BROWN COUNTY, OHIO

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KAUTZ, George

submitted by Lorraine Hatfield

George Kautz, vine grower, Ripley, was born on the Rhine, in German, in 1800. In 1828, he, with his wife and one son, embarked for America. Her maiden name was Dority Lewing, who was born in Hesse-Cassel, Germany in 1800. He had but $10 in money when he reached the free land, but had served his time at cabinet-making. After a residence of three years in Baltimore, MD., he removed to Cincinnati, and in the spring of 1833 located at Georgetown, Brown County, where, for eleven years, he was engaged in carpentering. In 1844, he moved to Union Township, and was the second man engaged in grape-raising in the county. From this production, he was enabled to purchase thirty-six acres of land, which he has converted into fields of vineyards. He has an immense wine cellar, where he keeps constantly on hand wine of all ages. In this business, Mr. Kautz has been eminently successful, and although past his three-score and ten, is strong and vigorous. Of the seven children born to this aged couple, six are living. The eldest, August V., is a graduate of West Point, and has risen to the rank of Colonel of the Eighth United States Infantry, at this time located near San Francisco, Cal. The seond, Frederick R., is a farmer residing in this county. George A. is a banker in Christian County, IL. Louis T. is in the lumber business at Cincinnati, Ohio. Albert, a graduate of Annapolis United States Naval Academy is at this time Commander of the United States War Steamer Michigan. Sophia L. is the wife of A. Schafer, residing at home. They have one child, Bessie. Mr. Kautz was the first German resident that settled in Ripley, and throughout the county he is widely and favorably known.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools, Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Map of Brown County; Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Etc. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 70-71.

KEETHLER, Joseph

submitted by Lorraine Hatfield

Joseph Keethler, a native of the glades of Pennsylvania, was born in October, 1780 and came to Brown County in 1810 and located on the farm which was long the home of Christopher Day, Sr. He remained there about ten years, removing thence to Green Township, where he died.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools, Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Map of Brown County; Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Etc. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 559.

KENDALL, Wilson

submitted by Lorraine Hatfield

Wilson Kendall, farmer, P.O. Ash Ridge. Jesse and Mary C. Kendall, parents of our subject, settled in the southern portion of Jackson Township, Brown County, Ohio, about the year 1828 or 1829. They were the parents of eleven children, eight of whom are still living, viz., Wilson, Nelson, William, Samuel, Merrill, Delanah A., Hester J. and Phoebe M. Jessee had served as Trustee for Jackson Township. In 1861, he moved to Locust Grove, Adams County;...he died May 19, 1880; his wife, in June, 1863. Wilson Kendall, our subject, was born January 4, 1826 in Adams County, near Winchester...In March, 1848, he married Elizabeth Marshall, daughter of John Marshall. By this union there was an issue of nine children, seven of whom are still living, viz., William C., Albert, John, Mary C., Jane M., Alice B. and Ida M. She died January 31, 1873. He was again married, in December, 1875; this time to Margaret McNown. This union has been blessed with one child--Jessie C.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools, Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Map of Brown County; Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Etc. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 279.

KENNEDY, Robert

submitted by Lorraine Hatfield

Robert Kennedy was born in Butler County, Pennsylvania and settled just north of Hamersville in Brown County, Ohio in 1811, where he remained until his death. He was a man of strict integrity and more than ordinary ability. He took an active interest in the early politics of the township, and for many years was a Justice of the Peace. He raised five children, viz.: Thomas, who was three times married, and died of cholera at the old homestead at the age of forty years. He and his wife were found dead in the morning, having died alone during the night; James a retired physician of Clermont County; John C., a retired physician, now residing at Felicity; Ella, the wife of S. B. Smith, and Wlliam H., who raised a large family, all of whom are dead.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools, Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Map of Brown County; Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Etc. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 523.

KIMBALL, W.F.

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

W.F. Kimball, farmer, P.O. New Hope, was born in Scott Township July 20, 1843; he is the son of Henry Kimball, of whom an extensive biography is given elsewhere. He received no other education than was afforded by the district schools of his native township. He was reared on a farm, and chose farming for his life occupation. On June 26, 1865, he married Mary M. Shroupe, daughter of John Shroupe, and by her has had two children—Francis M. and William Henry. Mr. Kimball is a Democrat and he and his wife are members of the Christian Church.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools, Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Map of Brown County; Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Etc. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 250.

KINKEAD, William, Jr.

submitted by Lorraine Hatfield

William Kinkead, Jr. was born in Augusta County, VA and with his father William Kinkead, Sr. moved to Woodford County, KY in a very early time. William, Jr. maried Anna Dunlap in Kentucky. Mr. Kinkead remained a resident of Union township for life and had nine children, two of whom died young. The others were Nancy (Gilliland), William, Anna (Hopkins), Robert, James, Guy and Scott.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools, Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Map of Brown County; Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Etc. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 413.

