Kansas History and Heritage Project-Anderson County Biographies

Anderson County Biographies
"Portrait and Biographical Record of Southeastern Kansas"
Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, 1894


WILLIAM K. KELLERMAN is one of the most substantial farmers of Anderson County, and his home on section 5, Westphalia Township, is one of the finest in the community. His settlement in Kansas dates from the 9th of April, 1875, and in the eighteen years which have since passed he has always lived at his present place of abode. He was born in Bedford County, Pa., March 20, 1838, and is a son of Lewis and Catherine (Kerr) Kellerman, also natives of the Keystone State. The grandfather, John Kellerman, was born in Cambria County, Pa., and was a blacksmith by trade. He spent his entire life in the state of his birth, and passed away when more than seventy years of age. His children were as follows: Elizabeth, wife of Jacob May; Samuel; Lewis; Margaret, wife of Elias Croner; Mary Ann, wife of John Kizer; Daniel; Joseph; and Susan, wife of John L. Hill.

The father of our subject is still living in Coffey County, Kan., and is now more than eighty years of age. In early life he followed teaming between Baltimore and Washington, beginning that work at the age of thirteen. Later he teamed from Philadelphia westward to Pittsburg. Pa., and Zanesville, Ohio. In Bedford County, Pa., he married Miss Kerr, who died in 1838, leaving three children: James, nowa resident of Anderson County; John, of La Plata County, Colo.; and William K. Lewis Kellerman was again married, his second union being with Margaret Hill, by whom he had the following children: Esther, wife of Irvin Hill, of Denver, Colo.; David, who is living in Burlington, Kan.; Charles, a resident of Coffey County, Kan.; Samuel, whose home is in Denver, Colo.; and Mrs. Laura Dyckman. The father of this family came to Kansas in 1866, and for a time resided in Anderson County, but is now living in Coffey County, where he owns three good farms and follows stock-raising. He is a member of the Lutheran Church.

In the usual manner of farmer lads, William Kellerman spent the days of his boyhood and youth and in the common schools acquired his education. Having attained to man's estate he chose as a companion and helpmate on life's journey Miss Henrietta Miller, a native of Bedford County, Pa., and a daughter of Josiah Miller. Their union was celebrated in 1860, and they began their domestic life upon the farm. Mr. Kellerman owned and operated one hundred and ninety-three acres of valuable land, which he placed under a high state of cultivation. Wishing to seek a home in the west, he came to Kansas in 1875 and purchased one hundred and sixty acres of raw prairie land in Anderson County. Later he purchased an additional tract of one hundred and sixty acres, and he now owns two hundred acres, having given to his children the remaining one hundred and twenty acres. This is one of the valuable and desirable places of the neighborhood, complete in all its appointments and supplied with all modern conveniences and accessories. His residence, which was erected in 1887, is the finest in the neighborhood. It is neatly and tastefully furnished and supplied with all that refinement and culture approve.

In 1876 Mr. Kellerman was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, who died on the 31st of January. Nine children had been born of that union: Elsworth, now of Washington; Maggie, who died at the age fourteen; Allie, wife of Jacob Mosher, of Oklahoma; Ida, wife of George Cannad, of Oklahoma; Warren, who died at the age of eight years; Howard, at home; Dora, wlio died at the age of eleven, and George at the age of six; and Hattie, wife of James Smiley, of Franklin County, Kan. November 22, 1877,Mr. Kellerman was married to Miss Mattie Whaley, of Iowa County, Wis., who died July 19, 1892, leaving two children, Mary K. and Earl W. On the 15th of March, 1893, Mr. Kellerman married Matilda, daughter of William and Caroline (Ebert) Sahm. She was born in San Antonio, Tex., August 7, 1861.

In politics Mr. Kellerman is a Populist, but would never accept public office except that of Treasurer of the school district, which he has held for many years. At the age of sixteen he united with the Lutheran Church and has since been one of its faithful members. His business career has been a profitable and successful one, his indefatigable labors having won him a handsome competence and numbered him among the substantial citizens of the community. He is a man of generous and kindly spirit, and his genial manner has gained him many friends.





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