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  JOHN H. KANNEL, who is one of the enterprising farmers of Big Island Township, Marion County, has considerable influence in the community where he resides, which fact is easily accounted for by his strong principles, his active interest in the welfare of all around him, and his pleasant manners, which are the crowning charm of his fine nature.
     Mr. Kannel was born in Knox County, this state, Jan. 12, 1848, to Joseph and Sarah (Peck) Kannel.  The father was a native of the Keystone State, whence he came to Ohio in a very early day, making settlement in Stark County, where he followed his trade of a shoemaker in connection with farming.  He was first unable to own land, but by working out by the year he saved his earnings, and the farm which he later bought in Knox County included forty acres.  This he managed in a profitable manner, and together with the income derived form his trade was enabled to live comfortably for the remainder of his life.
     To Joseph and Sarah Kannel was born a family of eight sons and daughters.  The eldest, Elizabeth, never married, and is now residing in Shelby County, Mo., with a sister; Mary A. married Philip Ruth and with her five children lives on a farm in Shelby County, Mo.; Daniel is also following the life of a farmer in the above state; Rebecca is unmarried, and makes her home in this county; Harry has a good estate in Missouri; John H. was the next in order of birth; Sarah married A. O. Smith, a substantial farmer of Montgomery Township, Marion County; and Joseph is farming in this county.  The husband and father departed this life May 23, 1881, aged seventy-three years.  His good wife only survived him two years, she passing away Oct. 22, 1883, and both were interred in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  During their lifetime they were valued members of the Lutheran Church, and active in all good works of their community.  In politics Joseph Kannel was a strong Republican, voting on all occasions for candidates of that party.  He gave to all his children the best advantages for obtaining an education which the times and day afforded, and had the satisfaction of knowing that his sons and daughters were so trained as to be an honor to his name in coming generations.
     The original of this sketch was married, June 12, 1881, to Ella Strawser, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Cole) Strawser, natives of Ross and Marion Counties, respectively.  They were farmers, and were classed among the substantial residents of Marion County, where the mature years of their lives were passed.  Of their family we make the following mention:  Eva married Van Messenger, of Marion County, and has three children; Elsie is now the wife of William Smith, a merchant of Logan County, and is the mother of one child; William L., died in infancy; Ella is the wife of our subject; Jacob F. is also deceased; Charles I., died in infancy; Ella is the wife of our subject; Jacob F. is also deceased; Charles I.,  is farming in Marion County, and by his marriage with Miss Alice Burk has become the father of one child.  The mother of this family was the widow of James Wood at the time of her marriage with Mr. Strawser, and by him she had a son, James H., now a resident of Logan County.  She is still living, aged sixty years.  The death of her husband, which occurred June 1, 1886, left her in possession of fifty three acres of land, which she is superintending in an admirable manner.
     To Mr. and Mrs. Kannel have been born three children: Blanche, born Apr. 23, 1882; Lulu G., Nov. 8, 1883; and Harley R., Sept. 5, 1887.  The estate of our subject includes one hundred and seventy-seven broad acres, which are well improved and adorned with all suitable structures for the storing of grain and shelter of stock.  His farm residence is substantial and commodious, and their home is the abode of peace and plenty.
     Mr. Kannel has been School Director for many terms which is the only office that he has ever accepted, and during elections casts a Republican ballot.
Source: Portrait & Biographical Records of Marion & Hardin Counties, Ohio - 1895 - Page 122

Farm Residence of
J. W. Kennedy,
Section 10,
Big Island Twp.,
Marion Co., OH
  JAMES W. KENNEDY, a prosperous farmer of Big Island Township, Marion County, owns a finely improved homestead on section 10.  He is ever found in the front ranks of all new enterprises and is a friend to education and progress.  His farm lands aggregate some three hundred and eighteen acres, and on his home place there stands a substantial two-story brick residence.
     In 1843 a bright youth by the name of William Kennedy (our subject's father) came to this locality from his native state, Pennsylvania, and for a time worked for farmers by the month.  He made the best of his advantages, and at last became a school teacher, receiving at first only $11 a month.  Subsequently he rented a farm, and later was the owner of a good one himself.  He made a success of his various undertakings, devoted himself mainly to stock-raising, and finally became the owner of about eight hundred acres of land.
     About 1844 William Kennedy married Margaret Shank, who died June 2, 1860.  Two years later Mr. Kennedy wedded Mary Lance, who is still living, and whose only child is now Mrs. E. Jones, of Crawford County, Ohio.  To the first marriage of our subject's father there were born the following children:  Nancy, deceased; Jane, Mrs. Baker of Crawford County; Thomas, a resident of the same county; Martha, Mrs. George Watts, whose death occurred in March, 1883; James;; Emma, Mrs. Madison Roberts, of this county; Anzilla, Mrs. George Watts, of Crawford County; and Margaret E., Mrs. John Hill.
     James W. Kennedy was born Nov. 8, 1853, and was given a good general education, such a one as would fit him for life's duties.  His father gave him substantial assistance when he began farming on his own account.  In 1883 he purchased two hundred and fifteen acres, and a year later bought seventeen acres more.  Again, in 1886 he became the owner of another tract, containing eighty-six acres.
    Sept. 21, 1880, Mr. Kennedy married Emma, daughter of P. W. and Adelia (Kilborn) Holverstatt, natives of this county.  The latter died Aug. 3, 1890, but the father is still living.  For years he has been a worker in the Baptist Church, and is identified with the Republican party.  Mrs. Kennedy is one of five children, the others being Clarence K.; Ida L., deceased; Alice A., Mrs. Smith, who is living on the old homestead; and one who died in infancy unnamed.  The union of our subject and wife has been blessed with five children: Mabel Edna, born July 29, 1881; Ethel Grace, Mar. 24, 1885; Clarence Merle, Dec. 21, 1886; Fred Laverne, O t. 17, 1888; and Lois Elberta, Mar. 7, 1892.  Fred Laverne died Sept. 25, 1889.
     While Mr. Kennedy has always been an adherent of the Democracy, he, in common with many others, does not give his sanction to the present administration and policy, and if they continue in their course he may transfer his allegiance.  In his religious belief he is a Free-Will Baptist, as is also Mrs. Kennedy, and holds membership in the church at Ruth.