KINNER, William Lewis

submitted by Lorraine Hatfield

William Lewis Kinner was born August 14, 1759 in Westmoreland County, Va.; his real name was William Lewis, but at the age of six years he was kidnaped while playing near the coast, and carried away by a seaman. He was taught by his new friend, whose name was Kinner, to call himself William L. Kinner, which name he adoped. He was married to Nancy Becham in 1784 and after stops in Adams, Ross and Clermont counties finally settled in Brown County on the 23rd day of February, 1815. He settled on a farm now owned by Elizabeth Strain and lived there until his death only a few years later. Richard L. Kinner, William's son, was born in Highland County December 23, 1805 and has lived in sight of the place where his father first settled ever since. He is now in his seventy-seventh year.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools, Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Map of Brown County; Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Etc. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 560.

KIRKPATRICK, G.L.

submitted by Lorraine Hatfield

G. L. Kirkpatrick, tobacco dealer, Ripley. The subject of this sketch was born in Union Township, Brown County, in 1858, and is a son of Samuel and Nancy (Finley) Kirkpatrick, who were among those of Brown's earliest pilgrims. Mr. K. established himself in the tobacco trade in 1879, which has proved a complete success. He was united in marriage to Miss Angelia Stratton, a native of West Virginia, September 22, 1881. Mr. K. is a member of the Knights of Pythias, and one of the push and energetic kind, that make a community enterprising. He has two brothers engaged in the same trade in this city.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools, Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Map of Brown County; Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Etc. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 72.

KLEIN, Joachim

submitted by Lorraine Hatfield

Joachim Klein, farmer, P.O. Bernard, was born in July, 1809 in Austria; he was the son of Joseph and H. Klein. He was raised on a farm and received a fair German education. In March, 1847, he married Johanna Gart, by whom he had six children--Maria, Henry, Amel, Charles, Julius, and one deceased. In 1853, with his family he immigrated to America and came to Ohio. He first located at Ripley, where he remained a short time; from Ripley he moved to Sardinia, Washington Township, where he remained about fourteen years. He then located in the southwestern portion of this township, where he still resides.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools, Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Map of Brown County; Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Etc. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 227.

KNOTT, Thomas P.

submitted by Lorraine Hatfield

Thomas P. Knott, farmer, P.O. Ash Ridge, one of the leading citizens of Jackson Township, was born in June, 1844, in Highland County, Ohio. His parents are John (deceased) and Ann Knott. He was reared to manhood on a farm, and received but a limited English education. When eight years old, his parents moved to Jackson Township, Brown County, and settled where he at present is located. In February, 1868, he married Jan Bowan, daughter of Kendle Bowan. To them were born seven children, viz., Frederick R., Eddie R., Iva, Ida, William J., Orey and Minnie. Mrs. Knott died February 4, 1881; the bereaved family had the sympathy of the entire surrounding community. His father, John, died in March, 1871; his mother is at present remaining with him, in her sixty-seventh year. Mr. Knott has a farm of eighty-two acres, which is located in the southwestern portion of this township.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools, Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Map of Brown County; Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Etc. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 279.

KUNTZ, Jacob

submitted by Lorraine Hatfield

Jacob Kuntz, farmer, P.O. Ash Ridge. George J. Kuntz, father of our subject was born in the Province of Alsace, France (sic. now Germany), about the year 1795. He married Magdalena Burger, by whom he had nine children, five of whom are still living, viz., John, Frederick, George, Frank J. and Jacob. About the year 1828 or 1830, with his wife and four children, he emigrated to America, and, by way of New York, came to Ohio. He located about two miles south of Sardinia, Washington Township, Brown County, where he remained perhaps two years; then moved to the northwestern portion of Jackson Township, where our subject now resides. He remained there until his decease, in March, 1870. His widow survived him until May, 1878, when she, too, departed this life. He was highly esteemed by those who knew him; in his death Brown County lost a worthy man and an honorable citizen. Jacob Kuntz, our subject, was born December 13, 1841, in Jackson Township, where he at present resides; he was reared to manhood on a farm, and received but a limited education. On September 24, 1872, he married Mary Mitchell; she was born October 16, 1854, and is the daughter of Nathaniel and Lucretia Mitchell, of Mason County Kentucky. This union has been blessed with four children, three of whom are still living--Charles W., born October 19, 1873; Loretta C., born July 20, 1879, and Rosine E., born May 25, 1881. In August, 1862, he enlisted in the Seventieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry and while in the army he contracted a disease, from the effects of which he is still a sufferer. He received an honorable discharge in July 1865 and returned to his home in this township.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools, Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Map of Brown County; Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Etc. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 279-280.

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