delaware county, to recruit some advanced station near Upper Sandusky, to prevent surprise by the Indians, then largely in the interest of the British. By way of testing the courage and steadiness of the new troops, after the company had encamped, and placed a guard about the camp, and retired to rest, the captain managed to send out a few soldiers, who were to return from the forest in a short time, crying, “Indians! Indians!” and fire in quick succession, and thus arouse the soldiers from their slumber. In due time the false alarm took place. The new soldiers were greatly terrified, many taking the back track, and giving the alarm all along the road to Delaware, while the settlers immediately became panic stricken, and, almost in a body, fled toward the settlements in Franklinton and Chillicothe. John Brickel, who was engaged on the upper branches of the Scioto, six miles above Columbus, in the milling business, and others in the neighborhood, fled to Franklinton, then the capital of the State, to the stockade. A requisition was immediately made for the service of all able-bodied men and youth, who were notified to report for duty at the stockade. James Kilgore, then about seventeen years of age, took his father’s old gun and obeyed the call. In crossing the Scioto, at a ford near the site of the present National bridge, he overtook a woman and three children on their way to the stockade. He remained at the stockade a few weeks on guard duty, and when the excitement over the Drake stampede had subsided, southern Ohio and Kentucky having sent forward a large number of troops, to recruit the army of the northwest, he returned home. At the close of the war, the Kilgores reoccupied their old cabin on Alum creek, and continued their improvements for six or eight years.

After Columbus became the fixed capital of the State, the growth of the new city was quite rapid. The Kilgores participated in its improvement, and Mr. James Kilgore often stated that he saw the erection of the first cabin, in what is now the most valuable part of the city, and if nature had endowed him with a sufficient foresight, he might have owned some of the most valuable locations. Like General Cass (when asked how he made so much real estate in Detroit, responded: “Buy a farm, young man, and have them build a city on it”), he long since felt that the only mistake was that he did not purchase in the city, instead of in Ashland county. In 1818, he located in Stark county, where he married in 1821. In 1827, he purchased a half-quarter of land, then in Richland, but now of Ashland county, and removed to it, and continued to reside there until his decease.

In 1873 he had the misfortune to lose, by death, his excellent lady. She deceased at the age of seventy-six years. At the time of her death their family consisted of one son and five daughters. One son fell in the battle of Chickamauga, in the war of 1862-5. The other, Silas, lives on the homestead, and with whom the old gentleman resided at the time of his demise, July 4, 1878. Mr. Kilgore is believed to have been a member of the Presbyterian church for more than fifty years. In politics he was an old time Whig of the strictest order. He was in full possession of all his faculties to the last, and was very fond of relating his pioneer experiences. Upon the organization of the Ashland County Pioneer and Historical society he became an active member, and retained a high regard for the society. Thus, one by one, the pioneers pass away. May their exemplary lives and great sacrifices long impress the rising generation. Peace to their ashes. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

ISAAC KILHEFNER (Montgomery) p. 400(1)

Isaac Kilhefner was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, January 28, 1850, he being one of eleven children of Henry Kilhefner. In the year 1854, his parents, with their family of then three children, moved from Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, to Ashland county, Ohio. They bought a small farm four miles east of Ashland, moved upon it, and lived there some twenty odd years. During this time Isaac remained with his parents upon the farm. In the winter of 1870 he was married to Amanda Kahl. In the following spring (1871) he moved upon the farm of Mr. Samuel Horn, taking charge of it. In the year 1872 he united with the German Baptist (or Dunkard) church. In the year 1875 he was elected to the ministry by the church, and in the year 1877 was duly licensed as a minister of the Gospel. He is the father of one child: Edwin L. Kilhefner. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

AARON KINDLE (Green) p. 273(1)

Aaron Kindle, son of William Kindle, born in Tuscarawas county, Ohio, in 1828; came to Ashland county with his father. In 1853 he married Ruth Castor. He is one of the most energetic farmers of Green township, and has by industry and good management secured for himself a nice farm near the corporate limits of Loudonville. In politics he was a Democrat until 1860, when he became a Republican, and has remained one ever since. He is the father of two children – Edwin, deceased, and Emma. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

WILLIAM KINDLE (Green) p. 273(1)

