History of Black Hawk County, Iowa
Unless otherwise specified, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.
KELLOGG, T. N., proprietor of bus line; was born in Vernon, Oneida Co., N. Y., in 1826; when very young, his parents moved to Rome, N. Y., where he resided for many years, and where he married the daughter of Jephtha Madison, of that place; they came to Dubuque in 1856, and to Cedar Falls, this county, where he was engaged in dry goods trade, and after selling this business, came to this city.
KELLY, WILLIAM, farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Traer; born in Lawrence Co., Penn., July 11, 1828; he emigrated to Iowa and Cedar Rapids in 1856; he was engaged as a sawyer in a mill at that place three years; he moved to Johnson Co. in 1859. He enlisted in the army from that county, in Co. A, 14th I. V. I. in 1861; in 1863, he was transferred to the 7th Iowa Calvary; he was mustered out in 1866; he was five years lacking two months, a soldier. He moved to Black Hawk Co. and on his present farm, Sept., 1867. He was married in 1868 to Miss Amanda Johnson, from Illinois; they have two children - William F., born Aug. 21, 1872; Arthur E., born Feb. 10, 1878. He has 160 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Has held the offices of Township Trustee three years. School Director seven years. In politics he is Republican. His farm was wild prairie when he purchased; he broke it and made some fine improvements.
KELROY, BRUNO, farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Miller's Creek; born in Canada in 1835, and emigrated to Stephenson Co., Ill., in 1856, where he married Martha J. Galbraith Oct. 14, 1860. Came to this county in 1870, and in 1871 settled on his present farm of 120 acres, valued at $40 per acre. Are members of the Advent Church.
KENNICOTT, LEVI, retired far.; born in Montgomery Co., N. Y., Jan. 16, 1804; moved to Cattaraugus Co., N. Y., in 1819. Was married in Canada, to Abbie Hayes Sept. 14, 1828; she was born in Storman Co., Canada, Nov. 22, 1812; have three children living - Asa J., Mary J. and Esther. Emigrated to Kenosha Co., Wis., in 1831, and in 1833, moved to Chicago, and June 16, 1854, settled in this township, which he has since made his home.
KIEFFER, J. P., Justice of the Peace, Gilbertville; born in Luxemburg, Holland, in 1849; came to this country and Wisconsin in 1864; to Iowa and Dubuque in 1866; to Waterloo in 1868; to Gilbertville in 1871. He was married in 1873 to Miss Leona Golimaux, from Cedar Tp.; they have one child - Jossie, born Jan. 25, 1875. Mr. K. was engaged in the mercantile trade for a short time; he now holds the offices of Justice of the Peace, Notary Public and Township Clerk.
KING, ANDREW J., farmer, S. 32; born in Indiana Oct. 4, 1834. Married Olesa A. Nolen in 1857; she was born in Greene Co., Ind., in 1838; have one child Orren. Came to this State in 1852, and settled in Benton Co., and in 1868, came to this county and settled on his farm, consisting of twenty-four acres of land, valued at $850.
KING, JOSEPH, farmer, Sec. 5; born in Morgan Co., Ohio, March 30, 1830. Married Phoebe Harris in December, 1855; she was born in the same county in 1836, and has two children living - Louisa M. and Eldora A.; have lost two children - Anna F. and William S. Came to this county in 1854 and purchased his present estate, which he entered, and returned to Ohio; in 1860, he returned to this State and settled in Linn Co., and in 1863 returned to this county and settled on his estate; owns a farm of 144 acres, valued at $55 per acre. Has been Supervisor and School Director and otherwise prominently identified with the interests of the town and county. Are members of the Methodist Church.
KISTNER, FREDERICK, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Waterloo; born in Hanover, Germany, in 1833, and came to America in 1845, and settled in Somerset Co., Penn., where he married Frederica Meckey, in 1856; she was born in Germany in 1832; they have four children - Augusta, Ella, Dora and Mary. Came to this county in 1864, and settled in the city of Waterloo, where he lived until 1877, when he settled on his present estate of 160 acres, valued at $25 per acre. Are members of the Christian Church.
KISTNER, GEORGE, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Waterloo; born in Hanover, Germany, in 1843, and came to America in 1849, and settled in Somerset Co., Penn., where he married Elizabeth Shaulls, in 1865; she was born in Somerset Co., Penn., in 1843. Came to this county in 1865, and settled on his present estate of 200 ac4res, valued at $20 per acre, in 1872, where they have since made it their home.
KNAPP, DENNIS, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Waterloo; born in Rensselaer Co., N. Y., in 1827. Married Francis Clark in 1854; she was born in same county in 1831; have one child - Ida. Came to this county in 1857, and purchased, and in 1865, settled on his present estate, consisting of eighty acres, valued at $5 per acre. Is one of the early settlers in this town.
KNAPP, MARQUIS L., farmer, Sec. 20; born in Stockton, N. Y., in 1829. Married Mary Streeter in 1852; she was born in N. Y. State in 1832, and died in 1864; they had five children - Martha J., Nettie, Benjamin F., Lucinda and Louisa; his present wife, Mary A. Wells, was born in N. Y. State in 1829, and have four children - Lilly, Katie, Giles and Ruth. Came to this county in the Fall of 1850, and settled in Washington Township, where he entered 280 acres of land, where he remained until 1865, when he moved to Cedar Falls and engaged in grain business and stock buying, and continued in this capacity until 1869, when he settled on his present estate of 285 acres, valued at $40 per acre. Are members of the Baptist Church. To his father, Benjamin, belongs the honor of naming the towns of Washington and Mt. Vernon, he being one of the earliest settlers.
KNOWLES, GEORGE A., farmer, Sec. 35; born in Hillsboro Co., N. H., in 1811, and married Sarah A. Meador in 1836; she was born in Newbury, Vt., in 1815; have seven living children - Wilbur F., Nancy A. George W., Byron L. B., Woodbury A., Emma D. and Ada May. Came to this county in the Spring of 1854, and settled on Sec. 27, and is one of the earliest settlers in the town, there being but four permanent settlers at that time. Dubuque and Muscatine were his nearest markets. He has experienced all the hardships of pioneer life; many anecdotes of his early life are interesting. Was Justice of the Peace one term, and has been identified with the interests of the town and county. Owns 200 acres of land, valued at $60 per acre, and has one of the finest orchards on his place in the county.
KNOX, O. S., physician and surgeon; office on Commercial st., over Snowdon's drug store; was born in Bedford, Penn., in 1854; moved to Latrobe, Penn., in 1866, here he enlisted in Co. D, 55th Penn. V. I., in 1861, and was honorably discharged in 1863. Commenced the study of medicine in his native county, with Dr. Harry, and graduated in the University at Albany, N. Y., in 1866; emigrated to Forreston, Ill., in 1867, and in May, 1869, came to Waterloo. Married Agnes Manson Nov. 12, 1872; she was born in Rome, N. Y., in 1852; Robert Manson and John Otho are their children.
KREBS, MARTIN, farmer, Sec. 28; born in Wyoming Co., N. Y., in 1837. Married Mary C. Reichart in 1861; she was born in Prussia in 1838; have eight children - Mary E., George J., Ida May, Emma, Ellen, Mary, Frank R. and Gertie J; lost one child - Susan. Came to this county in 1861, and settled on his present estate of forty acres, valued at $40 per acre.