Source: Portrait & Biographical Records of Marion & Hardin Counties, Ohio - 1895 - Page 430
  WILLIAM K. KENNEDY is one of the worthy old settlers of Tully Township, Marion County, and has owned and managed the farm where his present home is located for fifty-one years.  Among his friends and neighbors he is considered an authority on matters pertaining not only to agriculture, but also to questions of politics and general moment.  He cast his first Presidential ballot for Martin Van Buren, and has always adhered to the Democracy.  From time to time he has been called upon to serve in public offices, among which have been Constable, Trustee and Supervisor of the township.  He is an extensive land-owner, having three hundred and seventy-five acres in his home farm, and his possessions altogether amount to some eight hundred and twenty acres.  This shows what may be achieved by a young man who possesses energy and ambition, for he began being a good constitution and a strong determination.
     A native of Mifflin County, Pa., our subject was born near the village of Waterloo, Feb.. 16, 1818.  His father, Thomas Kennedy, likewise a native of the Keystone State, was of Irish descent, and his mother was in her girlhood a Miss Nancy Kerr.  She became the mother of five sons and five daughters of whom William was the first-born.  He was born and reared on a farm in his native state, and made the journey to Ohio with his parents in 1832, by team.  The family located near Bucyrus, Crawford County, and it was in that locality that our subject first gained an independent living.  For seven years he worked for farmers by the month, receiving from $10 to $12 for his services.
     In 1844 William Kennedy removed to this county, and bought eighty acres of land on section 17.  A part of this had been improved, and a log cabin stood on the place.  At the end of three years the owner purchased another farm adjoining, and here he has continued to live ever since.  He was married, May 28, 1844, to Margaret, daughter of Jacob and Lydia Shank.  She bore him nine children, and was yet in the prime of life when she was summoned by death, May 28, 1860.  The eldest child, Lydia J., married Samuel Baker, a farmer of Crawford County; Thomas S., a stock dealer and farmer, also lives in Crawford County; Martha, who became the wife of George Watts, a farmer, died when thirty-seven years of age; William J. is a resident of Big Island Township, this county; Emma married Madison Roberts, a farmer of Big Island Township; Anzilla is the wife of George Watts, of Polk Township; Ella, whose home is in this township, is Mrs. John Hill; and two children died in infancy.
     Jan. 23, 1862, Mr. Kennedy and Miss Mary Lance were united in marriage.  The lady was born Jan. 25, 1827, in Pennsylvania, and is a daughter of George and Susan (Mears) Lance, of German and English extraction, respectively.  Mrs. Kennedy came to this county with her parents when she was only about four weeks old, the journey hither being made by team.  Mr. Lance settled in what is now Crawford County, paying $1.25 per acre for eighty acres of Government land.  There he continued to make his home until he was summoned to his final rest.  Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy have only one child, Mira, who is the wife of Ellsworth Jones, a farmer of Crawford County.
     Both our subject and his estimable wife received their educations in the old-fashioned log school-houses of their youth. Mrs. Kennedy is a member of the Methodist Church, and, like her husband, lends a helping hand to worthy benevolent and religious objects.  Our subject has been quite extensively engaged in stock-raising, and in this, as in nearly everything which he undertakes, he has met with success.

Source: Portrait & Biographical Records of Marion & Hardin Counties, Ohio - 1895 - Page 168

George W. King

Source: Portrait & Biographical Records of Marion & Hardin Counties, Ohio - 1895 - Page 191

John L. Krout

Source: Portrait & Biographical Records of Marion & Hardin Counties, Ohio - 1895 - Page 342



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