William Kindle, born in Maryland in 1801, came to Ashland in 1849, and settled on the farm now owned by Jacob Kittering, in Green township. He was a farmer and a member of the United Brethren church. He died in 1877. In 1824 he was married to Elizabeth Burrell, who still survives him. He was the father of ten children: Hiram, who married Elizabeth Oakes, and lives in Ashland county; Aaron, who married Ruth Castor, and lives in Ashland county; Mary A. wife of Timothy Everett, of Ashland county; Josiah, deceased; Susan, wife of James Plummer, who died in the army; Angeline, deceased; Eliza, wife of Jacob Goon, of Richland county; and Sarah A., wife of Daniel Hilderbrand, of Knox county. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

DR. JACOB W. KINNAMAN (Montgomery) p. 171(1)

Was born in Ellsworth, Trumbull county, Ohio, October 18, 1815. He spent his youth in that locality, and commenced the study of medicine when eighteen years of age, and attended lectures at Jefferson Medical college, in Philadelphia, in the winter of 1833. He commenced practice in Ellsworth, and remained there some years. In 1836 he married Miss Harriet Carson, a cousin of the celebrated Kit Carson, the explorer. In 1847 he graduated in Cleveland Medical college, and removed with his family to Ashland. He opened an office, and continued to practice until 1849, when he caught the gold fever, and went to California, his family remaining in Ashland. He returned in 1851, and again engaged in the practice of medicine. In 1854 he again went to California, intending to remain several years, leaving his practice in the hands of his brother, Dr. Lawrence Kinnaman; but, a little more than a year after his arrival in California, learning the dangerous illness of his brother, he returned to attend him, but arrived a short time after his decease. He again engaged in practice, and continued until his last illness. In 1871, leaving his practice in the care of his son, Dr. R.C. Kinnaman, he went to California to recruit his failing health, and remained one summer, failing to receive any direct relief. He returned and remained feeble, until July 18, 1874, when he deceased, at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. Henry Carter, at Lancaster, Ohio. His remains were brought back and interred in the cemetery of Ashland.

Dr. Kinnaman was reticent, but frank and honorable in his profession. He was a member of the Ohio State Medical society, and also a member of the Academy of Natural Sciences, at Cleveland. He was an attentive student, and possessed an extensive knowledge of medicine. He left a large family. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

JACOB KIPLINGER (Jackson) p. 338(1)

Jacob Kiplinger, son of Jacob and Barbara Kiplinger, was born in Pence valley, Pennsylvania, March 22, 1808, and emigrated to Ashland county, Ohio in about the year 1824, and settled on the farm where his son Emanuel now lives. In the fall of 1832 he married Lizzie Keen, daughter of John Keen sr. The fruit of this union was seven children: Polly, Emanuel, John, Rebecca, Hannah, and two who died in infancy. Polly, John, and Rebecca are also dead. Emanuel was born February 5, 1840, and has lived in Ashland county since his birth, with the exception of about eight months that he lived in Medina county, Ohio. Emanuel Kiplinger was married to Miss Peggy A. Landis, daughter of Samuel and Christinie Landis, who was born in Ashland county, Jackson township, December 28, 1845. They have had seven children–Ida E., Alice L., Christina E., Rosa J., Viola M., Charlie F., and Harvey E., all living but Alice and a baby who died in infancy. Although Mr. Kiplinger is a member of no church, he is a strong advocate of law and order. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

LEVI H. KIPLINGER (Perry) p. 331(1)

