Biography of Joseph Kennedy
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JOSEPH KENNEDY was born in Holmes County, Ohio, August 22, 1826, and is the only son of a family of six children born to David and Magdalena (Troyer) Kennedy, both natives of Pennsylvania, and of Irish and German descent. David Kennedy removed to Ohio in his youth and followed farming; he took from the forest a farm of 160 acres of heavily timbered land, and just as he had plenty around him he died in 1839. His wife lived with her little children on the farm four years, and then removed with, her family to Iowa, where, two years later, she died. Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy had always been prominent members of the Amish Church. Our subject remained at home until he was eighteen years of age, and received a limited education. He never studied arithmetic in his life, but has a good practical education; he worked by the month on the farm in Holmes County, saving from his wages $400, with which he came to this county and entered eighty acres of forest land in the spring of 1849. The following spring he removed to Miami County, where he raised a corn crop, and in December following located on the farm where he now lives, owning 160 acres; he built a log cabin and began to clear the land. He now owns 308 acres of fine land, with good house and barn, and his farm is well drained. Mr. Kennedy was, in early life, a Whig, but later has been a stanch supporter of Republican principles. He was married, January 15, 1850, to Miss Nancy Lantz, of Wayne County, Ohio, born April 3, 1825. They have had seven children; Elizabeth, David, Mary. Jeremiah, John, Joseph (deceased) and Christopher. Mr. Kennedy is a liberal supporter of all public enterprises, and he and wife are members of the Amish Church.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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