Levi H. Kiplinger was born February 12, 1832 in Jackson township, Ashland county, Ohio, and was the fourth son of Henry and Elizabeth (Switzer) Kiplinger, who were natives of Pennsylvania. They moved to Ohio about the year 1825. By trade he was a blacksmith, and worked at his trade the greater part of his life, although he combined farming with it. His experience was similar to that of all other pioneers of that day. He could remember when the entire cash capital of the community was a half-dollar piece, which was sometimes in his possession, and then in others. In his trade he was an expert, and was sought out by people far and wide to do their work. In the year 1872 he died in his eightieth year. His wife survived him two years, and died at the age of eighty years. Our subject lived with his father until sixteen years of age, when he learned the cabinet trade, which he worked at for fifteen years, when he went into the army, and had the honor of serving under that gallant commander General James A. Garfield. He served with honor and distinction until he lost his arm at the battle of Thompson Hill. He went all through the fight until about four o’clock in the evening, when the fight had just about closed when he received the shot that cost him his arm. He received the wound the first day of May 1863. A complete record of the fight is given in a history of the Forty-second regiment. Mr. Kiplinger was married to Lucinda Deibler, September 29, 1853. To them have been born seven children–five boys and two girls. He has led an active life, and since his discharge from the service of his country he started in the mercantile business, which he has carried on successfully. He has served his county as sheriff one term, he being the first and only Republican sheriff ever elected in the county, carrying the election by the bare majority of four votes. He is an ardent Republican and a staunch supporter of its principles and measures. He served his county as he did his country–with honor and distinction. He has been a faithful officer, a conscientious and law-abiding citizen, and a man who enjoys the confidence and esteem of all his neighbors and citizens. He is well preserved, and being comfortably situated in a pleasant home, he is freed from the cares and anxiety of business; and he can look back with satisfaction and contentment to his record of the past, which has been full of activity and danger as well as honor. To men of his character our country owes a debt of gratitude, and they should ever be held in remembrance for the deeds they have accomplished. Too much cannot be said in their praise. He has been post-master of Redham ever since the expiration of his term as sheriff. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

WILLIAM KIRKTON (Clearcreek) p. 312(1)

WILLIAM KIRKTON, in company with his wife and an intimate friend, George McKay, came to America in 1835, bidding farewell to his native Scotland. They sailed in the “Lady of the Lake,” which was soon after lost. He settled in Clearcreek township, but afterward removed to Ruggles township, where he purchased eighty acres of land, but sold this soon and bought one hundred and forty acres in Clearcreek township. They have had nine children, six of whom are living. Mr. Kirkton still resides in Savannah, in apparently good health for one of his years, being seventy-six years old. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

THOMAS KITHCART (Green) p. 278(1)

Thomas Kithcart, son of Thomas Kithcart sr. was born in Ashland county in 1826, and in 1848 married Anna Ernst. He has been engaged in farming all his life; has held the office of trustee for two terms, and is a respected member of society; is a member of the Evangelical Association, and is a Republican in politics. He is the father of six children: Anna M., deceased, wife of Luther Finley, of Ashland county; Nathan, who married Emma Bucey; Newton, Lambert, Sherman, and Sylvia. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

THOMAS KITHCART SR. (Green) p. 278(1)

Thomas Kithcart, Sr., born in York county, Pennsylvania, in 1796, came to Ashland county in 1815, and entered a quarter section of land. He then returned to his native State, and in 1818 married Deborah Wright. In 1822 with his family, consisting of himself and wife and three small children, in company with Thomas Andrews, he returned to Ashland county and settled on his quarter section, and by perseverance and hard labor cleared, and had before his death one hundred and twenty acres of his farm under cultivation. A part of the farm is now owned by Thomas Kithcart. He was several times elected trustee of Green township; was a member and supporter of the Presbyterian church; was a Democrat in politics until the Republican Party was formed, when he voted the Republican ticket. His wife died in 1853 and he died in 1860. He was the father of nine children, of whom but four are living: Joseph, who has been married three times (he first married Mary J. White, then Phebe Moses, and is now the husband of Mary J. Tannehill, and lives in Indiana); Thomas, who married Anna Ernst, and lives in Ashland county; Deborah; and Anna, who is the wife of Joseph Weltmer, and lives in Wayne county, Ohio. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

ANTHONY KLINE (Jackson) p. 341(1)

Anthony Kline, son of John Kline, was born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, April 10, 1832, and emigrated to Wayne county, Ohio, in 1842, with his father, and in 1859 removed to Jackson township, Ashland county, Ohio about two miles east from the place where he now lives. In the fall of 1861 he married Susan Kane. The fruit of this marriage was six children: George E., Jeremiah W., John F., James, Clarence, Ettie J., and Ira–the last named being dead. Elizabeth Kane, mother of Mrs. Kline, lives with her daughter. She has reached the ripe old age of seventy-seven years. She is an earnest member of the Evangelical church, and is one of Ashland county’s pioneers. Mr. and Mrs. Kline are members of the Evangelical church, and are among its most liberal supporters. He has filled the office of trustee two years in Jackson township. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

FRANK KNOTH (Montgomery) p. 378(1)

Frank Knoth was born in 1834, his parents being Nicholas and Barbara Knoth, who were natives of Bavaria. They had three children: Charles, who died in 1872; Frank; and Henry, who is in business in Ashland. Frank Knoth was married April 22, 1857, to Kittie Snyder, a native of Hesse Cassel, Germany, who was born September 20, 1836. They have had eight children: Mary, born October 14, 1858; Katie L., born October 28, 1860; Cordelia M., born January 28, 1863; Hattie, born April 7, 1866; Frankie, born May 14, 1868; Willie, born September 22, 1872; Amelia, born August 4, 1870, died in 1873; another child, a son, died in infancy. The Knoth family came to America and settled in Ashland county in October 1852, where our subject learned the tinner’s trade, and has since been engaged in the stove and tinware business for himself most of the time. He is now associated with Henry J. Pille. Mr. Knoth enlisted in February 1865, and served in the Twenty-third regiment band until the close of the war. His brother Charles came to the United States soon after the rebellion of 1848 in Germany, and located in Ashland, which was the cause of the remainder of the family coming to the same place. He is still living in Ashland. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

GOTLIEB KOCH (Mifflin) p. 318(1)

Gotlieb Koch was born in Wayne county, this State, December 15, 1823, where he resided until the age of ten years, when his parents removed to this county, and located in Mifflin township, where our subject lived until he was twenty-three years old, when he went to the State of Indiana. He remained there twenty-nine years, when he came back to this township, where he has since resided. He is the oldest child of John and Barbara Koch, who came to this county at an early day. His father died in March 1871. His mother died in December 1825 or 1826. Our subject, Gotlieb, was married December 13, 1846, to Miss C. Hault. They have reared a family of fifteen children, ten of whom are living, and named: Christian, born February 3, 1848; George W., born September 18, 1852; Josiah, born January 23, 1854; Mary J., born January 11, 1856; Louisa, born August 31, 1857; Martin Luther, born September 15, 1861; Amanda, born May 27, 1864; Isaiah, born October 31, 1866; Simon R., born February 2, 1869; Lida Ann, born March 17, 1871. Those who are dead were Joseph, born August 12, 1849, and died September 21, 1849; John, born April 30, 1851, and died October 3, 1851; Levi, born April 15, 1859, and died December 1874; Barbara, born March 7, 1860, and died October 9, 1860, and Rosa Ann died when about six weeks old. Mrs. Koch was born in Germany, August 29, 1827. She came to this country at the age of five years. Mr. Koch has paid his attention to farming from boyhood, which vocation he still follows, and now owns one of the best productive farms in his township, containing three hundred and twenty-six acres. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

JACOB KREADY (Perry) p. 333(1)

Jacob Kready was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, in 1819, and immigrated to Ohio in 1855, and settled in Perry township, Ashland county, where he purchased a beautiful farm of one hundred and sixty-nine acres, which he at once set about to improve. Afterwards he bought seventy acres, comprising in all two hundred and thirty-nine acres. Twice he was married. First, in the twenty-fourth year of his age to Nancy Musser, by whom he had six children: three sons and three daughters: Lizzie, May, Henry, Benjamin, and Frances, one dying in infancy. In the year 1851 his companion was taken from him, leaving four affectionate children. Mr. Kready was married again in the year 1855, to Miss Rachael A. Baird, of Adams county. The fruit of this second union was six children–Alikasiah, William Clayton, Laura E., Edward B., Tratia Ann, and Samuel F., all living but Alikasiah and William Clayton. Mr. Kready still lives on the old homestead where he first made settlement. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)

JACOB KRICHBAUM (Montgomery) p. 366(1)

Jacob Krichbaum was born in Betal township, Center county, Pennsylvania, May 27, 1809. When a small boy, his parents, John and Elizabeth Krichbaum, removed to this state and located in Betlam township, Stark county, where he resided until 1830, when he removed to Ashland county, where he has since resided. July 17, 1834 he was married to Eva Ohl, who was born in Wespen township, Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania. To them have been born six children, two of whom are still living: George L. and Francis. The ones who are not living are: Louisa, William and two who died in infancy. October 20, 1875, his wife died; and he was married again November 9, 1879, to Mrs. Elizabeth Cup, a sister of his first wife. Mr. Krichbaum is a cabinet-maker and undertaker by trade, and has followed that vocation since 1825, and since 1830 he has been established in that business in Ashland. He has lived in this county now nearly two generations; and while he owns a farm joining the incorporated village of Ashland, he pays all of his attention to his business. (Transcribed and contributed by Russ Shopbell)